Thursday was my first day off in a week, it was time to start putting the Christmas stuff away. I got the Christmas lights off the house and was getting ready to put them and the ladder away when I found my purple lights. Two years ago I purchased lights from Amazon when the Vikings made the playoffs and did a Fanpost about it. Bob and I have been flying our respective team’s flags all week, although Bob now has a flag that says Super Bowl Champions......I can’t top that, yet. We’ve had some new families moved into the ‘hood since 2017; one of the inquisitive little girls came over and said “those are nice lights, but Christmas is over, why did you put them up?” She’s six years old, so I carefully explained the meaning of the flags on the house and the purple lights. After a few seconds she said “but why aren’t you a Jaguars fan, my Daddy is.” Just as I was going to launch into a long detailed explanation of the highs and lows of Vikings’ fandom, she cut me off and said “I have to go play now.” 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 check the smoker, you don’t want dry brisket tonight.
Around the DN since our last open thread:
Vikings Friday injury report: Mackensie Alexander OUT vs Saints notes Chris.
Minnesota Vikings re-sign Marcus Sherels, place Mike Hughes on injured reserve
Eric’s Weekly Game Article, Vikings at Saints Wild Card Preview: The New Orleans Normalcy? We all remember the last time these two teams met in the playoffs.
Ted posted Five Good Questions: Canal Street Chronicles. We check in with the Saints SB Nation site to discuss this week’s wildcard game with the Managing Editor Chris Dunnells. Obligatory Welcome Aboard Chris!
Climbing The Pocket: Episode 182 - Happy but Not Content. Myles Gorham and Yinka Ayinde join Jayson Brown to look back at the Vikings regular season, to preview the playoff matchup with the Saints, and to discuss the rumors swirling around Zimmer’s future.
Unbelievable! - Vikes Go Marching In. BJ Reidell and Drew Mahowald break down the Vikings’ impending matchup with the Saints.
Vikings news from other sources:
From Vikings.com Head Coach Mike Zimmer addressed the media from the TCO Performance Center on Friday and discussed Hughes and Alexander Being Out: ‘We’ll Find A Way’
Offensive Coordinator Kevin Stefanski addressed the media from the TCO Performance Center on Thursday on Dealing With The Noise Factor, His Head Coaching Candidacy, Having A Healthy Offense, More.
Marcus Sherels: ‘I’m Happy to Come Back & Help This Team Any Way I Can’
NFL Expert Picks: Vikings Tabbed Underdogs Against Saints.
Also from Mr. Coller: For Kirk Cousins, victory in New Orleans rests in the details.
Consistent with the Saturday Thread I’ll put league news in the comments section, also look for game threads for the Saturday games probably 30 minutes before kickoff.
Wild Card Playoff Schedule this weekend: (All times Central)
We come to today’s media selection: AC/DC - For Those About To Rock (We Salute You)
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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, and Welcome Aboard!
Who wins the playoff game between the Vikings and the Saints?
This poll is closed
Saints (this is not the correct answer by the way)