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People who can honestly say they are working their dream job are few and far between. But Joe Lemke is one of those people. The Twin Cities native is a life-long Vikings fan and a professional photographer; last year, he got the opportunity to combine the two into one pretty sweet gig.

At 27 years old, Lemke has been taking photos professionally for seven years, but he has been supporting the Vikings for as long as he can remember. Need proof? The first jersey he owned was none other than Warren Moon!

The photographer has extensive experience—regularly shooting editorial, portrait and wedding content as his own business and also working as one of two concert photographers at the Xcel Energy Center and Roy Wilkins Auditorium. However, he had never done much sports photography and always thought it would be an incredible job to work for the Vikings.

Lemke decided to go out on a limb, reaching out to full-time team photographer Andy Kenutis. As a fan, Lemke loved the action and intensity of the player shots Kenutis often posted on and via social media. As an artist, he admired the detail and impressive quality of Kenutis’ work.

Lemke contacted Kenutis, sending him a link to his own portfolio.

“Honestly, I was just hoping to meet for lunch and pick [Andy’s] brain about his football shots,” he admitted. “He wrote back to me, liked my work, and we got lunch. He’s a great dude.”

Ultimately, Kenutis offered the Vikings fan the opportunity to attend mini camp and work on taking some photos of practice. Lemke captured some unique shots over a few days at camp; before he knew it, Kenutis brought him on as a part-time member of the photography team.

“Getting to walk out onto the practice field at Winter Park for the first time was amazing.  Standing on the field with many of the players that I watch every Sunday during the regular season was a pretty surreal experience.”

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Espn draft expert Mel Kiper, thinks Parker is talented enough to potentially challenge Alabama’s Amari Cooper as the first wide receiver taken in this year’s draft.

What makes Parker one of the elite pass-catchers in this talented class of receivers?

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What a long, STRANGE trip it’s been.

The Purple FTW! Podcast is officially 100 episodes deep. We take time out today to reflect on the first century of podcast non-sense, play a little Vikings-Super Bowl Trivia with Uncle Nick to pad the ego, and take a look forward to what big developments are going down with Purple FTW for the 2015 season.

I can’t express enough gratitude to the listeners & great guests who have made this possible. Thank you, Thank you, Thank you. #Skol

Century Club talking points include.
• Vikings News
• Adrian in Court
• We’ll Take Adrian Back in 2015, Under 3 Conditions
• Harrison NEEDS to be Extended
• Duron Not a Viking. Not a Big Deal
• Critiquing Purple FTW Episode 1 – Week 14 Vikings-Ravens Recap (2013)
• Vikings-Super Bowl Trivia with Uncle Nick
• Thank Yous to Guests & Fans
• Big Announcement for the 2015 Season

All of this and other Hundo shenanigans on the Purple FTW! Podcast! Full episode after the jump.

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For this week’s Vikings Fan Spotlight, we’re highlighting not just one person, but an entire bar!

Welcome to Cap City Tavern, located in Denver, CO.

Cap City originally opened in 1999, but Dino McTaggart, the bar’s current owner, purchased the establishment in 2008.

Interestingly enough, McTaggart did not start out as a Vikings fan. Rather, he was born and raised in Cleveland and considers himself a Browns fan “deep down in [his] soul.” Before you write him off, though—McTaggart quickly became a Vikings supporter.

“I became a Vikings fan the day Minnesotans started walking thru the door at Cap City, and I fell in love with the people who come in each Sunday to cheer,” McTaggart said. “Everyone who comes into Cap City on Sundays is here to watch football, but even when the Vikings aren’t winning, [the fans] are here to see each other and to get just a little bit of what they’re missing from home […] as I call it, ‘Minnesotan Love.'”

So how did a bar in the heart of Colorado come to be a “Vikings bar”?

When the local Vikings watering hole went out of business in 2010, McTaggart created fliers advertising “Denver’s Newest Vikings Bar”—slowly but surely, Vikings fans from all over found their way to Cap City.

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In a text message sent to ESPN, Minnesota Vikings fullback Jerome Felton announced Tuesday afternoon that he has opted out of his contract for 2015.

Felton signed a three-year contract following the 2012 season—the deal was worth $7.5 million. According to ESPN, he was given the opportunity to opt out before the 2015 season in exchange for his “willingness to restructure his deal for 2014.”

Does this guarantee that No. 42 will not be in purple for 2015? Not necessarily.

Felton expressed a positive attitude toward the Vikings, acknowledging that he was treated well and “parted on good terms.” At this point, Felton is saying that he is open to the idea of returning to Minnesota—especially if Adrian Peterson is part of the team.

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