Last May, as state lawmakers hammered out a proposal for the construction of a new ballpark for the Minnesota Twins, the Minnesota Vikings were quick to play the role of frustrated bridesmaid. Complaining that the team's stadium needs were being neglected, owner Red McCombs even let slip that he was thinking about selling or moving the franchise. That tactic didn't elicit much sympathy from either the public or the politicians. But it did play off the conventional wisdom of the day: the much-ballyhooed Twins ballpark drive was on a fast track, and the Vikings (along with the University of Minnesota, their presumptive partner in a new stadium venture) would simply have to stand... More >>>