Submit Your Monday Morning Mailbag Questions

Posted by Mike Wobschall on June 17, 2011 – 8:43 am

Positive momentum was generated this past week for solutions to both the Vikings stadium issue and the NFL work stoppage. I’m sure there are questions about both of those topics, plus many other issues related to Vikings football. So the Monday Morning Mailbag will look to answer those questions again this week.

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

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

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71 Responses to “Submit Your Monday Morning Mailbag Questions”

  1. By DRS on Jun 17, 2011 | Reply

    Mike, will there be a season in 2011 or we have to wait until 2012?

  2. By DRS on Jun 17, 2011 | Reply

    Mike, do you think the Vikings will get their new stadium, or will they move if they do not get it this year?

  3. By DRS on Jun 17, 2011 | Reply

    Mike who is going to be the starting QB for the Vikings, and what position is the, (in your opinion), most needed by the Vikings at this time?

  4. By DRS on Jun 17, 2011 | Reply

    This is from,

    Olsen also reports that a Friday deadline may — or may not — apply to striking a deal that then could be thrust into the formal legislative process. The Legislature is expected to convene for a special session later this month.

    “We’re committed to getting this project done if at all possible,” Governor Mark Dayton said.

    Whether it’s even possible continues to be the biggest question of all. With no local appetite for using taxpayer money as to any portion of the project, conjuring another $131 million will be no small feat.

    “We have a lot of work ahead of us,” owner Zygi Wilf said.

    At some point, that “to do” list may include packing up the moving vans.

  5. By DRS on Jun 17, 2011 | Reply

    Mike is this good bye to Minnesota for the Vikings? And where would they go?

  6. By Titus on Jun 17, 2011 | Reply

    Mike, I see these Monday Morning Mailbags consistently throughout the year. BUT where are the Tuesday Morning Answerbags? I never see a comprehensive response to the questions, especially the most relevant ones. There might be one or two postings where you answer a question, but most seem to go unnoticed.

    Here is an idea– On Wed or so, have a listing of the top 10 questions — as far as relevance to current news and to number of bloggers showing interest. Then answer them. You will most likely have a better and more mature response to the Monday Morning Mailbag.

  7. By Shawn on Jun 17, 2011 | Reply

    Mike ,

    I dont know what the intent of others questions are. At times I ask questions not to get your opinion but to have you use your access to coaches that I dont have …. it would be nice instead of your perspective on every question to get insight of what thoughts a coach has or just to have you plant a seed in the coaches head. I will post my question on the next blog so you dont have to copy and past all this mumbo jumbo.


  8. By Shawn on Jun 17, 2011 | Reply


    Have the coaches ever thought of using Gerhardt in a fullback role? Just from what Ive seen he is a ” football player ” and I vision him as a Tom Rathman or Mike Alstott type. I think it would keep defenses off balance if Gerhardt could lead block for Peterson run some FB dives and we know he can catch so … Would love to know if the coaches have ever considered it



  9. By Shawn on Jun 17, 2011 | Reply

    Remeber Marcus Allen … 100% tailback right? …. NOPE, When the Raiders had Bo Jackson , Marcus Allen moved to fullback.

    Im not suggesting Gerhardt be a Fullback for life but used at that position at various points in the game

  10. By Shawn on Jun 17, 2011 | Reply

    I think if the 85 bears can put DT William Perry in at FB … We could us Gerhardt there

  11. By JRice on Jun 17, 2011 | Reply

    Is there anything out about rice yet, and if not getting moss would give percy and camarillo less defenders a chance to get open.

  12. By DRS on Jun 17, 2011 | Reply

    This is from,

    If a deal can be worked out, the Legislature could hold hearings next week, said Rep. Morrie Lanning, R-Moorhead. “That’s a pretty big ‘if.’”
    He and Dayton emphasized that no stadium will be voted on until the budget issue is resolved. The other stadium bill sponsor, Sen. Julie Rosen, R-Fairmont, added, “This is a huge priority. Negotiations and talking will continue.”

  13. By DRS on Jun 17, 2011 | Reply

    How much time do they need? Will there be a season? If there is a CBA this year, who will the Vikings get in free agency?

  14. By DRS on Jun 17, 2011 | Reply

    This is from,

    The potential caveat: Dayton and legislators haven’t reached a deal on the state budget. Layoff notices are going out to state employees. No one knows the timing for a deal or when the Legislature might return to session.

