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Minneapolis City Council ‘Committee of the Whole’ Approves Vikings Stadium By 7-6 Vote

Posted by Ryan Cardinal on May 24, 2012 – 12:35 pm

The Minneapolis City Council’s Committee of the Whole approved the building of the new Vikings stadium by a 7-6 margin during a Thursday meeting.  This vote must be ratified on Friday morning but today’s passage is considered to be indicative of tomorrow’s formal vote.

Gov. Mark Dayton signed the stadium bill into law earlier this month after it passed both the House and the Senate, and this approval by the Minneapolis City Council was / is the last step in the process before it’s full steam ahead on the design and construction.

The city of Minneapolis will pay 15 percent of the total cost, which is roughly $150 million.


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156 Responses to “Minneapolis City Council ‘Committee of the Whole’ Approves Vikings Stadium By 7-6 Vote”

  1. By DRS on May 24, 2012 | Reply

    One vote down, one too go, Looking good, feeling better, hope is running high, will be feeling great after the next vote and if it p-a-s-s-e-s as it should.

  2. By DRS on May 24, 2012 | Reply

    I was first, how about that.

  3. By PurplHaze on May 24, 2012 | Reply

    Just glad we cleared this hurdle. Closer than I like, but a yes is a yes. Now it’s time for pre-season!

  4. By DRS on May 24, 2012 | Reply

    All we need now is a retractable roof.

  5. By DRS on May 24, 2012 | Reply

    Yes, bring on the football season, pre and reg. I think highly of this team and think we will be better than a .500 team, I say 10-6.

  6. By DRS on May 24, 2012 | Reply

    Wilf’s want pro-soccer so I think there will be a retractable roof and real grass to play on, advantage Vikings!

  7. By DRS on May 24, 2012 | Reply

    SKOL MN VIKINGS!

  8. By Frederick Jones on May 24, 2012 | Reply

    Well isn’t that special!

    We had 6 people who thought they were so special.
    If I knew who they were, I would vote against them.

  9. By Frederick Jones on May 24, 2012 | Reply

    I wish that the Vikings could turn things around and make the playoffs. But you are due for disappointment if you think that’s going to happen.

    We wasted a lot of draft picks on little guys when we should have been finding the big fellas…OL, DL, LB. That is the thing that ensures we will do no better than last in the division, with an 8-8 record.

    But that’s an improvement by 5 games, if we do it.

  10. By iaVIKE on May 24, 2012 | Reply

    Baarrrooooooo!!!!

    Alot closer than expected…7-6? yikes

  11. By Spencer on May 24, 2012 | Reply

    Oline…stacked.
    RB…..stacked.
    WR….servicable.
    QB….servicable.
    D-line….stacked.
    LB….servicable.
    Secondary….servicable.

    7-9 with Ponder.
    10-6 with Webb.

  12. By Jeffbleedspurple on May 24, 2012 | Reply

    You will get your retractable roof DRS, soccer requires natural grass and the Wilf brothers have big plans in bringing in professional soccer to Minnesota,

  13. By Frederick Jones on May 24, 2012 | Reply

    Oline…nothing there at all
    RB…above average but w/o line it does not matter
    WR…we have the numbers!!!
    QB…average, give the ball to Joe!
    DLine…why do people think it’s better than last year’s unit? Average
    LB…below average
    DB…the most interesting area of the team, but lots to prove here
    K…Wow, this could be scary
    P…best position on the team along with DE Allen
    Specialty teams…Should be better with all the bodies flying around.

    8-8

  14. By Frederick Jones on May 24, 2012 | Reply

    Spencer,

    How are we already stacked on the OL?

    The only guy that has shown anything at all is Kalil, and that was versus college players. This unit might have potential, but stacked???

    C’mon man!

  15. By Frederick Jones on May 24, 2012 | Reply

    U must play 5 guys on the offensive line, not 1 + 4. It doesn’t work that way.

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

    What I hope is the Vikings can find a Grady Alderman, and a Jim Vellone this year. Now that would be a stacked offensive line!

  17. By Spencer on May 24, 2012 | Reply

    Kalil is above average
    Sully was rated as the 5th best center
    Loadholt is a fantastic run blocker
    Schwartz is above average
    Fusco has the potential to be above average

  18. By Frederick Jones on May 24, 2012 | Reply

    OL-stacked…lol

  19. By sandiamond on May 24, 2012 | Reply

    Harrison Smith…………
    ………. Jamarca Sanford

    …. Winfield……………………………………………………………………Cook….
    Carr(nickel)

    …………… Henderson ……. Brinkley…… Greenway……………

    …… Robinson …….. ……Guion ………… Williams…………..Allen

  20. By DeerTracks on May 24, 2012 | Reply

    The only ones’ on the team, or close to it, that are “Stacked” are the Viking Cheerleaders!

