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Vikings will camp in Mankato, again

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They wanted to make a decision by July 17.  But July 17 came and went without a labor deal.

Now that the 17-year-old champagne is flowing (I poured mine down the drain), the Vikings have decided that they’ll indeed return to Mankato State University for training camp.

It’ll be the 46th time the Vikings prepare for the season there.

“We wanted to prolong our decision as long as possible in an effort to maintain our training camp tradition of practicing in front of Vikings fans in Mankato,” Vikings president Mark Wilf said in a statement released by the team. “The Vikings appreciate the patience and flexibility shown by Minnesota State University and the Mankato community in making this work, and we look forward to returning to our training camp home in August.”

It’s more important than ever, in our view, for teams to have training camp at an off-site location.  With the offseason program lost and a premium placed on getting ready quickly, the focus, convenience, and camaraderie of having everyone in one place makes lots of sense.

As one head coach recently explained it to me, the fact that the coaching staff has nearby rooms with beds in them makes life a lot easier than sleeping on a cot or an air mattress.

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  1. steel6times says: Jul 25, 2011 4:34 PM

    Haha I see they’re still dreaming big. 6

  2. carlgerbschmidt says: Jul 25, 2011 4:37 PM

    That’s impressive. 46 years for training camp at the same location. And, not winning the Super Bowl any of those years. quite a feat.

  3. thephantomstranger says: Jul 25, 2011 4:39 PM

    I’ll be there with my new Christian Ponder #7 jersey.

  4. woodyg says: Jul 25, 2011 4:40 PM

    It matters little where the Qweens hold their TC …… Their season is destined to be 4 maybe 5 wins, tops ….. They’ll be looking up from the cellar for the next few seasons ……… Happens when you are basically an inept org …….

  5. cameran0804 says: Jul 25, 2011 4:53 PM

    @woodyg you are a clown & obviously must have down syndrome. thats probably why you use abbreviations! CLOWN!!!!

  6. trbowman says: Jul 25, 2011 4:55 PM

    lol, Steelers fans are so annoying. We get it. You’ve got one of the most well-run organizations in the league. No need to shove it down our throats all the time.

  7. southcakpanther says: Jul 25, 2011 4:55 PM

    I will be driving from Charlotte to hot and humid Spartanburg, SC for Panthers training camp at Wofford U. Can’t wait to see Cam and the new coaching staff.

  8. uncommon1 says: Jul 25, 2011 4:56 PM

    @woodyg Yep they’re inept. The Vikings winning percentage since there inception is Top-10 in the league. That just reaks of ineptitude

  9. irishgary says: Jul 25, 2011 4:57 PM

    @cameran0804

    Your right! no way will the Vikings win 4 or 5 games.

  10. vikingjack73 says: Jul 25, 2011 4:58 PM

    So MN has not won a Super Bowl..get over it all you haters!!
    Cleveland Browns have never even been to a Super Bowl, yet have one of the most historical teams in NFL history. Ten NFL championship game appearances in 10 years.
    Not even the beloved Packers, Bears, Steelers can say that.

  11. mediasloppy says: Jul 25, 2011 5:00 PM

    Haters haters haters. Get a life other than waiting for every article about the Vikings to apply your pathetic social skills.

  12. rcunningham says: Jul 25, 2011 5:07 PM

    woodyg says:
    Jul 25, 2011 4:40 PM
    It matters little where the Qweens hold their TC …… Their season is destined to be 4 maybe 5 wins, tops ….. They’ll be looking up from the cellar for the next few seasons ……… Happens when you are basically an inept org …….

    I like…..using….ellipses too….it makes me look deep and thoughtful…..when I’m actually not at all……bananas….

  13. ruvelligwebuike says: Jul 25, 2011 5:23 PM

    I wonder if Christian Ponder is mad that he got drafted a little too high…and ended up with this organization.

  14. bluvayner says: Jul 25, 2011 5:25 PM

    With the new CBA, and the death of two a days, you probably are going to see fewer and fewer teams going away for training camp. There is really no longer a need for it.

