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Regular Season Schedule To Be Released On Tuesday

Posted by Ryan Cardinal on April 16, 2012 – 2:30 pm

The NFL has announced that the 2012 regular season schedule will be announced on Tuesday, April 17 at 6 p.m. CT.  vikings.com will have the full Vikings’ schedule at that time, so make sure to come back then for full details.

The league has already announced who each team will play in 2012, and that info as it pertains to the Vikings is as follows:

Home – GB, DET, CHI, ARZ, SF, JAX, TEN, and NFC South team that finishes in the same spot as the Vikings finish in the NFC North. Since the Vikings finished fourth in the NFC North, they will play Tampa Bay, who finished fourth in the NFC South.

Away – GB, DET, CHI, STL, SEA, HOU, IND, and NFC East team that finishes in the same spot as the Vikings finish in the NFC North. Since the Vikings finished fourth in the NFC North, they will play Washington, who finished fourth in the NFC East.


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245 Responses to “Regular Season Schedule To Be Released On Tuesday”

  1. By GrandDaddyPurp on Apr 16, 2012 | Reply

    I see 6 games that we SHOULD win on paper. Who knows.

  2. By GrandDaddyPurp on Apr 16, 2012 | Reply

    New Mock

    Rd1- RB Trent Richardson
    Rd2- DE Nick Perry

  3. By hognuts on Apr 16, 2012 | Reply

    Just giving you $hit GDP

    Anyone else see this?
    http://www.cbssports.com/nfl/rapid-reports/post/18602401

  4. By GrandDaddyPurp on Apr 16, 2012 | Reply

    I saw his interview at the Combine and when i saw it I knew he was our guy

  5. By Spencer on Apr 16, 2012 | Reply

    What the He|| is going on with Husain Abdullah? Havent heard anything about him for awhile.

    I guess he doesnt want to play for us..

  6. By hognuts on Apr 16, 2012 | Reply

    This new blog is much faster.

  7. By Richard1A on Apr 16, 2012 | Reply

    T. Richardson N. Perry sounds good to me, OL later in the draft. I would like to see our defensive minded coach and staff apply some of it!

  8. By DRS on Apr 16, 2012 | Reply

    Matt Kalil: ‘You won’t have to worry about finding a left tackle for the next decade’

    Posted by: Dan Wiederer under The draft, Vikings, NFL draft Updated: April 16, 2012 – 8:33 AM

    http://www.startribune.com/sports/vikings/147572725.html

  9. By charliewest40 on Apr 16, 2012 | Reply

    7 and 9 is very realistic

  10. By sandiamond on Apr 16, 2012 | Reply

    from Greg Cosell:

    Floyd. See some D. Bowe in him. Big WR with better quicks and movement the more I watched. Think I like Floyd more than Blackmon.

    Like WR Randle. Smooth, athletic, acceleration off the LOS. Belive he can win isolation routes on outside as “x”. Similarities to H. Nicks.

    Film gave little sense of how WR Hill will transition. No routes, straight line running. Tall high cut strider with limited lateral movement

    SC Jeffery. Strengths: Size, physicality, strong hands w/wide catching radius. Weaknesses: Minus lateral quicks, slow in-and-out of breaks. WR Jeffery best traits size + hands. Makes contested catches. Not laterally quick. Not vertically explosive but long strides eat up ground

    One of most intriguing prospects is TJ Graham. Most vertically explosive WR in draft. Small frame, + limited understanding of route running

    WR AJ Jenkins interesting prospect. Ability to play outside + in slot. Both short area quicks + vertical speed, especially with free access.

    Asked re: Sanu. Another player anxious to see where drafted. Reminds me of Colston. Excellent between the numbers WR w/strong hands

    Watched Ryan Broyles. Smooth rte runner with natural quicks. Balance + body control. NFL slot WR: lateral quicks, hands, run after catch.

    CAL Jones could play both outside + inside. Aligned at “x” primarily for CAL but abilty to make tough catches inside also projects to slot.

    Watched FIU Hilton FIU. Natural quicks as rte runner. Ability to set up corners with vertical stem. Run after catch. Transitions as slot WR

    No one talking about WR Chris Givens. Quick acceleration on vertical rtes. Explosive. Just as fast vrtically as BU Wright. Inconsistent hands.

    Both Arkansas WR, Adams + Wright project well in the slot. Both laterally explosive. Wright may have more vertical explosion. Both will play

    Asked re: McNutt. Long strider w/build up speed. Question will be play speed + explosion as vertical WR. Can he win isolation routes v man?

  11. By charliewest40 on Apr 16, 2012 | Reply

    I predict we only get one Sunday night game

  12. By Spencer on Apr 16, 2012 | Reply

    So if the Vikings had a game tomorrow Mistral Raymond and Jamarca Sanford would be starting at safety?

    Brilliant.

  13. By Spencer on Apr 16, 2012 | Reply

    Draft a Dam Safety in Round 2.

    We can draft a WR in the 3rd round.. Brian Quick. Hes Brandon Marshall 2.0

  14. By GrandDaddyPurp on Apr 16, 2012 | Reply

    READ!!!

    http://www.nfl.com/news/story/09000d5d82857c66/article/bill-walshs-nfl-draft-philosophies-six-lessons-from-the-master?module=HP11_cp

  15. By Parody on Apr 16, 2012 | Reply

    So we get to see both the top QBs from this year’s draft in action. Should make for some interesting games.

  16. By KoN on Apr 16, 2012 | Reply

    Someone on the last blog said that Sanchez took way more hits than Ponder showing that he is tougher. While that is somewhat true, he was only sacked 9 more times than Ponder, and he started six more games. Ponder was sacked 3 times per game so, if he stared from the beginning of the season, he would have been sacked 48 times to Sanchez’ 39. Also the Sanchez rumor popped up a week or two ago and there hasn’t been anything new since, so I assume that it was just a rumor.

  17. By iaVIKE on Apr 16, 2012 | Reply

    And they’ll be like “damm, wish my blind side was protected like that…” Kalil.

  18. By sandiamond on Apr 16, 2012 | Reply

    from Greg Cosell:

    Asked about Kalil. Easily best LT in draft. Efficient in pass set. Excellent balance + body control. Very good athlete with pulling ability.
    Kalil not as physical + nasty as J. Long, not as naturally fluid + athletic as J. Thomas. Kalil will need NFL experience before top LT.

    I believe Reiff can play LT. Needs work + refinement. Adjustment will be sped/quickness of edge rushers, + ability to handle bull rush.

    Asked about Mike Adams. Could make argument most purely athletic LT in draft. Games I watched he was excellent. OSU not a pro passing offense.

    GA Cordy Glenn. Will produce different opinions. Believe he can play LT but could see him at OG, like C. Nicks. Improved as 2011 progressed.

  19. By GrandDaddyPurp on Apr 16, 2012 | Reply

    KoN- That was I who said that. and Sacks dont account for how many times you were pressured or hit as you were throwing or hit after. The Jets OLine is worse than ours. Sanchez got smacked around last year and you didnt see him miss a game due to injury. Cant say the same about Ponder. Sanchez is a tough kid.

  20. By GrandDaddyPurp on Apr 16, 2012 | Reply

    http://www.nfl.com/draft/story/09000d5d8284ad28/article/tworound-mock-draft-no-quarterbacks-taken-in-second-round?module=HP11_hot_topics

    This Mock draft makes the most sense. Former Texan’s GM. Keep in mind this is the guy who picked Mario Williams over Reggie Bush in ’06. He is the smartest analyst on NFL.com

  21. By KoN on Apr 16, 2012 | Reply

    Alright, GDP, I can’t argue with you because I didn’t watch any jets games. I thought you were speaking specifically of sacks. However, I still would not take Sanchez over Ponder even if the Jets gave us him and their first round pick.

