Monday, February 27, 2017

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VT QOTW

Randy Moss is the Greatest of All Time
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There will be no debate and no argument on the subject of Randy Moss. To the team at Vikings Territory, he was and remains the greatest wide receiver of all time. For many of us here, Moss was the catalyst of our fandom — the reason to turn on the television every Sunday from 1998 to 2004.

Moss recently celebrated his 40th birthday, and with that came a celebration of his illustrious career. Analysts shared clips of the wide receiver’s 40-yard touchdowns, displays of his unbelievable speed, and highlights of his unmatched athleticism. There was no receiver like Moss; even with disadvantageous position, he’d throw his hand in the air, and you immediately knew he was coming down with the catch. He was a “freak” in the best possible use of the term.

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Allow me to momentarily interrupt the ever-present and ongoing Teddy vs. Sam debate (Mobility! Winner! Accuracy! Smile!) with another edition of Links of the Week. Perhaps the only Vikings-related topic discussed as much as the quarterback dilemma (which, until both are healthy, is not a dilemma at all) the last few weeks is the potential landing place for Adrian Peterson. Peterson is still under contract with the Vikings for one more year, but with an $18 million cap hit, there’s a high likelihood the team will cut bait. The Vikings could of course bring him back at a lower dollar amount, but as our first bullet points out, the Adrian Peterson speculation knows no bounds:

  • In fact, the Star Tribune‘s Michael Rand writes Peterson has been linked to basically every NFL team. This post is a good collection of all the speculation, from intriguing to ridiculous. Some of the more reasonable teams named are the Giants, Buccaneers and…the Packers.
  • Adrian himself weighed in on Twitter Wednesday night, in his usual ham-fisted way of trying to be ominous or something:

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Minnesota Vikings - Jacksonville Jaguars

Operation: Holy Crap We Basically Need to Win Out is upon the Minnesota Fightin’ Vikings as they descend on scenic Northeast Florida to take on the (2-10) Jacksonville Jaguars. We look ahead to the must-win and hash through some random Purple talking points.

Talkers Include:
• Fallout from Harrison Smith’s Injury
• The Defense Was Wasted This Year
• Adrian Peterson’s Contingent Comeback
• The Laquon Treadwell-Randy Moss Non-Controversy
• Zimmer’s Eye & His Mentality
• Teddy Bridgewater/Sam Bradford Showdown
• The Playoff Picture for the Vikings
• This Team Just Doesn’t Score
• How the Jaguars Can Get Got

All that and more “I’m Too Dumb for Westworld” chatter on this edition of the Purple FTW! Podcast!

An Andy Carlson Joint

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VT Question of the Week

Vikings All I Want For Christmas
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It’s the most wonderful time of the year!

This time of the year always seems a little brighter, doesn’t it? People are generally more upbeat with one another, offering kind salutations and a smile to encountered strangers. Nature seems more beautiful, blanketed in the pristine snow of winter, making everything look clean and pure. It’s the time of the year where you can let loose and gorge yourself on anything and everything because “you’re just going to cover it all up with a jacket anyway!” This season offers us all the opportunity to let those around us know we care about them by bestowing upon them the most incredible, perfect, this-was-made-just-for-you gift.

It truly is the most wonderful time of the year.

Or, if you’re like me, it’s getting dark way too early because of stupid daylight savings time; everyone seems incredibly irritable, rushed and annoyed with one another and would more eagerly kick a puppy than say “hello;” there is no nature covered in clean, white snow because you live in the wasteland that is Las Vegas — what inspires the holiday spirit more than sin?; it’s impossible to hide that excess belly fat because, in addition to being a wasteland, it’s still seventy degrees outside, and the opportunity to let your friends and family know you love them is really just a crushing weight on your shoulders to make sure you buy them the most incredible gift — forcing you to brave the catastrophe of hordes of people in the same exact situation and spirit as you at the local shopping hub.

Who’s ready for the holidays?! (Okay, yeah – I can be kind of a Scrooge sometimes.)

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Minnesota Vikings Mark Craig

Mark Craig of the Star Tribune swung by the Blue Door Pub Studios to chat a little Minnesota Fightin’ Vikings and discuss his new book 100 Things Vikings Fans Should Know and Do Before They Die. We dove into a few of those 100 items: What made Cris Carter great from a young age, how grizzled Bud Grant was to his players (even during leisure time), the 2009 Brett Favre Carnival, covering the Adrian 296 game, the tragic passing of Korey Stringer, and much more.

Mark and I also got into how this 2016 Vikings team is different than other great Purple squads, if Sam Bradford can continue his high level of play, some Xavier Rhodes appreciation, how Stan Kroenke was gracious enough to let Mark use the TCF Bank Stadium media bathroom, a few anecdotes about Hall of Fame voting (Mark is one of the 46 voters), why Randy Moss was the best/worst interview, and stories about his days of covering the Cleveland Browns before they — you know — moved.

All that and other “Belichick was WORSE with the media in Cleveland” chatter on this edition of the Purple FTW! Podcast!

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