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Raising The Roof! Mall Of America Field Roof Inflates

Posted by Mike Wobschall on July 13, 2011 – 9:28 am

Click here to view a time-lapse video of the inflation.

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So often we see construction projects – whether it be houses or roads or stadiums – ultimately fall behind schedule and/or go over budget because of unforeseen complications. But so far that hasn’t been the case with roof repairs at Mall of America Field at the Metrodome.

The latest landmark event in the construction project to resurrect the roof happened early this morning, as the roof was actually inflated. It was thought the roof inflation could take anywhere from 2-3 hours, but it actually took about 45 minutes for the crew to get the job done.

By all accounts, everything went off without a hitch, which has become a theme for the project.

Vikings Owner / President Mark Wilf issues the following statement:

We appreciate the efforts of the MSFC and the local unionized workforce who spent countless hours replacing the Metrodome roof since its collapse last December. Today’s roof inflation means the project is ahead of schedule and ensures that Mall of America Field will be the Vikings home during the 2011 season. We are excited about getting our home field advantage back and playing in front of Vikings fans this year. 

Metropolitan Sports Facilities Commission authorities explained on Wednesday that the roof construction project remains on time, on budget and has seen only one minor accident. It’s a far cry from delayed road construction projects or delays in home construction that that seem standard.

We were at Mall of America Field this morning, so photos and even video of the roof raising will be posted on vikings.com in the near future, so stay tuned for that. In the meantime, here are a few notes I jotted down in my notebook during this morning’s events…

– The budget for the construction project is just short of $23 million, with $18 million allocated for the roof. The new roof is made of teflon-coated fiber glass and is about 10 acres in size.

– MSFC Chairman Ted Mondale was on-hand for a press conference after the roof was inflated, and he expressed confidence that the project will be in its final stage by August 1, that the stadium will host its first community event on August 20 and that the stadium will be ready to host its first Vikings game on August 27, when the team is scheduled to play its first home preseason game against the Dallas Cowboys.

– Vikings VP of Public Affairs/Stadium Development Lester Bagley told reporters the team is grateful to the MSFC and the labor force working on the stadium for their work to replace the roof and that the team is excited to get its home-field advantage back. Bagley also said that the roof-raising is another symbol that the football season in nearing. Lastly, Bagley said that the team is still committed to working out a long-term stadium solution in Minnesota.

– Mondale said the MSFC is still unsure if the field surface will need to be replaced, but that the MSFC has already commenced the process of acquiring bids in the event that a new surface is required. Obviously the surface was exposed to damage not only by the roof’s collapse in December but also to weather conditions in the months after the collapse as well as damage by the construction equipment that was inside the stadium during roof repairs. If the field surface does need to be replaced, MSFC Director of Facilities/Engineering Steve Maki said the timeline for replacement would be August 1-18.

– Maki also pointed out the stadium’s roof will have a lower profile – meaning it will be less “poofy” – than the previous roof, largely because the material composing the roof is stronger this time around and also because of other engineering factors.

– MSFC Executive Director Bill Lester described the roof construction project as “a long, arduous journey,” but he also expressed gratitude to the construction crew and he said that Wednesday’s events were encouraging as the project continues to near its conclusion.


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138 Responses to “Raising The Roof! Mall Of America Field Roof Inflates”

  1. By Adam on Jul 13, 2011 | Reply

    What’s with those panels hanging from the roof? I hope it’s not to dampen the noise on the field. That’s part of what makes the homefield advantage here such a big thing.

  2. By Mike Wobschall on Jul 13, 2011 | Reply

    I believe it’s to combat external noise from coming into the stadium…it may also improve the acoustics of the building…it will make the public address announcer easier to understand.

  3. By Frederick Jones on Jul 13, 2011 | Reply

    I notice Herrera wasn’t listed on the Roster or the Depth Chart, and Ben Leber is included. What happened? Did Herrera sign with another team before the CBA?

    Sidney Rice is not included on either the Roster, or the “unofficial” Depth Chart, and Edwards is included on both?

    If these charts are not even close to being accurate, shouldn’t they be wiped clean?

  4. By Carl K on Jul 13, 2011 | Reply

    Frederick – Rice was injuried and didn’t start the final game. Herrera is not on the active roster because he finished the year on the injuried reserve list. Same with Hutch and a few other guys. That list won’t get updated until a new CBA is in place and a new league year begins.
    My guess is Hutch and Herrera might stay on injuried reserve so the Vikings can have room on the roster to look at as many young players as they can for the first couple weeks of camp.
    Just my thoughts… I could be wrong.

  5. By dcvman on Jul 13, 2011 | Reply

    I’m concerned the hanging panels will block view of field and/or score boards for fans seated in upper sections of dome.

  6. By Frederick Jones on Jul 13, 2011 | Reply

    Thank you Carl K.,

    That certainly explains it for Herrera, Rice, and Hutchinson. Favre was on injured reserve but was listed as the number one qb. So the Depth Chart is inconsistent.

    It also doesn’t explain why the Roster is different from the Depth Chart.

    I guess it’s kind of picky of me, since it isn’t even football season yet.

  7. By Tim on Jul 13, 2011 | Reply

    the new roof looks pretty nice the metrodome already looks better then it has in years.

  8. By Tim on Jul 13, 2011 | Reply

    why is there so little bloggers these days what are all the loyal vikings fans watching the twinkies

  9. By Mike B on Jul 13, 2011 | Reply

    The metrodome is going to be ready on time. Let’s hope the CBA is done soon so the players will be on the field. The Roster and transaction part of this site is poorly maintained. I tried to keep track of moves on the site, but it was bad. I wouldn’t count on it. But since we bring it up now maybe they will do a better job. Take care all

  10. By Carl K on Jul 13, 2011 | Reply

    Frederick – Favre was injuried but not on injuried reserve. I think he was also active (illegible to play) and was more like a game time decision not to start. Rice was not on the injuried reserve… but was probablly listed as inactive (not illegible to play).

    Good questions. I am kinda just winging my answer to your question. Maybe Mike Wobschall will correct me if I am wrong??

  11. By Elgar on Jul 13, 2011 | Reply

    Let’s start a rumor that the new panels are designed with advanced technology to rain down extra noise on the opponents’ bench and also mysteriously interfere with operation of their headsets. Maybe they even cause new diseases to spawn inside our opponents locker room, like fumblitis and bad pass syndrome. Sure, these thing may not be actually true. Or are they? Can what you don’t know hurt you? Let’s let our opponents hold all night-meetings before game day to decide this for themselves. Great work, MSFC !

  12. By Brian K on Jul 13, 2011 | Reply

    In an article I read yesterday, there was an inner roof on the old roof that help dampen the noise in the stadium. They had to remove the inner roof when they installed the new one and those hanging panels will do the same job as the part they removed to dampen the noise.

  13. By Carl K on Jul 13, 2011 | Reply

    Bottom line is, I think the roster hasn’t been updated from the end of last year because the new league year has not officially started and no roster moves have officially been made. Favre must have officially retired before the league year ended. The “current” depth chart that is posted on this site was probablly the one listed before the last game (farve was listed as the starter because I think he was a game time decision).