  22. By GrandDaddyPurp on Apr 16, 2012 | Reply

    KoN- Dont get me wrong, I’m completely against bringing in Sanchez

  23. By KoN on Apr 16, 2012 | Reply

    I like Casserly as well GDP, he’s got a good football mind. That being said, NFL.com analysts overstate the vikes’ need for OL and CB and understate their need for S and sometimes WR. I also like Bucky Brooks.

  24. By Frederick Jones on Apr 16, 2012 | Reply

    Spencer,

    I agree totally with you in that if we draft Kalil, we should get a SAFETY in the 2nd Round. Forget the silly Best Player Available stuff!!!

  25. By Frederick Jones on Apr 16, 2012 | Reply

    SPIELMAN…JUST SAY NO TO SANCHEZ!!!!

  26. By Frederick Jones on Apr 16, 2012 | Reply

    spielman…just say no to sanchez JUST SAY NO TO SANCHEZ

    Harry Hiestand, former Offensive Line Coach at Illinois, Chicago Bears, Tennesee Titans, and currently the Notre Dame had this to say about O Line play:
    “The fundamentals of line play are critical no matter what type of offensive system you are in. Blocking people is about leverage.

    Blocking people is about getting your helmet where it belongs and getting your pads below someone else’s pads and knocking them off the ball. Being fundamentally sound fits any system. We are going to work on being fundamentally sound. We are going to work on blocking people for the duration of the play.

    “Notre Dame’s system is an exciting style of football. It is wide open, but also one where he likes to run the football and be a team where you have to defend both the run and pa s s across the whole field.

    The key in football, and it will never change, is blocking and tackling. When you are a good tackling team, you have a good defense, and when you are a good blocking team, you will have a good offense.”

    SPIELMAN…JUST SAY NO TO SANCHEZ!!!

  27. By Frederick Jones on Apr 16, 2012 | Reply

    My favorite people on the football field have always been offensive linemen and defensive backs. I say this because it takes special people to perform well in jobs in which there is little public recognition when they are doing things right but are thrust into the spotlight as soon as they make a mistake.

    That is exactly what happens to a lineman whose man sacks the quarterback or a defensive back who lets his receiver catch a touchdown p a s s. They know the importance of being part of a group that believes in teamwork and does not point fingers at one another.

    Chuck Noll, Head Coach of the Pittsburgh Steelers, 1969-1991
    and LB-G-C for the Cleveland Browns 1953-1959
    Four Super Bowl wins in FIVE years. Hall of Fame

  28. By Frank on Apr 16, 2012 | Reply

    DEEP THREAT?????? Doesnt matter ponder has no accuracy deep, but I noticed Webb did when he came in.

  29. By Frederick Jones on Apr 16, 2012 | Reply

    Wilkinson’s Sooners won several National Championships

    “Linemen are literally the unsung heroes of the game. Their situation is analogous to the infantry in warfare. They do the hard, bitter fighting for victory. As the generals reap the headlines in war, the backs reap the headlines in football.

    Yet in their hearts, the generals and backs know that victory and the accolades came to them through the work of the footsoldiers and linemen.”
    — Gomer Jones (Bud Wilkinson’s line coach at Oklahoma)

    Wilkinson’s Sooners won several National Championships

  30. By Frederick Jones on Apr 16, 2012 | Reply

    @Frank,

    I also favor Webb as the starting QB for the Vikings.

    However I think what we saw most of the time with ALL of our
    QBs is the inability to avoid GETTING KILLED while releasing the
    football!!!

    Not very many people can throw accurately while on there backsides!!!

  31. By iaVIKE on Apr 16, 2012 | Reply

    F Jones – Dude, enough with the O line quotes. We get it. That’s why the majority of us want Kalil.

  32. By Frederick Jones on Apr 16, 2012 | Reply

    “I’ve been playing this game for 18 years, and I haven’t yet figured a way to get into
    the end zone when you are on your rear end.”
    Francis Asbury Tarkenton

  33. By Frederick Jones on Apr 16, 2012 | Reply

    iaVike,

    NO, you don’t get it! One guy do not, never, ever, even if you are clever, make a solid offensive line!!! :( :( :( :( :(

    Besides that, who made you the mighty sensor of this blog!

    I will say what I want!!! undude

  34. By Frederick Jones on Apr 16, 2012 | Reply

    Many of you will be thinking, “Frederick L. Jones, what does this have to do with
    Vikings football?”

    To rebuild the Vikings will take time, change, growing pains. It’s not ALL about “splashy” receivers.

  35. By Frederick Jones on Apr 16, 2012 | Reply

    “The Voice of the Fan” has suggested we select Blackmon in the first round, and
    a Tackle in the second round named Potter.

    That may be okay if they can play. What else are we going to do this year?
    Obtaining Schwartz may have been a good move.

    Keep in mind that we only have ONE (1) average offensive lineman now, and perhaps only one or two “average” defensive backs (Sherels and Burton).

    We have to grow in these areas. SPIELMAN should not give in to the
    conspiracy that it’s only the QBs, WRs, RBs, DTs, that matter.

  36. By Frederick Jones on Apr 16, 2012 | Reply

    IS IT BETTER TO POST A COMMENT THAN NOT TO POST ANYTHING?

    That is the question you have to ask yourself when you want to make the statement that
    “You are boring”

    What gives you the right to be so stupid? Isn’t your comment about a blogger being boring…even more boring?

    Don’t you have better things to do with your post than to say they are boring? Why don’t you IN all YOUR glory make an intelligent, witty, and interesting comment???

  37. By Spencer on Apr 16, 2012 | Reply

    Dammit Fred, ENOUGH.

    Youre only talking to yourself..

  38. By Frederick Jones on Apr 16, 2012 | Reply

    “A quarterback depends on his teammates to be successful. A lot of people try to equate his role with that of a baseball pitcher in baseball, but they’re vastly different. A good pitcher can completely dominate a game.

    “A good quarterback still has to depend on the line in front of him, his backs, and the men he throws to.”

    Chuck Noll, winning coach of four super bowls in five years for the Pittsburgh Steelers

  39. By Frederick Jones on Apr 16, 2012 | Reply

    *IS IT BETTER TO POST A COMMENT THAN NOT TO POST ANYTHING?

    That is the question you have to ask yourself when you want to make the statement that
    “You are boring”

    What gives you the right to be so stupid? Isn’t your comment about a blogger being boring…even more boring?

    Don’t you have better things to do with your post than to say they are boring? Why don’t you in all your glory make an intelligent, witty, and interesting comment???

  40. By Frederick Jones on Apr 16, 2012 | Reply

    **IS IT BETTER TO POST A COMMENT THAN NOT TO POST ANYTHING?

    That is the question you have to ask yourself when you want to make the statement that
    “You are boring”

    What gives you the right to be so stupid? Isn’t your comment about a blogger being boring…even more boring?

    Don’t you have better things to do with your post than to say they are boring? Why don’t you in all your glory make an intelligent, witty, and interesting comment???

  41. By sandiamond on Apr 16, 2012 | Reply

    that should be old Fred. PA should know Potter is not in the early 2nd round

    thank goodness for mike wobby insights!!!

  42. By Frederick Jones on Apr 16, 2012 | Reply

    &&& IS IT BETTER TO POST A COMMENT THAN NOT TO POST ANYTHING?

    That is the question you have to ask yourself when you want to make the statement that
    “You are boring”

    What gives you the right to be so stupid? Isn’t your comment about a blogger being boring…even more boring?

    Don’t you have better things to do with your post than to say they are boring? Why don’t you in all your glory make an intelligent, witty, and interesting comment???

  43. By Frederick Jones on Apr 16, 2012 | Reply

    It’s a long way to the top if you wanna rock & roll !!!

  44. By Spencer on Apr 16, 2012 | Reply

    F- Frequently

    R- Reposts

    E- Emphasis on

    D- Defensive backs and offensive linemen

  45. By sandiamond on Apr 16, 2012 | Reply

    Safties ready- to -go in the NFL this year:
    Mark Barron
    Harrison Smith
    Markelle Martin

    only three so make it happen Spielman!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  46. By Frederick Jones on Apr 16, 2012 | Reply

    Rick Spielman may also have Dontari Poe in mind for that 4th/5th pick in the first round instead of Kalil.

