Saturday, October 1, 2016

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Minnesota Vikings - Tennessee Titans

Actual football football starts this Sunday for the Minnesota Fightin’ Vikings as they head down to the Country Music and BBQ Capital o’ the World to take on the Tennessee Titans. To help us preview the opposition, Sharona (Inside the Pylon, NFL Female) joins us for a segment to talk about her Titans and how they look to matchup against the Zimmer Hellfire Defense and the two-headed monster of Sam Bradford and Shaun Hill.

Even though who’s actually going to play quarterback is still a question mark, later on in the show I look at the laundry list of strengths the Vikings bring to the table (defense, running game) that could carry the day on Sunday. …And also a few weaknesses that could start the season off with an L for the Skoldiers of Fortune (SOMEONE PLEASE COVER DELANIE WALKER.)

All that and other “Exotic Smash Mouth is soooooo 2003” chatter on this edition of the Purple FTW! Podcast!

An Andy Carlson Joint

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Carlson and Coller Minnesota Vikings Purple FTW! Podcast

I sat down with Matthew Coller, the new Minnesota Fightin’ Vikings analyst here at 1500 ESPN, at the Blue Door Pub Como to talk about his new gig and how he sees the always dramatic Purple playing out in 2016. We talked about how the Teddy Bridgewater injury and Sam Bradford trade changes the outlook (and the offense?) for the Vikings, and a look forward to Week 1’s tougher-than-people-think matchup vs the Tennessee Titans.

Matthew and I also hit on his previous gig at WGR 550 in Buffalo, why he’s so hardcore into analytics (he’s got a new podcast on 1500 and first guest was fellow nerd Arif Hasan), why Percy Harvin was way more delightful in Buffalo than here, and I christen Matthew with a nickname.

All that and other “Minnesota Winters >>> Buffalo Winters” chatter on this edition of the Purple FTW! Podcast!

An Andy Carlson Joint

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Bradford Face Vikings Practice September 2016
Photo courtesy of Vikings.com

Rick Spielman and the Minnesota Fightin’ Vikings pulled the equivalent of Robert California closing down the Binghampton branch as the general manager traded a 2017 1st round pick and a 2018 conditional 4th rounder to Philadelphia for Matt Flynn-like financial magician Sam Bradford. Was it desperate? Yes. Was it a smart move? We’ve got 16 games to find out. We talk about the Bradford heist trade, what it means for Teddy Bridgewater’s 2017, and take a look at the final 53-man roster and practice squad.

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Image courtesy of Vikings.com

Some may remember Chris Kluwe as the former Minnesota Vikings punter who spent eight seasons with the team from 2005-2012. While others may remember Kluwe more for his not-so-quiet exit from Minnesota.

I was lucky enough to talk to the former Vikings punter recently about topics such as the team’s current punting situation, marijuana in the NFL, Colin Kaepernick, and whether or not he will making an appearance at U.S. Bank stadium anytime soon.

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Image courtesy of Vikings.com

In a move that some may consider a bit desperate, the Minnesota Vikings traded away a 2017 first round draft pick and an additional 2018 fourth round pick to the Philadelphia Eagles for quarterback Sam Bradford on Saturday. Apparently, the Vikings felt they needed to do something drastic to achieve success this season after losing quarterback Teddy Bridgewater for the entire season to a knee injury less than a week ago.

Bradford is just the sixth quarterback since 2001 to be dealt to another team in exchange for a first round draft selection. The five who preceded him include Carson Palmer, Jay Cutler, Matt Schaub, Drew Bledsoe, and Trent Green.

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