  21. By Spencer on May 24, 2012 | Reply

    Fred- You want me to embrace Leslie as the HC, yet you refuse to embrace the o-line..

  22. By packhater on May 24, 2012 | Reply

    Joe Webb is no doubt a freak Spencer, but i’m not quite sold on him as a true passer. He’s gonna take off and run before he checks down, and thats not why we drafted Kalil. Plus, look what happens to Vick tryin to be a RB….He gets pounded!!!! I say use him in some wildcat formations once in awhile.

  23. By JoshVT on May 24, 2012 | Reply

    OK for one, Joe Webb would do nothing for this team if he was put in as starting QB. Does Tavaris Jackson mean anything to you? Here is who I hope and think will be starting come WK 1
    QB- Ponder
    RB- All Day
    FB- Rhett Ellison
    TE- Rudolph and Carlson
    WR- Childs, Harvin, Jenkins(until J. Simpson gets back)
    OL- Kalil, C. Johnson, Sully, Berger, Loadholt
    Defense
    DT- K. Williams and C. Ballard
    DE- Robison, J. Allen
    LB- Greenway, Brinkley(I hope E. Griffen gets moved to this spot), E. Henderson
    SS- Smith
    FS- Antoine WInfield or Robert Blanton
    CB- Chris Cook, Josh Robinson
    NickelCB- C. Carr

  24. By JoshVT on May 24, 2012 | Reply

    Woops
    P- Chris Kluwe
    K- Blair Walsh

  25. By Chaz on May 24, 2012 | Reply

    You all are treating Ponder like Jamarcus Russell, give the kid time. He played 10 games, he played like a rookie. If we don’t see improvement this season then you can question him. Until he proves he can’t play, Webb will stay on the bench, get used to it. They will give Ponder every single snap and chance to succeed.

  26. By sandiamond on May 24, 2012 | Reply

    six rookies Josh. Certainly possible but would have to see it on the field to believe it

  27. By JoshVT on May 24, 2012 | Reply

    @Sandi, I know, I am hoping a little on the Josh Robinson spot. And a little on Childs too.

  28. By Shawn on May 24, 2012 | Reply

    By Frederick Jones on May 24, 2012 | Reply
    Oline…nothing there at all

    ___________________________________________________________

    ??????????????????

    Fred we used the 4th pick in the draft on a LT …. and Sully has been called top 10 in the league

    NOTHING????????????????

  29. By JoshVT on May 24, 2012 | Reply

    @Shawn, if Loadholt would perform as he should, that line could be a formidable one going into the season.

  30. By sandiamond on May 24, 2012 | Reply

    Where’s the beef? edge rushers the new hot commodity in the NFL

  31. By iaVIKE on May 24, 2012 | Reply

    I’m probably gunna get beat up for this, but i think Ponder should have this year and next to prove his worth as our franchise QB.

  32. By JoshVT on May 24, 2012 | Reply

    @iaVIKE, no you are pretty dead on. I think this season will be a defining one on whether or no he can adjust. But I am confident he will not need 2 season to show his worth to this team and to us.

  33. By packhater on May 24, 2012 | Reply

    They have to give Ponder the reins or someone was pretty stupid for wasting the 12th overall pick in last years draft on a back up QB. Give him a chance to prove himself this year. Don McNabb & some terrible play calling ruined last season before he was thrown to the wolves.

  34. By sandiamond on May 24, 2012 | Reply

  35. By packhater on May 24, 2012 | Reply

    And if this year goes like last year, Frazier better not be standing on the sidelines with that blank look on his face & a red flag in his pocket that hes afraid to throw! Show some life, like Gruden or The Chin.

  36. By ponder the beast on May 24, 2012 | Reply

    YOu guys are idiots for thinking webb is better than ponder!!!! Webb was only good because when he came into the game teams were not prepared for his dual threatness if teams prepared for him then Webb would be AWFUL!!!!!!!!

  37. By UDM524 on May 24, 2012 | Reply

    Soccer may require an open roof but not natural grass. They play soccer at Gillette stadium Met Life stadium and both have fake turf.

  38. By packhater on May 24, 2012 | Reply

    Good stuff sandiamond!!! but i have a question for Spieilman,Frazier & Co. Which one of you is the Notre Dame fan, the USC fan, and the Arkansas fan. I just hope these guys don,t underacheive like their college teams have lately.

  39. By DeerTracks on May 24, 2012 | Reply

    ponder the beast

    Nobody at this time can say that Ponder is better than Webb, or Webb is better than Ponder….

    This year we will most likely find out, they are both very good QB’s…

    Or will be, IF the Newfound Hero’s of the OL can protect them..

  40. By sandiamond on May 24, 2012 | Reply

    will be interesting to see if the draft “teammate” concept works out for the Vikings. after some research i couldn’t find this many teammates ever drafted by one team in the nfl

  41. By SHA on May 24, 2012 | Reply

    I’m hoping they can Sage R. and throw Bethel-Thompson in the mix.

