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Ted Mondale takes center stage in Minnesota stadium push

Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome AP

In the effort to replace a stadium named for a former U.S. Vice President from Minnesota, the son of another former U.S. Vice President from Minnesota will be playing a key role.

Ted Mondale, the son of former Senator, V.P., and presidential candidate Walter Mondale, has become chairman of the Metropolitan Sports Facilities Commission, the body that owns the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome — and that will have a strong say in the construction of the next generation pro football facility.

Mondale has said that he believes a deal for a new stadium can be reached in the current legislative session.

If not, the Vikings could be joining Minnesota’s former basketball team in Los Angeles.

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  1. hobartbaker says: Jan 26, 2011 3:42 PM

    To be known as the Gore Sized Gas Bubble.

  2. jc1958coo says: Jan 26, 2011 3:43 PM

    go to LA mineapolis doesn’t want a loser team anyway!

  3. nitemare1 says: Jan 26, 2011 3:47 PM

    Benh999

    I can’t wait for you to share your wisdom on this!

  4. Deb says: Jan 26, 2011 4:25 PM

    Glad to hear Minnesotans are still pushing for their stadium. What’s disturbing is how often we hear Goodell share his giddy excitement over the possibility of football in Los Angeles–a city that’s failed to sustain two previous franchises. But I’ve heard nothing to indicate he has any interest in helping the loyal Vikes fans of half a century keep their team. Is he the NFL commissioner or just the commissioner of major television markets? It seems his constant references to doing right by the “fans” are nothing but convenient rhetoric.

  5. JimmySmith says: Jan 26, 2011 4:48 PM

    Walter Mondale had as much success trying to be President as the Vikings had trying to win a Superbowl. Which is to say, not even close.

    But I do understand the logic of putting a Democrat in charge of a public works project. If anyone can overpromise and underdeliver at twice the budget, its a Democrat. “We’re from the government, we are here to help” is only the second biggest lie right behind Favre’s, it was my text messages but those photo’s aren’t mine.

  6. emossome84 says: Jan 26, 2011 4:53 PM

    @jc1958coo

    3 of the last 12 NFC Championships and playoffs in 7 of those 12 years. Doesn’t sound like a lot of losing to me, sold out every game in that span too so it sounds like Minneapolis actually does want the team.

  7. hrmlss says: Jan 26, 2011 4:57 PM

    What will they do with the MetroDump when it is empty?

    Turn it into a mushroom farm?

    Take the roof off, fill it with water and make it the 10,001 st lake?

    Hang a sign outside the says Brett Favre slept here and charge tourist’s $20 a pop for a tour?

  8. drstrangelust says: Jan 26, 2011 5:05 PM

    This is great news. Mondale has the clout and connections to get this thing done. We’re looking only months away from a firm decision. Very exciting news!

  9. mndudeness says: Jan 26, 2011 5:11 PM

    This is the first positive sign in the quest for a stadium in a decade in MN. Mondale and Dayton(gov) have publicly said that this is the year to make it happen. No way are we going to lose another team to LA.

    We lost the Lakers and the North Stars, the Vikings are part of the fabric of MN and there is no way we are going to let them leave.

    Oh, and were gonna need some $$….. sooo if anyone has any billion dollar checks laying around…

  10. gregjennings85 says: Jan 26, 2011 5:19 PM

    Come on Minnesota, get this done.

    The NFC North wants the Vikings in Minnesota.

  11. jebdamone says: Jan 26, 2011 5:22 PM

    little late on this one, he was named to this position about two weeks ago.

  12. drstrangelust says: Jan 26, 2011 5:33 PM

    The Vikes haven’t won the SB but they still have the 2nd best winning percentage in the NFC…and the 5th best in the entire league…All time! They aren’t leaving Minnesota, so suck it!

  13. tuckercarlsonisthevoiceofreason says: Jan 26, 2011 5:35 PM

    If Ted is as dynamic a leader as his dad, the Vikings will be in LA by the end of the year.

  14. smoothjimmyapollo says: Jan 26, 2011 5:38 PM

    “3 of the last 12 NFC Championships and playoffs in 7 of those 12 years. Doesn’t sound like a lot of losing to me, sold out every game in that span too so it sounds like Minneapolis actually does want the team.”

    12 seems like an arbitrary number to pad your stats. If you go back 10 years, the vikings actually have a .494 winning percentage and only 4 seasons with a winning record.

