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Wednesday Open Thread: July 25, 2018

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We finally have some live football-ish action to talk about!

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Merry Wednesday, everyone!

It’s the peak of the week, and we have some real football-type stuff happening. Rookies started training camp yesterday, and there were no injuries, so we should be happy. We even had more shuffling of the roster by the front office, as Rick and Co. work on building the team that will finally capture that elusive title. There is also some somber news to share in our purple and gold family, as Bruce Grant, son of Bud Grant, passed away. Condolences to the Grant family.

Around the DN since our last open thread:

The Vikings cancelled Friday’s training camp so the team could attend Tony Sparano’s memorial service, by Skelly10.

Jonah Dylan gives us a look at which Vikings rookies could contribute in 2018.

The Vikings signed center J.P. Quinn, and released TE Josiah Price, per Ted.

Chris shared the news of Bruce Grant having passed away. Bruce is the son of Bud Grant.

Lucas Ailport gives us an in-depth look at Jake Wienke, a Vikings rookie under the radar.

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

Fox 9 looks at Vikings training camp being held somewhere other than Mankato for the first time in a long time. Mankato sure was a fun place to go for training camp, I’m glad I got there to experience it. I’m also looking forward to checking out the new place, and it’ll cut a bit of time off of my commute, it’ll really be a shorter drive than that “shortcut” I took to Mankato last year.

ESPN has rankings for all 32 starting QBs, ranked by a panel of 50 NFL coaches and “execs”. I don’t know about you, but I’m immediately skeptical of anything referencing an unnamed “NFL exec”. I’m convinced these are just make-believe people, or it’s someone who just happens to work for the team, directly or indirectly. Here’s how it happens. The journalist has a deadline to meet, and has a story kinda put together that is backed up by nothing other than his/her imagination, the journalist runs into someone in the bathroom or in the line at the coffee shop and finds out that the person is actually the janitor who cleans the out house at the Packers’ front office headquarters. The two talk for 14 seconds about the various strategies for making gravy, and then the journalist goes home and uses the janitor (an NFL exec) as the source to back up their fabricated story.

More ex-NFL players were named in a second sexual harrasment lawsuit filed against the NFL Network, per USA Today. Michael Irvin and Eric Davis (the defensive back, not the baseball player) joined the naughty list with the ex-players accused in the first lawsuit; Marshall Faulk, Ike Taylor, and Heath Evans. IF they did what they are accused of, then I have no sympathy for them. Rubbing your genitals on someone, WTH? Again, they’re only accused, so we’ll see what happens.

We come to today’s media selection:

I got nothin’, so I’ll fall back to playing one by the best rock band that ever was or ever will be.

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 anything you read is 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 northern