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Minnesota Vikings News and Links: February 8th, 2019

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Weekend Eve Open Thread

Scott Studwell

Good Morning!

While I was at work last night I was perusing the thread and I noticed a common theme in a lot of the comments, negativity. I’m the first guy to admit last years Vikings season was not what I expected coupled with the kick in the ‘nads that the end of the 2017 season didn’t provide much if anything in the way of anything other than a mediocre season. You, my fellow DN’ers are entitled to your opinion but if your only reason to log in to complain about how bad the next two seasons are going to be, might I suggest you take a DN break for a while. Go outside, try a new craft shandy or get started on that honey-do list you’ve been putting off during the season. Come back when you’re ready to talk Vikings football in any manner other than how bad this coming season is going to be. It’s starting to weigh on myself and some of the other readers (I have the emails), however if that’s what you think then by all means stay. Now that we have that out of the way, time to carry on with our news and links open thread full of beer recommendations, nap strategies, crock pot and smoker recipes. Fire up the mock drafts and drop by for some fan wisdom, snark and try a Marshall Zhukov.

Around the DN since our last open thread:

We’re adopting an AAF team for the inaugural season, but which one asks Chris.

The Alliance of American Football starts Saturday, and it has some interesting rule changes per Ted.

2019 NFL Draft: McShay Mock has Vikings projected to take DE, this from Ted and pretty sure I threw something after I read it.

Chris writes another Winfield is making his way to Minnesota.

Vikings news from other sources:

From Vikings.com On The Line: Kirk Cousins on offensive staff changes, excitement for 2019, meeting With Fran Tarkenton.

Lunch break: NFL.com reveals defining moment of the Vikings 2018 Season.

Harrison Smith’s best plays from the 2018 Season.

League news:

From NFL.com a full list of participants invited to the 2019 combine.

QB stock watch: Patrick Mahomes up, Aaron Rodgers down.

Chiefs say ‘no more basketball’ for Patrick Mahomes.

Falcons release veteran defensive end Brooks Reed.

We come to today’s media selection: Disturbed “The Sound Of Silence”

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 & tie one on. Don’t forget to tip your waitress, try the Tears of Our Rivals™ and as always, Welcome Aboard!