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Weekend Open Thread: August 11th and 12th, 2018

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Let’s get the season started!

Chicago Bears v Minnesota Vikings Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images

Good Morning!

Hope you’re having a great weekend with fishing, camping or doing absolutely nothing. Not that you care but the vacation is off to a rousing start as my new job has been texting me all day asking for “more documents.” Had a very nice dinner in downtown Denver last night, got a few looks at the restaurant as I was wearing my purple collar Vikings shirt and a few “Skol Vikings!” from people passing by while we ate. I also got a couple of “Go Broncos” but it was all good as the people were friendly about it. Also had a long discussion with a couple standing behind me in the check in line at the hotel about Case Kenum, they were a nice couple and it’s always fun to talk to knowledgeable football fans. While we’re waiting impatiently for the Vikings preseason to kickoff we’ll continue with our weekend thread full of beer recommendations, nap strategies, crock pot and smoker recipes. Have another cup of coffee and drop by for some fan wisdom and snark. If you watch the preseason game Saturday look for me on TV, I’ll be the one in purple.

Around the DN since our last thread:

Lucas has three key things to watch in the Vikings preseason game against the Broncos.

Jdog has goals, aspirations and things to look for in the Vikings 1st preseason game.

Wludford ponders the Vikings special teamers, who are they beyond the obvious?

Vikings news from other sources:

Rookie kicker Daniel(san) Carlson is excited to to kick before a home crowd. He grew up in Colorado Springs, but there will be a sea of purple in the stands.

From their lunch break series: RB Dalvin Cook’s added ingredient? Honesty from the opposing defense.

Wobby has final thoughts prior to the Vikings preseason kickoff against the Broncos.

Notebook: Siemian & Sloter want to show growth in their return to Denver.

You asked for it, you got it: From Vikings corner: Growing up in a track family, Aviante Collins changed his training regimen.

I normally do a roundup of the NFC North here, I’ll post that Sunday.

Consistent with the weekend thread I’ll post league news in the comments.

We come to today’s media selection: AC/DC-For Those About To Rock We Salute You

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