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Minnesota Vikings News and Links, 5/8

Donald Miralle

I can't believe it. I absolutely can't believe it.

Draft Day Is Finally Here!!

This is going to be a great day, ladies and gentlemen. . .for Minnesota Vikings fans and for football fans everywhere (but, hopefully, more so for Minnesota Vikings fans than for everyone else. . .we're greedy like that).

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

-We've already got the stream for Draft Day started, and you can find it right here. It also highlights the sort of coverage you're going to be getting from us over the weekend.

-CCNorseman put together a recap of the Community Live Draft he hosted on Tuesday.

-The NFL is talking about pushing next year's draft back even farther. Because they hate us, you see.

-Ted lets us know that Rick Spielman apparently doesn't think much of mock drafts. That makes roughly a million of us. has a look at the way NFL teams draft players.

-You want more RickSpeak? WE'VE GOT MOAR RICKSPEAK!

From some other sources around the internet. . .

-The Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority has submitted their official bid to host the 2018 Super Bowl.

-The players will get to select their "walk-up" music when they get selected at Radio City Music Hall tonight. Naturally, there's a mock draft for that, too. (First guy that picks Ric Flair's entrance music gets my undying respect, regardless of which team drafts them. Or the Undertaker's theme, for that matter.)

-Mike Mayock of has done his one mock draft for the year.

There are a ton of other draft-related takes out there for your reading pleasure as well.

The rules of the Open Thread are the same as they've ever been, ladies and gentlemen. . .no politics, no religion, no feeding of the trolls, keep the language relatively clean (with spoiler tags, if necessary), and keep the GIFs relatively work-safe.

With today finally being draft day, I think we can all agree on one thing. . .

With that, the beer light is on and the bar is open for DRAFT DAY WOO HOO DRAFT DAY YEAH! The real fun kicks off this evening, but we'll have some stuff available for you in the interim as well.