    I think the depth chart should be removed in the offseason. Many of the other sites have removed the depth chart… because who knows what the depth chart is going to be at this point???

  14. By Tim on Jul 13, 2011 | Reply

    hey ELGAR great idea about the rumor we all know that football players are pretty superstitious in time they will believe there is some kind of voodoo S#it going on in the dome

  15. By Tim on Jul 13, 2011 | Reply

    any body know if Pat Williams is coming back for another season with the vikings

  16. By Carl K on Jul 13, 2011 | Reply

    Mike B – How is this site poory maintained when it comes to roster and transaction updates? The Startribune and others will usually list vikings.com as their source for official roster transactions.
    The current posted roster is the latest official roster… and the current depth chart is the latest official depth chart based on the last game. The league year has NOT officially started so how can Mike update it yet?

    The choice it to have the last official listings or none at all?

  17. By Carl K on Jul 13, 2011 | Reply

    Tim – Pat Williams is a free agent. He is also looking at a four game suspension.
    Any team that signs him will have to be ok with letting him set out for those games. That puts him in a tough spot… he is old and may only have 1 year left.
    My guess is he will not be back. And I say that because I think he still has some value in the free agent market, and because when he was talking abut retirement last year the Vikings didn’t talk him out of it. So, it leads me to believe the Vikings are not intersted in paying him what he wants, or they are ready to move in a new direction.

    With that said, if his free agent value is not good, and if the Vikings still feel he can help this team, than I think there might be a slight chance that both Pat and the Vikings can agree on a smaller contract.

    I don’t believe Frazier and Speilman have ever said they don’t want him back, however, they have said many times the roster will get younger and changes will happen.

    I think Pat can still help the Vikings, but the question is at what price? Nobody likes to take a major pay cut… Pat will have to be willing to do that if he wants to finish his career as a Viking.

  18. By Titus on Jul 13, 2011 | Reply

    I am going to do an inspection tomorrow when driving to work on 94– the stadium has looked so pathetic without the inflatable roof. Why are the sides of the stadium gray? It looks like a big unfinished project or a zoo building. Why can’t we paint it metallic purple?

  19. By Frederick Jones on Jul 13, 2011 | Reply

    @Carl K,

    Although your point about Mike Wobschall not being able to update the roster and depth chart is a good one, they should not post it without saying it was from the last game of the 2010 season.

    That’s just the way that I feel. It’s not important, but it does look
    ridiculous.

  20. By Tim on Jul 13, 2011 | Reply

    thanks Carl K for the information do you think if Pat Williams does not return the vikings will put Letroy Guion in at DT next to Kevin Williams

  21. By Carl K on Jul 14, 2011 | Reply

    Tim – My guess is it will be tackle by committee with Guion, Ballard, and lets not forget about Jimmy Kennedy – he was the 12th overall pick by the Rams in the 2003 draft. Kennedy can still play. If we resign Fred Evans we will have good depth on the DL. If we loose Pat and Fred Evans to FA… and because of the K William suspension, I would not rule out the Vikings signing a free agent DT. (probablly not a high profile guy)

    But my guess is that Evan will resign with the Vikings. I think the top priority is to sign Rice… after that it could be a high profile corner or safety. I think RG is a priority as well as signing an OLB. We also need to sign a kicker.

  22. By Carl K on Jul 14, 2011 | Reply

    Frederick – your roster questions were good ones.

  23. By Carl K on Jul 14, 2011 | Reply

    Frederick – profootballfocus.com has an article ranking the best olines in the NFL. The Vikings are listed at #21. The writer thinks our line can use an upgrade and he says that Jimmy Kliensausser is our best run blocker.

    We have McKinnie, Hutch, and Herrera with heavy contracts. Are their jobs safe? DeGeare looks promising… but is he ready to replace Hutch now? Will the Vikings resign Ryan Cook? Will McKinnie step it up a notch this year? Will D.Love replace Ryan Cook as a top back up, or will he replace Herrera as the starting RG? Will the Vikings sign a high profile OL free agent?

    These questions are killing me and I need some really football soon!!!! Please someone give me some football… I am going crazy!

  24. By DRS on Jul 14, 2011 | Reply

    Looks like LA is out for a new Vikings home.

    08:05 AM ET 07.14 | As stadium speculation goes, it doesn’t get bigger or more expensive than in Los Angeles. Los Angeles officials have put the brakes on a plan to build a National Football League stadium in the city amid concerns over taxpayer dollars.

    Read more: http://www.fannation.com/truth_and_rumors/view/296410-momentum-slows-on-la-stadium-project#ixzz1S5yv5DVA

  25. By DRS on Jul 14, 2011 | Reply

    Oregon Vikings?

  26. By DRS on Jul 14, 2011 | Reply

    Or will the Vikings have to play in that dump of a stadium called the Metro Dome, And for how many years, 20?

  27. By DRS on Jul 14, 2011 | Reply

    How has that new stadium been doing for the Twinkies? It sure has made them a better team, has it not? I think the Twinkies should have stayed in the dome and the Vikings given the new stadium! Minnesota has shown itself to be full of fools once more. It is hard for us Viking fans to understand why Minnesota would disrespect the greatest pro-sports team in Minnesota history. The Vikings should have gotten their stadium before the Twinkies. So the Twinkies won the World Series during the worse season in MLB history; Big deal.

  28. By DRS on Jul 14, 2011 | Reply

    World Series is easy compared to the Super Bowl. You get how many tries to win the World Series compared to only one chance to win the Super Bowl. Any team gets lucky if given time and chances, as is the way of the MLB.

  29. By DRS on Jul 14, 2011 | Reply

    Sorry LAvike, No stadium for LA.

  30. By PURPLEMADDNEZZ on Jul 14, 2011 | Reply

    Donvan Mcnabb #5 i hope your are starter for my vikings i know you want to be a vike make it happen broe take over what favre was suppose to do go vikes go…..

  31. By Matt on Jul 14, 2011 | Reply

    Why should we – the tax payers – build the stadium, especially in these economic times?? No need to be afraid of a 2% tax increase for the rich in this state! Here’s a good idea… Buy your own property and then build your own stadium, leave the tax payers out of it. Otherwise, we will be paying “twice” for the stadium: to build it and then to go to a game. Who knows if there will even be a season this year, or any other year in the future?

    GO PACKERS!!

  32. By Frederick Jones on Jul 14, 2011 | Reply

    @Carl K,

    We can take comfort in the fact that a lot of other teams have Free Agents to sign on there own team, as well as a strong need to sign new free agents.

    I’ve been thinking that the teams that are able to work out on their own are going to have a significant advantage this year.

    Some of those 300 pound tackles may come in at 350 this year. Hopefully the Vikings have a bunch of guys who like to workout !

