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Vikings launch P.R. effort in support of new stadium

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As the effort to build a new stadium in Minnesota bumper-cars through the political process, the Vikings have expanded strategy from public servants to the general public.

In a two-minute video posted on the team’s website, the Vikings appeal for support from the residents of Minnesota.

Here’s the full text of the narration:

“What is the legend of the Vikings?  It is a passion that is passed from generation to generation.  It can be seen from the North Shore to the southern plains.  It’s the deafening roar of the home crowd.  It’s players giving back to the community that gives so much to them.  It’s over two million Minnesotans gathering together every Sunday to share the same experience.

“For over 50 years this has been our home.  But our story continues.  Together, we can build a multi-purpose facility owned by the great state of Minnesota, where our young champions can play, and world-class events will take center stage.  We can put Minnesotans back to work, with over 7,000 jobs and $300 million in wages.  We can help build Minnesota businesses.  Be a first class region right in the heart of the midwest.  Together, our legend continues.

“This is our team.  This is our state.  This is our home.”

For now.

The video doesn’t say that; it doesn’t even hint at the possibility relocation.  The message is entirely positive.

For now.

Regardless of where the story goes from here, the team is taking the effort to a new level, one which opponents of the stadium may not have the will or the finances to match.

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  1. Jason Douglas says: Nov 5, 2011 5:31 PM

    I support the stadium, whether it is paid for via taxes on various things or a form of gambling, such as electronic pull tabs, Racino or a downtown Minneapolis Casino.

    Hopefully this gets done in 2011. A delay will cost another $50 million or possibly the team in Minnesota.

  2. gb4mn0 says: Nov 5, 2011 5:33 PM

    “What is the legend of the Vikings?” Ah 51 years of history chocking in the big games. Ah let see, the team with the most players arrested league wide. And probably the biggest blunder of all, the team that not only passed once but twice on Rodgers in the 2005 draft. A team destined for the dunk heap.

  3. jacunn2000 says: Nov 5, 2011 5:36 PM

    Please let this happen.. I am 41 yo and would hate to see another team moove to LA or some other plcae that does not care about a pro football team.

  4. cameran0804 says: Nov 5, 2011 5:37 PM

    Love It

  5. goatcheez says: Nov 5, 2011 5:41 PM

    but, but, what about the Bills? or Jacksonville? for every LA Bills or LA Jags comments I see on this website neither of those teams have stadium issues which just so happens to be the only reason teams in the entire NFL history have ever moved.

    I do not want the Vikings to move however. They need to stay. Wouldn’t be right but it wouldn’t be the first time a Minnesota team went to LA. Hell no need to change colors either. Maybe add an ugly yellow alternative jersey?

  6. woodyg says: Nov 5, 2011 5:44 PM

    PR or PBS ???

    That is the question …..

  7. pappavike says: Nov 5, 2011 5:44 PM

    Good for you Mr. Wilf! Stay positive Your the Best owner the Viking’s Have ever had

  8. imaginesuperbowlwin says: Nov 5, 2011 6:20 PM

    Love how gb4mn0 has nothing better to do with her pathetic life than to hate the Vikings. I hope you cried plenty when Favre beat you twice in purple.

  9. ducesblackshirt says: Nov 5, 2011 6:26 PM

    Have the middle class fund a playground for a billionaire owner and his 80 IQ sociopath millionaire players. The Vikings are worth $800 million, the team makes $200 million a year and it has been proven time and time again that stadiums do NOTHING for the local economy. You build the stadium then it costs a father and son to get tickets, go to the game and get some food and drinks a couple hundred bucks. What a racket.

  10. R8RBOB says: Nov 5, 2011 6:27 PM

    I have to say that if the residents of the great state of Minnesota want their taxes increased so that Wilf can get a sweetheart lease for the Vikings in the maybe future state-owned new stadium then the governor and legislature should pull the trigger and make it happen.

  11. vikes8480 says: Nov 5, 2011 6:28 PM

    gb4mn0…. Typical Packer fan, rips the Vikings but still can’t spell. Hopefully, Rodgers “c-h-o-k-e-s” this weekend against San Diego….. Tool.

