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The Zone Coverage Football Machine is a weekly, in-depth Minnesota Vikings discussion that gives you locker room insights and on-field analysis from professional beat writers. Host Sam Ekstrom has been on the Vikings beat for Zone Coverage since 2014. Arif Hasan has covered the Vikings for Zone Coverage and The Athletic and brings an analytical slant. Luke Inman is Zone Coverage's resident draft and film guru. Together, they give you the most informed Vikings speculation you'll find anywhere.
 
Outsider and Blue Wire's Chase Thomas hosts the best up-and-coming sports podcast today with a stacked rotating guest list of sportswriters you know and love ranging from ESPN, Sports Illustrated, The Athletic, The Ringer, Bleacher Report, SB Nation, and so many others along with other sports-media figures, current and former athletes and coaches, front-office guys and even Chase's close friends and family members who put may or may not put up with him just to get on the podcast.
 
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Outsider and Blue Wire's Chase Thomas is joined by Stats By Will to talk about this week in college basketball, Miami's big upset, why Louisville's Chris Mack is on the hot seat, Texas Tech kicking tail in the Big 12, USC moving up the AP poll, Tennessee vs. Kentucky preview and a really fun player at Fresno State (3:00). Then, Pro Football Focus's…
 
Outsider and Blue Wire's Chase Thomas is joined by 49er Hub's Evan Sowards to recap the NFL Divisional Round, what made the weekend so special across the board, the 49ers stunning the Packers in Green Bay, Allen vs. Mahomes, the Rams vs. San Francisco Pt. 3 in Los Angeles, Joe Burrow surviving nine sacks versus Tennessee, if the Titans and Packers …
 
Arif and James are back to discuss the (seemingly) impending hire of Kwesi Adofo-Mensah as the new GM of the Vikings. We discuss his backstory, what this means for potential head coaching candidates, and the future of the franchise. We also discuss last weekend's playoff games, bid farewell to Sean Payton, and laugh at Justis Mosqueda's descent int…
 
Yeah yeah, I know. It's nearly the end of January. I blame the entirety of management and it needs to be replaced at once. Completely clean house and draft a kicker in the first round. It's clip show time! We hit a ton of the highlights this year including the bee races, (baby) race norming, Dusty's All Star appearance, the wine gift, and so much m…
 
Outsider and Blue Wire's Chase Thomas is joined by fellow University of North Georgia alumni to talk college football, the chance that Georgia can repeat as CFB champions, Stetson Bennett's return, losing pieces on defense, the volatility of the SEC in 2022, PFF's Top 10 CFB QBs heading into 2022, Chubba Purdy and Casey Thompson to Nebraska, and mu…
 
Outsider and Blue Wire's Chase Thomas is joined by The Ringer's Jonathan Tjarks to talk about this week in the NBA, why he loves watching the Grizzlies and Hornets, LaMelo Ball being better than he expected, the Mavericks still being a hard team to figure out, the Cavs figuring it out with Garland and Mobley, the Sixers and Joel Embiid, fixing the …
 
Outsider and Blue Wire's Chase Thomas is joined by 49ers Hub's Evan Sowards to recap a wild NFL Wildcard Playoff Weekend, his Niners taking down the Cowboys in unreal fashion, how Jimmy G played as a whole, what makes San Francisco so unique, Dak's post-game comments, the Raiders losing to the Bengals, Vegas moving on from Mike Mayock, if Russell W…
 
Outsider and Blue Wire's Chase Thomas is joined by Mavs Moneyball's Lauren Gunn and Premium Hoops' Corban Ford to kick off their Sunday NBA Shootaround podcast, the difficult spot the Portland Trailblazers are in this season with Damian Lillard, the Bulls needing to make one more move to compete with Brooklyn and Milwaukee in the East in the postse…
 
Outsider and Blue Wire's Chase Thomas is joined by fellow sports reporters The Daily Beast's Robert Silverman and The Detroit Free Press' Andrew Hammond to talk about the biggest stories in sports, the Cam Reddish trade to New York between the Knicks and Hawks, Zion's future in New Orleans, Ja Morant and the streaking Grizzlies, and the NFL Wildcar…
 
Outsider and Blue Wire's Chase Thomas is joined by Fangraphs' Jon Tayler to talk about today in MLB history, Jon Lester retiring, Jon's Boston Red Sox memories, the HOF case for Carl Crawford and the 2021 Detroit Tigers season review, the signing of Javier Baez, their young starting pitching and much more (3:00). Then, On The Forecheck's Bryan Bast…
 
Outsider and Blue Wire's Chase Thomas is joined by fellow University of North Georgia alumni Matt Green to talk about his Georgia Bulldogs winning a National Championship versus Alabama, how the Dawgs took down the Crimson Tide, what was different this time, the rise of Stetson Bennett, the importance of the defense, Alabama's certain resurgence, G…
 
Arif and James are back to discuss the firings of Mike Zimmer and Rick Spielman. We also briefly discuss the victory over the Bears and tackle a gigantic mailbag. We are now approaching the offseason and as such we will be going back to a less frequent posting schedule. Expect episodes to go back to every two weeks starting soon. You can become a s…
 
Outsider and Blue Wire's Chase Thomas is joined by fellow sports reporters Andrew Hammond of The Detroit Free Press and Robert Silverman of The Daily Beast to talk about the biggest stories in sports this week, Julius Randle getting upset the Knicks crowd for boing him at MSG, the New York Times buying The Athletic, and Aaron Rodgers MVP voting iss…
 