  33. By DRS on Jul 15, 2011 | Reply

    Coming soon, Oregon Vikings, or the North Dakota Vikings. North Dakota has no debt. The Fargo Vikings sounds good to me. Minnesotans does not want the Vikings; the view of most Minnesotans is yes to a new stadium for the Twinkies, the Gophers, by the way the Gophers could have built their own stadium, have ever seen the endowments collages like the University of Minnesota have? Talk about the Tax payers supporting the rich!

  34. By DRS on Jul 15, 2011 | Reply

    This is from,

    http://www.startribune.com/politics/blogs/125601388.html

    Asked if that meant the proposal would be smaller and cheaper than the $1 billion proposal, Bagley said the project had evolved since the team announced its agreement with Ramsey County. Bagley however declined to detail how the size and cost of the stadium might have changed.

    As to whether the anti-tax GOP would approve a deal, Bagley said, “it’s up to them, we’ve done what we’ve been asked.”

    Does he think it will pass in a special session? Bagley said it has a “reasonable chance.”

    But Sen. John Howe, R-Red Wing, said now was not the time to bring up the Vikings stadium at the State Capitol. “I don’t think it fits in at this time at all,” he said Thursday.

    “I would hope no one would bring that up,” he said, referring to the upcoming special legislative session.

    Howe said the Vikings stadium, once the state budget deal was finalized, could however be brought up in a separate special session later in the year.

  35. By DRS on Jul 15, 2011 | Reply

    Vikings how long are you going to accept this being shoved aside and disrespected? When are you going to move to somewhere that wants you as their team, Such as New Mexico?

  36. By DRS on Jul 15, 2011 | Reply

    Vikings How many years are you expected to play in that stinking dome that never should have been built in the first place!

  37. By DRS on Jul 15, 2011 | Reply

    10, 20, 30 more years?

  38. By DRS on Jul 15, 2011 | Reply

    Democrats, tax, tax, tax, then spend, spend, spend, But not for the Vikings new Stadium, unless it is in the twin cities.

    The Lawmakers of Minnesota say F- the Suburbs who have sported the dome for all those years.

    Republicans, do not tax, not even for the Vikings new stadium that will make jobs for a lot of Minnesotans. They do not want it in the suburbs as well.

    The people, No taxes that do not give me something for free! Not in my back yard!

    So Vikings why stay?

  39. By DRS on Jul 15, 2011 | Reply

    I think the twin cities should have been torn down years ago, and the people disbursed throughout the county side, and shown how to live of the land once more. Give them a fish and they eat for a day but teach them to fish, then they eat for a life time.

  40. By DRS on Jul 15, 2011 | Reply

    Oops, country not county.

  41. By DRS on Jul 15, 2011 | Reply

    Every one have a great day.

  42. By Parody on Jul 15, 2011 | Reply

    @DRS – Why only correct one of your typing/spelling errors? You made so many in your last string of posts (including 5 that went unaccounted for in that post that you chose to correct), that it’s just not worth the effort to try to fix it all.

  43. By Titus on Jul 15, 2011 | Reply

    It was so nice to see the dome inflated when I drove highway 94 through downtown yesterday.

  44. By Sue G Vikes 4 Ever on Jul 15, 2011 | Reply

    DRS, Why the negative side? This is a new side of yiou I have yet to see… I am thw only one to feel hopeful that this stadium will get done?

  45. By Mike B on Jul 15, 2011 | Reply

    I was trying to follow the transactions week by week last year and it was just awful I got my info from USA Today or NFL .com From my experience that part of the sitewas not maintained well. I visit the sight on a almost daily basis.. This is just my observation. Have a great Weekend watch the heat.

  46. By Carl K on Jul 16, 2011 | Reply

    John Clayton of ESPN has said the new CBA salary cap will be around 121 Million. He also said the Vikings are in the top 10 in highest payrolls.So, I did a little study and this is what I found according to spotrac.com.

    The Vikings have 21 guys with contracts that will pay them over 1 million for the 2011 season.Here are the Million Dollar Club 2011 Vikings:

    Chad Greenway – 10.09 M
    Jared Allen – 8.97 M
    Adrian Peterson – 7.72 M
    Antoine Winfield – 7.55 M
    Steve Hutchinson – 6.68 M
    Kevin Williams – 6 M
    Madiew Williams – 5.4 M
    Bryant Mckinnie – 4.9 M
    E.J. Henderson – 4.7 M
    Bernard Berrian – 3.9 M
    Cedrick Griffen – 3.35 M
    Visanthe Shancoe- 3.1 M
    Brian Robison – 3 M
    Jimmy Kleins@sser – 3M
    Athony Herrera – 2.6 M
    Heath Farwell – 2.58 M
    Jimmy Kennedy – 2.5 M
    Greg Camerello – 1.7 M
    Percy Harvin – 1.2 M
    Chris Kluwe 1.18 M
    Tyrell Johnson – 1.15 M
    Greg Camerello – 1.7 M

    Grand total for the 21 guys over 1 mill is $91.27M
    I will add the guys we still need to sign on the next blog.

  47. By Carl K on Jul 16, 2011 | Reply

    I think we need to resign these guys to the Mill Club. (22 guys not 21 already listed)
    Rice – 10M
    Ponder – 1.5M (not real sure?)
    Fred Evans – 1.5M
    Ryan Longwell – 1.5M
    Ryan Cook -1.5M
    H. Abdullah – 1.5M
    Erin Henderson -1 M

    So that is an additional 7 guys and 18.5 mil to add… giving us a grand total of
    29 Guys = 109.77M
    We also need to add 24 more roster spots at appox .55M each
    My estimated cap number for the Vikings for 2011 is appox 122.97M – very close to the 121M CBA cap number John Clayton reported (that is if we don’t cut any of the guys on our million plus list, or sign any outside high profile free agents from other teams).

  48. By Carl K on Jul 16, 2011 | Reply

    In order for the Vikings to be aggressive in free agency, they might need to cut or to restructure some contracts.

    I see 7 guys = 29.83M that can be cut or restuctured to make room for some (outside) free agents and to resign some current guys like AP and Harvin to long term deals.

  49. By Parody on Jul 16, 2011 | Reply

    Thanks for the info Carl – I just noticed that Greg Camarillo is listed twice in your first list. Was he counted twice in your numbers, or just thrown in twice as a typo?

  50. By Carl K on Jul 16, 2011 | Reply

    @ Mike B- everyone once to be the first to report something in this fast paced world of twitter, facebook, web pages and instant news media venues. Reports and rumors can be leaked before the Vikings can make an official announcement or post them.

    I know it can be frustrating, but the Vikings are not in the rumor business and they are not in the business to be the first to report transactions or stories.

    When I see a transactions posted on Vikings.com than I know it is a done deal and it is official.

  51. By Carl K on Jul 16, 2011 | Reply

    Good catch parody. His name was added twice but total payroll was added once. thanks.
    I thought I had counted 21 guys at first. But I saw 22 on my list after my first post. thanks. sorry

  52. By Carl K on Jul 16, 2011 | Reply

    I need to add 1 more roster spot of .55M to my total!
    Corrected appox cap total for 2011 is 123.52M. That is just my best guess at this point.