  42. By packhater on May 24, 2012 | Reply

    I agree 100% SHA. Sage is not even a seasoned veteran. He’s never done much more than wear a ball cap and hold a clipboard. Bethel-Thompson could have value. Only time will tell.

  43. By RichardA1 on May 24, 2012 | Reply

    It was tuff getting this stadium bill passed, even tuffer swallowing the lousy season the Vikes had last year. I think the Vikes have drafted and signed talent that is far better than recognized, I especially see Elimimin, the linebacker as being another Jared Allen only a different position! he has something most of the players don’t have, he wants to play, alot like Favre, Favre just loved to play the game, a actual player playing because he loves the game, he can hit, he gets to the ball, text book perfect. Whats with Webb, extremely good athlete, can play QB only he does’nt want to? what are we going to do with him? what good is it doing doing nothing? give him the option, play or your traded, enough already on Webb, the great athlete the Vikes don’t have a use for or he does’nt want to play!

  44. By NovaScotiaVike on May 24, 2012 | Reply

    Sage’s CAREER stats…….completed 351-of-562 p@sses for 4,156 yards and 30 touchdowns………a bad YEAR for (Bieber) Brady, Breese, et al.

  45. By charliewest#40 on May 24, 2012 | Reply

    Hey to those of you who dont think TE John Carlson was a good acquisition;he is described as a BALL CATCHING MACHINE in this article. I predict Carlson not Rudolph will be the go to guy this year.

    http://www.dailynorseman.com/2012/5/23/3039748/vikings-roster-analysis-receivers-and-tight-ends

  46. By iaVIKE on May 24, 2012 | Reply

    We’re definitely set at TE for years to come!

  47. By RichardA1 on May 24, 2012 | Reply

    I can’t forget, Elimiminen (Canadian linebacker) was not drafted because of his size. There is another player who they thought was to small….Alan Page, one of the best defensive lineman ever to play the game!!!

  48. By sandiamond on May 24, 2012 | Reply

    4TE’s? no way. Ellison drafted high so he gets the 3rd spot. Burton might be the roster casualty when Simpson returns

  49. By iaVIKE on May 24, 2012 | Reply

    John Randle went undrafted as well

  50. By NovaScotiaVike on May 24, 2012 | Reply

    I would like to beat my chest and praise the CFL up and down, but the reality is, it is a VERY inferior league compared to the NFL. I can’t even watch it. Think AA baseball vs MLB.

  51. By sandiamond on May 24, 2012 | Reply

    hoping Elim makes the team and backs up Brinkley(thehitman)

    mynewhero.com

  52. By Carl K on May 24, 2012 | Reply

    Frederick- How come you callout/demand/bully everyone here to support Frazier, yet you continue to trash talk on our young Oline?

    Remember your 12th man statement?

    Shouldn’t the 12th man be supportive of the “entire team” and not just the head coach?

    Just a friendly observation… no need to call me a hater or a bad guy.

    Just a bit of a double standard thats all.

  53. By packhater on May 24, 2012 | Reply

    Yea Fred, since your the OLine expert, rip on the bears for awhile. Ask Jay Cutler how good their OLine is.

  54. By NovaScotiaVike on May 24, 2012 | Reply

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cbbQq4AE76g Hope you guys enjoy your hard-hitting soccer team.

  55. By NovaScotiaVike on May 24, 2012 | Reply

    I would rather set fire to a small pile of $5 bills than watch that garbage.

  56. By sandiamond on May 24, 2012 | Reply

    Expect a lot of roster turnover from player 54 to 80 during camp and preseason. The Vikes basically can grab any player another team drops if the rams and colts don’t have a need

    The waiver wire order is good thru game 4 reg season i think

  57. By packhater on May 24, 2012 | Reply

    And back to FRAZIER. remember scoring the game winning TD against the lions only to have it called down short by inches while Troy Aikman’s saying on T.V. to challenge the call. Frazier stands there in a daze and does nothin. Next play Webb gets his head nearly ripped off with a face mask noone seemed to see,fumble, Game Over! Frazier simply walks off the field like its no big deal. Bill Cowher would have showered that ref with spit and chased him into the tunnel! That Leslie is how a head coach is supposed act.

  58. By NovaScotiaVike on May 24, 2012 | Reply

    Have to agree. Even though that was a “meaningless” game, as stoic as Bud Grant was, he would have LOST IT.

  59. By packhater on May 24, 2012 | Reply

    It was meaningless for us, but it had a lot of meaning for them. Im not gonna sit here and bash our HC, Im just saying to Frazier, being kind-hearted will not win championships! Look mean once in awhile.

