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Minnesota Vikings News And Links, 7/19

Hannah Foslien

We are just ONE WEEK AWAY from Minnesota Vikings Training Camp for the 2013 season, ladies and gentlemen. We're finally in the home stretch, and at this time next week we'll be anticipating the first real practices of this season for our favorite football team.

Since the last time we brought you an Open Thread. . .

-One of our readers, "blowfishes," brought you exclusive video of Jared Allen at a promotional stop for the Vikings' trip to the United Kingdom this season. Great work to capture that and bring it to all of you.

-Arif and his friend Dusty brought you the first installment of our new Daily Norseman podcast entitled "Norse Code." Very well done by the two of them to bring you some insight into the purple and gold.

-Outside of that, we brought you some more match-ups in our Greatest Viking Of All Time Tournament, as John Randle took on Bobby Bryant and Alan Page battled it out with Mick Tingelhoff. We'll have two more match-ups coming your way in a little less than an hour.

From some other places around the internet. . .

-Mankato is preparing for the arrival of the Vikings.

-Adrian Peterson took home two awards at the ESPY Awards the other night.

-A young boy will be getting an opportunity to meet the Vikings, thanks to the Make-a-Wish Foundation.

-Former Vikings center Matt Birk is considering a career in politics.

The rules for the Open Thread are the same as ever, folks. . .no politics, no religion, no feeding the trolls, and keep the bad language to a minimum and/or use the spoiler tags if you want to curse.

We have one more song in keeping with our theme for the week.

With that, the beer light is on and the bar is open for Friday, everybody! We'll have more for you as our day progresses.