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Tuesday Open Thread: September 15, 2020

The ides of September have arrived, I’ll be hiding in my bunker

Irving Texas Thursday 11/23/00 Minnesota Vikings at Dallas Cowboys----Vikings Randy Moss pulls down a 3rd quarter touchdown catch over Dallas defender Phillippi Sparks on Thanksgiving at Texas Stadium(Photo By JERRY HOLT/Star Tribune via Getty Images)

Happy Tuesday, everyone!

Okay, so we’ve had a day to digest the results of the Minneapolis feces-fest on Sunday, and........yeah, that game still sucked. However, I never allow one game to alter my opinion of a team’s ability, and I won’t start now.

I follow my team closely, and I feel that I am normally able to objectively gauge how strong the Vikings will be. I feel that most people tend to underestimate their own abilities to succeed, and they do the same with their favorite team(s). I’m the opposite. I’m an optimist, it’s part of who I am. I believe that most people can attain far more than they give themselves credit for, and I believe that our team can achieve more than most fans feel they can.

What am I saying? I don’t know, I rarely do. I do know that I think Sunday’s game is not indicative of what this team is, and how they will play the rest of the season. In my opinion, the entire team came out flat, looking unprepared, and nearly every facet of the Vikings’ game stunk horribly. Most people look at that as a very bad thing. To me, it gives me reason to believe that the game was not a game of one team being superior to another, it was a game of one team, the entire team,playing like s***, and they got their a***es handed to them. By a division rival. That’s going to sting, and that a** whooping should be what wakes these guys up to see that they can choose to get whipped like red-headed mules every game for the remainder of the season, or they can start playing ball.

I still feel the Vikings can take the NFC North. I said the same thing after 2015 preseason game 6 (most of you will remember that s*** show), and I was called crazy, but come season’s end, I had a nice box of Ashton’s at my door (thanks, Five!), because that’s just what happened. Come talk to me in a couple weeks, we’ll see how things look. If I’m wrong, and we continue to get beaten like rented step-children, I’ll admit I’m wrong........then I’ll go fishing. If I’m right, we can both be happy.........then I’m going to go fishing. SKOL!

Around the DN since our last open thread:

Eric looks at five game-changing plays from Sunday’s.......whatever that was. It’s hard to pick five particular plays, I’d say the play where the defense decided to play “let them score” for the entire game was one, then the play where the team decided to play Ponder at QB was another big one. Oh, oh, then the play where the coaches decided not to have the team prepared, that was a HUGE one. I could probably think of two more, but Eric already came up with five.

Luft Krigare and the crew bring you Vikings vs. Packers - GMG In The Raw LIVE!

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

There were two MNF games last night, the first saw the Steelers beat the Giants handily, per NFL.com. Eli Manning was NOT the problem on that team. The second game is on right now, and I will not be staying up for the end of it, I don’t think I’ll even make it to halftime, so I hope this link to NFL.com works.

From Vikings.com, hear Coach Zimmer talk about the bad and the........bad......from Sunday, and there’s more to wade through in the media vault, if you so choose.

We come to today’s media selection:

How ‘bout some classic Ozzy to get the day started. Enjoy!

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

-No discussion of politics or religion
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-Take the gender hatred elsewhere, it won’t be tolerated
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-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. Sorry about the smell, we watched the game in here Sunday, and we haven’t been able to get rid of the stink yet. It’s better than it was, you can tolerate sitting here for a half-hour without a respirator, although I wouldn’t recommend it.