  12. orangeflh says: Nov 5, 2011 6:33 PM

    If the Minnesota tax payers decide not to pay for Zygi’s new playpen and he moves the team, after airing this drivel, he’ll expose himself as a gigantic hypocrite.

  13. bmue42 says: Nov 5, 2011 6:34 PM

    the legend of seeing how close you can get to the superbowl or to it and never winning a championship, what a bunch of losers, that ad is just full of garbage

  14. ugk612 says: Nov 5, 2011 6:47 PM

    I was talkin to Larry the cable guy and he told me to tell the Mn politicians to “Geeit er done!”

  15. neeboy74 says: Nov 5, 2011 6:50 PM

    Please keep the Vikings in Minnesota…from Gary Anderson’s legendary choke in ’98 to the party boat scandal to Randy Moss hitting a traffic cop to BrINT Ferrrrve choking in the NFC title game…we here in WI love having such a fun circus next door to watch. G-O P-A-C-K!

  16. 1captain1 says: Nov 5, 2011 6:55 PM

    We’re on the internet while texting from our cell phone while watching 500 channels on sat/cable.

    WHAT bad economy!?

    I’m living the dream while the rest of you act like Peyton Hillis!

  17. dabeast1377 says: Nov 5, 2011 6:57 PM

    Have the middle class fund a playground for a billionaire owner and his 80 IQ sociopath millionaire players. The Vikings are worth $800 million, the team makes $200 million a year and it has been proven time and time again that stadiums do NOTHING for the local economy. You build the stadium then it costs a father and son to get tickets, go to the game and get some food and drinks a couple hundred bucks. What a racket.

    If you think that pro sports do nothing for a local economy then you should see the Seattle Center area
    after the Sonics left. Guess everyone will see the impact this year when nobody’s NBA team is playing.

  18. jredshoes says: Nov 5, 2011 7:01 PM

    I never considered Kansas or Missouri enlightened until I read the idiots from Minnesota not wanting to build ” ziggy playground” or whatever you numbnutz call it. I am a Chiefs season ticket holder. Just like many Vikings ticket holders I drive 3 hours 10 weekends each fall to pend real money in a town I don’t live in. They recently spent between 4-500 million dollars to update Arrowhead which was split between the Hunts and the KC taxpayers. When the economy was in the tank (it still is) construction and trades got to work on the stadium. Arrowhead is used for concerts, sporting events besides the Chiefs etc. and every time it is used money is pumped into the KC economy by people who wouldn’t have a reason to go there if Arrowhead didn’t exist. So continue on with your BS about the rich guys playground for millionaires and all the other drivel. If you don’t pull your Minnesota political heads out of your butz the Vikings will be somewhere else and the stadium you were too stupid to build will be in another town generating jobs and revenue. Which would just be sad

  19. otis52gsh says: Nov 5, 2011 7:11 PM

    Take your super bowl trophies and leave……oh wait there aren’t any!!

  20. pack13queens0 says: Nov 5, 2011 7:15 PM

    For over 50 years the Vikings have humiliated Minnesota with Super Bowl chokes, playoff chokes, more players arrested than any other team & more home games blacked out than any other team. Nice history Minnesota.

  21. otis52gsh says: Nov 5, 2011 7:23 PM

    You Viking fans are a joke. Ripping on packers fans? They have 4 times the bragging rights you do. My Bears have bragging rights over you. The loins will have bragging rights before you do. Purple favre beat the packers twice and threw the interception that propelled the Saints to bragging rights over you. That was even satisfying for a Bears fan to see. As a matter of fact, I believe that type of interception is the very reason green bay let him go. You Vikings fans are idiots. Worst franchise in the NFC north hands down. Geez… Even Tampa bay has bragging rights over you clowns.

  22. budgrant says: Nov 5, 2011 7:39 PM

    hey gb4, you forgot to call us the ever so funny “lavender larry’s”. that’s all, now go back to bad touch with your younger sister

  23. nflinla says: Nov 5, 2011 7:57 PM

    As a Rams fan hoping they return to LA, I really hope the Vikings and the state of Minnesota work things out.

