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Wednesday Open Thread: January 31, 2018

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It’s the peak of the week, you have a nice downhill ride into the weekend and Super Bowl Sunday

NFL: NFC Divisional Playoff-New Orleans Saints at Minnesota Vikings Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Merry Hump Day, everyone!

Well, the off-season shuffling has started in earnest, and it’s not even the off-season yet (officially, anyway). I expect to hear about the Vikes’ next offensive coordinator sometime today or tomorrow, so I’m eager to see who they choose. I think we saw the difference a coach can make when we made the previous swap. Let’s hope they can keep trending in the upward direction with this hire.

News from around the DN since our last open thread:

Chris invites you to feed yourself something different for SB Sunday this year (different for some, a regular occasion for many on the open thread).

In case you weren’t hungry.....yet, Admiral Big Gun has a Superb Owl food fanpost.

Vikings fans are determined to kill Eagles fans with kindness, from SB Nation.

Brad Childress has announced his retirement, per Chris. I heard he wants to use his extra free time learning to count to 12.

MarkSP18 fills us in on the Vikings off-season plans post-Senior Bowl.

Wow! The off-season craziness has gotten off to a fast start. The Chiefs reportedly have agreed to send QB Alex Smith to the Washington Redskins, and the Redskins are rumored to have agreed to offer Smith a 4-year extension for something around $94 million with $71 million in guarantees. Also, this means that Kirk Cousins will be the hot commodity in free agency, I can’t imagine the crazy money someone will throw at him. Holy cow.

Vikings news from other sources and news from around the league:

The Pioneer Press is reporting that Anthony Barr would like a long-term extension with the Vikings.

Rick, you know what to do

This one from 1500ESPN seems timely, they ask whether the Vikings should offer Kirk Cousins a long-term contract.

From Vikings.com, Wobby opens the Pick 6 Mailbag, Anthony Barr chatted about the upcoming year, as did Eric Kendricks.

The most recent news I could find about the Alex Smith trade before I shut down last night was this report from Sporting News.

ESPN looks at the most likely landing spots for Kirk Cousins.

We come to today’s media selection.

Here’s one of the many excellent southern rock bands from back in the 70s-80s, it was a great era of music.

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 Drano. In the immortal words of Frank Drebbin, “Sure, it’ll clean you out, but it’ll leave you feeling hollow inside”