The Hall of Fame game was last night and I’ll be honest...I didn’t watch. I’m not likely to watch football unless the Vikings are playing or it’s a game that has playoff ramifications for the Vikings, which is way to early to project or worry about at this juncture. One week from today the Vikings take on the Saints for their first preseason game; good game and no injuries all around. Meanwhile, let’s 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:
The Front Page writers have the Minnesota Vikings Training Camp stories in one convenient place.
Wludford posits Kirk Cousins: Turning a Page?
From Chris the Vikings have added Tyler Catalina to offensive line mix.
Aviante Collins leaves Vikings practice on cart, hope it’s not serious.
Sign up for The Daily Norseman FanPulse! (side note I had a lot of fun with this last year)
Climbing The Pocket: Episode 160 [A Conversation with QB1 - Jordan Reid]
(I recommend these guys, I enjoy their work)
Vikings news from other sources:
From Vikings.com Head Coach Mike Zimmer addressed the media from the TCO Performance Center on Thursday: my major concern at this point is lack of grit and fight from the defense.
Watch highlights from the Thursday, August 1 training camp practice at the TCO Performance Center.
Five things to know about new Vikings guard Tyler Catalina.
From Matthew Coller at SkorNorth.com Vikings’ defense is preparing for play-action to trend in 2019.
Also from Matthew: Vikings impressed with growth of nickel corner Mackensie Alexander.
It’s that time for one of my favorite series every year Deadspin’s “Why Your Team Sucks” by Drew Magary. The most recent team to get roasted is the Buffalo Bills. I’ll continue to update the teams as they are posted.
From NFL.com Ryan Kalil comes out of retirement to join N.Y. Jets.
Aspiring coaches, GMs frustrated with NFL’s diversity issue.
Falcons GM wants to make Julio Jones the highest-paid receiver.
Melvin Gordon seeking more than $10M per year.
We come to today’s media selection: Slayer - Black Magic
(by request of one of my children)
Again, we all know the rules, but in case someone is new:
-No discussion of politics or religion
-No feeding of the trolls
-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 appletini and Welcome Aboard!