A public hearing is being held Wednesday night in Ramsey County to hear the opinions of citizens regarding a potential Vikings stadium being built there.
The first of what will be at least two and possibly more public hearings for average citizens in Ramsey County to vent about the county being asked to help subsidize a Vikings stadium is scheduled for tonight at 6:30 p.m. at the New Brighton Community Center.
The meeting won't be hosted by the City of Arden Hills or the Ramsey County Board. It will be hosted by the Ramsey County Charter Commission.
When the Ramsey County Board of Commissioners agreed to come up with the deal, the process faced a unique hurdle. Ramsey County is the only county in the State of Minnesota that operates on a county charter – the charter commission has the authority to word language on potential ballot amendments. The commission may push to put the stadium question on the November 2012 election ballot.
Such a decision, which is expected to be made some time after the second hearing (6:30 p.m. Oct. 11 in the council chambers of the Ramsey County Courthouse, could derail the likelihood of not only a special session in the next couple of months, but potentially stall a vote if nothing has been done prior to the 2012 Legislative session. There are sure to be some legislators that will seek to block action with a ballot question pending.
A year ago, not many people even knew the Ramsey County Charter Commission existed. These days that obscure group may hold the future of football in Minnesota in its hands.
As of Tuesday, there were still approximately 6,500 seats remaining for the Vikings next home game – Oct. 9 vs. Arizona.
Think the Vikings can blow another double-digit halftime lead? They may be up against the right team to get the chance. The Chiefs have been outscored by 13, 17 and 10 points at halftime of their first three games.
In the latest NFL.com Power Poll, the Packers are currently No. 1 and Detroit has moved up to No. 3. The Bears dropped from 10th to 16th with a loss last week and the Vikings dropped from 22nd to 25th. For the record, the Chiefs dropped to last place despite staying with San Diego on the road last Sunday.
On ESPN's weekly power rankings, the Packers are first, the Lions jumped from 11th to 4th, the Bears dropped from 10th to 18th and the Vikings fell from 26th to 28th. As with the NFL's rankings, the Chiefs are ranked No. 32.
Matthew Stafford took a shot at former Viking/current ESPN talking head Cris Carter on Twitter. Prior to Sunday's game, Carter commented that Calvin Johnson wasn't an elite receiver. While Megatron brushed it off, Stafford fired a mocking tweet asking if Johnson would be an elite receiver if he has eight touchdowns after four games. He has scored two touchdowns in each of the first three games and would tie an NFL record with two TDs this week at Dallas. Who is the only wide receiver to ever score two or more touchdowns in four straight games? Cris Carter in 1995.
Joe Namath went on a New York sports radio show Monday and said that the Jets may be too full of themselves and may not be practicing hard enough because they've convinced themselves they're better than they are. It was an ironic statement, given his guarantee of a Super Bowl victory, but it led to one of the best back-page sports headlines of the year in a New York newspaper. Showing a photo of Namath and head coach Rex Ryan, the New York Daily News included the headline "I Want to Diss You." Everyone but Suzie Kolber laughed at it.
John Holler has been writing about the Vikings for more than a decade for Viking Update. Follow Viking Update on Twitter and discuss this topic on our message boards. To become a subscriber to the Viking Update web site or magazine, click here.