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Fan Email: Is Jabar Gaffney A Good Fit For Vikings?

Posted by Mike Wobschall on May 3, 2012 – 6:30 am

Whenever a recognizable name becomes available, whether it is via trade rumors or free agency – the first thing that comes to mind for many fans and football observers is, “Is he a good fit here?” And so, with the Washington Redskins releasing WR Jabar Gaffney earlier this week, I’ve received several emails from fans asking if the Vikings would be a good match for his services.

It appears the answer is no.

As they do with every player who becomes available, the Vikings will likely discuss Gaffney’s availability and evaluate whether or not he’s a good fit here. It appears Gaffney has plenty of gas left in the tank. He may be 31 years old, but he’s coming off a season in which he recorded career highs in receptions (68) and receiving yards (947), and tied a career high with 5 TDs.

But I’m just not sure he’s a good fit here. The Vikings signed 4-year veteran Jerome Simpson last week, they have veterans Devin Aromashodu, Percy Harvin and Michael Jenkins set to return, and they selected two WRs in the 4th round of last weekend’s draft (Greg Childs and Jarius Wright). That’s not to say any of those receivers are superior to Gaffney – they may be, they may not – but it does yield the conclusion that Minnesota may not be a great fit for Gaffney.

The other factor to keep in mind is that for a team and a player to join forces, there must be mutual interest. This is something many fans didn’t consider with regard to the Asante Samuel situation. Yes, the Atlanta Falcons acquired his services for a moderate price from the Philadelphia Eagles, but not every team had the same opportunity as Atlanta. Samuel identified Atlanta has a desirable destination, and he was therefore willing to talk turkey with them in terms of restructuring his contract.

Gaffney will now be in a similar situation. There will be a demand for his services, so Gaffney will choose his next team among multiple options. The smart money should be on the New England Patriots, the team for which he played from 2006-08, especially after ESPN’s Josina Anderson tweeted this. While there is a deep crop of WRs in New England, Gaffney will likely begin his next stint with the Patriots as one of the preferred pass-catchers given his familiarity with the organization and Tom Brady from his first stint with the team, as well as his familiarity with offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels after their time together with the Denver Broncos from 2009-10.


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190 Responses to “Fan Email: Is Jabar Gaffney A Good Fit For Vikings?”

  1. By OTKalil2012 on May 3, 2012 | Reply

    First…. ; )

  2. By OTKalil2012 on May 3, 2012 | Reply

    Simpson might be an okay option…But the Vikings might have wanted just to do another one year contract…Age being another concern most likely also..

    Spielman is going with a youth movement…And I like that a lot…

  3. By Carl K on May 3, 2012 | Reply

    I don’t think we need Gaffney. Harvin and Jarius Wright can handle the flanker and the slot positions. Motion Harvin a little from the flanker spot or line him up in the backfield. Mix it up! Very dangerous.

    What will we do at the X position? Simpson? Jenkins? Maybe Childs?

    Arceneaux and Burton may not make the cut this year.

  4. By DeerTracks on May 3, 2012 | Reply

    “First” for what? Is there a “prize” for it? Maybe a frozen Horse Turd DoorStop?

    The subject matter, who cares? We only have WR’s coming out our ears!

    But now let up line up and “Jabber” about “Jabar”

    OTK, You and a few others have some good posts, don’t spoil it with this one!

  5. By OTKalil2012 on May 3, 2012 | Reply

    I was thinking Gaffney in my last statement and sais *Simpson…

    Ponder sure is happy with Simpson…Ponder said he tried to over throw Simpsom down the field in practice…And couldn’t…

    This could be an exciting year for the Vikings offense…I agree Carl K… ; )

  6. By DRS on May 3, 2012 | Reply

    Vikings stadium plan gains a roof, and some traction

    Article by: BAIRD HELGESON and MIKE KASZUBA , Star Tribune Updated: May 3, 2012 – 8:07 AM GOP plan relies on bonding, not gambling, for state’s share. Dayton says idea is “worth pursuing.”

    The roof was off. Now it’s back on. The pricetag for taxpayers is still unknown. What’s clear is that an 11th-hour GOP proposal for a less expensive Vikings stadium that would rely on borrowing instead of gambling is gaining steam.

    Gov. Mark Dayton, who called it a “hare-brained scheme” Wednesday morning, by day’s end said it was a plan “absolutely worth pursuing,” as high-level talks among DFLers, Republicans, the team and others unfolded.

    “We hope this is fruitful,” said House Majority Leader Matt Dean, R-Dellwood, after formally presenting the idea to DFL Gov. Mark Dayton. “We’re trying to find a solution that the Legislature can agree to.”

    Two days after the Legislature had hoped to adjourn, a handful of leaders are racing to piece together a new, end-of-session stadium proposal that ditches the much-criticized expansion of charitable gambling for traditional bonding.

    Dean and others say a new plan is needed because they cannot get the votes for the proposal Dayton, the Vikings and key Republican legislators crafted over the past several months.

    The plan calls for borrowing at least $250 million as part of the state’s overall bonding bill. That does not include the funding needed for a roof, which Dean said has yet to be determined. The city of Minneapolis would still contribute $150 million for construction costs and the team’s share would remain $427 million.

    Dean said using taxpayer-backed bonds are a far more stable funding source than the existing proposal, which relies on an untested expansion of charitable gambling. He also acknowledged, one day after proposing a roof-less stadium, that a roof would likely be required to qualify for general obligation bonds. The lack of a roof would severely limit the facility’s ability to host civic and other events year-round.

    Should the new proposal fail to catch fire, Dean said, the drive for a new stadium could be dead for this session.

    “If it’s not productive and it’s not helpful, then we can move on to other solutions to try to get done to get out” and adjourn this year’s legislative session, he said.

    The new plan poses an enormous political challenge for Republicans. Unlike the earlier plan, which would have needed only a simple majority, the bonding bill by law requires a supermajority. That means Republicans will need a significant number of votes from the DFL.

    DFLers are skeptical

    DFLers were cool to the GOP proposal on Wednesday.

    “The bottom line is there’s no there, there,” said House Minority Leader Paul Thissen, DFL-Minneapolis, who earlier said he had all his votes lined up for Dayton’s plan.

    “The idea that we are going to obligate the state to pay for this really runs counter from what I’m hearing from constituents,” said Sen. John Harrington, DFL-St. Paul. “They are not in favor of using public dollars to subsidize it.”

    Even labor unions, huge backers of the governor’s plan, appeared doubtful the new proposal could succeed.

    “I would be surprised if that works,” said Minnesota AFL-CIO president Shar Knutson. “So far, we’ve only seen one plan that meets that — that has the team, the city, the GOP authors and has been vetted through a number of [legislative] committees.”

    Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak, who on Tuesday stood by Dayton’s side at a news conference and said his city would not be partner to a roof-less stadium, was more conciliatory on Wednesday after emerging from a late-day meeting with Republicans.

    He said he’d been assured by GOP leaders that the city’s stadium contribution and its complicated financing proposal would not be altered.

    But Rybak said that any new stadium proposal should contain the “backbone” of the proposal Dayton and others had worked on for months. “If there are ways to amendment it, [that may work] as long as they don’t change what we need, what we laid out at the beginning,” Rybak said.

    That appeared to be the Vikings’ bottom line as well, according to team spokesman Lester Bagley.

    “We reaffirmed today in a meeting with House and Senate Republican leadership that the Vikings are committed to the deal we negotiated with state and local leaders — $427 million upfront and $13 million in annual operating costs,” Bagley said Wednesday. “We will not support any proposal that would require the team to contribute any more than that.”

