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CLOCK IS TICKING IN THE TWIN CITIES

On Monday, 20,000 tickets remained for Sunday’s playoff game between the Eagles and the Vikings at the Metrodome.
On Wednesday, 11,000 seats remain, according to the Minneapolis Star Tribune.
By Thursday at 3:30 p.m. local time, all non-premium seats must be sold or the Sunday afternoon game won’t be broadcast in the Minneapolis-St. Paul area.
The Vikings have requested from the league a 24-hour extension.
Vikings fans?  Prove us wrong about your lack of faith in the team and buy the remaining tickets.  You haven’t been able to attend a playoff game since Randy Moss, Cris Carter, and Robert Smith were on the team.
Actually, now we understand why you’re not buying the tickets.

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85 Responses to “CLOCK IS TICKING IN THE TWIN CITIES”
  1. Blackacre says: Dec 31, 2008 12:05 PM

    What an absolute disgrace. Minnesota should immediately go to the top of the list for relocation, those people don’t deserve a team!

  2. lowercaseD says: Dec 31, 2008 12:08 PM

    Gary Anderson was on that team too

  3. ronry says: Dec 31, 2008 12:11 PM

    Umm, what are the playoffs?
    Just curious,
    Detroit Lions

  4. DOLFAN305 says: Dec 31, 2008 12:11 PM

    I think its fair to say that allnfl teams have out of state fans. But never in my lifetime have i ever ran into a viking fan. there just that team that nobody seems to care much for. Thats a team that needs to move citys.

  5. kidwithhelmet says: Dec 31, 2008 12:12 PM

    I love having pro football so close to where I live, but Vikings fans don’t deserve to have a franchise in Minnesota.

  6. firerose617 says: Dec 31, 2008 12:14 PM

    Well, if any of my fellow Minnesotans want lower priced tickets, they better hurry up – I got mine from Ticketmaster on Monday – I just looked and all of the $30 and $69 tickets are gone!

  7. JimmySmith says: Dec 31, 2008 12:17 PM

    Here is a marketing idea, anyone buying one of the remaining playoff tickets guarantees a Packer-Viking ticket in the 2009 season. They would sell those 11,000 seats in about 2 minutes.

  8. zygi milf says: Dec 31, 2008 12:19 PM

    How about a daily “clock is ticking” update on San Diego?

  9. ZN0rseman says: Dec 31, 2008 12:20 PM

    Hey, I love the Vikings as a team… but I can’t stand watching Tavaris Jackson attempt to play QB. The guy is just aweful, so with him under center, you can’t blame me if I don’t want to pay hundreds of dollars, and drive 4 hours, only to watch my team lose because the front office is too stubborn/stupid to keep the guy on the bench.
    $0.02,
    –Z

  10. JonD says: Dec 31, 2008 12:23 PM

    “Actually, now we understand why you’re not buying the tickets.”
    Yeah, it couldn’t possibly be that the tickets are too expensive, that people maybe don’t have the money to afford those tickets. No, it’s because everyone is just lazy. Right. *rollseyes*

  11. vikefan4787 says: Dec 31, 2008 12:25 PM

    As an out of state Viking fan going to his sixth game this year this weekend, all I can say is WOW! I understand the recession is going on. But this isn’t happening other places right now. This is very very very sad. I have came to accept the inevitable moving of the Vikings. I just hope they keep the Vikings name. Minnesota doesn’t deserve that. It is a package deal. If they want the Minnesota Vikings support them and go to the games and help legislation get a new stadium built. If not then the entire franchise moves and hopefully stays with the same names (maybe go back to the old uniforms :-).
    The fact is Minnesota has an over-saturated market of sports in a very weak sport’s market with the Twins, Wolves, Wild, and Vikings. And of course Minnesota has experience of losing teams ie. Lakers, North Stars, and nearly lost the Twins from folding as a franchise.
    Long Live THE VIKINGS!!!

  12. Pack Rules says: Dec 31, 2008 12:26 PM

    As a Packer Fan, I’d find a black out in the Twin Cities. However, this is likely more of a economy thing, then then lack of interest in the team. $100 for the worst seats in the house is something people really need to think about today, compared to past years.

  13. NodakPaul says: Dec 31, 2008 12:27 PM

    ZN0rseman says:
    December 31st, 2008 at 12:20 pm
    Hey, I love the Vikings as a team… but I can’t stand watching Tavaris Jackson attempt to play QB. The guy is just aweful, so with him under center, you can’t blame me if I don’t want to pay hundreds of dollars, and drive 4 hours, only to watch my team lose because the front office is too stubborn/stupid to keep the guy on the bench.
    $0.02,
    –Z
    ——————
    WTF Z? This is the first home playoff game we have had in eight freaking years! There are tickets available for $30 a pop. There is no excuse not to go and support your team!

  14. hrmlss says: Dec 31, 2008 12:27 PM

    Wow, most places other than Jacksonville would sell out in a couple hours. No wonder LA will soon have the Lakers AND the Vikings!

  15. LanceJ22 says: Dec 31, 2008 12:28 PM

    The Vikings aren’t the only team having trouble selling tickets for the playoffs. Besides, last I checked we are in a recession, unemployment is rising, and people just don’t have the extra cash to shell out $125 for a damn ticket. It’s definately not a lack of passion by Viking fans. They will sell out the game eventually, so it’s really a dead issue.

  16. Crushing Touchdown Run says: Dec 31, 2008 12:28 PM

    Uh oh. Can’t blame it on the Panthers this time, Minny.