  53. By Parody on Jul 16, 2011 | Reply

    Carl – I’d like to know where you got your numbers from. I’ve just been researching it a little myself and have seen websites list a wide range of salaries for some players in 2011. For instance, one site listed Mckinnie at $4.9m while another listed him around $2m.

    Also, I’m relatively certain that AP’s contract has him getting $10.72m (in contrast to your 7.72) this year. That has been an issue covered a lot since he’s on the top of most people’s radar, and the number rarely wavers.

  54. By Parody on Jul 16, 2011 | Reply

    As far as the salary cap, I thought this bit of news I found on it was interesting:
    “As to the salary cap number, it appears both sides have agreed to $120 million for the 2011 season. But with no salary cap for the 2010 season, it looks like teams might get a ‘one player exception’ to go over the $120 million.”

    If I understand it right, it would allow removing whomever is the highest paid player on the roster from the equation. Right now, AP and Greenway appear to be at the top, but I have a feeling that both players’ contracts will be renegotiated to bring their numbers down a little. Whether or not they both go below Jared Allen’s salary is anybody’s guess. But we can still use Allen’s Salary of $8.97 as the absolute minnimum that can be overlooked when calculating the 2011 salary compared to the salary cap.

  55. By Carl K on Jul 16, 2011 | Reply

    @ Parody – here is my source link. cool site not sure how accurate it is.
    http://www.spotrac.com/top-salaries/nfl/2011/minnesota-vikings/

    2010 was last years – no Cap- that is why we could give Favre so much!
    John Clayton reported a new cap number for 2011 at 120M or 121M according to what I saw on the startribune yesterday.

  56. By Carl K on Jul 16, 2011 | Reply

    Parody – I agree I see salaries all over the place so I can only guess.
    Greenway signed a 1yr franchise tag offer for 2011 at 10M so he will be above J.Allens until he signs a long term contract. AP will probablly also sign a long term deal between 9M to 10M per year. Rice will also be in that ball park.

    I don’t see any of those guys being restructed or resigned to smaller deals.
    I see guys like B. Berrien, Hutch, kleins@sser, Herrera, Madieu Williams, Cedrick Griffen, and Mckinnie in danger of some restructuring.

    I say that because of age, health, or lack of production from the 2010 season.

  57. By Parody on Jul 16, 2011 | Reply

    I wouldn’t be so quick to say that Hutch, Kleinsässer or C.Griffin are in danger of restructuring. Herrera and McKinnie are on the bubble, but I feel safe saying that Berrian and M.Williams are in serious danger of being cut.

    As far as Greenway and Peterson, I think that both will definitely be signing a new deal which brings the 2011 numbers down a tad. Meanwhile, I think we shouldn’t be so quick to put Rice’s salary in the 9-10m ballpark. That would indicate that he is among the top-5 WRs in the NFL.

    The fact that we chose not to franchise Rice leads me to believe that the front office is not willing to give him a top-5 salary, who averaged 9.38M (according to 2009-10 numbers, most recent I could find). I would say that due to injuries which allowed him only 1-year of top-notch production, he shouldn’t be demanding more than top-10 averages of 8.54M, from the same list. It might even be argued that he should be compared to the top-15, at 7.9M.

  58. By Carl K on Jul 16, 2011 | Reply

    Parody, I would agree with your last post. The choice to franchise Greenway over Rice is a great point and topic. Many people think Rice should have been the one to get the franchise tag. And many will argue Rice is a legit top 5 WR.
    All I know is we suck with out him, and I would give him 9-10M. And because I know his agent is Drew Rosenhaus… the 9-10M range is in the bag. He will get the money…. the question is will the Vikings be the highest bidder?

    I say we need him bad. I would sign him at 10M if needed.

  59. By Parody on Jul 16, 2011 | Reply

    @Chris – I compared your website against one that I found (http://www.spotrac.com/nfl/minnesota-vikings/yearly/) and found the salaries to be pretty similar. They’re off by only $725K, so I think we’re pretty safe assuming that they’re relatively accurate, averaging just a hint over $98M between them.

    I would add in the following transactions to adjust last year’s roster:
    *Robison at 4.6m, (roughly a third of his 14m, 3-year contract),
    *Re-sign Evans, Frampton and Henderson for 2M, 1.5M, and 750K, respectively (rough guess as to what they’re worth compared to last year’s salaries),
    *Re-sign Greenway and Peterson to a long term contract with a slightly (10%) smaller starting salary than their final years,
    *Re-sign Rice at 8.5m, (avg top-10 wrs),
    *Bring back Abdullah, Longwell and Tahi for a 25% raise
    *Sign Ponder for the average among QBs in his first year (1.97m)
    *Sign Rudolph for 3/4 the average among TEs (647.25K)
    *Sign the other 8-drafts at 500K each (give or take)

    That would all throw in about 11M more to add, for a grand total of 109-110M, leaving the team with about 10M in cap space to bring in some veteran free agents to round off the team.

  60. By Parody on Jul 16, 2011 | Reply

    Whoops – @ Carl – sorry for that.

  61. By Parody on Jul 16, 2011 | Reply

    @Carl – That’s a fair argument, but past events make me believe that the team is not willing to give him that much. However, if we do, then it adds 1.5M to my calculated team salary, which still leaves the team with plenty of leeway to bring in 2-4 quality free agents who can help to make the team shine.

  62. By Parody on Jul 16, 2011 | Reply

    I’d like to point out that my numbers give us a team of 60-players. I’m not sure if practice squad players are included when calculating against the salary cap, so this could free up about 2.5M when subtracting PS salaries.

  63. By Parody on Jul 16, 2011 | Reply

    I also just realized that I left a typo in my Excel sheet, which left the final number at 117M, (not 109). But I also forgot to account for the potential of not including the highest paid player in the calculations (which will arguably be Peterson at around 9.7M), which brings my final number down a little to 108M.

  64. By Carl K on Jul 16, 2011 | Reply

    I can agree Berian and M. Williams probablly will be cut.
    Kliens@sser is a tough one because he is productive. But lets face it, he is old and we just drafted Rudolph very high and Jimmy makes 3 million as a backup. His roster spot or Dugan’s is may be need to make room for some young talent like Rudolph. Sooner or later that situation has to change.

    Hutch is a tough call too, when healthy he is/was a probowl talent. But again he is getting older and has a 6m salary, and has struggled to stay healthy the last 2 years. Degeare looks good and that change will happen sooner or later.

    Cedrick Griffen at 3.35M is fine if he is healthy and is our starter… but I have no idea right now if he can come back and play at the same level he was at before the knee injuries. If he struggles to win a starting job… no way would I pay him 3.35M.

  65. By Carl K on Jul 16, 2011 | Reply

    I am not sure if practice squad guys count toward the cap or not? I am not sure if signing bonuses count either? Maybe that will be my monday morning mail bag question for Mike.