  15. By shukin on Jun 17, 2011 | Reply


    How much wood could a woodchuck chuck?

  16. By Titus on Jun 17, 2011 | Reply

    they might shut down the zoo, even though the zoo makes a whale of money in July and the zoo director says it makes no sense to shut it down. The director said the zoo is mostly self-sufficient and needs very little state help, and July is their biggest month, which offsets their slower, winter season. Our governor needs some common sense. At least the universities are staying open.

  17. By Mortimer Duke on Jun 17, 2011 | Reply

    Well what good is a zoo anyway? Its just cheap entertainment for middle class families. If those families would stop being lazy they could afford their own zoos. With gas prices where they are … I will need a tax break or filling up the private jet will be tough. Dont get me started with my kids and their private schooling, nannies , and other activities to keep them out of my hair.

  18. By Titus on Jun 17, 2011 | Reply

    Mortimer, do you live at the zoo?

  19. By Parody on Jun 17, 2011 | Reply

    @Shawn – I like your questions about Gerhardt. That would be interesting to see him used in that way, and would likely end up generating significantly more value from our 2nd round pick.

    I hope that Mike makes an effort to ask the coaches about this.

  20. By LaMonta Bronaugh on Jun 18, 2011 | Reply

    Is there any way for me and my family to get a tour of the vikings practice field? Also do you know of any football leagues I could join in MN?

  21. By joshK on Jun 18, 2011 | Reply

    iv seen you interview the Wilfs can you ask them to start a donation fund here on im sure people from all over the country will donate.

  22. By Stoney on Jun 18, 2011 | Reply

    Shawn, agree about Gerhardt, good question. How about it Mike.

  23. By Frederick Jones on Jun 18, 2011 | Reply


    Pants on the ground, pants on the ground, for pete’s sake git yer dern pants off the groun’ bafo’ ya git’s arrested !


  24. By Chilly, we miss you on Jun 18, 2011 | Reply

    First we get rid of Chilly, then Tavaris– what’s next? Why shoo all the greats away?

  25. By Chilly, we miss you on Jun 18, 2011 | Reply

    With Chilly in Charge, we always had a fighting chance for victory.

  26. By joshK on Jun 18, 2011 | Reply

    chilly brought in great talent via FA and we drafted well with him in charge but he really wasnt a great couch .

  27. By joshK on Jun 18, 2011 | Reply

    couch.. lol i mean coach

  28. By Frederick Jones on Jun 18, 2011 | Reply


    Is there a point to your blogs, or are you just trying to be funny !

  29. By Sue G Vikes 4 Ever on Jun 18, 2011 | Reply

    Mike. What are the chances that the NFL has a season this year? AND what are the chances that the Vikes will stay in MN if the legislators don’t work out a stadium deal?

  30. By Frederick Jones on Jun 18, 2011 | Reply


    I assume you are a witty person, and you picked your blog name to try to lighten up vikings. I thank you for that.

    Shukin’ is not what we want our QBs to do in games ! ! ! We expect them to actually throw the ball to somebody, not just shuck it out into space!

  31. By Chilly, we miss you on Jun 18, 2011 | Reply

    Sue– Mike has no idea– who does? Common sense can answer both of your questions with a reasonable probability— season this year? Looks doubtful– maybe.
    Vikings move if no stadium– Looks probable– maybe.

  32. By Chilly, we miss you on Jun 18, 2011 | Reply

    Fred, please. You are the greatest fan of Chilly, so you should be happy at my blog.

  33. By DRS on Jun 19, 2011 | Reply

    This is found on,

    The bigger question is whether the idea of a completely open-air stadium will be placed on the negotiating table. In response to financing questions, the Vikings could say: We understand $1.057 billion is a big number, so let’s just eliminate the roof. That would cover the entire cost of road improvements and still cut the total project cost to $982 million or lower.

  34. By DRS on Jun 19, 2011 | Reply

    This is found on,

    Gov. Mark Dayton, among others, has said an open-air stadium would defeat the purpose of replicating the Metrodome’s year-round availability. Eliminating the roof could be a non-starter for that reason, or it could be the leverage the Vikings need to get a bigger financial commitment from the state. (Dayton has thus far capped the state’s contribution at $300 million.)

  35. By DRS on Jun 19, 2011 | Reply

    Mike, why not sagest to Zygi Wilf to purpose to Minnesota to make the new stadium an open air stadium and Minnesota continue to use the metro dome as a winter use venue. That would be the answer to their problems, keeping all happy, almost all.

