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Plenty Of Action In Store On Day 1 Of Scouting Combine

Posted by Mike Wobschall on February 23, 2012 – 5:55 am

Early this morning I’ll make the trek from my hotel room to Lucas Oil Stadium to get vikings.com’s coverage rolling on Day 1 of the 2012 NFL Scouting Combine. We have a lot on the docket for today, let’s break it down.

– Voice of the Vikings Radio Network Paul Allen will host his 9-noon (CT) radio show on KFAN from Lucas Oil Stadium today and tomorrow, and he’s asked me to join him as a co-host for two days. We’ll be talking Vikings and NFL for all three hours on both days, and during that time we’ll have plenty of interesting NFL guests. Already scheduled to join us are: Vikings GM Rick Spielman, Vikings Head Coach Leslie Frazier, Sports Illustrated writers Peter King and Don Banks, NFL Network and CBS analyst Charley Casserly, and NFL Network and Vikings preseason TV analyst Mike Mayock.

– Outside of joining PA on his radio show, I’ll also be providing coverage of the Combine for vikings.com by teaming with vikings.com Videographer Jordan Struck  to ask players, Frazier, Spielman and other NFL personalities to join us for video interviews. We’ll set up near the media center early each morning along with the other teams who send their websites to cover the Combine. The media center is located in the East Club of Lucas Oil Stadium and the room is complete with tables for media members to set up the computers and equipment, podiums for NFL coaches and executives to use during press conferences and then round tables for reporters and players to use for interviews.

– The Combine is a week-long event and it’s invitation-only for the players. So about 330 of the top college prospects will shuffle though Indianapolis this week.

– Not all the players are here at the same time. The players are broken up into position groups, and then those position groups go through the various stages of the Combine on a staggered schedule. For example, the first groups to arrive here were the OL, kickers, punters, long snappers and TEs. They arrived yesterday, went through an orientation process and then today they’ll go through measurements, medical examinations, psychological examinations, interviews with teams and a media session. The second group to arrive will be the QBs, RBs and WRs. They’ll go through the orientation process today, then tomorrow they’ll do what the first group is doing today. The next group is DL and LBs, and the last group is DBs.

– Later this morning, Spielman will have a press conference at one of the podiums in the media center. We’ll record that and have it posted on vikings.com for you to view as soon as possible. Then Spielman will, hop on Sirius NFL Radio, join PA and me on KFAN and then meet with Twin Cities beat writers.

That’s it for now. I’ll have much more for you later, so be sure to check back in with us frequently.


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91 Responses to “Plenty Of Action In Store On Day 1 Of Scouting Combine”

  1. By Rocksalt on Feb 23, 2012 | Reply

    Yada Yada Yada…..

    There was a Minnesota Vikings stadium bill introduced Wednesday — but not the one Gov. Mark Dayton and others have been waiting for.

    Rep. Rod Hamilton, R-Mountain Lake, introduced legislation to build a new Vikings stadium in Arden Hills in Ramsey County. Money from authorizing electronic bingo and pulltabs would help the state pay for it. The stadium, according to the legislation, would open no later than June 2016, feature a roof, have parking for 21,000 cars and have at least 65,000 seats.

    The Vikings would contribute at least $425 million toward the project, according to Hamilton’s proposal. Ramsey County would contribute $10 million yearly “as funds are available,” and the state would contribute $549 million for construction and $101 million for any needed surrounding public infrastructure.

    The plan is similar to an agreement that the Vikings and Ramsey County have been pushing since last year — but which has fizzled because Ramsey County has been unable to develop a county funding source that key stadium legislators support. Hamilton’s plan attempts to address that by substantially increasing the state’s contribution to the project.

    Hamilton declined Wednesday to comment on his proposal. The legislator, a whip for the Republican House majority, has not been a major public player at the Legislature regarding a stadium bill.

    Vikings spokesman Lester Bagley said Hamilton’s plan seemed “viable” but said legislators needed to determine whether it had political support at the State Capitol.

    Bagley however took a dim view of another stadium plan that is scheduled to be unveiled Thursday by three Republican state senators — two of them freshmen.

    Bagley said the team had been briefed on the plan, and said an early version included having the state pay for stadium infrastructure costs and offer a 5.9 percent, low-interest loan to the team and others to build the project. The plan, according to Bagley, would have the team and its business partners pay more than 80 percent of the stadium’s cost and is not site-specific.

    “[It] would not allow the Vikings to be competitive” with revenues that other National Football League teams in similarly-sized markets are getting, said Bagley, the team’s vice president for stadium development and public affairs.

    Sen. Roger Chamberlain of Lino Lakes, Sen. David Hann of Eden Prairie and Sen. Pam Wolf of Spring Lake Park scheduled a news conference to outline the plan Thursday.

    Both stadium plans come as Dayton and the Vikings continue to focus on building a new Vikings stadium at or near the Metrodome in downtown Minneapolis, the team’s home for the past 30 years.

    After a meeting Tuesday with Vikings owner Zygi Wilf, the governor said he remained hopeful — but not optimistic — that legislation for a Minneapolis stadium could be passed before the Legislature adjourned in late April.

  2. By Spencer *11 Days* on Feb 23, 2012 | Reply

    Players that need to be cut immediately

    -Cedric Griffin: (Hes Garbage)
    -Remi Adoyele: (Hes Pathetic)
    -Va$hitte Shianco: (Hes Overrated)
    -Anthony Herrera: (Hes Terrible
    -And Antoine Winfield if he refuses to play Strong Safety.

  3. By DRS on Feb 23, 2012 | Reply

    It looks like the speculation that there was an agreement in place to get funding for a new Minnesota Vikings stadium has been squelched and that the negotiations between all of the players are going to continue.

