In The Air Tonight

On the same day that Zygi Wilf became one of the elite NFL fraternity, he continued his pledge to push for an open-air stadium.

It didn't take long for Zygi Wilf to raise some eyebrows around Minnesota after being unanimously approved as the new Vikings owner. First, he maintained his pledge that he prefers to build an open-air stadium -- trying in vain to compare outdoor stadiums in Green Bay and New Jersey to that of Minnesota.

Second, and perhaps more troubling, he claims he will likely require public funding. That little monkey wrench caused Red McCombs to quit trying to lobby the State Legislature. Good luck on that, Zygi.

But the one aspect of the sale that fans will remember the most -- they'll never let Zygi forget it -- is Wilf's pledge that the Vikings will stay in Minnesota "forever." McCombs basically said the same things in 1998 and nobody believed him. As it turned out, he was able to sell the team, make a huge profit and live up to his end of the bargain. We'll have to see how long Wilf continues playing the same tune he is now -- and if it gets him anywhere.

THURSDAY NOTES
* The sale will officially close in mid-June.
* Minnesota businessman Denny Hecker, thought for months to be a part of the Wilf-Reggie Fowler ownership group, will not be a part-owner after all.
* From the Truth Is Stranger Than Fiction Department, the Ottowa Renegades of the Canadian Football League are looking at signing former Vikings first-rounder Dimitrius Underwood.

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