After Latest Postponement, Vikes Fans Lament On Season

By Edgar Linares, NewsRadio 830 WCCO

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — The postponement of Sunday’s Vikings game in Philadelphia is the latest batch of news for the Vikings.

“I just don’t think anything has gone right for Vikings,” said Mike Blumer, owner of Primetime Sports. “Starting when Favre wasn’t in camp, they had to go get him. It’s just been one thing after another.”

Blumer said the weather is just the latest factor in what’s been a disappointing season. This is the third time in one month a Vikings game has been affected by weather conditions.

“The weather… is the weather! I hate the snow just as much as everybody else,” said David Nicoletti, as he walked in the skyway. “It’s Minnesota, it’s what happens. Sometimes the Dome collapses.”

Nicoletti added that he didn’t see an economic benefit in bulldozing the Metrodome and building a new stadium.

“Target Field has done a lot for the Twins. And for the area that it’s in, the Warehouse District. But that’s 81 games a year, the Vikings play eight. I just don’t see the economic benefit especially since it’s going to cost twice as much as target field,” said Nicoletti.

Some fans like Bob Johnson have chosen to look past this season and are looking forward to next year.

“They’re probably going to lose to Philly, and they’ll probably end up losing to Detroit and finish last,” said Johnson. “They just need to get a good draft pick and go for a good quarterback. I hope they get a good top four or top five pick.”

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  • C.W. Bourne

    Blumer has it right. There is NO economic benefit of building a new stadium for the Vikes. Jeez – fix what you have or leave town.

  • JG

    Just an FYI for C.W. Bourne, it was David Nicoletti, not Mike Blumer, that made the comment of not seeing the economic benefit regarding a stadium for the Vikings.

  • Vikadan11

    I would say putting many to work for a couple of year and keep the team in Minn. would have a huge impact ~ I understand people not wanting to pay more taxes but the lose of the team and jobs that would go with the team and the jobs lost by not building a new dome will cost the state and the people much more ~ And lets not forget the millions if not billions that would be lost by losing a chance to hot a Super Bowl ~

    • The Crux of the Biscuit

      You want economic benefit? Don’t all the Republicans keep telling us that we should be allowed to keep all of our hard earned money and spend it the way WE want to? Let us keep our billion or two, that’s 1,000,000,000 dollars and spend it on what WE want instead of a stadium. In this one instance I agree on keeping my tax money.

  • Twinsfan

    Why isn’t the Metrodome just renovated? Surely, a cheaper and smarter way to go.

  • vicoried

    Some of you people amaze me with your tunnel vision! This facility is used for more than just football. Without a new facility, yes we will probably lose the Vikings. Did we not learn our lesson when the Northstars left and went to Dallas? You do realize that the state income taxes paid by the players for 10 football games is more than all of the 81 baseball games combined.

    Nobody likes taxes, you are right. However if we look at this from another perspective. I pay taxes for your children to go to school. A school that I will never set foot into mind you. You on the other hand will more than likely at some point go to an event at a new facility used by the Vikings.

    The league is willing to pony up some money, and Zyggi is willing to pony up some money. Can’t we somehow make this a joint venture for the greater good?

    Open your eyes people. In a time when Unemployment is so incredibly high, think of the jobs created during construction and beyond. I don’t know about all of you, but for myself I’ll pay the tax increase. Which by the way annually totals what maybe $200? I pay $200 and 100’s if not 1000’s of people get a job> I a’m more than ok with that one!

    • The Crux of the Biscuit

      You are not paying for my kids to go to school. You are repaying the investment made in your own education, by your parents generation, plus interest.

      • vicoried

        That is an interesting thought, if it weren’t for the fact that I went to a private school. So I have been repaying what exactly for the passed 35 years? We have no children so I’m not paying for their education either. Don’t get me wrong I thoroughly believe in education, and I have no issue with continuing to pay for it. The point I am trying to make is that there are others like me that believe in this project and the potential it has for state revenue.

    • The Crux of the Biscuit

      Let the league and Zygi ‘pony up’ 99.5%. Then we can talk. If you are determined to pay for some sort of construction project, build me a new cabin on Leech Lake, 5,000 square feet of custom designed log cabin will be fine. Thanks.

      P.S. Think of all the jobs you will create…….

  • Ignorance must be bliss

    To all you people who think that getting a new stadium is going to create a bunch of new jobs for people in MN I have 1 question. Do you think that they are going to go around to all the unemployment offices and just round people up? Do you not know anything about construction? The jobs will be highly skilled labor and these people already have a job. When the Xcel Energy Center was built we did not use all MN residents to make it. Most of the workers came from other states as they do for almost all large construction projects. So before yelling at others that they are taking jobs away from you or your neighbor, maybe you should ask yourselves why they would hire either of you to do a job you have no idea how to do. This never entered your mind?

    • august sanders

      wow there’s more to it than just construction jobs…..particularly if out of town labor is used. they need to stay somewhere, they need to eat somewhere, i would imagine they’d get out of their rooms from time to time and shop or see a movie or frequent a sports bar for that matter……and again while they are working here, they are paying state income tax as well.

  • Wild Bill

    If the Vikes were in the playoffs we would all be for a new stadium :)

  • Chuck Ashley

    The Vikings WILL get a new “Outdoor Stadium,the Vikings bring in $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$to the Twin cities as well as the whole state! They sell jersey’s & other Vikings related items in other towns in this state right? The hotels/motels in the Twin Cities make a chunk of change from EVERY home game-lose that & many more people on the unemployment line! The repercussions from losing them would be strongly felt for years to come! The dome is a Dump & NOT worth spending more millions on it. If the stadium commission/ city of Mpls wants to pony uo 10-15 mil for a new roof for the humpty dump fine but the Vikings would be smart to spend it on TCF for heating coils under the field & other winterizing needs. Implode the dome & build a new outdoor stadium on it’s footprint. As to the libs who don’t want tax money spent on this, then I want our property taxes back as we don’t have kids so WHY should I pay taxes on Something I”m NOT using?

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