  17. Tim says: Dec 31, 2008 12:29 PM

    I have to agree they don’t deserve a franchise. I’m a Vikes fan in Philly and have considered making the 18+ hour drive to watch my once local team defeat my current local team.
    Come on Vikes fans…attend the damn game. Support the team.

  18. VikeRube says: Dec 31, 2008 12:32 PM

    Alright, now it’s time to worry…It may be an economic thing but I’m starting to think it is deeper than that, especially considering the lack of season ticket holders buying playoff tickets…The Vikings are the most popular franchise in Minnesota but there is no coach more hated in the Twin Cities than Childress (maybe even more than Kevin McHale) and this is probably more of a sign by the fans, particularily season ticket holders, that they want a new coach…

  19. HardcoreVikesFan says: Dec 31, 2008 12:33 PM

    kidwithhelmet:
    Don’t deserve to have a franchise in Minnesota? Maybe you should look at history. Fans would go crazy in the old Met. stadium. They were as loud as the Metrodome, and that was an outdoor stadium! How about being the loudest fans in NFL do to the noise in the Metrodome? Also remember what economic times we are in. It’s just after Christmas, and most people have spent a lot of their hard earned money. Sorry we aren’t all millionaires who can just throw money around. Some fans could be scared. Because they know what happens to Minnesota sometimes.
    I bought my playoff tickets, and they arrived in the mail. We are ALL passionate Vikings fans. Just don’t forget what times we are currently in. Furthermore, NEVER say we do not deserve a franchise in Minnesota again.

  20. DC_Bengals_Fan says: Dec 31, 2008 12:36 PM

    Can’t even sell out the $80 tickets to a playoff game? By Wednesday? Pathetic.
    For shame, Minnesota. I know times are tough, but they aren’t *that* tough.
    Hell, for shame on the damned *Philly* fans for not snapping up the extra tickets! For example, I may hate Pissburgh, but you know damned well that if it was them on the road for a playoff game, the tickets would be long gone.

  21. madmax says: Dec 31, 2008 12:40 PM

    Its not about the economy. Brad Childress has stripped the fun away from watching this team. He calls plays that are just vanilla. He plays to (not win). He is always playing for a tie score and never ever goes for the kill when he has a team down. He is a terrible decision maker. I live 250 miles from the dome and I can afford to go there and get seats but I refuse to when I can hardly stand to watch on t.v. I can’t beleive they have one ten games. I think I only felt good about one of them. My dad and I have watched every game together for thirty years and he has watched them since they became a team and neither of us has suffered so much. If they are lucky enough to win the superbowl I can only imagine how hollow I will feel.

  22. bgman says: Dec 31, 2008 12:41 PM

    As a Vikings fan I have to admit most other Vikings are a fickle bunch.
    This is not a statement of not supporting their team. It’s not wanting to support or have their hopes rest on the coaching Brad Childress or the QB play of Tavaris Jackson.
    No matter what success Childress and Jackson have going forward they won’t be viewed any differently here in Minnesota because the fans have already turned on them, much the same way they refused to support Denny Green or Dante Culpepper.
    Yet a guy like Randy Moss gave minimal effort if many games and was loved. Adrian Peterson is fumbling on a consistent basis, yet no one is being too critical of him. The reason: both guys won the fans over from Day One, and the fans refused to turn on them.
    Fans here are quick to give up on someone if they’re not successful from the start, and once that happens, it’s almost impossible to win the fans back. And because fans don’t like Brad Childress as a coach and don’t trust Tavaris Jackson as a QB in the playoffs, I think a lot of people don’t want to get their hopes up for the Vikings to win and are staying home to avoid what they expect to be disappointment.

  23. jwc00 says: Dec 31, 2008 12:42 PM

    Must be another slow day in pro football talk. Does anyone really care if the roller dome sells out or not ?

  24. kidwithhelmet says: Dec 31, 2008 12:42 PM

    @ Pack Rules:
    While it would be foolish to not attribute some of the lack of ticket sales to the economy, this has been happening for the last 2 years. Local TV stations always bail them out last minute (which they will do yet again). This isn’t happening everywhere else, with other fans who have to deal with this same economic crisis.

  25. saturn11 says: Dec 31, 2008 12:43 PM

    If there are 11,000 left at this point, then the tickets aren’t exactly getting gobbled up by Birds fans either.
    It’ll be interesting to see how strong the Eagle fan presence is.
    Times are tough. NFL tickets are expensive. I don’t blame anyone for choosing to stay home.

  26. atomic187 says: Dec 31, 2008 12:43 PM

    I think everyone should stop opining on who they think “deserves” what. It’s not really anyone’s place to judge what another person, community, city, state etc “deserve’s”.
    Additionally, the fact that they are making progress towards a sellout (maybe slowly) should prove that fans are stepping up to buy tickets (again, maybe slowly), and if they can get it done in time, or by the extension date, then who really cares as long as the fans are in the seats.

  27. zygi milf says: Dec 31, 2008 12:43 PM

    hrmlss says:
    December 31st, 2008 at 12:27 pm
    “Wow, most places other than Jacksonville would sell out in a couple hours. No wonder LA will soon have the Lakers AND the Vikings!”
    Wrong – see San Diego….see Phoenix…. and both are cities with larger populations (although I can see why the Cardinals wouldn’t sell out.)