  60. By NovaScotiaVike on May 24, 2012 | Reply

    By the way, a buddy of mine has an old Cape-Islander that has seen WAY better days. He has drained all the fluids out of it and we are sinking it this weekend to use as a moor. It has plenty of room for 6 Minnesota Viking-hating politicians.

  61. By Spencer on May 24, 2012 | Reply

    I want to see this kind of fire and passion from Ponder next year..

  62. By iaVIKE on May 24, 2012 | Reply

    Without Flacco’s playoff record…

  63. By packhater on May 24, 2012 | Reply

    Good idea Nova, but you might get busted for polluting the water with trash.

  64. By NovaScotiaVike on May 24, 2012 | Reply

    GOOD ONE PACKHATER !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!…..Let’s feed them to Minnesota’s starving wolves !

  65. By Spencer on May 24, 2012 | Reply

    Start from 4:59 and listen till 5:29- Thats how I want Frazier to be

  66. By NovaScotiaVike on May 24, 2012 | Reply

    Even better……feed them to WISCONSIN’S starving wolves, give them a taste for blood, then parachute them (the wolves) into “downtown” Green Bay at a BBQ at noon on the 4th of July.

  67. By KoN on May 24, 2012 | Reply

    Why would you want your coach to be like that, that does nothing for your team. It’s fine to want a firey coach (although I’d argue that that doesn’t help either), but you don’t want a coach who insults refs. The only purpose that can serve is to p i s s off the refs.

  68. By RichardA1 on May 24, 2012 | Reply

    Lets not forget J Simpson, he’s got skill, close to superstar greatness. We need a coach that can install Descipline like B Grant did….30 degrees below zero, national anthem is playing, Vikings are at attention, no one moves a muscle tell the anthem is finished.

  69. By Rocksalt on May 24, 2012 | Reply

    wth a committee of the whole??? vote the dam.n bill in………7-6??? 6 need to be impaled ASAP

  70. By Rocksalt on May 24, 2012 | Reply

    BTW Fred is right on…….

  71. By Rocksalt on May 24, 2012 | Reply

    LOL Wisconsin Governor Scott (Union Buster) Walker should be 1st to be impaled…..

  72. By Bigfan1 on May 24, 2012 | Reply

    Unbelievable the red tape to get this done, too many chiefs.

  73. By Hotcarlgiver on May 24, 2012 | Reply

    Barrooooo! Barroooooo!

  74. By Rocksalt on May 24, 2012 | Reply

    agreed Bigfan1

  75. By TITUS THE GREAT on May 24, 2012 | Reply

    Some of you were right- DRS and Parody in particular– this is not a done deal. Wow, that vote was close by the council.

  76. By Carl K on May 24, 2012 | Reply

    @packerhater – What, no love for Iowa? We have 4 former Hawkeyes on the roster too.

  77. By ATK on May 24, 2012 | Reply

    Honestly, how many loop holes do the vikings need to go through? When is the very final vote so that they can get this stadium built? What happens if its voted down?

  78. By Rocksalt on May 24, 2012 | Reply

    If the morons on the city coucil vote it down, then it is back to square one.

  79. By Troutdaddy on May 24, 2012 | Reply

    Wow, Minnesota’s council squeeks one out. Thos 6 who voted against it should be flogged…. Ponder is going to be the man this year. Just you wait. You are going to see a different level of play from him- just for the fact that his confidence in his team has quadrupled… His teammates respect him and he actually has some O-line to protect him better than last year. As far as Frazier goes, if he cannot mix it up and be more active on the side-line, you will see fans call for his exit by the end of this year. I think he nows it- at least I hope so. I bleed purple, nuf said!

  80. By Parody on May 24, 2012 | Reply

    How many first-stringers will turn out from this year’s draft? There’s a dead minimum of 3, with the two first rounders and the kicker. They’ll be on the starting squad in week one.

    Currently, there’s some good hype building about the potential of Childs becomming our #1 WR (http://espn.go.com/blog/nfcnorth/post/_/id/42387/rookie-buzz-vikings-greg-childs). He has been rated as the 5th best WR in this year’s draft class, that was deep with WR talent. The reason he fell to us in the 4th round was reportedly because of an injury that limited him in his senior year.

    Blanton has the next best chance, moving from CB to Safety with the potential to join his college teammate protecting the backfield. The weak competition will give him an opportunity to see earn the spot before the end of the season.

    Robinson has a good opportunity to be the #2 CB. He’s small, but he has the skills to make up for his size. I just don’t know if he can pull it off in his first year. But that’s what we brought Carr and Bowman in for. They can cover the CB spot until the rookie gets up to speed, and eventually takes over.