    It remains far from certain whether Republicans, many of whom campaigned strongly against “running up the state’s credit card,” can build the broad coalition needed for the new, GOP-led proposal.

    “I don’t like it, but it is more acceptable,” said Sen. Dave Thompson, R-Lakeville, a vocal stadium critic.

    Sen. Sean Nienow, R-Cambridge, said that relying on state general obligation bonds is a more fiscally sound way to finance the stadium. He said Dayton’s proposal was “structurally flawed.” Republicans, including House Speaker Kurt Zellers, R-Maple Grove, originally had opposed bonding.

    http://www.startribune.com/sports/vikings/149937465.html

  7. By D Anthony on May 3, 2012 | Reply

    He Signed With Patriots!!! GLAD TO HELP!! :)

  8. By Frederick Jones on May 3, 2012 | Reply

    @Wobby,

    WE DO NOT WANT ANY MORE FREE AGENTS HERE THIS YEAR, UNLESS THEIR COST IS VERY LOW, AND THEY ARE YOUNG.

    Buying too many free agents is easy to do, and has ruined more than one franchise.

    Stick with the hungry kids, we’ll finish 8-8 anyway with the slightly easier schedule.

  9. By DRS on May 3, 2012 | Reply

    It is scary to think we have to depend on so many buffoons in the legislature. Members in both parties have made it quite clear to me that they are buffoons and nothing more than hairless, mindless apes. It makes me think that most Americans should not be allowed to vote, they do not have the IQ for it, they do not research to issues, they just go with feelings and blind loyalty to whatever party they belong to.

  10. By Frederick Jones on May 3, 2012 | Reply

    Stick with Frazier…here is a brief biography:

    Frazier started his coaching career in 1988 as the first head coach at Trinity College in Illinois, now known as Trinity International University.

    He held the position for nine seasons, built the NAIA program from the ground up and won a pair of Northern Illinois Intercollegiate Conference titles before he moved on to the University of Illinois in 1997 as the Illinois defensive back’s coach.

    He is the man to rebuild the Vikings!!!

  11. By sandiamond on May 3, 2012 | Reply

    profile: Jarius Wright

    http://www.katv.com/video?clipId=7044300&topVideoCatNo=189702&autoStart=true

  12. By Frederick Jones on May 3, 2012 | Reply

    @DRS,

    Those who are in power are not necessarily smarter than the rest of us. Sometimes they leave a trail of bodies all along the way to the top. They are agressive baboons.

    “It’s not whether it’s right, it’s whether it increases my might.”

  13. By DRS on May 3, 2012 | Reply

    With so few days left before the end of this legislative season with no guarantee that they will do anything before next year. I am doubtful that a bill will be past, and if that is the case say h-e-l-l-o to the LA Vikings in 2013. What a sad day that will be.

  14. By DRS on May 3, 2012 | Reply

    Frederick Jones that is a sad thing in my opinion, that greed and self interest trumps what is good for the nation and the people.

  15. By Frederick Jones on May 3, 2012 | Reply

    Sandiamond delivers again!

    Jarius Wright certainly appears to be a “good guy.”

    His celebrations are short, and he has the incredible focus in catching the football!

    I am concerned anytime a highlight film shows the star being covered closely on almost every play. But that is why he was available where we drafted him!

  16. By Carl K on May 3, 2012 | Reply

    Harvin will want a major contract soon… so I think it is time to see if he can excell in a major roll other than just being known as a slot receiver. J Wright in the slot could open things up for Harvin to showcase what he can do on the outside.

    Harvin can really increase his value this year if the Vikings expand his roll… and if he can prove he can be a dymanic outside threat.

    Simpson on the outside,.. and J Wright in the slot should really help open things up for Harvin to display his all around game.

    Spielman pulled a rabbit out of his hat this offseason!

  17. By DRS on May 3, 2012 | Reply

    Well I must go now, had a friend of over 30 years die the other day do to the neglect of the system, oh well, I am the one who has to clean out his apartment, so I have to get to work now, have fun and God bless you all.

  18. By Frederick Jones on May 3, 2012 | Reply

    @the DRS,

    But it’s not just politicians, it could be anyone in power. Some get high positions because they made moves which pushed good people down, and at the same time was an advantage for themselves.

    You see it all the time in college football. Not all of the Head Coaches got to where they are via “honest” work.

    They spread rumors
    They fired ambitious coaches
    They cheated on their taxes
    They falsified resumes
    etc.

  19. By Frederick Jones on May 3, 2012 | Reply

    G O D Bless you DRS.

  20. By sandiamond on May 3, 2012 | Reply

    class act Fred! should be a hard-worker for the vikings many years to come

  21. By sandiamond on May 3, 2012 | Reply

    http://sports.yahoo.com/news/joe-webb-excited-working-just-133007687–nfl.html

  22. By DeerTracks on May 3, 2012 | Reply

    Carl K—-Percy Harvin is worth his weight in Gold!

    If the power-to-be Hem and Haw on a new contract, then let the 49ers sign him on!

    Percy and Moss would make a good team look and act even better. Would be Minnesota’s lost, and 49ers gain Would serve these Viking penny pinchers right!

  23. By DRS on May 3, 2012 | Reply

    Frederick Jones, how true that is, that is why so many of us never got their chance to make it to the big game, that is that I mean in whatever pursuit a person is trying to achieve in life, there is someone or a group of people who cheat, or advanced over you because you are white and they are black, white, or have money, they get there because there is a quota or the coach likes one color over the other, they get to be stars not by talent but by their color, it goes both ways when it comes down to discrimination, I have seen it done to me. Had a coach tell me I was the best D-Line man he had ever seen, but he had to give the scholarship to the collard player because of the system in place, same thing when it came to the collage I went to, so on and so on. Well enough with this rant. Have a great day, and God bless you all.

  24. By NorCal Purps on May 3, 2012 | Reply

    News flash, on somebody we didn’t get, exciting!

  25. By Shawn on May 3, 2012 | Reply

    By DRS on May 3, 2012 | Reply

    It is scary to think we have to depend on so many buffoons in the legislature. Members in both parties have made it quite clear to me that they are buffoons and nothing more than hairless, mindless apes. It makes me think that most Americans should not be allowed to vote, they do not have the IQ for it, they do not research to issues, they just go with feelings and blind loyalty to whatever party they belong to.

    __________________________________________________________

    I have had those same thoughts before …

    A voters Liscense ??? Like a drivers liscense with an IQ test ???

    DRS and Mike B and a few others I can tell we have had a positive influence on each other through our debates. I have noticed less party partisan politics from you 2 and I hope Im using less.

    I also hope that we can continue maintaining our PPP even when sitting in circles of our old friends that are still piled on one side or the other. Because thats the real problem.

    I have no doubt our “leaders” from both sides want us divided … it allows them to sneak shady deals through.

  26. By Shawn on May 3, 2012 | Reply

    Together we stand … Divided we fall

    America is falling …. falling … falling ….

  27. By PurplHaze on May 3, 2012 | Reply

    “I just want the chance to play in the NFL … If I just get that chance, I’ll make the rest happen.” Jarius Wright

    I LIKE THIS KID!!!

  28. By covikesfn on May 3, 2012 | Reply

    keep your eyes on 4th round wr pick Childs!

