Sunday, December 4, 2016

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Image courtesy of Vikings.com

I promise I had this idea to write an article about punt returner Marcus Sherels finally having very concrete job security before Sid Hartman decided to pen his article today about the exact same thing, but whatever, I’ll give him all the credit.

That’s only fair considering I’m only 31 years old and Sid was still was quicker to the punch.

Every year, it seems, Vikings fans collectively place punt returner Marcus Sherels on the roster bubble throughout training camp. Some, in fact, become convinced that he will surely be sent packing during the final cuts. Any Vikings fans out there that have only been following along for five years or less may actually believe this yearly ordeal to be a franchise-sanctioned tradition.

This year, however, things are very different.

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Minnesota Vikings: Resurgence

The Minnesota Fightin’ Vikings defeated the Green Bay Alien Packers last year to secure the NFC North Division crown.

But we always knew they’d be back…..

We gear up for another year of battle with our gruesome, green, over-weight nemesis from across the Mississippi with some Vikings talkers leading into your 4th of July Weekend.

Today’s Topics Include
• Alan Roach is a Hot Damn BOSS
• Troy Williamson Said it was All in his Head
• Buddy Ryan Changed Cris Carter’s Life
• Kyle Rudolph Believes in Kyle Rudolph
• USA Today Ranked Teddy-Zim #12 QB-Coach Duo
• T-Jack Ends His NFL Career
• Sid Hartman to be Honored at US Bank Stadium
• PFF Points Out What We Already Knew About Teddy’s Protection
• Vikings Beef Up Analytics Department

All that and other “THIS. IS OUT. INDEPENDENCE DAY.” nonsense on this edition of the Purple FTW! Podcast.

An Andy Carlson Joint

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On August 15, Part I of a documentary mini-series about the new Vikings stadium debuted. The documentary is titled “Building a Legacy: U.S. Bank Stadium” and aired on KMSP FOX-9.

According to Scout.com, the first episode will run in addition to upcoming episodes on Fox Sports North “at varying times.”

The series will include interviews with front office personnel as well as players and coaches.

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    The Vikings legend shares about the Purple People Eaters, outdoor practices, and his best friend Sid.

    Bud Grant Interview
    Blue jeans. One leg crossed over the other. He’s wearing a casual button-down shirt, tan and camo, and he proudly displays two baseball caps within reach. One—Vikings purple—covers silver-white hair, while the other—Winnipeg blue—sits near a can of Tab soda on the card table.

    He’s manning a garage sale, carefully counting out dollar bills and quarters, and it all seems rather ordinary… except he also signs autographs for the visitors.  “Bud Grant. HOF ’94,” he writes. Over and over again. On a worn leather football. The rod of a fishing pole. An old game program.

    Harry “Bud” Grant will forever be known as one of the top coaches in NFL history, and many remember him as the straight-faced coach who soldiered the sidelines and held players to an exceptionally high standard of conduct.

    “I wasn’t that tough,” Grant tells me. “I don’t think so. I suppose you’d have to ask the other players or coaches – I can’t answer that question. We had rules, but it was an easy job, really.”

    He breaks his signature stoic expression for a split second, just long enough for me to question his sincerity. I prod a bit, ask him about the no-heaters rule he implemented during winter games.

    “We had no indoor practice facilities in those days. We had to practice outside, so why not play outside?” He answers matter-of-factly. “We became acclimated, learned to play with no gloves, no heater, no underwear […] so Sunday was easy for us. It was tougher for other teams that wanted to come in and wanted to be warm. We were cold, but we still played.”

    For Grant, it’s all about practicality.

    Case in point, you may not know that the former coach stands alone as the only man to ever play in both the NBA and the NFL. In fact, Grant won the first championship in NBA history with the Minneapolis Lakers. He left the Lakers, however, to join the Philadelphia Eagles as a defensive end. The decision proved a no-brainer.

    “The bottom line was that I could make more money playing football than I could playing basketball,” he explains.

    Grant viewed sports—playing or coaching—as just a job, a way to make one’s living, not concerning himself with the spotlight or the fame. For an icon like Grant, media requests are not uncommon, although he says they now come very few and far between. League reps and cable stations hounded the coach for appearances shortly after his career, asking him to audition for game-day commentary and halftime interviews.

    “I figured out it would be like 24 road trips,” he says, scoffing. “I’m out of this to stay home, not to get on the road again. My ego didn’t need it.”

    Eventually, people just stopped trying.

    Sid Hartman, the oldest member of the Vikings Cheerleading Team, is at it again.

    For a guy that normally uses this time of year to boost the morale of fanbase, Hartman has decided to pass along a disheartening piece of information about the Percy Harvin saga, just in time for Sunday morning’s paper.

    Hartman says that he has gotten word from “some good sources” in the NFL that the troubled receiver has told the Vikings that he no longer wants to play for them and would like to be traded.  Additionally, Hartman says there is no way that Harvin would be reporting for duty when the Vikings begin offseason workouts on April 22nd, which is not a surprise to anyone that is paying attention.

    I have noticed over the years that Hartman seems more than willing to be a pawn in the Vikings public relations efforts, and I can’t help but wonder where Hartman got this information and what motives the “sources” had for leaking it, and I find it interesting that Hartman goes out of his way to point out the leverage the Vikings still have in this situation and give credence to Rick Spielman’s assertions that the team will not be trading Harvin.

    One must keep in mind that Spielman and his staff are currently fighting a war on two fronts.  They have to balance between maintaining leverage with Harvin, in case negotiations do eventually take place, and also maintain a good game face to maximize their selling price if it comes down to a trade scenario.  Hartman seems to do a good job of helping Spielman out on both fronts with this latest report.

    This could all be over as soon as Tuesday.  It may also last right up until Draft Day in April, or even longer.  In theory, this thing could play out over the course of the next couple of years, but that is sounding less and less likely with every report that comes out.

    Short of an actual trade, the Vikings signing one of the top free agent receivers available this offseason would be the surest sign of all that the Vikings are ready to move on and will work hard towards shipping Harvin out of town.  Ironically enough, it could be Harvin’s contract demands that prevent a deal from taking place quickly.

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