    Then there’s Ellison and Wright. Both appear to be good at what they do, but there’s enough talent at the their spots that they’re not likely to be starters this year. But both could still be seeing a lot of time on the field. If they choose to make Ellison a FB like they did with Kleinsasser for his first couple of years, he could start in game 1, but I doubt he’ll ever be a starter on this team at TE. He’d be a situational player the same mold that Kleinsasser was. With Wright being the same type of receiver as Harvin, he’s not likely to become a starter anytime soon, but can also play a big role in situational downs where we’ll need a lot of WRs on the field at once.

    So overall, that’s 8-players who could become starters out of 24 starters on the team. 6 of them have a good chance to get there, and might even do it by the end of this season. I’m looking forward to this season, and in the interest of the long-term future of the team, I hope that as many rookies as possible can work their way into starting roles.

  81. By sandiamond on May 24, 2012 | Reply

    From a neutral standpoint it appears the six no voters had some legit points. Honestly I can’t see any reason to ‘hate’ these people. It was a very tense and emotional meeting with some of the members stating they didn’t care about re-election. Just doing what is best for the city and their constituents

    http://www.dailynorseman.com/2012/5/24/3041428/you-can-breathe-slightly-easier

  82. By Parody on May 24, 2012 | Reply

    For those of you who want Frazier to scream at the Refs to try to change their minds…does that really work? Maybe there’s a better way to let the Refs know your disappointment in their calls. I’d qualify it as acting like the Don of the football mafia. Just sit there and speak calmly about the whole situation, and have your cronies pass the real message for you – on the field.

    Remember the Steelers game a few years ago? The refs were out to destroy us, but I think this “accident” did a lot better job of passing the message than some coach spitting ever could do:

  83. By Parody on May 24, 2012 | Reply

    Sandiamond – Don’t you think that making a statement like that would give you a better chance at being re-elected? I think most of us want a politician who is trying to do what’s right for the people he represents.

    I’ve read some of those arguments against a stadium, and I agree that they make sense, but at this point they appear to just be attempts to kill our chances of keeping the team. Most of these guys have been MInnesota politicians for as long as the Vikings have been trying to get a new stadium, so they have had much more than enough time to consider other avenues to make this happen and haven’t done their job with that. It’s too late to try to find a “better” deal for the state or city. This is the last chance. If they wanted a better deal. they should have found it long before now.

  84. By Woodboat on May 24, 2012 | Reply

    @ ATK…

    Well, once it gets past the City Council, it has to get approved by the City Municipal Water and Sewer, the Roads Crew, and the homeless shelter. THEN the Janitors Local 47 has to approve it, and the PBV (Popcorn and Beer Vendors Union) has to give it a thumbs up. After that, it’s smooth sailing unless Mrs. Griffiths kindergarten class votes it down… let’s hope they have a good naptime that day.

  85. By Parody on May 24, 2012 | Reply

    Woodboat – I understand that you’re being humorous, but I think that the plan still needs to get by the Minnesota Supreme Court. I read somewhere (I think in one of Minneapolis’ council member’s articles) that there is a clause in the way the stadium is being funded that is being challenged as unconstitutional.

  86. By KoN on May 24, 2012 | Reply

    I don’t know why people are surpirsed by how close the vote was. It was the same the first time it went through the city council and the bill remains pretty similar. It isn’t likely that there would have been more than one changed vote.

  87. By TITUS THE GREAT on May 24, 2012 | Reply

    Well, as long as we get the soccer team, I’m happy.

  88. By sandiamond on May 24, 2012 | Reply

    Parody it is difficult for me to make a fair judgement without being located in or around the minneapolis area. I agree this should have been done years ago and now is the worst time to build it due to poor economic conditions. Shame that this had to come down to 1 vote

  89. By RichardA1 on May 24, 2012 | Reply

    The Vikes or the builders of the new stadium have to ask us ticket payers what we want in a stadium, from designing the inside to a giant tailgate area. The 4 Superbowl losses, the 98 season we should of won everything, the season with the bounty hunting Saints, I have heard enough, we have got alot of talent, draft choices that really look good, Elimimian the linebacker from Canada who already looks like a probowler, can he make the transition from Canadian football, probably, this team is going to the top, you just watch!

  90. By sandiamond on May 24, 2012 | Reply

    Link for the committee of the whole meeting today but not yet available for replay:

    http://www.ci.minneapolis.mn.us/tv/79

  91. By TITUS THE GREAT on May 24, 2012 | Reply

    No celebrating yet…

  92. By sandiamond on May 24, 2012 | Reply

    Vikings stadium plan gets past major hurdle

    One of the final hurdles in starting construction a new stadium for the Minnesota Vikings was cleared on Thursday when the Minneapolis City Council voted 7-6 to approve a plan that would fund the facility using redirected sales taxes, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reported.
    The Council still has to ratify the decision on Friday.
    Thursday’s vote was a victory for Mayor R.T. Rybak, and the proposal did not have enough votes until Council Member Sandy Colvin Roy switched her position and supported the plan.
    The plan calls for Minneapolis to finance its portion of the stadium using a citywide sales tax, downtown restaurant and liquor taxes and a hotel tax.