Outsider and Blue Wire's Chase Thomas is joined by fellow University of North Georgia alumni Matt Green to talk about the 2022 CFP National Championship game between UGA and Alabama, how Georgia can flip the script this time around, the possibility of limiting Bryce Young, matchups to watch out for, Gabriel spurning UCLA for Oklahoma, Calzada to Au…
 
Arif and James are back to preview the Bears game. We discuss the New York Times announcement today, what to expect from two teams that likely will not have their coaches return next year, and why Zimmer will play the starters instead of the rookies. You can become a sustaining member of the show and access exclusive content at http://www.patreon.c…
 
Outsider and Blue Wire's Chase Thomas is joined by Fangraphs' Jon Tayler to talk about Ken Rosenthal being out at MLB Network, the future of baseball, Atlanta's hole in CF and how they can fix it, Justin Morneau's hall of fame case in 2022, and the 2021 Kansas City Royals, what went right and wrong, Bobby Witt Jr. on the way, their issues in the ro…
 
Outsider and Blue Wire's Chase Thomas is joined by 97.5 The Fanatic's John Kincade to talk about his new gig in Philadelphia, leaving Atlanta, his time at 680 The Fan, working a solo show in radio, podcasts vs. radio shows, the Eagles, how Jalen Hurts has evolved, Nick Siriani's great first season, the Eagles making the playoffs, the great offensiv…
 
Arif and James are back to discuss what happened in Green Bay on Sunday night. We go over the play calling, the desire to run the ball down 20 at the half, and moving Bradbury to tight end. Also why it made more sense to start Mannion over Mond this game. You can become a sustaining member of the show and access exclusive content at http://www.patr…
 
Outsiders and Blue Wire's Chase Thomas is joined by fellow University of North Georgia alumni Matt Green to talk about the wild week of college football bowl action, how Georgia stomped Michigan, the issues with Cade McNamara, Stetson's best game, why Cincy never had a prayer against Alabama, the Rose Bowl comeback for Ohio State, how Tennessee los…
 
Arif and James are back to preview the second Packers game with Norse Code's Least Valuable Player Justis Mosqueda of the Acme Packing Company. We go over the passing of John Madden, if Jared Allen could still make the roster, Kyle Sloter, and when to learn languages in order to receive the spicy food you deserve. You can become a sustaining member…
 
Outsider and Blue Wire's Chase Thomas is joined by Fangraphs' Jon Tayler to talk about Kyle Seager's sudden retirement with the Mariners, today in baseball history, the lack of star power at the catching position in 2022, why the position has changed over the years, why two-way players are so rare in MLB, what happened with the Minnesota Twins in 2…
 
Outsider and Blue Wire's Chase Thomas is joined by 49ers Hub's Evan Sowards and special guest former NFL cornerback and Locked On 49ers host Eric Crocker to talk about playing the position, what makes Jalen Ramsey special, things to like about AJ Terrell in Atlanta, the 49ers losing Jimmy G for the remainder of the season, Trey Lance time in San Fr…
 
Outsider and Blue Wire's Chase Thomas is joined by fellow University of North Georgia alumni Matt Green to talk about the College Football Playoff Semifinal games, Georgia vs. Michigan, Alabama vs. Cincinnatti, how the teams match up, what to look for in both games, why both should be close, Kedon Slovis transferring to Pitt, the hot start for Linc…
 
Arif and James are back to review the Rams game by making this an all-mailbag episode. We go over Cousins, wasting another great day from Barr, play calling on offense, and much more. We also discuss expected coaching changes and we go back to Arif's Beekeeping corner! The Hell League can be viewed here: https://football.fantasysports.yahoo.com/f1/…
 
Outsider and Blue Wire's Chase Thomas is joined by Fangraphs' Jon Tayler to talk about the Cubs potentially making a serious bid for Carlos Correa, the Mets nabbing Buck Showalter, the latest on MLB free agency, the Guardians changing ownership in a couple of years, the 2021 Tampa Bay Rays season review, why they still need a veteran arm at the top…
 
Arif and James are back to preview the Rams game with friend of the show Joe McAtee. We also go over the Dalvin Cook COVID news, Zimmer's seemingly blind faith in Sean Mannion, and what kind of zombie best describes Kirk Cousins post-ribs injury. The Hell League can be viewed here: https://football.fantasysports.yahoo.com/f1/1136478 You can become …
 
Outsider and Blue Wire's Chase Thomas is joined by fellow University of North Georgia alumni Matt Green to talk all things college football, Matt's CFB Christmas Wish List, early bowl games, some crazy endings like Mizzou vs. Army, Western Kentucky throwing all over App State, Coastal Carolina overcoming Northern Illinois, if the transfer portal ha…
 
Outsider and Blue Wire's Chase Thomas is joined by SI and Locked On Bengals' Mike Santagata to talk about the Cincy Bengals, Joe Burrow's MVP case, how Zac Taylor has this team atop the AFC North, Jonah Williams' importance on the offensive line, Chase's arrival in the wideout room, the showdown looming with the Baltimore Ravens on Sunday, if the B…
 
Outsider and Blue Wire's Chase Thomas is joined by Twitter star Action Cookbook to talk about his Cincinnati Bearcats, their date with Alabama in the College Football Playoff semifinals, how the Bearcats match up, how they remained undefeated, that close win over Tulsa late, Desmond Ridder's development in 2021, Luke Fickell not leaving for Notre D…
 
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