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Minneapolis City Council Formally Approves Vikings Stadium By 7-6 Vote

Posted by Ryan Cardinal on May 25, 2012 – 10:19 am

After 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, the full Council approved the project by the same margin — 7-6 — on Friday, meaning the project has now passed every possible hurdle and is full-steam-ahead.

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 the final step in the process.

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

Next up in the process will be the creation of the new Stadium Authority.  Three members will be appointed by Gov. Dayton and two by Minneapolis Mayor Mark Dayton.  The Vikings will then begin working with the authority on the design of the stadium and hiring an architect.  That process will take roughly 10-12 months and the ground-breaking taking place next spring or summer.


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281 Responses to “Minneapolis City Council Formally Approves Vikings Stadium By 7-6 Vote”

  1. By Parody on May 25, 2012 | Reply

    Oh glorious day! The stadium deal passès the final vote AND my new Ponder jersey should be arriving at my doorstep any minute now!

    Oh yea, one more thing…

    FIRST!

  2. By jayvee on May 25, 2012 | Reply

    Nope, obscure minny statute states Jesse the body ventura or Brett Favre must also say ok

  3. By Parody on May 25, 2012 | Reply

    I’m just curious whether this is indeed the final hurdle. Supposedly, there’s at least one more to go, but it doesn’t depend on a vote by a bunch of people who are simply trying to do what it takes to secure their job for the next 2-4 years:

    http://finance-commerce.com/2012/05/supreme-court-ok-required-for-vikings-stadium-financing/

  4. By Lloyd Santee on May 25, 2012 | Reply

    Congragulaions to the Minnesota Vikings, the state of Minnesota, and the fans of my favorite team.

  5. By Shawn on May 25, 2012 | Reply

    Parody … I will vote Stephen Colbert with you. I think the greatest thing ever would be to get someone neither blue or red elected.

    The problem I see is the rich wont allow it to happen , they would simply “lose” ballots and declare a winner much like Florida from years back.

    Im really on the idea that this country is run by a few elite. Which is why the choices will be the same except for ga’ys and abo’rtions.

    Titus … before you say blah blah rich people not bad … Im talking about the richest of the richest. That I believe are actually running this country. Red and Blue are no different

    Since I am Union I lean towards the Blue side. But Obama has allowed policies threw that are as uncontitutional as the unPatriot act

    so blah blah STEPHEN COLBERT 2012 !!!!!!!!!!!!!

  6. By Shawn on May 25, 2012 | Reply

  7. By Shawn on May 25, 2012 | Reply

    NO GREATER TRUTH HAS EVER BEEN SPOKEN

  8. By Parody on May 25, 2012 | Reply

    Gotta love George Carlin. This one is perfect for the problem that many of us have had while trying to comment on these blogs:

  9. By Shawn on May 25, 2012 | Reply

    US Navy base … Coronado

  10. By Mike B. on May 25, 2012 | Reply

    Great now that the votes are in it’s time for the design and see if anyone wants to get lawyers involved. That was still a close vote and no one moved in either direction. So much for cooperation

  11. By DeerTracks on May 25, 2012 | Reply

    Parody

    New Ponder, Jersey? You may also want to buy a Webb Jersey, just in case, huh?

  12. By vikings4life on May 25, 2012 | Reply

    George Carlin is beyond brilliant, On a brighter note lets just be happy that for those b astards in the house and senate passing a stadium became a priority, the language in every bill gets stretched as far a the dollar can take them in the end we will have a retractable roof real grass and anything else the wilfs want from here on out, but the truth is we would all try and do the same if we were in their position. Or would anyone not want to maximize their 300+million investment.

  13. By Mike B. on May 25, 2012 | Reply

    @Vikings4life I would check on that natural grass thing. The two domed venues that have natrual grass have the ability to pull the field in the open air. Lucas Oil Field which everyone has compared this stadium proposal too has Field Turf or artifical. You can’t grow good grass in a domed stadium See Arizona stadium as they have grass the field must be rolled out of the stadium to have natural grass. The foot print of the new stadium doesn’t support that.

  14. By Mike B. on May 25, 2012 | Reply

    @Deertracks I think Parody is pretty safe with the Ponder jersey. I think you all over estimate Webbs abilities at QB. Great Atheletic ability doesn’t necessairly translate to great QB ability or even a fit at any starting position in the NFL. If the OLine performs as expected Ponder will be starting every game once the regular season starts.

  15. By ATK on May 25, 2012 | Reply

    Vikings are here to stay! I only care about the vikings staying here. The rest of you can whine and complain about how unconstitutional it is and blah blah blah. I am a tax payer too and I have no issue paying taxes to build this stadium.

  16. By Spencer on May 25, 2012 | Reply

    Great news!!!

    Viking Fan Forever <3333333333

  17. By Shawn on May 25, 2012 | Reply

    WOW … JFK speech.

  18. By kenny seidel on May 25, 2012 | Reply

    Congratulations Minn.
    Now I don’t have to sell all my Vikings stuff and pick a new team.
    been a MN. Vikes fan from day one. If they were to leave the great state.
    I would have to become a fan of one of the local teams
    WOOOT WOOOT WOOOT….

  19. By hognuts on May 25, 2012 | Reply

    #Winning

  20. By BOB ZUEHLKE (MANKATO) on May 25, 2012 | Reply

    WONT POST MY COMMENTS ON THE MINNEAPOLIS CITY COUNCIL !!! i cant wait for construction to begin GOOOOOOOO VIKES!!!!

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

    BAROOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO

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

    BAROOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO

  23. By Spencer on May 25, 2012 | Reply

    Superbowl bound!!!!

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

    BAROOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO

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

    Spencer get away from my horns!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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

    BAROOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO

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

    BAROOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO

  28. By BOB ZUEHLKE (MANKATO) on May 25, 2012 | Reply

    THE BEST THING ABOUT THIS STADIUM ISSUE IS HOW ALL THE KIDS IN MN ARE GONNA HAVE ATHLETES THEY CAN LOOK UP TOO AND WHEN PLAYING IN THE BACK YARD IMATATING PONDER ,ALLEN,PETERSON,KALIL I REMEMBER AS A KID WANTING TO CATCH LIKE CHRIS AND ANTHONY CARTER RUSH LIKE JOHN RANDLE THROW LIKE CUNNINGHAM AND BLOCK LIKE MCDANIEL TRADITION LIVES ON :)

  29. By BOB ZUEHLKE (MANKATO) on May 25, 2012 | Reply

    BY THE WAY WHO WRITES THE EDITORIALS ANYWAYS ON HERE THEY ALWAYS GET THINGS WRONG ITS GOV,DAYTON AND MAYOR RYBECK DUHHHHHHHH! LOL

  30. By BOB ZUEHLKE (MANKATO) on May 25, 2012 | Reply

    RYAN CADINAL YOUR A DOUCH BAG YOU NEED TO BE FIRED

  31. By Parody on May 25, 2012 | Reply

    You mean Dayton isn’t Governor and Mayor?

  32. By Parody on May 25, 2012 | Reply

    It’s not just Cardinal who makes mistakes, he rarely even creates blog articles. Mike Wobschall makes most of the blogs, and there’s usually mistakes in what he writes as well.

  33. By Spencer on May 25, 2012 | Reply

    Joe Webb will lead us to the promise land in the new stadium!

  34. By DRS on May 25, 2012 | Reply

    I can rest a little better now, the only hurtle is the courts, I am looking to the day when the shovels hit the dirt.

  35. By DRS on May 25, 2012 | Reply

    Hay I can post, for how long is the Question.

  36. By DRS on May 25, 2012 | Reply

  37. By DeerTracks on May 25, 2012 | Reply

    Mike B.

    Ponder will start most games? I hope so, however remember las

    t year, after Ponder started some games, Joe Webb had to come in to clean up the mess!

