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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.
 
10,000 Pitches, presented by Stimulus Athletic, exudes passion for Minnesota Soccer at ALL levels, especially the lower league/grassroots and college soccer scene! Our goal is to place a much-due spotlight on the "secondary" levels, clubs, organizations, and leagues around the state (and beyond) who are making excellent contributions to their communities and providing soccer opportunities to individuals and neighborhoods who might not be getting those elsewhere. Visit stimulusathletic.com to ...
 
The Most compelling Football Talk on the Internet right here On Blog Talk Radio. We Discuss the Game of Football At All levels from the NFL & NCAA down to Youth & H.S. Football on our Main show. Check out our expanding line up.... Mondays @8pm/ET, THE COWBOYS CORRAL. Tuesdays @8pm/ET, THE JETS ZONE. Wednesdays @9pm/ET, THE GIANTS RUSH. Thursdays @9pm/ET, FOOTBALL REPORTERS ONLINE WEEKLY.
 
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Tom Schreier (@tschreier3) of Zone Coverage is our first guest on Through The Knothole! Tom and Chris examine the Minnesota Twins expectations in 2021 and touch on a variety of topics including: - What will the return of fans to Target Field mean to the Twins? - Why can't the Twins win a playoff game and break "The LeCroy Line?" - Should we get rea…
 
DOUBLE INTERVIEW WEEK! Jeremy is BACK and welcomes in Vlora FC President Adi Bilani and Vincent Knox to discuss the upcoming UPSL season. He also chats with Augsburg Head Men's Soccer Coach Greg Holker about his amazing coaching career and the work he's doing in the community with BV United. Jeremy and Ethan give their....different...UPSL "North" P…
 
On today's episode, Ethan welcomes in friend of the pod and Bateaux FC's Josh Ranft as guest co-host! The two discuss the latest local soccer headlines... WPASL unveils 2021 teams and some new clubs joining for the upcoming season Gophers remain undefeated at home with 1-0 win over Maryland Then, we hear Jeremy's interview with Bundesliga, MLS, and…
 
The Minnesota Twins have finalized their 2021 Opening Day roster! Chris (@TheRealCrishad) takes a look at the finished product and has some questions including... - Can Mitch Garver rebound from a tough 2020? - Will the Twins infield defense improve in 2021? - Why didn't the Twins call up Alex Kirilloff? - Is Randy Dobnak's contract extension a sma…
 
On this week's episode, Ethan rolls solo for the first time and discusses the latest headlines from Duluth FC, Hayward Wolfpack FC, Bateaux FC, and more! He also welcomes in Lucy from Macalester's women's soccer team for the first-ever "10K College Conversation". The two discuss student-athlete life, D3 vs. D1, and what it's like returning to actua…
 
This week on Through The Knothole, we welcome Matthew Lenz (@Lenzy2108) to talk about everything going on with the Minnesota Twins including... - Can the Twins lineup rebound after a disappointing 2020? - Is Kenta Maeda a true ace for the Twins? - Why have trading cards exploded during the pandemic? Plus more!…
 
On this week's episode, Jeremy and Ethan give their 2021 NPSL North projections and react to Duluth FC's kit reveal. They also run through a "things that are green" St. Patrick's Day bracket. Jeremy welcomes in Vlora FC and Black Ice eSports representative Yossef Elsawy to talk about competing in the Lower League eCup, representing a local club, an…
 
On this week's episode, Jeremy and Ethan discuss the latest headlines... NPSL dropped their North Division schedule Hayward United of the WPASL rebrands as Hayward Wolfpack Michael Vang appears on the Chicago Fire preseason highlight reel Gopher Soccer on a good run of play Minneapolis City Futures League update Jeremy also chats with Inter Minneap…
 
On this week's episode, Jeremy's flying solo, so he brought in Zone Coverage Minnesota United reporter Jacob Schneider on for a lengthy Loons conversation! Live reaction to the Patrick Weah signing Where will the goals come from? More signings ahead? Defensive depth More! Jeremy also touches on Max Stiegwardt and Minneapolis City's loss to Metro Lo…
 
On today's episode, Jeremy and Ethan recap Minneapolis City and Max Stiegwart's 10-4 victory over Forward Madison and Evan Warwick in the Lower League eCup semifinals. The two also discuss the beginning of the Crows' Futures League and more headlines! In addition, Jeremy welcomes in Caleb Crossley, founder of Futsal Society, to discuss their 2021 p…
 
