“Hundreds” show up for Vikings stadium rally

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Folks supporting the proposal to build a new Vikings stadium showed up in large numbers at the Mall of America on Saturday.  According to the Associated Press, hundreds attended the rally.

Among those in attendance was defensive end Jared Allen (pictured . . . with Jay Glazer . . . I think).

“We have the greatest fans in the NFL and you have a voice,” Allen said, via Vikings director of corporate communications Jeff Anderson.  “Call your representative.”

The one representative who has been getting the bulk of the blame for the tenuous status of the stadium bill is House Speaker Kurt Zellers.  He has been facing increased criticism for engaging in double-speak on the effort, claiming he’ll vote against the bill when it hits the House floor on Monday, but suggesting during a KFAN radio appearance on Thursday that he supports the project.

Zellers now says he misspoke.

Riiiight.

We’ve got a feeling that the voters who are contacting Zellers aren’t misspeaking.  They’re surely saying exactly what they mean.

Four-letter words and all.

118 responses to ““Hundreds” show up for Vikings stadium rally

  1. WOW! This is big news! HUNDREDS of people were at the world’s largest mall, the day before Mother’s Day! Yeah , Minnesota deserves to keep the most historically choking franchise in all of sports…….

    Stay classy Minny!

  2. Hundreds is not very promising considering over 5 million people live in minnesota

  3. Fans are so cute.

    A dispute involving hundreds of millions of dollars and the various parties are going to be swayed by a few hundred fans waving signs.

    Let me clue you in, Vikes fans. The politicos already know how you feel. If they thought you represented the majority of Minnesota voters, the stadium would already be approved.

    You don’t, and it’s not.

  4. Hundreds hey wow out of Millions that live in the Whole State. That is one powerful statement.

    Sounds like how many Vikings fans show up to watch the Vikings play during a losing season.

  5. Zeller is a D-Bag. Everyone should really click that link to read how he elegantly describes how he “misspoke”. It might be one of the funnier things that you read today.

  6. How is it possible politician can be so closed minded? The Viking’s stadium will cost minnesotans money. It is a investment! Losing the Vikings will cost us alot more money in lost revenue. Lets invest in our state.
    Maybe we can pay for the stadium by make politicians pay for health care like the majority of the Minnesota tax pays do.

  7. roughneck0221 says:
    May 5, 2012 11:43 PM
    WOW! This is big news! HUNDREDS of people were at the world’s largest mall, the day before Mother’s Day! Yeah , Minnesota deserves to keep the most historically choking franchise in all of sports…….

    Stay classy Minny!
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    You stay classy too “roughneck”. Dicknose!

  8. It definitely could’ve been worded better. It would be foolish for the Vikes to leave Minnesota. I however was fiending Arden Hills. At the Very least Iowa. lol That’s where Im from.

  9. I don’t think anybody knew there was a rally, I hadn’t heard a thing about it. Given the number of people that are at that mall on any given rainy weekend, and since nobody listens to kfan because they’re nothing more than a liberal shill I would think those were just regular shoppers.

  10. Hmmmmm… The Vikings need a new venue and my Browns need a new identity.
    L.A. can find their own name. “The Cleveland Vikings” has a more ferocious feel to it. Sorry, Paul, but this team needs to move out of the 50’s.

  11. Hundreds doesn’t sound like a large number, LA Vikings just does not sound right……. get you stuff together Minn.

    Having the Vikings in LA is the equivalence of the Packers moving to Minnesota. LA has nothing to do with the vikings and just because it is brought up doesn’t mean the Vikings go to LA. Even if they did the name heritage would all be left in Minnesota.

    LA would like a team but definitely not the Vikings the NFL would not be the same without that team.

  12. Im pretty sure hundreds of people showed up to the Colts rally in Baltimore right before they moved to Indianapolis too. Do you think they’ll change their name when they get to L.A. or they’ll just stick with the Vikings?

  13. roughneck0221 says: May 5, 2012 11:43 PM

    WOW! This is big news! HUNDREDS of people were at the world’s largest mall, the day before Mother’s Day! Yeah , Minnesota deserves to keep the most historically choking franchise in all of sports…….

    Stay classy Minny!

    Mother’s Day is next week you tool.

