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Minnesota Vikings News and Links: February 13, 2019

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Slow NFL news season is a perfect time to share smoker/grilling recipes, argue about beer, and speculate rampantly about the draft & how the 2019 season will unfold.

Robert Smith #26...

Merry Wednesday, everyone!

The good ol’ slow NFL news season is upon us, and the endless surge of NFL stories has become a trickle. Soon, people will be searching for ANYTHING football related, and it’s fun to watch folks get creative. In another month, desperation will have set in, and someone will churn out a multi-pager about the practice squad tight end’s cousin’s cat, named MVP, and how the white spots on the cat’s back look a little bit like an 8, which means, of course, that Kirk Cousins is going to have an MVP year, and lead the Vikings to the Super Bowl. The pessimists will insist that it means he’s used up 8 of his nine lives, and that MVP stands for moves very pleadingly. Chaos will ensue, chairs will be thrown. Three open threads will be required to handle the comment count.

Around the DN since our last open thread:

One of the Vikings’ games made NFL.com’s top 20 games of 2018, per Chris. Oh, it wasn’t a win (for the Vikings, anyway).

Two NFC North teams may kick off the 2019 season, but the Vikes won’t be one of them, per Chris.

Vikings news from other sources and news from around the rest of the NFL.........if there is any news.

From NFL.com, Antonio Brown is still technically a Steeler, but that didn’t stop him from sending a good-bye tweet to the Pittsburgh fans. Gee, sounds like contract negotiations aren’t going very well?

You hate to see this happen to someone. Jeffery Simmons, a DT who was projected to get picked in the first round of the draft, suffered a torn ACL during a workout. Man, work your butt off to make it to the top, you get through the college season without major injury, and you think you’ve got it, then........ That sucks. Hope the kid comes back strong.

We come to today’s media selection:

Alright, the off-season gives me time to play some of the greats, and here’s one of my current faves. This is Robert Earl Keen, enjoy!

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 and tie one on. Don’t forget to tip your waitress, and try the head cheese.