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Wednesday Open Thread: September 27, 2017

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We're topping the hill, and ready to coast into another football weekend

Tampa Bay Buccaneers v Minnesota Vikings Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images

Happy Wednesday, everyone!

We're gearing up for our favorite team's first divisional matchup of the year, as they prepare to take on the Lions at home on Sunday. It's another noon game (Yay!), and as you know, the team is coming off of a VERY strong showing against the Buccaneers last week. I really hope this Shurmur offense is the real deal. There's no reason to think it isn't, but as Vikings fans, we learn to be cautious about our optimism.

Okay, so I haven't been around a whole lot to moderate. Sorry about that, but I'm busy and that isn't going to change anytime soon, although I should be able to drop in a little more often in the near future. I've made it a point to avoid the entire National Anthem issue up here in the words that don't exist, and in the stories, and I will continue to avoid it. The simple reason for that being I know where it will lead, and looking back at the past couple days' comments, I'm not wrong. So, I'm going to ask you to avoid bringing it up in the comments. No good will come of it, so don't talk about it, don't refer to it, don't hint about it. Verstehen? Bueno. This is going to seem crazy, but I come to this football blog to talk about..........football (also, grilling, smoker recipes, beer, and how to get my 3 year old down for a nap. That's all I got to say about that).

Around the DN since our last open thread:

Ted has the latest translation of what is my favorite part of the football season week: Zim-Tzu, and Zim-Tzu Doesn't Pass the Buc-k.

Wludford attempts to manage the Vikings increasingly complex QB situation.

Arif posted Norse Code Podcast 197:Inherintly Aggressive.

Vikings news from other sources:

At Vikings.com, Xavier Rhodes is wired for sound, and lots more to watch in the media vault.

Over at the Pioneer Press, they shed light on Mike Harris' retirement, and how he's doing while he handles the congenital brain disease that forced him to retire.

News from around the rest of the NFL:

Had to go to the third page of my google search to find something to put here. Pete Prisco has his week 4 picks, he thinks we'll beat the Lions 21-13.

We come to our media selection.

A song for me, since I forgot to schedule the story to post.

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 liver and onions.