  38. By DRS on May 25, 2012 | Reply

    Lets call the stadium Odins Hall.

  39. By Parody on May 25, 2012 | Reply

    I still vote for Valhalla.

  40. By DRS on May 25, 2012 | Reply

  41. By DRS on May 25, 2012 | Reply

    Through this black night I pondered…

  42. By Spencer on May 25, 2012 | Reply

    “Cook’s Palace.”

  43. By sandiamond on May 25, 2012 | Reply

    @Spencer

    Sanford Yards stadium

  44. By sandiamond on May 25, 2012 | Reply

    4 Horesmen:

    Everson Griffen
    Percy Harvin
    Adrian Peterson
    Jamarca Sanford

  45. By Spencer on May 25, 2012 | Reply

    Sandiamond, were you the one that said Sanford is Pagac’s horse?

  46. By sandiamond on May 25, 2012 | Reply

    Yes! my fav 4 they give 110% every play and work extra hard during the off-season

  47. By Spencer on May 25, 2012 | Reply

    Sanford does give good effort and is great in run support, but lets be real- hes mediocre in coverage.

  48. By sandiamond on May 25, 2012 | Reply

    just a complete zoo in the backfield last year. Hoping everyone’s play will improve this year with the addition of these new DB’s and a revamped secondary

  49. By sandiamond on May 25, 2012 | Reply

    Pioneer Press‏@VikingsNow

    Despite Vikings working out LB Rocky McIntosh a few weeks back, hearing team doesn’t have any plans to sign him as of now. Maybe down line

    The heck with it! Brinkley,Elim, and Cole
    We’ll be fine

  50. By Spencer on May 25, 2012 | Reply

    Im glad we didnt go after Streeter- after 2 practices people are already calling him a bust!!

    http://www.nfl.com/news/story/09000d5d82957410/article/ota-overreaction-ravens-streeter-fights-bust-label?module=HP11_content_stream

  51. By BE SANE AND SERIOUS on May 25, 2012 | Reply

    testing one, two, three…

  52. By BE SANE AND SERIOUS on May 25, 2012 | Reply

    finally — got through the Wobbles Wall

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

    Let me see if Titus can post.

  54. By Spencer on May 25, 2012 | Reply

    lol “Wobbles Wall”

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

    This site is getting very annoying– now I can post? Earlier I could not?

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

    Thanks Spencer.

  57. 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

  58. By Spencer on May 25, 2012 | Reply

    Is this what you guys want????? Close the dam roof Zygi!!

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

    Spencer, buy an umbrella.

  60. By Spencer on May 25, 2012 | Reply

    I’d rather wear a poncho.

  61. By RichardA1 on May 25, 2012 | Reply

    George Carlin was the best. Odin’s Hall, yeah, or Land of Odin! maybe a statue of Odin and a Viking war ship! Full steam ahead for our Defense to, no stopping, its purple people eater feast time.

  62. By RichardA1 on May 25, 2012 | Reply

    Offense to, if they ever get Kalil signed.

  63. By Viking-ology on May 25, 2012 | Reply

    DeerTracks-Don’t knock Parody for getting a Ponder jersey, thats his choice (and I think a good one) if you want a Webb jersey just get one.

  64. By Viking-ology on May 25, 2012 | Reply

    Spencer-Speaking of jersey’s, you must have a Cook jersey right?

  65. By Spencer on May 25, 2012 | Reply

    I actually dont, I have a black Adrian Peterson jersey tho.

  66. By Viking-ology on May 25, 2012 | Reply

    CONGRATS TO ALL MINNESOTA VIKING FANS

    The stadium is finally a reality-let the construction begin…

    BAROOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!

  67. By Spencer on May 25, 2012 | Reply

    Right now im just waiting for stores to release new #20 Cook jerseys

  68. By Viking-ology on May 25, 2012 | Reply

    Spencer-I heard they stopped production on purple jersey’s for Cook, they were making prison orange, but after the “not guily” verdict they had to sell the jersey’s wholesale. I heard somewhere down south, there is a prison with 2,000 Cook jersey’s!

  69. By Viking-ology on May 25, 2012 | Reply

    Just joking with you Spence:-]

  70. By NovaScotiaVike on May 25, 2012 | Reply

    Snak the Cape Islander earlier tonight…kind of a shame, it had six empty seats..

  71. By NovaScotiaVike on May 25, 2012 | Reply

    * Sank

  72. By NovaScotiaVike on May 25, 2012 | Reply

    But ” Snak the Cape Islander” would be a FANTASTIC name for a rock band !!!!!

  73. By Viking-ology on May 25, 2012 | Reply

    Nova-good draft beer?

  74. By Spencer on May 25, 2012 | Reply

    Chris Cook Forever <3

  75. By NovaScotiaVike on May 25, 2012 | Reply

    V-O ?????

  76. By sandiamond on May 25, 2012 | Reply

    nice find spence. Panther stadium not very loud/intimidatingf for the opposing team either

  77. By NovaScotiaVike on May 25, 2012 | Reply

    V-O, if you mean is there good beer here, remember what my buddies in Boston say every time I go down for a Red Sox game…..” Americans make the best beer commercials, but Canadians make the best beer”.

  78. By Rocksalt on May 25, 2012 | Reply

    BTW I have a couple of 70 lb pitbulls that are askin who voted no,,,,,,,,,,,,
    ALSO- RIGHT ON SHAWN!

  79. By Rocksalt on May 25, 2012 | Reply

    Nova-Canadian beer ok………but the Czecks invented pilsner…..

  80. By Rocksalt on May 25, 2012 | Reply

    BTW I think Labbatts and Moosehead are lagers…..

  81. By NovaScotiaVike on May 25, 2012 | Reply

    Rock….Ales, lagers , beers…It’s all good.

  82. By Rocksalt on May 25, 2012 | Reply

    Nova-
    Yes, they are all good, but ales, lagers, and pilsners have distinctively different qualities….

  83. By NovaScotiaVike on May 25, 2012 | Reply

    But there is the old joke….”Why is drinking American beer like having s3x in a boat”??……The’re both ” fu(king near water “.

  84. By Rocksalt on May 25, 2012 | Reply

    not Samuel Adams…..an truly american brwewr that produces high quality stouts, ales, lagers, and pilsnaers….

  85. By Rocksalt on May 25, 2012 | Reply

    brewer….

  86. By Rocksalt on May 25, 2012 | Reply

    there are other american regional microbrewers that produce good beer…..but I agree about the big 3……

  87. By Rocksalt on May 25, 2012 | Reply

    name a good canadian stout…

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

    I had my first Sam Adams across the street from Harvard in the early 80s– came back to Minneapolis and it was hard to find.

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

    I prefer dark beers. Have not drank in recent memories– but when I was in France a few years ago, I enjoyed some really good blonde beers– I don’t recall their names.

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

    A good Beaujolais or cognac is nice to to warm the body.

  91. By RichardA1 on May 25, 2012 | Reply

    BEER your talking about beer!!! this MN Defense is going to be munching on pitbulls like there buffalo wings,,,beer, straight whiskey for this team, they are going to be mean,,tuff, unstoppable! I’m almost scared to talk about them.

  92. By NovaScotiaVike on May 25, 2012 | Reply

    The “Vanquishing Viking Vodka Victors”….I don’t even have to mention what an AWESOME name that would be for a rock band.

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

    You’re stretching the alliteration Nova.

  94. By packhater on May 25, 2012 | Reply

    A wise man once said……….My two favorite beers are free & cold!

  95. By Troutdaddy on May 25, 2012 | Reply

    I will match your BAROOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO and raise you another one Titus!