    Rick, Poe is 6’4″ 346′ and runs a 4.98. However there is a thing called “weight gain.” A guy that fat is not going to get lighter over the years.

    I would like to see the Vikings get Riley Reiff, T out of Iowa or David DeCastro, G out of Stanford IF we risk trading down. We should be trading down to take care of NEEDS

    It is unlikely all this stuff could happen anyway. TAKE KALIL!!!

  47. By GrandDaddyPurp on Apr 16, 2012 | Reply

    EVERYONE NEEDS TO READ THIS
    http://www.nfl.com/news/story/09000d5d82857c66/article/bill-walshs-nfl-draft-philosophies-six-lessons-from-the-master?module=HP11_hot_topics

  48. By sandiamond on Apr 16, 2012 | Reply

    S Trumaine Johnson add

    wow they are in short supply

  49. By GrandDaddyPurp on Apr 16, 2012 | Reply

    There are a couple CBs who could be converted to safety. Ive read that LB Sean Spence could be a safety in certain NFL schemes

  50. By charliewest40 on Apr 16, 2012 | Reply

    Good posts sandiamond. If you recall my draft strategy accounts for a safety in either the 2nd or 3rd rounds. I dont believe we can draft based on BPA early. They should be targeted for safety at either #35 or #66. Or else we are looking at similar results in the back half.

  51. By sandiamond on Apr 16, 2012 | Reply

    safety almost as thin as left tackle. If we don’t get one early then we will be drafting conversion cornerbacks like crazy in the later rounds

  52. By Shawn on Apr 16, 2012 | Reply

    Fred Jones … I found you a GM. Check out this mock draft if you havent.

    http://www.nfl.com/draft/story/09000d5d8284ad28/article/tworound-mock-draft-no-quarterbacks-taken-in-second-round?module=HP11_hot_topics

  53. By charliewest40 on Apr 16, 2012 | Reply

    That conversion from corner to safety isnt automatic either. Playing centerfield and developing instinct would be a process. All the more reason to pull the trigger with Smith in my opinion.

  54. By GrandDaddyPurp on Apr 16, 2012 | Reply

    Shawn- a little late on that

  55. By Shawn on Apr 16, 2012 | Reply

    “After giving up eight sacks and 49 total QB pressures last season, Johnson (6-4, 305) probably is headed for left guard once the Vikings land their upgrade at left tackle.”

    http://www.1500espn.com/sportswire/Vikings_by_position_Day_1_Three_starting_jobs_in_question_on_oline041512?t=2

  56. By sandiamond on Apr 16, 2012 | Reply

    charlie so many needs and so few picks(early) this is the greatest challenge in Spielman’s life!!

  57. By Shawn on Apr 16, 2012 | Reply

    GDP … I know I got the link from you , just wanted to make sure Fred read it.

  58. By charliewest40 on Apr 16, 2012 | Reply

    Spielman can really simplify the 1st 3 rounds with logical strategy. Going LT,S,WR or LT,WR,CB/S addresses our huge immediate needs and you could argue that those positions available when we select will also come dang close to being best player available as well.

    I would only divert from this strategy if its a front 7 player that gives us supreme pressure the QB skills.

  59. By Spencer on Apr 16, 2012 | Reply

    Are yall sold on Brian Quick?

  60. By GrandDaddyPurp on Apr 16, 2012 | Reply

    Shawn- I actually posted that link on three different blogs. I’m glad someone noticed it

  61. By GrandDaddyPurp on Apr 16, 2012 | Reply

    I like Quick but not in the 3rd round

  62. By Shawn on Apr 16, 2012 | Reply

    Spencer … I cant pinpoint an exact number but anyone outside the top 40ish becomes a game of roulette …. Im not sold on Quick. But Im not sold on Harrison Smith either. I have more confidence that Harrison Smith will be good than I do Quick but I seen too many drafts and draft picks to be sold on anyone outside top 40ish.

    Tyrell Johnson was supposed to be the best safety in his draft class and … ? He was awful

  63. By Spencer on Apr 16, 2012 | Reply

    Very good breakdown Shawn. You have always been a favorite of mine.

    S- Savy
    H- Hilarious
    A- Aggresive
    W- Witty
    N- Narly

  64. By GrandDaddyPurp on Apr 16, 2012 | Reply

    Alright Spencer

    G
    R
    A
    N
    D
    D
    A
    D
    D
    Y
    P
    U
    R
    P

    Go! lol

  65. By Spencer on Apr 16, 2012 | Reply

    Too many letters haha.

    And its hot as he|| here, the temperature peaked at 89 today.

    Global warming is real.

  66. By KoN on Apr 16, 2012 | Reply

    Spence, Gnarly has a G

  67. By KoN on Apr 16, 2012 | Reply

    I wouldn’t necessarily say I’m sold on Quick, but of the receivers projected to be available in the third, I think he’s got the best upside to proven skill ratio.

  68. By Frederick Jones on Apr 16, 2012 | Reply

    @Shawn,

    Yep…something like that would be good for the Vikings. I am just as concerned about our defensive backs, but perhaps a low-paid free agent could fill the void?

  69. By Mike B. on Apr 16, 2012 | Reply

    Draft a WR in the second round. Draft Kalil first.

  70. By NovaScotiaVike on Apr 16, 2012 | Reply

    S.H.A.W.G.

  71. By Frederick Jones on Apr 16, 2012 | Reply

    @GDP,

    Good article on Walsh.

    A friend of mine heard Bill Walsh speak at a clinic. (My friend was an outstanding high school coach, and started 2 years as a QB at Arizona St.) He claimed that all Walsh did was swear at the clinic.

    Leslie Fraser will not be like that. But that might be a reason why it will take him longer to get things going.

    I expect Fraser to have developed quite a following from last years team. He is able to treat all as gentlemen, because he is one, not because they are!!!

  72. By KoN on Apr 16, 2012 | Reply

    I was on thw WR in the second bandwagon ealier, but I now believe that Harrison Smith should be our pick in the second if he is still there.

  73. By Mike B. on Apr 16, 2012 | Reply

    It depends on who is availible at pick 35. I am hoping for a WR to fall to us at 35

  74. By Spencer on Apr 16, 2012 | Reply

    I refuse to go through another year of M.Raymond and J.Sanford!

    I will NOT stand for it.

  75. By iaVIKE on Apr 16, 2012 | Reply

    I wonder what we offered Abdullah? cause he seems intent on waitin for a better offer that doesn’t seem to be coming. Wonder if we low balled him

  76. By NovaScotiaVike on Apr 16, 2012 | Reply

    Spencer….plenty of good seats will still be available, you won’t have to stand for it.

  77. By Spencer on Apr 16, 2012 | Reply

    I’ve given up all hope on “Saddam” Hussain Abdullah. If he wanted to be a member of this team he would have committed to us weeks ago.

  78. By Mike B. on Apr 16, 2012 | Reply

    They gave him the same low ball offer they gave the rest of the Vets on FA. I don’t blame him for holding out for a better offer.

  79. By Spencer on Apr 16, 2012 | Reply

    ……Hmm, I wonder why no team has brought in Mr.Overrated Va$hittte Shianco yet????

  80. By Mike B. on Apr 16, 2012 | Reply

    Would select a player from a 3-13 team?

  81. By Mike B. on Apr 16, 2012 | Reply

    Would you

  82. By iaVIKE on Apr 16, 2012 | Reply

    Especially an overrated, old TE like Shiancoe

  83. By Spencer on Apr 16, 2012 | Reply

    Cedric Griffin was picked up a week after we released him.

  84. By iaVIKE on Apr 16, 2012 | Reply

    Ha not everyone thinks he’s old and overrated

  85. By Mike B. on Apr 16, 2012 | Reply

    Shank will probably get picked up after the draft.

