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Thursday Open Thread: July 21, 2016

Come catch up on the latest and greatest about the Vikings!

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Merry Thorsday, everyone! We're almost to the weekend, thankfully. Then it's a one day work week for me, & I'm off to the cities to watch the Braves!

Around the DN since our last open thread:

The gallery is open for the Epic DN Fan Photo Contest. Week 2 is up and running, and we're waiting for your photos. Seriously, we have a lot of members, this gallery should get really full, really fast. Get your photos to

Thanks to Jotunheim for the heads-up on this. Brandon Lee Gowton at Bleeding Green Nation put together the average height and weight of every NFL team. The Vikings have the tallest team, and the third heaviest.

Vikings news from other sources:

UPI has a 2016 Minnesota Vikings preview.

U.S. Bank Stadium willhost the X Games in 2017 and 2018.

Ben Goessling at ESPN thinks Laquon Treadwell should be in the starting lineup for the Vikings.

Around the NFL:

Larry Fitzgerald says he has a lot of football left in him, per

From, the Lions added defensive end Quanterus Smith yesterday.

Twins update:

Wow, the Twins are turning it on a bit. Santana had a nice outing, and the ever-powerful Joe Mauer added a home run as the Twins took another from the Tigers. Final score was 4-1.

We come to the daily media selection. Thanks to Can't Read Good for the heads-up on these guys, I like their stuff.

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 blood sausage.