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Does Adding Favre Mean Vikings Are For Sale?

Could the Vikings’ decision to acquire quarterback Brett Favre mean that the team is for sale?  At least one sports money expert thinks so.
Mike Ozanian of Forbes.com believes that the arrival of Favre means that Zygi Wilf wants to unload the franchise.
“The organization has been a laughingstock for the NFL and Wilf desperately wants to create some positive buzz for his team,” Ozanian writes.  “The Vikings play in the antiquated Metrodome and Wilf’s gamble was that he would get taxpayers to build him a new stadium. Taxpayers repeatedly said no way.”
Ozanian thinks that Wilf has waited to long.
“He could have gotten around $850 million for the team a year ago,” Ozanian opines.  “But with at least seven NFL team owners looking to sell their teams right now Wilf will be lucky to get $750 million for his debt laden team.  Let the laughing continue.”
We’re not ready to agree with the notion that Favre’s presence will result in the placement of a “For Sale” sign at team headquarters.  If Favre were a decade or so younger, having him under contract over a period of several years might make the team more attractive to a potential buyer.
But this move — even though Favre’s contract might have a two-year duration for cap purposes — is most likely a one-season arrangement.  Whoever buys the team wouldn’t have Favre on it.
So we think Favre’s arrival arises from the reality that coach Brad Childress is on the hot seat, and that Favre gives Childress a better chance to remain employed into 2010.
That said, there’s a chance that Wilf has agreed to pay Favre because Wilf has decided to load up the cannon and aim for a league title in 2009.  Then, he can try to leverage the success into a new stadium, and he can sell the team if it doesn’t happen.
Still, while winning a championship would definitely create some positive buzz, the Vikings seem to be on the short list of favorites to play in the Super Bowl every three or four years — and when they are they consistently underachieve.

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  1. graunkem says: Jun 25, 2009 11:14 AM

    I read this article yesterday. This guy is so clueless it’s unreal. If he’s considered an expert, and this is what he comes up with, then I’m a viable source for ESPN.

  2. hayward giablommi says: Jun 25, 2009 11:17 AM

    Adding an unretired Favre usually means there is some ulterior motive.
    – In the Jets case, it was sell PSL’s for the new stadium.
    – In the Vikings case, I would imagine it has something to do with buiding a new stadium, or as you suggest selling the team. Maybe both.
    Either way, you don’t bring in Favre to build for the future. It’s to generate hype for the short term , which Favre, for reasons I still can’t figure out, has an uncanny ability to do.

  3. BarnyardBerrianSucks says: Jun 25, 2009 11:19 AM

    Couldn’t have said it better myself! They have been the laughingstock for years. If it’s not the screwed up ownership situation, it’s ridiculous off the field incidents or stupid trades (ie. Herschel Walker). The only reason they are mentioned every 3-4 years as Super Bowl contenders is because of their delusional unsupportive and bandwagon jumping fan base. They are always the king of offseason paper championships, but then when the bullets start flying, the fans are nowhere to be found, as evidenced by their inability to sellout home games, including playoff games. If I’m Zygi, I’d try to sell the team off as well. You know you have no support locally from the fans, so why bother trying to get a new stadium. Red McCombs really pulled a fast one on Zygi, but obviously Zygi figured that out when he canceled his agreement to buy up land downtown around the Metrodump.

  4. DCViking says: Jun 25, 2009 11:22 AM

    Cue Bob_ and the “low revenue team”, “terrible fan base”, “indoor stadium” whining…

  5. jonnytork says: Jun 25, 2009 11:22 AM

    how are they a laughingstock? This is a really stupid article, come on florio have some standards. The Lions went 0-16 last season while the vikings were division champions doesn’t that suggest they are a little more pathetic than the vikings. Throwing out a comment like that requires supporting the argument with facts.

  6. mforte22 says: Jun 25, 2009 11:27 AM

    If I had 850 million dollars I sure as hell wouldn’t buy the Minnesota Vikings.

  7. Outsider says: Jun 25, 2009 11:30 AM

    Zygi is not selling the Vikings. He will get his stadium.