    As far as beer goes, I will have to trust you all… I don’t drink… Dr. Pepper is my vice… I am very happy for the Vikes and the people of Minnesota. I can’t wait for the season to start now. So- DRS… It all worked out…. Didn’t it! Very grateful I did not have to eat my words…

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

    Every Vikings fan has a BAROOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO in them!

  97. By BE SANE AND SERIOUS on May 25, 2012 | Reply

    Titus throwback time…

  98. By BE SANE AND SERIOUS on May 25, 2012 | Reply

    Our greatest concern now is Frazier.

  99. By celticvikingwarrior on May 25, 2012 | Reply

    GOD BLESS, THE MINNESOTA VIKINGS, THE ST. OF MINNESOTA THE WILF’S, ALL VIKINGS FANS AND THOSE THAT WORKED SO LON AND HARD TO GET THIS DONE !!!!!
    A GREAT DAY IN MY LIFE !!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    SHAWN; Thank’s for your post, the man who told the truth……..
    He was and is the single GREATEST MAN OF MY LIFETIME (and before and beyond). I was fortunate enough to see him speak at a breakfast on June 8, 1963. Less than 3 month’s after my 7th b-day, and less than 6 month’s before THEY took him from us .
    I never had a father, and he did more to influence me as to what it meant to be a man than any other……
    I still have a photo of him speaking that day and a 4 page printout of the menu/ schedule hanging on my wall, and still consider them among my most prized posession’s.
    I’m strong enough to say I loved and still, love that man….to the day I die (and beyond)
    p.s. My MOM worked at the “Hollywood Paladium” where he spoke, and that is how I was able to attend…………

  100. By packhater on May 25, 2012 | Reply

    Im gonna give Leslie one more year. If he dont wanna be a leader then………..DOWN GOES FRAZIER!………DOWN GOES FRAZIER!

  101. By BE SANE AND SERIOUS on May 25, 2012 | Reply

    Judging from Frazier’s success as DC, I believe he will be an excellent head coach in the upcoming years–

  102. By packhater on May 25, 2012 | Reply

    @ SANE AND SERIOUS………….Just as long as DC dont mean Dumb Coach.

  103. By BE SANE AND SERIOUS on May 25, 2012 | Reply

    Packhater DC stands for Defensive Coordinator or District of Columiba!

    YOU HAVE BEEN HAD! GET REAL! GET SANE! GET SERIOUS!

  104. By BE SANE AND SERIOUS on May 25, 2012 | Reply

    *Columbia

  105. By packhater on May 25, 2012 | Reply

    Sorry Les, You just look like you need a kick in the butt once in awhile.

  106. By Frederick Jones on May 25, 2012 | Reply

    BSAS is back!

  107. By Frederick Jones on May 25, 2012 | Reply

    Spencer when you said the Vikings Offensive Line was Stacked, I almost coughed up my twinkies.

    Now they have POTENTIAL, but don’t crown them yet.

    Secondly your other statement about me not supporting Coach Frazier has nothing to do with the first statement.

    What twinkies you been a smokin’?

  108. By Frederick Jones on May 25, 2012 | Reply

    BSAS,

    Now I do not have a crystal ball. Without one, no one can really say how the NFL teams will do this fall.

    My logic is this, predict an 8-8 season, and if they achieve it, then it’s a FIVE game improvement.

    We want the Vikings going into camp thinking they have some things to prove.
    BECAUSE THEY DO. DON’T JUST GIVE IT TO THEM!!!

  109. By BE SANE AND SERIOUS on May 25, 2012 | Reply

    Fred, To be completely sane and serious with you, I believe the Vikings will win six of their home games and two or three on the road– 8-8, 9-7. Maybe they gel and get on a roll and win 10.

  110. By BE SANE AND SERIOUS on May 25, 2012 | Reply

    Whoa, BSAS is sleepy.

  111. By Frederick Jones on May 25, 2012 | Reply

    HEY BSAS, SPENCER, NOVA, ETC.

    I’M POSTING FROM LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA!

    I WAS HAVING TROUBLE POSTING, LIKE A LOT OF GUYS.

    BUT IN EAST L.A., I CAN!!!

  112. By Frederick Jones on May 25, 2012 | Reply

    @BSAS,

    Mike McCarthy is already crowning his Packers. That seems like a sure recipe for disaster.

    That’s what got me on the renewed warpath for 8-8.

  113. By BE SANE AND SERIOUS on May 25, 2012 | Reply

    Fred, what is a small town boy like you doin’ in Los Angeles? You just said you have nothing to do where you live– will you survive in east L.A.?

  114. By packhater on May 25, 2012 | Reply

    We are a young team. Young players need discipline. Frazier needs to bring down the hammer. There is no such thing as a fiery coach, to me thats a passionate coach who hates losing. If you dont believe me, just look what Jim Harbaugh did for the niners.

  115. By SAN JOSE VIKINGS!!!! on May 25, 2012 | Reply

    Mr.zig should build a m.v. ship inside the “new” stadium and i’m calling it “THE VIKES VESSEL”

  116. By celticvikingwarrior on May 25, 2012 | Reply

    Shawn; Kruschev, the ieader of the Soviet Union at the time said, and I’m paraphrasing, but almost quoting verbatum….IN THE END WE WON’T HAVE TO DO A THING, THEY WILL DESTROY THEMSELVES FROM WITHIN……
    Over the last 40 years or so as I’ve seen what groups like the Bilderberger’s, Skull & Bones, and on, and on, have done I can’t help but continually reflect on those word’s spoken so long ago, and feel how prophetic they were………
    In the next 50-100 year’s if we don’t wake up (I FEAR IT’S TO LATE) he will be 100% correct, we are, and have been for many year’s now, “destoying ourselves from within”……..
    But I do know one thing, if I lve to be 86 year’s old I will have had the VIKINGS, for at least the rest of my life.
    For that I will be eternally grateful. Now all we need is to win a Super Bowl or 10…….and I can pass on a “happer” man.

  117. By DRS on May 26, 2012 | Reply

    Troutdaddy, yes it did for now, there are the courts to look out for, but I do not think they will be any trouble. You were very close to eating your words.

    Being so sure of yourself knowing that at any moment them politicians you so trusted may betray you at any given time must have given you heartburn.

    You act like I wanted the Vikings to move when and if you would have read my post you would have seen that I was hoping and praying that the political would not mess with the Vikings, forcing them to leave, it was too close to be so confident that the team was staying in MN, they survived by one vote, One council member to say yes or no, to close for my comfort if you ask me. I have always wanted the Vikings in MN, but if they were to move I wanted them anywhere then LA.

    I am so happy they are staying in MN, would have liked anywhere but Minneapolis, what the hay, they are in MN where they belong.

  118. By Frederick Jones on May 26, 2012 | Reply

    @BSAS,

    I am just here for a weekend visit. I will be back in MN very soon.

  119. By DRS on May 26, 2012 | Reply

    Now we can look to the 2012-13 season, trying to see what may or may not be by looking into our Chrystal b-a-l-l-s to see who will and who will not be great, to see the Vikings season record, to see if there will be great joy or great pain. So let it begin, bring on the seasons, let us BAROOO, BAROOO all ye gentlemen and pray the team will bring glory and fame to us all with a winning season.

  120. By DRS on May 26, 2012 | Reply

    SKOL Vikings, I fore see a great year in 2012, a year of surprises, like a 10-6 record and maybe the playoffs, that is if the staff can change there ways and make changes as and when needed, not looking like a deer in the headlights’ of an oncoming car while they are on the sidelines.

  121. By DRS on May 26, 2012 | Reply

    Well I have to get some sleep, so God bless you all, and goodnight.

  122. By Stew on May 26, 2012 | Reply

    What’s up everybody? I remember someone was wondering why Cook and Robinson switched jerseys. As I stated before I know Josh Robinson. I spoke to him today and asked why him and Cook switched jerseys. He said “they didn’t switch, Cook changed his number before Josh was drafted so he just chose #31.”

