Thank you and welcome back to Gone Fishin for filling in during the week, unfortunately I have a lot going on at home so I’m going to have to pass on doing the mailbag post for the time being but I am planning on bringing it back, maybe on my next time off. We aren’t going to do much this weekend, since (a) it’s going to rain, (3) the first tropical storm to hit the US mainland is lined up where I live. Elsa won’t be much more than a rain event with sub-hurricane force winds but it’s been raining for the last ten days, so it won’t take much wind for trees to start getting toppled...I should move.
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 fire up the smoker and start chilling the beer, happy and safe 4th of July to all of you.
Around the DN since our last open thread:
Report: Everson Griffen “desperate” to come back to Minnesota. Should the Vikings be interested? (lolnope)
Vikings news from other sources:
From Vikings.com: NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero joined Vikings.com’s Gabe Henderson to talk about where the Vikings stand as the team breaks for summer, the offseason additions on the defensive side of the ball, what needs to improve offensively, and much more.
Lunchbreak: ESPN Ranks Vikings Roster Among NFL’s Top 10 Strongest.
Xs & Os: Janarius Robinson’s Quick Burst and ‘Crazy Long Arms’ Could Help Vikings.
Dallas Cowboys chosen for ‘Hard Knocks’: Four storylines to watch on HBO’s five-episode series.
Daniel Jones to embark on now-or-never season; NFL’s top five Batman and Robin duos.
Rams OT Andrew Whitworth: ‘Nothing short of going to that Super Bowl and winning it is good enough’
NFL fines Washington Football Team $10M following investigation into team culture.
NFL fines Jaguars, Cowboys, 49ers for OTA violations.
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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 wash your hands, tip the cows and Welcome Aboard!
Euro 2020 Schedule: (quarterfinals)
Saturday, July 3
Czech Republic vs. Denmark, 12 p.m. (ESPN)
Ukraine vs. England, 3 p.m. (ABC)