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Thorsday Open Thread: June 8, 2017

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Hey, the weekend’s almost here!

Qadry Ismail Vikings

Merry Thorsday, everyone!

Wow, I had an awesome day off yesterday. Our party was a huge success, I’m guessing we had over 60 people there. The brisket was amazing, as were the stuffed jalapenos and all the other food and snacks. Plus, I got out for a couple hours of fishing in the kayak early before the party started. Overall, we’re elated with how it went.

My early afternoon yesterday

Around the DN since our last open thread:

Chris looked at number 92 in the latest Minnesota Vikings by the Numbers.

Mike Zimmer says he needs to take rehab more seriously.

The NFLPA is considering grievances that would void the deals signed by many of this year’s rookies.

Vikings news from other sources:

From the Pioneer Press, Robert Smith says that Dalvin Cook has ‘got it all’. I’m really pulling for this kid, I love seeing guys who overcome crappy situations and make it to the top, I hope he’s the next one to do it.

For those of you who thought the Vikes may pursue FA WR Eric Decker, it’s not sounding promising from what Spielman had to say, per the Pioneer Press.

From Vikings.com, here’s an interview with Robert Smith, and some highlights from the 9th day of OTAs.

Around the rest of the league:

After meeting with the Bills, Jeremy Maclin will next visit the Ravens, per NFL.com.

Over at ESPN, some think that the Jets are already tanking 2017 and looking to 2018.

Other sports news of note:

Steve Sarkisian drew inspiration from C.C. Sabathia in his battle with alcoholism.

We come to today’s media selection.

Here’s one of the more beautiful voices you’ll find in jazz music, Ella Fitzgerald. I think she and Billie Holiday are neck & neck.

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 chitlins.