  8. titans_fan says: Jun 25, 2009 11:31 AM

    The guy sounds like a retard

  9. MNFANINAZ says: Jun 25, 2009 11:31 AM

    The guy who wrote that column sounds like a bitter man… probably some jilted Packer fan, however I find that to be unlikely because Packer fans can’t read, let alone write a column.
    hmmmm the mystery continues.

  10. MNFANINAZ says: Jun 25, 2009 11:33 AM

    mforte22 says:
    You’d try to buy Adrian Peterson. Sorry, he will continue to dominate your Bears and Cutlers fat chin will be a sad fat chin.

  11. Rasputin says: Jun 25, 2009 11:41 AM

    I guess it’s possible. If Bert can get them to the SB – regardless of the outcome – it could generate enough buzz to make a sale possible. NFL owners by and large don’t seem all that bright, so somewhere out there must be a gazillionaire who’ll think that the 2010 Vikes could go all the way, and, by golly, he better get in on that action before it’s too late.

  12. virtualplague says: Jun 25, 2009 11:43 AM

    The Vikings aren’t a laughingstock. Their bipolar fanbase is.

  13. www.expediamedia.blogspot.com says: Jun 25, 2009 11:44 AM

    Florio,
    “Ozanian thinks that Wilf has waited to long.”
    It should be “too” not “to.” You’re in serious need of an editor. A minor mistake, yes, but one that wouldn’t be made by a publication, like, say, ESPN (suckerpunch).

  14. frequency says: Jun 25, 2009 11:56 AM

    Isn’t everything “for sale”? This guys opinion is just that, an opinion. If Minnesota were to let the Vikings leave it will cost much more to bring an expansion team down the road. The NFL wants professional football in Minnesota. The ones that oppose any state funding for a stadium do not understand the revenue that will be lost if the team leaves. A new stadium would equal a Superbowl hosting opportunity. One Superbowl could compensate for any state funding. I’m not an expert but that is my opinion.

  15. 777 says: Jun 25, 2009 11:59 AM

    ill take the team off his hands if throws in another 25 bucks, maybe

  16. Bud Grant says: Jun 25, 2009 12:00 PM

    What was Zygi’s horoscope today? That has as much relevance as Ozanian’s speculations. An NFL franchise is not an impulse purchase that you can make happen by placing it next to the checkout lines or by putting “New and Improved” on the label. As for laughingstocks, there seem to be a list of them in the NFL, most of whom are never listed as possible Super Bowl contenders. Could it be that the Wilf’s want to win? And that they realize what impact winning can have on the prospects for a new stadium? The Wilf’s play it close and they have no history with sports franchises with which to guage their long-term intentions. Red McCombs used the Vikings as a cash cow and his past ownership of an NBA franchise suggested that he saw ownership generally as a short-term investment. Thus far, everything the Wilfs have done has been to fix the negative consequences of McComb’s ownership. They may pack it in eventually, but signing a 40-year old quarterback for one season is not, by itself, going to increase the value of their franchise.

  17. bofarr says: Jun 25, 2009 12:02 PM

    I really don’t have a comment, I just like to type “Gary Anderson” and “1998” in Viqueens comments.

  18. bored_of_seinfeld_jokes says: Jun 25, 2009 12:02 PM

    Hasn’t Wilf only owned the Vikings for 15 minutes? Why would he be looking to sell so quickly? I thought the owners vetted these guys to make sure they could afford to be part of their rich boys club, and I”m sure Wilf hasn’t grown tired of his new toy yet. I think the source in this report is nimrod.

  19. Gmoney says: Jun 25, 2009 12:02 PM

    Did I miss something? I haven’t read a definitive report that Favre was indeed signed by the Vikings – why is everyone talking about it like its a done deal?

  20. slvrbullet86 says: Jun 25, 2009 12:03 PM

    This coming from the same media outlet that in 2007 called Kevin McHale the best General Manager in sports.
    http://www.forbes.com/2007/03/02/sports-greatest-gms-biz-cz_jg_0302gms.html
    Obviously any opinion that Forbes offers on sports is not credible. I think they should stick to ranking rich people.