  28. FuzzyGopher says: Dec 31, 2008 12:43 PM

    Dear PFT research dept. Cris Carter and Robert Smith were not on the team in 2004. Thanks for playing.
    Mike Tice

  29. hixie says: Dec 31, 2008 12:47 PM

    The Queens’ fans NEVER seem to amaze me…as a season ticket holder for the Green Bay Packers (yes we didn’t make it this year) every year that we have a CHANCE, yes I repeat a CHANCE, to go to the Playoffs and host a game tickets are offered and of course sellout…we get reimbursed for the price if we don’t make it. What a bunch of fair weather fans over in the Twin Cities and yet they want a new stadium…to fill up with WHO?
    A: A butt-load of the VISITING team fans
    oh and yes, THE BEARS STILL SUCK!

  30. vikesfanrochmn says: Dec 31, 2008 12:48 PM

    Enough with the “move the team to L.A.” talk Packer fans. No current NFL team should move there. I’m a Vikings fan that doesn’t attend games. I enjoy watching the game on my TV. That doesn’t make me less of a fan than people that go to games. Some people get more enjoyment being at the games but I personally don’t. Just because they are having problems selling out the game doesn’t mean we have bad fans and don’t deserve a franchise. I speak for many Viking fans in saying that I was hoping this would be Brad Childress’ last year as our coach. Making the playoffs is bittersweet because of that. We’re all worried that he’ll be back for another season and many season ticket holders don’t want to support that.

  31. JayPhilly says: Dec 31, 2008 12:50 PM

    Just bought my tix…GO EAGLES!

  32. zygi milf says: Dec 31, 2008 12:52 PM

    @ Fuzzy Gopher – that was a road game. It has been years since we have had a home playoff game.
    @ CommonSenseGuy – Jacksonville metro area is quite small compared to the Twin Cities area – hence the tarp. Your argument would have made sense otherwise.

  33. Canadian Mike says: Dec 31, 2008 12:52 PM

    I am a HUGE Vikings fac and I am embarassed right now. I live 5 1/2 hours North of the stadium and unfortunately I cannot make it to the game. I cannot believe that the fans that are closer are not gong to this game. What is wrong with all of you!!
    Get off your asses and go to this game!! I know times are tough but this is the playoffs!!

  34. 28allday says: Dec 31, 2008 12:52 PM

    I just bought my tickets last night! Thanks for all extra charges Ticket Monster…er Ticket Master.

  35. CommonSenseGuy says: Dec 31, 2008 12:54 PM

    I love how you uninformed people are having a hey day saying Minnesota does not support it’s team. IF this game is blacked out it will be the first time in over 10 years. Yeah no support there is there. there. “Jacksonville would have sold out” Well Jacksonvilee has 2 x the population of minneapolis. “Philly would have sold out” Philly has 1 million more people then the whole state on Minnesota. The economy is not solely to blame, but a smaller area is going to feel the effect more then a large populus area.
    By the way, if anybody thinks LA would support this team better then Minnesota, you are nuts. How many teams has LA lost the past 15 years? Two? There is a reason they lost the Rams and the Raiders, and no team has wanted to go back to LA.
    With that said, the season ticket holders should be ashamed of not buying tickets. If you commit to 2 preseason games and 8 regular season games, what’s one more. Besides if you did not want to go, sell them to Eagle fans for 2 x the price.

  36. Mike Florio says: Dec 31, 2008 12:55 PM

    @FuzzyGopher . . . .
    so randy moss pretended to moon packers fans at the metrodome? thanks for clearing that up.

  37. gary says: Dec 31, 2008 12:57 PM

    Viking fans are like the team LOSERS.
    Skoll this

  38. AlwaysSonny says: Dec 31, 2008 1:06 PM

    Lemme get something straight for everyone who yaps with their a$$ flaps…
    No team is going to LA unless the city builds a new stadium…Why?
    Because the Coliseum holds roughly 100,000 people, which is extremely difficult to sell out. And if they cant sell out consistently then you have the same aforementioned problem, knuckleheads.
    Finally, if there were 20,000 tix unsold on Monday and it’s Wednesday and there’s 11,000 tix unsold then my 3rd grade teacher would probably explain to you, Mr. Florio, that there is a likely chance it sells out by Saturday. Oi Vey

  39. HannibalViking says: Dec 31, 2008 1:06 PM

    I am diving out from Baltimore to support the Vikings. If you are within 3 hours of the staudium, have the financial means, and consider youself a vikings fan, you should be there. Period. I don’t care how nice your TV is and comfy your couch is. They can hear you cheer from the living room.

  40. AlwaysSonny says: Dec 31, 2008 1:06 PM

    That being said,
    Fly Eagles Fly

  41. ZN0rseman says: Dec 31, 2008 1:07 PM

    Mike Florio says:
    December 31st, 2008 at 12:55 pm
    @FuzzyGopher . . . .
    so randy moss pretended to moon packers fans at the metrodome? thanks for clearing that up.
    ————————————-
    That was the best TD dance in the history of the NFL. Instead of ripping Moss for it, all NFL fans outside of Wisconsin should have been praising him. What people don’t realize is that the Packers fans have a tradition of mooning the opposing team’s bus at every Packers game. They line up in a big long line and moon the bus as a whole every game. Moss was just returning the favor… right after putting the dagger in their little hearts.
    As a Packer fan though, I certainly understand why you are bitter about that.
    Cheers!
    –Z

  42. sand0789 says: Dec 31, 2008 1:08 PM

    The game will sell out. Don’t sweat it. It is just a tough situation. The Vikings hadn’t clinched by the time season ticket holders were offered the seats. If season ticket holders buy the seats, the money is not refunded if the team misses playoffs but rather put towards next seasons tickets. If the individual does not then buy season tickets next year, which is a possibility in these economic times, then the money is lost.
    The Chargers had this same problem and I don’t know if they have yet sold out. The Vikings will get an extension and realistically only need to get down to 3000 left before the TV network bails them out.
    Some of the venom spit on these boards is a bit harsh. You dont’ know what it is like being a fan of the usually good and never great Vikings. Buying my tickets later today once I get a call back from a couple of buddies. Skol Vikings.