  36. By DRS on Jun 19, 2011 | Reply

    Oops, suggest not sagest. sorry.

  37. By DRS on Jun 19, 2011 | Reply

    Mike, why not keep the dome for winter use and build a new open air stadium. All together an complete usage complexes. Why not have both?

  38. By Anthony on Jun 19, 2011 | Reply

    I agree with Joshk on starting a donation fund to raise money I know a lot of people would like to help.

  39. By Anthony on Jun 19, 2011 | Reply

    Mike, I know as a die hard viking fan I would do anything to keep them in Minn and I know any die hard fan would do the same for there team but it seems like the government doesn’t really seem to care could it partly be because their not viking fans so they don’t care that much about the team? are they all packer fans or something so it doesn’t have an effect on them because I can’t see anyone just sitting by not doing much to help their team out. I know theres other needs for the state but still if they were true viking fans you would think they would do more that’s why it seems they are fans for a different team. Whats your opinion on this?

  40. By Nick on Jun 19, 2011 | Reply

    @ Josh K

    Thought that may have been a hint that Tim could be coming out of retirement to help us. I know there’s a lot of uncertainty at QB but hey hang on a minute!

  41. By Ellie on Jun 19, 2011 | Reply

    When will we know for sure if there is going to be a season???I want to purchase tickets but all the Ticket sellers say “No Refund” and I can’t afford to throw away that much money. Will anyone refund my money if there is not a season? Thank You

  42. By Jake W on Jun 19, 2011 | Reply

    Mike, I read the mailbag every monday and am a big fan. I have one quick question, however. I was wondering what you think of the idea of Toby Gerhardt transitioning to the fullback position. I think it would make our offense even more dynamic and I also think he’s got the size, strength, and blocking ability that could make him one of the best. Also, if it were to happen it would open the door for a guy like Lorenzo Booker, whom I believe could also carve out a niche in our offense as a backup and possible 3rd down back if AD needs a breather. I see some explosive ability there, what do you think?

  43. By Frederick Jones on Jun 19, 2011 | Reply

    @Jake W.,

    I would love to see the Vikings use the split backfield they used with Chuck Foreman/ Ricky Young and company. They used it off and on for many years.

    Would it work in today’s NFL? I don’t think it’s an offense for a running team like Frazier would like to see.

    They could use it as a change of pace.

  44. By Frederick Jones on Jun 19, 2011 | Reply

    They could play some of Troy Aikman’s nonsensical remarks about A.D. not being a complete threat as a receiver at the start of training camp.

    Make A.D. a 1000 yard receiver/ 2000 yard rusher.

    Ah! It’s probably impossible. But I do enjoy talking to myself.

    Many read these words of wit and make……..

    But no one ever comments, or starts a blog with themselves as THE GREAT FREDERICK has done. :)

  45. By Frederick Jones on Jun 19, 2011 | Reply

    Wow, who wrote those last two blogs? What insight, what brilliance, what a remarkable man !

  46. By Frederick Jones on Jun 19, 2011 | Reply

    Hey, that’s three in a row !

    Today, a young man beeped his horn at me. So I stopped him, and asked him why he did it.

    He said that he had a family to protect, and I (me) was not required to stop.

    Man, I would have ran into a car if I hadn’t stopped.

    Unbelievable. He would rather have me hit another car, so his family could keep on motoring ! ! !

  47. By Frederick Jones on Jun 19, 2011 | Reply

    Well, I have 5 in a row now.

  48. By Frederick Jones on Jun 19, 2011 | Reply

    Titus’ record is 12. I could easily get it.

    Frazier and Singletary should work well together. They may inflluence the Vikings in a very positive way. There is always the threat that Mike might lose his temper and punch a player. That will keep the team awake, and hopefully off drugs.

    Jones is superwitty.

  49. By Frederick Jones on Jun 19, 2011 | Reply


  50. By Frederick Jones on Jun 19, 2011 | Reply

    Titus, I’m really thinking about it. There is so much summer left. Whatever number I put up, could be easily broken.

  51. By Frederick Jones on Jun 19, 2011 | Reply

    Okay, I think I try to stop at ten.


  52. By Frederick Jones on Jun 19, 2011 | Reply


    Remember the great rivalry between the Vikings and Lions in the late 60′s and 1970′s? The Vikings won like 14 and a row versus the Lions.