  15. tradebait9 says: Jan 26, 2011 5:54 PM

    And why is JimmySmith still so infatuated with Farve’s penis???? Only logical answer is little jimmy is gay.

  16. nitemare1 says: Jan 26, 2011 5:55 PM

    gregjennings85

    You like big strong Viking men, I thought you only liked Packers?

  17. footballrulz says: Jan 26, 2011 6:05 PM

    gregjennings85 says:
    Jan 26, 2011 5:19 PM
    Come on Minnesota, get this done.

    The NFC North wants the Vikings in Minnesota
    ___________________________________

    With you 100% Vikes need to stay in MN–Never break upthe NFC North. Way too much tradition.

  18. johnnyb216 says: Jan 26, 2011 6:24 PM

    Here we go baby! I wouldn’t even give them a punchers chance. I live in hennepin county and pay property taxes there. That means I get one vote. BIG FAT NO!!!!!!!!

  19. abninf says: Jan 26, 2011 6:37 PM

    The citizens need to be forced to spread the wealth around and buy a new stadium.

  20. supermariojosh says: Jan 26, 2011 6:53 PM

    drstrangelust says:
    The Vikes haven’t won the SB but they still have the 2nd best winning percentage in the NFC…and the 5th best in the entire league…All time! They aren’t leaving Minnesota, so suck it!
    ——————
    Actually the Cowboys, 49ers, Bears, and Packers all have better winning percentages than the Vikes historically.

    You lose.

  21. pervyharvin says: Jan 26, 2011 6:55 PM

    Pack fans need the Vikings in the North. Who else would call you fat slobs if I left you?

  22. supermariojosh says: Jan 26, 2011 6:56 PM

    Also the Dolphins and Browns in the AFC have better winning percentages, making the Vikings 7th all time.

  23. jarrman46 says: Jan 26, 2011 6:57 PM

    I hope the Vikings dont leave Minnesota
    They Packers shouldnt have to fly all the way to LA to kick that booty!!!

  24. green41563 says: Jan 26, 2011 7:01 PM

    Public money should NEVER, under any circumstances, be used to support a private business like an NFL team.

    Ziggy Wilf is worth a funking fortune. Let him finance it himself.

  25. favrelous says: Jan 26, 2011 7:16 PM

    Pretty simple, if the people of Minnesota collectively do not want to build a stadium than they do not want the Vikings. My only hope is they don’t change the name as well when they move.

    Go LA Vikings, the purple and smog like color people eaters.

  26. filthymcnasty1 says: Jan 26, 2011 7:17 PM

    I wouldn’t mind the Rams in the NFC North. They’ve actually won a championship.

  27. didiwags says: Jan 26, 2011 8:52 PM

    Stop assuming they will go to LA, you know what they say about someone who assumes…..

    There are plenty of other NFL teams who do not have nearly the same fan support as the Vikings do so stop saying it will be the Vikes in LA and start saying one of them!!

    This is good news the Mondale’s do have what it takes to get it going in the right direction!

  28. deconjonesbitchslap says: Jan 26, 2011 9:36 PM

    as a vikings fan, it doesn’t matter if they build another stadium. they won’t ever be near the packers in team talent for the next 10-15 years. they won’t ever have a qb like Rodgers or coach that knows how to find talent (see all their linebackers, receivers, tightends, corners) or find players out of nowhere (see sam shields, Kuhn, peprah).

    the green bay packers are this decades new england patriots or colts. they will win 11+ games a year until 2020. atleast 4 superbowl appearances, not including this one. they will win the division for the next 9 out of 10 years. Rodgers will break all the passing records.

    the vikings are the new lions. this decade, they will be less than 8 wins per year every year. they gambled everything on this past year, and lost. big. teams never recover from that sort of greed and impatience.

    peterson, rice, and harvin will not re-sign when that times comes. they will lose their veterans to retirement, or they will demand out.

    the vikings deserve their collapse.

  29. kingpitvinny says: Jan 26, 2011 11:36 PM

    deconjonesbitchslap
    Your a dumbass! T-Jack has more divison titles than Karen Rodgers. anyway he’ll be outta the league in 3 years anyway due to concussions. Vikes suffered last year due to injuries (Favre, Rice, Hutch, Harvin, Herrera, Cook, Griffin, Edwards, Sullivan) and thats the only reason. Thats 3 starting O-linemen. How much you wanna bet Favre’s stats and Vikes win totals are WAY better if there healthy.Besides we woulda beat the pack in GB if moss and tried to catch that last pass in endzone. Same thing against NE. In the last 10 years, 10 different teams from the NFC have made it to the Super Bowl. and you think the pack are gonna make it to 4 more in the next 9 years? Get real loser. I say the Vikes need to draft a QB or stick with Webb and let him watch and learn from the sidelines next year cause FAVRE’S COMMIN BACK BABY!!!