    As reported by the Star Tribune, a meeting was called by Vikings owner Zygi Wilf on Tuesday between all of the majot players in the stadium saga except for Minneapolis officials. During the meeting, the chances for a stadium subsidy package looked to drift away, and Minneapolis Governor was quoted saying “I’m hopeful. I don’t use the word ‘optimistic’ with this project any longer…” which would seem to indicate that while there’s nothing being thrown off the table yet, there’s not a great deal of ideas on it either.

    The biggest issue, as it seems to have been all along, is that the City Council does not like the idea of using taxpayer money to fund the new stadium for the Vikings, regardless of the location. Either way, it doesn’t look like a new stadium deal is going to get done any time soon, despite hopes recently that there would be some positive movement.

    For more on the Minnesota Vikings, check out The Daily Norseman.

  4. By DRS on Feb 23, 2012 | Reply

    There was a Minnesota Vikings stadium bill introduced Wednesday – but not the one Gov. Mark Dayton and others have been waiting for.

    Rep. Rod Hamilton, R-Mountain Lake, introduced legislation to build a new Vikings stadium in Ramsey County’s Arden Hills and use money from authorizing electronic bingo and pull tabs to help the state pay for it. The stadium, according to the legislation, would open no later than June 2016, feature a roof, have parking for 21,000 cars and have at least 65,000 seats.

    The Vikings would contribute at least $425 million toward the project, according to Hamilton’s proposal. Ramsey County would contribute $10 million yearly “as funds are available” and the state would contribute $549 million for construction and $101 million for any needed surrounding public infrastructure.

    The plan is similar to an agreement that the Vikings and Ramsey County have been pushing since last year – but which has fizzled because Ramsey County has been unable to develop a county funding source that key stadium legislators support. Hamilton’s plan attempts to address that by substantially increasing the state’s contribution to the project.

    Dayton and the Vikings have since then been focused on building a new Vikings stadium at or near the Metrodome in downtown Minneapolis, the team’s home for the past 30 years. After a meeting Tuesday with Vikings owner Zygi Wilf, the governor said he remained hopeful – but not optimistic – that legislation for a Minneapolis stadium could be passed before the Legislature adjourned in late April.

    Hamilton, a whip for the Republican House majority, has not been a major public player among legislators pushing for a stadium bill.

  5. By DRS on Feb 23, 2012 | Reply

    So on and on it goes and no one knows where it will stop.

  6. By DRS on Feb 23, 2012 | Reply

    Have to go El Paso TX now so happy blogging everyone, and have a great day.

  7. By Parody on Feb 23, 2012 | Reply

    Spencer – You left out Chris Cook (Constantly injured/arrested)

  8. By Parody on Feb 23, 2012 | Reply

    And you don’t need to cut Shiancoe. Overrated or not, his contract is up.

  9. By Spencer on Feb 23, 2012 | Reply

    If Cook doesnt have to go to Jail, there is no reason to cut him- too talented.

  10. By vikelifer on Feb 23, 2012 | Reply

    It looks like DRS and Rocksalt are keeping us well informed about the stadium issue,thanks, it sounds to me as tho the Minn.Legislature wants nothing to do with keeping a football team in Minn.the Govenor sounds like a douchbag and I hope you, Minn.voters vote him out in the next election.As for our team I would think the major players,” Rick” Leslie”Studwell” would be able to evaluate players for their talent on the field and their character off the field.That makes me wonder who made the call that Charlie Johnson could play LT he was terrible and Loadholt regressed he needs to drop weight build speed and muscle then he should be ok.Chris Cook thats ashame good talent but he would rather be a thug.In the draft they should look at Riely Rieff &Marvin McNutt from Iowa, with there latter picks look at Chad Greenway he has character and talent.

  11. By New Vike on Feb 23, 2012 | Reply

    Vikelifer is clearly from Iowa. I hope the Vikes dont pick Reiff unless they trade back like 5-10 picks. The pick has to be Kalilat 3 if he is there. If Stl takes him I sincerely hope that the Vikes are smart enough to take the best offer between Cleveland, Wash, or Miami. If they decide to keep the pick and Kalil is off the board they gotta go with Morris Claiborne in my opinion…

  12. By Spencer *11 Days* on Feb 23, 2012 | Reply

    Who is the most overrated player on the team?
    Va$hitte Shianco

  13. By OTKalil2012 on Feb 23, 2012 | Reply

    Cook is a thug…Thugs go to jail when they strangle woman !!…Here is the report…Don’t you think if Cook would have had the chance to have entered a lesser plea…He would have by now ??…

    MINNEAPOLIS — Minnesota Vikings cornerback Chris Cook was charged Tuesday with trying to strangle his girlfriend over the weekend, leaving her with a bloody nose and injuries to her neck.

    Cook was charged with felony domestic assault by strangulation, which carries a penalty of up to three years in prison and a $5,000 fine. The 24-year-old Cook was arrested early Saturday and still in custody at midday Tuesday. Messages left with his attorney and his agent were not immediately returned.

    According to the complaint: Cook became upset early Saturday when he found out his girlfriend of 10 months had spoken to an ex-boyfriend. The woman told police Cook threw her on the bed at his Eden Prairie home, got on top of her, and grabbed her neck with an open hand, constricting her ability to breathe.

    The complaint said the woman freed herself by grabbing Cook’s hair, which he wears in shoulder-length dreadlocks. Cook then struck her in the ear, sending her crashing into a wall. As the woman ran to the living room, he grabbed her neck again and squeezed it.

    The complaint also said police arrived to find the woman with a bloody nose. Police said she also had marks on her neck and hemorrhaging in her eye that is consistent with strangulation.