  29. By OTKalil2012 on May 3, 2012 | Reply

    With age comes wisdom…

    With life in general adults learn harsh realities and penalties when it comes from doing the wrong thing…

    To the rewards for us and our children in doing the right things in life…

    I think minimum age requirements to be a congressman (25)…senator (30)…president (35)…Are to low…

    Are people adults at that age…Most definitely…

    But if 5 yrs more life experience were put into minimum age requirement in each area in politics…Might give the country more politicians with more insight on negative consequences with certain issues might happen for them and our childrens…

    Instead of making some votes and decisions with their careers and personal goals being an influence…

    Also believe no politician should be allowed to hold the same seat in office for more than 8 yrs…

    Whats good for the president…Should be good enough for all involved…

  30. By sandiamond on May 3, 2012 | Reply

    udfa 6’1 plays taller with terrific hands

  31. By Frederick Jones on May 3, 2012 | Reply

    Vikings will be 8-8 in 2012.

  32. By Frederick Jones on May 3, 2012 | Reply

    @the DRS,

    Yeah, I had some problems with a person who had power over me in coaching. We were just beginning to build a powerhouse when he exerted his considerable influence.

    I would tell you more, but then I’d have to shoot you! lol

  33. By OTKalil2012 on May 3, 2012 | Reply

    Get ready Toby !!!…

    I am looking forward to the new season coming up also…

    http://min.scout.com/2/1183389.html

  34. By hognuts on May 3, 2012 | Reply

    So now the GOP leaders are abandoning their new idea they came up with in the last few days. Zellers still says the stadium isn’t #1 priority this session.

  35. By hognuts on May 3, 2012 | Reply

    What a d!ck

  36. By hognuts on May 3, 2012 | Reply

    However, Zellers just said the House will vote on the stadium bill on Monday!!!

  37. By hognuts on May 3, 2012 | Reply

    Zellers doesn’t support the Vikings bill without a referendum. He doesn’t know if it has enough votes to pass.

  38. By hognuts on May 3, 2012 | Reply

    Zellers not sure if House has enough votes to pass. Senjem not sure if Senate has enough votes to pass.

    Getting this all from Twitter.

  39. By hognuts on May 3, 2012 | Reply

    Zellers says he won’t stand in the way of anyone who supports the stadium.

  40. By NorCal Purps on May 3, 2012 | Reply

    Do you see what happens, Larry?

  41. By hognuts on May 3, 2012 | Reply

    Anyone here?

  42. By hognuts on May 3, 2012 | Reply

    Zellers says the fate of stadium is now in the hands of Dayton.

  43. By hognuts on May 3, 2012 | Reply

    Zellers says Dayton now needs to find enough votes to pass it.

  44. By hognuts on May 3, 2012 | Reply

    Senjem says that Senate will wait to see how House votes on stadium.

  45. By hognuts on May 3, 2012 | Reply

    Then Zellers basically called Minnesotans stupid by saying we voted for a DFL Governor while having a GOP Legislature.

  46. By hognuts on May 3, 2012 | Reply

    Now is the time to call and email!!!!!!!!!!!

  47. By PurplHaze on May 3, 2012 | Reply

    GET THE D@MN STADIUM BILL DONE, AND QUIT HALF-STIPPING!!!

    KEEP THE MINNESOTA VIKINGS IN MINNESOTA!!!
    KEEP THE MINNESOTA VIKINGS IN MINNESOTA!!!
    KEEP THE MINNESOTA VIKINGS IN MINNESOTA!!!
    KEEP THE MINNESOTA VIKINGS IN MINNESOTA!!!
    KEEP THE MINNESOTA VIKINGS IN MINNESOTA!!!
    KEEP THE MINNESOTA VIKINGS IN MINNESOTA!!!
    KEEP THE MINNESOTA VIKINGS IN MINNESOTA!!!
    KEEP THE MINNESOTA VIKINGS IN MINNESOTA!!!
    KEEP THE MINNESOTA VIKINGS IN MINNESOTA!!!
    KEEP THE MINNESOTA VIKINGS IN MINNESOTA!!!

  48. By Mike B. on May 3, 2012 | Reply

    So now we are back to the original bill and they will vote on it Monday. Stalling.

  49. By PurplHaze on May 3, 2012 | Reply

    If they spent as much time discussing this bill and what would work for both sides, as they’ve spent on finding reasons why not to give any of the proposals a “yes” vote, the NEW VIKINGS STADIUM would already be standing!!!

  50. By PurplHaze on May 3, 2012 | Reply

    *** HALF-STEPPING!!! =))

  51. By vikesfan5.0 on May 3, 2012 | Reply

    Down with Zellers!!!!!!

  52. By hognuts on May 3, 2012 | Reply

    @Mike B.

    Correct. Back to the original bill that went through all of those committees.

  53. By Titus on May 3, 2012 | Reply

    Looks like some players Spencer would like:

    http://xfinity.comcast.net/articles/sports-cfb/20120503/Notre.Dame-Rees.Arrest/

  54. By PurplHaze on May 3, 2012 | Reply

    Forest Gump said it best …

    STUPID IS AS STUPID DOES! QUIT MAKING EXCUSES AND STALLING AND GET THE D@MN STADIUM BILL DONE! QUIT HALF-STEPPING!!!

  55. By hognuts on May 3, 2012 | Reply

    Time to email and call!!!!

  56. By hognuts on May 3, 2012 | Reply

    http://www.dailynorseman.com/2012/5/3/2996686/minnesota-vikings-stadium-house-to-vote-on-stadium-bill-monday

  57. By PurplHaze on May 3, 2012 | Reply

    Titus … That’s NOTHING! They were partying the end of the college year. South Bend cops are STUPID!

  58. By Titus on May 3, 2012 | Reply

    Haze, interesting point of view. You were there, I take it.

  59. By PurplHaze on May 3, 2012 | Reply

    No, but I live in Indiana … =))

    Let the kids party, and go after REAL criminals!

  60. By PurplHaze on May 3, 2012 | Reply

    Ladies and Gentlemen…

    http://cdn2.sbnation.com/imported_assets/1058918/its_go_time_medium.png

    PRICELESS!!!

  61. By Titus on May 3, 2012 | Reply

    What is a “real” criminal?

  62. By PurplHaze on May 3, 2012 | Reply

    Somebody like this…

    http://www.startribune.com/local/north/149692465.html

  63. By Shawn on May 3, 2012 | Reply

    Purpl … I wont defend Caleb but its naive to think he attacked without provocation. The media only reports what its told and sometimes tries to push its own agenda but the guy that got his a$$ kicked wasnt “innocent” …

    Again there are always exceptions and this might be the rare one … but Ive never seen a fight start for NO REASON.

    Again Im not defending Caleb but I wouldnt say whooping one sh!t talkers a$$ makes him a “real” criminal…

  64. By sandiamond on May 3, 2012 | Reply

    HaHa … just like I said
    It’s very common for college kids to tussle with the law. This time it happened to beloved notre dame players!

  65. By PurplHaze on May 3, 2012 | Reply

    Shawn … If you can believe the size difference, it would indicate that King is a coward as well. According to that article, he pulled this guy out of the car to beat him like that.

    Look, I’ve been in plenty of fights before too, and I’ve fought because of even more meaningless provocation. But look … this beating was EXCESSIVE! It’s one thing to hit the guy hard enough to break his nose and walk away, but you have to admit this beating was more than just “a couple punches”. I think the extent of the injuries justify this guy losing his position on the roster. It doesn’t reflect good on the team to keep somebody like this around. Especially when it happens in the same community the team “resides” in.