  30. Celsior says: Jan 27, 2011 1:12 AM

    Ted Mondale and Roger Goodell are reportedly childhood friends. In business, relationships are often key in getting deals done. If Ted can’t help bring Zygi and Dayton and Goodell together, then no one can.

  31. emossome84 says: Jan 27, 2011 1:36 AM

    @smoothjimmyapollo

    If you want to go that rout the Vikes have made it to 2 of the last 10 NFC Championships..the only team to make more has been the Eagles. Also the Vikes 8 appearances all time is 4th in in the NFC. All I’m saying is the Vikes might not be the best team but they do win a lot of games. All negative press and feelings aside, it would be hard for anyone biased or not to think it would actually be a good idea to move this team.

  32. truthserum4u says: Jan 27, 2011 5:55 AM

    smoothjimmyapollo says:
    Jan 26, 2011 5:38 PM
    “3 of the last 12 NFC Championships and playoffs in 7 of those 12 years. Doesn’t sound like a lot of losing to me, sold out every game in that span too so it sounds like Minneapolis actually does want the team.”

    12 seems like an arbitrary number to pad your stats. If you go back 10 years, the vikings actually have a .494 winning percentage and only 4 seasons with a winning record.

    ————————————-

    Why is 12 (or a dozen) any more an arbitrary number than 10? Both are established and accepted incriments of measurement. Now if 7,8, 13 or 16 was used I could see your point. Wasn’t your use of 4 winning seasons in the last 10 years (leaving one to think the rest were losing seasons) just as arbitrary since they also had only 4 losing seasons as well during that time span?

    Since the original post called the Vikings losers and said they should go to LA, shouldn’t we use more than just a decade to verify or disprove the statement? How about the last 25 years where the Vikings have experienced only 5 losing seasons? How about the 18 years before that where they had only 4 more losing seasons? Or maybe their entire existance (50 yrs) where they’ve had a total of 14 losing seasons, 5 of which were in their first 7 years (including the first three) of becoming an expantion team.

    Over 70% of the Vikings’ seasons have been @ .500 or better. While they haven’t won the championship, 14 losing seasons over 50 years isn’t exactly the definition of a loser.

  33. truthserum4u says: Jan 27, 2011 6:23 AM

    supermariojosh says:
    Jan 26, 2011 6:53 PM
    drstrangelust says:
    The Vikes haven’t won the SB but they still have the 2nd best winning percentage in the NFC…and the 5th best in the entire league…All time! They aren’t leaving Minnesota, so suck it!
    ——————
    Actually the Cowboys, 49ers, Bears, and Packers all have better winning percentages than the Vikes historically.

    supermariojosh says:
    Jan 26, 2011 6:56 PM
    Also the Dolphins and Browns in the AFC have better winning percentages, making the Vikings 7th all time.

    ——————————————

    supermario –

    Actually the Browns (@ .549) & 49ers (@ .548) winning percentage are both lower than the Vikings .551, so they are still 5th all-time, just not 2nd in the NFC.

    I thought the winning percentage thing was since they’ve been in the league, meaning they had the 5th best since 1961,but I guess it is all-time.

    Three of the four teams from the NFC North are three of the top five all-time best winning percentages – not bad representation.

  34. theytukrjobs says: Jan 27, 2011 8:38 AM

    It really isn’t surprising that a team in the league 50 years doesn’t have a superbowl. There are about 30 teams and only one wins per year. Do the math. If you just call the superbowl a 1/30 coin flip every year then you should fully expect a big handful of teams in there.

    The surprising part of it really is the fact that the Vikings have been such a strong team through most of those 50 years. They are 5th all time in winning percentage and have basically packed a stadium for 50 years with very few exceptions. Of the teams without a super bowl, the Vikings are really the only good one historically.

    And if you take away their first few expansion years, in which they were dreadful, the Vikings winning percentage is even higher.

    Being a Vikings fan is good and bad. It is bad in the fact that we’ve never been at the top of the mountain. It is good in that more often than not they are fielding a good team and going to the playoffs.

    Meh. The average team wins a superbowl every 32 years and that is a very small part of being a fan and enjoying the game. I pretty much don’t care at this point. It would be awesome if it happened but I’ll still enjoy any season in which they win at least a few games, even if it is disappointing.