  86. By iaVIKE on Apr 16, 2012 | Reply

    I did see that Seattle brought in Shiancoe for a visit though. They must really like pickin up our trash..

  87. By TheValentine84 on Apr 16, 2012 | Reply

    Seems like Washington is our trash collector this year, collecting Ced Grif and Mad Wlliams

  88. By sandiamond on Apr 16, 2012 | Reply

    Scouting report FS Harrison Smith:

    http://www.draftcountdown.com/ScoutingReports/S/Harrison-Smith.php

  89. By PurplHaze on Apr 16, 2012 | Reply

    Lots of B S in this blog already.

    Seems I’m not the only one that sees Randle is a STUD!!! I’ve been trying to tell you guys…

    And…

    KALIL IS THE ONE AND ONLY FIT FOR THE VIKINGS@ #3 OVERALL!!!

  90. By PickSix31 on Apr 16, 2012 | Reply

    I have this feeling that Cedric will play like an animal for the Skins. When hes healthy, Griffin is actually a decent CB in this to this league.

    Now hopefully this Bowman guy hopefully can play like a quality #2 corner, and I believe he will. I mean…he has a very good teacher.

  91. By PickSix31 on Apr 16, 2012 | Reply

    R.Randle a stud? Where the He|| was he in the ‘Game of the Century?’ Sure he has the physical tools, but im just not sold. Brian Quick should be the pick.

  92. By hognuts on Apr 16, 2012 | Reply

    I agree Kalil is the only pick at #3. Harrison Smith or a WR in the 2nd round please.

  93. By PurplHaze on Apr 16, 2012 | Reply

    Pick … Read post #10. randle is to WRs what AP is to RBs. Remember, football is a contact sport. ;-)

  94. By hognuts on Apr 16, 2012 | Reply

    Did anyone on offense show up in the “Game of the Century?”

  95. By PurplHaze on Apr 16, 2012 | Reply

    Think about it folks … Randle is the #4 WR in the draft, EVEN THOUGH he played for a team that was inconsistent at the QB position!

    I’m saying he should be our 2nd round pick if he’s still there and Smith is gone. Nothing more!

  96. By PurplHaze on Apr 16, 2012 | Reply

    I’ll tell you who I’m not sold on … BLACKMON!

  97. By PickSix31 on Apr 16, 2012 | Reply

    Reuben ‘Body Catch’ Randle is a fraud.

  98. By sandiamond on Apr 16, 2012 | Reply

    Looks like Randle will be the most field ready receiver(2nd RD) for this year which is what the vikings must have due to not addressing the WR slot for a long time
    Quick is more high risk/high reward type. Nobody can tell exactly when he will be able to produce on the field

  99. By Shawn on Apr 16, 2012 | Reply

    Spencer … Watch some Randle clips. He catches plenty with his hands.

  100. By PickSix31 on Apr 16, 2012 | Reply

    So Randle is good but Jeffery isnt? Yea, okay..

  101. By PickSix31 on Apr 16, 2012 | Reply

    Who will lead the team in INTs?

  102. By PickSix31 on Apr 16, 2012 | Reply

    What will be greater: Ponders interceptions, or J.Allens sack total?

  103. By hognuts on Apr 16, 2012 | Reply

    Wide receivers are hard to predict. The Lions went 1/4 with theirs a few years ago. Let’s hope with whoever we get, he’s not a bust.

  104. By Spencer on Apr 16, 2012 | Reply

    Shawn- What do you like about Muslim Ponder?

  105. By sandiamond on Apr 16, 2012 | Reply

    Jeffery field ready too just the pa s s e s will be more contested by the corners due to lack of burst/separation. Same thing we see on tape in college

    I must be talking to spencer! ill a s s

  106. By Shawn on Apr 16, 2012 | Reply

    I like Pagan Ponder because hes smart … and has the same scouting report that Brady and Montana had. which is the exact right kind of QB.

    The other kind of QB has an elite arm and gets over confident leading to INTs at the wrong times ala Favre and Marino

    and the third kind is athletic and has yet to win anything … ala Cunningham and Vick

  107. By Spencer on Apr 16, 2012 | Reply

    Fair points, now why do you like Chris Cook? What do you like about his game?

  108. By Shawn on Apr 16, 2012 | Reply

    I guess Ponders scoutingreport is slightly different than Brady and Montana. Ponder is athletic but not Vick or Cunningham athletic. However I do worry about durability

  109. By Shawn on Apr 16, 2012 | Reply

    LOL havent seen his game

  110. By Spencer on Apr 16, 2012 | Reply

    Haha, worth a shot!

  111. By Shawn on Apr 16, 2012 | Reply

    It was funny

  112. By sandiamond on Apr 16, 2012 | Reply

    http://blogs.twincities.com/vikings/2012/04/16/nfl-draft-spotlight-south-dakota-state-wr-dale-moss/

  113. By Shawn on Apr 16, 2012 | Reply

    OOPs .. Im wrong again. Steve Young is in the same category as Vick and Cunningham. Young won a Super Bowl

  114. By Spencer on Apr 16, 2012 | Reply

    Why cant you say anything positive about Our Hero, Shawn?

  115. By OTKalil2012 on Apr 16, 2012 | Reply

    Alshon Jeffery is not a phat receiver…

    Alshon is a fat receiver…

    Jeffery looked early last season like the Stay Puft marshmallow man in the Ghost busters movie…

    He is slow making cuts…The guy looks like he runs in quick sand getting off the line…

  116. By Spencer on Apr 16, 2012 | Reply

    Sorry you didnt make the squad Shawn…

    http://sports.yahoo.com/blogs/nfl-shutdown-corner/two-men-try-fail-nfl-cheer-squads-135159238.html

  117. By hognuts on Apr 16, 2012 | Reply

    The 1st round in Thursday night, what time does the 2nd round start on Friday?

  118. By OTKalil2012 on Apr 16, 2012 | Reply

    I see C Casserly is the first scout to value Upshaw about where I rank him..

    Upshaw is not a top 15 talent…More like the middle of the second round area…

  119. By OTKalil2012 on Apr 16, 2012 | Reply

    Everyone seems to like Quick…I do also…But why no love for Givens ??

    I like both of those guys anywhere from the late second round on…

  120. By Shawn on Apr 16, 2012 | Reply

    I said b4 we got Spielman as GM. Charlie Casserly was the man. I unlike popular opinion agreed with Charlie about Mario over Reggie. I cant believe the Texans let him go. He’s young and IMO will be amongst the greatest pa’ss rushers of all time. Plus he is physically the closest thing to Reggie White you can get and someday he might be considered as good as White.

    i was hoping Spielman would go after Mario. Jared Allen and Mario Willliam ? WOW … Oyea and we’d have the Williams wall again.

    O well Spielman wants to build slowly …

  121. By sandiamond on Apr 16, 2012 | Reply

    8 est thursday
    7 est friday / late nights next week
    12 est saturday

    breaking news: house committee rejects viking stadium proposal

  122. By sandiamond on Apr 16, 2012 | Reply

    OTK im thinking Givens might be afterthefact
    fans searching for who he is after selected by the vikings

  123. By Spencer on Apr 16, 2012 | Reply

    You gotta be kidding me. So is this the last year of Vikings football?????

  124. By Shawn on Apr 16, 2012 | Reply

    Rocksalt … looks like Dems want the Vikings to move.

    The Minnesota Vikings stadium bill suffered a major blow on Monday night.

    The House Government Operations committee rejected the bill by a 9-6 vote.