  93. By DRS1 on May 24, 2012 | Reply

    One more vote, then the courts,then we are go for a new stadium.

  94. By DRS1 on May 24, 2012 | Reply

    On and on it goes.

  95. By Troutdaddy on May 24, 2012 | Reply

    @Woodboat- That was absolutely hilarious… Thanks you for the laugh. I was actually laughing out loud in kind of a quiet place and people heard me. So- I shared it and they all laughed too!

  96. By Corey Fuller 27 on May 24, 2012 | Reply

    Please Minneapolis VOTE YES tommorrow.

  97. By DRS1 on May 24, 2012 | Reply

    I will be feeling better when the shovel hits the dirt and people are put back to work.

  98. By DRS1 on May 24, 2012 | Reply

    MN Vikings fans show up tomorrow at the Minneapolis city hall and show your support.

  99. By DRS1 on May 24, 2012 | Reply

    The 6 council members must hate good union jobs and jobs for the people of color as quoted by one of the council members.

  100. By Shawn on May 24, 2012 | Reply

    Jon Gruden’s record

    OAK 1998 8 8 0 .500 3rd in AFC West - - - -
    OAK 1999 8 8 0 .500 4th in AFC West - - - -
    OAK 2000 12 4 0 .750 1st in AFC West 1 1 .500
    OAK 2001 10 6 0 .625 1st in AFC West 1 1 .500
    OAK Total 38 26 0 .594 2 2 .500

    TB 2002 12 4 0 .750 1st in NFC South 3 0 1.000
    TB 2003 7 9 0 .438 3rd in NFC South - - - -
    TB 2004 5 11 0 .312 4th in NFC South - - - -
    TB 2005 11 5 0 .688 1st in NFC South 0 1 .000
    TB 2006 4 12 0 .250 4th in NFC South - - - -
    TB 2007 9 7 0 .563 1st in NFC South 0 1 .000
    TB 2008 9 7 0 .563 3rd in NFC South - - - -
    TB Total 57 55 0 .509 3 2 .600

    Total[14] 95 81

  101. By DRS1 on May 24, 2012 | Reply

    It is looking good, and hopes are running high, I will feel better after all is said and done, when shovels hit the ground and people are put back to work.

  102. By Hotcarlgiver on May 24, 2012 | Reply

    Parody that video was awesome.

  103. By Tim on May 24, 2012 | Reply

    I love Zygi Wilf.

  104. By KoN on May 24, 2012 | Reply

    Shawn, I’m confused.

  105. By Viking-ology on May 24, 2012 | Reply

    City Council has too much power. After all the Vikes went through, to barely pass 7-6 is insane.

  106. By Shawn on May 24, 2012 | Reply

    about what KoN?

  107. By Herold Tonak on May 25, 2012 | Reply

    I hope the state gets the new Stadium. It brought in a lot of cash. Durning the super boul, plus it brought in a lot of jobs.I hope Minn wakes up because ther is alot of cash to be made for the state.

  108. By NovaScotiaVike on May 25, 2012 | Reply

    Some of you have noted that you have had trouble posting lately. I joked about it, because it hasn’t happened to me. Now, however, it has. I tried all last night to post here,(and I’ve got better things to do, but stuff like this p1sses me off)…anyway,I believe this blog is undergoing a change ( and not for the better).

  109. By TITUS THE GREAT on May 25, 2012 | Reply

    Nova, we will have to create our own blog. No one controls the Great Titus.

  110. By Rocksalt on May 25, 2012 | Reply

    yup, Nova-
    It blocked me most of yeaterday…..

  111. By Rocksalt on May 25, 2012 | Reply

    yesterday…..

  112. By TITUS THE GREAT on May 25, 2012 | Reply

    I tried about 8 times two nights ago– wanted to respond to some moronic post– and I could not. That was frustrating– but maybe for the better. Makes me look like the bigger man. I don’t have that kind of time to waste. In fact, I will be busy for the rest of the day– I just want to see the council do the right thing today.

  113. By Rocksalt on May 25, 2012 | Reply

    I think the stadium is a done deal. see http://www.startribune.com/local/minneapolis/153876455.html

  114. By Rocksalt on May 25, 2012 | Reply

    the Power Tip trio on KFAN predicts 6-10 season

  115. By Rocksalt on May 25, 2012 | Reply

    NFC North very tough, I still predict 8-8……..STADIUM VOTE done! WE HAVE A FUTURE! SKOL VIKES!

  116. By TITUS THE GREAT on May 25, 2012 | Reply

    8-8 is very realistic. I think we may win up to 10. I figure we win six at home and should eek out two or three on the road. 9-7 would be my final answer. Much more may happen, but we have a lot of young talent– they may be talented, but they are matching with seasoned pros.

