Baseball fans are accustomed to the walk-up music chosen by each ballplayer as they stroll confidently up to the plate. But at last night's NFL Draft, each prospect got to select the music echoing through Radio City Music Hall as they proudly took the stage. It's an opportunity to see what type of ... More >>
Late in the first half of the Vikings' eventual triumph over the Bears, embattled quarterback Christian Ponder was hit by two Chicago defenders and left lying on the Metrodome turf, head in hands. He was later diagnosed with a concussion and didn't return to the game. His status for Sunday's tilt in ... More >>
-- Update at bottom --The Washington Redskins are in town tonight to play a nationally televised game against the soap opera that is the Minnesota Vikings.One subplot is the ongoing controversy over the Redskins' offensive nickname, which has prompted the American Indian Movement to plan a protest o ... More >>
Minneapolis Police Federation officials aren't fans of a new NFL policy banning off-duty cops from carrying guns into stadiums.SEE ALSO: Brian Riesgraf's 'Drunk Vikings Fan Eats Ice Cream With Credit Card' photo goes viral Officers argue they should be able to pack heat in NFL stadiums because -- Go ... More >>
The American Indian Movement will march from the American Indian Center to the Metrodome on November 7 then hold a rally outside the stadium when the Vikings play the Redskins during a nationally televised contest that evening.SEE ALSO: UMD hockey fans warned after "smallpox blankets" chant during F ... More >>
At 6:01 on Monday night, they started arriving at Bullwinkle Saloon on Seven Corners: the formerly undead, this time on the hunt not for brains (or Brain Belt Beer) but for phones. And driver's licenses. And wallets. And keys. See Also: - Zombie Pub Crawl 2013: The Ultimate Guide to the Undead - Zo ... More >>
From Snoop Dogg to Atmosphere, the festival boasts a variety of talent
The Vikings need a middle linebacker and GM Rick Spielman loves players from Notre Dame, so the hot speculation heading into last night's NFL draft was that the Vikings would select Manti T'eo, the star college football player better known as the dude with the fake girlfriend.SEE ALSO: Greg Jennings ... More >>
The Vikings planned to unveil their new jersey design during tomorrow night's NFL draft party at the Metrodome. Then the internet happened.SEE ALSO: Vikings tweak logo to make Norseman look slightly more pissed off [IMAGE] All the teasing the Vikings did about their new on-field look is for nau ... More >>
Minnesota United FC took home its first victory of the season Saturday afternoon, beating Edmonton 2-0 at the Metrodome. It was the team's second game since rebranding from the Stars (they tied against San Antonia two weeks ago). Forward Simone Bracalello scored 31 minutes into the game on a penal ... More >>
Only six months ago, it seemed unlikely that Minnesota's second-division soccer team would even see a 2013 season. Yet here we are, one day away from the home opener, with a new team owner, new name, and new logo. Given all that's happened since last fall, when Minnesota -- then called the Stars - ... More >>
The 2013 campaign is the Twins' fourth in Target Field. Unfortunately, new digs didn't usher in a golden age from the team -- on the contrary, after winning the division championship in 2010, the on-field product has deteriorated to the point where you'd have a hard time finding a baseball pundit wh ... More >>
With the Vikings at 6-6 and facing a do-or-die game this Sunday against Chicago, linebacker Chad Greenway is asking fans to make arrangements for a ride home from the Metrodome.SEE ALSO: Paul Charchian's "I'm pissed" Vikings rant: KFAN host calls for Ponder, coaching staff to go [VIDEO]Why, you ask? ... More >>
Between watching a possibly lovesick Christian Ponder lead one three-and-out drive after another and Tampa running back Doug Martin carve up the Vikings defense for 214 total yards, heading to the Metrodome last night was mostly a no-good very-bad experience for Vikings fans.SEE ALSO: Vikings victim ... More >>
Plus, a WWE star fights on a light rail train
Throughout the spring, we've chronicled the Vikings' efforts to secure public funding for a new football stadium, which we've dubbed Zygi-land.With the legislature recently approving a funding plan for the nearly $1 billion Metrodome-site stadium, it appears the Vikes' effort will pay dividends. And ... More >>
Today, after months of backdoor negotiations and hemming and hawing, a majority of Minneapolis City Council members pledged support for a new Vikings stadium at the Metrodome site.At a news conference, Mayor R.T. Rybak told Gov. Mark Dayton: "We want to hand you the signed letters of seven city c ... More >>
