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Horns, Swords and a Longship: April 21, 2017

Hey look, we have a schedule now!

Arizona Cardinals v Minnesota Vikings Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images

Look at that, it’s time for the week we have between the schedule being released and the Draft starting for the constant “Oh hey, no losses on this schedule!” optimists to come out of the woodwork and the “Definitely losing every game this year” pessimists to sharpen their pitchforks. Anyway, here’s your open thread.

Longship Log:

CCNorseman dropped his 2017 Consensus Draft Rankings yesterday.

Ted decided to play Deal or No Deal with his latest mock.

Chris took a look at Minnesota’s schedule. Here’s the open thread for any other schedule discussions.

Minnesota will open the 2017 season at home against the *aint’s.

Around the Horns:

Matthew Coller has a few draft articles: 5 Burning Questions with Jon Ledyard, there’s a safety the Vikings might not be able to pass on at #48

Juddzy took a look at this year’s schedule.

Drew Mahowald has five players the Vikings could look to trade up for.

Using last year’s records, the Vikings ended up with a schedule that ranks 6th easiest in the NFL.

Swords from the Opposing Hordes:

Alabama linebacker Reuben Foster failed his Combine drug test.

The sentence came down for the killer of ex-Saint Will Smith.

The Raiders exercised Khalil Mack’s fifth-year option.

Phil Simms, despite his performance in the booth, had his pride hurt when he was replaced by Tony Romo.

Bills offensive tackle Cyrus Kouandjio was in some kind of altercation with police.

Minnesota Sports Update:

The Wild return to the ice tomorrow in an attempt to yet again stave off elimination. The Wild won 2-0 against the Blues on Wednesday, and they hope that a return to home ice will be the spark they need to continue climbing back into their series.

Here’s this week’s video, enjoy everybody.

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 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 splintered fan blades.