    Earlier this year, Cook was found not guilty of brandishing a firearm after allegedly pulling a gun on a neighbor in his home state of Virginia. Vikings coach Leslie Frazier spoke with Cook in the offseason to reiterate the importance of staying out of trouble off the field…

  14. By Derrick.G on Feb 23, 2012 | Reply

    Can we cut Spencer from this blog?

  15. By DRS on Feb 23, 2012 | Reply

    I am back…….

    More news!

    http://www.startribune.com/politics/statelocal/140169403.html

    Republicans: Vikings should only get loan for new stadium

    Posted by: Mike Kaszuba under Funding, Minnesota governor, Gov. Mark Dayton, Minnesota legislature, Minnesota state senators, State budgets Updated: February 23, 2012 – 12:16 PM

    Saying that they had the only Minnesota Vikings stadium plan that could pass the Legislature, three Republican senators offered a plan Thursday that would limit any direct public subsidy to the team to a $300 million loan.

    The proposal — which the Vikings and Gov. Mark Dayton quickly dismissed — took the stadium debate at the state Capitol in an entirely different direction: Arguing that the team should only be offered minimal assistance and nothing beyond what other businesses could expect.

    The three senators, led by Sen. Roger Chamberlain, R-Lino Lakes, said that the state should not be involved in whether the stadium had “gold-plated tile” and needed to cost $1 billion.

    The Legislature “shouldn’t have an interest in whether they build a stadium with a roof or astro-turf, or how many suites they have, or whether it’s in Ramsey County,” said Sen. David Hann, R-Eden Prairie, a co-author of the proposal. “Those are things that the business itself ought to work out with local communities who have interest in hosting that site.”

    But the plan had one new caveat: The proposal also called for a phase out beginning in 2014 of the statewide business property tax.

    Chamberlain however denied that his support for any stadium plan was tied to the elimination of the statewide business property tax. “It’s not a price of a vote – that is spinning things out of control,” Chamberlain said in responding to a reporter’s question at a Thursday press conference. “Does it have to be in the bill? We would like to see it there.”

    The senators suggested that eliminating the tax could be an incentive for businesses to financially partner with the Vikings on a new stadium.

    Dayton, who wants the state more involved financially in a Vikings stadium, almost immediately criticized the Republicans’ proposal, saying eliminating the statewide business property tax would almost certainly mean higher taxes for most other Minnesotans.

    “If they now eliminated all the property taxes that businesses pay, everyone else’s property taxes would inevitably increase,” the governor said in a statement.

    Chamberlain and Hann said the cost of the stadium would be left to the Vikings and the business community, and that the state loan would be repaid with user fees generated by the project. Chamberlain, a freshman state senator who was recently named as an assistant Senate majority leader, said one scenario called for a 10 percent user fee tax and added that a $300 million loan, at 5.9 percent interest, could generate $23 million annually.

    The three senators however said that the loan amount could be more or less than $300 million, depending on what the Vikings wanted. “The $300 million can go up or down,” said Chamberlain. “The Vikings can spend as much, or as little, as they want” on a new stadium.

    The proposal would also give the stadium a sales tax exemption for construction materials, and “an appropriation for infrastructure improvements.”
    But the three senators, who were joined by Rep. Linda Runbeck, R-Circle Pines, said the proposal’s main motive was to change the focus of the Vikings stadium debate.

    “We’ve been through a number of decades of, really, stadium funding wars in Minnesota,” said Runbeck. “We’ve had, I think, at least four governors that I can remember who have never said to the private sector, ‘This is for you, why don’t you step up?’

    “We have not seen any proposal, so far, in either the House or Senate that appears likely to succeed,” she added. “There aren’t enough votes.”

    The plan came one day after Rep. Rod Hamilton, R-Mountain Lake, introduced his own plan to build a Vikings stadium in Ramsey County’s Arden Hills and use electronic bingo and pull tab revenue to help the state fund the project.
    With the Legislature scheduled to adjourn in late April, Dayton, the team and the city of Minneapolis have meanwhile been working on a plan to build a new stadium in downtown Minneapolis at or near the Metrodome, the team’s 30-year home.

    Despite almost daily headlines surrounding that effort, no proposal has been announced.

    Their tentative plan would also use electronic bingo and pull tab revenue – and both Chamberlain and Hann said Thursday any proposal pairing gambling money and a stadium was almost sure to fail at the state Capitol.

    “We’ve been hearing that for five months — that ‘we’re going to have a bill next week,’ “ Hann said of the effort being led by the governor

  16. By DeerTracks on Feb 23, 2012 | Reply

    What is this BS on MSNBC site about Spielman still waiting for Luck or RGIII maybe slipping to 3rd round and then most likely drafting either one of them??

    This may come as a shock to you Spielman, WE ALREADY HAVE TWO QB’s!!!!

    Now you want to throw our TWO DAM GOOD ones under the bus??

    HOW about training /playing the ones’ you ALREADY HAVE, instead of this GOD ##*&*&^ PIe in the sky BullSH!T…

  17. By Viking33 on Feb 23, 2012 | Reply

    Working out Max Starks at LT yesterday I see…..hmmm not too bad.

  18. By Spencer *11 Days* on Feb 23, 2012 | Reply

    @Derrick G.

    Im confident nobody wants me gone from this blog. Everybody loves my creative outlook on football, and they admire my knowledge. Im loved by all on this blogs.

  19. By Viking33 on Feb 23, 2012 | Reply

    Minnesota legislators need to take a page from the 5-year plans that put this country back on its feet many years ago. Build something – anything!! Create jobs – stimulate the economy – and if you build an attraction you can make money back on your investment in the community for years to come.

    I can’t believe that people cannot come up with a viable solution to what seems to be so many issues…..common sense becomes commonly overlooked when it comes to some politiicans.

