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Souhan: A fill-in quarterback for the Vikings? Go with Glennon

Just as the Vikings quickly moved on from John Sullivan when his salary outpaced his expected production, the Vikings' fan base has to quickly move on from feeling optimistic about Teddy Bridgewater to finding reason for optimism in another quarterback.

Here's my view of the possible replacements:

Shaun Hill: No. Wasn't considered a strong backup. Certainly shouldn't be considered a strong starter.

"Bretton ManFavre:" No, neither Peyton Manning nor Brett Favre are coming out of retirement. If Manning wanted to play another year, he would be with the Broncos.

Michael Vick: Not at his age, with his skill set, in this offense. Doesn't fit.

Colin Kaepernick: The most talented quarterback who may be available, he is not playing well at the moment and the Vikings were highly irritated to have to talk about child abuse (Adrian Peterson) or gay rights (Chris Kluwe.) They aren't going to deal with Kaepernick. (That's my guess, at least.)

T.J. Yates: Not a terrible option. Not a great player but better than Hill.

Geno Smith: He has a major flaw. It's that he is not good.

Josh McCown: Maybe the second-best available choice. Can stand in the pocket and throw downfield. But unlikely to replicate his success with the Bears, who had big receivers who could make plays for him.

Mark Sanchez: Has taken defensive-minded teams to the playoffs before, but hard to get excited about.

And my top choice:

Mike Glennon: Young enough that he could still be something in this league. Strong arm. Able to push the ball downfield. NFL game experience. Pocket passer.

There are no ideal substitutes, but Glennon and perhaps McCown could run the offense and threaten defenses that want to load the line of scrimmage. And they're both better than Shaun Hill.

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Souhan: On the ground in Rio, adjusting to logistical challenges

This is my first blog post from Rio. While most of our stories for the paper will be on athletes and issues, we hope to use blogs to give you updates, tidbits and views from the ground now that we've arrived.
Rachel Blount is our lead Olympics writer and Brian Peterson is our photographer. Both are very good at this sort of thing.
We flew overnight to Rio, landed Tuesday morning, and spent yesterday on logistics. We haven't had any particularly nightmarish experiences; we've just heard about them.
The first journalist we talked to who had spent a night here said that in their media housing, the first time they flushed, their apartment was filled with sewage, and those in charge didn't seem interested in cleaning it up.
Our media apartment is small and sparse but clean and we have not had any problems more serious than a lack of hot water. I never realized how much I loved hot showers until this morning.
The topography of Rio is beautiful. It's mountains laced with jungles in the mist overlooking the city. There is famous Copacabana Beach, which a friend staying there compared to a combination of Miami Beach and Manhattan, and the weather now - in the midst of Brazil's winter - is much like that of San Francisco, windy, overcast and mild.
As journalists we interact everyday with Olympic volunteers, who tend to be helpful and optimistic by nature. But a piece in The Economist cited a local pollster, Rio Como Vamos, reporting that 56 of Rio's inhabitants want to leave the city, up from 27 percent in 2011, because of discontent with how the city is being run.
Not leave during the Olympics. Leave for good.
We'll be blogging daily as well as writing many pieces for the newspaper over the next three weeks. We hope you enjoy the coverage.
You can follow me on Twitter at @Souhanstrib. Rachel is at @BlountStrib and Brian is at @BMPPhoto.

6:10 PM (FSN)
Minnesota 49-83
Cleveland 75-56