  14. Hundreds? Tell fans in pittsburgh, philly, washington, ny, cleveland, chicago, green bay, etc. that they wont have a stadium and their team may leave…thousands and thousands will show up to raise hell

  15. A Report I just read said 200 of them were Bears Packers and Lions fans begging for them to fund a Stadium because the Vikings are two easy wins a year.

  16. Hey roughneck0221, the bigger news is the fact that you don’t know when Mother’s Day is. How about going to a calendar and getting that right and then just maybe you can come back and make a comment worthwhile for us to read.

  17. There are three things to consider with this story.

    1.) There was less than 24 hours notice about this rally. I believe it was yesterday around 4pm that they even mentioned it, so it was pretty spur of the moment.

    2.) This rally didn’t have a whole lot to do with the actual vote, therefore it’s quite plausible there was not urgency among most Vikings fans to attend this rally.

    3.) The majority of you commenting on this thread are either uninformed, trying to ruffle feathers, severely lacking “upstairs” or a combo of all of the above.

  18. The Save the Oilers group are impressed by the hundreds who showed to save the Vikings.

  19. roughneck0221 says:
    May 5, 2012 11:43 PM
    WOW! This is big news! HUNDREDS of people were at the world’s largest mall, the day before Mother’s Day!

    ________

    The day before Mother’s Day? You’re dumber than I thought.

  20. Greatest fans my ass. They can’t even sell out their stadium. The Steelers and Packers have waiting lists over a decade long. Vikings fans are second-rate, at best. What a crock.

  21. Good one Roughneck0221! not only, were you able to utilize your savy “joke-making’ ability, to make a correlation between mother’s day, and the Vikings stadium rally, but you also were able to use your intuitive joke making skills to take shot at the team that is tied for losing the most superbowl’s. Brilliant… purely brilliant. so I guess this is what people do when they don’t have friends to hang out with on Cinco de Mayo?

  22. “roughneck0221 says:
    May 5, 2012 11:43 PM
    WOW! This is big news! HUNDREDS of people were at the world’s largest mall, the day before Mother’s Day!”

    Wish I could see the look on your ma’s face when you wish her a happy mother’s day tomorrow.

  23. There is no mention of the number of calls and emails made to legislators. Scoff as you must, punks. When did you last assert your own voter power by doing so? I don’t recall any threats to WI bowling Alleys or cheddar brats or tube tops recently, so I’d guess not.

    Why do you suppose the politician flip-flopped?

  24. roughneck you should also watch video of the rally and you’ll see they weren’t ur average mall-goers. they were fans more dressed up for a rally than most fans get on gameday at 90% of most games but your probably just busy keeping it classy and commenting on things your uneducated about

  25. roughneck0221 says:
    May 5, 2012 11:43 PM
    WOW! This is big news! HUNDREDS of people were at the world’s largest mall, the day before Mother’s Day! Yeah , Minnesota deserves to keep the most historically choking franchise in all of sports…….

    Stay classy Minny!

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    Roughneck…. did you know that Mothers day was on the 13th not the 6th. It is always on the 2nd Sunday of May.
    The vikings may not have won as many titles over the years as other clubs…… but at least we know how to read a calendar!!!

  26. Hey Roughneck……it’s impressive to see that you can identify Mother’s Day on the calendar……unfortunately you are unable to identify those confusing numbers because Mother’s Day is next Sunday douche nozzle. It’s okay, you’ll be ready for it a week early, even though you don’t need to be……I mean it doesn’t take long for you to emerge from your Mother’s basement to wish her a happy Mother’s Day. Enjoy that!

  27. Sorry I have to disagree, I’m not a fan of the Browns but the name is well bonded with Brown himself was iconic in the state of Ohio and they even debated naming the reborn team something different but there was so much fan support for the Browns name!!

  28. @roughneck

    By all means wish your Mom a Happy Mothers Day tomorrow, even though it’s next week.

  29. “Vikings stadium showed up in large numbers at the Mall of America on Saturday. According to the Associated Press, hundreds attended the rally.”

    So giving them 900 people, that means they only attracted 1.3% of the capacity of the Metrodome. Um, yeah. Thats not “large numbers”. All in support of a team that won’t even pay the majority amount for their new stadium.

  30. Move the Vikes to LA, then move the Packers to LA, then make a new team, who knows? Just put a team in LA that’s all that matters, NFL will just give LA another chance to have a team, and it will work this time because LA really missed the NFL and now with economy fixed, they will pay whatever you ask for tickets because LA needs the NFL for jobs so what should be paid for tickets? Too much? No# How can we afford this, when we already pay so much for rent?

