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Vikings delay decision on training camp site

Chad Greenway, Nate Triplett AP

In an apparent sign that the Minnesota Vikings expect the lockout to end soon, the team has gone back on its previous statement that it would move its training camp if the lockout didn’t end by July 18.

On June 15, the Vikings announced that if the lockout wasn’t over by July 18, they’d cancel plans to have training camp at their normal site, Mankato, and instead have it at their regular-season practice facility. But now July 18 has arrived, and the Vikings announced that no such decision has been made.

“Both parties remain hopeful that the team will be practicing in front of Vikings fans in Mankato this summer,” the Vikings and Minnesota State University at Mankato said in a joint announcement.

The Vikings’ announcement is just one more sign that NFL teams think the end of the lockout is approaching. We hope they’re right.

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32 Responses to “Vikings delay decision on training camp site”
  1. woodyg says: Jul 18, 2011 2:44 PM

    The only thing the Vikes need to practice for in season 2011 is looking up at the Lions, Bears & Packers ……. Their ‘all or nothing’ approach the last couple of years has left them with ……. well, nothing …… Time to dismantle & start over ……

  2. thephantomstranger says: Jul 18, 2011 3:19 PM

    Woo-hoo! It’s a lot of fun to take the family down to Mankato for a day to watch practice and participate in the kids’ activities they have set up. Maybe you Packer fans should come down and try it. It might help you to not be so crabby.

  3. greenbay4ever says: Jul 18, 2011 3:23 PM

    Who’s crabby. Our trophy case has 4. vikings have none. So we are good.

  4. hobartbaker says: Jul 18, 2011 3:28 PM

    Giving birth to the popular expression, “It ain’t over till the fat guys in the booth call down on the phone.”.

  5. thephantomstranger says: Jul 18, 2011 3:29 PM

    woodyg says:
    Jul 18, 2011 2:44 PM
    The only thing the Vikes need to practice for in season 2011 is looking up at the Lions, Bears & Packers ……. Their ‘all or nothing’ approach the last couple of years has left them with ……. well, nothing …… Time to dismantle & start over ……
    _________________

    Wishful thinking, but this is a transition year. Still plenty of talent to keep the team competitive as the new QB is broken in. By the way, they’ll need practice looking up at the Lions, Bears, and Packers because they’ve only had to look up at those three teams five times in their history, and four of those times were in their first 7 years of existence. I’m not including the three years in which they had the same record as one or more of those other teams and technically finished lower because of some tiebreaker like conference record.

  6. kqole25 says: Jul 18, 2011 3:33 PM

    “The only thing the Vikes need to practice for in season 2011 is looking up at the Lions, Bears & Packers ……. Their ‘all or nothing’ approach the last couple of years has left them with ……. well, nothing …… Time to dismantle & start over ……”

    Real intelligent idea! 1 bad season = rebuild entirely.

    True the all in for Favre didn’t get a super bowl victory, but what other option was there?? Tjack? No. Sign a different veteran? No. Draft a rookie? McCoy or Claussen? No.

    Bottom line you don’t rebuild a team when the missing piece is a QB.

  7. 28purple4mvp says: Jul 18, 2011 3:37 PM

    woodyg says:
    Jul 18, 2011 2:44 PM
    The only thing the Vikes need to practice for in season 2011 is looking up at the Lions, Bears & Packers ……. Their ‘all or nothing’ approach the last couple of years has left them with ……. well, nothing …… Time to dismantle & start over ……

    Yet another special needs child in the flesh

  8. sakatak says: Jul 18, 2011 3:58 PM

    When will Favre be there?

  9. thephantomstranger says: Jul 18, 2011 4:49 PM

    hobartbaker says:
    Jul 18, 2011 3:28 PM
    Giving birth to the popular expression, “It ain’t over till the fat guys in the booth call down on the phone.”.
    _____________

    Scroll down too far before clicking on Comments?

