Mandatory minicamp is over, it’s the deadzone for meaningful football news (barring any new extensions) which in recent years haven’t occurred until training camp. However, “there’s always money in the banana stand” so who knows. Meanwhile we’ll 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 go ahead and leave work early, it’s Friday.
Around the DN since our last open thread:
Chris has the news that the Minnesota Vikings Foundation introduces a new food truck initiative to benefit children in the Twin Cities.
Vikings news from other sources:
Head Coach Mike Zimmer addressed the media from the TCO Performance Center on Thursday.
Watch highlights from Thursday’s mandatory minicamp practice, which took place at the TCO Performance Center.
NFL Media’s Tom Pelissero reports from Vikings minicamp on the progress of the offense, which of course will be led by QB Kirk Cousins. -sidenote, I wish Tom would go back to reporting on the Vikings full time.
Courtney Cronin at the ESPN NFC North blog notes the Vikings’ decision to extend Kyle Rudolph reflects all-in mentality.
Veteran players addressed Duke Johnson remarks with Baker Mayfield.
Under 2 min. pass interference reviews subject to ‘stricter criteria’
We come to today’s media selection: Led Zeppelin - When the Levee Breaks (2007 Remaster)
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 apple pie and Welcome Aboard!