Hope your 4th of July celebration was on point; ours was interrupted with rain and thunderstorms, we ended up not being able to grill and went out for dinner. All is not lost as the steaks and fish we were going to have last night will get thrown on the grill tonight. Time to 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 leave work early, it’s Friday.
Around the DN since our last open thread:
ABG fanposted The Top 10 Best Things to Grill on the 4th of July.
Vikings news from other sources:
From Vikings.com Wobby addresses fan comments and questions, including what the newly re-signed Kyle Rudolph can bring in 2019, realistic expectations for the rookie class, how WR Jordan Taylor might be used on offense and special teams, the biggest challenge facing the Vikings this season, and more.
Get a behind-the-scenes look at this spring’s VEN Days, where players took care of photo and video duties for the season, and also, find out if there’s anyone on the team who hasn’t been yelled at by Coach Zimmer?
Total Access: Ranking the top 5 defenses heading into the 2019 season.
How PFF grades pass protection, from Pro Football Focus.
We come to today’s media selection: Sturgill Simpson - Pan Bowl
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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!