What a win yesterday by the USWNT over France that all three of us here at the DN watched, exciting wasn’t it? In case you’re wondering where the “soccer news” stuff came from, it started as a running joke between myself and Gone Fishin about four years ago. A few of us were soccer watchers (me mostly) and took the good natured ribbing in stride (from Gone Fishin), but one guy used to get so mad. Fishin and I were talking about it yesterday trying to remember who that was. Today’s lead picture is Randall Cunningham for those of you to young to remember. 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:
Previewing the 2019 NFC North with the Next Fan Up Podcast featuring our own Christopher Gates.
Vikings news from other sources:
From Vikings.com Head Coach Mike Zimmer was wired for sound during a practice during mandatory minicamp earlier this month.
Lunch break: PFF Highlights Vikings linebacker and safety tandems among the league’s best.
NFC North Roundup:
At Pride of Detroit Ask POD: Tee up another week of Detroit Lions questions.
Notes: Matt Prater and Sam Martin getting it done with their... arms?
What if the Detroit Lions were a winning franchise?
2018 Detroit Lions roster review: Will Kenny Wiggins hold onto a starting spot?
Lions notes: Yahoo ranks Detroit as 25th best team in the NFL.
At Windy City Gridiron Which Bears player do you wish had a healthy career?
Betting the Bears: Odds for MVP.
Remembering the 1995 Bears’ offensive line.
NFC North Roster Comparisons: Offensive Lines.
Over at Acme Packing Company Packers’ Top Plays of 2018, #1: Randall Cobb’s 75-yard score completes the comeback.
NFC North Roster Additions: Vikings targeted depth on the offensive line.
Packers Top Plays of 2018: Honorable mentions.
Friday Cheese Curds: Packers shouldn’t forget about Jamaal Williams.
Remembering Joe Delaney, 36 years later by Mike Florio. If you don’t know who Joe was, you need to read this article.
Consistent with the weekend news and links I’ll post the rest of the league news in the comments.
We come to today’s media selection: Kid Rock - All Summer Long
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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 purple koolaid and Welcome Aboard.