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Donatello, er, Adrian Peterson is so ready for training camp

Pop quiz:  You know it's time for NFL training camps to open because

A) The late-July heat has caused your lawn to crisp

B) ESPN is on 2017 mock draft 9.0

C) Players are bored

D) All of the above

If you answered D - give yourself a big 'ol pat on the back, you brainiac.

Let us present the greatest case that players are itching like a kid after back-woods hike to get back to action. Vikings running back Adrian Peterson, who is no stranger to dressing up for any situation, revealed a big secret to his 1.2 million fans on Twitter Wednesday evening. He is, in fact, a ninja turtle.

Yep - we're ready for NFL action to pick up again, too, AP. But thanks for the laugh.

Now at Target Center: Out with the old, in with the new (and improved) scoreboard

Is this a sign of things to come?

Video and images emerged Wednesday of the current Target Center scoreboard being lowered to the arena floor for a final time, removed permanently to make way for much-needed change.

It's part of a massive $129 million full-arena renovation. The new scoreboard will feature four 18x33-foot video display boards the project details call, "the largest center-hung arena scoreboard in the Upper Midwest."

The last time Target Center updated its arena scoreboard - replacing individual Brady-Bunch style screens - the Timberwolves advanced to the Western Conference finals the following summer.

Hmmmm .....