St. Augustine was...okay; since this is a football blog it wasn’t a 1st round bust but more of a 4th round disappointment. The hotel was nice but nothing special (except the cost) the restaurant I booked couldn’t find our reservation, they got us seated anyway but the food wasn’t Walsh’ed but more Pondered. Still fun to get away with mrs_rob for a short time. I’ll be smoking a pork butt today, got it at a local store, nine pounds so I’m planning on a twelve hour smoke, will probably throw some peaches on the grill too.
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 to plan the beer and meat menu for the weekend.
Around the DN since our last open thread:
John Randle on the SB Nation NFL Show: BIG DOG IN THE HOUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUSE!!
It’s Back to the Future with a new feature is coming to our comment section, a much-requested change to our new comment platform.
Irv Smith Jr. talks about the 2021 Vikings offense with Jim Rome. What does he expect from himself and his teammates?
Vikings news from other sources:
From Vikings.com: Vikings TE Irv Smith Jr. joins “Good Morning Football” to set expectations for the Vikings, Kirk Cousins and for himself in 2021.
Limited Single Game Tickets for 2021 Season Go On Sale July 22.
3 Key Vikings Training Camp Questions: Cook’s Still Cookin, Mattison’s Involvement & RBs on Special Teams.
Lunchbreak: Thielen Makes CBS Sports’ ‘30 Over 30’ Team.
Free-agent CB Richard Sherman released, now facing four misdemeanors.
Tom Brady led Buccaneers to Super Bowl LV win on completely torn MCL.
Jimmy Johnson: Urban Meyer ‘frustrated’ by NFL limitations on player interactions.
Melvin Ingram to Chiefs? Mitchell Schwartz to Steelers? Logical fits for remaining free agents.
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With that, the beer light is on and the bar is open. Belly up & tie one on. Don’t forget to tip the cows, try the tiger meat and Welcome Aboard!