  15. thephantomstranger says: Jul 25, 2011 5:31 PM

    woodyg says:
    Jul 25, 2011 4:40 PM
    It matters little where the Qweens hold their TC …… Their season is destined to be 4 maybe 5 wins, tops ….. They’ll be looking up from the cellar for the next few seasons ……… Happens when you are basically an inept org …….
    ___________

    I hate to pull this out again, but I have to when morons play the inept organization card. Other than their first three years of existence, the Vikings have never had more than two consecutive losing seasons. They’ve finished last in the division maybe three times. I don’t think it’s likely that they’ll finish last each of the next few seasons. Perhaps you’re mistaking them for the 1968-1994 Packers. Man, that was a tough quarter century.

  16. irishgary says: Jul 25, 2011 5:32 PM

    @vikingjack73

    Another moron is heard from. 0-10 is not much to brag about.

    The historical Cleveland franchise you speak of moved to Baltimore where the one a super bowl and have been a consisten playoff team.

  17. vikingjack73 says: Jul 25, 2011 5:37 PM

    The Vikings have the 4th best winning percentage in NFL history: .544
    Only the Cowboys, Raiders and Steelers are ahead of them.
    ALL-TIME!

    So all you Viking haters can suck it!

  18. favreblows says: Jul 25, 2011 6:01 PM

    Wow…..you Viking apologists are pretty funny. Win a NFL championship and then get back to us. Otherwise, shut the hell up.

    In all seriousness….how does this team finish better than 4th this year? New coach, new scheme, new ROOKIE QB……..come on. The lockout hurt them more than any other team…..and it’s not even close. And their division is stacked……I think the Lions could be damn tough this year.

    The Vikings should take advantage of the lockout, blow up this team and start over. Best thing for the franchise.

  19. contra74 says: Jul 25, 2011 6:10 PM

    irishgary says:
    Jul 25, 2011 5:32 PM
    @vikingjack73

    Another moron is heard from. 0-10 is not much to brag about.

    The historical Cleveland franchise you speak of moved to Baltimore where the one a super bowl and have been a consisten playoff team.
    —————
    Add a spelling bee contest to something else you havent ‘one’.

  20. cameran0804 says: Jul 25, 2011 6:16 PM

    @irishgay! enough said!

  21. axespray says: Jul 25, 2011 6:30 PM

    cameran0804 says:Jul 25, 2011 4:53 PM
    @woodyg you are a clown & obviously must have down syndrome. thats probably why you use abbreviations! CLOWN!!!!

    Typical viking fan, always gotta go for the “Down Syndrome” and “Gonna hit that place up like Katrina” jokes…real mature.

  22. beltmerica says: Jul 25, 2011 6:35 PM

    The Vikings are just easy to make fun of because of how poorly run they are, not to mention a semi-delusional fan base… Don’t take it so personal losers.

  23. phantomthebusybody says: Jul 25, 2011 6:40 PM

    contra74 says:Jul 25, 2011 6:10 PM

    irishgary says:
    Jul 25, 2011 5:32 PM
    @vikingjack73

    Another moron is heard from. 0-10 is not much to brag about.

    The historical Cleveland franchise you speak of moved to Baltimore where the one a super bowl and have been a consisten playoff team.
    —————
    Add a spelling bee contest to something else you havent ‘one’.
    ============

    What? Is phantomstranger taking the day off as grammar cop?

  24. wtfru2 says: Jul 25, 2011 6:45 PM

    My god, is no one just happy about having football again? Bad mouthing other teams is not a right of passage but you sure treat it like it is.

  25. ruvelligwebuike says: Jul 25, 2011 6:47 PM

    “Add a spelling bee contest to something else you havent ‘one’.”
    ———————–

    “At least the Viking fans aren’t fairweather fans like Packer fan who only like Packers when they are winning unlike the Viking fans who like Vikings when they are winning and losing not like Packer fan.”

    -Contra, with the single worst post in PFT history by a landslide.

    I wish I could find that thread. That was priceless!

  26. mediasloppy says: Jul 25, 2011 6:59 PM

    The Vikings have the 4th best winning percentage in NFL history: .544
    Only the Cowboys, Raiders and Steelers are ahead of them.
    ALL-TIME!
    ———————–
    That’s pretty impressive. They just need to win the big one.