  123. By Vincent's Ear on May 26, 2012 | Reply

    testing….

  124. By Vincent's Ear on May 26, 2012 | Reply

    well, what do you know? I have been able to get back in……

  125. By Rocksalt on May 26, 2012 | Reply

    What’s wrong with talkin beer?

  126. By Shawn on May 26, 2012 | Reply

    @celticvikingwarrior … thanx. I got goose bu’mps listening to JFK describe 50 years ago exactly what is happening today. Im hoping its not too late.

  127. By DeerTracks on May 26, 2012 | Reply

    Viking-log, or Tree Stump, or something like that

    Your post”Just joking, Spence”. Yes you are a Joke, Mainly because you don’t read what is posted correctly! I mentioned to Pardoy to pick up a Webb jersery, meaning if Ponder is blown out of the water, then Pardoy could then switch over to Webb, to continue surporting the Vikings…Don’t need a Webb Jersey, already have a Percy Harvin one, unlike you, I can only wear one at a time.

  128. By DeerTracks on May 26, 2012 | Reply

    DRS

    Like you, and a few others, (Not Tree Stump,) I am eagarly awating this season! I want to see, among other players, The Double Barrel Shotgun of Ponder AND Webb going to work!

  129. By OTKalil2012 on May 26, 2012 | Reply

    DRS has most likely posted this earlier…But remember that someone was asking who voted “yes” and “no” on the city council vote…Here it is…

    http://www.startribune.com/local/minneapolis/153876425.html

  130. By Spencer on May 26, 2012 | Reply

    Wobbs- How is Bobby Felder looking? I have high hopes for him.

  131. By OTKalil2012 on May 26, 2012 | Reply

    I predict after 6 games into the season…

    All talk about J Webb starting at QB instead of Ponder will be long forgotten..

    Ponder will have more weapons this fall…

    More understanding of a playbook and second year offensive coordinator Musgrave…

    And a MUCH better offensive line to protect him..Yes…Kalil and more experience along the O-line will make a big difference…Everyone was learning a new offense scheme last season…Not just Ponder…

    Webb will be a great back up if something should happen to Ponder…And Sage a great number 3…

    But Ponder is the future…And that will be very easy for fans to see after about 6 games into this season…

    I even predict the defense will be much better !!…Especially in the secondary !!

    Ponder and the Vikings as a team will surprise this season…

    And the stadium will be built…

    BAROOOOOOO !!!

  132. By DeerTracks on May 26, 2012 | Reply

    OTK

    I hope you are correct!

    However, let us see if Ponder can stay upright, six games into the season.

  133. By OTKalil2012 on May 26, 2012 | Reply

    DeerTracks…

    Ponder is a smart and savvy young man…

    I have a really good feeling about that young fellow….

    Keeping fingers crossed he can stay healthy here… : )

  134. By Viking-ology on May 26, 2012 | Reply

    OTK-I agree, Ponder is smart and that will help. Frazier must put Ponder, as well as the rest of the team in a position to succeed.

  135. By OTKalil2012 on May 26, 2012 | Reply

    I have plenty of respect for what Webb can do also…

    Wish the Vikings would sign Webb up to a 2 contract extension beyond this coming season…

  136. By Viking-ology on May 26, 2012 | Reply

    I still think Webb can be a great kickoff returner like Hester, also he would be effective on screens,

  137. By Viking-ology on May 26, 2012 | Reply

    Imagine Webb catching a bubble screen-he would terrorize the opponents defense.

  138. By OTKalil2012 on May 26, 2012 | Reply

    Spencer…

    Even have (guarded) high hopes for your man Cook this season…

    Cook will be a 3rd year player…Even though his first 2 seasons have been rocky…The young fellow does have some talent…And that talent could shine bright this season if Cook keeps his nose clean and works hard this off season…

    No news is good news…And haven’t heard anything negative about Cook of late…

    And starting to hope Cook can stick around show his worth this coming fall…He has the talent…

    Cook could be a staple in the secondary this season…If he starts taking his job more seriously than he has in the past…And he might be doing that now…

    Again…Trust levels are not there yet with Cook…But I am trying…

  139. By Frederick Jones on May 26, 2012 | Reply

    test

  140. By Frederick Jones on May 26, 2012 | Reply

    East LA 11 AM 60 degrees Foggy

  141. By Spencer on May 26, 2012 | Reply

    At least you have an open mind regarding Cook, OT…unlike others on here.

    I applaud you!

  142. By Frederick Jones on May 26, 2012 | Reply

    TEST!!!

  143. By Frederick Jones on May 26, 2012 | Reply

    thrice

  144. By Frederick Jones on May 26, 2012 | Reply

    but can’t print no

  145. By Frederick Jones on May 26, 2012 | Reply

    no can can print no

  146. By Frederick Jones on May 26, 2012 | Reply

    so frustrato

  147. By Spencer on May 26, 2012 | Reply

    What are you complaining about now Freddie?

  148. By Titus Flavius Caesar Vespasianus Augustus on May 26, 2012 | Reply

    this site is increasingly frustrating

  149. By OTKalil2012 on May 26, 2012 | Reply

    What a difference one year can make… ; )

    Last spring…My “Things to do list” for the Vikings last year…May 26 2011…

    1. Get rid of the “triangle of authority”…Let Frazier coach…Spielman should be GM…And Zygi should just be master over both if necessary…

    2. Get a stadium bill done !!!…Vikings belong in Minnesota !!!…

    3. Get rid of Mckinney…The guy is an underachiever…And only slows down the development of the other O-lineman…

    4. Get rid of Berrian…Why is he on this team ??…He never has been a good receiver….

    5. Don’t even think about getting that worthless over the hill QB McNabb !!!..The guy is WORTHLESS !!!…Ponder should start day one and learn his position…

    This springs “things to do list” for this season…May 26 2012…

    1…???

    I actually believe for the first time….

    The Vikings front office and ownership has done just about everything that could be asked of a franchise in just a one year period !!…IMO…

    AMAZING !!!…This fan is one happy camper !!!

    THANK YOU ZYGI AND MARK !!!!!…

    GO VIKINGS !!!!

  150. By Titus Flavius Caesar Vespasianus Augustus on May 26, 2012 | Reply

    I think it is time for some conquering!

  151. By OTKalil2012 on May 26, 2012 | Reply

    Titus…I agree..

    “We shall return victorious…

    Or we will not return at all “…

    “Hail Caesar” !!…. ; )

  152. By DeerTracks on May 26, 2012 | Reply

    OTK

    Caesar must have been hiding under a rock, let the troops get smashed!. I’m safe under my rock!

    Sounds alot like George W, Bush and Iraq

  153. By sandiamond on May 26, 2012 | Reply

    problems posting? email wobs

    no wobble wall must be a glitch or else cardinal doesn’t like half of us

  154. By Spencer on May 26, 2012 | Reply

    test

  155. By Spencer on May 26, 2012 | Reply

    This is crazy….start at 0:45

  156. By sandiamond on May 26, 2012 | Reply

    testing……………………………..this is weird

  157. By Spencer on May 26, 2012 | Reply

    Am I the only one that has never had posting problems?

  158. By JoshVT on May 26, 2012 | Reply

    Uh oh… think I am having more problems posting…

  159. By JoshVT on May 26, 2012 | Reply

    Oh nevermind, I am not. Thank god, been almsot 3 months since I could start posting again, wouldn’t let me post under the name RP-ETF-MV at all.
    By hey, who do ya’ll think the steal of the entire NFL Draft was? I mean out of all the teams, all rounds, who was the steal? I personally think we got it in Gregg Childs. If what he is saying is true, We have one of the top ten draft prospects from 2011 on our team.

