Vikes Face Another Blackout Scare

It's starting to get be a bit redundant, but the Vikings again find themselves short of the number of tickets needed to be sold for Sunday's game to prevent a local blackout.

The Vikings are again playing the waiting game as it pertains to selling the remaining tickets for another home game. This time, as of Monday, 3,600 tickets remain for the Vikings' game with the Lions, just about as many as remained for the Raiders game two weeks ago.

While those tickets had to be bought in a partnership between the local Twin Cities CBS affiliate and the Miller Brewing Company, it is expected that the Vikings' re-emergence as a playoff contender and the anticipated return of Adrian Peterson will help sell the remaining tickets and give the Vikings their 101st consecutive sellout.

By league rule, all tickets must be sold or allocated by noon Thursday. Three times already this season, tickets have had to be purchased by the networks carrying the game locally – the games against the Falcons, Eagles and Raiders. It is hoped the combination of positive factors will help the Lions game sell out on its own without having to resort to a buy-out from the local FOX affiliate or a corporate sponsor.

* Zygi Wilf has given Brad Childress a vote of confidence, saying that his job with the Vikings is safe through the 2008 season. When the Vikings got off to a poor start, there was speculation that the Vikings might jettison Childress after the season and go after one of the high-profile coaches available, headed up by semi-retired head coach Bill Cowher. But Wilf said the changes Childress installed need time to bear fruit and that he doesn't need to look over his shoulder and wonder if he has job security.
* The Vikings shared the shock that is being felt throughout the NFL over the death of Redskins safety Sean Taylor, who was shot in his home early Monday morning by what is being reported as an intruder and died early Tuesday morning. VU extends its prayers to Taylor's family, which includes a 1-year-old daughter who was in the home at the time of the shooting.
* Tank Williams suffered a sprained MCL Sunday, according to a MRI exam on Monday. He will be evaluated during the week to record his progress.
* Troy Williamson sustained a concussion Sunday, but Childress reported that he passed all the head injury exams that are part of the post-concussion program in the league and isn't expected to miss any playing time as a result.
* Antoine Winfield continues to be listed as day-to-day with a hamstring injury that has kept him out of three of the last four games.
* Linebacker Heath Farwell got his name in the Vikings record books Sunday, tying the franchise record for special teams tackle in a game with six. He ties a record set by Wymon Henderson Nov. 6, 1988 against the Lions.
* When asked Monday about what has changed the Vikings fortunes around the last two weeks, coach Brad Childress pointed to the humiliating loss to the Packers, saying, "I look at disgust as being a great motivator as well. Whether you're in the gutter and you're disgusted with yourself or you've gained 60 pounds and you're disgusted with yourself, there's a point where you say, ‘I just can't stand it.'"
* The Vikings will announce today a three-year, $240,000 grant to the University of Minnesota's department of pediatrics to provide flu shots for underprivileged children in the Twin Cities area.
* The Jaguars signed former Vikings tight end Richard Angulo to a contract Monday. Angulo takes the roster spot of TE George Wrighster, who was placed on injured reserve Monday.

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