  21. moswesley says: Jun 25, 2009 12:12 PM

    c’mon Florio, I thought NBC is paying you the big bucks now! — “waited too long” not “to long”

  22. SpartaChris says: Jun 25, 2009 12:14 PM

    jonnytork says:
    June 25th, 2009 at 11:22 am
    how are they a laughingstock? This is a really stupid article, come on florio have some standards. The Lions went 0-16 last season while the vikings were division champions doesn’t that suggest they are a little more pathetic than the vikings. Throwing out a comment like that requires supporting the argument with facts.

    Well, I laugh at the Vikings. So do a lot of people. But let me ask, did you even RTFA? He was quoting Mike Ozanian of Forbes.com, not making the comment himself.
    People laugh at the Vikings because every year they’re the favorites to do something, and every year they fail to deliver. And they have terrible, unappreciative fans. Case in point, last season’s first home playoff game in however many years where you needed 3 extensions to avoid a local media blackout.
    So “laughingstock” is a pretty accurate description. No one expects anything from Detroit, so people are barely surprised when they’re terrible. However, Vikings always have high expectations and always fail to live up to them.

  23. slvrbullet86 says: Jun 25, 2009 12:16 PM

    This coming from the same media outlet who in 2007 called Kevin McHale the best G.M. in sports:
    http://www.forbes.com/2007/03/02/sports-greatest-gms-biz-cz_jg_0302gms.html
    Obviously Forbes has zero knowledge of sports in general. Perhaps they should stick to ranking rich people.

  24. avansen says: Jun 25, 2009 12:18 PM

    Not being able to sell out a home playoff game without a local television stadium buying out a huge chunk of tickets qualifies you as a laughingstock. Vikings fans don’t go to games, they sit on their computers and act superior to Packer and Bear fans. The paper champs’ fans are talking big once again, which can only mean a losing season.

  25. empty13 says: Jun 25, 2009 12:18 PM

    I guess it is possible wilf bought the team expecting to “flip” it.
    Nutty, but possible.

  26. Bob_Nelson says: Jun 25, 2009 12:30 PM

    This needs to be said. They can’t afford Favre.
    The vikings have been the lowest revenue NFL team for years, even losing money.
    The current ownership group has had to pour money into the franchise to keep it going every season.
    The greatest source of local revenue is a team’s stadium or in this case arena.
    Not only is the Metrodome a bad arena, but it often does not sell out. Last year the local Fox affiliate had to purchase tickets to multiple games to avoid blackouts. They have done so for years.
    The first home playoff game in many years had only 61 thousand customers attend and good share of those were Eagle fans.
    There is no support for public financing of another stadium. The vikings have not even attempted to put it on the ballot.
    The lack of revenue hits every area of business not covered by the salary cap. So they can only afford low quality coaching, scouting, facilities, even lobbying for a new stadium.
    The franchise already in a poor financial state, is facing:
    -huge amounts of debt outstanding (bad credit risk).
    -a work stoppage (meaning no revenue)
    -having to pay for a new stadium either in Minnesota or elsewhere.
    -costs in moving the franchise and building a fan base elsewhere.
    -the cost of a competitive QB in Brett Favre
    They face no prosspect of getting out of this financial mess soon.
    The situation is similar to Art Modell moving his franchise out of Cleveland.
    It is good for the NFL to move their weakest franchise to where adequate revenue will be generated for not only that franchise but the rest of the league.
    The economics are so bad that selling may be the best option, just like the dozens of previous owners of the vikings.

  27. imaginesuperbowlwin says: Jun 25, 2009 12:40 PM

    Just another clueless filler story for PFT. Come on, hasn’t Ocho-stinko said anything stupid today? And 5 bucks says Barnyard sits glued to his tv every fall Sunday on his mini radio flyer bandwagon, chewing his fingers while watching the “laughingstocks.”