  43. Bob_Nelson says: Dec 31, 2008 1:09 PM

    Most teams required the payment for playoff tickets long ago.
    Of course their teams are in demand and fans.
    This is the worst stadium (3rd lowest capacity) for the NFL. If you have ever attended a game there you know how bad of an experience it is.
    This crummy, poorly run, viking franchise can screw up most anything.
    They are the lowest revenue team losing money every year.
    Remember when the vikings couldn’t get from the hotel to the stadium on time in Detroit, delayed the start of the game, and paid a hefty fine?
    Remember when they could not get the name of a draft pick on a card and to the podium on time during draft day, two consecutive years??
    They refuse to participate in getting a new stadium in Minnesota.
    The owner spends less than 21 days in Minnesota a year.
    There aren’t more than 3 players that live in Minnesota in the offseason.
    They have never drafted and trained a good starting QB in the history of the franchise.
    There is a lot more wrong with them than the Minnetonka Criminal Cruise, players dealing with organized crime, and a head coach who violates his oath to the league and scalps tickets.

  44. champs says: Dec 31, 2008 1:12 PM

    Shame on us Vikings fans, indeed. Fine, I’ve been goaded into buying a pair of $50 tickets… which work out to $60 tickets after Ticketbastard wets its beak… to see a team that lives and dies on a superstar that has lost his grip of the ball. Yeah, we’re a little disheartened, and $120 (or even $80 + plus oxygen mask rental) is no small price to pay on the hopes they turn it around.

  45. gary says: Dec 31, 2008 1:13 PM

    As a Packer fan though, I certainly understand why you are bitter about that.
    I’m sure not as bitter as you morons are about NEVER winning a SUPER bowl while we’ve won 3

  46. jkorn1818 says: Dec 31, 2008 1:29 PM

    where is nordicman now? went on a whole rant last week how Nyers are low lives, how harlem and Ny are poor compared to Minn, how KG lives on his block. Moneybags, ask your parents for a loan and leave your house and buy the community tickets. Now everyone is crying poverty?We’re all in a recession, deal with it. Do you honestly think there would be tix left at giants stadium or in philly, even if they seated 160,000? Not one seat empty. Get them out of this city already, but where would they go? people in LA arent true fans of anything. i know it’s been a long time since there have been playoffs, in case you forgot playoff tickets are always more expensive. Don’t base this on your home playoffs from 8 yrs ago, times have changed.

  47. NYBearsFan says: Dec 31, 2008 1:33 PM

    Florio,
    That was the game that Moss “mooned” the crowd? I could have sworn I’ve despised Joe Buck longer than that!!
    I mean I’ve always hated him, but that made me despise him.

  48. DC_Bengals_Fan says: Dec 31, 2008 1:35 PM

    “As a Packer fan though, I certainly understand why you are bitter about that.”
    I worked with a Packer fan whose family have been Packer season ticket holders since Vince Lombardi came down from Mt. Sinai with the ten commandments…
    …and even he thought it was hilarious. I think Joe Buck was the only one who got his panties bunched over that one.

  49. lito says: Dec 31, 2008 1:44 PM

    It’s not just the recession. Vikings usually choke on big games. They don’t dominate. Plays are predictable. Fans want to see the fire and determination to win. There’s plenty of talk and excuses. We want to see the plays and the razzle-dazzle. We admire Adrian. But this team have to maximize the potential of other players. In short, everybody has to step-up. Don’t play catch-up. Just keep winning. If not, welcome LA Vikings.

  50. pakattak8 says: Dec 31, 2008 1:46 PM

    I live in MN, and I’ve never seen more bandwagon fans in my life. Everyone knows that MN will lose by 14+ points Sunday, and that’s why they’re not going. If Kare11 ran a poll, and a choice would be that people aren’t going because they know the Vikings are going to lose, then that’d probably get 70% of the votes. Everyone I talk to that’s a Viking fan won’t go, because they think they’re going to get throttled. Hell, I’m going to go because you can get 2 tickets on Ebay right now for $40 total, and free shipping. Viking fans are an embarrassment to pro football. And HardCore…Minnesota DOES NOT deserve a pro franchise…Even the announcers on TV say the Metrodome is quiet.

  51. Mbehavin2 says: Dec 31, 2008 1:47 PM

    Mike,
    What is happening in San Diego with the ticket sales there? Since they have issues every home game I thought I would ask.

  52. Andy_Reid says: Dec 31, 2008 1:48 PM

    That is an absolute friggin’ disgrace. Minnesota fans–all three of you–should be ashamed of yourselves. Y’all deserve to lose your team to another city.

