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Wednesday Open Thread: August 16, 2017

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Hump Daaayyyyyyyy!

NFL: Minnesota Vikings at Buffalo Bills Timothy T. Ludwig-USA TODAY Sports

Merry Wednesday, everyone!

We’re halfway through the work week, which means we’re halfway to Friday, which means we’re halfway to........VIKINGS FOOTBALL!!!!!!!!! I’m looking forward to seeing some improvement in the performance of our O-line, as their last performance was........sub-par.

Updates from the DN:

Tom Pelissoro reported that he feels there’s more optimism than ever around the team concerning Teddy Bridgewater’s return, per Chris. This warms my heart, I’m rooting for this kid.

Chris continued Minnesota Vikings by the numbers, as he posted number 23.

Chris shared the Football Outsiders report that states that they think the Viking’s offensive line will improve in 2017. There’s really no direction to go but up.

Saxyprince posted Climbing the Pocket: Episode 28 [Undefeated].

Luft Krigare digs in to find out where the Vikings throw the football.

Vikings news from other sources:

Drew Magary is back with Why Your Team Sucks, and yesterday, he featured the Vikings. I love these.

From Vikings.com, Craig Peters reports that Laquon Treadwell spent his offseason learning to be a ‘true receiver’. I have high hopes for Treadwell this year, I hope he lights it up on the field. In the media vault, there are highlights of yesterday’s practice, an interview with Treadwell, another with Rudolph, and Mike Zimmer’s press conference, among many other vids in the vault for your viewing enjoyment.

News from around the rest of the NFL:

From the Sporting News, Jaylon Smith will make his NFL debut on Saturday, when the Cowboys take on the Colts. Best of luck to him, many thought he’d never play again.

From NFL.com, Ezekiel Elliot filed his notice of appeal to his suspension. The appeal is judged by the same guy who just launched a year-plus investigation into the matter, so now he has 10 days to schedule an appeal hearing to see if he thinks he got it wrong, which will likely be his decision. The 400-ish days just wasn’t quite enough to consider everything. What a clown show.

We come to today’s media selection.

Hey, here’s another from the band southparkskolman turned me on to a while back, this is some great stuff.

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 Rocky Mountain Oysters.