  117. By DRS1 on May 25, 2012 | Reply

    Now is the time for the shovels to hit the ground and for people to be put back to work.

  118. By DRS1 on May 25, 2012 | Reply

    8-8 may well be our record, though I say 10-6 is well in reach of this team, it will be all up to the coaching staff to get this team ready.

  119. By DRS1 on May 25, 2012 | Reply

    This coaching staff needs a plan for the season, and they need to be ready to change it at any given minute, they sure lacked that ability in the last few years, they were like deer in the headlights of an oncoming care.

  120. By DRS1 on May 25, 2012 | Reply

    Shawn, I am surprised that you are not on the floor of a heart attack seeing me, (DRS) supporting unions. Well the truth of it is I wanted a new stadium and jobs, being it union jobs or not they were jobs and badly needed at that, so I put my support behind them.

  121. By DRS1 on May 25, 2012 | Reply

    Top-to-bottom NFL coach rankings not kind to Leslie Frazier
    Posted by: Dan Wiederer under Vikings, NFC, Super Bowl, Leslie Frazier, Leslie Frazier Updated: May 25, 2012 – 9:16 AM

    http://www.startribune.com/sports/vikings/154075125.html

  122. By Rocksalt on May 25, 2012 | Reply

    well I am just glad that we have our team here in MN..for a long time.

  123. By DRS1 on May 25, 2012 | Reply

    Mpls. City Council to Make Final Vikings Stadium Vote
    Submitted by Jennie Olson, Web Producer
    Friday, May 25th, 2012, 7:05am

    http://camden.kstp.com/news/news/145994-mpls-city-council-make-final-vikings-stadium-vote

  124. By DRS1 on May 25, 2012 | Reply

    Rocksalt, so am I.

  125. By Rocksalt on May 25, 2012 | Reply

    DRS the whole union issue seems to fall along partisan lines……Rep Governor of Wisconsin Scott Walker voted to disband union in the public sector. His rationale was to save money and create private sector jobs. What he doesnt tell the public is:
    1. Republicans receive most of their campaign $$ from private business
    2. Democrats receive most of their campaign $$ from unions.
    3. Weaken unions= less money for dems, paving the way for repubs to eliminate their competion.thereby making the US Red….
    The problem with partisan politics in the last 10 years, is that it is not about debate and disagreement, it is simply about eliminatin any opposition. That runs counter to any democracy.

  126. By sandiamond on May 25, 2012 | Reply

    RG3, Jay Wright and Belly Jeffery

    http://minnesota.sbnation.com/minnesota-vikings/2012/5/25/3042364/robert-griffin-interview-jarius-wright

  127. By Parody on May 25, 2012 | Reply

    Rocksalt – I completely agree. That’s why I don’t understand it’s legal for large entities to donate to an individual candidate. They’re basically trying to buy the vote. That’s very unconstitutional in my mind, especially since they are given a tax break for donating to political parties.

    The law should be written such that ALL donations to any political race go into a pool, which every candidate for office (Democrat, Republican, Tea Party or whatever) will be allowed to take a proportional amount from to fund their campaign. But I’m sure that will never happen, because it makes too much sense.

  128. By sandiamond on May 25, 2012 | Reply

    http://www.ci.minneapolis.mn.us/tv/79

    Vikings stadium talk live right now

  129. By Rocksalt on May 25, 2012 | Reply

    agreed, Parody…Democracy does not work if it is simply for whomever spends the most $$

  130. By Rocksalt on May 25, 2012 | Reply

    Both sides are guilty of $$ for democracy…

  131. By Rocksalt on May 25, 2012 | Reply

    I like your idea, Parody. I also think there should be a valid 3rd party.

  132. By Shawn on May 25, 2012 | Reply

    Rocksalt … you hit the nail on the head.

    Its not coincidence that the news and media has changed. No longer will you find a true news guy like Dan Rather. Now its all corporate puppets spreading opinions as if it was news.

    The news is more like the WWE … fake dramatized BS.

    Im sure everyone mustknow commercials work or why would there be commercials. Repetition is the simplest form of brainwashing so if the Corporate media just repeats their agenda long enough eventually it gets in the subconscious.

    Is everyone aware Congress is trying to lift the ban on propaganda?

  133. By TITUS THE GREAT on May 25, 2012 | Reply

    Titus for president!

  134. By Parody on May 25, 2012 | Reply

    Rocksalt – I don’t understand why people need to be a part of a political party at all. It just creates undue opposition and encourages the public to not pay attention to politics as they just have to make sure to vote for the candidate who is in their own party.

    Personally, I share many beliefs with both major parties, which means that I also have contention with beliefs of both sides. I’m sure that most other people do as well, but they allow themselves to be brainwashed into thinking that they have to join a party and then be loyal to it.