  20. By DRS on Feb 23, 2012 | Reply

    Vikings Stadium Update: One New Proposal Revives Arden Hills Site, Other Spurns Team
    Feb 23 12:20p 2012 by James Brady

    Read More: Minnesota Vikings, St. Louis Rams

    On Wednesday, the Vikings stadium saga refused to die, as word came out that no official deal would be reached regarding a stadium in Minneapolis at or near the current site of the Metrodome. On top of that, things got a lot more murky, as a new stadium bill was introduced, or rather, a pair of bills. One of them was a plan re-kindling the chances of a stadium in Arden Hills, and the other was a plan designed to put just about all the cost on the team.

    Addressing the first one, the Star Tribune reports that Representative Rod Hamilton, R-Mountain Lake, introduced legislation in regards to an Arden Hills stadium. Electronic bingo and pulltabs would help the state pay for it, while the Vikings would contribute $425 million toward it. Ramsey County would put up about $10 million a year when they have the funds available, while the state puts up the bulk at $549 million for construction and $101 million for public infrastructure.

    There’s a lot of issues with introducing this kind of bill … namely the fact that the Vikings and Ramsey County have been pushing something nearly identical as much. It’s going to be hard to pass, given the large state contribution. It’s unlikely Minnesota would like to pay that.

    Unfortunately, the other proposal is totally opposite to that one. Instead of having the state with a large contribution, it’s a site-neutral plan to saddle the Vikings with more than 80 percent of the cost. That’s just not feasible, as the Vikings are not one of the top teams in the league in regards to revenue. A new stadium under that plan wouldn’t change that one bit. The Vikings say such a plan would not allow the Vikings to be competitive.

    And it’s true. That’s an absurd amount for a team that is more valuable than that. It’s shouldn’t be a situation where the state makes the Vikings pay for it if they want to stay. In that scenario, the Vikings would surely relocate.

    For more on the Minnesota Vikings, go to Daily Norseman. You can also get all of your professional football news over at SB Nation’s NFL hub.

  21. By Viking33 on Feb 23, 2012 | Reply

    I love you Spencer!! ……but not like that……so don’t get any ideas.

  22. By Viking33 on Feb 23, 2012 | Reply

    I want to remove my Max Starks at LT blog – I did not see the date on the information. It is bad information and I am ashamed by printing it without noticing the date. Please keep your damaging remarks to a minimum.

  23. By Spencer *11 Days* on Feb 23, 2012 | Reply

    Its all good V33..just relax. We all make mistakes once in a while.

  24. By DRS on Feb 23, 2012 | Reply

    THIS IS FROM,

    http://MSN.FOXSPORTS.COM/NFL/STORY/MINNESOTA-VIKINGS-STADIUM-TALKS-IN-HOLDING-PATTERN-77355985

    UPDATED FEB 22, 2012 11:31 PM ET

    Negotiators trying to finalize a deal for a downtown Minneapolis Vikings stadium reported no agreement Monday.

    Representatives of the city, state and team have been trying to craft a deal that would allow the Vikings to continue to play in their current home, the Metrodome, while construction goes on next door at a new stadium.

    According to an estimate released last month, the city would put in $150 million, the team $428 million and the state $340 million for a stadium at the Dome site.

    Some news reports over the weekend quoted anonymous sources that put the state’s contribution at about $400 million. However, the parties involved have insisted there’s no deal as yet.

    The city also has offered more than $160 million toward operating costs.
    The Vikings have not specified a contribution.

    Officials had said they hoped for a deal today, though it appears such an announcement may come later.

    Lester Bagley, Vikings vice president for public affairs and stadium development, said Monday in a text message shortly before 2 p.m. that there was nothing new to report. Ted Mondale, representing Gov. Mark Dayton in the talks, emailed “nothing today” about an hour later.

    One source close to the talks said no announcement is expected today, either.
    Julie Rosen, R-Fairmont, the lead stadium lawmaker in the Senate, said Monday that if a deal is reached for the Metrodome site, that would be the site included in a bill to be put before the Legislature.

    In addition to the Legislature, the Minneapolis City Council would have to approve the plan as would the National Football League.

    With the attention solidly focused on making a deal work in Minneapolis, a St. Paul businessman unveiled a plan Monday that would put the Vikings back on the site they prefer – Arden Hills – and perhaps allow taxpayers to make a profit.

    Business consultant Michael O’Connor – who is married to a Pioneer Press reporter – said he has no personal or business stake in the elements of his plan but simply wants taxpayers to get some return on their investment in the team.

    He reckons the public could accrue $3.2 billion over 25 years from naming rights, a share of profits from development on the Arden Hills site, a share of the growth in team value and investment income.

    Set against $1.1 billion in principal and interest payments on $650 million in borrowed money, that would leave taxpayers about $2 billion to the good, O’Connor figures.

    Dayton spokeswoman Katharine Tinucci said she had received O’Connor’s plan but that it was not under active consideration as part of a stadium package.

    Arden Hills has long been the team’s favored site, in part because of the acreage available for parking and tailgating.

    But the first two financing plans brought forward by Ramsey County officials were dismissed by lawmakers.

    Then Dayton said about a month ago that if a stadium plan were to pass this legislative session, it would have to be at the Metrodome site.

    County leaders subsequently released a third funding plan for Arden Hills, earlier this month, but it was panned by the Vikings because it used some revenue the team was counting on.

    Morrie Lanning, R-Moorhead, Rosen’s stadium counterpart in the House, said Monday that if a Minneapolis deal were struck but failed to get past the city council or Legislature, Arden Hills still would be a possibility.

    Doug Belden can be reached at 651-228-5136.