  66. By Carl K on Jul 16, 2011 | Reply

    I like Frampton, but I would not rule out Mistral Raymon steeling his roster spot.
    I would also add that I think D’imperio has a good shot at taking Tahi’s roster spot.

  67. By Parody on Jul 16, 2011 | Reply

    I really think that Kleinsässer is more valuable than you’re giving him credit for. He is a great blocking TE, and when we’re going up against guys like Peppers, Suh and Goldilocks twice a year, we’ll need plenty of extra help in that arena. I don’t think that Shiancoe or Rudolph will be able to block nearly as well as Jimmy this year.

    I understand your argument on Hutch, but I think it’s a little off base. DeGeare might not be ready to replace him yet, and even if he is, why not have him replace Herrera who is arguably much more of a liability than Hutch has ever been?

    Griffin’s health has been a problem for a couple of years, but he is solid when healthy. Moreover, who do we have to replace him? Allen can’t do it, Cook is a huge question mark who also has injury problems and the rookie DBs are late round picks, which usually presumes that they’ll need at least a year before they can start vying for a starting role. You might say that we could replace him via free agency, but as you can see from the transactions that I suggested above, the team may be too busy with all the in-house roster moves to find a quality CB to take over in Griffin’s place.

  68. By Parody on Jul 16, 2011 | Reply

    Carl, that would be an excellent question to ask him. I’m very curious about all this too, as I have been making a number of assumptions to come to my final numbers.

  69. By Parody on Jul 16, 2011 | Reply

    You’re probably right about taking Raymond over Frampton. I just listed him in there because he is a restricted free agent, and I THINK that we already put a late round tender on him. I’ll look into it and verify in my next post shortly.

  70. By Parody on Jul 16, 2011 | Reply

    According to this site, http://network.yardbarker.com/nfl/article_external/vikings_use_rfa_tenders_on_sidney_rice_ray_edwards_others/4289418 Frampton and Henderson were both given a “right of first refusal tender.” I was surprised that Fred Evans wasn’t given a tender, or at least that his tender is unknown. I would have expected to see a 2nd round tender placed on him, especially given the fact that I don’t expect to see Pat come back and Kevin is likely to serve a 4-game suspension.

  71. By Parody on Jul 16, 2011 | Reply

    It mentioned other players who were also given tenders, but they all are tenders that rely on a new CBA to require more than 3-years of service before becomming an unrestricted free agent, which by all guesses will not happen.

  72. By Carl K on Jul 16, 2011 | Reply

    Parody- you are making some great points. If Cedric can’t start… I think a free agent corner is needed. Mike W. has been writing MORE about the free agent corners than the safeties. I am just saying it is a possiblity we could pick up a starting corner in free agency. I thnik we have cap room to do it.

    DeGreare in place of Hererra is an option I like.
    D. Love in place of Herrera is an option I like.
    A free agent stud RG in place of Herrera is an option I like. (I think we have cap room to do it)

  73. By Carl K on Jul 16, 2011 | Reply

    Frampton is solid special teams player. I don’t think he will ever be an NFL starting safety… but then agian I thought the same about H. Abdullah last year about this time. And Abdullah proved me wrong.

  74. By Parody on Jul 16, 2011 | Reply

    I think that until we start cutting offensive linemen (Herrera is obviously the first to go) Love will need to be a practice squader. He was an early 6th-round selection. Including rookies, we have 13 offensive linemen on the current roster. This doesn’t include Ryan Cook, who is a free agent that I don’t think will be re-signed.

    Seth Olsen has spent 2-years on the practice squad, so either he moves into a backup role or should start looking for a new team. Cutting Herrera still leaves 11 men on the line, which is where we were at when the end of the season came around, and that’s if you count the 2 starters on IR.

    I think the active linemen need to consist of 9 players. 5-starters, 3-backups and a long snapper. So unless we are going to be cutting guys like Jon Cooper, Patrick Brown and Thomas Welch, then DeMarcus Love and Brandon Fusco should expect to watch their first year from the practice squad unless they can really impress the coaches.

  75. By Parody on Jul 16, 2011 | Reply

    How good of a returner is Mistral Raymond? If he can step in and earn that position, then I think it will probably be the deciding factor for him pushing Frampton or Sanford off the roster at safety.

    We were hurting last year without a solid kick returner, and Camarillo wasn’t much in the punt return area either. The few times he didn’t call a fair catch, he was only able to gain a couple extra yards since he just doesn’t have the speed or moves for the open field.

  76. By Titus on Jul 16, 2011 | Reply

    I wonder how much they will pay McNabb.

  77. By Bigfan1 on Jul 16, 2011 | Reply

    Real dismal looking forecast for the Viking’s new stadium, I sure hope something comes through to get these guys a 21st century facility. Too bad the Wilf’s couldn’t take the bureaucracy out of it and just make it private, too many chiefs and bickering but no action typical.

  78. By Frederick Jones on Jul 16, 2011 | Reply

    How is Joe Webb going to feel bossing all these millionaires around?

    He’ll have to be tough and stand up to them like Johnny Unitas of old !

  79. By Titus on Jul 16, 2011 | Reply

    Fred, wake up. Webb is not going to be the starter.

  80. By Mike B on Jul 16, 2011 | Reply

    I just read what was on NFL .com needs for the vikings and imagine this no mention of offensive linemen. http://www.nfl.com/news/story/09000d5d820b74dc/article/bears-might-make-play-for-rice-pack-faces-crucial-jenkins-call?module=HP11_cp
    The article stated aquiring a vet QB, resigning Rice, and replacing safety Wiilliams as the top needs. Hmmm time is going to tell. Take care all stay out of the heat.

  81. By Mike B on Jul 16, 2011 | Reply

    Sounds like no decision on Vikings Stadium until next year’s legislature. It is not on the table for the special meeting. So the Wilf’s will have to wait one more year.

  82. By Titus on Jul 16, 2011 | Reply

    McNabb will be our starter– bank on it.

  83. By Parody on Jul 16, 2011 | Reply

    I’d be willing to bank against it Titus. McNabb’s career is not close enough to its end for him to be a good decision for us. He’ll demand to be the starter for the entire year, and rightfully so. We need a guy who is going to be beneficial to getting our 1st round draft pick ready to take over, while at the same time, a guy who can run the team UNTIL he is ready. With what I have heard about Ponder, that shouldn’t be very long.

  84. By Mike B on Jul 16, 2011 | Reply

    I think the point is being made that this team is still good enough to make a superbowl run. Niether Ponder or Webb is ready to take the team to that level. The need then is a quarterback that will be able to do that. I don’t think McNabb is the answer. He wasn’t able to bring a super bowl to Philly. I don’t think he can bring one to the Vikings. I am sure the team is looking for a good fit for that veteran QB.

  85. By Titus on Jul 16, 2011 | Reply

    Well, Parody, I hope you and Mike B are right– I may be wrong, but I don’t think so. McNabb will be the starter — I am not saying that he would be my first choice, but that Frazier and the Wilfs will do everything to bring him here. Wilfs will think he is a great chance with the current roster to get to a Superbowl, and Frazier will say McNabb is a great role model and also someone Frazier is familiar with– mark my words, McNabb in purple.

