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Minnesota Vikings News and Links: December 18th, 2019

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Hump Day Open Thread

NFL: DEC 15 Vikings at Chargers Photo by Kiyoshi Mio/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

Good Morning!

I’m putting this together after midnight; something, something choose your rate choose your fate. I noticed our QB1 and (should be this year) All-Pro LB were snubbed for the Pro Bowl, which again proves it’s a popularity and name recognition contest. If I’m off that weekend and the Vikings aren’t still in the playoffs I’m rolling down to Orlando to try and get some selfies with the Vikings players. Meanwhile, let’s carry on with our news and links open thread full of beer recommendations, nap strategies, crock pot and smoker recipes. Drop by for some fan wisdom, snark and it’s Hump Day and my last day at work for a week.

Around the DN since our last open thread:

Dalvin Cook, Danielle Hunter, Harrison Smith named to Pro Bowl, Kirk Cousins and Eric Kendricks were not notes Chris.

Predicting NFC Playoff Success: Separating the Contenders from the Pretenders by Wludford.

A TED Talk, Week 15. What a difference three months makes ponders Ted.

Unbelievable! - Turnover Luck. BJ Reidell and Drew Mahowald recap the Vikings’ 39-10 victory over the Chargers.

Vikings news from other sources:

From Vikings.com Game Preview: Vikings-Packers.

10 Vikings-Packers Numbers of Note: Rivals Prepare for 119th Border Battle.

Lunchbreak: Randy Moss Named to NFL’s All-Time Team.

Vikings Honor Linval Joseph as 2019 Ed Block Courage Award Recipient.

Children’s Hospital Patients Board ‘Rudy’s Red Eye Express’ for North Pole.

From Matthew Coller at SkorNorth.com The Vikings’ opening script is crushing opponents.

League News:

2020 Pro Bowl snubs: Vikings’ Kirk Cousins leads top 10.

Longtime Iowa coach Hayden Fry dies at age of 90.

NFL Power Rankings, Week 16: Saints leapfrog Seahawks, 49ers.

NFC playoff picture: Glut of 11-3 teams fight for top playoff seeds.

2019 NFL playoff-clinching scenarios for Week 16.

We come to today’s media selection: Pink Floyd - Welcome To The Machine

Again, we all know the rules, but in case someone is new:
-No discussion of politics or religion
-No feeding of the trolls
-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 waiter, throw away the cheese and Welcome Aboard!