  31. @roughneck0221

    Mothers Day is next weekend you moron.. Have some sort of intellect before you open that huge sh!t hole that you call your mouth!

  32. Hopefully the Vikings are able to build this new stadium. I have been a vikings fan for as long as I can remember. The Minnesota Vikings have been here since the beginning of the sixties. It would be a shame to not have them anymore. Honestly, I respect every NFC North team and if one of them were to move it would be disgraceful. I wish other NFL fans would feel the same.

  33. lnfinite says:May 6, 2012 12:12 AM

    Glad to see the support, too bad Packer fans have to ruin things with such childish remarks.
    ______________________

    Actually, true Packer fans do not want to see the Vikings move.

    Signed,
    a true Packer fan.

  34. 1.) I want the Vikings to stay in Minnesota, where they belong. LA has very few lakes and even fewer Vikings.

    2.) Justin – I did what you said, and clicked on the link – pure gold.

    My favorite snippet: “My mouth got ahead of my head…er…my head got ahead of my mouth. I don’t know how I ever convinced my wife to marry me.”

    What. Are. You. Babbling. About.

    Book it, he’s gone. Nobody will vote for that guy again.

  35. It’s not like millions can fit into the moa. I would have attended but honestly didn’t feel like dealing with the parking nightmare during the storm. MN folks have been heard. This will pass

  36. Hundreds? Be gone..worst fans in the country..everybody in the league knows it! Dont even show up to support your own team? Wtf? Goodbye fairweather fans..the vikes have been chokers and a joke for years..no way this team stays in minnesota..worst team ever in nfc champ games and super bowls..just go..

  37. I’d like to be the first to welcome the St. Louis Rams to the NFC North. Just kidding, I’d rather keep the Vikings….. (PVP FTW)

  38. roughneck0221 says: May 5, 2012 11:43 PM

    WOW! This is big news! HUNDREDS of people were at the world’s largest mall, the day before Mother’s Day! Yeah , Minnesota deserves to keep the most historically choking franchise in all of sports…….

    Stay classy Minny!

    ___________________

    MOM’S DAY IS NEXT WEEK.

    FAILFAILFAILFAILFAIL…

  39. @roughneck0221

    Mothers Day is next weekend you moron.. Have some sort of intellect before you open that huge sh!t hole that you call your mouth!

     

  40. Jarrod Allen’s looks like a d”ck face with that cowboy’s hat on he’s the most overated defensive tackle in the NFL Q-COPLES Will have more QB sacks this year.

  41. Is it really noteworthy that “hundreds of fans” showed up for this rally??? There were “hundreds” of people at the bar tonight…Seriously, if the crowd is not measured in the thousands, the population as a whole clearly doesn’t care that much. Welcome to LA.

  42. Couple of hundred showed up with less than 24 hours notice. Phone calls to the Capital are 7 to 1 for the stadium bill. Also, every poll I’ve seen show 70% or greater support. Take a look at pictures of the event, it’s full. Have you ever been to the Sears court at the Mall Of America, more than a “couple hundred” they’d probably be violating fire code.

  43. Since the gathering at the MoA was last minute and kind of impromptu, it was impressive that that many fans turned out on a spring Saturday.

  44. What you mean thousands didn’t show up to say “please raise my taxes and give them to a billion dollar private company”?

    Consider my gaster flabbered.

  45. Unlike L.A., Minnesota has proven that when they field a good product, the support is there.

    L.A. is a waste land for football, the Vikings need to stay where they are.

  46. Way to show up and support your team, lol.

    Can’t wait to see Jared Allen’s face after they move to LA. Talk crap about Detroit and New Orleans some more, buddy. Karma can be a beeeeech.

  47. Truthfully, every single Packers, Bears and Lions fan who reads this website should be beating the drums for the Vikings to remain in Minnesota.

    And no…not for the reason the haters will seize upon.

    The NFC North is the only division in football that can directly trace it’s roots back to 1960. when the new Vikings’ franchise was awarded to Minnesota, and placed in the then-Central Division of the NFL. Since then these four teams have been common opponents every year, and the traditions formed in that 52 years are MASSIVE.