On today's episode, Jeremy and Ethan discuss winter activities, provide an update on the local teams still alive in the Lower League eCup, and break down the latest notable signing by Forward Madison. Jeremy's also joined by Matt Privratsky, founder of Equal Time Soccer, to preview the Gopher Women's Soccer season, discuss St. Thomas' jump to Divis…
 
On this week's edition of 10,000 Pitches, presented by Stimulus Athletic, Jeremy Rushing and Ethan Brandt discuss Minnesota and Wisconsin's representation in the 2021 Lower League eCup knockout rounds, the disappointing US Open Cup news, Forward Madison's update plans for 2021, an update on our beloved Wrexham AFC, and the much-anticipated girl sco…
 
On today's episode, Jeremy and Ethan tackle the most important headlines in Soccer, like Forward Madison's cow, Philly's new kit, and the Lower League eCup. Jeremy also talks with University of Minnesota Women's Soccer Alum and current Assistant Coach at Minneapolis City, Macalester College, Fusion Soccer Academy and Tonka Fusion Elite, Tori Burnet…
 
Sam Ekstrom and Arif Hasan team up for their final Football Machine. As Sam moves on to a new opportunity, the Football Machine is appreciative for your years of loyal listenership. What a fun ride. -Explaining the goodbye -Stafford traded; is Cousins next?! -Why the delay on promoting Klint Kubiak? -Super Bowl Jeopardy w/ Giles Ferrell -Super Bowl…
 
On this week's show, Jeremy welcomes in the Chief Visionary Officer of TC Sol Futsal Mario Wimberly! The two discuss futsal's presence in both the Twin Cities and nationwide, how TC Sol came to be, and the balance between futsal as its own sports vs. a developmental tool for soccer. Also, is a professional futsal league on the horizon in the U.S.? …
 
Sam Ekstrom and Arif Hasan are joined by Zone Coverage contributor Chris Schad to discuss the conference title games and the latest with the Vikings: -How bad was Matt LaFleur's fourth down decision? -What is Aaron Rodgers' future? -Bills-Chiefs takeaways -Kyle Rudolph's controversial comments -Minnesota's salary-cap management -The Hall of Fame ca…
 
On this week's episode, Jeremy welcomes in Derek Swanson, Co-Owner of Ninth Street Soccer and Coffee, an indoor soccer facility AND coffee shop in the Marcy-Holmes neighborhood of Minneapolis. The two discuss how the vision for this business model began and how things have progressed. They also discussed the future and impact it could make in the T…
 
Sam Ekstrom and Arif Hasan discuss the latest with the Purple and the NFL playoffs: -What was compelling about the divisional round? -Who will neutral fans be cheering for in Sunday's Bucs-Packers game? -Identifying free agent targets at guard, defensive tackle, receiver and corner -Checking in on former Vikings -Barr vs. Wilson -Championship round…
 
On today's episode, Jeremy brings in Van Hong and Toni Lozancic from SPAM FC to discuss the success of their scholarship program in 2020, plans for 2021, and to make a big announcement regarding a partnership between SPAM and 10K! Head to shopspamfc.com to check out the official SPAM merch store or SPAMFC.com to make a donation to their scholarship…
 
Sam Ekstrom and Arif Hasan discuss the latest with the Minnesota Vikings and National Football League: -George Paton takes a job with the Denver Broncos. What is the impact on the Vikings? -Best moments of Wild Card weekend: Colts-Bills, Heinicke, Nickelodeon -Takeaways on Devonta Smith, Justin Fields and Mac Jones from the National Championship -T…
 
This week, Jeremy welcomes in Karen Football Association Executive Director and Founder Kyle Johnson, along with men's and women's players Napoleon and Lay Lay. The group discusses Karen FA's formation, evolution, and impact on the community of Karen individuals across the U.S. and worldwide. SUPPORT: karenfa.com Don't forget to subscribe and leave…
 
Sam Ekstrom and Arif Hasan are joined by Luke Braun to start discussing the Minnesota Vikings offseason: -Who were the Week 17 winners and losers? -Are the in-house candidates good replacements for Gary Kubiak? Outside hires? -What about replacing Marwan Maalouf? -How inaccurate were our preseason predictions? -Did Kirk Cousins improve his QB rank …
 
