Good Morning, It’s Saturday!
First, our condolences to the family and friends of Green Bay Packer great Paul Hornung. We’re starting to lose some of the early great football players that preceded the national coverage of the league due to age; if you don’t know who Mr. Hornung was (besides he played for the Packers) look for Vince Lombardi or Jerry Kramer’s books at your local library to see what a driving force he was for the Packer success in the early and middle 60’s...or you know when I was born. The league (and players association) owe their success to these players, many of whom are not known to the average fan. I did see the poll results from yesterday, bowing to social pressure, my own work and personal pressures this will have to stand for the weekend thread. I’m sure there will be plenty of front page articles to comment on and if nothing else it will be a Red Zone weekend full of football. Meanwhile we’ll carry on with our news and links open thread full of crockpot recipes, nap strategies and beer recommendations; drop by for some fan wisdom, snark and it’s Saturday, time to start the smoker and get the weekend started!
Around the DN since our last open thread:
Vikings news from other sources:
From Vikings.com: Paul Allen is joined by Ron Johnson and Pete Bercich to look at if the team can keep winning games by leaning so heavily on Dalvin Cook, the importance of winning the turnover battle, and how to keep the ground game going against the stingy Bears defense.
Irv Smith Jr., C.J. Ham Sidelined for 2nd Practice Before Vikings-Bears Game | Injury Report.
Opposing Viewpoint: 5 Questions (and Answers) About Bears.
Lunchbreak: ESPN Breaks Down Implications of Vikings-Bears Results.
NFL Expert Picks: Can Vikings Notch Rare Win at Soldier Field?
QB Index, Week 10: Kyler Murray, Drew Brees jump into top 10.
Bears coach Matt Nagy hands off play-calling duties to Bill Lazor.
We come to today’s media selection: ACDC - For those about to Rock
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 wash your hands, and Welcome Aboard!
Topic of the day: The Vikings are starting the second half of their season, and are at a pivotal game. Win and we’re talking a possible playoff berth as a wild card, lose and we’re back to mock drafts and trying to figure out which top tier QB the Vikings can draft. Put your score prediction for the Monday game in the comments.