  66. By PurplHaze on May 3, 2012 | Reply

    Sand … It really doesn’t matter what college this kid goes to. College kids are going to party, and not just the “jocks”. A kid that’s playing loud music and partying at 12:30 a.m. really isn’t hurting anybody. Somebody’s losing a couple hours sleep? So What!!! This is so trivial, I’m surprised it even made the news. Things must be really boring in South Bend!!!

    For the record … I’m not a fan of, nor do I have any association with, Notre Dame.

  67. By Rogerthevikefan on May 3, 2012 | Reply

    Stupid moronic CR@P tossing F*CK UPS. Pa$s the d@mn bill build the stadium. 8000 more jobs means 8000 more people spending money which would improve the economy. No more political agendas do what is best for the state.

  68. By PurplHaze on May 3, 2012 | Reply

    Rogerthevikefan … TWO THUMBS UP! COULDN’T HAVE SAID IT BETTER MYSELF!!!

  69. By PurplHaze on May 3, 2012 | Reply

    Another stadium article …
    http://www.nfl.com/news/story/09000d5d828d73b5/article/minnesota-vikings-stadium-proposal-vote-slated-monday?module=HP11_headline_stack

  70. By sandiamond on May 3, 2012 | Reply

    biggest lesson learned is not to fight/outrun the law. It usually takes a weekend in jail for college kids to fiqure that out. I bet the Dennard case is overblown too. The coaches should have known about his character from the senior bowl but choose to turn their heads instead

  71. By OTKalil2012 on May 3, 2012 | Reply

    The politicians with something to lose in this fight is Zellers and Senjem…

    Dayton shouldn’t need to find support…Its Zellers and Senjem that are losing face in the stadium issue…And votes for the republican party come this November also…

    The voters of this state see whats happening…The stadium bill is its own issue…And has nothing to do with cutting taxes for big business that Zellers and Senjem are trying to push along with the stadium bill …

    Dayton is winning this fight..Because Dayton is fighting for whats right for Minnesota tax payers and the Vikings…

    Go ahead and defeat the stadium bill Zellers and Senjem…

    And Dayton will have all the democratic seats to pass any bills he wants in the future come this November…Republicans names will be absolute mud going into the November election…If they vote the Vikings out of Minnesota !!!

  72. By PurplHaze on May 3, 2012 | Reply

    You’re most likely correct, Sand … I doubt that was Dennard’s first “rodeo”.

  73. By Shawn on May 3, 2012 | Reply

    Purpl … I agree it was excessive. I agree with him being cut. I dont agree he is the definition of “real” criminal at least yet. He could change my view in the future.

    I also said Im not trying to defend him. I believe in the tap out rule for street fights as well … it appears King broke that rule. I wasnt there so …

  74. By Rogerthevikefan on May 3, 2012 | Reply

    Marcus Fitzgerald(Larry’s little brother) is at the Vikings rookie camp. Anyone know what position he plays or what school he played at?

  75. By PurplHaze on May 3, 2012 | Reply

    Larry “Fitzgerald also has a younger brother, Marcus R. Fitzgerald. Marcus is an American football wide receiver for the Sacramento Mountain Lions of the United Football League.”

    … according to Wikipedia

  76. By PurplHaze on May 3, 2012 | Reply

    INTERESTING about Marcus Fitzgerald!!!

  77. By Spencer on May 3, 2012 | Reply

    You guys make me sick….how can you defend Caleb King????????

  78. By PurplHaze on May 3, 2012 | Reply

    On second thought, Marcus’ stats at Marshall were pretty underwhelming.

  79. By Shawn on May 3, 2012 | Reply

    LOL … YEA !!!!!

  80. By PurplHaze on May 3, 2012 | Reply

    Me either, Spencer … Me either!

  81. By sandiamond on May 3, 2012 | Reply

    5’10 WR out of college 5 years

  82. By Cody C on May 3, 2012 | Reply

    Jabar is a Patriotdont matter

  83. By OTKalil2012 on May 3, 2012 | Reply

    http://blogs.twincities.com/vikings/2012/05/03/tight-ends-more-crucial-than-ever-to-vikings-offense/

  84. By Spencer on May 3, 2012 | Reply

    And Jabar Gaffney would not be a good signing!

    What fan came up with that GARBAGE?

  85. By OTKalil2012 on May 3, 2012 | Reply

    OLB Tyler Nielsen…

    Tyler is a guy I had as a long shot sleeper pick for the Vikings draft…And is one of the 15 UFA’s they have brought in for a look…

    Wonder if Tyler will stick around ??…

  86. By Shawn on May 3, 2012 | Reply

    good news

    “Linebacker Jas’per Brinkley, who missed all of last season following hip surgery, said he is “back totally, 100 percent. Ready to go. Any dr’ill that Coach may think of, I can do it. **I can do it to the best ability of anybody.** If Chad can do it, I can do it.””

    Ray Lewis ???

    http://www.1500espn.com/sportswire/Notebook_Vikings_draft_gave_Chris'tian_Ponder_a_pretty_big_smile050212

  87. By Spencer on May 3, 2012 | Reply

    I have faith in Jasper Brinkley. He was fine the last time he started..

  88. By Shawn on May 3, 2012 | Reply

    I liked Brinkley when he was drafted … Im glad hes getting a shot

  89. By Spencer on May 3, 2012 | Reply

    Shawn- who will lead the secondary in INTs?

  90. By hognuts on May 3, 2012 | Reply

    Anyone from Minnesota, contact your representatives. Make sure to be polite. Urge them to vote ‘yes.’

  91. By PurplHaze on May 3, 2012 | Reply

    http://www.nfl.com/news/story/09000d5d828d6d4a/article/bounty-evidence-warranted-harsh-penalties-says-exattorney?module=HP11_headline_stack

  92. By hognuts on May 3, 2012 | Reply

    I just emailed my representative. Anyone else from Minnesota please do also!!!! It took me not even 5 minutes. Remember to be polite!

  93. By minne on May 3, 2012 | Reply

    I just saw that the NFL is being sued for not making players fully aware of the risks involved in playing football, and not properly protecting the players of the NFL. If these people win, it doesn’t matter where the vikes end up, there will not be the NFL.

    http://www.nfl.com/news/story/09000d5d828d7f71/article/nfl-faces-new-federal-concussion-lawsuit-filed-by-100-explayers?module=HP11_headline_stack

  94. By Lance on May 3, 2012 | Reply

    How is this even a blog? Gaffney was signed by the pats yesterday! ???? The pats then cut Underwood to make room today.

    http://www.nfl.com/news/story/09000d5d828d2953/article/jabar-gaffney-enters-patriots-crowded-receiver-fray

    like common that was annouced yesterday!!! seriously wobbs did you research this?

  95. By minne on May 3, 2012 | Reply

    Hognuts how do you find the representative for your specific area, I must be handicap because I am having real trouble with this haha.

  96. By hognuts on May 3, 2012 | Reply

    @minne,

    http://www.gis.leg.mn/OpenLayers/districts/

    Just type in your address and it will show who represents you. Make sure they are in the MN Legislature and not the US Legislature.

  97. By KluManChu on May 3, 2012 | Reply

    Gaffeny agreed to a two year deal with the Pats YESTERDAY!! Why is this even a discussion.

