Good morning gang. Hey, we're publishing on time today, woo hoo! I don't know about you guys, but winter has a kung fu deathgrip on the Midwest, and it isn't letting up anytime soon. I'm not sure what bugs me more about winter, people who live in the north and gripe about the weather, or people who don't know how to drive in it.
Sometimes, I miss living above the 45th parallel. It filtered out the weak and unworthy. Between 40-45 degrees north? A lot of posers and complainers, man. Posers and complainers.
Since last we brought you an open thread:
Matt Cassel says 'deuces'. That leaves Christian Ponder as the only quarterback on the roster, AND THAT'S OKAY NO EVERYTHING WILL BE FINE JUST STOP YOUR COMPLAINING.
The NFL will now split their Thursday night games between the NFL Network and CBS. Which is cool because giving pro football players three days to recover from what amounts to five or six car wrecks while going 40 mph really promotes safety, and stuff. (Can you tell I'm not a big fan of Thursday night games?)
From elsewhere around the web:
Judd Zulgad gives us his three reasons why Cassel is opting for free agency. I only gave two, so Judd's showing me up, natch. More proof that DN IS SETTING THE PACE FOR THE VIKINGS MEDIA AND THEY MUST ALWAYS TRY TO OUTDO US.**
**So not true. I'm just pissed he came up with an extra reason than I did. Well, maybe a little true. We are kind of a big deal. People know us. Yeah.
Ben Goessling gives us his take on the Cassel situation.
There is only one team with longer odds to win the Super Bowl next year than the Vikings, who are listed at 100/1 odds. And that's Jacksonville, at 200/1. 100/1? THAT'S STEALING MONEY FROM VEGAS HOW HAVE YOU NOT ALREADY PUT THAT MONEY DOWN?
Every final score combination from every NFL game going back to 1920, over 14,000 games. The latest Super Bowl score of 43-8 is the only time that score has happened. Ever. And admit it, for those of you in office pools--as soon as Seattle scored a safety on the first play, you tore up your numbers sheet, didn't you?
And finally, in stadium news, there are two different development plans by two different firms for a piece of land near the new Vikings stadium.
Hmmm, music for today. So Matt Cassel is gone. But he might be back.
Open thread rules remain the same.