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Wednesday Open Thread: February 17, 2021

Is it Monday yet?

Minnesota Vikings Cris Carter Pulls down a 15 yard touchdown pass in the 3rd quarter touchdown over Carolina Panthers Doug Evans 33.(Photo By JERRY HOLT/Star Tribune via Getty Images)

Happy Wednesday, everyone!

For all of our DN faithful who live in the southern tier of the US, I hope you’re staying warm and managing to avoid any major issues from the slew of storms and power outages. Up in this neck of the woods, we hear about a few inches of snow & a little cold air and laugh it off until you realize that those states don’t have the equipment that we have to move the snow, their houses and other infrastructure aren’t built to protect from the unusual cold that they’re having, and most folks down there don’t have a lot of winter-weather driving experience, so if you’re a praying person, you may want to keep ‘em in your prayers, there’s a lot of families with no heat and frozen water lines as they wait for power to be restored.

That being said, I would dive into the football news.....if there were any, but there isn’t. The Cousins rumors fizzled out, and I know of nothing else noteworthy, so let’s move on to the important things, such as smoker recipes.....and the occasional bit of expertise with regards to nap strategies. SKOL!

Around the DN since our last open thread:

Arif was here! He dropped off his latest Norse Code Podcast Episode 366: The Weakest Link.

MarkSP18 took over the GM reigns and he put together Vikings’ offseason plan v2.0.

Other Vikings/NFL news and random oddities and annoyances:

From the Detroit Free Press, Ryan Leaf shared his opinion of the NFL in the wake of the tragic death of Vincent Jackson who was found dead in a hotel room on Monday. Leaf is spot-on with his comments, in my opinion.

We come to today’s media selection:

Here’s one of my favorite singers, this is Mr. Robert Earl Keen with Dreadful Selfish Crime. 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.