Sam Ekstrom and Tom Schreier react to the Vikings' final game, a 37-35 win in Detroit: -It was the offensive gameplan they should've had all season: Embrace shootouts -Justin Jefferson set the rookie yardage record, but his season still wasn't as impressive as rookie Randy Moss -Are defensive injuries a valid excuse for the record? -How will holes …
 
Sam Ekstrom and Arif Hasan are joined by Chris Schad to break down the latest with the Minnesota Vikings: -What should their New Year's resolutions be? -Does Mike Zimmer have a low ceiling as a coach? -What is the percentage chance that certain key players return? -What odd decisions will the Vikings make in the offseason?…
 
Sam Ekstrom and Tom Schreier discuss the Vikings' 52-33 loss on Christmas Day and what happens next as the offseason nears: -Mike Zimmer calls out his "bad defense" -A deep dive into Ernie Nevers, the 1920s football player whose record Alvin Kamara tied -The one area where the offense can realistically upgrade -Has Kirk Cousins been more fiery this…
 
Sam Ekstrom and Arif Hasan discuss the latest with the Minnesota Vikings: -What are their memories of the two Vikings' playoff wins over the Saints, and what made them special for fans? -Nothing or Something: Justin Jefferson's hot mic moment? Dan Bailey's 5-for-5 day? Mitch Trubisky's Vikings dominance? -Which contracts should the Vikings shed (or…
 
Sam Ekstrom and Tom Schreier dissect the latest Vikings loss that likely eliminates them from playoff contention: -Should the offense be held to a higher standard since they have more veterans? -The play-calling never gave the offense a chance to be explosive -Can we expect the defense to improve next year? -What to make of the end-of-game drives b…
 
On this week's episode, Jeremy welcomes in Joy of the People Artistic Director and Co-Founder Ted Kroeten to discuss the organization's mission of providing soccer opportunities to local kids, how they've grown over the last 11 years, and what we can expect from new NPSL team Joy Athletic Club. Don't forget to subscribe, rate, review on Apple Podca…
 
Sam Ekstrom and Arif Hasan discuss the latest with the Minnesota Vikings: -Was it correct to hang onto Dan Bailey after his four misses? -Does Mitch Trubisky give the Bears a better chance to win? -Why are the Vikings so slow-tempo on offense? -Is Kirk Cousins more mobile? -Could Justin Jefferson get fed up with the offense like Stefon Diggs? -The …
 
Sam Ekstrom and Chris Schad react to Sunday's 26-14 loss at Tampa Bay. They discuss the following: -Dan Bailey misses four kicks. Is there any case to keep him around? -Kirk Cousins wasn't elite, but he also wasn't the reason the Vikings lost -Dalvin Cook's 100-yard game was wasted -Three controversial calls. Were they correct? -Why won't the Vikin…
 
On this week's episode, Jeremy welcomes in new manager of Forward Madison FC Carl Craig! The two discuss Carl's time managing Minnesota United in their final couple years in the NASL before making the jump to MLS, what he's been up to since 2016, the critically acclaimed YouTube series "Tea Time", and so much more. Also, don't forget to subscribe t…
 
Sam Ekstrom and Arif Hasan are joined by Purple Insider's Matthew Coller to discuss the latest with the Minnesota Vikings: -What are the lasting takeaways from the Jaguars game? -Is this still an upper echelon offense despite some of the mistakes? -Letter grades for Gary Kubiak, Mike Zimmer and Marwan Maalouf -What happened to Holton Hill? -The tig…
 
Sam Ekstrom and Tom Schreier react to the Vikings' 27-24 overtime win against Jacksonville: -Tom missed overtime because his TV switched to the Packers -The last-minute defensive meltdown makes the game look far worse -Why isn't Dalvin Cook getting any relief? -The defense still deserves a hat tip for the takeaways -Special teams was dismal again, …
 
On today's episode, Jeremy is joined my Minneapolis City SC Co-Founder and Marketing brain Dan Hoedeman. The two discuss Dan's expose on 2020's impact on the Crows and how they managed to navigate a year with no on-field competition. They also talk about City's new coaching hires and plans for the Futures and Women's programs. "2020 Year in Review:…
 
Sam Ekstrom and Arif Hasan are joined by guest Luke Braun to discuss the latest with the Minnesota Vikings: -Praise and malaise from the win over the Panthers -Debate over the Vikings' clock management strategies -Is Dalvin Cook going to get worn down? -What do the Jaguars do well? -Who is in control of the NFC? -Week 13 picks against the spread…
 
