Purple Mafia Ep#176:Coming Out Party

Teddy Bridgewater, Jerrick McKinnon and the Minnesota Vikings had a coming out party Sunday afternoon vs the Atlanta Falcons, in a 41-28 victory at TCF Bank Stadium. Chants of “Teddy! Teddy! Teddy!” were heard as number 5 was about to take his first snap as a starter, and were heard throughout the game. Bridgewater didn’t throw a touchdown pass, but threw for over 300 yards, and looked the part of a veteran talented quarterback in this league. McKinnon, who’d shown virtually nothing the first three weeks, gave a shot in the arm to the Vikings running game, that they desperately needed in order to be successful as this season takes shape.

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Purple Mafia Ep#175:Dirty Rotten Scoundrels

The New Orleans Saints, the dirty rotten scoundrels have injured another Vikings quarterback. Ok, maybe this time around, the Saints didn’t deliberately injury anybody, but the hatred remains. With Matt Cassel having several broken bones in his foot, like it or not, Teddy Bridgewater takes over, in what your host calls a blessing in disguise, find out why in this episode! Joey unleashes his wrath on Drew Brees on what he believes was a ridiculous roughing the quarterback penalty, which was crucial to the outcome of the game.

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Without A Curse Ep#659: The Derek Jeter Retirement Tour Should Elicit Cynicism From The Masses


Alex previews the final week of the season inside this edition of “Without a Curse,” and highlights the importance for the Red Sox to finish with a better record than they did in 2012. Though the results have been just as disappointing, the organization is in a better place now than it was then. Almost every player on the team right now might have a future with the club. The same couldn’t be said two years ago.

John Farrell should be commended for keeping the clubhouse under control this season, and quietly eliminating any brush fires that may have propped up. But his abilities as an in game manager are still up for debate, as his roster management is puzzling. Some of the issues people affiliated with the Blue Jays had with him have come up this year as well.

The Derek Jeter Retirement Tour closes its act in Fenway Park this weekend. All cynicism aside, it’s the perfect place for Jeter to end his illustrious big league career. The problem is, the coverage around Jeter makes it impossible to not be jaded about him at this point.

Alex talks about the wide open American League, and forecasts how the pennant races will shape up in the “Around the League” segment.

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Purple Mafia Ep#174:The Nightmare

Your host, Paladino Joey had a dream before last week’s game vs the Patriots, that the Vikings would be crushed, and that’s exactly what happened. The dream however, paled in comparison to the nightmare that would cloud this team all week, and for the foreseeable future.

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Without A Curse Ep#658: MLB Deals With Domestic Violence Just As Poorly As The NFL


Alex leads off this edition of “Without a Curse” with a commentary on what he deems the “most important week in professional sports in recent memory.” If anything, Ray Rice’s and Adrian Peterson’s actions demonstrate that the public needs to watch sports with a suspense of disbelief. A football game is no different than a movie, play or song.

Some people affiliated with MLB, including the commissioner himself, have spoken with an air of moral superiority over the last week. But Alex says MLB is in the same boat as the NFL in regards to its domestic violence policies. In some cases, it’s even worse.

As far as baseball news is concerned, the Red Sox successfully played spoiler to the Royals over the weekend. There were several encouraging signs, including Clay Buchholz’s continued spell of dominance and Xander Bogaerts’ hot hitting.

The biggest news from the last seven days involves Dustin Pedroia, who underwent season-ending wrist surgery recently. His offensive performance is on a clear decline, which leads one to ask if the Red Sox re-signed him because they like the contract or the player.

Alex talks about the effect that Chris Davis’ 25-game suspension for testing positive for amphetamines will have on the Orioles in the “Around the League” segment. He also sends his well-wishes to slugger Giancarlo Stanton, who was hit in the eye with a pitch Thursday. It was a scary moment indeed.

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Timberwolves Explosion Ep#129:New Wolves Order

The Hall and Oates of basketball radio are back, as your hosts “Paladino Joey and Marcus the “Forecaster” talk about the biggest and best trade in franchise history. The Timberwolves in late August traded Kevin Love to Cleveland, and in return have acquired Andrew Wiggins, Anthony Bennett, and Thaddeous Young from Philadelphia. Joey and Marcus of course feature this trade, then talk about Rubio’s crazy demands, and wraps things up with the other major offseason moves in the NBA this summer!

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Showtime and Timberwolves Ep#12:The Kevin Love Show

Joey and Vince return to finally talk about the Kevin Love trade, in which the Timberwolves acquired a mother load of Andrew Wiggins, Anthony Bennett, and Thaddeus Young. The boys then talk some Lakers as well, about the prospects of this coming season, including some solid additions.

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Without A Curse Ep#657: The Red Sox Have No Choice But To Shut Down Koji Uehara


Alex recaps the Red Sox’s past two series against the Yankees and Blue Jays inside this edition of “Without a Curse,” and outlines some storylines fans should have their eyes on as the season comes to a close.

Koji Uehara’s status remains in limbo, as Red Sox manager John Farrell announced Friday he would be removed from the closers role on an interim basis. Alex says the Red Sox should shut him down for the rest of September if they intend to re-sign him this winter, and attempt to preserve what’s left of his right arm.

Mookie Betts is on a tear, and seems to have moved ahead of Jackie Bradley Jr. on the organizational depth chart. But his greatest value to the team may be as a trade chip, considering the positions he plays.

Will Middlebrook’s apparent unwillingness to play in winter ball, Xander Bogaerts’ hot September and Yoenis Cespedes’ elite production in the middle of the lineup is discussed, too.

Alex lambasts the season-long Derek Jeter retirement ceremony in the “Around the League” segment, and says the Captain Intangibles legend is now dead. If Jeter is as much of a “winner” as the sycophantic media says he is, then he would’ve removed himself from the top of the lineup long ago.

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Purple Mafia Ep#173:Taking The Ram(s) By The Horns

Ok, the Vikings didn’t beat up on a good team, or even a decent team, but what are you supposed to do to an inferior opponent? “Squash a mosquito with an axe”, and Minnesota did just that in St Louis. As predicted by your host, Mike Zimmer’s defense put it’s stamp on this game, early and often. Cordarrelle Patterson appears ready to take the reigns as the top offensive threat, and in so many different ways. Can this team continue to take care of business in TCF vs New England? Time will tell.

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Purple Mafia Ep#172:Season Preview 2014

The 2014 NFL season is finally here for real, and the Minnesota Vikings appear ready to start a promising new era with a renewed defense, and a solid to very good offense. Joey goes over the cuts, and talks extensively about his prospects for this Vikings team, as well as the players that semi surprisingly made the team, before he takes a call from Sebastian. We then go full force into the NFC North preview, and Joey makes his conference and Superbowl picks for 2014!

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