    As a kid growing up in Michigan, the four most heinous men on Earth were Bart Starr of the Packers, Ed O’Bradovitch of the Bears…and Bill Brown, of the Vikings.

    Bill Brown was a very ordinary halfback. I’m pretty sure he never gained 1000 yards, or made a Pro Bowl team. But if Bill Brown was playing the Lions, he suddenly morphed into a combination of Paul Hornung, Frank Gifford and Lenny Moore. In modern terms, when playing the Lions, Bill Brown was like a mixture of Adrian Peterson, Stephen Jackson and Maurice Jones-Drew…with maybe a touch of Darren Sproules tossed in, for good measure.

    Bill Brown was so good when playing the Lions that when the Vikings finally drafted Chuck Foreman to replace him, the entire state of Michigan breathed a sigh of relief. Yes, Chuck Foreman was an All Pro. Yes, Chuck Foreman was a terror on the football field. but that was okay. Chuck Foreman got rid of Bill Brown.

    Great story, you say, but…so what?

    The reason it’s important is the same reason you had to study the Algonquin Indians, in grade school. It’s history. By itself, maybe not history on the level of the Civil War…or the War of Northern Aggression, depending on which side of the Mason-Dixon Line you lived, but still…history is NECESSARY. Without history to tell us what was important THEN, we can’t really judge what’s important NOW.

    In the face of modern football team owners who have become used to squeezing every penny from local cities and states as the ransom for allowing their teams to reside in the area, the Vikings have patiently and quietly waited over ten years to replace…or upgrade…the stadium where they play. They’ve remained loyal through two owners, and countless refusals, put-offs and stalls.

    Every one of you here follows at least one football team, somewhere. If the Vikings move to LA, that alone won’t affect you. But in five years, or ten years, when YOUR team needs a new stadium, and YOU refuse, like Minnesota’s politicians are refusing, then YOUR team might soon be playing in London, or Toronto or Hawaii or Hong Kong.

    The NFC North is a symbol of stability in the NFL. The same fans have supported their teams for over 50 years, through the horrors of the expansion Vikings, in 1960, to the modern-and-equally horrid team that was the 2008 Lions.

    History says the Vikings need to stay in Minnesota. As fans, we need to pay attention to history.

  48. A rally with a few hundred people is a political non-event.

    The politicians are stuck on this one: they know there is a passionate minority who will be enraged if the Vikings move. They also know that the vast majority of Minnesotans want the Vikings to pay 100 percent of the costs of any new stadium, and ant this bill defeated.

  49. Pathetic. Thousands would turn out in any real football city: New York, Baltimore, D.C., Dallas, Pittsburgh, San Fran, Green Bay, heck even those long suffering Cleveland fans.

    Ask any Baltimore, Cleveland or Houston fan what it’s like for a franchise to up and leave on you. It sucks, would hate to see it happen again to another team, even if it’s one I am somewhere between slightly dislike to neutral on.

  50. The second biggest city in America needs a team…If you think the NFL isnt having backchannel conversations with the Minnesota legislature, you’re crazy. Promises are being made IMO.

  51. Why is it that the only way LA, and for that matter, other Cali cities get pro sports teams is to take them away from other places? Can’t they put on their big boy pants out there, do the hard work and get a team on their own?

  52. Glad to see the support, too bad Packer fans have to ruin things with such childish remarks.

    Just because someone doens’t like the Vikes doens’t mean they are a Packers fan..there are 31 other teams fans that laugh at you too. Besides, EVERY SINGLE time there is an article about GB I can bet the house that Contra, Thankheavenforseven and joetoronto will have some jr high remark to throw in. As a Bear fan I too can rest assure you that Bear fans and true Pack fans want the Vikes to stay…we need them and their “fans” to emulate us.

  53. Minnesota is about to call the NFL’s bluff and NOT build them a new stadium.
    The NFL continues to make HUGE PROFITS in a stuggling economy. Well, MN is broke. You can’t squeeze any blood from that rock.
    Minnesotans love their Vikes, but they love their principles too. Build it yourself NFL, or take off hosers!
    The empty threats of L.A. or Toronto are just that, empty.

  54. Hold on, Thousands of people didn’t show up to a spot where only hundreds of people can stand in one spot and watch. Where is it at you say. The biggest tourist attraction in the US! MOA paid the vikings to hold a rally to bring hundreds of customers through their doors. be smart and call and email directly your state representatives at the vikings website.

