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The Purple and Gold Standard

Updated: 2018-01-16T09:37:05-06:00


Zim Tzu Spits On Your Curses


The Vikings warrior poet coach dispenses his words of wisdom ED NOTE: This has bad words. None of the other things we write on here do, but this one does. It seems to be a popular bit, so until the law catches up with me, I’m going to keep doing it. Thanks for understanding, and thanks for not reading and not letting your kids read it if bad language isn’t your thing. Hope you enjoy the rest of our articles—Ted When you’re a warrior poet, no matter how good you are at your craft you’ll eventually find yourself in a do or die moment. Everything you have worked for has come down to one moment, and This Moment will define you going forward, for all time. You know it, your squad knows it, and you know that they know that you know, you know? Although the tools and weapons you have at your disposal are lethal when properly employed, the obstacles placed in front of you make what you have to do impossible, and your situation looks hopeless. Your objective is too far away, with not nearly enough time, and the reversal of fortune you are about to undergo would draw sympathy from Sunny Von Bulow, (Look, it’s an old reference, but by God Google it because that shit is funny right there). But you don’t understand ‘can’t’, and ‘quit’, do you? No, you grab your goddamn balls, sack up, and unfuck your predicament like a football MacGyver and figure a way to victory, and to live another day. Because by GOD it’s not over until we say it’s over, and this battle is far from done. Because you are Zim Tzu, The King In The North, Collector of Bounties And Exorcist Of Demons Past, Exiler Of Clan Chicago, Disemboweler Of The Green Man, Declawer Of The Feline, Razer of Atlanta, Slayer Of The Jungle King, Silencer Of The Lambs, Pillager Of Capitals, Conqueror of The Brown Islands, Murderer of Crows, Melter Of Cheese, Hunter Of Bears, He Who Makes Pirates Walk The Plank, Impaler Of The Fleur De Lis, First Of His Name, High Septon Of Mankato, Lord Commander Of The Iron Range And Twin Cities, Master Of Fortress Winter Park and Protector Of The Realm. And when it’s all said and done, how do you explain it? You can’t really. So that’s where we step in and take over.* We take quotes from Mike Zimmer’s game after press conference, translate them,** and spit out the true meaning.*** *We should never be left in charge of anything ever. **They are actual press conference quotes. They are not actual, literal translations. ***The only thing I spit up was a beer and one lung watching that game. My goodness. As is almost always the case, Zim Tzu led with an opening statement. What Zim Tzu said: After watching the tape, I think there was a lot of good things that we did, especially in the first half of the ball game, and then we made some mistakes. In the second half, we threw a bad interception and we had a punt blocked to give them short fields twice. We took a sack in field goal range on third down, which knocked us out of field goal range. We made a couple of mistakes defensively in the red zone. There were quite a few things that we needed to clean up from this past ball game, but we got a bunch of fighters on this team, they’ve been a resilient bunch all year long. I expect it to continue to be that way. What Zim Tzu meant: We damn near fucked this up in typical Vikings fashion. And then we took the heart of New Orleans, ripped it out like a fucking Voodoo Viking Priest, and ate it with some fava beans and a fine chianti. FUCK THOSE GUYS MAN AAAAAAAAAAAAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAAHA!!!! Q: What’s your process like getting back to normal after a game like that? What Zim Tzu said: We had a meeting this morning, we did our lift and our run, and I told them basically the same thing; we can’t make these mistakes in playoff games or we’ll be going home. There’s always good and always bad in some of the games, but we made some critical errors in that game that could have gotten us beat. There were some other situations, like the third and one where we stopped them and they kicked the field goal with time left,[...]

