Friday, November 27, 2015

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The Minnesota Fightin’ Vikings grabbed a share of the NFC North lead with a rough and tumble 21-18 overtime win Sunday over the St. Louis Rams. That should be the headline, but it’s not. All Vikings fans already hated defensive coordinator Gregg Williams, but now we somehow hate him with the fury of a thousand suns after something-called-Lamarcus Joyner threw his elbow into Teddy Bridgewater’s face as the second-year quarterback was sliding. Us Vikings fans cannot separate the fact that we have history with Captain Bountygate, but I try not to dwell on that storyline as our 6-2 Vikes have a solid young team with a great leader in Mike Zimmer and may make some noise come playoff time. Heal up, Teddy and let’s roll.

Other “Gregg Williams Should Be Deported to Mars” Talking Points Include
• I love you Mike Zimmer. So so much.
• LOL Green Bay
• Teddy Before the Cheapshot
• Where You At Mike Wallace?
• The Offensive Line is Back!
• Old Adrian Peterson is Like 2013 Kobe
• Linval Joseph for MVP
• Containing Todd Gurley
• Trae Waynes is a UFO
• Stefon Diggs Held Quiet
• Zimmer going for the Morninwheg in OT (But it worked and was smart)
• Random Game Thoughts
• On to Oakland
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All that and other “Start Over” nonsense on this edition of the Purple FTW! Podcast!

An Andy Carlson Joint.

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The Gurley-Adrian Tecmo Bowl is upon us and we got our man Arif Hasan (@ArifHasanNFL) of The Daily Norseman and Vikings Journal in the house to chat about the upcoming, sneakily important for the playoff picture match between our Minnesota Fightin’ Vikings and the Los Angeles St. Louis Rams.

We talk about the clash of two great defenses, if Teddy Bridgewater can put together a complete game, Aaron Donald or Anthony Barr, Nick Foles looking like John Heder, is Adrian Peterson actually a hindrance to this offense? And who has the edge in all of the various running back attributes: Todd Gurley II or Adrian Peterson in his prime?

Arif and I also theorize that Todd Gurley might have his “Adrian-William Gay” moment on….. Sendejo.

All that and other “We ALL have an uncle that looks like Jeff Fisher” nonsense on this edition of the Purple FTW! Podcast!

An Andy Carlson Joint.

Read all of Arif’s stuff at The Daily Norseman and Vikings Journal as well as listen to his podcast Norse Code.

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The Minnesota Fightin’ Vikings (5-2) are heading into the make-or-break portion of their schedule. Is this team a bunch of young pretenders or can they be legit contenders in Year Two of the Zimmer-Teddy Dynasty? We welcome back Di Murphy of The Daily Norseman to help sort things out.

We chatted about: the Vikings doing nothing at the trade deadline (good), why Norv and Zim need to open things up for Teddy, how Kyle Rudolph’s contract gets very interesting after 2016 (#FreePruitt), the fact that the Packers are vulnerable and can get got, and we also talk way too long about pizza and the Gophers’ astonishing meltdown against Michigan.

All that and other “Nick Foles looks like Napoleon Dynamite” nonsense on this edition of the Purple FTW! Podcast!

An Andy Carlson Joint.

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Peterson Pregame O-line Huddle
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The Minnesota Fightin’ Vikings (5-2) currently have the 8th best record in the NFL and would be the 6-seed Wild Card if the playoff started today. The Los Angeles St. Louis Los Angeles St. Louis Rams (4-3) are currently the 7-seed. Which makes Sunday’s game a VERY BIG DEAL!!!!

We welcome in Will Horton of Rams Herd and the Turf Show Times to chat about the upcoming showdown Sunday at The Bank. Will Adrian-vs-Gurley live up to the hype? How will Teddy Bridgewater fare versus the ferocious Rams defense anchored by non-human Aaron Donald? How will Mike Zimmer shut down Nick Foles? Why is Tavon Austin somehow a better NFL wide receiver than Cordarrelle Patterson? Will Will still be a Rams fan if/when they move to Los Angeles? I also trade Kyle Rudolph to the Rams for Jared Cook. And then cut Jared Cook. #FreePruitt

All that and other “Todd Gurley’s Not Even 100% Healthy” nonsense on this edition of the Purple FTW! Podcast!

An Andy Carlson Joint.

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Training Camp 2013 Cordarrelle Patterson
Photograph Credit: Chris Price

This fairy tale seemed more like a nightmare back on March 11th when playmaker Percy Harvin’s glass slippers were left behind in exchange for three draft picks. Credit GM Rick Spielman for turning a pumpkin patch full of draft picks into a magical New York night that not only landed the Vikings two defensive gems but also uncovered Cinderella in the process.

Cordarrelle Patterson, the 29th overall pick also known as “Flash”, is a fan favorite in Mankato. His golden colored dreadlocks hanging from under his purple helmet is a camp fashion highlight even a story book princess would envy. Patterson’s dynamic athletic highlights on the practice field are also wowing the eye of the beholders in Minnesota. Between his one handed grabs and his incredible ability to change direction and make defenders look silly, fans have plenty of reasons to cheer and not give another thought to Percy Harvin.

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