  10. vikingsinla says: Jul 18, 2011 4:57 PM

    woodyg says: Jul 18, 2011 2:44 PM

    The only thing the Vikes need to practice for in season 2011 is looking up at the Lions, Bears & Packers ………………………..

    I’m pretty sure the NFL will move the Vikings out of the NFC North, so the other teams won’t have to make all those flights to LA, where the Vikings will be playing their home games.

  11. minnesomalia says: Jul 18, 2011 5:05 PM

    Training Camp: Oxnard

    Home: Los Angeles

  12. contra74 says: Jul 18, 2011 5:07 PM

    greenbay4ever says:
    Jul 18, 2011 3:23 PM
    Who’s crabby. Our trophy case has 4. vikings have none. So we are good.
    ———————–
    Nope, still the same. No matter what team a Packer fan talks to he/she/it will always change the tune of the song. When speaking to a Viking fan its “the Packers have 4 Lombardis” but when speaking to a Steeler/Cowboy/49ers fan (of which each team has more Lombardis than the Packers) “the Packers have 13 world championships”. Either way, a Packer fan knows how to twist things around to make their side of the grass just a bit greener.

  13. darthvincent says: Jul 18, 2011 5:17 PM

    well at least this Packers fan won’t have to twist anything around – just look at the facts. The Vikings finished last in the NFC North with 6 wins. They plan to start a rookie QB taken about 30 picks ahead of his expected draft position, didn’t improve their O-line, expected to lose a starting DE in Ray Edwards, and giving the ball to All-Day AP doesn’t work with 11 D-men in the box.

    So, this fan of defending SB-XLV Champions isn’t required to twist anything around. But their is good news for the Vikes…. the Dome has it’s top again.

  14. johnnyb216 says: Jul 18, 2011 5:24 PM

    Are they they thinking of moving it to LA?

  15. ruvelligwebuike says: Jul 18, 2011 5:26 PM

    Woo-hoo! It’s a lot of fun to take the family down to Mankato for a day to watch practice and participate in the kids’ activities they have set up. Maybe you Packer fans should come down and try it. It might help you to not be so crabby.
    ——————–

    Wait, what? Football is uncultured…along with drinking beer, golf, hunting, fishing and all the other “Wisconsin” things to do, remember? Showtunes are where it’s at!

  16. contra74 says: Jul 18, 2011 5:31 PM

    darthvincent says:
    Jul 18, 2011 5:17 PM
    So, this fan of defending SB-XLV Champions isn’t required to twist anything around. But their is good news for the Vikes…. the Dome has it’s top again.
    ———–
    Theire “there” not “their” sweetheart.

  17. dogsweat1 says: Jul 18, 2011 5:37 PM

    The Vikings are here to serve the Green Bay Packers……..

    Thanks for the extra home game in Minny!

  18. jebdamone says: Jul 18, 2011 5:43 PM

    vikings are not going to LA people. there have been numerous reports that wilf and dayton, along with the state of MN pretty much have an agreement in place for a new stadium. the vikings are being courteous, just waiting to get to it so as not to be rude about the current budget situation in the state. even if they do not get to the stadium issue in the current special session it has already been mentioned that another special session in the fall will most likely be necessary and it would get discussed at that point.

  19. carlgerbschmidt says: Jul 18, 2011 5:44 PM

    thephantomstranger says:
    Jul 18, 2011 3:19 PM
    Woo-hoo! It’s a lot of fun to take the family down to Mankato for a day to watch practice and participate in the kids’ activities they have set up. Maybe you Packer fans should come down and try it. It might help you to not be so crabby.

    ________________

    “Woo-hoo!” Really? From what I hear about Mankato, you pay $20 to watch grown men stretch. You can go downtown to Hennepin Ave. and watch that for free.

    Why don’t you bring the kids to Lambeau? Maybe you’ll get lucky and one of them will pick your kid to ride his (or her) bike to the practice field.

