Monday, July 27, 2015

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    Jaimie Senger has been a patient at Children’s Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota for a little over three years… but she’s been a Minnesota Vikings fan her whole life.

    “We’re huge Vikings fans,” Senger tells me. “My dad is a big-time fan. He and my uncles and a couple of their buddies bought one of the bricks and put their names on it for the new stadium […] We watch all the Vikings games together.”

    One of Senger’s favorite players to watch is linebacker Chad Greenway—but she loves him for a lot more than his on-field performance. Senger is just one patient that benefits on a daily basis from Greenway’s Lead the Way Foundation and more specifically, the Chad’s Locker program.

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    Photo Courtesy of Vikings.com | Modified

    What do you do when you’re out of material & have no guest lined up? A MAILBAG! We put it out to you the listeners and we came back with some great Vikings, food, and life related questions.

    Andy Was Lazy and Did a Mailbag Questions Include:
    • What to watch for in this year’s preseason?
    • Even after the draft, are there concerns with the roster?
    • How do I convince my gf to go to a Vikings game when we do Honeymoon drive around the US?
    • F-Marry-Kill: Zimmer, Spielman, Teddy
    • Gas or charcoal?
    • Realistically when can we hope to take back what is ours? The NFC North?
    • What fruit do you not have with breakfast?
    • Who wins in an arm wrestling contest: Everson Griffen or Danielle Hunter or [me]?
    • 2015 Statline predictions for the major Vikings
    • Would you rather the Vikings win the Super Bowl this year & in 2018, or [my daughter] get into an Ivy League school?
    • Game Day Food?
    • What 80s rock song best describes your feeling about the 2015 season?
    • Also promo our Mankato dates, support us on Amazon!, and listen to the Dad Mode Podcast

    All that and other “Is it Mankato Time Yet? on this edition of the Purple FTW! Podcast!

    An Andy Carlson Joint.

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    Image courtesy of Vikings.com

    According to Tom Pelissero, the Vikings have selected a new head team physician in Dr. Chris Larson.

    Larson is associated with Twin Cities Orthopedics, as are additional new hires Dr. Chris Coetzee and Dr. Greg Lervick. Pelissero reported that the Vikings’ previous contract with Tria Orthopedics expired, and the team has now decided to transition to the new brand.

    It seems Minnesota is intentionally employing specialists, as each of the three additions focus on a specific area. Coetzee works with foot/ankle, and Lervick’s focus is shoulder/elbow. Larson is well-established as one of the nation’s leading hip surgeons, and he also specializes in knees.

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    Matt Vensel (@mattvensel) of the Star Tribune joins the show to talk about our Minnesota Fightin’ Vikings as we count down the days until we’re back in the hood in Mankato ready to launch this 2015 season into orbit. This year’s version of 4th of July has come and gone (without any Vikings pulling a JPP, FTW), so grab some leftover BBQ, toss some aloe on the sunburns, and listen to some Purple FTW! goodness!

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    Antone Exum, Jr.
    It’s no secret that the Vikings don’t have a hard-and-fast guarantee at safety other than Harrison Smith. Smith has been a top roster member since joining the team, and as long as he stays healthy, you know he’ll stay put in the starting lineup. Who will play opposite, him, though?

    Although it looks like Robert Blanton is currently first in line as he got plenty of reps with the first team during OTA’s, Exum, Jr. had some impressive plays last season and could definitely be in the running to play across from Smith. I have some issues with Blanton’s tackling, and I wouldn’t say that he’s a shoo-in.


    Zach Line

    With Jerome Felton heading to Buffalo (I still wonder if he regrets that decision now that AP will be with the Vikings), Zach Line has a huge opportunity ahead of him. Line is currently projected as the starting fullback for Minnesota, and I’m a believer that he’ll be an excellent fit there. Line impressed me last season, continuing to work hard and fulfill whatever role he was given on the team, including practice squad. The Southern Methodist alum makes an impact at practice, and the Vikings are obviously confident in his abilities to slide into that main roster spot. If Line and Peterson can work well together and build some chemistry, this could be Line’s breakout season.

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