Friday, July 31, 2015

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The Vikings have been in Mankato less than a week, and fans are already anxious to see where their favorite players sit on the team’s depth chart. After four training camp practices and this morning’s walkthrough session, Mike Zimmer and his coaching staff were expected to make a few changes to the roster, but things appear to be relatively the same as they were on Wednesday.

Thanks to Daniel House at Vikings Corner and Arif Hasan for the quick updates. I expect we’ll see a few changes in 11-on-11 during today’s afternoon practice:

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As part of the U.S. Bank’s Vikings Biggest Fan contest, I joined 100 lucky fans for the experience of a lifetime yesterday — touring U.S. Bank Stadium and attending Vikings Training Camp in Mankato, Minnesota. Below, I’ll give my impressions of the day and my takeaways from a blustery day of padded practice. Enjoy! 

As I stood at the fence outside of U.S. Bank Stadium, I couldn’t help but marvel at the Vikings’ future home. I’d seen pictures of the building, but a picture doesn’t capture the sheer size of the stadium on Bud Grant Way. On my last trip to Minnesota, I visited the Metrodome, and my 10-year-old self left disappointed by the concrete husk of dome. This time, things were much different.

I strapped on my bright yellow vest, buckled my purple hard hat — reminiscent of the Vikings’ current helmets — and pulled my gloves on before stepping through a narrow passage into the stadium. We were the first 100 fans to ever take a tour, and we didn’t care that we looked ridiculous in our fluorescent construction gear.

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Thursday’s an off day for the Minnesota Fightin’ Vikings in Mankato, but we’re still on the grind with our man Daniel House (@DanielHouseNFL) of Vikings Corner. He stops in to recap the first week of Vikings Training Camp, show a little love to the nice surprises of camp (Danielle Hunter, MyCole Pruitt, Mike Wallace, Gerald Hodges, and Antone Exum), as well as some of the not so great surprises. (You’ll never guess who…)

All that and other “Is Yankey International?” chatter on this edition of the Purple FTW! Podcast!

An Andy Carlson Joint.

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Original Photo Courtesy of Thad Chesley (@Skolviking75) | Modified (Obv)

The Minnesota Vikings continue to grind on in absolutely, in no shape or form, not hot and humid Mankato – The Crown Jewel of South Central Minnesota. Eric Thompson (@Eric_J_Thompson) of the Daily Norseman joins the show to talk about his exploits at Training Camp, which players are rising in Mankato (Teddy, Diggs, Kendricks, Exum) and which are falling (Kali, Babs, Waynes), as well as what it’s like to walk away from exploding fire (the worst kind of fire) with Arif Hasan.

All that and other “Eric is a VIP” chatter on this edition of the Purple FTW! Podcast!

An Andy Carlson Joint.

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Our Minnesota Vikings Training Camp coverage rolls on (on down the line) with Austin Belisle (@austincbelisle) joining us talking about his journey from California to experience a real state. We also dig into what he saw during the fan tour of the new US Bank Stadium (The USB) pad, how the Vikings looked this afternoon in Mankato, and what it’s like to be a foot+ taller than our homegirl Lindsey Young. Oh, and all of the awesome stuff he’s been writing at Vikings Territory too.

All that and other “Mankato is South” chatter on this edition of the Purple FTW! Podcast!

An Andy Carlson Joint.

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