  27. gdeli says: Jul 25, 2011 7:10 PM

    I’m not going down there and spending money when many players duck out the back door of the shower facility and ditch signing autographs while we are in the heat too.

  28. bobnelsonjr says: Jul 25, 2011 7:14 PM

    Inept organization comes from things like:

    -The death of a player at training camp.
    -Having a home game in Detroit last season.

    -Trading a third round pick to rent Randy Moss for a month.
    -No stadium contract to play for the 2012 season.

    -$46 million to a WR never getting 1K rec yds.
    -Replacing year old metrodome turf because they don’t have a ShopVac.

    -Roof collapses under snow
    -Their last home game had only 40K spectators despite, 50yr halftime celebration, free admission, and many Bears fans.

    -Not even selling 50,000 season tickets for 2011.
    -In 2009 they could not sell out a home playoff game.

    -The testified to the Minnesota Legislature they were the NFL’s lowest revenue team.
    =Firing their head coach a year after giving him a multi-year contract extension.

    -rookie coach and staff
    -rookie QB reached in the draft
    -The vikings have no trophies.

    Back in the 70′s Little Training Camp on the Prarie (Mankato) had one television station. It is the most boring training camp in the NFL.

    If viking people had cable they would realize the vikings are an inept franchise.

  29. bozosforall says: Jul 25, 2011 7:16 PM

    irishgary says:
    Jul 25, 2011 5:32 PM
    @vikingjack73

    Another moron is heard from. 0-10 is not much to brag about.

    The historical Cleveland franchise you speak of moved to Baltimore where the one a super bowl and have been a consisten playoff team.

    ____

    In 10 years of existence, the Browns reached the title game every year (four in the AAFC, six in the NFL) and won seven of them.

    That’s 7-3, irishmoron.

  30. bozosforall says: Jul 25, 2011 7:17 PM

    In 10 years of existence, the Browns reached the title game every year (four in the AAFC, six in the NFL) and won seven of them.

    ___
    Also…after extensive talks between the NFL, the Browns, and officials of the two cities, Cleveland accepted a legal settlement that would keep the Browns legacy in Cleveland.[11] In February 1996, the NFL announced that the Browns would be ‘deactivated’ for three years, and that a new stadium would be built for a new Browns team, as either an expansion team or a team moved from another city, that would begin play in 1999. Modell would in turn be granted a new franchise, the NFL’s 31st, for Baltimore, the Baltimore Ravens, retaining the current contracts of players and personnel. The Browns ceased play at the end of the 1995 season when Modell relocated the organization to Baltimore. The Browns franchise was then reactivated, and its roster restocked via an expansion draft before resuming play in the 1999 season. There would be a new team, but the Browns’ name, colors, history, records, awards and archives would remain in Cleveland.

    Try doing better research, irishmoron.

  31. bozosforall says: Jul 25, 2011 7:18 PM

    The historical Cleveland franchise you speak of moved to Baltimore where the one a super bowl and have been a consisten playoff team.

    ____

    Also…after extensive talks between the NFL, the Browns, and officials of the two cities, Cleveland accepted a legal settlement that would keep the Browns legacy in Cleveland.[11] In February 1996, the NFL announced that the Browns would be ‘deactivated’ for three years, and that a new stadium would be built for a new Browns team, as either an expansion team or a team moved from another city, that would begin play in 1999. Modell would in turn be granted a new franchise, the NFL’s 31st, for Baltimore, the Baltimore Ravens, retaining the current contracts of players and personnel. The Browns ceased play at the end of the 1995 season when Modell relocated the organization to Baltimore. The Browns franchise was then reactivated, and its roster restocked via an expansion draft before resuming play in the 1999 season. There would be a new team, but the Browns’ name, colors, history, records, awards and archives would remain in Cleveland.

    Try doing better research, irishmoron.

  32. buhbay1c says: Jul 25, 2011 7:22 PM

    carlgerbschmidt says:
    That’s impressive. 46 years for training camp at the same location. And, not winning the Super Bowl any of those years. quite a feat.