  28. BarnyardBerrianSucks says: Jun 25, 2009 12:53 PM

    Outsider says:
    June 25th, 2009 at 11:30 am
    Zygi is not selling the Vikings. He will get his stadium.
    ————————
    You’re crazy! I live in Minneapolis and work downtown- You know, one of the taxpayers who will get his taxes jacked up for a new stadium. I actually support a new stadium being built, even though I despise the Vikings, especially their fairweather bandwagon fans. If nothing else, it provides another home game to watch the Packers play without having to drive more than a few miles. It’s always fun to see the Vikings fans run for the exits before the 4th quarter. Childo got lucky with a missed field goal last year, but he’s 5-1 against the Packers, so I always like my odds in the dome.
    I’m in the minority as far as supporting a new stadium for the Queen’s. Everyone here seems to have their reasons why they don’t support a new stadium. Whatever their reason, one thing is clear- They think the Vikings are a joke, have always distrusted the ownership and they seem to be bitter and jaded about the ineptitude and constant failure of the franchise. They probably would have been better off not going to 4 Super Bowl’s or going 15-1 and choking. It seems like that in combination with all the off the field shenanigan’s have left the local fan base with a bitter taste in their mouth and always waiting for the sky to fall. With a huge state budget deficit, there’s no way they will get a stadium now. They missed the boat (Love Boat pun intended), so at least fans will have fun traveling to sunny LA when it gets cold in MN to watch their team.

  29. 2nd_stringer says: Jun 25, 2009 1:01 PM

    LA Vikings, possibly?
    The city didn’t change the name when they took the Lakers why not keep this one.

  30. onlineinsite says: Jun 25, 2009 1:02 PM

    Read this article on Monday and found it totally ridiculous. Calling the Vikings a “laughingstock” is a slam on every other team that didn’t make the playoffs last year and is also just a preposterous statement. Ozanian sounds like the water-cooler geek who needs to stick to his spreadsheets and stay away from his sports analysis.
    Wilf will get his staudium in MN – but it may go to the wire.
    Agreed though, Florio, the Vikes do underachieve almost every year. As a Vikes fan, I’m thinking/hoping Favre can bring the kind of leadership at QB that we desperately need!!

  31. JeffLynneFan33 says: Jun 25, 2009 1:02 PM

    I wouldn’t put much into this opinion piece. After all it’s the same person from Forbes who wrote in 2007.That Kevin McHale was the number 1 General Manager in all sports.

  32. lamblow field says: Jun 25, 2009 1:04 PM

    BarnyardBerrianSucks says:
    June 25th, 2009 at 11:19 am
    Couldn’t have said it better myself! They have been the laughingstock for years. If it’s not the screwed up ownership situation, it’s ridiculous off the field incidents or stupid trades (ie. Herschel Walker). The only reason they are mentioned every 3-4 years as Super Bowl contenders is because of their delusional unsupportive and bandwagon jumping fan base. They are always the king of offseason paper championships, but then when the bullets start flying, the fans are nowhere to be found, as evidenced by their inability to sellout home games, including playoff games. If I’m Zygi, I’d try to sell the team off as well. You know you have no support locally from the fans, so why bother trying to get a new stadium. Red McCombs really pulled a fast one on Zygi, but obviously Zygi figured that out when he canceled his agreement to buy up land downtown around the Metrodump.
    You sound a little bitter about the Vikings, dont get your panties in a bunch just cause the Vikes are going to dominate this year

  33. 1stngoal says: Jun 25, 2009 1:07 PM

    In todays climate of recessions,budget deficits,corporate bailouts,and increased taxes,the odds of the Minneapolis Vikings getting a new stadium are even worse than the odds that they’ll win a title any time soon.If Minnesota taxpayers soundly rejected overtures during boom times,they certainly won’t support it now….

  34. mastequila says: Jun 25, 2009 1:12 PM

    mforte22 says:
    June 25th, 2009 at 11:27 am
    If I had 850 million dollars I sure as hell wouldn’t buy the Minnesota Vikings. ……
    —————————————–
    mforte22: If you had 850 million dollars, you would be hiding from the cops, cause your drug dealing butt would be in trouble.
    I have it on a good source( Not Florio or Ud Weder) that Vikings will get new Stadium after Twins Target field opens…It will happen.