  98. By DRS on May 3, 2012 | Reply

    Vikings Stadium: Minnesota House Will Vote Monday On Original Stadium Bill

    May 3rd, 2012 at 1:05 pm by danzinskiBreaking NewsHome » Vikings » Breaking News » Vikings Stadium: Minnesota House Will Vote Monday On Original Stadium Bill So after several days of fretting over a roofless stadium proposal and allegations of stalling and talks of secret meetings and Mark Dayton having a cow…after all of that, the stadium saga has done another 180 and we’re back to the original plan as agreed upon by the team, city and state. And now there’s going to be a vote in the House on that. On Monday.

    That’s right, an actual vote. Up or down. Yea or nay. Stadium or no stadium. The politicians will finally just vote on the dang thing. Stadium supporters aren’t sure they have enough votes to pass it but at this point I’m not sure anyone cares. Just vote one way or the other. That’s what everyone keeps saying.

    There’s a very real possibility the bill could get voted down of course. And if it does? I don’t know what happens. I guess it’s back to the drawing board. The Vikings won’t be very happy if that happens. They’ve already said they have no desire to put this off another year. I guess that means, if the stadium doesn’t pass this session, the moving vans will be backing up to the Metrodome. Well that might be a tad melodramatic.

    Or is it?

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    Tags: minnesota vikings, stadium

    http://thevikingage.com/2012/05/03/vikings-stadium-minnesota-house-will-vote-monday-on-original-stadium-bill/

  99. By DRS on May 3, 2012 | Reply

    Everyone ready to be LA Vikings in 2013? I do not trust MN Politicians.

  100. By Spencer on May 3, 2012 | Reply

    Things arent looking good DRS?

  101. By DRS on May 3, 2012 | Reply

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    Updated May 3, 2012 1:31 PM ET
    ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP)

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    The Minnesota Vikings stadium plan is finally getting a floor vote in the state Legislature on Monday.

    Republican legislative leaders said Thursday they would drop a last-minute proposal to finance a new $975 million Minnesota Vikings stadium by issuing bonds directly tied to the state’s general treasury. The House scheduled the Monday vote on an existing proposal reliant on a gambling expansion.

    They said it’s up to supporters, particularly Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton, to round up the needed votes. It is destined to be close.

    ”The fate of the stadium is now in the governor’s hands,” said House Speaker Kurt Zellers.

    Zellers says he opposes the bill and isn’t sure it will pass.

    The Vikings have been in pursuit of a taxpayer-subsidized stadium for more than a decade and no longer have a lease binding them to the Metrodome. Other cities coveting an NFL franchise have paid close attention to the stadium saga.

    The team and its public partners want to build on the site of the Metrodome in downtown Minneapolis, with a 2016 opening the goal. They would have to round up $427 million in private financing and the rest would come from sales taxes derived in the city of Minneapolis and gambling taxes collected by the state. Bars and restaurants that offer small-scale gambling would be allowed to install new electronic devices that are expected to pump up profits.

    House Majority Leader Matt Dean cited ”impediments” on Thursday for giving up on their general obligation bonding proposal that came to light only Tuesday.

    ”We took our best shot,” Dean said. ”It’s only fair to everyone to vote on the existing plan because that’s the alternative.”

    Senate Majority Leader David Senjem said he’s not sure if the Vikings bill has sufficient Senate support.

    ”I’m not going to presuppose anything at this point,” Senjem, a Republican, said.

    There’s a chance the Vikings plan could require two votes in the House and Senate. If the chambers pass differing plans, they would have to work out a common bill in a conference committee and vote again to send it to Dayton.

    Passage requires 68 House votes and 34 in the Senate.

    http://msn.foxsports.com/nfl/story/minnesota-vikings-stadium-vote-set-for-monday-050312

  102. By DRS on May 3, 2012 | Reply

    I have to go for now, will be back soon.

  103. By Mike B. on May 3, 2012 | Reply

    Yes I read that Gaffney was signed by NE on NFL.com last night.

  104. By minne on May 3, 2012 | Reply

    hognuts – done!! Thanks!! Emailed my Senate Rep. He responded with saying he is uncertain how he will vote, but said I brought up good points and will keep them in mind for monday. No need to email my House Rep because I know he is in favor, as I know him personally from going to high school with his son. My House Rep is however a Packer fan, so I may have to vote him out for that reason alone haha.

  105. By sandiamond on May 3, 2012 | Reply

    Redskins signed undrafted free-agent CB Chase Minnifield

  106. By sandiamond on May 3, 2012 | Reply

    Zellers to KFAN on #Vikings stadium: “I want to see it pass. I won’t vote for it, but I want it to pass.” ??? lol

  107. By sandiamond on May 3, 2012 | Reply

    Stadium opponent Sen. Dave Thompson (R): “The senate debate on the Vikings stadium will be all-out war…a blood bath”

  108. By S. W. Hines on May 3, 2012 | Reply

    HEY, DON’T FORGET THE REFS!!!!!!
    So, I see all the attention towards the Coaches and Players for the “Bounty Games” but before all this goes away the question must be asked: “Was there a pay-off program for the Refs also?” We are talking a Career ending injury and yet NO FLAG! Of course it is understandable because if there was a penalty where the Vikings were during the time of the blantant illegal high-low hit they would have been in range for a field goal and GAME OVER!! This question can be easily solved because there were several cameras from numerous organizations that filmed this important Playoff Game. Simple, have a committee review ALL footage and see the plays leading up to the injury paying close attention to the refs to see if they were LOOKING away at the same time or MOVED to a position on the field where they would have been unable to see the hit, etc. Think about it: I don’t remember the officials meeting together after Farve was injured to ask each other “How did we miss this?” nope it was like “Move on, Next play” BUT then AFTER the game was OVER, THEN the officials came forward and admitted: “We missed that call.” Sounds too much like a couincidence.

  109. By minne on May 3, 2012 | Reply

    If that is what Zellers says, then it seems to me that someone is bribing or blackmailing him to vote against it… Politics!

  110. By Carl K on May 3, 2012 | Reply

    I really hope this Notre Dame trend continues… I would love to land ND’s ILB Manti Te’o in the first round next year.

  111. By DRS on May 3, 2012 | Reply

    Vikings fans helping stadium push – in person

    http://msn.foxsports.com/nfl/story/Vikings-fans-helping-stadium-push-in-person-14581473

  112. By hognuts on May 3, 2012 | Reply

    Get fighting the good fight minne! You’re welcome!

  113. By DRS on May 3, 2012 | Reply

    Everyone remember this.

    Vikings Stadium Update: ‘There Is No Next Year’ In Minnesota According To Team, L.A. In The Future? Apr 18 12:22p

    by Ernie Pomin

  114. By DRS on May 3, 2012 | Reply

    Minnesota Senate Members – Alphabetical List

    http://www.senate.leg.state.mn.us/members/member_list.php?sort=a&ls=#header

  115. By DRS on May 3, 2012 | Reply

    2011-2012 Minnesota House of Representatives Members

    http://www.house.leg.state.mn.us/hinfo/leginfo/memroster.pdf

  116. By Shawn on May 3, 2012 | Reply

    Major Viking haters … “Hope it pa’sses, but Im not voting for it ” … Those 2 sentences are opposites … making him a LIAR … Just like Dayton said

    Representative Kurt Zellers (R) District: 32B … 651-296-5502 … rep.kurt.zellers@house.mn

  117. By DRS on May 3, 2012 | Reply

    Contact you legislatures if you want to keep the Vikings, this is your last chance Minnesota, do not b-l-o-w it now.