  160. By RichardA1 on May 26, 2012 | Reply

    Why would you want webb to sign for future years? he has no position, he does’nt want to play qb for us, they have no other position for him, (I don’t know why they don’t find a position for him) what good is he knowing? is it suppose to do something for us because he’s such a great all around athlete, what a crock of bull, I think it’s safe to say the Vikings ship will stay afloat without him. “TRADE”

  161. By Geesh on May 26, 2012 | Reply

    Some of you need to get a life.

  162. By Titus Flavius Caesar Vespasianus Augustus on May 26, 2012 | Reply

    Trade Webb, Allen, and AP– that would be the long term smart move. Think of the five to seven young, good players we could get for them. I

  163. By Titus Flavius Caesar Vespasianus Augustus on May 26, 2012 | Reply

    Hey, this thing posted before I was ready. Trade AP, Allen, and Webb. We would do real well with 53 rookies, and a rookie coach.

  164. By sandiamond on May 26, 2012 | Reply

    Webb only wants to play QB(natural position) as he stated last year

    Childs fourth round steal of the draft
    Dennard cb (pats )seventh round steal of the draft

  165. By Titus Flavius Caesar Vespasianus Augustus on May 26, 2012 | Reply

    Webb is a winner. Repeat after me. Webb. Winner. Webb. Winner.
    Webb is a WInner. Two W’s — just remember– W stands for Winner and Webb is a WInner.

    WEBB WINNER, WEBB WINNER, WEBB WINNER, WEBB WINNER, WEBB WINNER, WEBB WINNER, WEBB WINNER, WEBB WINNER, WEBB WINNER, WEBB WINNER, WEBB WINNER, WEBB WINNER, WEBB WINNER, WEBB WINNER, WEBB WINNER, WEBB WINNER, WEBB WINNER, WEBB WINNER, WEBB WINNER, WEBB WINNER, WEBB WINNER, WEBB WINNER, WEBB WINNER, WEBB WINNER, WEBB WINNER, WEBB WINNER, WEBB WINNER, WEBB WINNER, WEBB WINNER, WEBB WINNER, WEBB WINNER, WEBB WINNER, WEBB WINNER, WEBB WINNER, WEBB WINNER, WEBB WINNER, WEBB WINNER, WEBB WINNER, WEBB WINNER, WEBB WINNER, WEBB WINNER, WEBB WINNER, WEBB WINNER, WEBB WINNER, WEBB WINNER, WEBB WINNER, WEBB WINNER, WEBB WINNER, WEBB WINNER, WEBB WINNER, WEBB WINNER, WEBB WINNER, WEBB WINNER, WEBB WINNER, WEBB WINNER, WEBB WINNER, WEBB WINNER, WEBB WINNER, WEBB WINNER, WEBB WIWEBB WINNER, WEBB WINNER, WEBB WINNER, WEBB WINNERNNER, WEBB WINNER, WEBB WINNER, WEBB WINNER, WEBB WINNER,

  166. By Rocksalt on May 26, 2012 | Reply

    WTF you smokin Titus??? ttrade AP Jared Webb? BE SANE AND SERIOUS……..

  167. By Rocksalt on May 26, 2012 | Reply

    FOR ONCE BE SANE AND SERIOUS!!!

  168. By Titus Flavius Caesar Vespasianus Augustus on May 26, 2012 | Reply

    Rocky, I hit a key accidentally and the post went online– I was going to add how ridiculous it is to trade our best players and have no leadership on the field.

  169. By Titus Flavius Caesar Vespasianus Augustus on May 26, 2012 | Reply

    Simmer down Rocksalt. Don’t bubble over now!

  170. By sandiamond on May 26, 2012 | Reply

    http://bleacherreport.com/articles/1196720-how-the-minnesota-vikings-loss-vs-chicago-bears-changed-their-2011-season

  171. By sandiamond on May 26, 2012 | Reply

    read that article above, one of the worst a$$ whooping of all time for the Vikings

  172. By Titus Flavius Caesar Vespasianus Augustus on May 26, 2012 | Reply

    I do not dwell on past events.

  173. By dumber on May 26, 2012 | Reply

    Anything can happen! The division got stronger too. Two tall refeivers in
    Chicago. Better D’s vs Minn. Unless the receivers vie for rookie of the year, look for us getting swept by the division and going 50/50 on the road at best.
    How will those questionable knees do?

  174. By celticvikingwarrior on May 26, 2012 | Reply

    Shawn……..I know you are refering to the word’s he spoke, and I couldn’t agree more. However what alway’s got me was the WAY he spoke, not only the word’s, but the delivery, the cadence inflection, the power and strength, how he made you not only feel, but believe what he said, because HE BELIEVED them.
    In short, the TRUTH was indeed what he spoke !!!!!!!!!!!
    I don’t know how familiar you are with some of his other spee, the one he gave in Parisches, but if not you should “google” some…..
    Like his famous inauguration speech, the “Berlin Wall” speech, the one he gave in Paris etc
    He had a way of making you feel like he was speaking directly to you !!!!!
    It didn’t hurt to have a great speech writer as well….
    If memory serves, he was the one who instituted the regular “White House briefing” talk’s, and some of those are priceless. Not to forget the one for his birthday, in which Marilyn Monroe sang “Happy Birthday, Mr President”……..
    p.s. I’ve tried to post what I think should be the starting and b/u defensive team at least 6 times since about 3a.m., with NO LUCK, and no clue as to why that wouldn’t post……..

  175. By celticvikingwarrior on May 26, 2012 | Reply

    middle there was my bad, I got messed up trying to edit………

  176. By sandiamond on May 26, 2012 | Reply

    everyone focuses on the overall record this season when in fact the most important issue is to get a couple of W’s versus our division foes. Will never be able to make it to the playoffs in the future with the North dominating the Vikes

  177. By Titus Flavius Caesar Vespasianus Augustus on May 26, 2012 | Reply

    Good point Sandiamond– I think most everyone here understands how important division wins are, but to have the best shot at the Big Dance, we are concerned with overall wins– that is what determines if we get a bye in the playoffs and if we can play at home.

  178. By sandiamond on May 26, 2012 | Reply

    Titus the schedule is favorable the first 11 weeks with only DET on tap twice. Going into the bye week at 6-4 would be a huge confidence boost to all the players and fans. Let’s hope this can happen!!! SKOL

  179. By RichardA1 on May 26, 2012 | Reply

    My mistake, Webb only wants to play qb? why don’t the Vikes play him? he’s got the talent to do it, he’s a double threat, he can run. It makes no sense the Vikes don’t play someone with so much talent.

  180. By Spencer on May 26, 2012 | Reply

    …Because of Ponder….

  181. By Titus Flavius Caesar Vespasianus Augustus on May 26, 2012 | Reply

    Spencer, who is the best quarterback on our roster? (Besides Favre.)

  182. By Spencer on May 26, 2012 | Reply

    Ponder.

    The better question would have been which quarterback gives us the best chance to win.

  183. By Titus Flavius Caesar Vespasianus Augustus on May 26, 2012 | Reply

    Spencer, are you high?

  184. By Spencer on May 26, 2012 | Reply

    Kyle Orton was the best QB on the Broncos but he didnt give them the best chance to win.

    Same with Ponder.

  185. By Titus Flavius Caesar Vespasianus Augustus on May 26, 2012 | Reply

    Spencer, stop smoking.

  186. By KoN on May 26, 2012 | Reply

    McGahee and the Broncos’ D both coming alive was the physical component behind the Broncos’ resurgence. Tebow’s effect was more psychological than physical. Tebow is a great leader and no doubt was one of the contributing factors in the come back the team made. Thus, Spencer’s statement about the Broncos’ could be considered true. On the other hand, with the Vikings, Ponder seems like a much better leader. Obviously I am not a part of the team so I cannot be sure, but Webb seems much more like a lone-wolf and I don’t see how he gives us a better chance to win.