  35. TheTruth says: Jun 25, 2009 1:22 PM

    Next story on PFT: Does Joining Vikings Mean Favre Is For Sale?

  36. Lost says: Jun 25, 2009 1:29 PM

    No money.
    Can’t sell the Dome out.
    Low revenue.
    Cheap coaching.
    Lousy facilities.
    Only solution is to sell or get out of town.
    Kinda reminds me of Bud Selig’s assessment of Minnesota Twin.
    Tell Forbes laughingstock its not who laughs loudest.

  37. 1stngoal says: Jun 25, 2009 1:29 PM

    Dear Mr. Wilf:
    We eagerly await your arrival to your posh new stadium after your lease runs out with the HumptyDumptyDumpsterDome.
    Sincerely;
    The Real Cool Kids living west of you…
    CU in LA…;-D

  38. MnMike says: Jun 25, 2009 1:33 PM

    Dear Santa,
    Could we please have one year when we enter July without the F%$^$ing stadium and possible sales talk so that we can just look forward to the season!
    Vikings fans

  39. gwinn1952 says: Jun 25, 2009 1:38 PM

    Sell the team….why. You won the NFC North last year and you should be better this year. The revenue should be pouring in……doesn’t sell. Besides there the media….trying to guess on what’s coming up when they have for freaking idea. Starting controversy again.

  40. JakeDSnake says: Jun 25, 2009 1:45 PM

    I read that and the first thing that popped into my head was ‘Who are the other six teams looking to sell?’ – I mean more than one-fifth of the league is for sale with an important labor deal coming? That part seems pretty “newsie” to me.
    Bills (transition plan), Dolphins (investors?), Jaguars (ASAP), Denver (Bowlen’s broke), Vikings (stadium), Rams, plus who else? Chargers and 49ers don’t seem right.
    …but oh yea, Kevin McHale sucks too.

  41. Philtration says: Jun 25, 2009 1:45 PM

    I can’t say how long the Vikings have been laughingstocks but the laughing sure did amp up when they went to those ugly (and desperate for attention) arena league uniforms.

  42. BarnyardBerrianSucks says: Jun 25, 2009 1:46 PM

    empty13 says:
    June 25th, 2009 at 12:18 pm
    I guess it is possible wilf bought the team expecting to “flip” it.
    Nutty, but possible.
    —————-
    Just as nutty as the last guy who bought the team to flip for big $$$ named Red McCombs? He had no intention of keeping the team, just flipping it for a profit. Why would it be so nutty that a guy who made his money in real estate of all things wouldn’t do the same?

  43. DCViking says: Jun 25, 2009 2:20 PM

    Bob_Nelson says:
    June 25th, 2009 at 12:30 pm
    His usual pointless rant………….
    ————————————————————
    Did I call this or what???
    Not that anybody couldn’t see it coming…

  44. PFT Jesus says: Jun 25, 2009 2:28 PM

    Same place that said McHale was the best GM in all of sports, so I don’t consider this credible at all.

  45. mixman34 says: Jun 25, 2009 2:42 PM

    Bob_Nelson & BarnyardBerrianSucks clearly have no jobs. Whats even funnier is they are so spiteful towards the Vikes yet feel the urge to comment on ever one!
    Why is this I wonder. It is fact in all aspects of life that all of the lowly types will try to take down those at the top. Period. (i.e. North Korea).

  46. BarnyardBerrianSucks says: Jun 25, 2009 2:50 PM

    mastequila says:
    June 25th, 2009 at 1:12 pm
    I have it on a good source( Not Florio or Ud Weder) that Vikings will get new Stadium after Twins Target field opens…It will happen.
    —————————-
    Puhhhhhleaze. You have no source that the Vikings will get a new stadium once Target Field opens. First of all, it has to go to a vote, so your supposed source couldn’t possibly guarantee anything. Second of all, there’s a HUGE state budget deficit. It’s hard to justify building billion dollar stadiums when your bridges are collapsing and you’re cutting school teachers due to budget constraints. Third, I actually asked a high ranking politician who does have a vote if they thought it would pass and this person said not in the next 5-7 years based on the talk around capital hill in St. Paul.
    Do the math….construction would have to already be underway to finish before the Metrodump lease runs out. It would take at least 2-3 years to build a new stadium. See you in LA…..

