Merry Tuesday, everyone!
We suffer through the dreaded Tuesday together as we eagerly await our favorite team’s next match up. The good guys travel to London to take on Cleveland. On paper, this looks to be a blowout, and we should be brimming with confidence. We’re not, though. Why? Because we’re Vikings fans, we never take anything for granted, and we’ve learned, through much trial, error, pain, and mental anguish, that the worst can ALWAYS happen. I normally would have some pity for the Browns, as I generally try not to be cordial. BUT, this past off-season, the Browns decided to hire Satan’s son and all around dirty SOB, Gregggggggggggggggggggggggg Williams, as their defensive coordinator. Therefore, I hope we win by 77 points and hold them to negative offensive yardage. I also hope Gregggggggggg stubs his toe.
Around the DN since our last open thread:
Arif posted Norse Code Podcast 205: Getting Weird With It. Arif should really play some Weird Al intro music for this one.
Got a question for Ted & Di? Ask Roughing the Podcast!
Joe Thomas is likely out for the season with a torn triceps, per Chris. I hate that, I have a ton of respect for Joe Thomas. I hate to see anyone get inured, especially a guy like him. I wonder if Cleveland will call for a rule change to put an end to defenders trying to get past the offensive linemen, it can result in the O linemen getting injured.
Eric looks at five game-changing plays from Sunday’s Vikings-Ravens game.
Ted looks at the Vikings’ 2018 salary cap, and it’s looking mighty fine.
Andrew Sendejo has been suspended for one game, per J-Dog. Sendejo tackled someone on Sunday, and that’s frowned upon.
Ted was here with the latest Zim-Tzu, Quoth the Zim-Tzu, Nevermore Ravens.
Ted & Di posted Roughing the Podcast 35, and it’s more elite than Joe Flacco.
Vikings news from elsewhere:
From Vikings.com, the team brought in a huge actor who plays in that Harry Potter show y’all watch, Coach Zimmer addressed the media yesterday, and there’s lots more to browse through in the media vault.
News from around the rest of the NFL:
Y’all know I’m a big fan of Carson Wentz. It’s not just that he’s a great QB, and it’s not just that he’s from North Dakota (although that definitely helps), it’s that he’s a good person, and the type of person I hope my son looks up to as he gets older. To get a glimpse of what I mean, check out our media selection today, it’s well worth watching. You may want to bring a tissue, there’s a little bit of dust floating around in the room.
I like posting stories like this, I don’t think the media spends enough time talking about the good in players. It’s not totally the fault of the media, it’s sad to say, but the average consumer would rather read a story about a player getting arrested than read a story about a player doing something selfless for someone else.
From ESPN, DeShone Kizer apologized for being in a bar. Yes, he’s 21 or older. No, he wasn’t doing anything wrong, he was just standing at the bar talking to a couple friends. Someone posted the video on social media, since apparently videos of some guys talking at the bar is SO interesting (reason # 76,325,028,295 I don’t get on social media very often). I really don’t know why he’s apologizing. He said he’s apologizing because being asked about the video is a distraction. I’d say the person asking the question and the person who posted the video should be the ones apologizing, but that’s just me.
We come to our media selection:
We all know the rules, but in case someone is new:
-No discussion of politics or religion
-No feeding of the trolls
-This isn't a male version of The View, so leave the gender hatred at the door
-Keep vulgar language to a minimum, using spoiler tags if you must
-No pictures that could get someone fired or in serious trouble with their employer
-If you can't disagree in a civil manner, feel free to go away
-While navigating the open thread, just assume it's sarcasm
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.