Sam Ekstrom and Tom Schreier discuss the Vikings' dramatic 28-27 win over Carolina: -Do you like zany football? -Chad Beebe and Bisi Johnson emerge -Kirk Cousins proves he can carry a team to victory -The Vikings have yet to play a good 60-minute game -The defensive line needs a playmaker to emerge -Playoff scenarios…
 
Sam Ekstrom and Arif Hasan are joined by Chris Schad to discuss the latest with the Vikings: -Does Kirk Cousins deserve any heat for the Vikings' latest loss? -What former Vikings defensive player would be most useful on this year's defense? -What will happen if Adam Thielen misses the Panthers game? -Would you want the 2020 version of Teddy Bridge…
 
On today's episode, Jeremy welcomes back good friends of the pod and Minnesota United FC writers Jacob Schneider and Eli Hoff to break down the Loons' first ever MLS Playoff win over Colorado Rapids, preview the upcoming western conference semifinal matchup at Sporting Kansas City, and discuss the craziness of this year's MLS Cup Playoffs. Don't fo…
 
Sam Ekstrom and Tom Schreier react to Sunday's 31-28 Vikings loss: -The offense deserves some heat, too -Dalvin Cook is taking some serious punishment -CeeDee Lamb and Justin Jefferson are going to be fun to watch for years to come -What happened to the defense? -Special teams was negative again -Do the Vikings still have a chance at the playoffs?…
 
On today's episode, Jeremy welcomes in Ethan Brandt and discusses his visit to Ninth Street Soccer and Coffee. The two also talk about the latest Minneapolis City and Lower League news, Thanksgiving traditions, PS5 or XBOX, what to watch on Netflix, and more.By Jeremy Rushing
 
Sam Ekstrom and Arif Hasan are joined by guest Eric Thompson to discuss the latest with the Vikings. -"Woos and Boos" from Monday's win against the Bears -Could the Vikings make a change at special teams coordinator? And how will special teams screw up the end of their season? -How do the Ngakoue and Diggs trades look in retrospect? -Where will Cam…
 
Sam Ekstrom and Tom Schreier react to the Vikings' 19-13 win over Chicago: -It was ugly for the Vikings, but imagine being a Bears fan -Minnesota hung tough to overcome obstacles -Justin Jefferson is legit -Mike Zimmer dialed up well-timed blitzes against a hapless Nick Foles -Could the Vikings make a change at special teams? -What's up next for th…
 
Sam Ekstrom and Arif Hasan are joined by guest Luke Braun to discuss the latest with the Minnesota Vikings: -What has led to Dalvin Cook's unreal surge? -What defensive adjustments have been made to right the defense? -Halfway superlatives: Biggest surprise, biggest disappointment, worst coaching move, Cousins' best throw -Would you prefer the Viki…
 
On today's episode, Jeremy welcomes Minneapolis City, University of Minnesota, and Fusion Soccer Academy Director of Goalkeeping Alli Lipsher to discuss her new role with the Crows and her growth within the Minnesota soccer community. Jeremy also recaps Minnesota United's Decision Day win over FC Dallas, previews their first round playoff matchup w…
 
Sam Ekstrom and Tom Schreier react to Minnesota's 34-20 over Detroit. -Dalvin Cook rushes for over 200 yards -There are some serious 2012 vibes to the current offense -Mike Zimmer has kept things steady throughout the rocky season -The Vikings could easily jump to the 8-seed soon -What awaits in Chicago on Monday?…
 
Sam Ekstrom and Arif Hasan are joined by Zone Coverage contributor Chris Schad to discuss the latest with the Vikings: -Which backup quarterback will torch the Vikings if Matthew Stafford misses Sunday's game? -Was the Vikings' winning formula on Sunday sustainable? -What more can Dalvin do? -How tough it will be for Dalvin to reach Adrian Peterson…
 
Sam Ekstrom and Tom Schreier discuss the Vikings' 28-22 win over the Packers. -Are the Vikings truly bad enough to tank for a top quarterback? -What will happen at the trade deadline? -What was the most surprising part of Sunday's victory? -Tom plays Monday Morning Quarterback on two big coaching moves -Dalvin Cook v. Adrian Peterson?…
 
On today's episode... Jeremy breaks down the sequence of events that led to Minnesota United clinching an MLS Cup Playoff birth What do the Loons need to do to host a playoff game? Gentleman's agreements in trades are stupid Will Jan Gregus be able to play in an opening round playoff match after November international duty? Minneapolis City hires n…
 
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