  47. Hype says: Jun 25, 2009 3:03 PM

    I don’t get it. The fans in LA are no better than the ones in Minnesota. Neither city can support an NFL franchise. Stadium deals have been voted down time and time again in both places. LA couldn’t keep the last two franchises it had, I just cant see it being any different if the Vikes would move there. Just a more expensive move from MN to LA and then back to MN again, unlike just crossing the river a few times with the raider organization.

  48. bgman says: Jun 25, 2009 3:05 PM

    hayward giablommi says: “Adding an unretired Favre usually means there is some ulterior motive.”
    Yeah, it’s called advancing out of the first round of the playoffs.

  49. cliffclav says: Jun 25, 2009 3:20 PM

    That last sentence is so sad its true. I am a firm believer in probability theory. I think that almost all teams are on fairly equal footing. And that a hand full of plays good or bad swing the pendulum one way or another, occasionally you find a player or coach with so much talent that the individual will swing the pendulum. Every fourth year sounds about right. The failures are very frustrating. Eventually if the NFL lasts long enough every team will end up with a perfect season and a season filled with losses. But the odds are greater that a franchise will move or be lost well before that happens. As a Vikings fan I would personally donate money to the cause. I almost wish the Wilf’s would set up a stadium fund that fans could send donations to. And that the state would only cover what could not be raised. I do not think that every tax payer should be burdened for something they may not care about. But the economic benefits of having a team are a plus. The added tax revenue only helps growing the economy. Building a stadium would help the local economy as long as the work is not outsourced. I hope that Zigi did not get stuck with a lemon. The Vikings have been profitable for the better part of a decade. I wish there was something I could do to help out. Anyways enough rambling. Hold on Zigi it will get better.

  50. purpleguy says: Jun 25, 2009 3:34 PM

    Geez, where to start. There should just be some automatic reply to hit with the same response to the same boring posts. That Article could just as well have been written by that dope Bob Nelson. If this laughingstock of a franchise won the NFC North last year, what does that make a 6-10 team? A team that had a $16M investment loss, only $4M profit, decreased merchandise sales, and little money to pay free agent signing bonuses? Other than the cheesers, you can easily name 15 other franchises in worse shape either organizationally or financially.
    This article and the dopes that say the same old same old every post keep equating Ziggy to Red McCombs, and acknowledged cheapskate. ZIggy has upgraded the facilities, hired support staff, and the Vikes have about more assistant coaches than any other team. Spending money on free agents and trades have been wise moves, with Hutchinson and Allen named to several post season honors. the Vikes are well below the cap and won the frigging division with the “pricey” players they signed. How are those decisions in any way bad? The article (like old Bob’s posts) is based upon outdated and inaccurate info.
    Who says the Vikes are debt-laden? The one advantage of not having a new stadium is not having to pay for it — the Humptydome costs are virtually nothing. The practice facility improvements, which have been significant, were not on borrowed funds. If the Vikes are cheapskates on assistants, why are they always being slated as head coaches? The value of the team has increased markedly since its purchase, and Ziggi has repeatdly said they are long-term owners. For those that have half a brain, take a look at any sporting venue in the next year and you will see economic impact. Heck, the Yankees have yet to sell out a game in their new stadium.
    It will be a struggle to get a stadium, and Ziggy may have lost his chance when he rejected Anoka County’s offer, but there are no reasonable options for relocation from either a location or financial perspective. About the only relocation threat Vikes fans face is listening to the same old cheesers spout off about LA after another year of watching the Vikes kick their beloved Pack’s collective asses while TT hunkers in his basement waiting for mom to make him meatloaf.