  20. contra74 says: Jul 18, 2011 6:10 PM

    carlgerbschmidt says:
    Jul 18, 2011 5:44 PM
    thephantomstranger says:
    Jul 18, 2011 3:19 PM
    Woo-hoo! It’s a lot of fun to take the family down to Mankato for a day to watch practice and participate in the kids’ activities they have set up. Maybe you Packer fans should come down and try it. It might help you to not be so crabby.

    ________________

    “Woo-hoo!” Really? From what I hear about Mankato, you pay $20 to watch grown men stretch. You can go downtown to Hennepin Ave. and watch that for free.

    Why don’t you bring the kids to Lambeau? Maybe you’ll get lucky and one of them will pick your kid to ride his (or her) bike to the practice field.

    ——-
    YAY a bike ride! What else do the ‘lucky’ fans get? The honor of carrying their pads/helmets to and from the field? Oh wait, I get it…no…they get to take their dirty laundry home to wash and bring back the next day. OH THE JOY!

  21. thephantomstranger says: Jul 18, 2011 6:24 PM

    carlgerbschmidt says:
    Jul 18, 2011 5:44 PM
    thephantomstranger says:
    Jul 18, 2011 3:19 PM
    Woo-hoo! It’s a lot of fun to take the family down to Mankato for a day to watch practice and participate in the kids’ activities they have set up. Maybe you Packer fans should come down and try it. It might help you to not be so crabby.

    ________________

    “Woo-hoo!” Really? From what I hear about Mankato, you pay $20 to watch grown men stretch. You can go downtown to Hennepin Ave. and watch that for free.

    Why don’t you bring the kids to Lambeau? Maybe you’ll get lucky and one of them will pick your kid to ride his (or her) bike to the practice field.
    ______________

    It’s free, Carl. Except it will cost you $5 to park your 1976 Gremlin.

  22. thephantomstranger says: Jul 18, 2011 6:32 PM

    Hmmmm…Green Bay Packers checklist story:

    62 comments
    0 comments from Viking fans
    Several comments accusing non-Viking fans of being Viking fans because they dared to suggest that the Packers would not necessarily repeat as champions.

    This minor story about Viking training camp:

    20 comments
    10 comments from Packer fans
    1 comment from someone thinking they were clicking on another story

    Someone try to tell me that Packer fans aren’t obsessed with the Vikings. They have an inferiority complex that no amount of Super Bowls will ever erase.

  23. knew8411 says: Jul 18, 2011 6:32 PM

    well at least this Packers fan won’t have to twist anything around – just look at the facts. The Vikings finished last in the NFC North with 6 wins. They plan to start a rookie QB taken about 30 picks ahead of his expected draft position, didn’t improve their O-line, expected to lose a starting DE in Ray Edwards, and giving the ball to All-Day AP doesn’t work with 11 D-men in the box.

    So, this fan of defending SB-XLV Champions isn’t required to twist anything around. But their is good news for the Vikes…. the Dome has it’s top again.

    Good to know we have a member of Vikings management checking the site, and telling us all that the Vikings have no plans for the upcoming season…funny though free agency hasnt even started, so I am curious why Mr Speilman would go and do something like that.

  24. dd393 says: Jul 18, 2011 7:04 PM

    thephantomstranger says: Jul 18, 2011 3:19 PM

    Woo-hoo! It’s a lot of fun to take the family down to Mankato for a day to watch practice and participate in the kids’ activities they have set up. Maybe you Packer fans should come down and try it. It might help you to not be so crabby.
    ============================

    Boat rides with prostitutes, DUI’s, all sorts of fun activities for the kiddies.

  25. paulharghis says: Jul 18, 2011 7:04 PM

    Carl:

    You get beat around on this site more than a pinata.

    Why do you even think about posting anymore.

    Evidently you do not care how stupid you make yourself look.
    You have that going for you , which is nice.
    =================================
    Darth, just because TT doesn’t believe in FA, doesn’t mean the rest of the free world ignores it.
    Again, you have no clue how good or bad Ponder will be.
    You also have no clue, how any teams will fare this year.
    ==================================
    To the fools that keep saying LA:

    IF , it’s a big if they happen to move, LA doesn’t or won’t have a stadium ready to go for 2-3 years.