  24. kdud22 says: Nov 5, 2011 8:27 PM

    Packer fans have no class at all yea you got bragging rights big deal to sit here and insult people just shows your level of self esteem it’s a football game it’s a good rivalry and should stay that way with or without championships they still have tremendous history that we grew up with from the purple people eaters to moss mooning those very same packer fans when we sent u packing out of the playoffs. There has been many good games and it would be a shame for that to end! Can’t say I like the packers but I respect them I don’t talk smack about their fans calling them idiots to make myself feel better about myself. Wether it’s wisconsin Minnesota Detroit Tampa were just a piece to the puzzle that makes up the best country in the world. The things people say about fellow Americans is amazing but if there is a tragedy then we come together it’s sad.

  25. sportsrube90 says: Nov 5, 2011 8:30 PM

    I love the minnesota Vikings and it would crush me if they left. it’s over 50 years of history for this franchise. They sell out every game in a horrible stadium. Then you have places like Jacksonville who can’t even sell games out even when they cover up seats! MOVE THEM! How about the ram’s? They would have a history with LA Plus ST.louis is more of a baseball town than a football one. MOVE THEM! Minnesota have way better football fans than st. louis and Jacksonville.

  26. nflfan1326 says: Nov 5, 2011 8:49 PM

    @sportsrube90: Jacksonville averaged more fans per game than Minnesota last year. Furthermore, even with covered seats(for which there is paid advertising on them) EverBank Field seats 67,164, 4K more than the Metrodome capacity. Jacksonville seems to have conquered their sellout problem by selling out their last 17 games, preseason included. Just putting some facts out there.

  27. Little Earthquake says: Nov 5, 2011 8:53 PM

    What is the legend of the Vikings? It is a passion that is passed from generation to generation. From father to daughter, and to son that he also had with that daughter, and also to son that the son and daughter had together. Also, many of our fans are a little racist. But, hey. That’s Minnesota.

  28. ducesblackshirt says: Nov 5, 2011 8:54 PM

    “If you think that pro sports do nothing for a local economy then you should see the Seattle Center area
after the Sonics left. Guess everyone will see the impact this year when nobody’s NBA team is playing.”

    The Seattle Center is empty because the Space Needle is the only thing worth seeing down there, the only other reasons people would go are music fans who wanna see the EMP and pedos hanging around the Fun Forest. And if those Queen Anne businesses were raking in so much dough from the Sonics they should have pooled their resources together and bought the team from Schultz or paid for a new arena with the help of people like Steve Ballmer.

    “They recently spent between 4-500 million dollars to update Arrowhead which was split between the Hunts and the KC taxpayers. When the economy was in the tank (it still is) construction and trades got to work on the stadium.”

    Union workers who are connected to the mayor get those gigs. The price always runs over and the taxpayers pick up the extra on the tab.

    “I drive 3 hours 10 weekends each fall to pend real money in a town I don’t live in”

    Good for you, KC is a great football town, but you pay for your tickets and gas, not the taxpayers. And if KC buisnesses make so much money from the Cheifs, they could have paid half instead of the taxpayers.

    If people wanna pay taxes for a stadium, that’s fine. Just don’t be spew that drivel about taxpayer funded stadiums being worth it when the evidence conclusively shows that it isn’t.

    http://www.cato.org/pub_display.php?pub_id=2830

    http://reason.com/archives/2004/11/12/ballpark-figures

  29. charlutes says: Nov 5, 2011 8:55 PM

    “What is the legend of the Vikings?” Begging your rival teams washed up QB to…no wait…Signing the most over the hill QB and then benching him…no wait…A terrible receiving core? Am I warm?

  30. abninf says: Nov 5, 2011 8:57 PM

    bmue42 says: Nov 5, 2011 6:34 PM

    the legend of seeing how close you can get to the superbowl or to it and never winning a championship, what a bunch of losers
    —————————————————

    Philly has them beat in that department.

