Sunday, July 5, 2015

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Adrian Peterson’s return dominated headlines this week, and rightfully so, but the Minnesota Vikings are a team of 89 players — giving fans plenty to read , watch, and listen to as we inch closer to Training Camp. I’m excited that Peterson is back in purple and gold, but I can’t wait to see how T.J. Clemmings develops at right guard, how Scott Crichton has grown in his second year with the Vikings, and how a slew of other players perform come July 24 — the start of training camp in Mankato.

Before I jump into some of the week’s best stories from around the Internet, I want to give a quick shoutout to Lindsey Young. I only started writing for Vikings Territory in February, but in four short months, I’ve come to appreciate the effort, enthusiasm, and excellence that Lindsey pours into every post. That comment goes for everyone at Vikings Territory — this is an absolutely awesome group of people — but you don’t have to look further than Lindsey’s two most recent stories to see what I’m talking about. Give her profile of Bud Grant and this morning’s piece on “Babs” a read when you get the chance; it’s definitely worth your time!

And now, a collection of some of this week’s Vikings work from our community of writers, bloggers, and reporters:

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Meet Andy Carlson. For many of our readers, you know Andy as the voice of Purple FTW! podcast. We at Vikings Territory have gotten to know Andy as not only an audio aficionado but as a family man, a Twitter fiend, a .GIF guru … and obviously, a Vikings fan.

Andy expressed his love for the Vikings at a very young age.
Andy expressed his love for the Vikings at a very young age.

Football runs in the Carlson bloodand for the most part, that blood is purple. Andy’s dad played football through high school, and his uncle Dean Carlson actually played three years in the NFL. Dean spent the majority of his career with Kansas City before a short stint with Green Baywhich, of course, “we don’t recognize,” ribs Andy.

Because of his family connection to the Chiefs, Andy identifies as a “down-low fan” of the team, second of course to Minnesota. Interestingly enough, the one game Dean started in was against the Vikings on Dec. 14, 1974.

Andy played for Rushford/Peterson High School, suiting up at both wide receiver and cornerback. He doesn’t consider himself an exceptional athlete, but being part of the team remains one of his favorite memories. He did have a few plays for the books, including a touchdown that made it onto the local KTTC news, and the team won the State Title in 2002 under Coach Jim Reinhardt (since retired).

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Brent: Eric Kendricks
We’ve all seen what Zimmer can do with rookie linebackers and although Kendricks might not be as athletic or ready for the NFL as his UCLA counterpart Anthony Barr was as a rookie, I think Zimmer will find a way to put Kendricks in positions to have an impact on the defense. Some would argue that Trae Waynes will mean more to the secondary, but I’m not convinced he starts in week 1 and if I’m a QB, I’m going to pick on the rookie CB a little knowing what kind of defender Xavier Rhodes has become. Waynes will be a fine addition to this defense in the long term, but I think Kendricks adjusts faster and will make notable plays that will contribute to this impact on the defense.

Adam: Eric Kendricks
I’m in the slight minority in that I love, love, love the Trae Waynes pick. With that being said, I never have super high expectations for rookie cornerbacks, and he will probably get picked on a lot seeing as Xavier Rhodes is the guy lining up across from him. So, I’m going to go with linebacker Eric Kendricks, who possesses the ability to cover athletic tight ends and even some slot receivers in the passing game. Not only that, but he should be an immediate upgrade to a run defense that struggled plenty in 2014. If Kendricks is as talented and pro-ready as I think he is, then he will be the key that unlocks a lot of fun new wrinkles in the Mike Zimmer defense. I don’t see any of our other rookies as being able to positively impact such a broad portion of our game plan as Kendricks will be able to from Day One.

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Paul Allen, radio voice of the Minnesota Vikings, joins the show to give us a glimpse of the man behind the microphone. PA’s headed into his 14th season calling games for the Purple, has been the race announcer at Canterbury Park for over 20+ years, and is host of the 9-Noon program on KFAN 100.3.

We dive into PA’s background and get the story of his journey to where he is today, chat a little about the 2015 Vikings draft and what happens with Adrian Peterson, get a STONE COLD HOT TAKE from the man, and even dive into a little ponies and poker talk.

All that and other “HE’S LOOSE” chatter on this edition of the Purple FTW! Podcast!

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Some of us have been a Vikings fan for a few years.  Some for a few more.  Some for a few decades, and some have been supporting the team since the very beginning.

No matter how long you have been a fan of the purple and gold, however, we all have one thing in common:  heartbreak.

Reminders of our most memorable moments are everywhere, and they all sting.

One reminder this offseason comes in the form of an NFL.com list of the greatest play calls in NFL history.  The short list includes some fun one, but Paul Allen himself gets the top “honor” in this list for a certain meltdown during a certain Arizona Cardinals game following a certain Josh McCown pass.

It might sting to watch it again, but something tells me you have thick enough skin to handle it, Vikings fans.

Click here to view the whole list.

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