    You know what else is impressive? Your fondness for the Vikings. I appreciate you stopping by to comment on your 586th Vikings thread Carl. Don’t you have some kind of Packers event you have to pay for to attend? Like a tour of an empty football stadium?

  33. dogsweat1 says: Jul 25, 2011 7:33 PM

    “At least the Viking fans aren’t fairweather fans like Packer fan who only like Packers when they are winning unlike the Viking fans who like Vikings when they are winning and losing not like Packer fan.”—–

    lol

    Viking slaves—making the Packers look supreme every day.

    Go get your Wade Wilson jersey.

  34. irishgary says: Jul 25, 2011 8:02 PM

    @bozosforall

    You retard.

    The team was built by Ozzie Newsome.

    Now google where he started.

    point is Vikings have never won (did I spell that right?) a championship and are chokers and losers.

    Look that up.

  35. irishgary says: Jul 25, 2011 8:11 PM

    @bozosforall

    In 10 years of existence, the Browns reached the title game every year (four in the AAFC, six in the NFL) and won seven of them.

    Moron. Obviously conprehension is not a strength. The original post was about the Vikings not the browns.

    Forget about research, try to read through things first.

  36. coleman121280 says: Jul 25, 2011 8:48 PM

    bobnelsonjr

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

    I find it funny how much my favorite team consumes your daily life…

    your obviously mad at something or “someone else”…

    I’m sorry you married a fat woman and have no pleasure in your life except to give it to vikings fans…

    P.S. Whatever you comeback with is gold…

  37. dogsweat1 says: Jul 25, 2011 9:09 PM

    Oxnard 2012……….

  38. thephantomstranger says: Jul 25, 2011 9:56 PM

    bobnelsonjr says:
    Jul 25, 2011 7:14 PM
    Back in the 70′s Little Training Camp on the Prarie (Mankato) had one television station. It is the most boring training camp in the NFL.

    If viking people had cable they would realize the vikings are an inept franchise.
    _____________

    Welcome back, Bob. While you were gone, the year changed to 2011. Mankato now has cable TV and the training camp is a lot more fun than it was 35 years ago.

  39. greatminnesotasportsmind says: Jul 25, 2011 11:10 PM

    ruvelligwebuike says:
    Jul 25, 2011 5:23 PM
    I wonder if Christian Ponder is mad that he got drafted a little too high…and ended up with this organization.

    ————————————————–

    yeah, i’d be mad too if rick spielman’s last 2 offensive 1st round picks were the rookie of the year. oh and his other, is a pro-bowl caliber linebacker in chad greenway. 3 1st round picks by spielman, 3 home runs.

  40. bozosforall says: Jul 26, 2011 12:01 PM

    irishgary says:
    Jul 25, 2011 8:11 PM
    @bozosforall

    In 10 years of existence, the Browns reached the title game every year (four in the AAFC, six in the NFL) and won seven of them.

    Moron. Obviously conprehension is not a strength. The original post was about the Vikings not the browns.

    Forget about research, try to read through things first.

    __
    No, idiotgary. What vikingjack73 was talking about (when he said that “Cleveland Browns have never even been to a Super Bowl, yet have one of the most historical teams in NFL history. Ten NFL championship game appearances in 10 years. Not even the beloved Packers, Bears, Steelers can say that.”) was the 10 straight years that the BROWNS went to a championship game, not the Vikings. So, obviously, YOUR reading comprehension is not a strength.

    So, not only should you do research before opening your fat yap, you should also read what is being said much more closely. Then again, Packer fans aren’t known for any abundance of intelligence anyway.

  41. ticewasbetter says: Jul 26, 2011 1:48 PM

    ‘This drive back from Mankato while listening to your station was like one of those trips I used to take when I was using drugs on a daily basis’ KFAN the FAN.

    Can’t wait to drive down 169 next week while listen’ to P.A., Charch, and possibly the morning crew with Mike Morris and the other guys on the 6am-9 show. It’s a beautiful drive too, I’d really miss it. Good hour and ten minute drive and you’re right there in Mankato for training camp.

    Hopefully it won’t be the last time I go down to Mankato to watch the Viking men of Purple prepare for Battle on Sundays.

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