  187. By Troutdaddy on May 26, 2012 | Reply

    @DRS- I know I almost ate my words… I have been reading all of your posts for the last 3 months now and I don’t think I misunderstood your meanings or intentions. All I meant was that I was putting all of my “Good Vibes” together and just truly felt that there was no way in the world that Miinnesota would let the Vikings slip through their fingers. I was just showing faith is all. Like you, I am so glad the Vikes are staying and I was VERY grateful for all of the leg work you did on all of your posts to keep me in the know. You were very helpful. I consider you a great resource. I hope you know that. You wont see me trashing you or the reg’s here- With exception of Spencer….. Just Kidding Spencer… All Packer fans are fair game though and anyone that comes onto this blog and challenges my loyalty and support to the Vikes will be verbally flogged…Not sure if this bugs anyone else, but I also dislike it when people try to use age as a reason to call themsleves a better or bigger fan. I could care less if someone was watching the Vikes when I was still in diapers… I am sure I was rooting for them in the pre-exsistence so…. Lastly- here is my invite- I am throwing this out there. If any of you find yourself in Utah during the regluar season and need a place to watch the game, me and the Vike fans here have some great get-togethers…. you are invited….The food is amazing and for the packer games we even do “Fried Cheese” You gotta love it!

  188. By NovaScotiaVike on May 26, 2012 | Reply

    Lost in the euphoria of the new stadium is the fact that 6 council members voted against the Vikes…….Here are my (unbiased) recommendations…..Take the (half-dozen), put them in a 1972 Ford Pinto and drive a train up their A$$ !

  189. By Spencer on May 26, 2012 | Reply

    Titus- im just speaking the truth.

  190. By NovaScotiaVike on May 26, 2012 | Reply

    * Any survivors can be cleaned up by the crows.

  191. By NovaScotiaVike on May 26, 2012 | Reply

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P0uFWxkTv78 which reminds me…….

  192. By NovaScotiaVike on May 26, 2012 | Reply

    FRED >>>>>>MR JONES ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^

  193. By Titus Flavius Caesar Vespasianus Augustus on May 26, 2012 | Reply

    Spencer, what is truth?

  194. By NovaScotiaVike on May 26, 2012 | Reply

    …….” Pass me a bottle, Mr. Jones”………

  195. By KoN on May 26, 2012 | Reply

    Does Fred wish he was someone just a little more funky than Bob Dylan?

  196. By NovaScotiaVike on May 26, 2012 | Reply

    Good one Kon !

  197. By KoN on May 26, 2012 | Reply

    Counting Crows is one of my favorite groups.

  198. By Titus Flavius Caesar Vespasianus Augustus on May 26, 2012 | Reply

    Konan the Viking!

  199. By Spencer on May 26, 2012 | Reply

    The team rallies behind Webb.

  200. By KoN on May 26, 2012 | Reply

    I’m tired of arguing against Webb, I really do like him and would fully support him if Ponder was not on the team. Right now I believe Ponder is the best option for the team. Spencer (among others) believes the opposite. However, at this point, our speculation serves no purpose but to create contention on the blog.

  201. By Titus Flavius Caesar Vespasianus Augustus on May 26, 2012 | Reply

    Well said, Konan.

  202. By Spencer on May 26, 2012 | Reply

    Its just hard for me to believe in a QB that has a noodle arm and is not capable of playing 16 games.

  203. By Parody on May 26, 2012 | Reply

    Neither Webb nor Ponder has proven capable of playing 16 games. (Cook hasn’t yet either). As far as the “noolde arm”, let’s just wait and see if he has added any meat this offseason.

  204. By Parody on May 26, 2012 | Reply

    Neither Webb nor Ponder has proven capable of playing 16 games. (Cook hasn’t yet either). As far as the “noodle arm”, let’s just wait and see if he has added any meat this offseason.

  205. By KoN on May 26, 2012 | Reply

    Spencer, you replace that Q with a C and I’d think you were talking about Chris Cook.

  206. By Spencer on May 26, 2012 | Reply

    Lol when will the Cook jabs end??

    He will prove you all wrong.

  207. By KoN on May 26, 2012 | Reply

    Also, Ponder doesn’t have a noodle arm. That was a myth that was created during his senior season be cause he had an injured throwing elbow. Of course that affected how far he could throw, but he had surgery and is back to form. He doesn’t have a cannon, but he can make all of the throws that an NFL QB needs to be able to make.

  208. By Viking-ology on May 26, 2012 | Reply

    The so called no-it-all’s said Brady had no arm either, how did that turn out? All I’m saying is trust in the coaching staff and give Ponder a chance to prove his worth.

  209. By Titus Flavius Caesar Vespasianus Augustus on May 26, 2012 | Reply

    Both sides of the argument right now are correct. Everyone is right. Right now. We will all see in time– Ponder could be the golden boy and take us to two or three Superbowls, or he could be a dud. Who knows?

  210. By KoN on May 26, 2012 | Reply

    The so called know-it-alls thought Brady was a late round flyer who might develop into an okay backup.

  211. By Titus Flavius Caesar Vespasianus Augustus on May 26, 2012 | Reply

    My guess, hunch, and belief is Ponder will be one of the elite gang in two to four years– like a Brady or Brees right now.

  212. By GrandDaddyPurp on May 26, 2012 | Reply

    The reason I am not fully behind Webb is because I dont believe the organisation is fully behind him. If they were and If they truly felt Webb gives us the best chance of winning they would have showed that in the 2011 draft. Instead of drafting Ponder we would have selected the guy who would have been Webb’s blind side protector in Nate Soldier or they would have drafted a new anchor for our OLine to help both Webb and AD out in center Maurkice Pouncey.

    But they did exactly what I did NOT want them to do and took another QB. We don’t pick QBs very often in the first round. A franchise’s first round draft pick is a big investment to use on a QB, not financially under the new CBA, considering that more first round QBs ended up being misses rather than hits. It is too early to give up on such a big investment and I support Ponder for what he is to this team, our starting QB, and I as should all of you support Webb for what he is right now, our 2nd string QB. We can only live in the NOW.

    Good Night Vikings Faithful!

  213. By packhater on May 27, 2012 | Reply

    I will take a noodle-armed QB over a strong-armed QB anyday. What matters is how ACCURATE their arm is, not how far they can throw the ball! One of the biggest noodle-armed QB’s ever was probably Joe Montana.

  214. By DRS on May 27, 2012 | Reply

    This was some of the thinking we were fighting while trying to get the Vikings stadium.

    Weekend reading: A long (and interesting) story about the stadium
    Posted by: Howard Sinker under Vikings, Packers Updated: May 26, 2012 – 11:54 AM

    “So I recognize my purple guilt, but the other side really does seem to be acting far less reasonably on this one. For instance, the afternoon that Roger Goodell was at the capitol, I ran into an old liberal dude upstairs who said he was a card-carrying member of the Occupy Movement. Seemed like a nice, compassionate guy. But when we got down to discussing the endgame of his anti-stadium position, he looked me in the eye and said, ‘We were Packers fans in the ’60s. We can be Packers fans again.’ ”

    http://www.startribune.com/sports/vikings/154494125.html

  215. By DRS on May 27, 2012 | Reply

    Stadium gets final sign-off
    Posted by: Eric Roper Updated: May 25, 2012 – 1:01 PM

    Up next, the city must create an implementation committee and the mayor must appoint two members to a new stadium authority.

    http://www.startribune.com/sports/vikings/154115495.html

  216. By DRS on May 27, 2012 | Reply

    NFLPA less than thrilled with league’s thigh and knee pad mandate
    Posted by: Dan Wiederer under Vikings Updated: May 25, 2012 – 8:57 AM

    http://www.startribune.com/sports/vikings/154067975.html

  217. By DRS on May 27, 2012 | Reply

    Access Vikings: Chemistry builds during OTAs
    Video by: Shari L. Gross Updated: May 24, 2012 – 6:47 PM
    Star Tribune football writer Dan Wiederer and Vikings team leader Chris Miller catch you up on what’s been going on during the offseason.

    http://www.startribune.com/sports/vikings/153717925.html

  218. By DRS on May 27, 2012 | Reply

    Supreme Court OK required for Vikings stadium financing
    Posted: 9:29 am Mon, May 21, 2012
    By Paul Demko
    Tags: Mark Dayton, Minnesota Supreme Court, Morrie Lanning, Tobacco appropriation bonds, Vikings stadium

    According to legal and finance experts, the court potentially could take two courses of action that would imperil the financing mechanism for the Vikings stadium: It could determine that the Supreme Court is not the right venue to initially consider the matter. That would kick the issue down to a lower court and potentially drag out the matter for an extended time period.