As far as the Vikings stadium controversy is concerned, the time for talk is nearing an end.Today, Minneapolis and Ramsey County -- the two leading contenders to serve as the site of a new public-private NFL stadium -- submitted their final stadium funding proposals, less than two weeks before th ... More >>
Will this concept ever see the light of day?Friday was supposed to be deadline day for the Minnesota Vikings owners and the Legislature to reach a deal for a billion-dollar stadium in Ramsey County supported in part by taxpayers. They blew the deadline, they're still talking, and the state i ... More >>
Does this stadium have a purple hue?Minnesota legislators and the governor already don't seem likely to reach a July 1 agreement on whether to raise taxes to keep the state's government functioning. Now they've set themselves a Friday deadline to try and resolve the $130 million gap between ... More >>
City Pages took home 11 first place trophies at the annual Society of Professional Journalists Page One banquet last night, beating both the Star Tribune and the Pioneer Press for the third year running.The Pioneer Press had an outstanding showing this year with 9 first place awards, while the St ... More >>
As if expecting their middle-infield problems to continue into the distant future, the Minnesota Twins signed University of North Carolina Tar Heels shortstop Levi Michael as the 30th overall selection in the first round of the 2011 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft. The man from ... More >>
Erin Carlyle's cover story on Joe Gustafson is nominated for Story of the Year.The Page One Awards from the Society of Professional Journalists honor the best in journalism from across Minnesota, and we're proud to say that we've been nominated for 23 awards in this year's contest. The 23 no ... More >>
Pipe dream?The Legislature is evidently too busy writing discrimination into the state constitution these days to take up the Vikings stadium bill, but the wheeling and dealing over the facility's location -- and who benefits -- continues behind the scenes. Can you say, "St. Paul Vikings?"
Glory Days Bar and GrillIn 2011, it's difficult to understand where the concept of the sports bar originated. With multiple and massive flat-panel HDTVs in just about every bar or restaurant in town--regardless of theme or philosophy--it's not easy to remember a time when the sports bar could ... More >>
True love at the arena.
The Democrats will kick it Charlotte.You can put away the gas masks and quit wondering whether your new roommate is a snitch: Charlotte, N.C., has been picked to host the Democratic National Convention in 2012, beating Minneapolis, St. Louis, and Cleveland.
Help me, Snowbi-Wan Kesnowbi. You're my only snowpe.Mike Nelson, a commercial and film director, was shoveling the walk of his Robbinsdale home after the snowstorm that popped the Metrodome, when his wife asked him to take some photos. He shot some stills with his digital camera before he ma ... More >>
Paragon/TeabonicsKeeping us infromed.A lot of stories fly across our radar here at The Blotter on any given day. We never know what's coming next, and we're never really sure what readers are going to latch onto -- with a few notable exceptions. With that in mind, here's our Top 10 list of ... More >>
Regardless of fans' optimism over Vikings owner Zygi Wilf's off season spending spree, the bean counters at Forbes say the Purple are worth less than any other team in the NFL.
The Seattle Seahawks rolled into town last night and trounced the Vikes. But, hey, it's the preseason. No worries. Right?
Here is the final hour--save for a brief gap while the videotape was being replaced--of the Minnesota House testimony on the Twins stadium bill, after all the amendments had been considered.
Since the fearless leaders at the Capitol have adjourned for the summer, there hasn't been much to report on the stadium front. That could all change, of course, if the governor and legislative honchos decide to haul everyone back to St. Paul in the fall for a special legislative session just to add ... More >>
You know you're really in the shithouse when this is the best news you've read in a week. Three days after the baseball gods reached into Fenway Park, into center field, into Torii Hunter's ankle, wrenching tendons and destroying the last of the Twins' feeble playoff hopes, an MRI has shown that Hun ... More >>
Why should you care? As the Twins enter a six-game homestand to finish up their tour of the National League West, you've got to ask yourself: What's the big deal? Aside from some revitalized rivalries and rare World Series rematches (does anyone really care about this, btw?), is a Giants match-up r ... More >>