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Thursday Open Thread: December 29, 2016

We’re almost to the last weekend of 2016

Dallas Cowboys v Minnesota Vikings Photo by Adam Bettcher/Getty Images

Merry Thursday, everyone!

Just three short days until our last game of the season, let’s go out with a bang. Better yet, let’s go out with an offensive explosion. It’s too late to salvage the season, but we can at least go out on a high note.

Around the DN since our last open thread:

Arif posted Norse Code Podcast Episode 169: Nice!.

The Vikings signed Cayleb Jones to the practice squad.

MarkSP18 looks at which college football players (from the bowl games) are future Vikings.

Chris has your Minnesota Vikings Power Rankings Roundup: Week 17.

Vikings news from other sources:

The Pioneer-Press wonders if Adrian Peterson has played his last game as a Viking.

Mark Craig at the Strib says that this year’s weirdness doesn’t come close to 2010.

Adrian Peterson missed practice yesterday, per ESPN.


Mike Zimmer addressed the media yesterday, and said he has a lot of things to look at from this year.

Sam Bradford also addressed the media, and talked about Pat Shurmur and about finishing strong.

The following players talked with the media: Captain Munnerlyn, Harrison Smith, Eric Kendricks, and Tom Johnson.

Captain Munnerlyn received the Korey Stringer Good Guy Award again.

Lindsey Young looks at the value of a backup quarterback.

Around the rest of the league:

Doug Martin tested positive for PEDs and will begin a four game suspension immediately, per ESPN.

From ESPN, Carson Wentz bought all the Eagles O linemen shotguns for Christmas.

The Jaguars reportedly interviewed Tom Coughlin for their vacant head coaching position, according to Yahoo Sports.

From, Antonio Gates is leaning towards returning for another season in San Diego.

Other sports news of note:

I forgot to post this yesterday, but the Wild made it 11 in a row on Tuesday. They had to use overtime, but they defeated the predators, 3-2.

We come to today’s media selection.

We haven’t had this one in a while, it’s footage of some folks tackling the evil Merril roundabout.

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 beer light is on and the bar is open. Belly up & tie one on. Don't forget to tip your waitress, & try the hog maws.