  53. jimmyKguy says: Dec 31, 2008 1:49 PM

    @ CommonSenseGuy –maybe you need to check your facts a little better about populations and when people are buying tickets…Jacksonville has 2x the population of Minneapolis? Talk about cherry picking stats, there are over 3,200,000 people in the Twin Cities area. There are about 1.4 million in the Jacksonville area. There are about 5.8 million people in the Philly / Camden / Wilmington area. Accoring to Wikipedia, there are 3.8 mm in the Philly metro area – the population of Minnesota is about 5.2 million people. Nothing would suggest that the 15th largest media market in the US can’t support 4 major pro sports franchises, because they do. The game will sell out, people are just slow to buy tickets because the dome sucks and why wouldn’t you want to watch on your 50 inch hi def flat screen anyways? Come on, don’t just come on here and make stuff up about ‘small market’ when the shoe doesn’t even fit. This is a dead issue.
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States_metropolitan_area

  54. Andy_Reid says: Dec 31, 2008 1:54 PM

    Just curious. Is Minny hording the tickets to prevent 25,000 Philly fans from descending on the dome? I can’t see how they wouldn’t sell out if both team’s fans has equal opportunity to purchase the tickets.

  55. TheGonz says: Dec 31, 2008 1:54 PM

    No word yet on how playoff ticket sales are going in Green Bay or Chicago?
    That’s a bit curious.

  56. QJ says: Dec 31, 2008 1:56 PM

    Its absolutely pathetic for a team not to sell out playoff tickets. I don’t care about the economy or the price, its time to step up and get off the couch and get your behind to the stadium and support your team. its all about priority. People could afford tickets if they stopped going to Starbucks for one month or skipped one trip to Walmart. Has anyone ever looked at the price for NFL tickets? they are generally less than $100 per seat and many are less than $50. I know everyone here hates the Broncos but I’ll guarantee you that stadium would have been full and I would have been one of them.

  57. DC_Bengals_Fan says: Dec 31, 2008 2:00 PM

    “This is the worst stadium (3rd lowest capacity) for the NFL. If you have ever attended a game there you know how bad of an experience it is.”
    Two points:
    First, if it’s the third lowest capacity, then it should be all the easier to sell out, so that’s *really* sad.
    Second, what the hell kind of experience do you want? I’d want to see a live football game, myself, and I’m pretty sure they’ll get that if they go. I don’t need a restaurant, mall, or any other crap; that’s for the fake fans. Now admittedly the ‘dome is a dump, but who cares? The dome keeps the noise in, at least, and gives the fans a chance to really impact the game.
    Come on, Minny fans – go to the game. Believe me, if you were Bengals fans like me, you wouldn’t take it for granted.

  58. Osterhouse says: Dec 31, 2008 2:06 PM

    I’ll be leaving for Germany on the 2nd so I wont be able to attend the game. However, I was at the Giants game and its really a hassle to go to games. Downtown traffic, parking, tight cramped seating, the massive amounts of annoying drunks, a team that is very inconsistent in play, and not to mention a decent amount of the fans that do show up look and smell like trailer trash..

  59. SpartaChris says: Dec 31, 2008 2:09 PM

    >>HardcoreVikesFan says:
    December 31st, 2008 at 12:33 pm
    kidwithhelmet:
    Don’t deserve to have a franchise in Minnesota? Maybe you should look at history. Fans would go crazy in the old Met. stadium. They were as loud as the Metrodome, and that was an outdoor stadium! How about being the loudest fans in NFL do to the noise in the Metrodome? Also remember what economic times we are in. It’s just after Christmas, and most people have spent a lot of their hard earned money. Sorry we aren’t all millionaires who can just throw money around. Some fans could be scared. Because they know what happens to Minnesota sometimes.
    I bought my playoff tickets, and they arrived in the mail. We are ALL passionate Vikings fans. Just don’t forget what times we are currently in. Furthermore, NEVER say we do not deserve a franchise in Minnesota again.<<
    Yeah, stop using the economy as an excuse. The economy is affecting everyone nation wide, not just Minnesota, yet the other teams have either completely sold out or are nearly sold out.
    The bottom line is you have a mostly crappy fan base who aren’t willing to step up to get to a playoff game. Perhaps you should forfeit your division championship and give it to the Bears, who I guarantee you would sell out the game by tomorrow.

  60. zygi milf says: Dec 31, 2008 2:16 PM

    PFT’s number one idiot Bob_Nelson says:
    December 31st, 2008 at 1:09 pm
    Most teams required the payment for playoff tickets long ago.
    ***Where’s your source for that statement?
    Of course their teams are in demand and fans.
    ***Huh? That makes sense. Drunk already?
    This is the worst stadium (3rd lowest capacity) for the NFL. If you have ever attended a game there you know how bad of an experience it is.
    ***No argument there. Maybe that’s part of the reason.
    This crummy, poorly run, viking franchise can screw up most anything.
    ***Typical ignorant statement from a typical Packer fan. How is Ted Thompson doing, by the way?
    They are the lowest revenue team losing money every year.
    ***Lowest revenue does not mean they lose money. They just don’t make as much.
    Remember when the vikings couldn’t get from the hotel to the stadium on time in Detroit, delayed the start of the game, and paid a hefty fine?
    ***Sorry – don’t remember. You are wise beyond your years.
    Remember when they could not get the name of a draft pick on a card and to the podium on time during draft day, two consecutive years??
    ***Not the same GM, owners, coaches, etc… Typical Packer fan blaming all the past on the current group. With that logic, I suppose you will blame Obama for the Iraq war.
    They refuse to participate in getting a new stadium in Minnesota.
    ***Wrong again, Bob. The Wilfs have pledged money toward a new stadium.
    The owner spends less than 21 days in Minnesota a year.
    ***Where DO you get these statistics?
    There aren’t more than 3 players that live in Minnesota in the offseason.
    ***Idiocy beyond belief. I don’t have the number, but I’m sure it is a higher number than Packer players living in Green Bay, with all that nightlife, during the offseason.
    They have never drafted and trained a good starting QB in the history of the franchise.
    ***Fran Tarkenton, Wade Wilson, Brad Johnson…. Even Daunte Culpepper and Tommy Kramer were “good” – at least for a couple of years. Remember, Bob, the Pack didn’t draft Brett Favre.
    There is a lot more wrong with them than the Minnetonka Criminal Cruise, players dealing with organized crime, and a head coach who violates his oath to the league and scalps tickets.
    ***Wow – a private boat trip where a little sexual activity occured – sounds criminal to me. Unlike a certain green and gold tight end having sex with his children’s babysitter. Which players dealt with organinized crime? Of course, Johnny Jolly’s crime wasn’t organized, but it was a crime, nonetheless. Mike Tice isn’t the coach anymore – or haven’t you heard?
    Bob – go visit Cris Carter – he has a gun with a bullet that would be perfect for you.