  55. Doughars Says:
    May 6, 2012 12:10 Am
    I Don’t Think Anybody Knew There Was A Rally, I Hadn’t Heard A Thing About It. Given The Number Of People That Are At That Mall On Any Given Rainy Weekend, And Since Nobody Listens To Kfan Because They’re Nothing More Than A Liberal Shill I Would Think Those Were Just Regular Shoppers.
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    Actually, I heard about the rally and I live in Colorado. So, umm—yeah.

  56. I hope the legislature votes it down then adjourns. That would be real cool. Its time for the repubs to get some balls and show up the Governor who just vetoed two of their major bills meaning they accomplished nada in the last six months.

  57. Actually there was a huge picture on page one of all the state newspapers that Jared Allen, the Gov and others were planning an event at the Mall so it was widely covered.

  58. Jeezus

    The guy of course wants the Vikes to stay and will support a state funded stadium because he realizes he won’t get one without the other. He simply does not like how the stadium bill proposes to fund it.

    That’s called fiscal responsibility, and that’s a good thing. Find a way to pay for it first, then build it.

  59. Here’s the deal. Only season ticket holders showed up to make sure their team stayed on place. People in rural Minnesota who rarely attend the games due to distance and weather issues are still asking themselves, whats in it for me.

    Its my tax dollars too and we have a lot of other needs in this state right now. The Billionaire owners has a stadium already.

  60. Jared Allen with Mini Me. A picture speaks a thousand words.

    That’s the story of the 2011 Vikings.

  61. lombardihero says:
    May 5, 2012 11:57 PM
    Hundreds hey wow out of Millions that live in the Whole State. That is one powerful statement.

    Sounds like how many Vikings fans show up to watch the Vikings play during a losing season.
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    Really? A little misinformed are you? They have sold out every home game since 1998 so I’m not sure where you get your facts from.

  62. I did not realize that if the stadium bill passes, thousands of people who never lifted a shovel and know nothing about construction will have jobs building the stadium, because the politicians said it will create thousands of jobs.

    I kind of thought that people who were already working in the industry and were skilled and had jobs right now may be employed to build this? Hum.
    Maybe I’m wrong.

  63. roughneck0221 says: May 5, 2012 11:43 PM

    WOW! This is big news! HUNDREDS of people were at the world’s largest mall, the day before Mother’s Day! Yeah , Minnesota deserves to keep the most historically choking franchise in all of sports…….

    Stay classy Minny!

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    1. MOA = not the worlds largest mall.

    2. Mother’s Day = next weekend.

  64. slingingsh1t:says:
    May 5, 2012 11:45 PM
    Hundreds dosn’t sound like a large number, LA Vikings just does not sound right……. get you stuff together minn.
    ………………
    LA Lakers doesn’t make sense either but that didn’t stop them from going to LA. I think it’s Minnesota’s destiny to supply LA with another sports franchise.
    The LA Vikings…get used to saying that. It would be much better for the league to have them move to LA instead of adding a new franchise which would add a second new one to even it out. Which in turn would water down the talent even more.

  65. roughneck0221 says: May 5, 2012 11:43 PM

    WOW! This is big news! HUNDREDS of people were at the world’s largest mall, the day before Mother’s Day! Yeah , Minnesota deserves to keep the most historically choking franchise in all of sports…….

    Stay classy Minny!

    ============================
    WOW! Is correct…Good Luck wishing folks a Happy Mother’s Day today…………one week early, LOL.

  66. ejmat2 says:
    May 6, 2012 9:36 AM
    lombardihero says:
    May 5, 2012 11:57 PM
    Hundreds hey wow out of Millions that live in the Whole State. That is one powerful statement.

    Sounds like how many Vikings fans show up to watch the Vikings play during a losing season.
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    Really? A little misinformed are you? They have sold out every home game since 1998 so I’m not sure where you get your facts from.
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    they may “sell it out” but it is never full.
    also 50% off tickets promotions on facebook help…
    some company is always bailing out the vikes so they dont get a blackout…. let them move.. LA will sell out every game…as long as the season is only 3 games long

  67. zellers “claims” he mis spoke……guess what zellers, i promise you i wont mis vote….either way you and your party have (and had) egg all over your face for too long, you will be gone

  68. Hundreds could be 900, and if you have ever been to the area where this rally was, you would realize it was pretty crowded. And all the shoppers from all 4 levels can see it also.
    Also Zeller is not a leader and all other repulicans should seperate from his views.