  31. nationalmediacansuckit says: Nov 5, 2011 9:10 PM

    sportsrube90 says:
    Nov 5, 2011 8:30
    They sell out every game in a horrible stadium. Then you have places like Jacksonville who can’t even sell games out even when they cover up seats! MOVE THEM! Minnesota have way better football fans than st. louis and Jacksonville.
    ——————————————–
    Really. Even with tarps out stadium is 67,164. Yes bigger than the POS stadium that you have that cant support a snow storm in Minn. We sell out just fine at 62,216 a game. The number dont lie. Do me a favor. I don’t know or care about the Vikings. You need to do the same about the Jaguars. I would never wish for any team to move, but i see that you do. Your desperation is laughable.

  32. wahlbergcasket says: Nov 5, 2011 9:27 PM

    At this point, I’m so fed with up with the rollercoaster of positive and negative stories, I just want an answer. If it’s LA, get it over with. Enough is enough

  33. booond says: Nov 5, 2011 9:33 PM

    Stadiums are a poor investment. Take the money and build better roads and bridges. He’s a rich guy, if it’s such a good investment let him pay for it.

  34. gb4mn0 says: Nov 5, 2011 9:35 PM

    budgrant says:
    Nov 5, 2011 7:39 PM
    hey gb4, you forgot to call us the ever so funny “lavender larry’s”. that’s all, now go back to bad touch with your younger sister

    —————————

    So your lanvender Larry boyfriend let you get off your knees long enough to fire off that light weight remark? He should have kept you genuflected.

  35. johnnyb216 says: Nov 5, 2011 9:59 PM

    Sportsrube,
    The vikings don’t sell out every game. They don’t even sell out any games. Every week the tv station buys the remaining tickets to avoid a blackout. I don’t consider that a sell out. Don’t you remember the playoff game they had trouble selling out a few years ago?

  36. Mr. Hand says: Nov 5, 2011 10:03 PM

    Jacksonville has out drawn Minnesota since 1995. I suppose you’re frantic about losing your team, but get a clue dude…

  37. johnnyb216 says: Nov 5, 2011 10:04 PM

    Kdud22,
    If packers fans have no class then neither do Viking fans. 2years ago when you guys had our old quarterback and we were struggling with our season you guys were talking more trash than you could handle. Now the shoes on the other foot so deal with it. Stop whining like a big baby. Just take it. You have no choice.

  38. randomjim says: Nov 5, 2011 10:07 PM

    ducesblackshirt says:
    Nov 5, 2011 6:26 PM
    Have the middle class fund a playground for a billionaire owner and his 80 IQ sociopath millionaire players. The Vikings are worth $800 million, the team makes $200 million a year and it has been proven time and time again that stadiums do NOTHING for the local economy. You build the stadium then it costs a father and son to get tickets, go to the game and get some food and drinks a couple hundred bucks. What a racket.
    ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
    The Vikings organization pays over $20 million a year in taxes. If they leave who makes up that loss of revenue?
    Taxes & breaks go to businesses all the time w/o a return like that. How much does the Guthrey theater kick back in to the community?

  39. bobnelsonjr says: Nov 5, 2011 10:23 PM

    “What is the legend of the Vikings?
    It is incompetence that is passed from generation to generation. It can be seen from Jim Marshall running the wrong way to the many collapses of the metrodome. It’s the deafening roar of the applified artificial home crowd noise. It’s players being arrested in the community that means so little to them. It’s over two million Minnesotans gathering together every Sunday to share the same close loss experience.

    “For over 50 years this has been our home not yours. But our story continues. With your money, we can build a multi-purpose facility owned by the great state of Minnesota, where our young jailbirds can play, and third world-class events will take center stage. Be a frozen first class region well North of the heart of the midwest. Together, our losing legend continues.

    “This is our team. This is our state. It is your money.”

  40. granadafan says: Nov 5, 2011 10:25 PM

    Zigi = multibillionaire
    NFL = multi billion dollar organization
    Minnesota = >7% unemployment

    Vikings: GIVE US TAXPAYERS’ MONEY!

  41. clintonportisheadd says: Nov 5, 2011 10:29 PM

    I watched that video and laughed my butt off.

