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Posted by Mike Wobschall on May 27, 2011 – 8:16 am

The NFL news cycle has grinded to a slow pace of late, but I have a feeling that could change a touch next week. And we’ll start it off on vikings.com with the Monday Morning Mailbag.

To submit a comment or question to the mailbag, send an email to me at wobschallm@vikings.nfl.net. You can also submit your comment or question in the comments section below this entry.

Remember to include your name and town on the email. We can’t post every comment and question, but we’ll try to answer each question.


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61 Responses to “Submit Your Monday Morning Mailbag Questions”

  1. By DRS on May 27, 2011 | Reply

    Mike, Will there be a football season or should NFL fans start watching the semi-pro teams?

  2. By DRS on May 27, 2011 | Reply

    Despite attempts by legislative leaders and Governor Mark Dayton over the last five months to close the budget deficit facing the State of Minnesota, the 2011 Legislative Session came to a close on Monday, May 23, without a final budget resolution. After receiving nine budget bills from the Republican-led legislature, Governor Dayton officially vetoed all nine, ensuring a Special Session this summer.

  3. By Shawn on May 27, 2011 | Reply

    anyone that knows the court system knows the US Justice Corporation will milk every penny it can from the players and the League. This mess DSmith started is a long long way from over and I dont think the players are smart enough to figure it out.

  4. By no1vikingsfan on May 27, 2011 | Reply

    Mike: I was wondering, the Vikings are important to a lot of people and a lot of us are willing to do more to keep them here. In the form M1 Minnesota state tax return there is the Nongame Wildlife Fund contribution in box 23. If there was any type of contribution that I would be more than willing to make, that would be to keep the Vikings home here in Minnesota, has this ever been a thought or consideration of creating a stadium contribution on this same form by our government?

  5. By Titus on May 27, 2011 | Reply

    What are the feelings within the organization? Do the players prefer to move to California?

  6. By California guy on May 27, 2011 | Reply

    First let me thank you gracious people of Minnesota for the Lakers, I just can’t express enough on how very fortunate we are to have received such a great and rewarding gift. Again thank you! Thank you. Now again I call on the good people of Minnesota, let it go people! Just let it go. I can assure you we will take great care of your wonderful football team just as we have with the Lakers, they will be appreciated, admired and do so much for the economy here in California, we understand these are tough times and my heart bleeds for you Minnesotans, but I promise you this, when we win the world championship, we will recall again how generous you Minnesotans are and we will let you look at the Super Bowl rings that the Vikings is sure to win once here, its destiny so just let it go, GO PURPLE AND GOLD IN LA, hahaha!! Some people just never learn.

  7. By California guy on May 27, 2011 | Reply

    I would like to retract my comment about my heart bleeds for you Minnesotans, while browsing this website, I took notice to a fan poll in the forum of where Vikings fans are from and only a mere 25% of the fans are Minnesotans, you people don’t appreciate your team, again we will happily accept the Vikings with open arms and warm hearts and we will give the Vikings what they deserve, gratitude! and they will in return give us championships, I personally invite all you Minnesotans to come to the great state of California to watch your ex-football team go to heights never reached in Minnesota and when you go home back to Minnesota, don’t cry! you brought this on yourselves.

  8. By California guy on May 27, 2011 | Reply

    One last thing you bunch of losers! Enjoy the Packers, HAHAHA!! You be taking off those horns and putting cheese on your heads.

  9. By Titus on May 27, 2011 | Reply

    Grow a brain, California guy. Your own logic contradicts itself within one paragraph. And I quote–

    I took notice to a fan poll in the forum of where Vikings fans are from and only a mere 25% of the fans are Minnesotans

    THEN:
    I personally invite all you Minnesotans to come to the great state of California to watch your ex-football team go to heights never reached in Minnesota

    SEE THE PROBLEM WITH YOUR STATEMENTS, DUDE? Figure it out. I will come back in a couple weeks to see if you made progress.

  10. By California guy on May 27, 2011 | Reply

    Let’s see! Only 25% of the fans that voted on that thread are Minnesotans, I invite all Minnesotans to come to California to see your ex-team, I really don’t see anything contradicting there, I guess I was not detailed enough in my comment, all 25% of the Minnesota population that are Viking fans are invited to come to California to see there ex-team, does that make more sense now?