    Only one Democrat on the committee voted yes, despite DFL Gov. Mark Dayton’s longstanding support for the project.

    http://www.1500espn.com/sportswire/House_committee_deals_major_blow_to_Vikings_stadium_bill041612

  125. By Spencer on Apr 16, 2012 | Reply

    WHAT THE FLYING F-CK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  126. By sandiamond on Apr 16, 2012 | Reply

    spence i don’t keep up with it but the media is saying a major blow to the vikings

  127. By Shawn on Apr 16, 2012 | Reply

    Seems this was a Republicans proposal so the Democrats voted no. Our government nationwide sux. Its time for a 3rd party because reps and dems suk

  128. By KoN on Apr 16, 2012 | Reply

    From what I’ve heard Givens has Troy Williamson hands.

  129. By OTKalil2012 on Apr 16, 2012 | Reply

    The Wilfs will sell the team now…

  130. By hognuts on Apr 16, 2012 | Reply

    Well better win the Super Bowl this year I guess.

  131. By Spencer on Apr 16, 2012 | Reply

    Are we playing in the Dome this year?

  132. By hognuts on Apr 16, 2012 | Reply

    This is why I hate politics.

  133. By OTKalil2012 on Apr 16, 2012 | Reply

    Mn politicians just lost a VERY big asset to this state tonight !!…

    I suppose they think Zygi will just keep putting up with their bull…

    He won’t now…Wilf’s will sell the team..And the new owner will move the Vikings…Simple as that…

  134. By VegasVike on Apr 16, 2012 | Reply

    I agree with everything Frederick is saying

  135. By VegasVike on Apr 16, 2012 | Reply

    I agree with everything Spencer is saying

  136. By sandiamond on Apr 16, 2012 | Reply

    KoN I sure haven’t seen a problem on tape because he s n a t c h e s the ball well out of the air. Just saying he will be on the board in 3/4 if the other receivers the vikings covet are gone

  137. By VegasVike on Apr 16, 2012 | Reply

    I agree with everything Nova is saying

  138. By hognuts on Apr 16, 2012 | Reply

    At least my Lions are starting to turn things around. Maybe I’ll actually see a Super Bowl win in my lifetime.

  139. By VegasVike on Apr 16, 2012 | Reply

    I agree with everything Shawn is saying

  140. By VegasVike on Apr 16, 2012 | Reply

    I agree with everything KoN is saying

  141. By PAVike on Apr 16, 2012 | Reply

    Quick question: Regardless of what happened today, we are guaranteed one last year in the Dome, correct?

  142. By KoN on Apr 16, 2012 | Reply

    I’m really not sweating this very much, this is just the process bills have to go through to get passed. A lot of bills fail multiple times before getting passed. Also, after elections, I think you’ll find that our elected officials will be much more open to the idea of a stadium bill.

  143. By VegasVike on Apr 16, 2012 | Reply

    I agree with everything Grand Daddy is saying

  144. By VegasVike on Apr 16, 2012 | Reply

    I agree with everything DRS is saying

  145. By Shawn on Apr 16, 2012 | Reply

    Rep. Dean Urdahl, Republican-Grove City

    The hearing began with a jolt when Rep. Dean Urdahl, R-Grove City, asked: “Why should the state of Minnesota contribute to a stadium for a billionaire owner?” Team officials were almost immediately peppered with questions asking why Vikings owner Zygi Wilf was not contributing more to the stadium and how much the Vikings’ value would grow with a new stadium

    VOTE THIS SCU’MBAG OUT !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  146. By VegasVike on Apr 16, 2012 | Reply

    I agree with everything OTK is saying

  147. By Shawn on Apr 16, 2012 | Reply

    Rep. Dean Urdahl, Republican-Grove City

    571 State Office Building
    100 Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
    Saint Paul, Minnesota 55155
    651-296-4344 or 800-920-5861

    http://www.house.leg.state.mn.us/members/members.asp?id=10792

  148. By VegasVike on Apr 16, 2012 | Reply

    I agree with everything Sandiamond is saying

  149. By Shawn on Apr 16, 2012 | Reply

    Rep. Dean Urdahl, Republican-Grove City

    EVERYONE CALL THIS POS TOMORROW … DO NOT LISTEN TO HIS BS PROPOGANDA. MAKE HIM EXPALAIN HIS HATRED OF VIKING FOOTBA’LL AND MIDDLE CLA’SS JOBS

    571 State Office Building
    100 Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
    Saint Paul, Minnesota 55155
    651-296-4344 or 800-920-5861

    http://www.house.leg.state.mn.us/members/members.asp?id=10792

  150. By VegasVike on Apr 16, 2012 | Reply

    I agree with everything Hognuts is saying

  151. By hognuts on Apr 16, 2012 | Reply

    What about me VegasVike?

  152. By Spencer on Apr 16, 2012 | Reply

  153. By VegasVike on Apr 16, 2012 | Reply

    I agree with everything Titus is NOT saying

  154. By hognuts on Apr 16, 2012 | Reply

    Thank you! I really needed that. It’s been a rough day.

  155. By Spencer on Apr 16, 2012 | Reply

    Alright Vegas, youre trolling now..

  156. By VegasVike on Apr 16, 2012 | Reply

    I agree with you too Hognuts, beat ya to it!

  157. By hognuts on Apr 16, 2012 | Reply

    Seriously politicians? Aren’t they supposed to be bright? Letting the Vikings leave is smart decision? I D I O T S !!!!!

  158. By hognuts on Apr 16, 2012 | Reply

    Spencer is just jealous because he doesnt agree with him.

  159. By VegasVike on Apr 16, 2012 | Reply

    This went from blog blog blog to blah blah blah

  160. By sandiamond on Apr 16, 2012 | Reply

    Vikings asked independent 3rd party to review team financial statement to see if they are losing $$.

    what a mess don’t even know the bottom line………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………

  161. By Shawn on Apr 16, 2012 | Reply

    Spencer … I dont use twitter did that guy vote yes or no on the Vikings? Tweet him back and find out then tell him you willvote him out if he voted no and if he voted yes tell him thanx and ask who voted no …

    LOL please

  162. By Shawn on Apr 16, 2012 | Reply

    and bluff because i know you dont live in MN

    everyone call these Viking haters and middle cla’ss job haters and bluff if you dont live in MN

  163. By Spencer on Apr 16, 2012 | Reply

    He voted Yes. No Viking fan should be mad at him.

  164. By hognuts on Apr 16, 2012 | Reply

    He’s a Republican, the Democrats all voted no, except for one. My guess, is that he voted yes.

  165. By KoN on Apr 16, 2012 | Reply

    Awww….. I don’t get to be agreed with.

  166. By Shawn on Apr 16, 2012 | Reply

    WOW LOOK AT THIS POLITICAL BU!!SH!T …

    “Republican leaders in the House and Senate to entice Dayton to negotiate an overall agreement that would give the DFL governor a stadium as long as Republicans got their own end-of-session wish list. ”

    http://www.startribune.com/politics/statelocal/147631965.html

  167. By Spencer on Apr 16, 2012 | Reply

  168. By VegasVike on Apr 16, 2012 | Reply

    I wish we could suit up all these politicians in pads and helmets and let them duke their issues out on the field. With the outcome being the same as the never ending outcome of the stadium issue. Just play quarter after quarter into overtime infinity until they are all carted off the field. Then maybe we can get a new stadium. I wonder if they get paid better than NFL players to continue these charades?

  169. By Shawn on Apr 16, 2012 | Reply

    “Hennepin County Board Chair Mike Opat renewed his opposition to backing”

    Phone: 612-348-7881
    Monday-Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

    CALL THIS POS !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    http://hennepin.us/portal/site/HennepinUS/menuitem.b1ab75471750e40fa01dfb47ccf06498/?vgnextoid=03aa46c410534210VgnVCM10000049114689RCRD

  170. By VegasVike on Apr 16, 2012 | Reply

    @ KoN, yes you were agreed with! Right between Shawn and Grand Daddy!