    I can’t wait until they go back to their extortion/threat strategy. You know, “The NFL and the Vikings demand that public funds be given our private business or we take our ball and move to (fill in the blank)” strategy.

    It’s ugly. It’s cruel. But it is at least honest-unlike that 2 minutes of drivel I just sat through.

  42. mikemnz says: Nov 5, 2011 10:30 PM

    I just wanna know how the loyal Vikings fans allowed the Packers fans to turn a away game into a home game. Pretty sad when the away teams defense can get the crowd to make some noise.

  43. orangeflh says: Nov 5, 2011 10:34 PM

    I find it funny how the Minnie fans think there’s this great rivalry with the Pack. Newsflash for you fine folks… there’s no such rivalry, never has been, and never will be.

    The Pack’s rival is, always has been, and always will be, the Bears. The Vikings are merely an annoyance, albeit sometimes a somewhat amusing annoyance.

    The Vikings could go, and any other team could take their place in the North and it just wouldn’t matter. Seriously; you people, as well as your sorry excuse for a team, really are that irrelevant.

  44. mediasloppy says: Nov 5, 2011 11:29 PM

    Wilf Has been running commercials and media events for awhile. Now of them directly pinpointing a new stadium, but the tradition and history of the franchise.

  45. pack15forever says: Nov 5, 2011 11:31 PM

    As a Packer fan I hope the Vikings can get the stadium done and stay in Minnesota. There is a time to rank on each other and talk smack but this isn’t one of them. I would hate to see the Vikings go to L.A. where the fans are dispassionate and not really football fans.

  46. sportsrube90 says: Nov 5, 2011 11:39 PM

    @nflfan1326: 17 straight sell outs for Jacksonville you say plus pre-season? Well how about try something like selling out every game since 1997 for Minnesota. So shut the hell up because 17 straight is like bragging about how you earn $5 in a week.

  47. dabeast1377 says: Nov 5, 2011 11:40 PM

    “If you think that pro sports do nothing for a local economy then you should see the Seattle Center area
after the Sonics left. Guess everyone will see the impact this year when nobody’s NBA team is playing.”

    The Seattle Center is empty because the Space Needle is the only thing worth seeing down there, the only other reasons people would go are music fans who wanna see the EMP and pedos hanging around the Fun Forest. And if those Queen Anne businesses were raking in so much dough from the Sonics they should have pooled their resources together and bought the team from Schultz or paid for a new arena with the help of people like Steve Ballmer.

    That was exactly my point the area is in shambles now because there is nothing going on because taxpayers decided not to fix the building. The sonics left, the Thunderbirds built their own arena and left to Kent, and most concerts are in the Tacoma dome now. Just a big building used for Seattle schools graduation once a year. Never said Queen Anne buisinesses were raking in dough just saying those businesses used to be open and the fun forest isnt even up and running. If we had some
    things going on in the area people like your so called “pedos” would be run off by the good people enjoying a night out in a beautiful city.That entire area is hurting because of taxpayers refusing to fund and poor judgement by city officials. I just know I never wanted the Sonics to leave my city and was willing to pay for that , some that I know were not willing to pay and now regret not having a team.

  48. The Phantom Stranger says: Nov 5, 2011 11:50 PM

    johnnyb216 says:
    Nov 5, 2011 9:59 PM
    Sportsrube,
    The vikings don’t sell out every game. They don’t even sell out any games. Every week the tv station buys the remaining tickets to avoid a blackout. I don’t consider that a sell out. Don’t you remember the playoff game they had trouble selling out a few years ago?
    _________

    Yes, they had trouble selling out a playoff game in 2008 because the QB was a joke and everyone knew they would lose. And they did. No, they haven’t had trouble selling out any games since then. They’ve sold out every game since 1998 and only a few needed help from the TV station. You’re a liar.

  49. packfaninchitown says: Nov 6, 2011 12:15 AM

    The Pack’s rival is, always has been, and always will be, the Bears.
    _______________________________
    Bears/Packers IS the best rivalry in the history of professional sports, but I won’t knock the Vikings role in the NFC North, they are a valued team in the division IMHO.

    The idea of trying to form a rivalry with the Rams just seems weird.

