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Thursday Open Thread: April 6, 2017

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The draft is SLOWLY getting here.......

1987 NFC Divisional Playoffs: Minnesota Vikings v San Francisco 49ers Photo by George Rose/Getty Images

Merry Thursday, everyone!

Man, the weekend is so close, I can smell it. Also, if you take a REALLY big whiff, you may be able to smell draft day.

Around the DN since our last open thread:

Ted has some news about the Vikings’ upcoming London game, it looks like it may be broadcast online.

Wludford looks at Vikings draft prospect Malik McDowell.

Kiper and McShay’s mocks have the Vikings going in different directions, per Chris.

Vikings news from other sources:

Over at the Strib, they point out that mocks by the ‘experts’ vary on who the Vikings will take. Gee, I’m shocked that all mock drafts aren’t similar since they’re all so VERY accurate. Sorry, my sarcasm font is broken, I’m not a huge fan of mock drafts.....or Harry Potter shows.......or blaring music.

From Vikings.com:

Eric Smith pointed out that Datone Jones was tabbed as a top ‘sleeper’ addition.

The deadline is approaching for Mike Zimmer Foundation scholarship applications, per Lindsey Young.

Lindsey Young has a prospect profile on Wisconsin tackle Ryan Ramczyk.

Around the rest of the NFL:

From NFL.com, Marshawn Lynch has told the Raiders that he plans to ‘un-retire’.

Over at the Sporting News, David Steele has a list of 5 QBs who deserve to be in the Hall of Fame as much as Tony Romo.

Our old friend, and a man who I have a ton of respect for is changing uniforms again. John Sullivan is heading west to play for the Rams, per Yahoo Sports.

SI wonders if Richard Sherman is on the decline.

Twins update:

The AL Central co-leading Twins continued on their dominant entrance into the 2017 season with a 9-1 trouncing of the recent World Series champ Royals yesterday. Santiago was sharp as a tack on the mound, and Sano and Escobar led the offensive charge. I keep looking the schedule over, but I just cannot find a loss on it.

We come to today’s media selection.

Thanks to Chris Winter for sorta’ suggesting today’s selection. I love this band.

Again, 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 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 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 pickled pigs feet.