    And don’t be bitter with me that your moronic government does not have the good sense God gave the rock and that your state will be losing your football team to California, your neighbors, your cities population, your states people and it’s government is to blame for that, all we are doing here in California is offering them a better stadium to play in and to be appreciated by there fans more, that’s all.

  11. By Titus on May 27, 2011 | Reply

    Keep trying dude. You’ll get it one day. Hey, surf’s up, better get out there, dude.

  12. By paul on May 27, 2011 | Reply

    California guy, St. Louis thanks you for the Rams.

  13. By Titus on May 27, 2011 | Reply

    California guy has a serious lapse of reasoning– do you see it yet? Keep trying to see the breakdown in your logic.

  14. By Juan on May 28, 2011 | Reply

    i live in California and like to see the vikes stay in Minnesota, All I ask for is to have the vikes win a superbowl.SKOL VIKES!!!

  15. By California guy on May 28, 2011 | Reply

    My only guess is your referring to the situation with the Rams, it’s like this! attendance for the Rams was very low, which is why they moved, but when you have 2 NFL franchise teams in the same city Rams/Raiders, it kind of has a negative effect on each other, with Rams and Raiders both leaving Los Angeles in 1994, I am sure that history will not repeat and only having 1 NFL team to manage things should go a lot smoother.

  16. By DRS on May 28, 2011 | Reply

    California guy, dude, you do not know your history! I lived in Long Beach CA some time back, and let me tell U that in the entire history of CA no pro-football team has ever made a go of it there! Besides I have heard that a billionaire in Oregon wants to buy the Vikings and move them there. I know there are some people here in NM who might want the Vikings here. So CA get in line, if Minnesota law makers will not get the new stadium done, others will.

  17. By DRS on May 28, 2011 | Reply

    Please Minnesota get the stadium deal done now!

  18. By Titus on May 28, 2011 | Reply

    California guy— you never mentioned the Rams in your post, so nope, wrong again.First off let me say your lapse is contained within the language of your posts– you do not need to go outside of your words– no Rams, no.

    Now, for a hint to the breakdown in your logic.

    What was the point of your post? To taunt the fans in Minnesota and tell them their team is no more— think on if the purpose of your post was achieved. Read your post as though someone else wrote it and you might see it.

  19. By Poppy on May 28, 2011 | Reply

    Since the Vikings are gonna have a 2 TE package, what end will Rudolph play? Will we see a huge decrease in Shiancoes role?

    Also are there gonna be anymore plans with Gerhart? For instance maybe a FB to block AP or something.

  20. By Anthony on May 28, 2011 | Reply

    Like juan I too live in Cali but I still want the vikings to stay in Minnesota that’s where they belong. GO VIKINGS!!!!!!!!!!!!

  21. By rino on May 29, 2011 | Reply

    WE WANT FOOTBALL IM TIRED OF HEARING THE WORDS WE WANT TO GET IT DONE FOR THE FANS. WHEN THE NEXT COURT DATE IS. I BET IF UPSHAW WAS ALIVE HE WOULD TURN HIS BACK ON THE SPORT HE LOVE FOR THE WAY THE PLAYERS ,NFL AND ONWERS ARE ACTING. D.SMITH YOU ARE AN IDIOT YOUR ONLY CARE ABOUT YOURSELF THE MORE THE PLAYERS GET THE MORE YOU GET,GOODELL MAN UP SET A DEADLY BEFORE YOU COST THE FANS A SEASON WHICH WILL RESULT IN LAWSUIT BY MILLION OF SEASON TICKET HOLDERS AND SMALL BUSINESS WHO PROFIT FROM THE NFL. NO FANS NO NFL NO MONEY