    On the other hand, if MN does approve the new stadium I can only expect PSLs (if they don’t have them already) and higher ticket prices to help pay for the place…

  50. oldcracker says: Nov 6, 2011 12:34 AM

    booond says:
    Nov 5, 2011 9:33 PM
    Stadiums are a poor investment. Take the money and build better roads and bridges. He’s a rich guy, if it’s such a good investment let him pay for it.

    Most intelligent post here.

  51. waggs12 says: Nov 6, 2011 12:45 AM

    otis52gsh says:
    Nov 5, 2011 7:23 PM
    You Viking fans are a joke. Ripping on packers fans? They have 4 times the bragging rights you do.

    Here’s some 2nd grade math that they don’t teach in Wisconsin: 4 x 0 = 0. So to say that the Packers have 4 times the bragging rights is completely ignorant, and a very accurate reflection on the education system in Wisconsin.

    Also, it’s easy for people to cheer for the Packers, whether they’re bandwagon or original. Try being the fan of a team that continually lets you down each year and see how long you stay with it. Kudos to Viking fans who support them each year no matter what. Just wait until the Packers have a bad year and watch how many fans jump ship. I’ve seen it happen many times with those “fans”

  52. mattbydlon says: Nov 6, 2011 1:00 AM

    orangeflh:

    Your claim that nobody but Vikings fans thinks there’s a rivalry between the two teams is utterly and embarrassingly wrong. Wisconsin newspapers, quotes from Vikings/Players, even books on the Vikings-Packers rivalry are all readily available to anyone who has a computer and knows what Google is.

    If you don’t see Vikings-Packers as a rivalry, that’s fine, it’ll just be your own little contrived opinion. The Vikings will just be the neighboring team that that is 4 games back in the history of head-to-head games (48-52-1) and has won the only playoff game between the two teams…

    That great Bears team that is apparently the only NFCN team good enough to be your rival, the Vikings lead that head-to-head series 52-47-2. Your Packers’ overall record vs. the Bears is 7 games behind in head-to-head games (85-92-6).

    Have a nice day.

  53. warvette says: Nov 6, 2011 2:30 AM

    go away, vikings.

  54. locutus says: Nov 6, 2011 4:27 AM

    ducesblackshirt says: Nov 5, 2011 8:54 PM

    If people wanna pay taxes for a stadium, that’s fine. Just don’t be spew that drivel about taxpayer funded stadiums being worth it when the evidence conclusively shows that it isn’t.

    Hey genius, buried deep in the article that you linked to from Cato is this little gem.

    Would a new stadium add value to wherever? Sure

    Then he goes on and continues with hid drivel of it isn’t a good deal yet does not offer any hard evidence. There is no hard evidence except that when a franchise moves, the local community and state suffer. Is it forever, sometimes yes and sometimes no. But there always is suffering in the short and medium term.

  55. locutus says: Nov 6, 2011 4:31 AM

    orangeflh says: Nov 5, 2011 10:34 PM

    The Vikings could go, and any other team could take their place in the North and it just wouldn’t matter. Seriously; you people, as well as your sorry excuse for a team, really are that irrelevant.

    Here is a clue for you packer rubes. Whenever I think something is irrelevant to me, I do not take the time out of my life to go read and then actually comment about it. If Wilf had a dime for every Packer dupe to comment on a Viking thread claiming how little they cared about the Vikings, he’d have enough to build the stadium! Lol

  56. snarkzilla says: Nov 6, 2011 5:44 AM

    Cutting through the gratuitous noise from fans of other teams, almost all I see here is rationalization to justify a pro or con position.

    Do you want the franchise in Minnesota or don’t you?

    If you don’t, there are innumerable other communities that do. If you do, do what you need to to keep it.

    So, Zygi is a billionaire. The Packers are worth over a $billion and I have no ownership interest. So what’s the difference really?

    Would I grumble if my sales tax went up by 1/2 of one percent to keep the Packers? Yeah, but I’d grudgingly approve it in a heartbeat. I’m a Packers fan and I want them in Green Bay.