    I’m trying to stop you fools from showing your ignorance, at least on that subject.

    Packer fans, When it comes to football, they sure know their bratwurst.

  26. dogsweat1 says: Jul 18, 2011 9:15 PM

    Packers 15 Championships.

    Vikings 0 Championships.

    Please keep the Vikings in Minny—-they make the Green and Gold much much superior!!!

  27. contra74 says: Jul 18, 2011 9:21 PM

    thephantomstranger says:
    Jul 18, 2011 6:32 PM
    Hmmmm…Green Bay Packers checklist story:

    62 comments
    0 comments from Viking fans
    Several comments accusing non-Viking fans of being Viking fans because they dared to suggest that the Packers would not necessarily repeat as champions.

    This minor story about Viking training camp:

    20 comments
    10 comments from Packer fans
    1 comment from someone thinking they were clicking on another story

    Someone try to tell me that Packer fans aren’t obsessed with the Vikings. They have an inferiority complex that no amount of Super Bowls will ever erase.
    ———
    Nice! I noticed that too when I read the GB Packers checklist. Funny how that works out.

  28. contra74 says: Jul 18, 2011 9:42 PM

    dd393 says:
    Jul 18, 2011 7:04 PM
    thephantomstranger says: Jul 18, 2011 3:19 PM

    Woo-hoo! It’s a lot of fun to take the family down to Mankato for a day to watch practice and participate in the kids’ activities they have set up. Maybe you Packer fans should come down and try it. It might help you to not be so crabby.
    ============================

    Boat rides with prostitutes, DUI’s, all sorts of fun activities for the kiddies.
    —————-
    OR we could go visit Packer camp and just have the kiddies go hang out at Mark Chmura’s Day Care.

  29. carlgerbschmidt says: Jul 19, 2011 9:07 AM

    paulharghis says:
    Jul 18, 2011 7:04 PM
    Carl:

    You get beat around on this site more than a pinata.

    Why do you even think about posting anymore.

    Evidently you do not care how stupid you make yourself look.
    You have that going for you , which is nice.
    ______

    Why don’t you go eff yourself. oh wait, you probably just did after stumbling across an old copy of your mom’s glamour…

  30. contra74 says: Jul 19, 2011 10:35 AM

    carlgerbschmidt says:
    Jul 19, 2011 9:07 AM
    paulharghis says:
    Jul 18, 2011 7:04 PM
    Carl:

    You get beat around on this site more than a pinata.

    Why do you even think about posting anymore.

    Evidently you do not care how stupid you make yourself look.
    You have that going for you , which is nice.
    ______

    Why don’t you go eff yourself. oh wait, you probably just did after stumbling across an old copy of your mom’s glamour…
    ————
    Again…you made yourself look stupid. “why dont you go eff yourself.” really? Really? You logged on and came back with that!? Just stop already because Im even starting to feel bad for you. Well not really.

  31. thephantomstranger says: Jul 19, 2011 11:44 AM

    Actually, contra, that wasn’t bad by Carl. He mixed in a very subtle Seinfeld reference after his crass first statement. It’s quite out of character, so we should give him a little credit.

  32. paulharghis says: Jul 19, 2011 6:40 PM

    carlgerbschmidt says:
    Jul 19, 2011 9:07 AM
    paulharghis says:
    Jul 18, 2011 7:04 PM
    Carl:

    You get beat around on this site more than a pinata.

    Why do you even think about posting anymore.

    Evidently you do not care how stupid you make yourself look.
    You have that going for you , which is nice.
    ______

    Why don’t you go eff yourself. oh wait, you probably just did after stumbling across an old copy of your mom’s glamour…

    ==========================

    Holy Smokes.

    I’m just going to let this retort sit there and speak for itself.

    I officially pity you. Good day.

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