Whether fans loved, hated or were caught in the middle on their feelings about Vikings owner Red McCombs, those days come to an end today as the NFL officially turns the franchise over to Zygi Wilf.
In his seven years as Vikings owner, McCombs popularized the term "Purple Pride" and, on his watch, the Vikings never had a game that didn't sell out.
In recent years, however, McCombs grew increasingly frustrated with the political process in Minnesota -- disbanding his stadium lobbying effort in 2004.
While Wilf brings many of the same concerns to the table that Vikings fans had with McCombs -- someone from out of state who appears to be prepared to ask for state funding of a stadium -- the change in ownership can be viewed as a positive thing. While McCombs had effectively given up on getting a stadium deal done, Wilf has a new outlook and, hopefully, a new determination to keep the Vikings where they belong -- in Minnesota.
* The Vikings cut their final developmental camp short -- canceling Wednesday's final practice and bumping up today's finale to close off at 10:30 a.m. After the players depart, many won't be back until the start of training camp at the end of July.
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