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Vikings suffer PR nightmare over 'secret talks'

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08:04 AM ET 05.02 | The adage that no publicity is bad publicity is being put to the test this week in the Upper Midwest. The Vikings can ill afford any bad publicity following a day that can only be described as a public relations nightmare. The organization had been inching toward a new playing facility when things went screwy. Now, who knows? Everything appears royally messed up. First off, Gov. Mark Dayton accused the Vikings and the Republicans of having secret, under-the-table talks about a roofless stadium. It was a shocking charge that appears to have an element of truth to it. ... [It] doesn't matter if the Vikings brass just happened to be in the room innocently answering questions. The Vikings now look sneaky. They are guilty by association.

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May 2, 2012  08:09 AM ET

Jeez who cares build the freaking staduim Minnesota......or start rooting for another team.

May 2, 2012  08:10 AM ET
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The Vikes are a PR nightmare as a whole.

you can't dispute that!

May 2, 2012  08:15 AM ET

LA beckons...

May 2, 2012  08:15 AM ET

With Governor Nutjob up here, this is going just as expected.

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May 2, 2012  08:18 AM ET

Yup, things are going EXACTLY according to plan.

May 2, 2012  08:23 AM ET

When you're talking with politicians, you're already in bed with the Devil.

May 2, 2012  08:27 AM ET

Sounds like it's time to move this dog and pony show out to la la land.

May 2, 2012  08:31 AM ET

Slow news day..

May 2, 2012  08:33 AM ET

Another garbage write up. T&R is definitely the right site for this to be located.

Politics and sports are getting as bad as politics and religion. Shouldn't be mixed but somehow you can't have one without the other.

Onto the Vikes' issues. I think owners need to pass a course before they're allowed to take ownership of a team. While they're playing with their money, they have a significant impact upon the state as a whole and more importantly, the fan base. It kills me to see fans subjected to such BS and the Wilfs act as though they're innocent.

I'd personally like to see another open-air stadium, especially in the NFC North. Then, we just have Detroit to contend with. As soft as the league is becoming, I think that this would create something that still says a team has a backbone and even if we can't hit as hard as we'd like, we can subject opponents to the nasty weather we contend with regularly. Advantage home team.

May 2, 2012  08:34 AM ET

Seven vikings arrested in the last year? That is four more arrests than games they won.

May 2, 2012  08:35 AM ET
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With Governor Nutjob up here, this is going just as expected.

Politicians just trying to use the fan base for a vote.

May 2, 2012  08:35 AM ET
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Seven vikings arrested in the last year? That is four more arrests than games they won.

Almost makes you long for the "Love Boat" days...

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May 2, 2012  08:48 AM ET
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Almost makes you long for the "Love Boat" days...

more like the team is being run by Gilligan and the Skipper.

May 2, 2012  08:49 AM ET
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more like the team is being run by Gilligan and the Skipper.

I just think that Wilf might have some style had he owned the team back when Carter and the crew got in trouble on that yacht with the hookers.

May 2, 2012  08:53 AM ET
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Heard the Nats are falling off

A bit, but we aren't going anywhere Fred.

May 2, 2012  08:54 AM ET
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Another garbage write up. T&R is definitely the right site for this to be located.Politics and sports are getting as bad as politics and religion. Shouldn't be mixed but somehow you can't have one without the other.Onto the Vikes' issues. I think owners need to pass a course before they're allowed to take ownership of a team. While they're playing with their money, they have a significant impact upon the state as a whole and more importantly, the fan base. It kills me to see fans subjected to such BS and the Wilfs act as though they're innocent.I'd personally like to see another open-air stadium, especially in the NFC North. Then, we just have Detroit to contend with. As soft as the league is becoming, I think that this would create something that still says a team has a backbone and even if we can't hit as hard as we'd like, we can subject opponents to the nasty weather we contend with regularly. Advantage home team.

Listen I agreed 100% with your comments right up until you started talking about a home team advantage in an open stadium atmosphere especially in cold weather.

As a BEARS who has braved temperatures of -7 F in December let be the first to say their is no advantage. Not saying it isn't fun but it takes at least an hour for your body to adjust to the temperature change after a day of tailgating and taking in a game. Also you feel almost numb afterwards but it could just be the hypothermia.

Back to my point. Their is no advantage for the home team. NONE. BEAR weather is a myth! Go back and look their are plenty of examples of warm weather teams defeating teams in cold weather.

Now don't get me wrong home field is an advantage but just because it is outdoors and freezing doesn't make it an automatic win.

 
May 2, 2012  08:58 AM ET
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Slow news day..

Hard to get excited by "non-news" topics - Go Caps!!

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