Big labor wants the casino, but big government doesn't.The AFL-CIO wants more labor jobs, and it's not above endorsing a little vice to get things rolling.Yesterday, the Minnesota chapter of the AFL-CIO endorsed the planned Block E Casino, which has resurfaced as a possible method to fund a new V ... More >>
By Andy Mannix and Mike Mullen This week began with a bit of news that finally gives cause to celebrate the Minnesota Vikings: Since 2000, the Vikings are leading all other NFL teams in arrests. This was too good to be ignored, or judged on its face. So City Pages has gone deeper, investigating ... More >>
Just 20 more ideas, and we'll get this stadium thing figured out.The Minnesota Vikings new stadium has led to a stack of ideas from public officials on how to get the thing built and paid for. Tax on Ramsey County? State legacy funds? Block E Casino downtown? Now, there are two more ideas: One, f ... More >>
Chris Cook is on this list... twice!The Minnesota Vikings could not pull off a miraculous comeback against the Green Bay Packers yesterday.The loss drops the Vikings to 1-6 on the season. But, as it turns out, there is one statistic in which Minnesota is leading the NFL: arrested players.Accordin ... More >>
The Metrodome is for sale: Can anyone lend Zygi a quarter?In the hectic lead-up to the proposed special session that will or will not approve a new stadium for the Minnesota Vikings, all things are on the table. The latest proposal is no crazier than the other ones -- for example, gettin' in the ... More >>
Want this stadium? Fine, just keep dumping quarters in that slot machine.As of this morning, Minneapolis is a city with one professional football team, and zero casinos. Some day soon, that could be the other way around.The new push for a special session to finance the Vikings stadium in Arden Hi ... More >>
The Vikings stadium will be agreed upon before the stuffing is served.Mark Dayton announced yesterday that he's so excited about a new Vikings stadium, it doesn't even matter what the damn thing looks like, or costs, or whatever -- just build it, man, we'll figure it out later! After a meeting wi ... More >>
Who cares if you want to pay for the new Vikings stadium?The Minnesota Vikings new stadium will be a $1.1 billion monument dedicated to the death of democracy. That's what taxpayers learned last night, when the Ramsey County Charter Commission voted not to allow a vote on the tax that will build ... More >>
Bernard Berrian had only one catch yesterday for the Vikings, which means he had as many catches as he did Twitter fights with Minnesota legislators. Berrian got into it yesterday with Republican Rep. John Kriesel. Kriesel started the fight, lobbing a pretty snappy insult Berrian's way. Berrian, ... More >>
The Minnesota Vikings are basically in the worst possible position to be asking for money right now. The team isn't just 0-3, it's choked on big leads in all three games. The NFL's new owner-friendly labor agreement has left each franchise flush with cash from television deals. And the state of M ... More >>
Adrian Peterson: Too polite to demand the ball -- fortunately, his dad's not.Adrian Peterson is one of the most exciting running backs in the history of the NFL. And, after the Vikings cut a gigantic check on the eve of this season's first game, he's on track to be one of the best paid NFL player ... More >>
Kevin Williams isn't going to let his ailing foot keep him from playing.Kevin Williams, the Vikings' gigantic run-stuffing defensive tackle, is back with the team today after a two-week suspension for performance enhancing drugs.Williams' return will be a welcome one for the Vikings, who've built ... More >>
Sorry Donovan McNabb, we're still not worth a damn.The Minnesota Vikings are worth a lot compared to, say, a car, or a turkey sandwich. But compared to other NFL teams, they're not doing well.Just in time for tonight's opening kickoff of the NFL season, Forbes Magazine has compiled its annual ran ... More >>
McNabb was all smiles, even if he's facing a contract cut.Donovan McNabb was officially introduced as Vikings quarterback at the team training camp in Mankato yesterday, stealing the show with his big laugh and by announcing he has "five or six more years left." A new version of McNabb's contract ... More >>
McNabb had a great career before his last year in Washington.Donovan McNabb will be the Vikings' new quarterback if he and the team can agree on the details of a new contract, sources told ESPN late last night. With Tarvaris Jackson reportedly bolting for Seattle, the Vikings are close to trading ... More >>
Jackson looks headed west without ever getting a chance.Tarvaris Jackson, the unproven heir apparent to Brett Favre as Vikings' quarterback, has signed a free-agent contract with the Seattle Seahawks, according to reports out of Seattle.If the rumor's true, it means Jackson, a 2006 Vikings draft ... More >>
Pictured: The proposed stadium in Arden Hills. Some assembly required. A resolution on the tax to fund the Minnesota Vikings stadium in Arden Hills looks headed for a 7-0 shutout in the St. Paul City Council today. If it's approved by the state Legislature, the current proposal would raise sales ... 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 >>
The future home of the Los Angeles Vikings?The hoopla surrounding the Vikings' billion-dollar stadium deal with Arden Hills sure seemed to fizzle once everyone realized the thing might actually cost taxpayers a boatload of money. So is anyone truly shocked that the Vikings are entertaining an ... More >>
A documentary on super fans gets a boost from a super awful season.Just when we'd relegated the Vikings' epic 2010 implosion to the far reaches of our collective craniums, University of Minnesota journalism student Elizabeth Giorgi has come along to remind us of the whole, sorry affair. But i ... More >>
Sen. Julie Rosen has some buyer's remorse.Two bits of WTF stand out after yesterday's meeting between NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell and all the parties involved in trying to find the Vikings a new home. The first is that, whatever the final dollar amount the NFL decides to kick in to suppor ... More >>
Wiki.Could this man be the answer to Vikings fans' prayers?With less than a week left to go in the legislative session, the Vikings stadium proposal is still showing some signs of life. NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell now says the league is willing to chip in on a new stadium, which in theory ... More >>
Courtesy Savethevikes.org.Vikings superfan Cory Merrifiled, right, has been lobbying for a new stadium since 2009. On Tuesday, a lot of Vikings fans celebrated a victory when team owners struck a deal with Ramsey County to build a new stadium in Arden Hills. But even with a location suppose ... More >>
Ahem. About that $175 million?Ted Mondale, the governor's point man on steering a stadium deal that will keep the Vikings in Minnesota, pointed out today that all this self-congratulatory backslapping between Ramsey County and the Wilf brothers (and SaveTheVikes) over a new stadium in Arden H ... More >>
Minnesotans don't want to pay for a new Vikings stadium.If this morning's Minnesota Poll is accurate, roughly 70 percent of Minnesotans are opposed to their tax dollars being used to help Zygi Wilf pay for a new Vikings stadium. Would the result have been different if Brad Childress and Bret ... More >>
minnesotavikings.comThe Vikings' new schloss will sit on the laqrgest Superfund site in the country.If the Vikings stay in Minnesota, they're going to do it in Arden Hills. Ramsey County won the bidding war against Minneapolis to help finance the construction of the team's new stadium on what ... More >>
An artist's concept of how a new Vikings stadium might look at the Metrodome site.Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak pulled the curtain back this afternoon on details for funding the city's share of a new stadium for the Minnesota Vikings on the site of the Metrodome. The proposal calls for the ci ... 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?"
