Welcome to Wednesday, folks. Looks like people are really dealing with some serious winter weather up north, and down south, they're being introduced to what I used to call 'late August' in East Grand Forks. Deal with it, Johnny Reb.
Seriously, it's not that big of a deal. Since last we brought you an open thread:
The site has been tweaked. We now have a five rec minimum, and then the comment turns...wait for it...PURPLE.
Elsewhere around the web:
I was remiss in mentioning this yesterday, but 54 years ago Tuesday Minnesota was awarded an NFL franchise at the owner's meeting. A belated and happy 54th birthday to our favorite team. Little known fact: Did you guys know that Max Winter, the original owner, was going to be awarded an AFL franchise in 1959, and sort of used that as leverage from the NFL to get an NFL franchise instead?
In the 'that didn't take very long' department, the state of Minnesota has sold all $462 million in bonds for the new stadium. There's no truth to the rumor that Doug Mann popped in a DVD of 'Animal House' and watched the 'was it over when the Germans bombed Pearl Harbor' Belushi line on infinite loop. (HINT: It's over.)
Michael Irvin did four lines of blow off a hooker's stomach**, and then endorsed Norv Turner for the Vikings offensive coordinator.
**Not necessarily in that order. Allegedly. Probably not. Unless it was 1994, then it would be 100% true. Allegedly.
Adrian Peterson is also on board with Norv. Which, you know, is kind of a big deal.
The Metrodome looks like some kind of post-Apocalyptic movie set, doesn't it?
Remember Jahvid Best? In the 2010 draft, the Vikings were sitting on the clock at #30 in the first round. They traded with Detroit and moved down five spots, into the second round. The Lions selected Best, who was kind of a risk because he suffered a really bad concussion at Cal the year prior. If it worked out, terrible trade for the Vikings. Well, it didn't, Best had to retire from the NFL because of said concussions...and Best is now suing the Lions, the NFL, and helmet maker Riddell for 'actively hiding' the damage concussions cause to players.
We continue or Grammy theme this week and combine it with a tribute for Pete Seeger. He was an icon of American music who passed away yesterday, and one his anthems is 'This Land Is Your Land'. This version is a duo with Bruce Springsteen, the Greatest Of Them All. They are both grammy winners, and they are both awesome:
Rest in peace, Pete. Hope you're playing your banjo in Heaven as we speak. And with that, the beer light is on and the bar is open. Standard open thread rules apply: no politics, no religion, and WATCH YOUR LANGUAGE IN FRONT OF THE LADY PUNK. Enjoy your Wednesday, folks.