    Or the court could determine that appropriation bonds are unconstitutional and rule them out completely. If that happens, it’s uncertain how the state would cover its share of the nearly $1 billion stadium. The Legislature would almost certainly have to take action to provide a different funding mechanism. “I don’t think there’s any way to make [the stadium bill] work if appropriation bonds are not the vehicle,” said one veteran budget watcher.

    One possibility that’s been discussed is authorizing the Metropolitan Council to issue the bonds. The state would then appropriate the money to cover the debt service to the Metropolitan Council. A similar scheme was employed to pay for the University of Minnesota’s new football stadium, with the school issuing the bonds.

    But stadium supporters are hoping that such a scenario proves unnecessary. “We’re reasonably confident that it will hold up and be possible for us to use that method,” Lanning said of the appropriation bonds. “We know that it has to go through that hoop. We’ve known that all along. So it didn’t come as any surprise.”

    http://finance-commerce.com/2012/05/supreme-court-ok-required-for-vikings-stadium-financing/

  219. By DRS on May 27, 2012 | Reply

    One more hoop for the Vikings to go through, when will it stop and we can be confident that the stadium will be built?

  220. By packhater on May 27, 2012 | Reply

    I truly believe Ponder is the best QB on our team and as far as Joe Webb, go on You Tube and watch that video of him jumping them 7 bags. What is he thinking???? On a team that is dying for a big,fast,athletic WR. I would be licking my chops for oppurtunity to get on the feild and show my stuff! Cant quite figure him out. He either cant catch or he just enjoys being QB2.

  221. By packhater on May 27, 2012 | Reply

    It even sounds good………..WR-Joe “The Spiderman” Webb………….He catches everything.

  222. By sandiamond on May 27, 2012 | Reply

    Characteristics of a Wide Receiver

    There are many athletes who have the ability to run fast in a straight line, but to be a top wide receiver, the athlete must have the one quality that cannot be coached: quickness. He also must be able to change direction without losing any speed, run at full speed the minute he comes off the line of scrimmage, and continue to run flat-out throughout his entire pass pattern. You can almost always pick out a receiver who has great speed by his average yards-per-catch figure for the season.

    However, if a player has a desire to be a wide receiver and he does not have tremendous speed, he should not automatically give up on his dream. With a great deal of hard work and dedication, there can be an opportunity for him to make the team at the receiver position. Even though all coaches would like to have receivers with great speed and quickness, there is a place for the receiver who, lacking speed, makes up for it with precise pattern execution, complete focus on the ball when it is thrown his way, and the ability to get away from defensive players or to find the hole between zone coverages.

    Along with a thorough grasp of offenses and defenses, another important trait found in any successful wide receiver is concentration. First, he must concentrate on getting off the ball on the snap count. As he releases off the line of scrimmage, the receiver must concentrate to recognize the defense that is being used. While still running at full speed, he must concentrate on running the pattern called in the offensive huddle, running it in the exact manner that will allow him to be in the best position to defeat the coverage being executed by the defense. Finally, as he moves into the final phase of his pass pattern, the wide receiver must be able to shut everything out of his mind, focusing his eyes and all of his attention on the ball as it moves toward him. He must be consumed with total and complete concentration on making the catch.

    This ability to focus on the catch and the understanding of the importance of the catch are demonstrated by great wide receivers every time they walk on the field to practice or play football. They know that if they practice with intensity and dedication, attempting to catch any pass that they can touch, their performance in a game will become automatic.

    Conditioning, the ability to run on play after play without slowing down, is also a vital characteristic of any great receiver. All football players should be ready to run when practice begins, but the very nature of the job of a wide receiver requires that they come to the practice field in the very best physical condition. Fatigue and a lack of conditioning will turn a good receiver into an average pass catcher faster than anything else that might happen to him during practice or a game.

    Playing as a wide receiver on a football team can be exciting for any young player, but he must understand that it is not an easy position to play. He will be required to run continuously during the entire practice session or game when he is on the field. Prospective wide receivers also must realize that while they may not be required to block like an offensive lineman or even a tight end, they will be involved in contact. They should be prepared for this, and especially to “take a hit” after a catch, accepting this inevitable collision as a part of playing the game as a wide receiver.

    Does Joe Webb have all this? answer: probably not

  223. By packhater on May 27, 2012 | Reply

    WOW ! Since playing WR sounds to complex for Webb to get a grasp off, why dont we just let him play the QB position. Anyone can do that , right?

  224. By packhater on May 27, 2012 | Reply

    I guess anyone can play the QB position if all you gotta do is take the snap and run like Webb would do.

  225. By sandiamond on May 27, 2012 | Reply

    packhater, he would have to start from scratch in training camp to become a full time receiver which is not not an option for the #2 QB
    I want to see him on the field more just like everyone else but we must face reality!
    At this point Webb would make an excellent hail mary guy for the end zone but can he run routes like other nfl receivers?

  226. By packhater on May 27, 2012 | Reply

    You do got a good point sandiamond, its just a shame to see that kind of athletic ability standing on the sidelines and the only way to get him on the field is if our franchise QB gets hurt.

  227. By packhater on May 27, 2012 | Reply

    Take last year for instance, when we drafted Ponder then picked up Mcnabb, Webb had to read the writing on the wall. He knew he wasnt the direction we were taking. We just lost Sid Rice and needed help. If your that gifted of an athlete, then take advantage of it. Deion was gifted too, but was smart enough to know a QB he wasnt.

  228. By sandiamond on May 27, 2012 | Reply

    still hoping for a refined wildcat package by musgrave to get Webb in the game more. Same thing for E. Griffen. Maybe Alan Williams will see something in him that Pagac did not
    Holler and Scream!!
    we want everson and joe on the field………………………

  229. By Spencer on May 27, 2012 | Reply

    Nick Fairley was arrested early this morning for DUI, and eluding the police. LOL, nice pick Lions!

  230. By Spencer on May 27, 2012 | Reply

    I am a Viking
    I love my ship
    I love my horns
    I run so quick

    My mind is sharp
    My sword legit
    If you f-ck with me
    I’ll f-ck your sh-t!

    BAROOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO

  231. By Viking-ology on May 27, 2012 | Reply

    The only way to get Webb on the field more is to have Sage R. at #2, this will allow Webb to be on the field in a variety of offensive positions. Otherwise his talents are holding a clipboard and waiting for his number to be called. Doesn’t sound like a good use of his abilities to me.

  232. By KoN on May 27, 2012 | Reply

    Fairley is kind of wasted right now on the Lions. I don’t know if they are planning on moving him to the other DT spot, but right now he is a top 15 pick that is backing up a top 3 pick. Seems like a huge waste of talent to me, especially when the other DT spot is taken up by a veteran who the Lions traded a 5th round pick for.