  86. By Parody on Jul 16, 2011 | Reply

    Gotcha. McNabb in Purple. Taking over for Flacco.

    Words have been marked.

  87. By Parody on Jul 16, 2011 | Reply

    …or maybe that was twisted…

  88. By Frederick Jones on Jul 16, 2011 | Reply

    @Titus,

    Hopefully JOE WEBB will wake you up !

    A.D. Gerhart

    Joe
    WR TE :) :) :) :) :) WR

  89. By Frederick Jones on Jul 16, 2011 | Reply

    That didn’t come out the way I put it down. Vikings.com is still the best blog in the NFL !

  90. By Carl K on Jul 17, 2011 | Reply

    To be talking about the superbowl when we finished LAST in our division is kind of silly.

    I think Ponder and/or Joe Webb will be just fine this year. The Vikings don’t need to be in a hurry. We have time to develop and build around our young QBs. We have a great young running back in Adrian Peterson and maybe the best “young” slot reciever in the NFL in Percy Harvin. If we resign Rice, we are in good shape with one of the best young WR in the NFL. Shiancoe and Rudolph are young and talented also.

    No need to panick or be in a hurry to sign and spend big money on a veteran QB. We need to develop our Oline. I think Loadholt can be a great run blocking RT, he just needs a great run blocking RG next to him. I am ready to see DeGeare become that guy. At 6-4 325lb he has the size to drive defenders off the b@ll. DeGeare was a starter at RG for Wake Forest before moving to LT his final year. I think he has great potential after seeing him do a solid job as a rookie filling in for Hutch. We need to up-grade our run blocking by moving DeGreare to the right side or find a free agent that can open some holes for AP.

  91. By Mike B on Jul 17, 2011 | Reply

    I have to disagree Carl K. We are in the most productive time for AP. We still have the weapons to make a run at the playoffs. I am sure the Wilfs and from what I have heard from the Coach they are not looking to rebuild. I think there is a push to win and win now. 2010 was going to be tough everyone said it up front, we had the worst schedule of teams to play. Greenbay won the superbowl with a 10-6 season record. A run at the playoffs could mean more support for the stadium. You may think it’s silly, but I don’t think rebuilding in on any part of the teams vocab. Looking at the Schedule it’s much easier than last year. Let’s go Vikings.

  92. By Titus on Jul 17, 2011 | Reply

    SUPERBOWL IS NOT SILLY. AP IS IN HIS PRIME. We never know what can happen– we must seize the season. AP may not be what he is now next year or the year after– nothing is guaranteed. SEIZE THE SEASON NOW>

  93. By Frederick Jones on Jul 17, 2011 | Reply

    Hey Titus, Mike B., and Carl K.,

    Isn’t it possible to rebuild while you are winning. I think it is possible !

    Carl K, I found your blog interesting to read. I hope you are right about Loadholt. Hopefully Leslie Frazer will pick out a :) lineman. Actually any new starter gained via free agency improves the line considerably.

    As Carl K. says, the Vikings will almost certainly need both Joe Webb, and
    C. Ponder for the quarterback position.

    I could see using Joe Webb as a
    “Slash,” but not more than once per game. We need him to be ready to START, regardless of who the coaching staff chooses to be #1.

  94. By Frederick Jones on Jul 17, 2011 | Reply

    Vikings.com is the best blog in the NFL !

    Thank you Mike Wobschall !
    :) :) :) :) :)

  95. By Carl K on Jul 17, 2011 | Reply

    @Mike B- Ok, I “take back” saying that talking about going to the superbowl is silly. I do believe we will be a very good team this year – that will have a shot at making the playoffs. But, I am NOT buyinginto the idea that we are ONLY built to win now!!! We have some great young playmakers, and I believe the window for the Vikings to be good is long one.

    Yes, AP is in his prime now… But, I am betting he will still be productive and a “BEAST” 4 years from now too.

  96. By Carl K on Jul 17, 2011 | Reply

    @Titus – I believe we can seize the season!.. And develop young guys too.
    I think the first step is to win the division.

    Hopefully, I will eat my words about the superbowl being a silly goal, and you will rub it in my face if it happens this year.

  97. By Carl K on Jul 17, 2011 | Reply

    I don’t like the word rebuild. I like to think we are reloading.
    Titus, you are correct that nothing is guaranteed. I hope we can do some things this year to make the most of the talent AP brings to this team.

    Now, what concerns me is that writers are saying our best run blocker is our backup TE Jimmy Kliens@sser. That is not good!
    If our Oline needs fixed, lets fix it – the free agency market is loaded.

    Kliens@sser is 6-3 272lb and like 100yrs old. McKinnie is 6-8 335lb, Hutch is 6-5 315, and Loadholt is 6-8 343lb and they can’t move people off the line any better than Jimmy. ??????? I know Jimmy is good at his craft but c’mon man… I want to see some mean and nastiness from our Oline.

    I don’t want the Viking to just put a piece of duct over our Oline and say that they are ok. AP deserves better than that.. Go build a bad @ss run blocking Oline for AP.

    If our young guys like DeGeare, Love and Fusco can run block, (and the scouting reports are saying that they can drive people off the line) than I say get them in the game and let them play.

  98. By Mike B on Jul 17, 2011 | Reply

    Fred, with less than a month before preseason starts, I am willing to bet that the vikings are looking at Vet QBs that are or becoming availible. I don’t think the coaching staff is going to have confidence to start either Ponder or Webb. We will wait and see. I am betting they bring in a vet QB as soon as the CBA is a done deal. Sounds like that will be Thursday or Friday. I was looking at salary numbers. Is there enough cap to bring in a Vet QB, Safety, WR, and OL for the season and negotiate the contracts for the draft rookies. It appears to me that something is going to have to give or someone is going to be expendible. What is everyone else’s thoughts.

  99. By Titus on Jul 17, 2011 | Reply

    Carl K, as I get older, I find no joy in rubbing someone’s face in their errors– we all will be happy when we finally win the big one and all Vikings fans will embrace one another– actually, we need to be united to get there. I am for peace and not war.

    BAROOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO

  100. By Parody on Jul 17, 2011 | Reply

    It sounds like Carl would be happy rubbing his own face in it, and I’d be no different. I honestly think that it will be tougher for us to win the Super Bowl this year than it was last year, and that’s with 20-20 hindsight. But the main reason for it is that we currently have no experience at QB, which is arguably the most affected position in terms of experience.

    I think Carl is making a lot of great points, and I just hope that the rumors he is passing on about the skills of the young linemen are valid. It would be fun to see the experts compare the success of the 2011 draft to the 2007 one. It’s a long shot, but something to dream about.

  101. By josh on Jul 18, 2011 | Reply

    Wow, A non-Brett Favre blog hit the 100 comments mark! I am raising my cup of coffee this morning and toasting all my blog friends. Good stuff!

