I hope you have a great start to your three or four day weekend! It’s time to catch up on the smoker, drink beer and fire up that grill. Today we’re going to have some deer from last year as burgers, and some sausage. For Sunday I got my youngest son to smoke a pork butt on the smoker, yes I can say butt up here. Speaking of which, your Game of Thrones fanpost thread will post as usual on Monday.....wait, what it’s over? Oh, well then never mind. Meanwhile we’ll catch up on our NFC North opponents and then carry on with our news and links thread full of beer recommendations, nap strategies, crock pot and smoker recipes. Drop by for some fan wisdom, snark and have another beer, it’s the weekend!
Around the DN since our last open thread:
Wludford continues his series looking at returning Vikings veterans, this time Dalvin Cook: he can shine - but can he stay on the field
Chris has Everson Griffen and Dalvin Cook cracking eggs on Kirk Cousins’ head, but it’s for a good cause.
Vikings news from other sources:
From Vikings.com the Vikings returned to the practice field for the first round of OTAs this week at the TCO Performance Center. Hear from Head Coach Mike Zimmer, QB Kirk Cousins, DT Linval Joseph and others as the team looks to set the tone for the 2019 season.
TE Kyle Rudolph addressed the media following OTA No. 2 on Wednesday. (If you want to know what an extension does regarding the salary cap, check out the question at the :50 mark)
Watch highlights from the third OTA of the 2019 offseason for the Vikings, which took place on Thursday at the TCO Performance Center.
From their lunch break series: Lunchbreak: Linval Joseph happy to have “my guy” Shamar Stephen back.
Presser Points: HC Mike Zimmer assesses newcomers after OTAs.
NFC North Roundup:
Jahlani Tavai is taking things ‘day by day’
Video: Watch Matthew Stafford put Aaron Rodgers’ chugging attempt to shame.
Are you bothered by Damon Harrison, Darius Slay skipping Week 1 of OTAs?
(I’m not, not sure why you asked though)
Notes: Detroit Lions’ backfield ranked 22nd in the NFL.
We’re kicking off our WCG Top 100 Chicago Bears Players list with 100-91.
What’s the most embarrassing Bears jersey to own?
2019 Packers 90-man ranking, 25-21: More consistency needed from second-year WR duo.
Friday Cheese Curds: Darnell Savage could be the savior for the Packers at safety.
Aaron Rodgers & David Bakhtiari hold beer-chugging ‘competition’ at Bucks game.
Consistent with the weekend news and links I’ll post league news in the comments.
We come to today’s media selection: Metallica - No Leaf Clover
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 waiter, try the Chai Tea and Welcome Aboard.
Who’s your very early pick for Mr. Mankato this year?
This poll is closed
Cameron Smith, LB
Armon Watts, DT
Marcus Epps, S
Oli Udo, OT
Kris Boyd, CB
Dillon Mitchell, WR
Tito Odenigbo, DT
Someone else, put your answer in the comments.