  25. By DRS on Feb 23, 2012 | Reply

    This is from,

    http://sports.yahoo.com/nfl/news?slug=ycn-10995634

    Will New Stadium Deal Stop Vikings Move to LA? Fan’s Opinion

    It looks like a preliminary agreement has been reached in Minneapolis to build the Minnesota Vikings a new stadium, but I wouldn’t count them out as a team that could soon be playing in Los Angeles. There are just too many obstacles, too many approvals that need to happen before the deal becomes a reality. All while the two Los Angeles stadium developers are probably waving big checks in front of the Vikings’ owners to move to L.A.

    The Vikings need a new stadium and their current stadium lease has already expired, allowing them to move without any penalties. I think the team is being heavily courted by Los Angeles’ stadium developers to move here and unless the downtown Minneapolis deal goes through all the hoops it must to become reality, I really do think we will see the team make the move west.

  26. By DRS on Feb 23, 2012 | Reply

    This is from,

    The Deets

    You Want The Deets?

    You Can’t HANDLE The Deets.

    Vikings Stadium Swing Votes on the Minneapolis City Council
    Feb.15, 2012 in Minneapolis, Politics, Vikings

    Cory Merrifield of Save The Vikes has published a list of the Minneapolis city council members he considers possible swing votes in favor of using public revenue to subsidize Cory Merrifield’s Vikings season tickets.

    Seven of thirteen city councilmembers have already gone on record in opposition to Mayor Rybak’s stadium proposal, including city council members Merrifield considers swing votes. In general, they don’t oppose the team, but think the city should honor its charter, which states that spending of more than $10 million on a sports facility should be put to a vote.

    Here is who Merrifield thinks might flip to choose violate the city’s charter for season ticket holders’ benefit:

    If those are who Merrifield thinks are the fence sitters, he may be better off finding his checkbook and just paying for his share of the stadium rather than continuing to beg for handouts. Fore example:

    Sandy Colvin Roy

    In an interview following the hearing, Colvin Roy confirmed that she is opposed to the current plan if it does not include a referendum. She does not believe the 1997 vote meant that voters do not support public funding of stadiums, but rather that they want a say in the process.

    “To me that referendum said ‘Don’t do it without our approval,’” Colvin Roy said. “And I think that is a message that gives the citizens of Minneapolis the opportunity to look at a stadium or sports facility question in the context of the economy and other things before them at the time.”

    Gary Schiff

    Schiff tells Dayton to wait

    Minneapolis Council Member Gary Schiff said his constituents “don’t support subsidies for a professional sports stadium. And they certainly don’t support the financing plan that’s been presented to date.”

    Schiff said that rather than criticize, Dayton should wait for Minneapolis to revise its plan and close a financing gap. “I believe the governor has set up the dynamic of pitting local communities against each other by requiring a local match,” Schiff said. “And the Legislature has yet to find financing for their share. So I put this back on the governor to reset the terms.”

    Robert Lilligren

    Robert Lilligren Tweeted to me “I don’t support public $ for a stadium. Gaming either”

    Kevin Reich

    Pointing to the charter

    Another undecided council member, Kevin Reich, prefers the Metrodome site. But he is concerned about overriding another charter requirement — that the public must vote on stadiums that cost the city more than $10 million. “I’m waiting to see the case why we wouldn’t just follow the referendum as it stands,” Reich said, noting that the 1997 vote to approve the requirement is “a standing opinion of the citizenry.”

    As I look at it, the list of possible swing votes Merrifield has compiled is a list of city council members who have listened to their constituents. Constituents who have concerns about affordable housing, streets in need of repair, and the quality of the city’s schools.

    These city council members remember the 1997 charter ammendment vote where a whopping 70% of voters voted to put future stadium subsidies larger than $10 million to a vote:

    Specifically, it “prohibits the city from using the revenues raised from a local tax option or any other City resource valued at ‘over $10 million for the financing of professional sports facilities without the approval of a simple majority of the votes cast on the question, in a ballot question put to the public at the next regularly scheduled election.’ ”

    The provision was added to the Minneapolis charter in 1997 by a public vote, receiving 70 percent of the votes cast.

    When city council members like those mentioned above are faced with a decision on spending hundreds of millions of dollars to subsidize a replacement NFL stadium, their options are pretty darn clear: oppose it, or put it to a city wide vote.

    If Minneapolis residents agree with the terms of the proposal, they’ll support it. If not, Vikings season ticket holders like Cory Merrifield may need to look elsewhere for season ticket subsidies, or simply write checks to Zygi Wilf for $10,000 per seat for a new stadium.

  27. By Spencer *11 Days* on Feb 23, 2012 | Reply

    Where do you think the stadium will be built DRS?

  28. By DRS on Feb 23, 2012 | Reply

    If Minnesota will not build the Vikings a new stadium, then maybe El Paso TX would like to have the Vikings move there. I am 100 miles from there and would love to see them play in an open air stadium, there are plenty of Vikings fans here in the New Mexico, Texas, and Mexico area who would welcome them. The area has plenty of people to support a team, especially if you consider Ciudad Juarez Mexico. I think there are over a million people there. It could be an international team.

  29. By New Vike on Feb 23, 2012 | Reply

    Thats the dumbest idea i have ever heard. Lets go from the winters of Minnesota to the heat of southern Texas.

  30. By DRS on Feb 23, 2012 | Reply

    Spencer *11 Days*, hopefully in Adren Hills but El Paso Texas would not be too bad of an site for the Vikings, it would be nicer then LA.

  31. By New Vike on Feb 23, 2012 | Reply

    I swear man, ya’ll need to start talking some football and slow down on this stadium stuff. I am surrounded by Packer fans here in Wisconsin with some dumb idea’s and horrible outlooks on teams outside their state. I always try to come on here and talk some football but its always just stadium talk.