Tuesday Open Thread: January 16, 2018


I’m still amped up from Sunday’s game Merry Tuesday, everyone! It’s day number two following that insane ending, I wonder how Sean Payton’s feeling right now. He’s probably handling it okay, living with an absence of any regret or remorse is one of the perks of not having a conscience, I suppose. Around the DN since our last open thread: Ted and Di posted Roughing the Podcast 45: Dilly Dilly, We’re Goin’ to Philly. Chris provides evidence of some typically classless behavior engaged in by the wanna-be tough guy and all-around dirty SOB Sean Payton . He also discusses the taste of karma that ol’ Sean received on Sunday. Wludford shares some thoughts & take-aways from Sunday’s game. Web Community Tees has designed some t-shirts to celebrate the Minneapolis Miracle. Breaking T also has a new design in honor of the play. Eric takes a look at the five most important plays from Sunday’s game. I wonder if that final catch by Diggs made the list. Chris gives some much-deserved props to one of the Saints players. Father and son are forever connected to two of Minnesota’s most iconic sports moments, from Ted. Saxyprince has an account of that unbelievable ending. Chris shared the report that Pat Shurmur is expected to be hired as the next head coach of the New York Giants. That sucks, we finally get some consistent offensive production, and now the OC search will be on again. From what I hear, Musgrave & Norv are still available. Thoughts? Vikings news from other sources: At, see Coach Zimmer’s Monday presser, the NFLN crew discusses where the Minneapolis Miracle ranks among playoff finishes, and there’s a ton more to look through in the media vault. From the Strib, the Vikings come back to earth & begin preparing for the Eagles. News from around the rest of the league: SI has an update on the latest coaching announcements. The Jaguars’ Joe Namath Jalen Ramsey guaranteed a victory over the Patriots on Sunday, per ESPN. We come to today’s media selection. I can’t watch this enough. src="" style="border: 0; top: 0; left: 0; width: 100%; height: 100%; position: absolute;" allowfullscreen="" scrolling="no"> Again, we all know the rules, but in case someone is new: -No discussion of politics or religion-No feeding of the trolls-This isn’t a male version of The View, so leave the gender hatred at the door-Keep the bad language to a minimum (using the spoiler tags, if you must)-Speaking of which, if discussing a newer show or movie, please use spoiler tags-No pictures that could get someone fired or in serious trouble with their employer-If you can’t disagree in a civil manner, feel free to go away-While navigating the open thread, just assume it’s sarcasm With that, the beer light is on and the bar is open. Belly up & tie one on. Don’t forget to tip your waitress, & try the head cheese [...]

RTP 45: Dilly Dilly, We’re Goin’ to Philly



Di and Ted recap a miracle

How do you talk about this? Well, we try, and we kind of depart from our normal format. We just start talking, and our topics are all over the place. We’re pretty sure we hit all the main points, and discuss the emotional roller coaster that was the Saints-Vikings.

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TRÖL: Karma comes calling for Sean Payton


Sometimes, the bad guys do lose Earlier this season, in a game against the Atlanta Falcons, New Orleans Saints’ head coach Sean Payton thought it would be a pretty neat idea to throw a “choke” sign at Atlanta Falcons’ running back Devonta Freeman. The move was, undoubtedly, a reference to the Falcons losing a huge lead to the New England Patriots in Super Bowl LI. Payton’s team would go on to lose that game to the Falcons on a last-minute interception. You would think that Payton would have learned something from that, but that would imply that Payton was capable of learning anything. Luckily for Vikings fans, he is not. With 25 seconds left to go in yesterday’s NFC Divisional Playoff game at U.S. Bank Stadium, kicker Will Lutz hit a field goal to give the Saints a 24-23 lead over the Minnesota Vikings. So, what was Payton doing instead of putting together a strategy that could have helped his team preserve a victory to advance to the NFC Championship Game? He thought it would be a pretty neat idea to turn to the Vikings’ fans behind the Saints bench. . .and do this. Yes, ladies and gentlemen. That’s Sean Payton doing the “Sköl” clap. (Credit to Twitter user cyvonne1229 for first bringing it to my attention.) Earlier in the day on KFAN, former Viking (and current KFAN sideline reporter) Ben Leber said that he had seen Payton doing the clap to mock Vikings fans after the field goal, but this is the first visual evidence of anything that we’ve gotten. Of course, since NFL games are sixty minutes long and not fifty-nine minutes and thirty-five seconds, the Vikings had an opportunity at the end of the game, and they made the best of it. Case Keenum and Stefon Diggs connected for what might be the most important play in Minnesota Vikings’ history, and the Vikings went on to a 29-24 victory. To be honest, that was one of the more satisfying things about that final play. . .watching that smug, spineless, human colostomy bag finally get exactly what he deserves. Sean Payton should still be serving a lifetime suspension from the National Football League for his pay-to-cripple scheme in 2009 (along with Gregg Williams and Mickey Loomis), but the league has seen fit to allow him to roam the sidelines anyway. Because, you know, player safety or some such. I’m relatively certain that Payton and Drew Brees are the only people from the 2009 team that are still with the Saints. I don’t have a huge problem with Brees (outside of his “I didn’t see nothin’, I didn’t hear nothin’, I don’t know nothin’” schtick about the bounty thing after the Saints’ coaches had already been suspended for it). I’m sure that some will say that he has “bravado” or “moxie” or what have you, but let’s get real. There’s a significant difference between “bravado” and “jackassery,” and not only has Payton crossed that line, he’s blasted through it like Pete Rose blowing up Ray Fosse in the 1970 MLB All-Star Game. On the bright side, Sean Payton now has plenty of time to learn the Sköl chant and how to do it properly. On his couch. At his home. Because the Minnesota Vikings put him there. [...]

