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Wednesday Open Thread: June 3, 2020

We’ve reached the peak of this slow off-season week

Minnesota Vikings Quarterback Brad Johnson During NFL Game Photo by LAYNE KENNEDY/Corbis via Getty Images

Happy Hump Day, everyone!

We are definitely in an unprecedented slow cycle for NFL-related news and discussion. So, to generate some meaningful dialogue, I’ll throw out a few talking points, and let you take them and run with them in the comments.

  1. If you had to live with only one of the two, would you choose to have a smoker or a grill?
  2. Your favorite food to cook on the smoker
  3. Any favorite recipes that you have for a homemade rub or brine
  4. What’s worse, banned topics or people who can’t have a civil discussion?
  5. Why DO birds suddenly appear?

Around the DN since our last open thread:

According to Pro Football Focus, the Vikings’ most underrated player is Danielle Hunter, story by Chris.

Other Vikings/NFL news, and random oddities and annoyances:

DT Timmy Jernigan will not be signing with the Texans, as was previously expected, and will remain a free agent, per

From, all 32 NFL teams will hold training camps at their team’s facilities, and there will be no joint practices. Teams will only be granted an exception “if they can show to the NFL-NFLPA medical task force that it would not be feasible to conduct at their team facility”.

We come to today’s media selection:

If you haven’t heard it, this is an amazing duet by an unlikely pair. Merle Haggard and Jewel team up to sing That’s the Way Love Goes. Enjoy!

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 wash your hands, touch your face often, and go ahead and try the finger food.