  61. Osterhouse says: Dec 31, 2008 2:18 PM

    DOLFAN305 says:
    December 31st, 2008 at 12:11 pm
    I think its fair to say that allnfl teams have out of state fans. But never in my lifetime have i ever ran into a viking fan. there just that team that nobody seems to care much for. Thats a team that needs to move citys.
    ————-
    Watch any Arizona VS Minnesota game @ Arizona. Half the stadium is filled with Vikings fans. Arizona is the largest/most concentrated out of state fanbase in the nfl and its vikings fans. The Vikings are also the team of choice for South Dakota, North Dakota, and Iowa.

  62. purpleguy says: Dec 31, 2008 2:19 PM

    Blah, blah, blah, blah, frigging blah. Even if fans aren’t exactly thrilled with Klink of T-Jack, the game will sell out so all the loyal fans from the Vikes and the other teams can stop whimpering in their beer, or in the case of the Pack fans, real cheap beer. Then again, after listening to Thompson’s press conference where he stressed he was going to continue the policy of building from within for 2009, I don’t blame the Pack fans from posting on a Vikes article to express their frustration. Talk about organizations that are a joke.

  63. madmax says: Dec 31, 2008 2:26 PM

    The fans at the dome are just how Childress likes his qb to be FLATLINE! He says it all the time. He is flatline also. And so the team is flatline along with the headcoach and now the head coach has managed to kill every viking fan that ever lived. The only one who can be blamed is Childress, aside from Wilf hiring him.

  64. Tyme2Ryde says: Dec 31, 2008 2:35 PM

    I’m a season ticket holder who lives 6 hours away, been bleeding purple since I was a kid growing up in Minny. Do you really want to know why people aren’t buying tickets? For starters, they have more than doubled in price since the last home playoff game. More than anything it’s harder to get behind this team than it was 10 years ago. We’ve been beseiged with constant threats of the team moving now for awhile (mostly by McCombs but it’s a fact that’s just under the surface, no matter what the Wilfs say), and whether the team management and ownership realizes this or not, it begins to alienate fans after a decade or so. Many Vikes fans have come to grips with the idea of them leaving town, especially since politics in that state are a complete 3 ring circus and it’s insulting to be put on the back burner after the twins and gophers in the stadium game. It’s also patently obvious that Childress is a substandard coach, despite the team’s 10-6 record. The play-calling during games, him calling out players in the media when they screw up, and his lack of ability in crucial situations (like the cluster-flip before longwell’s field goal last week) are all justifiable reasons not to embrace the team, spend hundreds of dollars, drive through bad weather, and be fully onboard.

  65. empty13 says: Dec 31, 2008 2:45 PM

    no games will be blacked out in detroit this weekend! football city USA!

  66. jrhsd says: Dec 31, 2008 2:45 PM

    If Packer fans are hoping this won’t be a sellout, it’s going to be one more victory you aren’t going to see this year.
    6-10

  67. SpartaChris says: Dec 31, 2008 2:56 PM

    >>Mbehavin2 says:
    December 31st, 2008 at 1:47 pm
    Mike,
    What is happening in San Diego with the ticket sales there? Since they have issues every home game I thought I would ask.<<
    Well, San Diego’s tickets went on sale at 6 pm Monday night, with some 20,000 seats available. By Tuesday morning, it was reported here that 17,000 seats had sold.
    Minnesota’s seats went on sale when, Sunday night? Having the same number of seats available as the Chargers, Minnesota has only sold 9,000 seats by Wed. afternoon.
    Let’s see- 17,000 seats in a few hours vs. 9,000 seats over several days.
    Maybe you should worry more about your own team’s inability to sell out seats than someone else’s?

  68. scorpiodsu says: Dec 31, 2008 2:57 PM

    FuzzyGopher says:
    December 31st, 2008 at 12:43 pm
    Dear PFT research dept. Cris Carter and Robert Smith were not on the team in 2004. Thanks for playing.
    What he is saying is that Viking fans haven’t been able to attend a HOME playoff game. Not that they haven’t been in the playoffs since Cris Carter etc… just that Vikings fan def don’t travel well and just pointing the fact that this is their chance to finally attend a game since way back.