  171. By Shawn on Apr 16, 2012 | Reply

    Sweet thanx Spencer. Now I need to figure out who hates the Vikings and the middle cla’ss

  172. By Shawn on Apr 16, 2012 | Reply

    VegasVike … LOL great idea. All “NO Voters” vs Greg Williams Defense :)

  173. By hognuts on Apr 16, 2012 | Reply

    :,(

  174. By KoN on Apr 16, 2012 | Reply

    Well my apologies then Vegas, I must have missed it ( I was just kidding around anyway).

  175. By hognuts on Apr 16, 2012 | Reply

    That’s a crying smiley.

  176. By VegasVike on Apr 16, 2012 | Reply

    Thanks Shawn, and sorry all. This whole stadium issue has turned into just ANOTHER political tug of war and it’s frustrating when “all I want is football” Now hoping for a new stadium has turned into a pawn in a political game of chess.

  177. By Spencer on Apr 16, 2012 | Reply

    Fun fact, since AD’s 2007 rookie season, all of the starters on offense are no longer on the team

  178. By VegasVike on Apr 16, 2012 | Reply

    I’m kidding around too, I need a crying smiley too cuz I got called a troll… I ONLY LIVED UNDER THAT BRIDGE FOR A YEAR, HONEST!!

  179. By Spencer on Apr 16, 2012 | Reply

    C’mon on Wobbs or Ryan Cardinal, we need a new blog bruh.

  180. By Shawn on Apr 16, 2012 | Reply

    OK I found out the lone good Democrat is Terry Morrow

    “Republican Rep. Morrie Lanning, foreground, and DFL Rep. Terry Morrow testified in favor of the stadium bill before the House’s Government Operations and Elections Committee.”

    Im just having a hard time finding the 15 people who voted

  181. By KoN on Apr 16, 2012 | Reply

    That’s not true Spencer, AD’s still on the team.

  182. By Shawn on Apr 16, 2012 | Reply

    “This sends a strong message to the Vikings and to the NFL about our future in Minnesota. This was a mistake. It’s a mistake to think that the Vikings and the NFL will stick with the staus quo in Minnesota.”

    http://www.dailynorseman.com/

  183. By Spencer on Apr 16, 2012 | Reply

    K- Korrecting

    O- Others

    N- Needlessly

  184. By KoN on Apr 16, 2012 | Reply

    Who knows, Spencer, I could be Titus in disguise.

  185. By sandiamond on Apr 16, 2012 | Reply

    no wonder no money spent in free agency. Steve Poppen CFO suxs! clean up the books

  186. By Spencer on Apr 16, 2012 | Reply

    Youre not an optimist…..

  187. By Spencer on Apr 16, 2012 | Reply

    Well im going to sleep

    As DRS would say, Good nite, and God Bless.

    *UNLEASH CHRIS COOK*

  188. By Shawn on Apr 16, 2012 | Reply

    FUHK I CANT FIND THESE SPINELESS FUHKING POLITICIANS NAMES !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  189. By Spencer on Apr 16, 2012 | Reply

    ^ And thats why I said you’re “Aggressive” Shawn.

  190. By KoN on Apr 16, 2012 | Reply

    Lol that’s true I’m somwhere in the middle. I’m more optimistic than the pessimists (or realists as they like to call themselves) and more realistic than the optimists.

  191. By hognuts on Apr 16, 2012 | Reply

    The last game I attended was the Bears game last year at TCF. At least I got to see a Vikings game outdoors in the snow. Not to mention it was Brett Favre’s last game as well.

  192. By VegasVike on Apr 16, 2012 | Reply

    Furthermore KoN, Frederick spelt “censor” like “sensor” earlier….. Maybe he is really Joe in disguise

  193. By Spencer on Apr 16, 2012 | Reply

    Last game I saw was when Webb defeated the Skins last year.

  194. By VegasVike on Apr 16, 2012 | Reply

    Thumbs up Hognuts, I got to see Favre in purple once. Phoenix 09

  195. By Shawn on Apr 16, 2012 | Reply

    I sent that Dean Urdahl C0ck suhker an email and let him know my family has been spawning in MN for more than 200 years and his hatred for my people is noted and his job will end on election day

  196. By Titus Flavius Something Something Something on Apr 16, 2012 | Reply

    That definetely makes sense Vegas.

    Oh and the Vikes will be 16-0 next year.

  197. By hognuts on Apr 16, 2012 | Reply

    Shawn is just livid.

  198. By VegasVike on Apr 16, 2012 | Reply

    @ Shawn, that should get you arrested lol. Did you call him a cork sucker?

  199. By Titus Flavius Something Something Something on Apr 16, 2012 | Reply

    Does anyone believe it is actually me, Titus, and not that KoN guy?

  200. By Spencer on Apr 16, 2012 | Reply

    Cheer up guys, it could be worse….Chris Cook could have been guilty of strangulation.

  201. By hognuts on Apr 16, 2012 | Reply

    Favre got knocked out of the game I was at. Still fun even though we got destroyed. Got drunk with my buds and fun anyways. They also honored the 50 greatest Vikings during halftime since it was the 50th anniversary. They all carried Bud Grant off on their shoulders at the end of the presentation. Really really cool.

  202. By Spencer on Apr 16, 2012 | Reply

    To bad we got our Sh-t rocked that game!

  203. By VegasVike on Apr 16, 2012 | Reply

    KoN or Titus, I’ll agree with either

  204. By Shawn on Apr 16, 2012 | Reply

    Vegas … NoI didnt call him what he is. I did say his job ends on election day when we vote no … so I didnt say anything wrong

    Its not illegal to tell a A Hole your voting his sorry a$$ out … is it ???

  205. By KoN on Apr 16, 2012 | Reply

    Alright I switched back, you never know if Titus is watching and I’d like to avoid his wrath.

  206. By Shawn on Apr 16, 2012 | Reply

    LOL Spencer … Unleash Cook ?? you mean tell the NO VOTERs Cook will visit their wives???

  207. By hognuts on Apr 16, 2012 | Reply

    True Spencer, true. I also went to Favre’s first preseason game with the Vikes in ’09 against the Chiefs I believe. I saw his first and last starts with the Vikes. Nifty.

  208. By Shawn on Apr 16, 2012 | Reply

    MIKE WOBSCHALL

    WHO VOTED NO !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  209. By hognuts on Apr 16, 2012 | Reply

    Storytime with Hognuts tonight boys.

  210. By hognuts on Apr 16, 2012 | Reply

    I remember where I was when the Vikings lost their only regular season game in ’98. I was at my friends house.

  211. By hognuts on Apr 16, 2012 | Reply

    Remember when Joe Kapp and that other CFL player got into a brawl a little while ago? haha that was entertaining.

  212. By VegasVike on Apr 16, 2012 | Reply

    I don’t think so Shawn, the good thing is the politicians would have to deliberate what is allowable or not in a letters content so long that it won’t matter anymore. All I know is if the Vikings move VegasVike will become VegasCard. Goodnight all!

  213. By hognuts on Apr 16, 2012 | Reply

    I will be split between the Lions and the Chiefs. Pepper a little Raiders and Broncos on it and I’m a full-blown bandwagon fan.

  214. By KoN on Apr 16, 2012 | Reply

    I don’t remember where I was when they lost that game. I was probably at my house. It would be pretty odd if, at five years old, I was anywhere else.

  215. By vikesfan12 on Apr 16, 2012 | Reply

    THE PEOPLE OF MINNESOTA WANT THE VIKINGS TO STAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Are they tryn to start an uprising!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  216. By hognuts on Apr 16, 2012 | Reply

    Hey I was 6 years old KoN, what a coincidence.

  217. By KoN on Apr 16, 2012 | Reply

    I would try to stay a Vikes fan if they moved (although I still don’t believe that they will) and would probably end up splitting my time between them and the 49ers. I chose them as my surrogate playoff team last year and with the way they’re gearing up for a run at the SB, I see no reason not to let that continue; especially since the Vikes will almost surely miss out on the playoffs this year.