  135. By Troutdaddy on May 25, 2012 | Reply

    Have a good 2012 Draft- 7.2 million in newly signed player salaries…
    House and Senate approve stadium deal- 1.2 million in lobbying fees…
    City Council approves Stadium deal- 1.2 million in council member salaries…
    Stadium with a retractable roof- Additional 85 million dollars…
    Winning at least 10 games this year- Priceless (I can only hope!)

    There is my MC commercial. I am sure that the dollar amounts are no where near correct. I am just happy the stadium is locked in. I know that the benefits for the people of Minnesota cannot yet be seen or felt yet, but the sense of community and pride this will bring is really going to be a lasting legacy- not only for the people of Minnesota, but for the loyal fans and future generations of fans for a long while.

  136. By Parody on May 25, 2012 | Reply

    Plus, how much money is wasted on slandering the opposition? I can’t recall ever seeing a political commercial that had a politician declaring why you should vote for him. They all seem to be why you should vote against the opposition.

  137. By TITUS THE GREAT on May 25, 2012 | Reply

    Parody– I am with you. I advocate people vote based on performance, not on party– it would force these people to do what is good for the people and not based on interest groups and ideologies– much of which has been so tarnished and warped by personal power dreams that I do not recognize them. I know the Rep party looks nothing like what I always thought they stood for– and the Dems as well. I do not label myself by either party– and I do not vote according to party.

  138. By sandiamond on May 25, 2012 | Reply

    Vote coming up here shortly………..

  139. By TITUS THE GREAT on May 25, 2012 | Reply

    Agreed Parody. I want to know what the candidate is going to do, not what names he can call the opposition. Sadly, though, I think there is proof that the tactic works– because at the end of the day, no one wants that candidate, but if that candidate can make you fear and hate the opposition enough, that candidate can win your vote.

  140. By sandiamond on May 25, 2012 | Reply

    The no voters arguements are getting weaker and weaker!

    Onward! build it!

  141. By Parody on May 25, 2012 | Reply

    I guess that puts me in the minority Titus. Every time I hear “My name is [Politician] and I approve this [Slander attack]” that always makes me like [Politician] much less. I don’t even pay attention to what he says about his opposition, just the fact that he spends all that money and does nothing to promote himself.

  142. By ATK on May 25, 2012 | Reply

    Its official! The vikes are getting their new stadium. It came down to another 7-6 vote. This is a great day! I am so excited for this and pleased it passed.

  143. By sandiamond on May 25, 2012 | Reply

    ‏@VikingsFanPage

    Minneapolis City Council votes 7-6 in favor of a Vikings Stadium! We have a Stadium!

  144. By Parody on May 25, 2012 | Reply

    It’s gotten so bad that I am strongly contemplating not voting for any politician that I see making slanderous commercials, and instead putting Stephen Colbert in as a write-in a few dosen times.

  145. By TITUS THE GREAT on May 25, 2012 | Reply

    Anyone that actually does want to do the right thing and be pragmatic ends up being swallowed by the larger powers and systems that be– and the same old same old continues.

  146. By sandiamond on May 25, 2012 | Reply

    Big Thanks goes out to Ann Carroll! rallies, meetings, support and precise update reporting. She does it all

    Annie is the best!

  147. By TITUS THE GREAT on May 25, 2012 | Reply

    Annie Oakley?

  148. By KoN on May 25, 2012 | Reply

    Political parties actually began as a good thing, they were a way for like-minded people to come together and make sure that their views were heard. Unfortunately it has gotten to the point where the people no longer determine the views of the parties, the parties determine the views of the people. A few top party members get together and create the party platform that everyone else adheres to. There is actually a lot of variation in the views of the people in the same political party, but as long as they vote for the party it doesn’t matter what their views are. It only matters what the platform is.

  149. By sandiamond on May 25, 2012 | Reply

    Annie the sharpshooter

  150. By TITUS THE GREAT on May 25, 2012 | Reply

    KoN, not sure what history books you have been reading. I was a diplomacy and foreign affairs major at Miami of Ohio and then a political science major at the U of MN — I don’t see what you are seeing.

  151. By TITUS THE GREAT on May 25, 2012 | Reply

    This part of your post, KoN, I do agree with:

    There is actually a lot of variation in the views of the people in the same political party, but as long as they vote for the party it doesn’t matter what their views are.

  152. By scott on May 25, 2012 | Reply

    The AFC North Steeler Nation salutes the NFC North Vikings Nation. Good job on getting a stadium, SkOL: Vikings

  153. By Rocksalt on May 25, 2012 | Reply

    Right on scott…thanx for your support…..

  154. By sandiamond on May 25, 2012 | Reply

    http://content.usatoday.com/communities/thehuddle/post/2012/05/nfl-offseason-report-cards-nfc-north/1

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