  69. adubsinpurple says:
    May 6, 2012 10:29 AM
    and LA has failed twice already with football franchises.

    Failed? LA refused to support Al Davis and Georgia Frontierre. There is a difference.

    That being said, get your act together Minn., and keep your team.

  70. Twin cities metro population is 2.8 million and they can only manage a few hundred? I guess all of the fans were at home whining about the Saints on PFT.

  71. bigjim50010 says:
    May 6, 2012 9:58 AM
    ejmat2 says:
    May 6, 2012 9:36 AM
    lombardihero says:
    May 5, 2012 11:57 PM
    Hundreds hey wow out of Millions that live in the Whole State. That is one powerful statement.

    Sounds like how many Vikings fans show up to watch the Vikings play during a losing season.
    ———————————–
    Really? A little misinformed are you? They have sold out every home game since 1998 so I’m not sure where you get your facts from.
    *******************************************
    they may “sell it out” but it is never full.
    also 50% off tickets promotions on facebook help…
    some company is always bailing out the vikes so they dont get a blackout…. let them move.. LA will sell out every game…as long as the season is only 3 games long
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    LMAO. Really? The stadium is ALWAYS full regardless of who buys the tickets. You don’t think businesses buy tickets for every other NFL team or pro sports team for that matter?

    Then you want to say they will sell out in LA? Another laugher. You do realize they lost the Rams and Raiders? Why? Because they couldn’t sell out. So what makes you think they will be able to handle another NFL team in the first place? It didn’t work before.

    It truly impresses me how people will spew a bunch of jargon in here when they have no idea what they are talking about.

  72. I damn near had heart attack!!!……………. Thankfully, though, Mother’s Day is NEXT weekend. Oh, yes, it would be a shame to see the Vikes move to LA.

  73. @ejmat2:
    Didn’t it take a massive influx of fans from Philly to sellout a home playoff game a couple years ago? Really not that impressive selling out a 60,000 seat dome in a metro area of 3 million people.

  74. all u nay sayers can yip all u want regarding not selling out, FYI in ’09 when Farve was here tix were going for triple face value & i can personally vouch for that as a season tix holder, not every year is perfect but they do sell out regardless of the means, you only have to look back 2 years ago to see how insane the Vikings tix market was what it will be again soon. see if rams, jaguars, dolphins, etc can say that

  75. Ok, let’s start a new funding bill…..

    1) Since the politicians have dragged this out for a decade and tripled the cost of a stadium, let’s have every state congressman take a $5,000 pay cut. There’s a mil a year.

    2) Reduce all state-paid pensions in excess of $100,000 annually by 20%. After all, why are we paying 6 figures to retired people? So that they can afford condos in Florida to live in 7 months out of the year and avoid paying state income taxes? Yeah, that makes sense….

    And now the fun one

    3) How about an additional tax on NFL Sunday Ticket? That way, all the whiny Packer fans living in Minnesota can pay their share of it, too. If you don’t like it, go live in Wisconsin.

    Anyone else have some good ideas to fill this out?

  76. i said for 3 games….. it was a joke Opie. everyone knows LA cares about a nfl team for about the first three games. stop white knuckling it thru life and learn to relax a lil.

  77. If you look at the overall records against each team in the NFC North, the Packers are the only team with a winning record against the Vikings. The Vikings hold a pretty significant edge over the Lions, and a modest lead over the Bears. So with all the fans coming on here bashing the Vikings for being choke artists, or whatever you claim them to be, think about that. No superbowls doesn’t make your team irrelevant. There will always be times when your team is lowely and losing. It wasnt that long ago when the Packers were towards the bottom of the league and people were asking for ted thompsons job. Now according to fans TT is the greatest GM ever in the history of the game. Please.

  78. The only constant in the last 10 or more years of vikings stadium struggles is….zellars. zellars is a richard! zellars is a richard! Minnesota should see to it that zellars never gets reelected.

  79. The taxpayers should not be paying the bill, or any significant portion thereof, for a stadium. If there is infrastructure upgrades required such as road improvements/sewer upgrades etc…. to support the new facility then that’s fine. But that’s it. The rest of the funding should be private and should be obtained by the private owner of the private industry. This is not a public venture. It is a private venture. Taxpayers are being burdened with way too much government spending as it is. If you want an example of how it can be done, just look at the Patriots and their owner Robert Kraft. He privately financed Gillette stadium 10 years ago and it’s become a model example of how it can be done. The taxpayers should not be footing the bill for stadiums.

