Hey kids, I wanted to do the open thread today to wish you happy trails for a week and some change. It's time to go fishing in Canada for me, and I'll be off the grid for a week, so I won't be around, at all.
EVERYBODY SIT DOWN AND QUIT CLAPPING AND CHEERING, RIGHT NOW.
Anyway, I just wanted to say adios, and I'll see you guys in a little over a week. Unless the place I'm going installed wi-fi since the last time I was up ther--HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA. No, really. They might have by now, but I doubt it. Since last we brought you an open thread:
Three Vikings made the Pro Football Focus Top 100 list. You can probably guess who one of them was.
Five Vikings are changing numbers. Most notably Shariff Floyd, from 95 to 73. There's no truth to the rumor that it makes his tragically short arms look longer.
From elsewhere around the North Country:
Jerick McKinnon could be the backup to Adrian Peterson. Could be? Seems kind of a given, but that's just me.
The three quarterbacks now have nicknames, as appropriately bestowed upon them by the coolest named beat writer in the NFL, Master Tesfatsion. I would have gone with Lucky, Dusty, and Ned, but I guess copyright laws and whatnot.
Vegas has set out their over/under win totals for the Vikings, and it's not pretty. I'm taking the over. Seriously, I think this team is going to be much better than most folks are thinking. Screw Vegas.
Bradley Randle is freaking awesome, and I hope he gets invited back to training camp. Suck it, Packers.
Dan Zinski at The Viking Age tells us the ghost of Onterrio Smith still haunts piss tests all over the NFL. Well, at least the ghost of Onterrio Smith's fake whizzinator penis. Last I heard, Smith was alive and well.
BAH GAWD KING, THAT'S THE GREATEST MONDAY NIGHT RAW SIGN EVER!! BAH GAWD KING...
And finally, The staff of The Daily Norseman has undergone some changes recently, and those changes continue. No, no one got fired, but Kyle, I swear, if you don't start wearing pants to the office YOU'RE GOING TO BE IN BIG TROUBLE MISTER.
We've added another writer. We've gotten some comments in the threads and an email or two about getting another woman's perspective, so we--NO KYLE WE WON'T PAY FOR THE OPERATION INSURANCE DOESN'T COVER IT AND NO I WON'T CALL THEM AGAIN SO STOP ASKING--ahem. Sorry.
Anyway, we've been asked to consider bringing on another woman who's smart about the Vikings and can go toe to toe with the guys. We think we've found her in Di Murphy. Di, who also writes for Hockey Wilderness, the SB Nation Minnesota Wild blog, has been on the radio in Minneapolis with the Chicks n Sticks show/podcast, and was the co-host of the Jeff Dubay Show podcast. Follow her on Twitter at @DiMurphyMN, and please welcome Di to the staff.
Di, you bring the donuts and coffee until we bring in someone new. What's that? We have no office? KYLE, QUIT GOING TO RANDOM OFFICES WEARING NO PANTS AND THE ANSWER IS STILL NO ON THE OPERATION, GOT IT?
With that, the beer light is on and the bar is open. Our open thread rules remain the same as they always have: No politics, no religion, don't feed the trolls, and use the spoiler feature for, you know, spoilers and undue language.
And really, Kyle...put on some pants, man. Even jorts would be acceptable at this point.
I've got to finish packing. I'll see you kids in a week. Kyle, did you drink ALL the beer? I TOLD YOU THAT WAS FOR CANADA.