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Wednesday Open Thread: February 20, 2019

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The underwear olympics are approaching quickly, I can’t wait to see which O linemen do well on the 40, and of course, the all-important vertical jump.

Repairs Continues After Metrodome Roof Collapses Photo by Hannah Foslien /Getty Images

Merry Hump Day, everyone!

The underwear olympics are almost upon us. I do enjoy watching a couple of the guys go through the routine, usually if there is a question mark or if someone is returning from injury and you want to gauge their recovery. The rest seems a bit goofy, but I am entertained when someone does really well or really poorly (usually doesn’t matter why, it’s all about the numbers, yo), and then we get to watch the analysts and everyone else throw out the 3-4 years of game film they have on a guy, simply because of how he performed on play-day (speaking of which, I think the 3-legged race should be a combine event). Then the little nameplate of the man who, on Monday, was on a team’s first-round slot on the draft board, with “Joe Montana, Jr., future GOAT” written on it, gets taken off of the first round slot, edited to read “Spurgeon Wynne + Ryan Leaf x Cleveland Browns”, and placed on the wall, underneath the 7th round and potential undrafted free agent signeees, to be used as dart practice, and laughed at for eternity......or until the draft is over. Goofballs.

As I write this, I’m looking forward to waking up at 4 am so I can get to the airport for a 6 am flight. That flight will take me east about 400 miles to Minneapolis so that I can then fly back to the west (passing almost directly over my departure) about 1600 miles. The inefficiency bugs me...... a lot, but so does the thought that Minny may not be open due to the snow storm. Although, I hear that tomorrow’s snow won’t be nearly as heavy as what will be there on Friday and Saturday. I fly back on Friday, but I believe we fly through Denver, which is much more of a logical route, so hopefully I can get back home. I haven’t been back to Seattle since I lived there in the early/mid 90s, so it’ll be fun to see my old stomping grounds. Hopefully I’m allowed back in, they have to have forgotten by now, one would think.

Around the DN since our last open thread:

Adam Thielen’s agent is cautiously optimistic that the Vikings will be giving Thielen a raise, per Ted. I think the standard COLA increase is usually 3%, must be what they’re referring to. Actually, I think he’s earned it, and teams have no problem asking guys to take a pay cut, so might as well ask. I’m guessing he’s asking for far-less than the ridiculous increase traitor Ragnar demanded.

The franchise window is open, but the Vikings don’t appear to be interested in sticking their head out of it, per Chris. I don’t blame them, it’s cold outside.

Vikings news from elsewhere, other NFL News, and our media selection:

Yeah, I combined them, I have to get up in a few hours, and we all know there isn’t any news, so I’m going with efficiency.

ESPN has a piece suggesting how the NFL’s worse quarterbacks can improve in 2019. Bortles should improve by sitting on the bench in 2019, but I don’t see that mentioned in the article. They must not have thought of that.

From NFL.com, the new Packers QB coach, Luke Getsy, thinks that Aaron Rodgers wants to be coached. Okaaaaaayyyyyyy........? That’s kinda how the whole ‘player-coach’ dynamic thing works, right? I wonder if the new GM thinks that the Packers want to be GM’ed. Maybe the popcorn salesman thinks that the popcorn wants to be sold. Based on this story, I think that team is going to be tough this year, I hope the Vikings are ready.

Just because.

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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.