  80. backindasaddle says: May 6, 2012 2:10 PM

    The taxpayers should not be paying the bill, or any significant portion thereof, for a stadium. If there is infrastructure upgrades required such as road improvements/sewer upgrades etc…. to support the new facility then that’s fine. But that’s it. The rest of the funding should be private and should be obtained by the private owner of the private industry. This is not a public venture. It is a private venture. Taxpayers are being burdened with way too much government spending as it is. If you want an example of how it can be done, just look at the Patriots and their owner Robert Kraft. He privately financed Gillette stadium 10 years ago and it’s become a model example of how it can be done. The taxpayers should not be footing the bill for stadiums.
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    Oh, good idea for the funding bill!! Thanks!!

    4) All employees of private companies that received taxpayer funding or tax breaks as an enticement to operate in the state pay 1% of gross earnings towards a “hypocrisy fund” that will initially be directed towards funding the Vikings stadium. I wonder how much that will be…..and how many of the people whining about using tax money will then be whining about being taxed for working for a company that received state tax money.

  81. I realize it’s mandatory for any athlete to say in public that they have “the greatest fans in the world.” Still, Allen had to be struggling to keep a straight face when he said that at a rally for “hundreds” of fans in such a metropolitan oasis. Too funny.

  82. brewdogg says:
    May 6, 2012 3:04 PM
    backindasaddle says: May 6, 2012 2:10 PM

    The taxpayers should not be paying the bill, or any significant portion thereof, for a stadium. If there is infrastructure upgrades required such as road improvements/sewer upgrades etc…. to support the new facility then that’s fine. But that’s it. The rest of the funding should be private and should be obtained by the private owner of the private industry. This is not a public venture. It is a private venture. Taxpayers are being burdened with way too much government spending as it is. If you want an example of how it can be done, just look at the Patriots and their owner Robert Kraft. He privately financed Gillette stadium 10 years ago and it’s become a model example of how it can be done. The taxpayers should not be footing the bill for stadiums.
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    Oh, good idea for the funding bill!! Thanks!!

    4) All employees of private companies that received taxpayer funding or tax breaks as an enticement to operate in the state pay 1% of gross earnings towards a “hypocrisy fund” that will initially be directed towards funding the Vikings stadium. I wonder how much that will be…..and how many of the people whining about using tax money will then be whining about being taxed for working for a company that received state tax money.
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    Our government has all kinds of bad policies. Using one bad policy to justify more bad policies does not equal good policy.

  83. backindasaddle says: May 6, 2012 7:08 PM

    Our government has all kinds of bad policies. Using one bad policy to justify more bad policies does not equal good policy.
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    But ignoring one while vilifying the other is the very definition of hypocrisy. They both serve the same purpose: to keep jobs and tax revenue in our state. But let’s terminate all such agreements and see what happens… The Vikings won’t be the only corporate entity packing up and moving to a state that will give them some local taxpayer money to be there.

  84. some of u people should educate yourselves before commenting. like perhaps how many people can fit in the Sears court.. how many people truly attend games. and the actual following of teams. research and let me know where the Vikes rank!! you are mostly all idiots!!!

  85. staffordsyear says:
    May 6, 2012 3:46 AM
    Hundreds? Be gone..worst fans in the country..everybody in the league knows it! Dont even show up to support your own team? Wtf? Goodbye fairweather fans..the vikes have been chokers and a joke for years..no way this team stays in minnesota..worst team ever in nfc champ games and super bowls..just go..
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    Wow…..a Lions fan spews this trash? Your team is HITORICALLY one of the worst in NFL HISTORY!! What is the Lions overall winning percentage? What is the Lions record against the Vikings all time? How many Super Bowls have the Lions been to? Everyone in the league knows Lions fans are a joke…..along with their HISTORICALLY bad team….you and your team go away!!!

  86. staffordsyear says:
    May 7, 2012 4:35 PM
    @teamnorsecore

    At least we”ll still have a team.
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    Is that what you call that franchise……a “team”? Last year they were a “team”……..but for pretty much the past 40-50 years before that they had been a “joke” along with fans like you!

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