Post-Miracle Thoughts & Take-Aways


I’m not sure how many times I’ve re-watched the Minneapolis Miracle. Pretty sure a lot more times than Blair Walsh’s missed FG. Or Gary Anderson’s. Or Favre’s interception. Or Drew Pearson’s push-off. Put together. I’ve looked at all the write-ups and newspaper headlines about that play, to the point where I’m not sure I could even remember anything else that happened in yesterday’s divisional round game against the Saints. So I went back to take a look, and have some thoughts and take-aways from yesterday’s game. DIFFERENCES FROM THE WEEK ONE MATCHUP These two win probability graphs from Pro Football Reference sum up the game action from both match-ups pretty well, and highlight the differences- particularly in the 4th quarters. In both games, toward the end of the 3rd quarter the Vikings looked to have the game pretty well in hand. Pro Football Reference Vikings- Saints Divisional Round Matchup Pro Football Reference Vikings-Saints Week One Matchup But as we know, the 2nd match-up had considerably more drama than the first game. On the other hand, there are many similarities between both games as well. For instance: The Vikings scored 29 points both games; Diggs, Thielen & Wright had over 250 receiving yards both games Drew Brees had just under 300 yards passing both games Vikings QBs had over 300 yards passing both games Saints were held to under 100 yards rushing both games Vikings had over 400 yards of offense both games Saints were poor on 3rd down both games Vikings did very well on 3rd down both games Turnovers were even the first game, and if you count the Vikings blocked punt as effectively a turnover, they were even in the second game as well. So what was the difference? Red zone performance. The Saints were 1/5 (20%) in the red zone week one. Yesterday they were 3-4 (75%). Meanwhile the Vikings were actually more efficient in the red zone yesterday than week one (66% yesterday vs. 50% week one) but had only half the red zone opportunities they had week one (3 vs. 6). The reason for the Saints’ increased effectiveness in the red zone may have been the emergence of Alvin Kamara over the course of the season, as he had 1 of the Saints’ 3 TDs, and nearly had another. It may also have been the Vikings giving the Saints a short field late in the game, with Keenum’s interception and Quigley’s blocked punt. A TALE OF TWO HALVES In yesterday’s game, perhaps the most striking contrast was the difference between the first and second half. I’m not sure that Sean Payton did anything particularly noteworthy in terms of halftime adjustments, but I do think the Vikings coaching staff decided to gear down somewhat on both sides of the ball. Offense Offensively, in the first half Pat Shurmur and Case Keenum took some deep shots down the field, working Ken Crawley for what turned into a couple of DPI penalties, while also connecting with Adam Thielen, Stefon Diggs and Jarius Wright on a few deep balls. I was surprised during the first half how clean the Vikings OL kept Keenum on many pass attempts. The Saints have a very good defensive front, but they were largely held in check during the first half, allowing Keenum time to make the throws that led to 17 points early on. But in the second half, the offensive line was noticeably less effective in pass protection, with Keenum seemingly under pressure much more often. Not sure if the Saints did anything different, the Vikings OL was getting tired, or if it was something else, but there was a significant difference in performance between the first and second half, which played a big part in the results. Defense Defensively, I thought Zimmer was a bit more aggressive in his play calls in the first half than in the second half. I wasn’t surprised that he didn’t blitz much, largely attempting to minimize Brees by taking away his weapons, r[...]

Vikings vs. Saints: The Minneapolis Miracle (And Some Other Important Plays Too)


