Earlier this month, University of Minnesota president Eric Kaler appeared on MPR's The Daily Circuit to talk about the direction of the school. Buried near the end of that interview was a quick, though important, conversation about football. The university has leased TCF Bank Stadium to the Minnes ... More >>
The National Coalition Against Racism in Sports and Media wants the University of Minnesota to prohibit the Washington NFL team from playing on campus at TCF Bank stadium on November 2 unless the team changes its nickname.But U officials, citing the terms of its lease with the Vikings, say they don' ... More >>
Offensive sports names and logos aren't going away anytime soon. There's the Washington Redskins' derogatory name. There's Chief Wahoo, the racist caricature logo of the Cleveland Indians. All clearly racist, all defended by owners and fans. Changing those images is a noble cause, but sometimes, it ... More >>
One surprising revelation in Chris Kluwe's nuclear account of alleged homophobia within the Vikings organization is that Zygi Wilf is actually a staunch supporter of gay rights.Kluwe wrote that before a September 2012 game, right as the marriage amendment he was so outspoken in opposing was becoming ... More >>
Rep. Betty McCollum is co-chair of the Congressional Native American Caucus, and in that role, she's led the push to get Washington Redskins owner Daniel Snyder to change the team's name, which she characterizes as a "derogatory slur akin to the 'N-word' among African Americans or the 'W-word' among ... More >>
Even more than we miss his leg, we miss Chris Kluwe's wit.Luckily for us, the departed Vikings kicker--who led the charge to legalize gay marriage--is still actively tweeting during Vikings games, and last night he said the smartest thing about the two hot button issues of the NFL.
-- Thanks for CJ Fogler for the GIFs -- The Vikings ended up winning by a touchdown last night, but with under a minute to go in the game, it looked like a coaching gaffe might contribute to yet another loss. SEE ALSO: Gophers social media team apologizes for dissing VikingsAfter Washington's Roy He ... 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 >>
:::: UPDATE :::: Today, the Metropolitan Sports Facilities Authority denied the ACLU's request to boycott "Redskins." According to an AP report, the authority's lawyer determined that doing so would constitute unconstitutional censorship. Original post (October 24) -- The American Civil Liberties ... 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 >>
Chris Kluwe is still looking for an NFL job, but after his rant last night, we doubt he'll find work with the Washington Redskins.SEE ALSO: "Geography of Hate" maps show where racist and homophobic tweets come from [IMAGES] Kluwe sounded off on the Redskins nickname controversy, which has gained ste ... More >>
Betty McCollum represents St. Paul in the House of Representatives, but as co-chair of the Congressional Native American Caucus, she's leading the charge to get a D.C. sports team to change its name.SEE ALSO: UMD hockey fans warned after "smallpox blankets" chant during Fighting Sioux seri ... More >>
The rise, fall, and imminent rebirth of the zebra-striped wonderpants
Apparently, Brett Favre was not the only Viking who had a price on his head thanks to disgraced defensive coordinator Gregg Williams. According to a sports reporter in D.C., while Williams was the assistant coach for the Washington Redskins, he offered $15,000 to any player that could knock then ... More >>
Donovan McNabb, Christian Ponder: Only one of them should be smiling.Donovan McNabb has run out of second chances. With the Vikings woefully underperforming at 1-5, and McNabb struggling to find his own receivers and close out games, rookie Christian Ponder will start at quarterback in Sunday's g ... More >>
Can he snag a championship for the Vikings?
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 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 >>
The Metrodome, looking rough.Talk about getting kicked when you're down -- or maybe deflated: The Metrodome has been ranked as the worst stadium in the National Football League. And to make matters worse, the cheeseheads get to gloat, because Lambeau Field took top honors in the same survey ... More >>
Frazier's opportunity well-earned despite a measured record.
Though Chris Kluwe played violin as a child, his primary influence for picking up a bass guitar was the video game Guitar Hero. Adept at the simulated version, Kluwe wanted to try the real thing. This led him to forming the alterna-metal band Tripping Icarus, whose debut full length will be ... More >>
Feeding Buffalo lament may prove driving force in game No.2 for interim head.
The longtime assistant and head coaching candidate finally gets his shot.
Bachmann goes bananas for MossCrazy congresswoman Michele Bachmann gets offended by Tarryl Clark and begs for cash. But now she's flying the purple and gold for prodigal Viking Randy Moss, who managed to offend just about everyone in Minnesota before he was first traded away to Oakland in 2005. ... More >>
Photo: Wikipedia Randy Moss: He's back.Wide receiver Randy Moss is going to be a Minnesota Viking again. Quarterback Brett Favre will finally get to pair up with a guy he's had his eye on for years. Fans will have to come to terms with a guy not known for being Minnesota Nice. And Sidney R ... More >>
Will the Purple head West to some fancy new digs?There's another warning sign that we'd better figure out a way to keep the Vikings in Minnesota. The value of the team has dropped 7 percent compared to last year in a new survey of NFL franchises. The sobering news comes via Forbes magazine's ... More >>
Here's what history says about opponents' winning percentage.
More farce at the stadium of the absurd
5. Trama, Mr. T ziptape, out as a free download on April 14: Comedic highlight: "If I Was Emo," in which our hero croons, "I would get great reviews in the hip-hop local news/because I'm not seen as a threat, and my rhymes make you boo-hoo-hoo/If I was emo, I wouldn't have to wear gold/and my fake f ... More >>
The skipper of the Love Boat isn't keeping up his Eden Prairie home
ESPN's Jonah Keri takes us through many eras to explain the odd way Gus Frerotte became the embodiment of Minnesota’s hopes and dreams.
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.
It's a double bill today as the Minnesota Vikings must defeat the Denver Broncos AND the Dallas Cowboys need to beat the Washington Redskins for the Vikes' season to continue.
In recent years, few journalists have followed pro sports stadium shenanigans more closely than Neil deMause, co-author of the acclaimed Field of Schemes: How the Great Stadium Swindle Turns Public Money Into Private Profit and proprietor of the fieldofschemes.com website. City Pages contacted deMau ... More >>
CITY PAGES BLOGS Check out Pizzaman's demolished Pizzacar at Streets of Pizza. Pizzaman stared death in the face, and death blinked! THESE DAYS The National Rifle Association said it is pulling its 2007 national convention out of Columbus, Ohio, because of the city's outlawing of the sale or poss ... More >>
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The Vikes' scoring machine sure does look unstoppable. But can the defense get it done come January?
With an easy schedule and the league's most exciting rookie added to an already potent offense, this year's Vikings need to deliver on suddenly high expectations
Happy Holidays: A five-game losing streak near the end of the season landed the Vikings a relatively weak playoff opponent.