  102. By Carl K on Jul 18, 2011 | Reply

    Titus – I think I am a pretty good arm chair quarterback when it comes Vikings football! But the reality is, I have the success rate of a good major league baseball hitter… I only connect successfully about 30% of the time.

    I am more than happy to take a friendly in-your-face rubbing the other 70% of the time… especially if it comes to winning the superbowl. I will say I appreciate your heart to not rub it in.thanks.

  103. By Titus on Jul 18, 2011 | Reply

    Parody and Carl, I agree the Superbowl may be a stretch, but I disagree to the paradigm that it is not a possibility — or that we should have that as a goal as early as this season. Parody, you are so right about the QB– that is why I believe the Wilfs will pay for a seasoned QB, and Frazier will likely want McNabb. A decent defense, a revamped Oline, a great running back, our dome back, and a veteran QB (with solid backup in Ponder and Webb) should make us a contender– don’t forget our schedule, on paper, looks much easier than last year– on paper I say.

  104. By Titus on Jul 18, 2011 | Reply

    I am driving by the dome in about 15 minutes– did I say it is so nice to see the dome back in working order?

  105. By Parody on Jul 18, 2011 | Reply

    I still don’t like the idea of McNabb. His age tells us that he has at least a few solid years left in him. His history tells us (or at least me) that he will not be happy as a 2nd-stringer. That wouldn’t bug me at all, IF we didn’t spend the 11th overall draft pick on a QB! There were 2 defenders still available who were expected to be gone by our selection and who I would have LOVED to have on the team. There were some quality o-linemen to choose from as well.

    Instead, we selected a guy whose best attributes are his intelligence and his experience with an NFL-style offense. That tells me that he should be a starter in his first year. The lockout should just push his starting status back a few weeks, maybe to the middle of the year at the worst. I don’t think a guy like McNabb will be comfortable stepping down when that time comes, which is why I’d much prefer a Bulger, Orton, or the like.

    I’m of the type that believes skill comes from experience, which is pretty hard to build from the sideline with a clipboard strapped to your wrist.

  106. By Carl K on Jul 18, 2011 | Reply

    I am going to agree with Parody on this one. I will add that McNabb is not a free agent! The Vikings would need to make a trade for him… and right now he is under a big contract that the Vikings just can’t afford to take on. If NcNabb is cut, then it become a possibility. However, I think Washington will hold on to him and hope for a trade for as long as they can.

    If and when McNabb gets cut, it will be just before the regular season starts when he is scheduled to get some bonus money.

    Washington needs to sign some Qbs before they will cut McNabb. Rex Grossman is a free agent and the only other Qb they have is John Beck.

  107. By Mike B on Jul 18, 2011 | Reply

    I think McNabb is going to be cut as the divide between Shanahan and McNab is too great. McNabb will insist to be the start whereever he plays and will demand a top QB salary. Unless there is some mending fences at the Redskins McNabb is going to be availible. I will add Vince Young in parody’s list of QBs. Will any of these guys agree to a one/two year contract and take a back seat to Ponder or Webb I doubt it. All QBs mention were starting QBs and feel they can be starters in the NFL and will be hard to push aside. This is going to be a issue for Fraizer and the Wilfs. My question is how much better are we with McNabb than we were last year with Farve. If Farve wasn’t as banged up I would bet not much. Just food for thought. Have a great week.

  108. By Parody on Jul 18, 2011 | Reply

    I think that Orton, Grossman or Bulger will be easy enough to push aside. They’ve all been around enough to know that if they were true starting QBs, they’d be on a long term contract with a team already, or at least have received a franchise tag. I have a different impression of McNabb and Young. Both of them clearly have the mindset that they deserve to be the starter, for whatever team they play for. Personality issues cause me to worry about those two as well, and we wouldn’t want that rubbing off on the young guns we have here.

    So beyond all that, let’s just hope we’re beyond the “trade the farm for Kolb” phase…

  109. By Titus on Jul 18, 2011 | Reply

    McNabb does seem a class act, but for some reason, I have never been impressed with his play– maybe because he has trouble performing at clutch time? I do think he will be in purple, but not because it is on my wish list.

  110. By Carl K on Jul 19, 2011 | Reply

    Raising the roof on the Mall of America Field is the dawning of a new era. It is the close to dark disappointing season that had few bright spots. One of those bright spots from last year was the unexpected play of Husian Abdullah. Early in the season Abdullah emerged as the starting free safety and made the most of his opportunity. Abdullah finished 4th on the team in total tackles and had 3 interceptions. That performance will probably land him a new contract and a starting role in 2011.

    As I think ahead to the 2011 season, I wonder which of our younger players will step into the spot light and catch our eye the way Abdullah did this year.

    I think this year Jaymar Johnson might be that young player that is hungry, motivated and ready to shine. I think he will make a major contribution on special team in the return game as well as be a fresh wide out for Ponder and Webb to throw it.

  111. By DRS on Jul 19, 2011 | Reply

    Every one may keep hoping that the Vikings will be in Minnesota for the 2012 season, and the Vikings just might be. However, my point is how long will Vikings put up with being disrespected by Minnesota? The Vikings have done all that has been asked of them, have they not? Everyone says that that dump of a stadium is no longer useful for the Vikings, and yet at the same time they do not provide a new stadium. All Minnesota says is wait, maybe someday we will get you, (the Vikings), a new stadium; for now stay where you are and we will kick the can down the road. So I ask you, how many more years before the Vikings get fed up with Minnesota’s disrespect and move?

  112. By DRS on Jul 19, 2011 | Reply

    I do not see Minnesota providing a new stadium next year or for years to come, to justify my views just look to the past. I hope I am wrong about this.

    They give the Twinkies and the Gophers their stadiums but not the Vikings, why is this? Answer: Disrespect.

    Everyone knows the Gophers could have paid for their own stadium with their large endowments they have on hand, why did the Tax payers pay for that stadium and will not pay for the Vikings stadium, who bring in more revenue to the state?

    How many years do we the Vikings fans wait?

  113. By Carl K on Jul 19, 2011 | Reply

    DRS – why do you call yourself a vikings fan? Think positive and good things will happen.

    Many people from local and state government have worked long and hard along with the Vikings to come this far on the stadium deal. Much progress has been made toward a new stadium in Arden Hills. From what I have seen, the plans look “scrumptious” and it is a dish worth waiting for. The Minnesota market is also one that is pleasing and worth the extra time needed to get the deal done right. My hat is off to the great people who are making it happen so far! KEEP THE EFFORT GOING!

  114. By CA Norwegian on Jul 19, 2011 | Reply

    @Carl K – I think Kyle Rudolph will be the young star on the Vikes this year, maybe even another rookie of the year for the Vikes. I think if they are going to spend on Free agents, it should be a ringer in the middle of the Oline, and a legendary pass defender. With the style of West Coast Offense, we will have plenty of weapons, even without Rice. (But I do like him) AP, Toby, Shienko, Rudolph, Harvin, Berrian, and others will be plenty to worry about for the other guys. If 1st downs and ball control are the focus, our D will be better. Playing with more rest, and probably from in front. Last years D was great at first, then worn down as great efforts on their part were repeatedly squandered by the offense. My perception is the O was always in search of a Greg Lewis miracle, rather than a 1st down.