  69. firerose617 says: Dec 31, 2008 3:18 PM

    From what I understand, season ticket holders were sent out invoices the beginning of the month – they had to buy tickets for both the game this weekend AND the NFC championship game (if they got to that) by Dec. 19. If we don’t get to the NFC championship game, then they could apply it towards next year’s season tickets, or request a refund….who knows when that would show up. Two guys just called the local radio station and explained why they didn’t buy the tickets (both season ticket holders) – I believe the last guy who called said for these two games, it would have cost him $1000 – which was due before Christmas to guarantee his seats.
    I think the Vikings really messed up with the options they gave the season ticket holders – not everyone can afford to pony up that kind of money before Christmas

  70. Bob Gleason says: Dec 31, 2008 3:22 PM

    This is from the Vikes Geek website.
    “Despite the last-second victory last weekend over the New York Giants’ B-team, the feeling was absolutely inescapable that the Vikings had played the single most boring game in the team’s history. There were two big plays on offense–one a run by Adrian Peterson for a touchdown, the other a pass to Bernard Berrian for a touchdown when the defender fell down. The rest of the game featured such highlights as Naufahu Tahi being tackled in the backfield for a loss and Jim Kleinsasser catching a swing pass for two yards. That was Childress being imaginative. That was Childress attempting to inject some life into the offense and into a bored crowd.”
    These are exactly my sentiments and I’m sure, many others also.

  71. Henry says: Dec 31, 2008 3:30 PM

    CommonSenseGuy says:
    December 31st, 2008 at 12:54 pm
    I love how you uninformed people are having a hey day saying Minnesota does not support it’s team. IF this game is blacked out it will be the first time in over 10 years. Yeah no support there is there. there. “Jacksonville would have sold out” Well Jacksonvilee has 2 x the population of minneapolis. “Philly would have sold out” Philly has 1 million more people then the whole state on Minnesota. The economy is not solely to blame, but a smaller area is going to feel the effect more then a large populus area.
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    There are approximately 3 million+ people in the Twin Cities metro area. Jacksonville incorporated the whole of Duval county and has around 1 to 1.5 million people. I’ve lived in both areas and they both suck at supporting their team. Green Bay has a population of 100,000 . . . every game is sold out.

  72. SteelersFanatic87 says: Dec 31, 2008 3:48 PM

    If it’s true that tickets are going for $50 a seat, that’s pathetic. I can find that in my couch. But, I have to admit I’m not one for going to games myself. I rather tailgate for a couple hours, and enjoy the game in the comfort of my own home. There’s nothing like 65,000 drunk fans who scream more than a newborn with colic to take away from the game. But Pittsburgh isn’t Minnesota. Here, people choose to go to games rather than pay their gas bill. Gotta love em!!

  73. Henry says: Dec 31, 2008 4:29 PM

    Osterhouse says:
    December 31st, 2008 at 2:06 pm
    I’ll be leaving for Germany on the 2nd so I wont be able to attend the game. However, I was at the Giants game and its really a hassle to go to games. Downtown traffic, parking, tight cramped seating, the massive amounts of annoying drunks, a team that is very inconsistent in play, and not to mention a decent amount of the fans that do show up look and smell like trailer trash..
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    Add this to the litany of other excuses spermhead fans make. It never ends. A bunch of passive aggressive twits with a huge victim complex.

  74. T says: Dec 31, 2008 4:30 PM

    Wow. Has there ever been a blacked out playoff game? This is sad and indefensible no matter how many stupid flames you ***reply to.

  75. JimmySmith says: Dec 31, 2008 4:33 PM

    I love the fact that the BIQUEEN fans are complaining about Chilly ball as the reason they cannot sell out this game.
    Get used to it because there is no way that Ziggy is going to fire that bald headed douche bag after he “delivered” the playoffs for the franchise.
    If I am not mistaken, this is the first home game since 1998 when the 15-1 Vikings choked against the Falcons. My favorite image of that day was a distressed Viking fan sitting on the steps of the Metrodome crying because they had already plunked down $1500 for the Superbowl package of plane fare, hotels and game tickets. They didn’t see a very good game as Atlanta went down in flames but look at the bright side, as least the Vikings aren’t 0-5 in superbowl games.

  76. saturn11 says: Dec 31, 2008 4:40 PM

    AlwaysSonny wrote:
    “if there were 20,000 tix unsold on Monday and it’s Wednesday and there’s 11,000 tix unsold then my 3rd grade teacher would probably explain to you, Mr. Florio, that there is a likely chance it sells out by Saturday.”
    I write:
    Someone should teach you how to read entire posts before you prognosticate from way up there on your high horse. It doesn’t matter if the game is sold out by Saturday.
    As florio wrote in the initial post:
    “By Thursday at 3:30 p.m. local time, all non-premium seats must be sold or the Sunday afternoon game won’t be broadcast in the Minneapolis-St. Paul area.”
    Even with the recently granted extension, Saturday has nothing to do with it, smartass.

  77. SpartaChris says: Dec 31, 2008 4:42 PM

    Well, here you go, Vikings fans. Since I know so many of you were concerned as to whether or not the Chargers would sell out their playoff game, it’s being reported here that it has in fact been sold out:
    http://www.profootballtalk.com/2008/12/31/no-blackout-for-the-powder-blue-bolts/
    In other news, since this morning, it looks like the Vikings only have 10,998 seats available for Saturday’s contest.