  233. By NovaScotiaVike on May 27, 2012 | Reply

    Your mind is dull Your sword make-believe If you keep up this “poetry” All bloggers will leave

  234. By Spencer on May 27, 2012 | Reply

    lol My poetry is fire im about to blow your mind like a verbal John Wilks Booth

  235. By Titus Flavius Caesar Vespasianus Augustus on May 27, 2012 | Reply

    Wow, Spencer, you really are smoking something.

  236. By Spencer on May 27, 2012 | Reply

    (̅_̅_̅_̅(̅_̅_̅_̅_̅_̅_̅_̅_̅̅_̅()ڪے

    Titus, you want some of this?

  237. By KoN on May 27, 2012 | Reply

    Abe lincoln vs. Chuck Norris, Spencer?

  238. By Titus Flavius Caesar Vespasianus Augustus on May 27, 2012 | Reply

    Spencer, I have evolved beyond that stage.

  239. By Spencer on May 27, 2012 | Reply

    Dammit Kon LOL

  240. By Rocksalt on May 27, 2012 | Reply

    Spencer-
    Keep on truckin….

  241. By Rocksalt on May 27, 2012 | Reply

    Let’;s Go NJ DEVILS!

  242. By Rocksalt on May 27, 2012 | Reply

    Abe wil kick Noriis” arse!

  243. By Rocksalt on May 27, 2012 | Reply

    this blog is old.UPDATE! Pangea no longer a supercontinent!

  244. By Rocksalt on May 27, 2012 | Reply

    Neandertals now new immigrants in neighborhood……

  245. By Rocksalt on May 27, 2012 | Reply

    Special Report: slender upright walking species h.o.m.o sapiens reported by an undisclosed source.

  246. By Spencer on May 27, 2012 | Reply

    Theres nothing new to talk about Rocksalt.

  247. By Carl K on May 27, 2012 | Reply

    Sandi- Everson Griffen ran a 4.46 at the combine… That is as fast as I have ever seen 270 plus lbs move.

    Yes, get this freak on the field. 4 sacks last year as a backup is pretty good.

    I would put this kid at linebacker and dial up a blitz on ever play.

  248. By Titus Flavius Caesar Vespasianus Augustus on May 27, 2012 | Reply

    So, we play at Washington this year– AGAIN. Three years in a row at their house. What is up with that? And we better keep AP out of the game– if I am remembering correctly, AP was hurt both times by the Redskins and taken out of the game the past two years.

  249. By Carl K on May 27, 2012 | Reply

    As a senior in high school, Griffen also played RB and rushed for 1250 yards and 22 TDs.

    The freak can even catch the ball.

  250. By Carl K on May 27, 2012 | Reply

    Wow- 159 rushing attempts as a senior… 7.8 yards per carry.

    I think I just found the Vikings’ new 3rd down and short yardage back!

  251. By Matthias on May 27, 2012 | Reply

    Carl K, Griffen wasn’t a 270 lbs monster back than. Still he is a freak of nature and I am glad that the croud calmed down… Last year most of the guys on here wanted to get rid of him. Good that that didn’t happen.

  252. By Matthias on May 27, 2012 | Reply

    * then

  253. By Carl K on May 27, 2012 | Reply

    My bad… his pro-day 40 times were 4.59 and some scouts clocked him at 4.46 on his second attempt. Griffen’s combine 40 time was 4.66.

  254. By KoN on May 27, 2012 | Reply

    What about the Cardinals, Titus? We’ve played them every year since 2008 and will be playing them again this year. To play the same extra-divisional team five years in a row has got to be approaching some kind of record.

  255. By Carl K on May 27, 2012 | Reply

    Maybe Frazier got his attention. Griffen seems to have grown up this offseason.

    Maybe Cook has changed too.

    I will give Frazier an A for how he has handled those distractions.

  256. By sandiamond on May 27, 2012 | Reply

    good lord Carl that is fast! lot of teams drafted edge/speed rushers this year and we already have one ready to go wowsa

  257. By sandiamond on May 27, 2012 | Reply

    good luck next week Solly! Titus I’m praying this guy can make the team/ do the same please

  258. By Carl K on May 27, 2012 | Reply

    God can do amazing things!

    I will say a prayer for this kid too.

  259. By Spencer on May 27, 2012 | Reply

  260. By sandiamond on May 27, 2012 | Reply

    good DL pressure and a few double team blocks. Just looks like he needs more game time experience spencer

  261. By Titus Flavius Caesar Vespasianus Augustus on May 27, 2012 | Reply

    I was going to mention the Cardinals, KoN, but the Redskins were the team that knocked Peterson out two years running– that is a concern. Is there a bountygate type system still there? The Giants are a team we played a lot too– but now two years without them.

  262. By Titus Flavius Caesar Vespasianus Augustus on May 27, 2012 | Reply

    I just got caught cycling in that storm– so NOT fun.

  263. By sandiamond on May 27, 2012 | Reply

  264. By Titus Flavius Caesar Vespasianus Augustus on May 27, 2012 | Reply

    Do you know how you can count after lightning until the thunder to gauge the distance between you and the strike? For several minutes I saw the flash of lightning– and instantly thunder– BAM BAM BAM– that was the scariest I ever rode in– it was like I was being targeted. I spoke protection scriptures outloud all the way home at that point.

  265. By sandiamond on May 27, 2012 | Reply

    find shelter next time titus!

  266. By KoN on May 27, 2012 | Reply

    That storm just reached me Titus; it’s a pretty good one. I wouldn’t want to be biking in that,

  267. By Titus Flavius Caesar Vespasianus Augustus on May 27, 2012 | Reply

    I just looked at the weather map down to the street level– I was in the red zone, not just the yellow – yikes! I was so close to home, I figured I could just get home.

  268. By sandiamond on May 27, 2012 | Reply

    Carl what happened to Nate Triplett 5th LB in 2010?

  269. By Spencer on May 27, 2012 | Reply

    Dam that storm reached me out here in central PA too.

  270. By Spencer on May 27, 2012 | Reply

    Its 68 with 94% humidity right, the air is so thick.

  271. By Titus Flavius Caesar Vespasianus Augustus on May 27, 2012 | Reply

    Spencer two hours ago it was 91 with a 67 dewpoint– now it is 75 with a 68 dewpoint– tells you how big a front came through–

  272. By packhater on May 27, 2012 | Reply

    Drinking beer and eating cheese crackers………….Life is good!

  273. By Matthias on May 28, 2012 | Reply

    New blog.

  274. By sandiamond on May 28, 2012 | Reply

    Is this Spencer?

  275. By Spencer on May 28, 2012 | Reply

    He needs to blow his nose

  276. By sandiamond on May 28, 2012 | Reply

    little kid is doing something right with that snooty nose. 4 million you tube hits combined with one other duplicate video. More than most rock bands and rappers

  277. By sandiamond on May 28, 2012 | Reply

    2nd video 765k hits!

  278. By lilwildwolf21 on May 29, 2012 | Reply

    To answer Spencers question on his video YES!!!!!!!!!! that is what we want only change that rain to snow :) Skol Vikings

  279. By RichardA1 on May 29, 2012 | Reply

    Vikes defense should be A #1 this year, can the coachs make the difference, can they coach them? Emerson Greffin looks like he’s almost probowl ready, Elimimen from Canada looks great, along with stand outs form last year, and draft choices, opposing teams be afraid, very afraid.

  280. By Nick on May 29, 2012 | Reply

    The Vikings need to go outdoors. The only advantage dome gives the Vikings is the crowd noise. Which only helps them very rarely on the snap count. It’s pretty much a level playing field for any team that plays against the Vikings in MN. Take a look at the advantage Lambeau gives the Packers. We need something like that.

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