  115. By Carl K on Jul 19, 2011 | Reply

    CA- Rudolph is a great pick. 1 vote for Rudolph and 1 vote for Jaymar Johnson.
    I think this draft class might turn out to be one of our better ones. Most of them won’t be starters right away but I am excited over the next few years to watch them develop.

  116. By Frederick Jones on Jul 19, 2011 | Reply

    Carl K,

    Yes, it will be tough to get McNabb. And we don’t want to morgage the franchise to get him.

    Titus,

    Did you watch McNabb in the 4 NFC Championship games where he led them to victory? Are these not big games? McNabb is one of the greatest QBs of our time. I doubt Washington will give him up easily.

    Mike B.,

    You may be right. Perhaps we should avoid getting a veteran qb if it causes us to get away from fixing the areas where we have needs.

    I just hope the Vikings are looking out for the future, and not just throwing all the cash into a quick winning situation. We fans want to win today, but that’s not good in the long haul.

  117. By Frederick Jones on Jul 19, 2011 | Reply

    If the Vikings finish 8-8, Frazier should be able to keep his job. But will Viking fans be able to tolerate that situation?

  118. By Titus on Jul 19, 2011 | Reply

    I drove past the dome again today— and then tonight I rode my bike downtown, near the Stone Arch bridge (wanted to dive in the river to cool off)– and I swear the dome looks higher– the panels seem elongated and not like patches– is it different from before, or am I just so use to seeing no dome, that I forgot what it looked like?

  119. By Titus on Jul 19, 2011 | Reply

    Don’t get me wrong, it is a beautiful sight, but I guess I am asking if the design has changed.

  120. By Titus on Jul 19, 2011 | Reply

    Freddie, I did see McNabb, but of 4 NFC championships, how many resulted in Superbowls? One. What was the result in that Superbowl? Patriots won. I rest my case.

  121. By Parody on Jul 20, 2011 | Reply

    Titus – Yes, the design is different from the old roof. That was one of the points made in this blog:
    ” Maki also pointed out the stadium’s roof will have a lower profile – meaning it will be less ‘poofy’ – than the previous roof, largely because the material composing the roof is stronger this time around and also because of other engineering factors.”

  122. By Frederick Jones on Jul 20, 2011 | Reply

    @Titus,

    How many qbs led their team to 4 Conference Championship games in the
    history of the National Football League?

    Is someone impersonating Titus?

  123. By Titus on Jul 20, 2011 | Reply

    Parody, I did notice that, but the roof seems to have a higher profile, or it may be the elongated strips of teflon versus the old patchwork squares and it is optical only. I drive past it at least a couple times a week, and I swear it looks bigger.

  124. By Titus on Jul 20, 2011 | Reply

    Freddie, this is the real Titus and all the above posts are mine– no deception here, we both know who the father of that is— does that statement clue you in to my genuineness?

    Maybe McNabb would be a great fit, I don’t know– but it seems he never can quite make it—then again, he may have great motivation to win the big one. Motivation and spirit are not something that can always be coached. I have mixed feelings about McNabb, but I have a strange feeling, if he comes here, we will get a championship.

  125. By DRS on Jul 20, 2011 | Reply

    The following is from http://www.cnbc.com/id/43823551

    The stadium won’t be considered during this special session of the Legislature, and Dayton said Tuesday he’s reluctant to call another special session later in the year to address a request the team first raised more than a decade ago.

  126. By DRS on Jul 20, 2011 | Reply

    The following is from http://www.cnbc.com/id/43823551

    The Vikings have begun the final year of their lease at the 29-year-old Metrodome, now called Mall of America Field, which is getting a new roof after the old one collapsed during a snowstorm last December. In February, when the lease expires, they will essentially be free agents. Next year’s regular session of the Legislature begins in January.

  127. By DRS on Jul 20, 2011 | Reply

    According to http://www.cnbc.com/id/43823551 Bagley said, “All I can tell you is that we are as-sessing our options”

  128. By Titus on Jul 20, 2011 | Reply

    Myra Kraft passed this morning– read a moving article about the woman and how mad some players are that because of the lockout they could not see her as she battled cancer– folks, it’s not evil to make money, but when it is more important than people, than something is very wrong. Very wrong. And, Mike, please get a blog or article up asap about her passing.

  129. By Titus on Jul 20, 2011 | Reply

    Oh, maybe some of you don’t know– Myra Kraft is the wife of the Patriots’ owner.

  130. By Titus on Jul 20, 2011 | Reply

    Or was, sorry.

  131. By Titus on Jul 20, 2011 | Reply

    DRS– enough with the negativity — even if, and I doubt it, but even if the Vikings leave Minnesota, there is much more to life— you are not scaring or motivating anyone by your posts– they are beginning to get old.

  132. By DRS on Jul 20, 2011 | Reply

    This cannot be a good sign for Minnesota. Wake up people to that the Vikings may be moving. Keeping your heads in the sand will not make things better for you. Worrying about who is going to play this season while the team may be moving is a strange thing to me. It shows me that fans are putting their heads in the sand instead of getting a hold of the Governor to hold an extra special session.

  133. By DRS on Jul 20, 2011 | Reply

    Titus, that may be, but sticking your head in the sand is get old as well; in fact all your post about players and what the Vikings should do are getting old as well! Nothing is going to be done until the rich players and owners decide how to slit up the pie. I am not trying to scare anyone, only trying to point out the facts.

  134. By DRS on Jul 20, 2011 | Reply

    Sorry to hear that Myra Kraft passed this morning, Thank you Titus for letting us know this. My condolences to the Kraft family.

  135. By Ben on Jul 20, 2011 | Reply

    Will the new roof and roofing panels amplify crowd noise? We wouldn’t want to lose our home field advantage that Vikings fans are so very famous for….

  136. By Mike B on Jul 20, 2011 | Reply

    It is too bad the stadium issue was not resolved in the special session. I didn’t feel it would be the legislature has more to be concerned with than another expenditure. This doesn’t mean the Vikings willl be moving anytime soon. There is still time to get a stadium deal done, just not now. No need to be negative, but focus on supporting the Vikings to get the Stadium the Vikings and state of Minneasota will want. This leaves the retractable roofed stadium that is already on the table and we should all get behind that option. It’s the best move for The Vkings, Fans, and the state of Minn. Fracture support will no side any good. If you want a new stadium it’s time to back what’s on the table and tell your neighbors how good a deal it is. Have a great week.

  137. By Frederick Jones on Jul 20, 2011 | Reply

    DRS,

    I read your blog about Titus’ blogs getting old. Let’s face it, all of this is getting old and we are just regurgitating (sp) everything.

    There isn’t alot of new stuff going on out there.

  138. By Parody on Jul 21, 2011 | Reply

    Reports say that the team owners are extremely likely to sign a new CBA today! That’s SOMETHING new anyways…

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