  32. By DRS on Feb 23, 2012 | Reply

    New Vike, I have been here for 10 years and it is not any worse than MN, in fact it is better than MN, we never get 100 degree with 100% humidity during the summers, the humidity never get above 60%, we have more sun and less rain, and the winters never get below 32F that often, in the ten years I have been here we got below 32F maybe 3 times. I go around in short sleeves and shorts all year round.

  33. By Spencer *11 Days* on Feb 23, 2012 | Reply

    Really? El Paso Texas? Id rather be the LA Vikings than the Los Vikings.

  34. By DRS on Feb 23, 2012 | Reply

    I should have pointed out that is day time temps, Our day time temps average in the twenties and the thirties during the winters, Thinking about it we do get into the twenties but the point being is we are much warmer then Minnesota and an open air stadium would be real nice to watch the Vikings in.

  35. By DRS on Feb 23, 2012 | Reply

    At this time it si 73F at my house and will be in the 60’s tomarrow, how about where you are? I think I will put my shorts on. I hate LA so any where is better then LA.

  36. By DRS on Feb 23, 2012 | Reply

    Ooops that should have been is no si, sorry.

  37. By DRS on Feb 23, 2012 | Reply

    How about the EL Pass Vikings?

  38. By DRS on Feb 23, 2012 | Reply

    Well I have to go and get my daughter from school, God bless U-All.

  39. By tdurfeightyeight on Feb 23, 2012 | Reply

    hey drs you’re boring me to death…spence i don’t love you and you’re blogs are sometimes a joke…and a bad one at that…but this is america, so i guess we can’t outlaw you or something to that fact.

  40. By DRS on Feb 23, 2012 | Reply

    http://www.elpasotexas.gov/

  41. By Sir Greasy Panda on Feb 23, 2012 | Reply

    El Paso? Across the river from Juarez? one of the most dangerous cities in the world? I thought the guy who wanted the Vikes to go to New Mexico was crazy. Theres no way a pro team would ever consider that place

  42. By DRS on Feb 23, 2012 | Reply

    tdurfeightyeight, you boring as well, so what, have a great day my friend.

  43. By Sir Greasy Panda on Feb 23, 2012 | Reply

    If the Vikings cared about weather they wouldnt have been founded in MN.

  44. By Spencer *11 Days* on Feb 23, 2012 | Reply

    The Vikings will provide Shootouts during the games, and the gangs will provide Shootouts during the night.

  45. By DRS on Feb 23, 2012 | Reply

    Sir Greasy Panda, I am that guy, Tularosa NM is 100 miles from there and it is not any more dangerous here or in El Paso TX then it is in Minneapolis MN, look the stats up if you will. Have fun and stay safe.

  46. By Spencer *11 Days* on Feb 23, 2012 | Reply

    My blogs are never a joke. Most of the things I say shouldnt even be debateable.

  47. By DRS on Feb 23, 2012 | Reply

    Spencer *11 Days*, Then Just bring your guns and have fun. LOL

  48. By 61Vikings on Feb 23, 2012 | Reply

    Vikes ain’t going anywhere!!! The NFL wants the Vikes to stay put, don’t be surprise if they don’t get involved if this stadium issue goes awry!! I agree with NewVike, lay to rest the stadium issue and let’s talk combine,free agency and the draft!!
    Watching NFL live right now and they had a spot on the Vikings and what they would do with the pick if Luck or RG3 were to fall to them at the 3 spot? We know Luck will go #1 to the Colts, so that leaves RG3 and talks are that the Rams would trade the pick for the right price!! GM Spielman said on NFL Live, that the Vikes would do there diligence on the player(s), which leads me to believe that if RG3 is there for the taken, the Vikes would take him!! If the Rams trade the pick to another team, you can guarantee they will pick RG3 and we (Vikes) still get our man in Matt Kalil!!

  49. By Sir Greasy Panda on Feb 23, 2012 | Reply

    i really hope the rams dont draft kalil

  50. By DRS on Feb 23, 2012 | Reply

    Spencer *11 Days*, I lived in Long Beach CA in the 1980’s and there were more gang troubles there, then I ever seen in El Paso TX. Really got to go, see U-all later.

  51. By DRS on Feb 23, 2012 | Reply

    61Vikings, there is no more urgent issue the stadium issue; without an agreement all the rest means nothing. Have a great day my friend. Bye.

  52. By Sir Greasy Panda on Feb 23, 2012 | Reply

    I have a feeling that even if Kalil is there at 3 Spielman is still willing to trade down for more picks, I swear it might happen.

  53. By Sir Greasy Panda on Feb 23, 2012 | Reply

    Kalil will anchor down the left side for the next 12 years, OL have the longest shelf life next to kickers

  54. By Sir Greasy Panda on Feb 23, 2012 | Reply

    DRS you give people in Montana and Rhode Island hope of landing a pro team. haha its ok to dream.

  55. By Cedric Griffin is a better Minnesota Viking aka Shawn on Feb 23, 2012 | Reply

    “Eighty percent of success is showing up.” ~Woody Allen

  56. By Cedric Griffin is a better Minnesota Viking aka Shawn on Feb 23, 2012 | Reply

    Showing up doesn’t guarantee success, but rest assured if you don’t show up, you won’t succeed. When it comes to your dreams, and the things you desire to achieve in this life, you have to show up.

  57. By Cedric Griffin is a better Minnesota Viking aka Shawn on Feb 23, 2012 | Reply

    NFL dot com lists top 100 draft prospects …

    http://www.nfl.com/combine/story/09000d5d8271ef60/article/hot-100-top-prospects-hold-steady-heading-to-combine?module=HP11_content_stream

  58. By Spencer *11 Days* on Feb 23, 2012 | Reply

    But at the end of the day, you have to Perform when youre on the field. I will take the guy thats talented yet injury prone over a player that is consistently horrific any day of the week.