YouTubeCan this guy turn the Vikings around?Christian Ponder is the new Brett Favre. Actually, after the rolling disaster that was last season, on and off the field, that's probably not on how the 23-year-old quarterback is framing his aspirations. But with Favre's long-threatened departure fro ... More >>
He's back.Former Vikings coach Brad Childress was run out of town last November in the wake of a total team collapse punctuated by Brett Favre's bum season and rumored infidelities, and the brief, boneheaded move to bring back Randy Moss. But Chilly's back -- if you've got a broadband hookup ... More >>
Ellerbe BecketYour tax dollars at work?In a simple statement today, assistant Senate majority leader Dave Thompson of Lakeville crystalized the thoughts of just about every critic of a proposed new taxpayer-supported stadium for the Minnesota Vikings. For a Republican controlled Legislature ... More >>
Who will pay for it? Where will it go?We finally have a Vikings stadium bill -- effectively the last bill of its kind the Legislature can consider before the team's lease expires on the Metrodome -- and lawmakers have until May 23 to pass it. Talk about a Hail Mary.
Does god wants a new Vikings stadium?The last time a Christian minister raised eyebrows with an invocation at the Legislature, he drew rebukes for failing to take note that Jewish lawmakers deserved as much respect as their Christian colleagues when it came time for prayer. Now, a minister ... More >>
The Legislature will take another shot at making a new Vikings stadium a reality.Here we go again. Now that the Legislature appears to be nearing the end of debate on some seriously draconian bills that slash spending on education, health and human services, it's going to take up the matter ... More >>
Madieu Williams FoundationMadieu Williams, Man of the YearInstead of sorry results and scandalous behavior from the Minnesota Vikings, there's some good news: Safety Madieu Williams has been named the NFL's Walter Payton Man of the Year. He's only the second Vikings player in history to be reco ... More >>
Frazier's opportunity well-earned despite a measured record.
Image from Madieu Williams FoundationThe Vikings safety is a bit of good news in a pretty bad seasonIt hasn't exactly been a stellar season for the Vikings. First there was Brett Favre Penisgate. Then Randy Moss's bizarre self-interview. Then Coach Brad Childress got kicked to the can. And over t ... More >>
The Metrodome is out of service, so the Vikes will move across the river.Are you ready for some outdoor football? The Metrodome is still torn and frayed from the blizzard, so the Minnesota Vikings are going to host the Chicago Bears at the University of Minnesota's TCF Bank Stadium on Monday ... More >>
Because the Vikings' 2010 season has been so tame . . .
Mind your own damned Dome.The collapse of the Metrodome roof spawned a blizzard of comments, some of which came from folks not tough enough to live here Up North on the tundra, but who never the less felt qualified to serve some scorn. One our commenters took umbrage:
Photo: Nic McPheeBlizzard PeopleThe blizzard unleashed a deluge of snow, and you unleashed a torrent of comment on Twitter. Sometimes it was to share shovel strategies, sometimes it was to bitch about about the snowplows. Sometimes it was to find humor in the mess. Here's some of what flew ... More >>
The graybeard finally rests.
Feeding Buffalo lament may prove driving force in game No.2 for interim head.
Would the Vikings turn California purple?The owners of the Minnesota Vikings really, really want you to finance them a new stadium. And the specter of the team relocating to a city more amenable to upgraded real estate has long been part of its MO for wrangling a new, taxpayer-funded stadium ... More >>
The guillotine falls on Chilli.
In a zany NFL season, would a Vikings loss or win prove more bizarre?
Fire Brad Childress is on the lips of Minnesota Vikings Fans.The Bears creamed the Vikings today 27-13, and with the defeat the cries among fans to fire Vikings Head Coach Brad Childress grow ever louder.There are those who will say that this loss was not his fault--certainly, Brett Favre contrib ... More >>
The Purple can get to within a game of .500 with a win, or . . .
The NFL's leading rusher should feast on the 'Cards run defense.