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Minnesota Vikings News and Links: Friday January 8th, 2021

Weekend Eve Open Thread

Minneapolis Exteriors And Landmarks - 2021 Photo by AaronP/Bauer-Griffin/GC Images

Good Morning!

It looks like DE Everson Griffen has been making noise on Instagram about wanting to return to the Vikings for another year, I said the other day on the open thread when this subject came up I was, “meh about it.” Upon further reflection, I still am unless he’s rolling in on a veteran minimum contract and being used as a situational pass rusher or as someone pointed out the Brian Robison role his last couple of seasons. Feel free to fight disagree with me in the comments. Every year the Vikings either don’t make the playoffs or once they are eliminated I find a team to follow to keep my interest in the NFL, this year I’m going to follow the Buffalo Bills, because of Stefon Diggs and it looks like they have an opportunity to make some noise this year in the post season. Note to Bills Mafia: if/when the Bills lose I apologize in advance. 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 weekend eve, time the plan the beer and meat menu for the weekend.

Around the DN since our last open thread:

Chris notes: It looks like Everson Griffen wants to come back to Minnesota. So should the purple do it?

Vikings news from other sources:

From Vikings Hope Fans & Home-Field Advantage Return in 2021.

Lunchbreak: MMQB’s Orr Expects Vikings to Bounce Back in 2021.

NFL Power Rankings: Where Do 2020 Vikings Rank in Final Edition?

League News:

Deshaun Watson unhappy with Texans’ process and his lack of involvement in GM hire.

Browns-Steelers game still on track for Sunday despite Cleveland’s positive COVID-19 tests.

Rams QB Jared Goff (thumb) questionable vs. Seahawks.

Eagles DC Jim Schwartz to step away from coaching.

We come to today’s media selection: “S&P, the choice for me...” (Letterkenny)

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, it’s a new year, and Welcome Aboard!

Topic of the Day: Once your primary team in any sports league is eliminated from playoff competition do you pick another team to follow through the playoffs?