  118. By DRS on May 3, 2012 | Reply

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

  119. By Shawn on May 3, 2012 | Reply

    minnie … your packer rep is most likely a supporter and you should find out for us

  120. By Shawn on May 3, 2012 | Reply

    and whats the name of the unsure aka im scared rep ???

    we could all email him

  121. By Mike B. on May 3, 2012 | Reply

    South Dakotan’s for The New Stadium We will spend money in Minneapolis. Let’s get it done. Barrroooohhh

  122. By Shawn on May 3, 2012 | Reply

    throw names of known haters … ill post the info

  123. By YourSourceForSports on May 3, 2012 | Reply

    Best review of Vikings picks i’d say high quality stuff.

  124. By YourSourceForSports on May 3, 2012 | Reply

    Very critical of those stupid Redskins, gotta love the hate of the Redskins.

  125. By DRS on May 3, 2012 | Reply

    http://www.house.leg.state.mn.us/hinfo/staff.asp

  126. By DRS on May 3, 2012 | Reply

    Minnesota House of Representatives Staff

    http://www.house.leg.state.mn.us/hinfo/staff.asp

  127. By DRS on May 3, 2012 | Reply

    Bill Search and Status

    http://www.leg.state.mn.us/leg/legis.aspx

  128. By DRS on May 3, 2012 | Reply

    Welcome to the Minnesota House of Representatives

    http://www.house.leg.state.mn.us/

  129. By DRS on May 3, 2012 | Reply

    Minnesota Senate Capitol Building

    http://www.senate.leg.state.mn.us/

  130. By DRS on May 3, 2012 | Reply

    Joint Departments and Commissions

    http://www.commissions.leg.state.mn.us/depts.htm

  131. By Mike B. on May 3, 2012 | Reply

    Now that I am getting all the blogs from Vikings dot com I need to put it in a seperate folder I forgot how many blogs are in the history

  132. By Titus on May 3, 2012 | Reply

    Joe Senser’s wife found guilty.

  133. By OTKalil2012 on May 3, 2012 | Reply

    Fusco wants a job !!…Sounds good big fellow !!!

    http://blogs.twincities.com/vikings/2012/05/03/vikings-g-brandon-fusco-on-food-starting-and-nfl-adjustments/big man !!!

  134. By Titus on May 3, 2012 | Reply

    @OTKalil— 134th!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  135. By DRS on May 3, 2012 | Reply

    House Audio and Video Archives

    http://www.house.leg.state.mn.us/audio/default.asp

  136. By Mike B. on May 3, 2012 | Reply

    South Dakotans for a new Vikings Stadium. Fellow South Dakotans post on your Facebook to remind MN friends to call their representatives and get the Stadium Deal Done. Keep the Vikings in MN Barrroooohh

  137. By Titus on May 3, 2012 | Reply

    Fellow Bloggers– write the newspapers– write editorials, write the legislators– but for goodness sake– writing on the blog does zippo.

  138. By DRS on May 3, 2012 | Reply

    Minnesota Vikings stadium vote set for Monday
    Published May 03, 2012
    Associated Press

    Fiscal conservatives who make up a significant share of the GOP caucuses are a tough sell on the stadium. One lawmaker who intends to vote no, Rep. Steve Drazkowski, R-Mazeppa, said opposition to the existing bill is wide-ranging in his caucus and he estimated only 20 to 25 out of 72 House Republicans would vote yes.

    “Too many flaws, too many uncertainties,” Drazkowski said. “I really think a lot of members are looking for something that’s more fiscally responsible.”

    But Rep. Denny McNamara, R-Hastings, said he was hopeful the stadium would garner 34 GOP supporters in the House, if Democrats deliver the other 34 votes.

    Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/sports/2012/05/03/senator-vikings-stadium-out-construction-bill/#ixzz1tqty1pPX

  139. By DRS on May 3, 2012 | Reply

    Minnesota Vikings stadium vote set for Monday
    Published May 03, 2012
    Associated Press

    “Free-agent Monday,” said Rep. Kurt Daudt, a Republican from Crown who wouldn’t say how he plans to vote.

    Rounding up the votes could be more complicated than just getting enough lawmakers on board. Such high-profile issues often turn into bargaining chips for undeclared lawmakers seeking support for their own priorities. And, the bill itself could morph if it is amended during the floor debate, swinging lawmakers either way.

    Organized labor has been pushing for the stadium, citing the project’s potential to employ thousands of idled construction workers. On Thursday, union workers in bright yellow safety vests and hard hats gathered outside the House chamber Thursday chanting, “Build the stadium, save our team.” A few sported purple Vikings jerseys.

    The team is alerting Vikings fans to the importance of the pending vote, telling them to press their lawmakers to vote yes.

    “Now’s the time to pour it on and let legislators know this has to get done,” Vikings Vice President Lester Bagley said.

    Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/sports/2012/05/03/senator-vikings-stadium-out-construction-bill/#ixzz1tquz45Zz

  140. By DRS on May 3, 2012 | Reply

    Why is Mike W. Silent on this issue if the Vikings are alerting their fans?

    Have to go so God bless you all and a good night.

  141. By Shawn on May 3, 2012 | Reply

    One lawmaker who intends to vote no, Rep. Steve Drazkowski, R-Mazeppa

    651-296-2273 … rep.steve.drazkowski@house.mn

  142. By Spencer on May 3, 2012 | Reply

    Can anyone confirm whether on not Chris Cook changed his # from 31, to 20?

  143. By Spencer on May 3, 2012 | Reply

    *whether or not

  144. By OTKalil2012 on May 3, 2012 | Reply

    Rep S Drazkowski is a Packer fan..He is from Wisconsin..

    Why would he care what happens to the Vikings…

  145. By DeerTracks on May 3, 2012 | Reply

    Spencer___Read the Vikings Roster——

  146. By Mike B. on May 3, 2012 | Reply

    Yep looks like Cook is number 20

  147. By Shawn on May 3, 2012 | Reply

    I just emailed One lawmaker who intends to vote no, Rep. Steve Drazkowski, R-Mazeppa

    651-296-2273 … rep.steve.drazkowski@house.mn

  148. By Spencer on May 3, 2012 | Reply

    I wonder why 20 tho..but oh well. Thanks.

  149. By KoN on May 3, 2012 | Reply

    Shawn, don’t waste your time and words on reps and senators who intend to vote no; it’s likely that you won’t convince them. The people you can have an effect on are the ones who are undecided.

  150. By Shawn on May 3, 2012 | Reply

    Rep. Kurt Daudt, a Republican from Crown who wouldn’t say how he plans to vote

    LETS ALL LET HIM KNOW HOW TO VOTE … HE’S THINKING TOO HARD

    651-296-5364 or 800-710-7642

    rep.kurt.daudt@house.mn

  151. By Shawn on May 3, 2012 | Reply

    KoN

    I will tell them all … there is always a chance

  152. By OTKalil2012 on May 3, 2012 | Reply

    I left a phone message with S Draz answering service…I had his election sign in my front yard to help get him elected…

    I let him know…He got my support and vote back then…

    And I need his vote of yes now !!!…For the stadium bill…

  153. By Shawn on May 3, 2012 | Reply

    you think 2000 emails calling him out and threatening his job has no effect ???

    Yes Im only one … I NEED HELP

  154. By Shawn on May 3, 2012 | Reply

    QUESTION A “NO VOTERS” SPONSOR … OR SUPER PAC …. ASK / FIND OUT WHO BOUGHT HIM …

  155. By Shawn on May 3, 2012 | Reply

    A super Pac is nothing but a Supreme Court approved bribe ….