  218. By Shawn on Apr 16, 2012 | Reply

    O IM GETTING THERE

    http://www.house.leg.state.mn.us/members/houseleaders.asp

  219. By hognuts on Apr 16, 2012 | Reply

    Gotta cheer for whoever Randy Moss is playing for. I hear ya KoN! Keep chugging away Shawn!

  220. By Parody on Apr 16, 2012 | Reply

    KoN – Sorry, but Titus would never have spelled “definitely” wrong. Next time you try to impersonate him, run your post through a spell-checker first. That’s the biggest clue you can make if you’re trying to impersonate him.

  221. By Parody on Apr 16, 2012 | Reply

    I have a busy day tomorrow, and now it got a lot busier. I now have to track down the phone numbers of all the politicians who voted no and let them know just how much it hurt their chances of being re-elected.

    I can only hope that Mike Wobschall makes the process a bit easier by posting a list of politician’s phone numbers in the first blog of the day tomorrow…

  222. By KoN on Apr 16, 2012 | Reply

    Lol, I’m to tired to type, I normally re-read my posts to make sure I didn’t make any errors, but I must have missed that.

  223. By Shawn on Apr 16, 2012 | Reply

    Parody … I posted a link to all of the House members with contact info. I just dont know who the no voters are. Here it is again. Spencer posted a few yes voters earlier but it seems harder to find the A-Holes

    Heres that link again … it simply lists names – numbers – and emails … again my problem is finding out which 9 voted no

    So far the only NO VOTER I found was Dean Urdahl … I posted his contact info earlier as well

    http://www.house.leg.state.mn.us/members/houseleaders.asp

  224. By ozzinator on Apr 17, 2012 | Reply

    A Minnesota House committee voted down the Vikings stadium bill Monday night, dealing a major blow to the team’s decade-long effort to secure a taxpayer subsidy for a replacement to the Metrodome.

    “How do we as representatives of public taxpayers, how do we know we’re getting a good deal?” asked Rep. Ryan Winkler, DFL-Golden Valley. Winkler went on to vote against the proposal. Rep. Bev Scalze, DFL-Little Canada, questioned whether a football stadium was a defensible use for $398 million in proposed new tax revenue when the state is just starting to recover from several years of persistent budget deficits.

    There’s you’re obstructionists Rocksalt.

  225. By DRS on Apr 17, 2012 | Reply

    Hennepin County nixes ballpark tax revenue to backstop Vikings stadium
    Posted by: Kevin Duchschere under Funding, Gov. Mark Dayton, Minnesota legislature, State budgets Updated: April 16, 2012 – 4:37 PM

    Hennepin County Board Chair Mike Opat is telling legislative leaders that the county board opposes using excess revenues from the county’s ballpark tax to backstop state funding for a new Vikings stadium in Minneapolis.

    In a strongly-worded letter sent Monday afternoon to Senate Majority Leader David Senjem and House Speaker Kurt Zellers, Opat said the county’s 0.15 percent sales tax was approved by both the board and the Legislature in 2006 only for specific “permitted uses.”

    “Now, absent any consultation with members of the Hennepin County Board, the House bill would take the unprecedented step of effectively hijacking county revenue should charitable gaming revenue fall short,” Opat wrote.

    He asked Senjem and Zellers to remove the provision from the stadium bill.

    Most of the revenue from the sales tax goes to pay down the debt on Target Field. An additional $4 million a year is used to make grants for youth sports programs and to extend library hours; any additional revenue goes to the ballpark.

    The stadium bill before the House includes four funding backstops, including Hennepin County, that might be used if electronic pull tabs and bingo failed to generate an estimated $42 million needed each year to pay the state’s $398 million share of a Vikings stadium.

    In his letter, Opat said the bill would extend the tax without getting approval from the board and “breaks faith” with county commissioners, who partnered with the state in 2006 to build Target Field. Although the state didn’t help fund the ballpark, Hennepin County needed state approval to levy the local sales tax.

    In an attached analysis of the bill proposal, assistant county attorney Daniel Rogan wrote that it would be “unprecedented” for the Legislature to change the use for local tax revenue without local approval.

    Rogan said a strong case could be made that such an act would violate the Minnesota Constitution because the tax would be collected from one jurisdiction to pay for a general state obligation.

    The stadium bill will go before a House committee Monday evening.

    http://www.startribune.com/sports/vikings/147635855.html

  226. By DRS on Apr 17, 2012 | Reply

    House panel vote leaves Vikings stadium plan in peril
    Article by: MIKE KASZUBA , Star Tribune Updated: April 17, 2012 – 12:04 AM

    With the Legislature close to adjournment, Vikings’ prospects are dire.

    The proposed public subsidy package for a new Minnesota Vikings stadium was decisively rejected by a House panel late Monday night, leaving the team and stadium supporters visibly stunned.

    With the Legislature planning to adjourn in two weeks, the nearly $1 billion stadium plan was left needing an extraordinary injection of support to stay alive at the state Capitol this spring.

    “Somebody would have to pull a rabbit out of the hat,” said Rep. Morrie Lanning, R-Moorhead, the chief House stadium author.

    Just one of the House panel’s six DFLers voted for the project, even though Gov. Mark Dayton — himself a DFLer — had made the stadium a legislative priority. But DFLers quickly claimed that outstate Republicans on the panel were more easily able to back the stadium because it would be paid for with gambling revenues and city taxes in Minneapolis.

    Team officials were clearly disappointed by the vote.

    “It’s a mistake to think the Vikings and the [National Football League] will continue with the status quo” of playing in the Metrodome without a new stadium, Vikings spokesman Lester Bagley told a large crowd of reporters after the 9-6 vote. Bagley stopped short of saying that the vote could lead the team to leave Minnesota.

    “We’ve got some time left, and we’ll see what happens,” Bagley said of the legislative session.

    For the stadium plan to get new life, it likely would need to be resurrected by a Senate panel that considered the proposal last month but did not take action because there weren’t enough votes to approve the project.

    From the outset Monday, the stadium plan faced harsh scrutiny by a House panel chaired by Rep. Joyce Peppin, R-Rogers, who had earlier said she wanted Minneapolis residents to have a referendum on the controversial project to build a new stadium at the Metrodome, the Vikings’ longtime Minneapolis home.

    In an early sign that the project faced trouble, Peppin’s 15-member House Government Operations and Elections Committee blocked an attempt to void a Minneapolis city charter provision that requires citizens to vote on spending city money for a new sports facilities.

    “To me, the language is pretty clear,” Peppin said of the city charter. “I think [the city's residents] deserve a vote on this.”

    By itself, the move was possibly a major setback for the stadium legislation, though it was unclear whether the action removed any chance of avoiding a vote.

    Stadium proponents have insisted that a city charter provision that calls for a referendum when the city spends at least $10 million on a sports facility did not apply because the state would at least technically be spending the city revenues on the stadium.

    In approving another amendment before the final vote, the House panel also rejected diverting excess Hennepin County sales tax money now being used to pay for the Minnesota Twins’ Target Field. Hennepin County Board Chair Mike Opat said such a tactic would be “effectively highjacking county revenue.”

    The stadium plan had four funding backstops — estimated to generate at least $9 million a year — if the state’s plan to authorize electronic pull tabs and bingo in Minnesota’s bars and restaurants failed to generate at least $42 million needed each year to pay the state’s $398 million share of the stadium. A 10 percent tax on stadium luxury suites would be used first and Hennepin County’s sales tax money would be a third option.

    Under the plan before the Legislature, the Vikings were to contribute $427 million to the stadium, the state would add $398 million and Minneapolis would add $150 million. The team would also contribute $327 million to the stadium’s operations and the city would over time add another $189 million.

    Monday’s hearing began with a jolt when Rep. Dean Urdahl, R-Grove City, asked: “Why should the state of Minnesota contribute to a stadium for a billionaire owner?”

    Team officials were quickly peppered with questions asking why Vikings owner Zygi Wilf was not contributing more to the stadium and how much the Vikings’ value would grow with a new stadium.

