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Wilf wouldn’t feel guilty about Vikings playing “home” Super Bowl

In 2018, the Vikings will host the Super Bowl for the second time. There’s a chance (as there is every year) that they’ll become the first team to play in a Super Bowl that they are hosting.

Would the Vikings feel guilty about securing the ability to participate in the game that their new stadium will host?

“That is a great question,” Vikings owner and president Mark Wilf told PFT Live on Wednesday. “And not one bit.”

The closest any team has come to playing in a “home” Super Bowl came in early 1985, when the 49ers played the Dolphins at Stanford Stadium. Now and in the future, it’s highly unlikely that a Super Bowl will be played in any venue other than a current NFL stadium. Every year, then, there will be a one-in-16 chance that history will be made.

Or, if/when the game is again played in New Jersey, one in eight.

Those odds make it even more amazing that, through 48 Super Bowls, it’s never happened.  Eventually, it will happen.  It has to.

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46 Responses to “Wilf wouldn’t feel guilty about Vikings playing “home” Super Bowl”
  1. thepftpoett says: May 22, 2014 9:33 AM

    I can dream right? It will probably be the dynasty team in the making Seahawks though.

  2. Carl Gerbschmidt says: May 22, 2014 9:37 AM

    It’s been a tough morning, Zygi, so thanks for the laugh!

  3. iamedreed says: May 22, 2014 9:40 AM

    how is it not a competitive advantage for a team in the current SB rotation to have the possibility of having a home game in the SB

    do the right thing, rotate it evenly among the 32 host cities

  4. sonofad says: May 22, 2014 9:40 AM

    1/32 chance?

    Try a 1 in 32,000 chance.

  5. bwagner80 says: May 22, 2014 9:42 AM

    He’ll never have the opportunity to feel guilty.

  6. thestrategyexpert says: May 22, 2014 9:45 AM

    I would have a hunch that most owners would lack a feeling of guilt over anything that most people might feel guilty about anyhow. Let’s find some reports of NFLers that have expressed feelings of guilt about anything, that could be an interesting study. The gravitational fields in the NFL are astounding with how the universe revolves around every body simultaneously. No wonder there seems to be a higher rate of occurrence of black-holes than in the universe of reality.

  7. ragnarthegreat says: May 22, 2014 9:47 AM

    Feel guilty? As a long suffering Vikings fan, I would be so happy to be in the Super bowl and so nervous about the outcome, I guarantee I would not feel guilty. I have been patient for decades. SKOL Vikings, “get er done”.

  8. tokyofilthblaster says: May 22, 2014 9:50 AM

    Then they asked Zygi about how he felt about pigs flying.

  9. chris6523 says: May 22, 2014 9:52 AM

    No, there would be a 1 in 16 chance that a super bowl would be played by a team in their home stadium. the math is like this 32 teams/2 teams in the super bowl.

  10. obsessedvikingfan says: May 22, 2014 9:55 AM

    Before all the haters jump in. He was “Asked” the question. He didn’t just bring it up himself.

    It has never happened but until the last few years, the Saints and Seahawks had never won a superbowl either. So anything can happen.

    Go Vikings.

  11. theoriginalbvan says: May 22, 2014 9:59 AM

    Dream on Schismville!

  12. weepingjebus says: May 22, 2014 10:05 AM

    You might want to get your stadium fixed first, it appears to have broken in half.

  13. packerbackernj says: May 22, 2014 10:07 AM

    I wouldn’t feel guilty about winning the power ball, but neither will happen.

  14. tundey says: May 22, 2014 10:13 AM

    Why not get there first? AP won’t stay young forever.

  15. jvibottomline says: May 22, 2014 10:14 AM

    Niners/Colts Book IT!

  16. nicofthenorthstar says: May 22, 2014 10:23 AM

    Here we go. (Rolls eyes).

  17. jmblosser82 says: May 22, 2014 10:23 AM

    1/32 chance is not correct. Some cities will never host a SB even if they have a done in the north. Some cities can’t handle the amount of people coming in and then there are the cities that people straight up don’t want to go to.

  18. notthetroll says: May 22, 2014 10:29 AM

    He doesn’t need to worry about it.

  19. SeenThisB4 says: May 22, 2014 10:32 AM

    Wilf and the Vikings won’t get that chance to see if they feel guilty or not.

  20. seals1 says: May 22, 2014 10:35 AM

    After that battle with state legislature and the super bowl bid we can all agree Zygi is a little drunk on life at the moment so why not dream a little more. He is going to go for a swim this afternoon in his gold coin vault to relax and come down.

  21. johnnyb612 says: May 22, 2014 10:38 AM


  22. johnnyb612 says: May 22, 2014 10:40 AM

    Yeah… Just like I wouldn’t feel guilty if I won the lottery.

  23. thraiderskin says: May 22, 2014 10:40 AM

    Maybe this is what they’ve been waiting for the past 30 years.

  24. stellarperformance says: May 22, 2014 10:54 AM

    This would nearly be a home game for the Packers in 2016. If it were to happen, there would be a lot of green and gold in town. Wow. That would be fantastic. “If you build it, the Packers will come!”