  57. grizzlybear34 says: Nov 6, 2011 6:43 AM

    As a 49 year old Bears fan, I would be sad to see them leave. There is a history to the NFL, and the Vikings are a part of that and the NFC Central. The great Viking defenses, the battles with the Bears, even the stupid Viking horn, I have to admit I like – as long as the Bears are 1 point better at 00:00.

    I think the moves have settled down a little, no magical pots of gold anymore, if the NFL wants to move a team to LA, let it be one of the teams already on that coast. LA has already shown its ability to lose not one but two teams, I don’t see why this is so much in play. What have the public/fans of LA done to support their pro football teams to deserve a third opportunity?

  58. dork54 says: Nov 6, 2011 6:59 AM

    Minnesota farmers will throw out their elected officials if they try to pass a tax funded stadium project. That’s why many outstate GOP leaders are not buckling under the pressure. They’re facing political fire from both sides. What really is interesting is the the AEG stadium in LA is gonna be called Farmers Field !

  59. nitschke66 says: Nov 6, 2011 7:11 AM

    gb4mno is NOT a typical Packers fan, just an idiot Packers fan. Most Packers fans I know would hate to see the vikes move. It’s too bad that the economy is so down. Tax payers funding sports teams is a hard one to take given all the other needs. But I hope Wilf and NFL decision makers find a way to keep the vikes in the twin cities!

  60. snarkzilla says: Nov 6, 2011 8:06 AM

    >Minnesota farmers will throw out their elected officials if they try to pass a tax funded stadium project.

    And getting re-elected is, of course, all that matters. It’s worth saying goodbye to your team so the farmers won’t throw out the pols. Or to make sure Zygi gets no advantage because he’s a billionaire and should be hated. Or whatever, because “stadiums are bad investments” as we all know.

    This is a pro football blog. It’s mindblowing how many “fans” here are trying to justify getting rid of their team.

  61. thridandlong says: Nov 6, 2011 8:27 AM

    Viking fans and taxpayers of Minnesota, get ready to grab the old ankles !

  62. Derty Ernie says: Nov 6, 2011 9:13 AM

    3/4’s of the people in the state are rural and can’t get to the games in the winter so why would they want to pay taxes on a stadium.
    Create a casino, large casino will full gambling and let the revenue from that fuel the states portion of the deal.
    The indians have done well in the state now for 20 years plus so a little competition won’t hurt.

  63. sdjay76 says: Nov 6, 2011 10:24 AM

    “What is the legend of the Vikings?” Ah 51 years of history chocking in the big games. Ah let see, the team with the most players arrested league wide. And probably the biggest blunder of all, the team that not only passed once but twice on Rodgers in the 2005 draft. A team destined for the dunk heap.
    ______________________________________

    culpepper had just thrown for 4700 yds and 39 tds. why on earth would they have drafted rodgers?

  64. packmad1 says: Nov 6, 2011 10:43 AM

    @Waggs12, You may wish to retract your comment as you alone proved that everything you stated about WI schools and education is true only in MN. The math you are looking for is not 4×0 as we are comparing wins to losses; we are not multiplying GB wins by MN losses in Superbowls. The math you want to use is, 4>0. That means 4 is greater than 0, hence GB bragging rights are 4 times greater than MN bragging rights. I know this is tough for you to follow Waggs. Try to keep up with the actual math though, ok?

    As for the Packers Vikings rivalry, it is very much true and alive up here in Superior, WI, and anywhere else in the northern half of WI. Don’t say it isn’t one because it is more so than the Bears rivalry up here.

    As much as I HATE the Vikings, I hope MN can pull its collective head out of its bum and get a stadium built. Before the Viking fans who choose to flip out over the use of the word hate get pissed of, notice I said the Vikings, not their fans. I only hate certain Viking fans, just like I hate certain Packer fans, aka ones like gb4mn0, who give all sports fans a bad name.

  65. madtownviking says: Nov 6, 2011 10:54 AM

    “What is the legend of the Vikings?” Ah 51 years of history chocking in the big games. Ah let see, the team with the most players arrested league wide. And probably the biggest blunder of all, the team that not only passed once but twice on Rodgers in the 2005 draft. A team destined for the dunk heap.

    just remember your current coach had the #1 pick and pass on him too. Please troll some else. I live in WI and can throw around trash if I want too, he is a little, Barry Sanders! That would have been a nice pick.