  22. By rino on May 29, 2011 | Reply

    WE WANT FOOTBALL IM TIRED OF HEARING THE WORDS WE WANT TO GET IT DONE FOR THE FANS. WHEN THE NEXT COURT DATE IS. I BET IF UPSHAW WAS ALIVE HE WOULD TURN HIS BACK ON THE SPORT HE LOVE FOR THE WAY THE PLAYERS ,NFL AND ONWERS ARE ACTING. D.SMITH YOU ARE AN IDIOT YOUR ONLY CARE ABOUT YOURSELF THE MORE THE PLAYERS GET THE MORE YOU GET,GOODELL MAN UP SET A DEADLINE BEFORE YOU COST THE FANS A SEASON WHICH WILL RESULT IN LAWSUIT BY MILLION OF SEASON TICKET HOLDERS AND SMALL BUSINESS WHO PROFIT FROM THE NFL. NO FANS NO NFL NO MONEY

  23. By Kelly on May 29, 2011 | Reply

    wtf

  24. By Kelly on May 29, 2011 | Reply

    this website is garbage, it doesnt post my comment then it sez i already posted it if i try again. just plain ridiculous.

  25. By Kelly on May 29, 2011 | Reply

    Between the greedy players and owners, the state lying about helping the team and this website not working correctly I’ve about had it with football. Just sickening to say the least.

  26. By Kelly on May 29, 2011 | Reply

    And california guy is obviously a packer fan trolling so lets do ourselves a favor and ignore his blatant stupidity.

  27. By viking joe on May 29, 2011 | Reply

    Hey Mike are the Viks goin to move to LA?

  28. By Graeme on May 30, 2011 | Reply

    hey Mike,

    With the Vikings seemingly set on playing Ponder at QB, will the FO use this opportunity to blood a few more younger players with half an eye on the 2012 season?

    Whilst i’m not writing off the 2011 season, I think we have a better chance of using this year as a time to develop some of our younger players to give us an excellent opportunity to get back into the playoffs in 2012.

    cheers!

  29. By Sunny on May 30, 2011 | Reply

    Hi, I am a Vikings fan and live in Arizona. I keep an eye on the stadium talks because I would like to see the Vikings stay in Minnesota. My concern with the stadium talks is the money, livng in Az I watched as the Az Cardinals built a great retractable roof retractable grass field stadium that is not the most extravagant stadium in the country (dallas cowboys stadium) but is very nice and serves the purpose of hosting NFL games and other events all year round and was built for a price tag of $455 million dollars. Now of course the biggest hold up for Vikings is land and financing at over $1 billion dollars. Instead of the Vikings and Minnesota government arguing and trying to figure out where they are going to come up with $1 billion+ dollars to build the stadium why dont they call the Architect and builder of the Cardinals stadium and get this new stadium built for $500 million opposed to $1 billion+? I mean geez you dont need a Jerry Jones stadium you just need a functional stadium similar to University of Phoenix Stadium in AZ, seriously its already hosted the Super Bowl and is Host to the Fiesta Bowl And Insight Bowl every year among other great events hosted year round, I think that says something about the ability to get it done for less than $500 million dollars! Come on Minnesota and Vikings get it done!

  30. By Titus on May 30, 2011 | Reply

    Thanks Sunny– I just looked at your stadium on Wikipedia– it is impressive considering it is half the money we are trying to spend– I never knew the field actually could move outside to get some sunlight for the natural grass. The article said it was named by Business Week as one of the top ten most impressive sports facilities in the world– I suppose that is debatable, but heck, for half the money, it is something to ponder. Of course, the stadium was begun in 2003, so I wonder if the price in today’s dollars would be the same.

  31. By Titus on May 30, 2011 | Reply

    By the way, I drove past the stadium in the desert a couple years ago on a 118 degree July day– it was impressive.

  32. By Parody on May 30, 2011 | Reply

    Titus, the same stadium would probably be a bit more expensive, but I would be extremely surprised to learn that construction costs have doubled in price. Yes, things like gas and milk are about twice what they were back then, but overall prices haven’t changed a whole lot.

  33. By Parody on May 30, 2011 | Reply

    So is the Monday Morning Mailbag being postponed until Tuesday this week due to the holiday? That seems like a safe assumption, but it still would have been nice if Mike were to have us that was his plan.

    As it stands, this blog gives every indication that the intent was to have it posted today, and Mike generally gets them published pretty early in the morning.