  25. dukeearl says: May 22, 2014 10:55 AM

    niners, colts… colts missing Mathis for four games.. niners missing Bowman and Aldon for most likely 4 to 6 games…

    I wouldn’t hold your breath on either team being there at the end of the season.

  26. kylexitron says: May 22, 2014 11:10 AM


    by then adrian peterson will be 33 and probably retired, they will be on their third QB after Bridgewater’s skinny shoulders don’t hold up in the NFL, and it’ll take them longer than that to pass all those other teams in their division.

  27. boisestatewhodat says: May 22, 2014 11:14 AM

    Blaaahahahahaaahahahaaahaha! Whew…that’s a good one. To cute…

  28. robert831 says: May 22, 2014 11:14 AM

    The 1985 Super Bowl was straight up a home game for the 49ers without question. Pretty amazing scene to say the least. The whole peninsula was painted red and gold. I hope the Vikings get the same chance.

  29. originalsteelcurtain says: May 22, 2014 11:28 AM

    The math is this:

    With 16 Teams in each Conference, the home team has a 1 in 16 chance in representing their Conference in the SB.

    The Vikes would have a 1 in 16 chance to represent the NFC in their new stadium.

  30. quizguy66 says: May 22, 2014 11:35 AM

    Actually if the game is in the Meadowlands, the odds are 31/256 (since there’s the chance that 2 teams would be playing in their home stadium)

    1 – (15/16)*(15/16) = 31/256

  31. tokyosandblaster says: May 22, 2014 12:08 PM

    I mean…. let’s face it. This would never, ever happen. The Vikings won’t even have a winning record before 2020.

  32. vikesr4reel says: May 22, 2014 12:20 PM

    SB in my neighborhood!!
    Bring it!!

  33. moeller77 says: May 22, 2014 12:24 PM

    Welp, time to start saving for SB tickets… And if they don’t make it, looks like I’m getting a new Harley. Win-win!

  34. Frazier28/7 says: May 22, 2014 12:58 PM

    nobody knows what the team will look like in 4 years, so why not? by then the seahawks could have one of the worst defenses and aaron rodgers could’ve been forced to retire because of injuries, you just never know with the nfl.

  35. 2manyconcussions says: May 22, 2014 1:05 PM

    Given 13 teams have never won a Superbowl, some cities don’t have a venue to host a superbowl, and for years there has been a preference for warm climates. It is not surprising at all that no team has won a superbowl at home.

  36. gofor2with3pointlead says: May 22, 2014 2:07 PM

    2001 Buccaneers were the only team to have a shot in the last 20 years. They won it the next year in San Diego and the Faiders have been cursed ever since.

  37. In Teddy We Trust says: May 22, 2014 2:08 PM

    I’m a Viking fan, but I would never expect them to play in a super bowl even if they have the best team in the history of football. My heart has been broken too many times.

  38. gbpack50 says: May 22, 2014 2:21 PM

    As Jim Mora would say “Superbowl!, Superbowl!, are you kidding me Superbowl”!! I think your trophy case will be empty for some time! At least the Packers will be playing in a stadium that is familiar to them.

  39. deltaoracle says: May 22, 2014 3:30 PM

    As long as they trot Gary Anderson out to kick the winning FG…

  40. munny10 says: May 22, 2014 3:32 PM

    He should feel guilty for fleecing the tax payers of $456 Million dollars.

    If I was a viking fan and tax payer, I would demand the team play in the SB for that kind of money!

  41. bornahawker says: May 22, 2014 3:37 PM

    And the cow jumped over the moon…..

  42. icebowler says: May 22, 2014 4:03 PM

    Even good teams tend to choke the year the SB is at their stadium. Of course the Vikings never even need to use that excuse.

  43. dvdheg says: May 22, 2014 4:10 PM

    that’ll be the hawks 4th ring in 5 years locale.

  44. whatjusthapped says: May 22, 2014 4:15 PM

    There has to be something in the drinking water up there. Here is a team that hasn’t been in a Superbowl for over 30 years, lost in the last 5 NFC Championship games they played in, and finished in last place 3 out of the last 4 years and their owner is talking about a home field advantage in the Superbowl?

    What makes the statement even more delusional is that they don’t have a QB and the last two that they drafted were picked by none other than Rick Spielman who has never hit on a NFL QB his whole career.

    Minnesota has a better chance at electing a 2nd rate SNL hack comedian to the US Senate, oh wait……….

  45. rams1999 says: May 22, 2014 9:28 PM

    Nope. The closest a team got to host was when Rams lost to Pittsburgh at the Rose Bowl. So its almost happened twice. Not once.

  46. thevikingdefender says: May 23, 2014 10:51 AM

    It would be very realistic. The Vikings can be contenders in the next two years. I think they picked out the right coaching staff considering which division they are in. The defense hasn’t been good since 2009 and even then there was some flaws in the secondary. Before 2009 the defense was terrible to. We do have some good players on the defense now. Some longtime Vikings that have been on the team for awhile now. They can help guide the new players in and we now have the right coach to bring the best out of them.

    Offensive side. Even last year the Vikings offense was pretty good. even with a qb carousel. They were ranked 16th overall. I dont think the Vikings will make the playoffs this year. And even if they did. They wouldn’t go anywhere. Its always tough with a new coaching staff and hopefully a new qb. I think they will show flashes tho of potential.


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