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Minnesota Vikings News and Links: April 3rd, 2020

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Weekend Eve Open Thread

Wild Card Playoffs - Minnesota Vikings v Green Bay Packers Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images

UPDATE: Rob has informed me that the Open Thread for today has been closed and that there won’t be an Open Thread posted for this weekend. This is because, despite numerous hints and warnings, people can’t or won’t stop posting politically-motivated garbage about the Covid-19 situation.

For as long as there have been Open Threads on this site, one of the primary rules has been no politics. There are, quite literally, approximately 83 billion other websites on the internet that you can use to discuss political matters. This site is not among them.

This site is here to talk about Minnesota Vikings football and, given the current environment, to give people a break from stupid, politically-motivated garbage. It will continue to be used for those purposes. Some people have had to receive numerous warnings about posting politically-motivated garbage in the Open Threads and are still here posting.

No more.

Posting political commentary in the Open Threads is now grounds for a permanent ban. Do not pass go. Do not collect $200. You don’t have to go home but you can’t stay here. I don’t care if you have 10 comments, or 100 comments, or 1,000 comments, or 10,000 comments, or 100,000 comments. Posting political crap here = pack your bags and go. Rob and Brad agreed some time ago to be the primary moderators of the Open Threads, and if they kick someone out for this sort of garbage, I trust their judgement 100%.

If we’re going to continue having Open Threads on this site every day, the crap stops now, and it stops permanently. The moderators have neither the time nor the inclination to keep warning people to follow the rules, particularly when they’re simply going to be ignored.

Also, do not use any of the other threads as a surrogate or pseudo-Open Thread.


Good Morning, It’s Friday!

How’s everyone’s social distancing and sheltering at home going? I talked to mrs_rob yesterday and since the local governor announced a 30 day stay at home unless your essential order starting today she said everyone went bananas trying to buy out the local liquor store. I wanted to tell all of them it’s going to remain open, but why spoil the fun? Meanwhile we’ll carry on with our news and links full of crockpot recipes, nap strategies and beer recommendations; drop by for some fan wisdom, snark and it’s weekend eve, stay home unless you’re working from home.

Around the DN since our last open thread:

Chris and Ted have your Minnesota Vikings 2020 Free Agency Tracker

MarkSP18 posted: Vikings Mock v4.2. Free agency is done dried up. May as well mock.

Vikings Next Man Up: WR Bisi Johnson. Second in a series on promising young players on the Vikings roster by Wludford.

Vikings news from other sources:

From Vikings.com Adam Thielen Foundation Announces $100K Donation & KFAN Radiothon for COVID-19 Relief.

2020 NFL Draft Prospects: TEs Group ‘Solid Class’ but No Guarantee of 1st-Rounder.

Matthew Coller at SkorNorth.com ponders: Gary Kubiak can keep it all together.

League News:

NFL considering 2 different draft scenarios for teams.

Concerns over physical health of players rise during pandemic.

Tony Boselli recovering after COVID-19 hospitalization.

Charles Davis 2020 NFL mock draft 2.0: Patriots pick Jordan Love.

Bucs signing QB Blaine Gabbert to back up Tom Brady.

We come to today’s media selection: Fountains of Wayne — Valley Winter Song
(by request)

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, don’t touch your waiter’s face and Welcome Aboard!