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Tuesday Open Thread: July 21, 2020

Is it too early to start looking forward to next weekend?

Wild Card Round - Minnesota Vikings v New Orleans Saints Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images

Merry Tuesday, everyone!

We’re trudging slowly through this new work week in search of a weekend, and all of the fishing that the weekend has to offer. The walleye are still biting up on the big lake, so I’m thinking of taking the boat and the fam up for a little mini-vacation one of these weekends, maybe it’ll be this upcoming weekend.

Around the DN since our last open thread:

Chris gave us a heads-up on a variety of Vikings-centric programming airing on the NFL Network today and tomorrow.

The NFL and NFLPA agree on COVID-19 testing protocols, per Chris.

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

From, the team has TCO Performance Center retrofitted and prepped for proper social distancing.

Over at the Strib, Chip Scoggins doesn’t believe the Vikings should allow Zimmer’s contract to be yet another distraction in a season that is already filled with distractions.

The NFL has reportedly offered to scrap the preseason, per Yahoo Sports. Wow, no dressed rehearsals, it’ll fall back on the coaching staff’s ability to evaluate talent in training camp.

ESPN asks if the AFC East is ready for a changing of the guard in 2020. It’s entirely possible that the division won’t have a guard this year, might we see every team in a division finish with losing records.

We come to today’s media selection:

Little fishin’ is laying here helping me post the open thread tonight, so I left the media selection up to him. Here’s what he chose. Enjoy!

Again, we all know the rules, but in case someone is new:

-No discussion of politics or religion
-No feeding of the trolls
-Take the gender hatred elsewhere, it won’t be tolerated
-Keep the bad language to a minimum (using the spoiler tags, if you must)
-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 each other’s faces often, and try the finger food.