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Thursday Open Thread: September 15, 2016

Welcome to the Thorsday open thread. Pull up a stool & be nice to the bartender.

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Happy Thirsty Thorsday, everyone! The Jets take on the Bills tonight, in what is sure to be another boring Thursday Night Football snooze-fest.

Around the DN since our last open thread:

Eric Kendricks was named the NFC Defensive Player of the Week.

Eric takes a brief look at Vikings/Packers history.

Fran Tarkenton says the Vikings are ready for a championship run, per wludford.

Wludford also let us know that Sam Bradford got all the first-team reps yesterday.

J-Dog tells us that Blair Walsh is better than we think,

Vikings news from other sources:


The Vikings and Caribou Coffee have partnered to make a cool coffee bar at U.S. Bank Stadium.

Shaun Hill says he's preparing the exact same way.

The Vikings veterans know the Packers rivalry well, per Lindsey Young.

Craig Peters says the Vikings defense is improving against Aaron Rodgers under Coach Zimmer. It couldn't get much worse than it was, he carved up our defenses like a Thanksgiving turkey, prior to 2014.

Around the NFL:

Bill Bilichick is exposing the NFL's new kickoff rule, per Yahoo Sports.

LaDanian Tomlinson is among the first-year eligible players for the Hall of Fame.

Twins update:

Dozier continues to tear it up at the plate......and the Twins pitchers continue to suck. The Twins fell to the Tigers last night, 6-9.

We come to today's media selection. I can't think of a better video to play before the matchup against our rivals to the east.

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.