  59. By Spencer *11 Days* on Feb 23, 2012 | Reply

    L.O.L….Guess whose ranked 32nd ?

    http://bleacherreport.com/articles/1061841-br-nfl-1000-top-32-left-tackles/page/2

  60. By Spencer *11 Days* on Feb 23, 2012 | Reply

    HOLY S—….Is Leron Landry on Steriods???

    http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10150557923221006&set=a.10150274478951006.330140.7331091005&type=1

  61. By GrandDaddyPurp on Feb 23, 2012 | Reply

    Dontari Poe at 51? interesting

  62. By Cedric Griffin is a better Minnesota Viking aka Shawn on Feb 23, 2012 | Reply

    grrr the Rams LT is ranked 25th … they might take Kalil :(

  63. By Cedric Griffin is a better Minnesota Viking aka Shawn on Feb 23, 2012 | Reply

    February 23 Mock draft has Kalil going to Rams and Vikings taking Claiborne …

    http://bleacherreport.com/articles/1077078-2012-nfl-mock-draft-ideal-picks-for-every-team/page/4

  64. By Spencer *11 Days* on Feb 23, 2012 | Reply

    Wow…Didnt think Ponder would have been ranked there…

    http://bleacherreport.com/articles/1052479-br-nfl-1000-top-50-quarterbacks/page/2

  65. By tdurfeightyeight on Feb 23, 2012 | Reply

    After the Rams take Kalil the Vikes need to trade down…Does Speilman have the ability to do so…we will soon find out.Hey and if i am boring at least it does’nt take forever…and when you rip someone bring something new to the table.

  66. By DRS on Feb 23, 2012 | Reply

    tdurfeightyeight, who is ripping who? You are the one that made the boring statement my friend. I just pointed out that you are as well, with all this speculation of whom the Vikings are going to get in the draft. I hope they do well in the draft for it may be the last draft that could help the Vikings win a SB.

  67. By DRS on Feb 23, 2012 | Reply

    I should say the Minnesota Vikings.

  68. By GrandDaddyPurp on Feb 23, 2012 | Reply

    3rd Overall Pick- OT Matt Kalil
    The solution to our poor LT play. If Kalil is taken by the rams who i expect to trade back with a team that wants RGIII then we take Justin Blackmon or Riley Reiff. Either way I feel our LT problem should be solved in the 1st round and no where else.

    35th Overall Pick- CB Chase Minnifield
    I previously had Kelechi Osemele and Vontaze Burfict here. The consensus on this site is that OLine and Secondary are the 2 biggest needs this offseason. This pick could be used to take players of other positions but Minnifeild does more than just fill a need for us. He is without question the best zone coverage corner in this draft. So he is a player that fills a need and fits our defensive scheme.

    67th Overall Pick- CB Stephon Gilmore
    I previously had Trumaine Johnson here. After comparing the two there were two factors to me that gave Gilmore an edge over Johnson. First, Gilmore’s ability to tackle and be physical with opposing wideouts, where Johnson would shy away from contact and did not make an impact in the run game. Second, Gilmore is better suited in a Cover 2 defense. Johnson saw a lot more man-to-man in college.

    With Chris Cook’s future with the Vikes in question and an aging Antione Winfield who could be cut because of his high salary, cornerback is a position that needs to be addressed in the draft. Even if Cook and Winfield stay with the Vikings, having 4 guys that can actually play zone defense would be huge. Especially in a division that features the high scoring passing games of the Packers and Lions. Having a replacement for Winfield allows him to mentor these young CBs and allows the team to focus on other positions in the future

  69. By Spencer *11 Days* on Feb 23, 2012 | Reply

    Im just frustrated with Winfield…he needs to go to Safety. Then we can have Sapp and Sherals in the Nickel where theyre most comfortable.

  70. By DRS on Feb 23, 2012 | Reply

    http://www.dailynorseman.com/

    Bud Grant Speaks, And You Ought To Listen

  71. By GrandDaddyPurp on Feb 23, 2012 | Reply

    Minnifield is a former teammate of Cook. If Cook does play for the Vikings again they will form a good tandem. Gilmore will bring that physicality that Winfield brought in run support. Like Winfield, Gilmore also lead his team in tackles at South Carolina.

  72. By DRS on Feb 23, 2012 | Reply

    Posted: Wednesday, February 22, 2012 11:34 am | Updated: 2:42 pm, Wed Feb 22, 2012.

    DOWNTOWN LOS ANGELES – Fifty-two years ago today, the Lakers played their first home game in Downtown. Nevermind that, at the time, they wore blue and white jerseys and hailed from Minnesota.

    On Feb. 22, 1960, the Minnesota Lakers were facing the St. Louis Hawks in a regular season contest for the second time in two days. These games might have meant little to Downtowners except for the fact that the games were held at the Los Angeles Sports Arena.

    Then Lakers team owner Bob Short was experimenting with a two-game trial run at the Exposition Park venue to test the Los Angeles fan market.

    At the time, the Lakers were facing steep financial troubles due to a small fan base in Minnesota. Despite the fact that the Lakers had one of the best players in the league in Elgin Baylor, they still struggled to fill seats. The league had even placed the team on financial probation, stating that if they could not meet certain ticket requirements the team could be bought out by the NBA and relocated.

    To avoid losing his club, Short decided to stage two Lakers “home” games at the Sports Arena. The numbers were very telling.

    “In Minnesota we are averaging 1,500 people a night,” Short told the Los Angeles Examiner. “In two games in Los Angeles we had 15,261.” While the Lakers lost the game-two contest, falling 113-103, the Examiner crowed that the atmosphere in the stadium was “electric,” and that “fans were enthralled from start to finish.”