  34. By Titus on May 30, 2011 | Reply

    Parody, my thoughts exactly on the inflation– I doubt the construction would be double, but I did hesitate when I thought how food prices seem to creep up every few months— butter jumped up recently by a lot.

  35. By Rick on May 30, 2011 | Reply

    I would just like to state that as a California native and a die heart Vikings fan, I hope they stay in Minnesota. They belong there. Vikings don’t fit sunny Southern California, they’re a great fit for the snow of the north!! Lets hope your state legislature gets their act together to keep them in Minnesota.

  36. By Sunny on May 30, 2011 | Reply

    I agree Rick 100%!

  37. By Parody on May 30, 2011 | Reply

    Well I never buy butter, but I love milk, and I’ve noticed over the past few years at least that for whatever reason milk prices tend to move with the price of gas.

  38. By Titus on May 31, 2011 | Reply

    What? Never buy butter. Dude, do you cook? I don’t like milk, so I guess we keep the dairy industry in business in own ways.

  39. By Titus on May 31, 2011 | Reply

    in our own ways*

  40. By Parody on May 31, 2011 | Reply

    I rarely cook but when I do, I never find a need for butter. Food tastes just fine without it. I don’t even use butter on my pancakes or waffles. The only thing that I can think that I ever put butter on is toast, and I only have toast if I’m not given a choice, which is never the case at home when you live alone.

  41. By Titus on May 31, 2011 | Reply

    I usually use butter for sauteing– actually if you mix a little butter with olive oil in your pan, your fish or whatever you are cooking comes out magnifique.

  42. By Parody on May 31, 2011 | Reply

    Fish!? Bleh!

    So anyways, it’s Tuesday afternoon and I still don’t see a Monday Morning Mailbag addition for the week of 5-30…what gives???

  43. By Titus on May 31, 2011 | Reply

    Parody, ha ha ha. People love my cooking– my last girlfriend was chowing so hard, she said– I think you are a better cook than I am–(actually, I miss some of her dishes). Anyway, how about lamb?

    I am concerned Minnesota is acting the same way as in the early 80’s when they went the cheap route with that dumb bubbledome downtown. I know I was certain the Vikings would not move, but now I am really uncertain.

  44. By Parody on May 31, 2011 | Reply

    I’ve never even seen Lamb for sale in the grocery store, but then again, I rarely go looking for steaks to begin with. Steaks are better saved for special occasions, which always occur at a restaurant or at someone else’s house that’s big enough for more than 3 people at once. I usually aim for food that’s cheap and relatively easy to cook.

    Right now, I really don’t care what route the state takes, whether it be a massive arena that stands so tall it’s visible from Mount Rushmore, or something even cheaper than the old HHH bubbledome. Just do whatever it takes to keep them here.

  45. By Nick on May 31, 2011 | Reply

    I reckon Mark Herzlich is going to sign for us! Trust me!

  46. By CA Norwegian on May 31, 2011 | Reply

    The bikes are awesome,. Anyone know if Percy is doing better with those migranes? I want to see Ponder develop, but I want to see Webb on the field too. He is a playmaker. Line Webb up somewhere if Ponder is taking snaps. I say Webb needs to be out there if only as a downfield blocker/rerceiver and scree\n pass checkdown. We need big receivers who can block! So snag Plaxico for that, please! Kyle will help the blocking and slow the blitzes as he can go up and get it, so they will be watching him.

  47. By jvernon on May 31, 2011 | Reply

    As QB I like to see McNabb,Orton, or Palmer. I don’t think Ponder is the guy. Also, Plaxico Burress wouldn’t be a bad addition. Have him and Rice as 1-2 and Harvin in the slot.Defense, one good DB would help if Griffin want get hurt and OLB. Better o-line for AP. He could get 2000 yards easy.

  48. By SamIam on May 31, 2011 | Reply

    AP, what tf, you hate white people

  49. By Titus on May 31, 2011 | Reply

    Parody– we are spending some 3-40 million for a new roof on the bubbledome– and the Wilfs don’t care– they don’t want to stay in a mediocre facility. I can relate– I am from NY– this midwestern paradigm has always given me culture shock.