  156. By Shawn on May 3, 2012 | Reply

    Steve

    I just read you are voting NO to Jobs, to middle class, to Vikings, and to the state of MN.

    Many issues with corporate politicians like yourself …

    1- 7500 middle class contruction jobs are meaningless to you ???
    2- Its not just a “Viking Stadium” , it will be used for many many other shows that have nothing to do with the Vikings.
    3- How much money do the Vikings contribute to the economy ??? I already know the answer … just seeing if your going to use propoganda or truth.

    Why do Republicans always ignore the middle class and working class until after the BIG BUSINESS gets there backwards handout aka tax cut ???

    The Vikings are a Minnesota institution. In fact its deeper than that. As a Minnesota Norwegian … I am a Viking as most of us are. Please do the right thing and get this deal done so we can go back to work and start paying taxes again.

    I know that us lower and middle class people dont have super pacs to sponsor you politicians but as an American you should remember us as well.

    Turning your back on us ??? It works both ways.

    Shawn

  157. By Shawn on May 3, 2012 | Reply

    BAH now youknow my name is Shawn

  158. By Shawn on May 3, 2012 | Reply

    Says Fusco: “That was a big thing in my offseason program, eating healthy, eating those veggies and all those lean meats. I’m used to eating McDonald’s and Burger King all the time. So it was a little habit I had to change … I think I’m a little more solid upper-body and my leg strength is a lot better from last year … This offseason I worked out twice a day and I didn’t take a day off. It tells you how much I really want this job and want to stay on this team for as long as I can and make myself a future right guard for this organization.”

    http://www.startribune.com/sports/vikings/blogs/150019565.html

  159. By PurplHaze on May 3, 2012 | Reply

    That’s the attitude that keeps good players on team rosters, Brandon. Good Luck, buddy!!!

  160. By Spencer on May 3, 2012 | Reply

    Hows Geoff Schwartz? Whats the word on him?

  161. By Titus on May 3, 2012 | Reply

    YOU Guys are going about it all wrong. Persuasion starts on common ground and with a word of encouragement– bashing someone always motivates that person to do what you ask, right? NOPE. Learn the art of diplomacy. You introduce yourself and your purpose in writing, then acknowledge what they have done well in their tenure— then find a link where what they stand for and the stadium have in common– the links are there. I am a bit busy now, but I could persuade these guys. Zellers is actually for the stadium– it just has not been shown to him why.

  162. By mike on May 3, 2012 | Reply

    no. but hes a great fit for the NE ;) I love knowing the future.
    talking about the future…
    whats going to happen to all these teams over loaded with WR? SF, NE, Was, Jax…

  163. By mike on May 3, 2012 | Reply

    Chad Ochocinco? :D

  164. By Shawn on May 4, 2012 | Reply

    Titus .. your suggesting I lie ??? Second I think you need to know your audience. If you pu$$y foot around me … you’ll never get through. I appreciate brick wall honesty. I would rather my boss or anyone tell me straight up, rather than have a softy beat around the bush. Truth hurts sometimes but its the best way. I hat PC BS.

    Its a major problem. As a nation we are starting to live in a fantasy world because you cant just tell the truth you have to kiss a** … its the whole corporate mentality and its disgusting.

  165. By YourSourceForSports on May 4, 2012 | Reply

    Best Vikings draft analysis on youtube?

  166. By Carl K on May 4, 2012 | Reply

    Shawn- “know your audience” is a very accurate statement…
    However, it is quiet possible that not everyone likes or appreciates brick wall honesty the way you do. Some people need time and space to think things over and decide want is right on their terms.

    An aggressive approach will gain ATTENTION… but it will not always gain RESPECT.

    I don’t think Titus is asking you to lie.

    Shawn you have been very outspoken that you want government/people to allow you the rights to LIVE, SPEAK and THINK “Freely”. That is a worthy and noble fight. Keep it up! However, just because you think you are right and others around you are always wrong on “issues and opinions”, that doesn’t mean you can’t “take away” or “walk on” their freedom to THINK, SPEAK and LIVE from them just because you think YOU are smarter, bigger, stronger, richer…

  167. By sandiamond on May 4, 2012 | Reply

    Your Source good job. you get a B+ for the school project

  168. By Spencer on May 4, 2012 | Reply

    Rookie Mini-camp starts today.

    Can we get a new blog?

  169. By Rocksalt on May 4, 2012 | Reply

    Excerpt of Article by Baird Helgeson, Mike Kaszuba, MPLS STAR TRIBUNE

    In a stun.ning turn, Republican legislators ditched their last-minute Minnesota Vikings stadium proposal Thursday and scheduled a decisive floor vote on the issue for Monday.

    In announcing the vote, House Speaker Kurt Zellers for the first time said he would not sup.port the plan that one of his own mem.bers has worked on for months and would not ask others to support it. Instead, Zellers said it is up to DFL Gov. Mark Dayton and the Vikings to secure the votes needed to build a stadium.

    The alternative Republican plan that would have relied on long-term borrowing to pay for the stadium survived barely days before it was judged unworkable.

    Republicans said Monday’s vote will be on the plan crafted by Dayton, key GOP legislators and the Vikings. In a grim as.sessment, Zellers said, “I don’t know that there are the votes in the Republican cau.cu.s, or the votes [overall], at this point.”

    The decision to have the full Legislature vote appears to bring the months-long stadium fight to a head, with the outcome uncertain. And it sets in motion a fierce lobbying push by the Vikings, Dayton and business groups who sup.port the bill.

    “Now everyone will be able to hold legislators accountable for that momentous decision,” Dayton said on Thursday.

    In a sign of the unease over the potential fallout from the vote, Zellers said on KFAN radio that while he would not vote for the bill, he wants a stadium and doesn’t want to see the Vikings leave. He added that he wouldn’t try to persuade other Republicans to vote against it.

    But Dayton spokesman Bob Hume said the opposition of Zellers — who holds what is widely considered the second-most-powerful position in the state — is a serious bl.ow.

    “His opposition to the bill can only be seen as influencing his cau.cu.s to oppose what could be our best chance to create jobs this session,” Hume said.

    Sen. Julie Rosen, chief author of the stadium proposal, said in a statement that the bill is the product of 18 months of bipartisan work and five Senate hearings. It remains, she said, “the best and most thorough plan for the state of Minnesota.”

  170. By Rocksalt on May 4, 2012 | Reply

    My vote is for Kurt Zellers to be the Repugnant of the Year! He says he wants Vikings to say, yet will not vote on the bipartisan bill simply because he cannot get past his partisan BS.he opposes the bill because Dayton is supporting it…..
    So, Mr. Zellers,,,,,,,you, sir are an A,S,S…….you should not even be in public service…..I hope you can live with yourself if the Vikings leave…there will be many angry fans that will hold you (ir)responsible….

  171. By Carl K on May 4, 2012 | Reply

    I have seen a couple fans say the Vikings don’t deserve and A or a high score on this draft.

    Here is why I give the Vikings an A.

    1 – The Vikings landed the best O-lineman in the draft. (plogged a hole)
    2 – Also landed the second best safety in this class. (plogged a hole when FA and this draft didn’t offer many options)
    3 – Landed the fastest player in this class and a CB with potential (a top 50 talent plogs a nother hole)
    4 – Landed the top and most explosive WR in the SEC (J Wright had more receptions and yards than R Randle or Alshon Jeffery in the SEC last year)
    5 – How do you replace J Kiensasser? Rhett Ellison might be the answer.
    6 – Not every draft finds a gem… but Greg Childs has a chance to be special.
    7 – Late rounds are for finding spacial teamers who can step in and start if needed. (Audie Cole and Robert Blanton might be in the mix for playing time as rookies)

    Yes, I would give this draft a A.