  51. hayward giablommi says: Jun 25, 2009 5:47 PM

    hayward giablommi says: “Adding an unretired Favre usually means there is some ulterior motive.”
    bgman says: Yeah, it’s called advancing out of the first round of the playoffs.
    ^^^^^
    Remind me again how that worked out for the Jesters last year?
    I am willing to bet that the Vikings will not make the playoffs this year, either.
    Sorry to inject reality into the puzzling euphoria going on in Minnesota right now.

  52. cheddar is beddar says: Jun 25, 2009 6:42 PM

    i hope they extend their lease on that shit-hole of an indoor driving range. not one viking (bandwagon) fan has even attempted to back their home (synthetic) turf, acknowledging that it must not be a great place to watch an NFL game. wait, that must be the reason no one shows up for the one home playoff game they had in the last 10 years. or maybe it’s because no one in minnesota actually gives a rat’s ass about the vikings. i get it now..

  53. cheddar is beddar says: Jun 25, 2009 6:46 PM

    Orlando Predators > Minneapolis Biqueens

  54. JimmySmith says: Jun 25, 2009 7:50 PM

    Notice the Viking fans taking umbrage with the “Laughingstock” label. But if the shoe fits, wear it.
    Seriously, there are only a few teams that have trouble selling out their home games, the Vikings are in that select group.
    There are also a limited number of teams playing in an out-dated facility and again, the Vikings are in that group.
    But the Vikings remain the only team that requires a cash call every year. So Ziggy isn’t very smart with his money, he’s not smart with the hiring of his head coach either. I think McCombs suckered him on the purchase price of the Vikings and Col Klink suckered him when he threaten that if Ziggy didn’t sign him before he got on that plane, he would sign with the Packers. That’s what makes Ziggy and his franchise the laughstock of the NFL. McCombs is a used car salesman that got over on Ziggy. So is Klink except that McCombs doesn’t cost the Vikings a ball game every other week.

  55. TheGonz says: Jun 25, 2009 10:24 PM

    There isn’t a Packer fan in America that’s smart enough to make any sort of meaningful comment on the Vikings’ situation. Our resident Packer fans have pretty much proven that.
    If a 10-6 team that won the division in 2008 and will probably win it again in 2009 is a “laughing stock,” we might have to invent a completely new term to describe the level the Packers are going to sink to this season. Because their team sucks in every meaningful way. The Packers are coached by an idiot, run by a pathological liar, cheered on by morons, and are the most overrated team in the National Football League. Their defense is a joke, their offensive line sucks, none of their running backs would make Minnesota’s practice squad. . .no wonder they’re 6-10 and sinking.

  56. cheddar is beddar says: Jun 25, 2009 11:40 PM

    Gonz, here is a meaningful comment for you. The Vikings won the North in 2008, yet that is the only thing you and other (bandwagon) fans can base any sort of argument on. You treat the ’08 division championship like the SB you’ve never won. It’s hilarious. The Vikings have won the division five out of the last 17 years, Packers seven times. In those 17 years, the Vikings have a playoff record of (here comes the ‘laughstock’ part) 5-10. The Packers on the other hand, 12-10, with a bright and shining Lombardi trophy in that time. I forgot what you can account for during that time.
    Here’s another meaningful comment. Prior to last season, I had to hear about how Madieu Williams is the second coming and that he was sure to turn that 29th ranked pass defense around after spending $33 million dollars on a safety that played on the NFL’s 30nd ranked passing defense. hahaa, that seemed like a logical move. Better yet, if it wasn’t Williams that was going to take you to the promised land, it was the signing and overpaying for overrated Bernard “one-route” Berrian. I don’t even have to spell this move out. The only good (bad) thing about this move is that his deal upped the ante for every other mediocre WR in the NFL whose contract is about to expire. But I thought he was the answer for defenses who stacked the box, yet AD’s YPC dropped a half yard. Funny how that works. That guy is a joke.
    But better yet, apparently it was a good idea to sell out your entire ’08 draft in order for a pass rusher who only helped you climb 3 spots in sacks. Whoooooaaaaaaaaaa, what a stellar move that was. Really helped you guys out last year.
    So in conclusion, talk about ONE division title all you want. The point being is that division titles are meaningless, and true football fans no matter the team will tell you that. No one cares or remembers division titles, they only remember Lombardi trophies. Have you got yours yet?