  66. khmer379 says: Nov 6, 2011 12:55 PM

    @ otis52 why all the hate bout the vikings fawk ur bears last time I check cutler couldnt even finish the nfc title game da bears hab one SB rings 1 is close to none so nt worry well git our soon just dont understand bitoches like u git a life dnt be mad kuz we gona git a stadium

  67. locutus says: Nov 6, 2011 2:29 PM

    What’s with the fricken italics?

  68. locutus says: Nov 6, 2011 2:31 PM

    Let’s see if this works

    Test

  69. brewdogg says: Nov 6, 2011 11:51 PM

    orangeflh says:
    Nov 5, 2011 10:34 PM
    I find it funny how the Minnie fans think there’s this great rivalry with the Pack. Newsflash for you fine folks… there’s no such rivalry, never has been, and never will be.

    The Pack’s rival is, always has been, and always will be, the Bears. The Vikings are merely an annoyance, albeit sometimes a somewhat amusing annoyance.

    The Vikings could go, and any other team could take their place in the North and it just wouldn’t matter. Seriously; you people, as well as your sorry excuse for a team, really are that irrelevant.
    ———————————-

    And yet here you are, in a thread linked only to the Vikings, posting on a story that has nothing to do with the actual game. For someone who doesn’t consider it a rivalry, you sure seem to be interested…..

    Oh yeah, and the Packers players disagree with you. Just saying….

  70. brewdogg says: Nov 7, 2011 12:02 AM

    packmad1 says:
    Nov 6, 2011 10:43 AM
    @Waggs12, You may wish to retract your comment as you alone proved that everything you stated about WI schools and education is true only in MN. The math you are looking for is not 4×0 as we are comparing wins to losses; we are not multiplying GB wins by MN losses in Superbowls. The math you want to use is, 4>0. That means 4 is greater than 0, hence GB bragging rights are 4 times greater than MN bragging rights. I know this is tough for you to follow Waggs. Try to keep up with the actual math though, ok?
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    Actually, you are wrong, if you want to go by a mathematical perspective. The wording of the phrase was “they have 4 times the bragging rights”. In mathematical terms, that comes up as:

    (GB bragging rights) = 4(MN bragging rights)

    If bragging rights = SB wins, then GB bragging rights = 4 and MN bragging rights = 0. Therefore:

    (4) = 4(0) which is not a balanced equation

    Now, if the phrase was simply “GB has more bragging rights than MN”, than that would make sense, as 4>0, but adding the multiplier ruins the application.

    BTW, if you were to “multiply GB wins by MN losses in Super Bowls”, as you say, that would equal 16, with both teams being on the same side of the equation.

    You were really bad at story problems, weren’t you?

  71. bmue42 says: Nov 7, 2011 8:32 AM

    sdjay76 says:
    Nov 6, 2011 10:24 AM

    culpepper had just thrown for 4700 yds and 39 tds. why on earth would they have drafted rodgers?

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    1. favre just threw for 4,088 yards ands 30 tds the season before thats what winning organizations do

    2. daunte culpepper is your excuse…really

  72. rcunningham says: Nov 7, 2011 11:26 PM

    bmue42 says:
    Nov 7, 2011 8:32 AM
    sdjay76 says:
    Nov 6, 2011 10:24 AM

    culpepper had just thrown for 4700 yds and 39 tds. why on earth would they have drafted rodgers?

    ————————————————–
    1. favre just threw for 4,088 yards ands 30 tds the season before thats what winning organizations do

    2. daunte culpepper is your excuse…really

    That is seriously one of the stupidest arguments I’ve ever read.

    Favre was getting older, so obviously the Packers wanted to get a QB early for when he moved on rather than later.

    Culpepper was in his mid-20s, just came off from a season where he set the single season record (that still stands) for most all purpose yards, and the Vikings had way more glaring needs at WR with the departure of Randy Moss.

    You’re a moron.

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