  172. By DeerTracks on May 4, 2012 | Reply

    Zellers, If the Vikings leave Minnesota, then you better hide under the bed, because most likely, angry Viking fans will be”hunting for you and the other back-stabbers that vote against the stadium

  173. By sandiamond on May 4, 2012 | Reply

    Carl, the first 5 picks get a big A then it went completely downhill after that

  174. By DRS on May 4, 2012 | Reply

    Monday is D-Day for the stadium

    Article by: BAIRD HELGESON and MIKE KASZUBA , Star Tribune staff writers Updated: May 4, 2012 – 12:34 AM

    Dayton-backed proposal is up for a deciding vote after GOP alternative falls apart. Summary

    Another new plan appeared to emerge Thursday that replaced gambling expansion with stadium user fees on everything from tickets to concession sales, luxury suites, stadium naming rights, television advertising agreements and more.

    The user fees would, according to initial estimates, start at just under 10 percent and increase over time. They would apply to every event in the stadium, whether a Vikings game, a home remodeling show or a high school football tournament.

    Vikings spokesman Lester Bagley called the proposal “unacceptable,” saying it would cut the team’s stadium revenue and shift more than $30 million a year of costs from the state to the team.

    “It is a false promise and is not a vote to resolve the issue,” said Bagley, the team’s vice president for stadium development and public affairs.

    Sen. Rod Skoe, DFL-Clearbrook, said he won’t vote for the current stadium proposal but might be swayed by a plan based on user fees.

    “The people who use and benefit from the stadium should have some skin in the game,” Skoe said. Of the current proposal, he said, “where’s the connection between the users of the stadium and the people in Clearbrook who buy pulltabs?”

    Rosen said she could see user fees playing some part in a final stadium deal.

    “There might be some we could adopt,” she said, although she declined to elaborate.

    Rosen added that she was close to having enough votes in the Senate. “We have movement on the votes, absolutely,” she said.

    http://www.vikingsmix.com/

  175. By DRS on May 4, 2012 | Reply

    One man makes not a party, and a party does not make a nation. It takes a majority to get something done; it takes both sides to move a nation to move forward, a house divided cannot stand, though both parties keep us divided so that they can maintain their power. They want us at each other’s throats so we do not see what they are doing together, (both sides). This Vikings stadium issue is a prime example of what I am talking about, a group of legislatures from both sides worked hard to get something both sides can get passed just to be opposed by a few others for powers sake putting all in jeopardy. It is time in my opinion to come together and keep them who work for freedom and liberty and for the true needs of this nation, such as freedom, liberty, the needs of the truly poor, and the needs of them who need help with healthcare without the Government running everything, keeping in check unbridled business while not suppressing the freedoms of people to do business, to Horner the constitution.

  176. By DRS on May 4, 2012 | Reply

    Have to go, have fun, and a great day.

  177. By PurplHaze on May 4, 2012 | Reply

    User Fees??? Are you kidding me? The ONLY way that could even be considered, is if you make the Vikings EXEMPT from said fees! The ownership has already forked out ENOUGH!!!

    Political Leaches!!!

  178. By KoN on May 4, 2012 | Reply

    Sandiamond, you don’t think Childs, Walsh, Cole, or Guyton were good picks?

  179. By KoN on May 4, 2012 | Reply

    Oops forgot about blanton as well.

  180. By sandiamond on May 4, 2012 | Reply

    in the fourth after Childs was another tight end that should have gone undrafted. Blanton in the fifth was a reach. Walsh missed 14 field goals last year so they might have drafted him just for kickoffs. Those 53 spots are so valuable

  181. By Carl K on May 4, 2012 | Reply

    Sandiamond-
    I would not say it went “completely” down hill after the first 5 picks.
    Greg Childs was ranked 85 over all by NFLdraftscout.
    Matt Waldman is the author of The Rookie Scouting Portfolio and also writes for the NY Times Fifth Down… he had Childs ranked as the 5th best WR in this class. Before Childs’ knee injury, he had a 21 game run where he had 94 receptions for 1553 yards and 21 TDs. Not bad! Most people think he has the skill set and size to make it in the NFL if he can fully recover from the knee injury. Pick #6 is a keeper IMO.

    We also got a 4th round plus an addition late round pick next year. (What is wrong with that?). We now have picks next year that we can move up to get ILB Manti Te’o next year in the first round. Hey, more Notre Dame guys!

    We also landed the best kicker in the draft with a 6th round pick. Yes, that might have been early for a kicker… but if he wins games for us in the future no one will care if he was a 6th or 7th round pick.

    So we are down to Audie Cole, Robert Blanton and Trevor Guyton.
    Cole looked good at the senior bowl, and our staff got a good look at him and liked him. We need some help at ILB… so I can’t complain about this pick nor can I say it was a BAD pick for a late round pick.

    I can see how people might question the Blanton or Guyton picks.But Guyton was ranked around 125 on most boards so you CAN’T say he was BAD value as a 7th round pick. If the Vikings staff thinks Blanton can step in contribute on special teams, and maybe even compete for the starting FS spot… than I can’t say that he was a BAD pick?

    Sandi- why do you think it went down hiil after the 5th pick, and what would you have done differently?

  182. By Carl K on May 4, 2012 | Reply

    The kicks Walsh missed were long range.. he was accurate inside 40.

  183. By Carl K on May 4, 2012 | Reply

    Rhett Ellison was the 7th best TE in this class and he can also play fullback. He was rank 149 over all and played against top competition… No way this kid goes undrafted…

    I didn’t like the pick at the time. But if the goal was to replace Jim Kleinssasar than Ellison might turn out to be a good pick.

    those 53 spots are valuable… I am ok with giving the Vikings a little room to reach for the players they “like” or think will be a good fit.

  184. By sandiamond on May 4, 2012 | Reply

    sorry Carl I had Childs as number five as it was actually the sixth pick. Childs my favorite pick!

    not going to argue with you about the rest although it’s obvious we did well in the seventh round

  185. By sandiamond on May 4, 2012 | Reply

    Greg Childs beast! watch him smoke S nicko thorpe

  186. By Carl K on May 4, 2012 | Reply

    Sandi-
    I will admit I wasn’t thrilled at the time we drafted a TE in the 4th round, Selected Blanton in the 5th… traded a 5th.. and selected a kicker in the 6th.

    I was not “sold” on these picks at the time… but I am warming up to them now.
    I think when the Vikings were scouting Kalil and Harrison… Blanton and Ellison must have caught the Vikings attention.

  187. By drew on May 4, 2012 | Reply

    We got tons of young receivers, let give them a chance. Use Percy Harvin on kickoff returns only. He’s would last longer.

  188. By swami on Sep 6, 2012 | Reply

    whats the reason to waive sage rosenfelas?he ihas sure hands and very relaiable back-up qb.a bird in hand is better than two in the bush.you guy made a giant mistake..you guys has to strat winning the games,not just we also played the game.you guys will sure find out soon what a big mistake you guys made. swami from houston tex.

  189. By swami on Sep 6, 2012 | Reply

    hope sage goes to winner team and not a loser team like minasotta blues.

  190. By ナイキ on Apr 9, 2013 | Reply

    Only a smiling visitor here to share the love (:

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