Stadium Takes Big Step, Passes Minnesota House Of Representatives

Posted by Mike Wobschall on May 7, 2012 – 9:40 pm

The Vikings organization, its fans and Minnesota lawmakers have been battling for a new stadium to keep the Vikings a part of Minnesota culture for more than a decade. And tonight, after a full day of debate inside the State Capitol, a huge step toward that end was made.

Stadium legislation passed the Minnesota House of Representatives by a margin of 73-58, setting the stage for debate and a vote in the Minnesota Senate on Tuesday. Fans played a huge role in making a push to gain passage in the House, and now fans can have the same influence as the process moves on to the Senate. Click here to find out how to contact your Senator and urge them to vote for the stadium legislation.

While more work remains to reach resolution on this long-standing issue, tonight’s outcome represents a historic moment in the push for a stadium that will keep the Vikings in Minnesota for many, many generations.

More to come here on, so stay tuned.

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Vikings Release Longwell

Posted by Mike Wobschall on May 7, 2012 – 4:21 pm

The Vikings on Monday released K Ryan Longwell, a 16-year veteran who spent the past 6 seasons with the Vikings.

“Ryan has meant a great deal to the Vikings organization both on and off field over the past six seasons,” Vikings Head Coach Leslie Frazier said. “We wish him all the best in the future and thank him for his service to the Minnesota Vikings.”

Longwell is the Green Bay Packers all-time leading scorer (1,054 points) and also ranks as the 3rd all-time leading scorer in Vikings history with 633 points over his 6 seasons in Minnesota.

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Phase 2 Of Vikings Offseason Program Begins Monday

Posted by Mike Wobschall on May 7, 2012 – 7:04 am

The Vikings 9-week offseason program is segmented into 3 phases, and as the team enters its third week of workouts it also launches Phase 2 of the program. Attendance for Phase 1 of the offseason program was near-capacity and I anticipate the same will be true for Phase 2, especially in light of how many veterans hung around Winter Park to observe the team’s rookie minicamp this past weekend.

We explained the differences in each phase of the offseason program a few weeks ago, but as a review here are the basics of Phase 2:

– Coaches are allowed to be on the field with players
– “Perfect Play” rules are in effect (no contact, no going to the ground, etc.)
– Individual player instruction drills permitted
– Special teams drills on a “separates” basis
– No live contact
– No individual or team offense vs. defense
– No helmets

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