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Monday Open Thread: August 15, 2016

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Happy Monday everyone! The Vikings' first pre-season game is in the books as we defeated the Bengals 17-16 on Friday. Did everyone see that bomb to Johnson? Pretty sweet throw, right on the money. I want to see some improvement in our run defense, but I thought the team looked good overall, if a bit rusty.

Around the DN since our last open thread:

Logo tees are back at the Daily Norseman Store. There was another new addition as well.

Chris posted a wrap-up of the Vikings-Bengals match-up.

Chris posted a video of the 10 yard TD run from C.J. Ham.

Join DN's 2016 pick 'em pool. Also, join the 2016 DN survival football pool.

Ted posted the stock market report for the Vikings-Bengals game.

Chris talked about the Vikings offense with Football Outsiders.

The More Than Words 2016 campaign has come to an end after a very successful year.

Vikings news from other sources:


The rule changes impacted Friday's game.

The Vikings worked on their run defense as they returned to Winter Park.

Trae Waynes stepped up for the Vikings.

Laquon Treadwell, who can never play in the NFL because of his 40 time, had an impressive debut, and so did other rookies.

Here are game highlights of Friday's game.

Mike Zimmer addressed the media on Sunday.

Around the NFL:

Here's a roundup of last week's scores from

From, Brock Osweiler underwhelmed in his debut with the Texans, and Carson Wentz suffered a hairline fracture in his rib after a hit on Friday.

Twins update:

Gibson got shelled a bit on Friday, and the Twins couldn't figure out Ventura (not Ace Ventura) and they fell to the Royals 3-7. They rebounded on Saturday, as Duffey looked rock solid and Dozier continued tearing it up, and the Twins won 5-3. Yesterday was ugly. The Twins recently traded one of their only good players for a pitcher who has sucked, as per protocol for the Twins. He got rocked again yesterday, and the Twins lost 11-4.

We come to today's media selection. I'm sure we'll be playing this a lot this year. For those of you who are new, we play the Vikings fight song. So, here's the first of many times we'll play it this year.

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.