    The larger crowds and fan support were immediately apparent to Short it seemed, because, according to the Examiner, after the game he sent word to the NBA commissioners’ office officially requesting to move his club west.

    In the off-season, terms were settled and the Lakers were granted permission to relocate to Los Angeles. The terms of the deal called for the Lakers to play their home games at the Los Angeles Sports Arena, where they played from 1960-1967 before building the Great Western Forum.

    After years playing at the Forum in Inglewood, the Lakers eventually made the move into Staples Center in 1999, and their roundabout trip in and out of Downtown was finally complete

  73. By tdurfeightyeight on Feb 23, 2012 | Reply

    drs when does your good bye tour end

  74. By DRS on Feb 23, 2012 | Reply

    Is this not the same plot the Vikings are through now?

    http://www.sportsecyclopedia.com/nhl/minnystars/northstars.html

    1992/93: When Norm Green first purchased the North Stars he was though of the savior of Minnesota hockey. However, playing at the outdated Met Center it was clear changes had to be made to keep the team afloat. Green asked the city of Bloomington to add 200 more seats to the 15,000-seat Met Center. However, when Bloomington balked Green sought other places for the North Stars to play. Although the Target Center in Minneapolis seemed like a viable alternative Norm Green seemed unreceptive as if he wanted to move the team to another market. As the season wound down the worst fear of North Stars fans would come through as it was announced the team would move to Dallas. As the talk of the move surrounded the team the North Stars struggled down the stretch missing the playoffs while finishing in fifth place with a record of 36-38-10.

  75. By DRS on Feb 23, 2012 | Reply

    tdurfeightyeight when yours dose, I have gone and returned many times.

  76. By GrandDaddyPurp on Feb 23, 2012 | Reply

    That Offensive Line rankings is interesting DRS

  77. By DRS on Feb 23, 2012 | Reply

    http://sports.yahoo.com/nfl/news?slug=ycn-11002716

    The Vikings Will Have Plenty Of Salary Cap Space For Free Agency

    As of Monday, according to a source with access to NFL salary data, the Vikings had about $112.4 million in 2012 cap space committed to 57 players on their roster — including a little more than $110 million to the “Top 51″ who will count against the projected $120.4 million cap when the league year begins on March 13.

    Roughly $2 million in “dead” money from unamortized bonus proration will be offset by the small amount of unused cap space carried over from 2011, leaving the Vikings more than $10 million under their adjusted 2012 cap. And that’s before they even touch the contracts of several veterans who could be restructured or released in the next few weeks.

    Dumping guards Steve Hutchinson ($7 million cap number for 2012) and Anthony Herrera ($3,583,335) and cornerback Cedric Griffin ($4.65 million) would give the Vikings another $13 million to work with even after cap hits from two of those deals. None of the three is in the long-term plans of a rebuilding team coming off a 3-13 season.

  78. By DRS on Feb 23, 2012 | Reply

    GrandDaddyPurp, ?

  79. By DRS on Feb 23, 2012 | Reply

    http://sports.yahoo.com/nfl/news?slug=ycn-11002716

    With the 2012 NFL Draft only two months away and the NFL Scouting Combine upon us, now seems like a better time than ever to add to the sea of mock drafts floating around the internet.

    The Minnesota Vikings have fallen upon hard times, finishing their 2011 season with a dismal 3-13 record. Now in the middle of a rebuilding project, the Vikings will need to use their draft picks wisely if they hope to avoid an encore of 2011.

    Of course, everything that happens during the draft will depend heavily on what happens when free agency begins on March 13. If the Vikings find a way to miraculously land a franchise left tackle, the need to draft a certain USC blindside protector won’t be so dire. Either way, the draft could be the difference between going 8-8 in 2012 and finishing among the bottom feeders again.

  80. By DRS on Feb 23, 2012 | Reply

    To all Military personal, thank you for your service where ever you are.

  81. By DRS on Feb 23, 2012 | Reply

    http://www.twincities.com/vikings/ci_20028994?source=most_viewed

    INDIANAPOLIS – Minnesota Vikings general manager Rick Spielman is not backing down from his open invitation for teams to entice him with trade offers for his third overall pick in April’s draft.

    And he sounds willing to miss out on a potential Pro Bowl left tackle to make it happen.

  82. By DRS on Feb 23, 2012 | Reply

    Rick Spielman is an f-o-o-l, what the hay, the Vikings have one more year in Minnesota if the State of Minnesota does not become organized, we will see.

  83. By DRS on Feb 23, 2012 | Reply

    How long will the Vikings go without a new stadium before they move? How long will it take the State of Minnesota to get organized and do something? In addition, how long do we the fans have to put up with inept leaders, we have not had too many of them, we need leaders like Bud Grant to put more input into this team. All well all we can do is wait and see.

  84. By DRS on Feb 23, 2012 | Reply

    Are we having fun yet?

  85. By DRS on Feb 23, 2012 | Reply

    We have not had too many good leaders that is.

  86. By DRS on Feb 23, 2012 | Reply

    We shall see.

  87. By DRS on Feb 23, 2012 | Reply

    Oh well traveled over 200 mile today to see the VA, once more, to all Military personal, thank you for your service where ever you are

  88. By DRS on Feb 23, 2012 | Reply

    Are we having fun yet? X2

  89. By Spencer *11 Days* on Feb 23, 2012 | Reply

    Interesting. Chris Cook deleted his Twitter account a couple days ago.

    Things are getting serious.

  90. By walleye on Feb 24, 2012 | Reply

    Sadly, partisan politics will determine the fate of the MN Vikings….

  91. By sandiamond on Feb 25, 2012 | Reply

    Yes they are Spence. I got a good look at it just before it went down. Cook says his life has changed at the new age of 25 and he wants to buy a home w/yard very soon

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