Looking back at the five most important plays from the Vikings’ stunning playoff win over the Saints. DATELINE : EDINA, MN. JANUARY 14, 2018. 7:03 PM. “ERIC. WE WON.” “Oh hehehehe good one. This isn’t funny Tony.” “NO, I’M SERIOUS! DIGGS! THEY THREW A BOMB DOWN THE SIDELINE, THE DEFENDER FELL DOWN, AND HE SCORED!” “Bullshit.” “ERIC I SWEAR TO GOD WE JUST WON!” [Sighs, still not believing. Turns on radio, hears Paul Allen and Pete Bercich going ballistic] “Holy shit. TONY, YOU AREN’T KIDDING ARE YOU?!” “I TOLD YOU! GET BACK HERE RIGHT NOW!” [Does illegal U-turn in a snowy intersection, speeds back to the party] Full disclosure: I didn’t see the Minneapolis Miracle live. I had seen this ending far too many times in over 30 years of Vikings fandom. I knew how it was going to end, and I didn’t want to watch it unfold. With 40 seconds remaining, Drew Brees found Willie Snead on 4th and 10 to put the Saints firmly in field goal range. Immediately after this play, I looked at my wife and fired off a very stern “Let’s go.” We were at a party with a bunch of friends and I didn’t want to be around other people when Wil Lutz inevitably made what would surely be the game-winning field goal. As I brushed the freshly fallen snow off our car, my wife quickly gathered our girls and we silently piled in. My wife tried to console me, bless her heart. All I could do was sigh and quietly mutter, “It’ll be OK. It’s not like this is the first time this has happened. I’ll get over it.” My daughters didn’t really have a full grasp of the situation, but they knew Daddy was sad and they had to leave playing with their friends early. Two blocks down the road, I got the phone call from my friend. I have never been so happy to be so wrong about being so (understandably) pessimistic. I ran back into the house, watched the ending at least a dozen times straight on DVR, and had several adult beverages in a state of absolute euphoric shock. I exchanged innumerable texts, tweets, and phone calls with friends and family. I wandered around my friend’s basement with a goofy grin for what felt like hours wondering what the hell just happened. This is the Minnesota Vikings. Stuff like this never happens to them. This team has always been on the wrong side of the heartbreak. And now suddenly, a team that has been around since ‘61 without a Super Bowl title just got one step closer because of the most improbable touchdown that just happened to be...61 yards. You can’t make this stuff up. We’ll have plenty of time to talk about that as the NFC Championship Game against the Philadelphia Eagles draws closer later this week. For now, let’s bask in the glow of the five biggest plays that got us here. (I’m pretty sure you can guess what the last one will be.) Play 1: Saints ball, 2nd & 9 at the Minnesota 14. Second quarter, 5:40 remaining. D.Brees pass short left intended for M.Thomas INTERCEPTED by A.Barr (E.Griffen) at MIN 10. A.Barr to MIN 28 for 18 yards (T.Armstead). PENALTY on NO-T.Armstead, Horse Collar Tackle, 15 yards, enforced at MIN 28. After the Vikings had bolted out to a 17-0 lead and completely stifled the Saints offense in the process, New Orleans was finally putting together their first sustained drive midway through the second quarter. On just their second red zone play of the game, Everson Griffen and Anthony Barr combined to preserve the first half shutout. Griffen’s impressive no-look, backhand tip to Barr kept New Orleans from scoring their first points of the game. It looked like the possibility of a rout was still on. The Vikings defense was absolutely dominating and the offense was moving the ball well. Of course, it most definitely did not turn out that way. Which is why the final four plays are from two of the craziest final two minutes in NFL playoff history. Play 2: Vikings ball, 2nd &[...]

Report: Pat Shurmur expected to be hired by New York Giants



The Vikings will be losing their offensive coordinator

UPDATE: The NFL Network is now saying that Pat Shurmur will, in fact, be the next head coach of the New York Giants. Original story follows below.

Last week, we brought you the report from a television station in Arizona that declared that Minnesota Vikings’ offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur was the leading candidate to fill the head coaching vacancy with the Arizona Cardinals. However, today another team has emerged, so if the Cardinals want him, they may have a fight on their hands.

Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network is reporting that Shurmur is now the favored candidate for the New York Giants’ head coaching job. The Giants were the only team that fired their coach during the 2017 season, as they relieved Bob McAdoo of his duties with a few weeks left in the season.

Both the Cardinals and the Giants interviewed Shurmur during the Vikings’ bye week before the Divisional Playoffs. That means that, should the Vikings win the NFC Championship Game against the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday night, either of those teams could give him a second interview during the bye week between the NFC Championship Game and the big game on the first Sunday in February.

Shurmur has done quite a lot with the Vikings’ offense this year in the wake of injuries and other issues. Now, it appears that not one, but two teams have taken notice, and there could end up being a pretty significant battle for his services.

Either way, as I said in the piece linking Shurmur to the Cardinals last week, we should probably get used to the idea that Pat Shurmur isn’t going to be roaming the Vikings’ sidelines in 2018.

Web Community Tees celebrates the Minneapolis Miracle



Another nice design from another affiliate

We’re still reeling over what transpired last night at U.S. Bank Stadium, but our friends from Web Community Tees have pulled it together to bring us a design to celebrate last night’s Minneapolis Miracle.


It’s a pretty simple design, but it encapsulates everything about last night’s big moment in Minnesota Vikings history. . .the date, the players involved and, most importantly, the final score.

As always, if you order from Web Community Tees, you can get this design not just on a t-shirt, but you can get a t-shirt with short sleeves or long sleeves, a sweatshirt, or even a hoodie if that’s what you want.

The products from Web Community Tees, as with all our affiliates, are made from high quality materials that won’t shrink or fade after repeated wear. You’ll be able to use this to celebrate this moment for a very long time to come.

So, if you want to celebrate last night’s big moment, head on over to our store at Web Community Tees and get yourself our latest design!