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Horns, Swords and a Longship: December 16, 2016

It’s crunch time.

Minnesota Vikings v Jacksonville Jaguars
I have certain skills....
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Longship Log:

Quiet day from the longship yesterday, with just Eric’s weekly preview article hitting the floor.

Around the Horns:

Matthew Coller thinks Thursday Night Football should be changed. The Vikings have good reason to believe their defense will be successful against Andrew Luck. The Vikings are dealing with some up and down luck injury-wise.

Here are some under-the-radar things to consider with AP’s return.

The Vikings could use a little purple kool-aid.

Swords from the Opposing Hordes:

The Seattle Seahawks are the first team to clinch a playoff spot (and a division title). Probably helps having two of the worst teams in the NFL in your division.

The Patriots were awarded WR Michael Floyd off of waivers.

Nick Saban was pretty much a terrible person when he coached the Dolphins.

Jeff Fisher thinks he will still be able to get a job in the NFL. Unfortunately for whichever team he ends up with, he’s probably right.

Minnesota sports update:

The Minnesota Wild continued on their hot streak and have now won six games in a row after their 5-2 victory over the Predators last night. Scoring twice in 29 seconds in the first period and sealing the game with two empty-net goals, the Wild got timely scoring and the usual outstanding performance from goalie Devan Dubnyk. The Wild return home for a two-game homestand that starts tomorrow with a 1:00 p.m. game against the Phoenix Coyotes.

The Wolves also return to action tomorrow when they host James Harden and the Rockets. Tipoff is set for 7:00 p.m. CT.

Here’s a look at one of the worst flops in soccer history.

Again, we all know the rules, but in case someone is new:

-No discussion of politics or religion

-No feeding of the trolls

-Keep the bad language to a minimum (using the spoiler tags, if you must)

-Speaking of which, if discussing a newer show or movie, please use spoiler tags

-No pictures that could potentially get someone fired or in serious trouble at their place of employment

-If you can't disagree in a civil manner, feel free to go away-While navigating the open thread, just assume it's sarcasm

-This isn't a male version of The View, so leave the gender hatred at the door

With that, the disco light is down and the bar is open. Belly up & tie one on. Don't forget to tip your local dolphin brigade, & try the quadruple-fried panther toenails.