  57. BarnyardBerrianSucks says: Jun 25, 2009 11:49 PM

    The Vikings are considered a “laughingstock” not just based on last years records you idiots. Blind squirrel finds a nut once in awhile. It’s due to all of the drama, embarrassing off the field incidents like the Whizzinator, Love Boat, Randy Moss drama and choke jobs throughout their HISTORY. Cling to that 10-6 record like it’s your last breath. Too bad the ref’s played a bigger hand than the team in 4 of those wins.

  58. Bob_Nelson says: Jun 25, 2009 11:52 PM

    Forbes is a financial magazine.
    The laughingstock label is the financial situation of the vikings which is summarized at the top of page 2 of the comments.
    Attendance last season was 62,000 for 4 games and 63,000 for 4 games. Their only home playoff game in many years only had 61,000.
    The combination of poor fan support and bad finances have led to bad public relations. (Winning the NFC in 2007 Turd Watch also hurt public relations)
    Of all the teams that have never won a World Championship, the vikings have the longest period of futility, 48 years.
    The worst part is they are not solving their problems but making them worse.

  59. cheddar is beddar says: Jun 26, 2009 1:52 AM

    Barnyard, you forgot the 350 lb OL that uses a baseball bat as a billy club. I thought Wilf wanted to turn this franchise around? Hardly. Typcial douche bags.

  60. sand0789 says: Jun 26, 2009 9:11 AM

    Er uh, maybe they’re just trying to make the team better. I shood bees a fancy analist ger dahr.
    Is this guy retarded? Apparently you can draw any random conclusion from any random event and call it news.

  61. swede700 says: Jun 26, 2009 10:19 AM

    To Packers and Bears fans: Don’t blame us Vikings fans because our favorite team likes to underachieve. We know it better than you do. Until you’ve experienced the pain we have with our team, I suggest you quit typing the crap you do.

  62. swede700 says: Jun 26, 2009 10:26 AM

    hayward giablommi says:
    Remind me again how that worked out for the Jesters last year?
    I am willing to bet that the Vikings will not make the playoffs this year, either.
    Sorry to inject reality into the puzzling euphoria going on in Minnesota right now.
    ———————————————————————————————
    Ummm…the Vikings made the playoffs last year without Brett Favre. And a 40-year old Brett Favre is a better QB than Tarvaris and Gus combined.

  63. SpartaChris says: Jun 26, 2009 10:28 AM

    @swede700-
    Packers fans can relate. Look at us in the 70’s and 80’s.
    Still doesn’t make us like the Vikings any more than we do now. =)

  64. hayward giablommi says: Jun 26, 2009 10:46 AM

    swede700
    I know the Vikings made the playoffs last year, I don’t believe they will this year with Favre.
    Did you watch Favre play down the stretch last year? He faded, and badly. Now look at the last 6 games on Minny’s schedule:
    vs. Chicago
    @ Arizona
    vs. Cincy
    @ Carolina
    @ Chicago
    vs. Giants
    You may be on cloud 9 after you start tyhe season 3-0, with such a soft opening schedule…but I promise you, having seen 11 or 12 Jest games last year, the second half is going to be a HUGE letdown for the purple and gold.

  65. TheGonz says: Jun 26, 2009 2:04 PM

    The Vikings were a better team than the Packers in 2008.
    The Vikings are a better team than the Packers right now.
    The Vikings will be better than the Packers for the foreseeable future.
    I know. . .it hurts your sensibilities to hear it. However, your failure to accept this fact doesn’t change that fact at all.
    The Packers are worthless, just like their fans. Enjoy your upcoming 4-12 season. I know I’ll enjoy watching and laughing from my team’s seat at the top of the division again.

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