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Minnesota Vikings News and Links: January 23rd and 24th, 2021

Weekend Open Thread

NFL-Minnesota Vikings @ Washington Redskins Photo by Jonathan Newton/The Washington Post via Getty Images

Good Morning!

It’s time for the Conference Championships this weekend, I’m looking forward to two good games and I won’t mind which teams win except one. I’m going to continue my bandwagon Bills mania this weekend, and celebrate by breaking tables at work. Meanwhile we’ll carry on with our news and links open thread full of crockpot recipes, nap strategies and beer recommendations; drop by for some fan wisdom, snark and it’s the weekend, time to check the beer menu and get that pizza and wings ordered, it’s going to be a football weekend!

Around the DN since our last open thread:

Chris ponders: Which Super Bowl matchup are you cheering for? And which one do you think we’ll get?

Vikings Hot Takes. Climbing The Pocket and Daily Norseman have teamed up for a new fast-paced show.

Vikings news from other sources:

From Vikings.com: The Pro Football Focus crew digs into what went wrong for the Vikings in 2020 and where they can look to improve in the 2021 NFL Draft.

NFL Network’s Brian Baldinger makes the case for why Vikings WR Justin Jefferson should win the 2020 Offensive Rookie of the Year award.

League News:

Texans interview Josh McCown, Jim Caldwell for vacant head-coaching job.

NFL sends memo detailing pre-Draft rules regarding draft-eligible players.

Chiefs QB Patrick Mahomes says he’s out of concussion protocol.

Broncos Pro Bowl OL, Super Bowl champion Tony Jones dies at 54.

Daniel Jeremiah 2021 NFL mock draft 1.0: Zach Wilson to Jets.

Sunday, Jan. 24, 2021

NFC Championship Game, 3:05 p.m ET

Tampa Bay Buccaneers @ Green Bay Packers

(FOX) Announcers: Joe Buck (play-by-play), Troy Aikman (analyst), Erin Andrews (reporter), Tom Rinaldi (reporter)

AFC Championship Game: 6:40 p.m. ET

Buffalo Bills @ Kansas City Chiefs

(CBS) Announcers: Jim Nantz (play-by-play), Tony Romo (analyst), Tracy Wolfson (reporter), Evan Washburn (reporter),

We come to today’s media selection:
Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers - Don’t Come Around Here No More (dedicated to Coral)

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, tip your waiter from a safe distance, have another beer, and Welcome Aboard!