  35. canadianvikingfaniii says: Jan 27, 2011 10:05 AM

    True fans of the NFC North don’t want to see the Vikings leave.

  36. latransplantguy says: Jan 27, 2011 10:14 AM

    As a born and raised Minnesota guy, who just moved back from L.A. after 7 years, trust me when I say Los Angeles is ready for a team, and without a functioning stadium, Minnesota is on that list as a possiblity. Let’s not get on Wilf for wanting a new stadium, or him only wanting to put up 1/3rd. We need to get on the people at the capitol to put this thing together the right way.

    Think of how much money can be raised on pull tabs and slots alone. If taxing us is the only way to get this thing done then tax us, and as soon as the stadium is built, then you can pay all the tax payers back with interest through tax credits.

    A new stadium built by a guy like Wilf would be huge for this state. Not only would we collect a lot of income tax from the players who come through here, but with his plan not only would we would create a lot of new jobs, add more big business opportunites, but we would generate a lot of new money in the way of sales tax from all of us rubes loving on the new stadium.

    The only thing I disagree with is the building of housing condos. We have plenty of housing, and really need to get that under control before we add more!!!

  37. smoothjimmyapollo says: Jan 27, 2011 12:11 PM

    @emossome84 and @truthserum4u:

    My point is that if you go back 10 years, the Vikings look less promising, but going back 12 pads the stats in your favor. Regardless, even if you look at all time winning percentage, it’s a flawed way of looking at things. Using your numbers, the Vikings would be a more successful franchise than the Steelers and we all know that’s not the case. Now if you want to take that higher winning percentage and use it to rank the most tortured fanbases, Viking fans win in a landslide. At least the Lions are courteous enough to not get their fans’ hopes up.

  38. truthserum4u says: Jan 27, 2011 11:57 PM

    smoothjimmy –

    When evaluating a team, as it pertains to wanting the team to move or not, you go back farther than just 10 years. Using your ridiculous choice of ten years means Packers fans would have been fine if the team wanted to move sometime in the 80s, you know, in the middle of their 20+ years of irrelevance, totally ignoring their historic success. Looking at the teams overall succes, not just recent short-term results, is the greater indicator of the teams value. 10 years is arbitary and quite frankly insane.

    How exactly is a team’s winning percentage flawed? It’s fact! Or didn’t they really win all of those games? Do they take away wins if you don’t win it all? They’ve won numerous division titles as well as conferance championships, and while that isn’t the ultimate goal, it most certainly doesn’t constitute a loser.

    I went back and read all of the comments and no one claimed the Vikings were more successful than the Steelers. Statements were simply made to contradict the claim that the Vikings were losers. Nothing more – nothing less.

    Finally, if you would rather not have your hopes up over being tortured then truly you have a loser mentality. Give me a team that looks great (Vikings ’10, Patriots ’07) but doesn’t quite get the brass ring over the team that has constant years of a sub .500 record any day of the week. I’m sure most Viking fans would take last years tortured success over this years bungled failures.

  39. seewise says: Jan 28, 2011 3:18 PM

    Their not just a Minnesota team, as the name implies it is also the N.Dakota, S.Dakota and Iowa Vikings, this actually is a good market for the NFL. Wilf is a guy who made $$$ in the realestate buisness, why would he go to another allready invested in built-up LA Complex? if he wants, then sell the team to Minnesotans. LA should just create a new team. If NFL moved Minnesota after 50 years of tradition, I would never watch Pro Football again or buy from Reebok, Nike, etc. again.

  40. recon163 says: Jan 29, 2011 1:51 PM

    @ Deb

    “What’s disturbing is how often we hear Goodell share his giddy excitement over the possibility of football in Los Angeles–a city that’s failed to sustain two previous franchises.”

    So let me get this straight. You are against team moves, but it is OK for LA to lose a failing franchise but not OK for another city to lose its failing franchise?

  41. seewise says: Jan 29, 2011 9:52 PM

    Minnesota Vikings are a great franchise, they sell out all there games, have an electric line-up, compared to most teams, the Vikings are loved by people all over the world. Minnesotans have never had a NFL franchise ever leave, only the Red Jackets/ Marines from the ’20’s, that partly became MN. Vikings, named after the strong Scandinavian pop., is far from a failing franchise, the state and Wilf, mostly Wilf, just need to get a stadium deal done. recon163 sounds like a Marine fan.

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