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Horns, Swords and a Longship: January 27, 2016

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Boy that was a quick January!

Minnesota Vikings v Atlanta Falcons
A reminder that the Vikings have beaten one of this year’s Super Bowl contenders several times over the last few seasons.
Photo by Scott Cunningham/Getty Images

Figured a “Taunt the Patriots” meme was appropriate with the Super Bowl just over a week away. Who you got winning?

Longship Log

In what can only be named as a possible crisis situation for any and all Vikings fans, Mike Zimmer is still unable to see out of one of his eyes and will require another surgery. No news yet as to what said eye issues might do to his coaching career.

Around the Horns

The Vikings should take a lesson from this year’s NFC Champions to learn how to bounce back from a tough season.

Matthew Coller has been killing it over at 1500ESPN: He wonders how much it will take for the Vikings to keep CP84, what the Vikings can (and should) learn from how the Patriots fixed their offensive line, whether the Vikings can find a new backup quarterback at the Senior Bowl, and the ninth part of his features on the future of the Vikings.

Vikings players are having fun at the Pro Bowl.

FOX believes there is no reason for the Vikings to bring back Adrian Peterson next season.

Swords from the Opposing Hordes

Julio Jones is pretty good at this football thing.

Joe Thomas has an opinion of what position should be taken over quarterback with the #1 pick.

Looks like Ty Montgomery will be a running back going forward for the Pack.

The new touchback rules had little or no effect on the number of injuries on kickoffs.

Pat McAfee makes a lot of sense.

Minnesota sports update:

The Minnesota Wild won their final game of the season last night, shutting down the St. Louis Blues at home for a 5-1 victory. Five different players scored for the Wild, and the team heads into the All-Star Break as the best team in the Western Conference and just three points behind Washington for the best team in hockey (with a game in hand!) The Wild now have some time off, and they don’t play again until next Tuesday, when they start a four-game Canadian road trip. So for now, three members of the Wild head for the All-Star festivities and the rest can rest up and prepare for the second half of the season.

The Timberwolves have been playing fairly well recently, but were unable to lock down the Pacers in key moments last night and dropped 103-109 heartbreaker at home. KAT led with 33 points, 10 rebounds and four assists as the Timberwolves bench combined to score just 14 points on 4/12 shooting. Yikes! Anyway, the T-Wolves return to action tomorrow as they host the horrible Brooklyn Nets. That game tips off at 8:00 p.m. CT.

Fun to watch where these two teams are now, huh?

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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 electromagnetic quasar-vodka.