  50. By Parody on May 31, 2011 | Reply

    I believe the money for the repair of the blanket over our stadium is being shèlled out completely by the insurance agency that was covering the dome. Now I know that with personal insurance claims (damage to your car for example) you don’t ncessarily have to use the money to repair the damage, but I don’t know if that is the case with a large commercial claim.

    I’ve heard people rant that the money should have been used to help pay for a new stadium instead, but would the insurance company allow the money to be used for anything other than a repair? Also, what would the Vikings do for a stadium while waiting for their new facility? I know many people would say to just use TCF field, but that is far too unrealistic due to the limited number of seats available.

  51. By Titus on May 31, 2011 | Reply

    Parody– you are right on all counts. I am not sure what I am saying other than that the Wilfs are not going to keep the Vikings here just because the dome is repaired– they want a new state-of-the-art facility.

  52. By CA Norwegian on May 31, 2011 | Reply

    I like the Vikes in MN so I am among the larger percentage of fans not in the cold state. California Guy you are a work. We are the true fair weather fans. We like the Vikes, but the sun too. Surfs Up? I think it would be a mistake to leave MN. CA has especially distracted fans. The Rams games I went to, were filled with distracted fans, not even realizing they should yell on the opponents 3rd down. Perhaps with Allergan manuracturing all those implants and heauty products here and women going there scantily clad it doesn’t work in the home teams favor but it is quite the cheerleader farm around thses parts.

  53. By California guy on Jun 1, 2011 | Reply

    Actually Kelly! You’re quite wrong! I am a Vikings fan of over 30 years, to be honest I would not argue the fact that the Vikings belong in Minnesota, but if the state of Minnesota and its citizens don’t do more the assure the Vikings don’t go anywhere, I am all for in bringing them to California, putting history in the past where it belongs, I will not use any of past events to determine the success of the Vikings or football here in the Los Angeles area, this area is all about purple and gold and I have talked to lots of friends who all agree that with the color scheme of the team, they would be a good fit.
    I for one don’t think the color of their uniforms makes the team a good fit here, but it is another benefit.

  54. By Frederick Jones on Jun 1, 2011 | Reply

    Before the Metrodome was built, the talk was centered around the “excess” of money being spent on sports stadiums. I haven’t heard a lot of that this time, but I am sure that is a drawback for most people.

    There should be some sort of newspaper article detailing how, and why a new stadium would help the Minnesota economy.

    People also need to be convinced that Arden Hills is a better site than Mpls.

  55. By Sue G Vikes 4 Ever on Jun 1, 2011 | Reply

    MN Vikings org. What do we need to do as “true viking fans: to build the stadium that you want?

  56. By Sue G Vikes 4 Ever on Jun 1, 2011 | Reply

    The Wilfs, I don’t want to lose another team ( MN North Stars) to another city…what can we do? I personally will put my $ behind my vikes.

  57. By Titus on Jun 1, 2011 | Reply

    Sue, vikings is not a nonprofit organization– where did you get that idea?

  58. By JRice on Jun 2, 2011 | Reply

    hey If the vikings Don’t resign sidney Rice wich I think they have who do think they are gonna go get.

  59. By no1vikingsfan on Jun 2, 2011 | Reply

    If I get Sue right, I would not personally donate money to the Vikings, but I would however do this for a new stadium to keep the team here in Minnesota, I am sure if the state does approve a new stadium deal they will find way to my wallet anyways! I am OK with that, like Sue I want to do more, this team here is very important to me, I would go as far as donating my entire state tax return to keep them here.

  60. By Parody on Jun 2, 2011 | Reply

    @no1vikingsfan – Beyond that, I’d like to also donate every penny that I pay in state taxes to the Vikings stadium. It wouldn’t bother me one bit if everything my income taxes fund shuts down for one year, so long as we keep the Vikings in MN.

  61. By no1vikingsfan on Jun 3, 2011 | Reply

    I did write a letter through e-mail to the Governor of Minnesota, which is found on the savethevikings.organization and stated that I would like to donate my 2011 state tax return to a new stadium in Arden Hills. Not sure if they read each and every e-mail sent, I had decided to send 1 e-mail at least every other day. I hope the state sees my email and give this proposal some serious consideration.

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