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Tuesday Open Thread: January 19, 2021

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Merry Tuesday, everyone!

I’m sure you’ve all heard by now that the Underwear Olympics will not be held in 2021. Chris has more details on the event’s cancellation, It sounds like they’re going to allow teams to do virtual interviews and psychology testing with prospects, and that medical examinations will be “limited” this spring, according to a story from Sports llustrated (linked). The story also states “According to the memo, there will be no in-person workouts at the combine, though any workouts will take place on the individual pro days on college campuses.” Ummmmm........what other kind of workout could you have besides an in-person workout? I suppose you could have your cousin show up for you, but I think teams would rahther have the actual draftee work out for them. OH, I suppose you could send them a screenshot of you running the 40 on that Track & Field game by Konami. Remember that game? Man, I was good at that, I don’t know how many controllers I went through trying to make that little dude run faster, I’d warp the buttons trying various methods to hit the buttons faster. If I recall correctly, my cousins had the best method I saw, they used a credit card & somehow they’d use it to sonic-speed-tap those buttons & get that little dude blazing along. Those of you who never owned an Atari 2600 have no clue what I’m babbling about........wait, now I don’t really know what I was babbling about, either.....what were we talking about? Meh, oh well, it probably wasn’t anything important. Enjoy your day, folks. SKOL!

Around the DN since our last open thread:

As I mentioned above, the 2021 NFL Scouting Combine won’t be held, at least not in the traditional sense, Chris has the details.

From Chris, Antoine Winfield Jr. dedicated his performance on Sunday to his father. That is friggin awesome, tellin’ it like it is about what happened in ‘09, and also gave props to a guy who deserves a lot of respect. Winfield was a rock-solid player, and a great person, and I see the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree. Good job, young man.

Other Vikings/NFL news and random oddities and annoyances:

As I also linked above, here’s the piece from SI with details regarding the NFL’s cancelling of the combine.

From FoxSports, the Broncos have hired George Paton as their new GM. The long-time Vikings assistant GM was bound to get a GM position at some point, I’m surprised it took this long.

We come to today’s media selection:

It’s a perfect day to watch an Antoine Winfield Sr. highlight reel. Man, that dude could tackle. If I think of it, we’ll play an Antoine Winfield Jr. highlight reel tomorrow. 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 forget to tip the cows and settle in, it’s going to be a long off season.