    The Lions were a good team then. The Cowboys beat them in a playoff game 5-0 during this period.

    Well, there was a game versus the Lions @ Detroit (I think) where Ed Marinaro caught 2 straight unanswered touchdowns on flareouts our of the Split Formation, I talked about earlier.

    That’s it, ten in row. Titus you can keep your record of 12.

  53. By Sue G Vikes 4 Ever on Jun 19, 2011 | Reply

    Chilly, I knew the answers..I just wanted to hear from Mike or the Vikes org.

  54. By Sue G Vikes 4 Ever on Jun 19, 2011 | Reply

    Hey guys,
    Maybe it’s time we let our legislators how much this means to us. After all we do pay their salaries. By the way, I don’t think they should get paid if they go into a lockout. We need to start speaking out! thx Guys, Sue

  55. By Frederick Jones on Jun 19, 2011 | Reply


    Well the NFL should become aware of losing fan interest.

  56. By Chilly, we miss you on Jun 19, 2011 | Reply

    Sue, sure you did.

  57. By Frederick Jones on Jun 19, 2011 | Reply

    I saw a video which might interest you guys.

    Go to pro football and look up Drew Bledsoe (sp)

    They will give you the link to the game where Bledsoe threw 70 times to lead the Patriots to overcome a Vikings 20-0 lead !

    They only show his 70 throws. Shukin’ you would get into it !!!

  58. By Frederick Jones on Jun 19, 2011 | Reply

    can’t say p a s s e s

  59. By joshK on Jun 19, 2011 | Reply

    @ Nick… who’s tim out of requirement.?

  60. By joshK on Jun 19, 2011 | Reply

    o lol.. tim couch im guessing. no wasnt a hint just a typo.

    vikes need a donation fund. get it done.

  61. By Mike B on Jun 20, 2011 | Reply

    I think that we need to get together and support a roofed stadium as this issue is tough enough to get approval. This stadium will not be built if we are divided upfront. Have a good weekend.

  62. By DRS on Jun 20, 2011 | Reply

  63. By DRS on Jun 20, 2011 | Reply

    This is from,

    The Vikings already have a plan to pay for the stadium itself, which will cost about $1 billion. Now, they say they’re ready to meet the state halfway on the estimated $131 million it will cost to upgrade the roads around the stadium they want to build in Arden Hills.

  64. By DRS on Jun 20, 2011 | Reply

    This is from,

    The Vikings road plan would also impose new taxes. They include a $3.50 parking surcharge, a 3 percent food and beverage tax at the stadium and a half-percent ticket tax at the stadium.

    But the road taxes would extend beyond the stadium as well. Ramsey County officials want to double the $20 fee already applied to car sales in the county to pay for transit. The extra money raised would pay off the stadium road bonds.

    Ramsey County Commissioner Tony Bennett said it’s fair for the public to chip in for work on freeways around the stadium.

    “The people that are going to use these roads, 365 days a year, are the average citizens. And 10 days a year, the Vikings fans are going to use it,” said Bennett.

  65. By DRS on Jun 20, 2011 | Reply

    This is from,

    It isn’t clear whether the new road plan makes the situation any better. A spokeswoman for Gov. Mark Dayton said he hadn’t seen the proposal as of Monday afternoon.

    Metropolitan Sports Facilities Commission chairman Ted Mondale said he hadn’t seen specifics on the proposal, but believed from initial reports that it was “more of the same.”

  66. By DRS on Jun 20, 2011 | Reply

    Who are the roadblock in all this?

  67. By DRS on Jun 20, 2011 | Reply

    I bet if the Vikings wanted to stay in the metro dome area this would be a done deal! Who are the roadblocks now?

  68. By Frederick Jones on Jun 20, 2011 | Reply


    Thank you for the update.

    My Uncle is a retired builder in the TC area. He seems to think, like you have suggested, that it would be easier to get this stadium deal done if it was in the metrodome area.

    Many will question the need for such an expensive stadium.

    Personally Arden Hills would be better for me, as I have a brother in that area.

  69. By joshK on Jun 21, 2011 | Reply

    will the vikings be issuing any bonds to pay for the stadium and roads? between private investors and donations from the public im sure they could close the gap dramatically its common sence from a business point of view. it sure seems like they are dragging their feet..

  70. By Dave on Jun 21, 2011 | Reply

    Mike Do you think it would be wise to pick up a veteran QB?

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