Vegas Leery of Boat Backlash

For fans looking to bet on or against the Vikings in light of the boat scandal that has tainted the team, you may be out of luck.

Look in your local newspapers or national publications and try to find a point spread for Sunday's game between the Packers and Vikings. You probably won't find one. Why? Because Las Vegas won't sanction it.

Expressing concern that the Vikings might internally impose suspensions without warning, most Las Vegas sports books have taken the Vikings-Packers game off the board -- meaning they won't set a point spread or an over/under for the game.

Some bookmakers are upset, because the Vikings-Packers game is typically one that gets a lot of action. But, until they know for sure who will be in uniform Sunday and who won't, the Vikings are untouchable by the gambling community.

* Over the past few days, Zygi Wilf has been doing damage control by speaking to Chamber of Commerce, Rotary and other community groups in Duluth, Rochester and St. Cloud. His speeches have been well-received and he has promised decisive action against the players found to be culpable for the boat antics.
* Both coach Mike Tice and Daunte Culpepper ended their Wednesday press conferences early after being badgered by questions -- none of which related to the Packers game. The most aggressive questioning came from ESPN reporters who aren't concerned about being shut out of future questioning.

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