    “It’s difficult to say,” Steve Poppen, the team’s chief financial officer.

    Lanning pleaded with legislators to keep the stadium plan alive, saying that he had worked on public subsidies for a new Vikings stadium for seven years and that four proposals had failed during that time. “This clearly is the best proposal that we’ve had,” he said.

    There were some signs that, before Monday’s hearing, Republican leaders in the House and Senate may have been trying to position the stadium as a bargaining chip to entice Dayton to negotiate an overall agreement that would give the DFL governor a stadium as long as Republicans got their own end-of-session wish list

    http://www.startribune.com/sports/vikings/147631965.html

  227. By DRS on Apr 17, 2012 | Reply

    Voting against the bill were Democrats Marion Greene, Frank Hornstein, Bev Scalze, Steve Simon and Ryan Winkler and Republicans Joyce Peppin, Rich Murray, David H-a-n-c-o-c-k and Duane Quam.

    Voting in favor was Democrat Michael Nelson and Republicans Michael Beard, Carol McFarlane, Tim O’Driscoll, Tim Sanders and Dean Urdahl.

  228. By DRS on Apr 17, 2012 | Reply

    that list found in http://www.twincities.com/vikings/ci_20411498/vikings-stadium-proposal-gets-chilly-reception-key-house?source=rss

  229. By DRS on Apr 17, 2012 | Reply

    Mike W. do you not think it is time to talk about what I e-mailed you about? You told me if the Vikings do not get their new stadium the NFL will stop subsidizing the Vikings and the team will have to move for lack of funds.

  230. By DRS on Apr 17, 2012 | Reply

    This does not sound good to me, when will Minnesota learn?

    Team officials were clearly disappointed by the vote.

    “It’s a mistake to think the Vikings and the [National Football League] will continue with the status quo” of playing in the Metrodome without a new stadium, Vikings spokesman Lester Bagley told a large crowd of reporters after the 9-6 vote. Bagley stopped short of saying that the vote could lead the team to leave Minnesota.

    http://www.startribune.com/sports/vikings/147631965.html

  231. By GrandDaddyPurp on Apr 17, 2012 | Reply

    So im assuming this means the Vikings will no longer be in Minnesota?

  232. By DRS on Apr 17, 2012 | Reply

    Well it is 0313 in the morning so I must get some sleep; big day today. Good morning and God bless you all.

  233. By DRS on Apr 17, 2012 | Reply

    GrandDaddyPurp, starting to look that way, though there is the tribes offer to fund the stadium still out there.

  234. By DRS on Apr 17, 2012 | Reply

    Off to bed I go, God bless you all.

  235. By Matthias on Apr 17, 2012 | Reply

    If I would be Zygi I would purport that he is willing to sell the team. He also could attend several meetings with other states for a new stadium. The only reason I see that the bill didn’t pass is that nobody thinks that the vikings would move. Wilf promised that the vikings wouldn’t never ever leave the state….

    Sad day but it is not over yet.

  236. By Matthias on Apr 17, 2012 | Reply

    gramatic nonsense… but my emotions tend towards rage mode…

    *would never ever*

  237. By Rocksalt on Apr 17, 2012 | Reply

    Time to start facing the reality: Vikings will move to LA in 2013. They will win a SB in 2016. You heard it here 1st.

  238. By Rocksalt on Apr 17, 2012 | Reply

    way to go minnesota! we will show those billionaire owners a thing or two……just take your money and team’s revenues elsewhere.

  239. By GrandDaddyPurp on Apr 17, 2012 | Reply

    I will be a fan of the Vikings wherever they go

  240. By GrandDaddyPurp on Apr 17, 2012 | Reply

    I regret that I’ve never seen a Vikings outdoor game in Minnesota.

  241. By OTKalil2012 on Apr 17, 2012 | Reply

    Mn has the chance to keep a an ownership and franchise within an industry that is growing by leaps and bounds…In an nation wide economy that is still in a tail spin…

    The owner of this business is willing to pay the 3rd largest amount on record to build that stadium here in Minnesota…

    That money would pay 7,500 unemployed construction workers for 3 yrs…

    Construction workers that are now getting paid money in unemployment checks…

    Last night a MN politician board member asked the question…

    “How do we as Mn tax payers know we are getting a good deal” ???

    I thought it was politicians job to lure successful big business to your state…

    Not upset them enough to make them move after being here for 50 yrs paying a great deal of taxes within the state and generating a great deal of other revenue for business inside MPLS the state also…And having a future projection of bringing in a GREAT deal more…Being a thriving franchise…

    MN politician…”How is this not a good deal” ???….

    You complain the Vikings business may grow ???…Isn’t that what a politician is supposed to do and wave that “dream of success” as a carrot to bring a big business into your area ??…Don’t you want your business in your area to succeed ???…If the business makes money..Does not the surrounding area also ??…

    Doesn’t that kind of track record lure in more big business to your area ???

    I think its the Mn politicians turn to do the research now…The Vikings seem to have done more that their share until now…

  242. By MR. FAVRE on Apr 17, 2012 | Reply

    I SAY FORGET THE LINE GET TWO INCREDIBLE RUNNING BACKS AND RUN RUN RUN RICHARDSON AND PETERSON ALL DAY EVERY PLAY WITH BACKS LIKE THAT WHO NEEDS A LINE AND COME PICK ME UP WHEN THE SEASON STARTS. AT FIFTY YEARS OLD I STILL BETTER THAN 80% OF THOSE QBS YOU CALL FRANCHISE PLAYERS.

  243. By Rocksalt on Apr 17, 2012 | Reply

    I WILL NOT SUPPORT THE VIKERS IN ANY PLACE OTHER THAN MN……

  244. By puckertrucker on Apr 22, 2012 | Reply

    To all the Fans and Voters in Minnesota: I have watched with great anticipation that there are Congressmen/women,and Senatorial persons that don’t want the Vikings to have a new stadium. WELL I AM HERE TO SAY EVERY ONE OF THE CONSTITUENTS OF THE POLITICIANS THAT DON’T WANT THE STADIUM REMIND THEM THAT THERE IS AN ELECTION COMING UP IN NOVEMBER AND THOSE THAT VOTE AGAINST THE STADIUM ISSUE FACE LOSING THEIR JOBS COME NOVEMBER. I MEAM AFTER ALL WHO WANTS A POLITICIAN THAT DOESN’T HAVE THE STATES BEST INTERESTS AT HEART NOR THE WORKERS OR CITIZENS NEEDS AT HEART. I SAY GET RID OF THEM VOTE THEM OUT OF OFFICE, NO IFS, ANDS, OR BUTS. GET RID OF THE DEAD WIEGHT POLITICIANS NOW. The One and Only PuckerTrucker!!!!!!!!Skol Fans

  245. By puckertrucker on Apr 22, 2012 | Reply

    To the Minnesota Vikings Fans and Voters of Minnesota: IT’S TIME TO REMIND THE POLITICIANS OF OUR FAIR STATE THAT ANY ONE OF THEM THAT THINKS THE VIKINGS ARE NOT IMPORTANT TO THE STATE OF MINNESOTA AND IT’S ECCONOMY IS MISTAKEN THINK ABOUT THE JOBS YOU COULD LOSE. WELL PEOPLE JUST REMIND THEM NOVEMBER IS NOT FAR OFF, AND THOSE THAT VOTE AGAINST THE STADIUM BILL WILL LOSE THEIR JOB IN THE STATE POLITICAL ARENA. NO IFS, ANDS, OR BUTS ABOUT IT GET RID OF THE DEAD WIEGHT POLITICIANS THAT DON’T HAVE THE STATES WELFARE, OR THE CITIZENS WELFARE AT HEART. I FOR ONE DO NOT WANT TO LOSE SUCH A VALUEABLE COMODITY AS THE MINNESOTA VIKINGS TO LA OR ANY OTHER CITY IN THE COUNTY DO YOU. The One and Only PuckerTrucker!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!Skol Fans

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