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Minnesota Vikings News and Links: Thursday February 18th, 2021

Thursday Open Thread

Cincinnati Bengals’ quarterback Neil O’Donnell (12 Photo credit should read CRAIG LASSIG/AFP/Getty Images

Good Morning!

Just a brief note on a personal matter from me: I’ve taken some time away from the Daily Norseman here and there to manage stuff at home, which I have hinted at but never disclosed until now. If you’re a long time reader you know I went to the Vikings-Broncos game in 2018 (Hi MT) to spend some time with my wife’s father as he had a heart attack and stroke. He’s recovered (as much as he will) from that but his wife was just diagnosed with renal cell carcinoma which has already metastasized to her abdominal wall, liver and lungs. At various times I’ve had to drop everything and start finding flights to Colorado for my wife only for those plans to get put on hold. Anyway, I thought I owed all of you a partial explanation how/why I will stop posting and commenting at times. I’m back on service today and for next seven days so words no one reads will get limited based on what time I get home as usual. 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 Thursday, it’s going to be a long offseason so stock up on the food and drinks now.

Around the DN since our last open thread:

I opened The Daily Norseman Mailbag yesterday. It’s been a lot of fun so far, thanks to everyone who sent in questions and commented.

Vikings news from other sources:

From’s Gabe Henderson sat down with new Special Teams Coordinator Ryan Ficken to talk about his path to his new position, the need for the team to improve on special teams heading into 2021, Dan Bailey’s struggles late last season, and much more.

Lunchbreak: Vikings Rookies Earn ‘A-’ Grade from

McCardell Aiming to Help Elevate Adam Thielen, Justin Jefferson Even More.

Vikings 2021 Mock Draft Tracker: Version 2.0

League News:

Steelers GM Kevin Colbert noncommittal on Ben Roethlisberger’s future with team.

Bucky Brooks’ top five 2021 NFL Draft prospects by position 1.0

Richard Sherman: 49ers have made it ‘pretty clear’ they are parting ways in 2021.

We come to today’s media selection: David Bowie... Thursday’s Child

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, and Welcome Aboard!