  78. JuicyMelon says: Dec 31, 2008 4:54 PM

    Every Vikings has been sold out in the past 10/15 years. There is no way the Wilf family will let a Vikings playoff game go on a blackout. He wants to build a new stadium and he will do whatever it takes to get that. Blacking out the game would not be a wise business decision. Plus, if your team isn’t in the playoffs…Your opinion doesn’t count.

  79. pestilence1972 says: Dec 31, 2008 6:01 PM

    As a season ticket owner, I can assure you that the only reason the game is not currently sold out has nothing to do with the state of Vikingdom in Minnesota. Just come here during the months of Feb – June and listen to sports talk radio. Its’ all Vikings. Even when the twins and T-wolves should get some play, all anyone in this town cares about is the Vikes.
    The reason the Vikes still have seats available is because no one byes into Childress. Some reasons: 1. He offended the greatest coach in the game right now (see New England Patriots) by essentially calling him a liar on public airways and then proceeded to break the unwritten rule by stealing a practice squad hopeful (Garrett Mills). 2. He publicly humiliated Jeff George when George suggested that he would consider playing again. Who cares about Jeff George? Don’t know, maybe his mom. But still, Chilly was totally out of line and for no reason. 3. He recently pissed on Mike Tice by implying that Tice’s final season record was tainted cause the final game of the year was meaningless to their opponent. Funny, so was Chilly’s last game this year! 4. He is horrible at clock management. Did any non-local see the Giants game this past week? He goes for it on 4th down near the 50 at the end of the half with plenty of time for the Giants to score if they failed to convert…which they did. And then at the end of the game…nearly 20 seconds rolled off the clock before Chilly calls a timeout with like 12 seconds left. Who does that? 5. A minor issue to me: Chilly has never run a play from the Wildcat set. Why not? 6. Chilly never runs a hurry-up offense other then when he absolutely HAS to, and then they kinda suck at it. 7. Chilly botched the offseason QB issue terribly this past year. I am not down on TJax, but c’mon. The most important position on the field and you go into the year with that rotation? 8. Furthermore, how can you tell what kind of WRs you have when you don’t know what you have in your QB? 10. Chilly presents himself as a pseudo-intellectual and has not tried to warm up to the Minnesota media much. Part of this is the fault of us Minnesotans. We like a certain type of personality (see Tom Kelly and Bud Grant). But Chilly would have fit perfectly into that mold if he didn’t talk down to everyone and come accross like a one-liner-military-dad-know-it-all.
    Add all those to the fact that we are 0-4 in Superbowls and failed at two NFC Championship games in the last 10 years and you have a dis-believing fan that is not convinced that the product on the field is gonna pull thru.
    This has nothing to do with a bad fan base or a bad sports town. No. This has really only to do with Chilly. I don’t hate him. I just don’t really trust him and I don’t think that he really knows what he is doing.

  80. skigirl says: Dec 31, 2008 6:20 PM

    Watch any Arizona VS Minnesota game @ Arizona. Half the stadium is filled with Vikings fans. Arizona is the largest/most concentrated out of state fanbase in the nfl and its vikings fans. The Vikings are also the team of choice for South Dakota, North Dakota, and Iowa.
    WRONG!!! Not ALL of us..where pray tell , do you get these “facts”?? I noticed ALOT of Cowboy fans in AZ too..in fact ANY team that plays there usally has more fans than the CARDS..and just because people don’t like and respect the Vikes dosn;t make them automatically a Bear or Packer fan.. I think there are like 29 other teams with fans in the league too

  81. brian_21 says: Dec 31, 2008 6:36 PM

    Florio alienates yet another state.

  82. dessertbowl says: Dec 31, 2008 7:14 PM

    I for one bought two tickets already at 90 dollars a pop. It’s just after Christmas, and probably wasn’t the most responsible decision. I do fully understand why people aren’t jumping to buy the remaining ticket though. If you’ve never been to the metrodome I dont think that you fully understand that paying 30-80 dollars for an upper level ticket, with a bad view and stairs that some people cant even climb, makes absolutely no sense. Not to mention the fact that unless you live in the metro area, you have at least a 45 minute drive just to get to the stadium. With a game that will most likely go until 7:30 at night, and the fact that most who can even afford the tickets will have to work monday morning, I fully understand why this game is not selling out quickly. I just payed 180 dollars for lower deck-corner deck seats with a poor view, but for me its only a 20 minute drive. Lets sit and think about the times we are in and the enviornment of the metrodome before we start saying that Minnesota does not deserve a football team.

  83. vikings4life says: Jan 1, 2009 12:28 PM

    Man, SCREW all you haters (and especially you sitting in your draws readings this post!) Bottom line is…..check out the purple and gold take care of business on sunday. While you all are sitting there with nuts on your chin you’ll be watching my team play another sunday.
    P.S. I like this website……when a girl named “florio” can make it you can bet this is the greatest country in the world! Keep on spitting it you m-efin f@&&*%.
    P.S.S Come down to Texas and speak that mess. Any of you.

  84. SpartaChris says: Jan 1, 2009 1:35 PM

    @vikings4life:
    Yet another “intelligent” post by a Vikings homer. I think Florio ought to get non-profit status for this site, since he gives retards like you a public place to showcase your talents.
    P.S. What does going to Texas have to do with the MINNESOTA Vikings?

  85. JimmySmith says: Jan 1, 2009 2:49 PM

    The Viking fans have shown their true colors, let’s leave it at that.
    You could blame the economy, the small size of the Mpls or Brad Childress, what difference does it really make. They are in the playoffs and the fans don’t want to buy tickets, those are the facts.

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