VU Daily Blog: 5/17/10

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Posted by: Tim Yotter
on Monday, May 17, 2010 at 3:05:00 PM

Vikings sign D'Imperio

Many years, the Vikings don't start signing draft picks until after July 4. They are about a month and a half early this year.

The Vikings signed fullback Ryan D'Imperio on Monday, according to the team's official website.

D'Imperio was a seventh-round selection (237th overall) and played linebacker at Rutgers. However, the Vikings worked him out before the draft as a fullback and that's the position at which he is expected to compete for a roster spot.

The Vikings start their organized team activities on Tuesday, and D'Imperio is the first of their eight draft picks signed.


Posted by: Tim Yotter
on Monday, May 17, 2010 at 1:58:00 PM

No special session, no Vikings stadium this year

It's not a surprise after the state found itself in a $3 billion deficit after Gov. Tim Pawlenty's unallotment move last year was ruled to overstep his bounds, but the Vikings stadium issue was quickly put on the backburner a couple weeks ago.

And it will apparently remain there until next year. Pawlenty said at a press conference to close the 2010 Minnesota legislative session that he will not call a special session to address the team's stadium issue.

"It's an issue that has to be brought to a head and dealt with – next session," Pawlenty said, according to

A bill was introduced this session – the first time that has happened in the Zygi Wilf ownership era – to lay the groundwork for a public-private financing partnership of a stadium the Vikings would use, but that bill was quickly modified beyond recognition in committees and took away all realistic funding options.

That bill initially called for user fees – a 1.5 percent surtax on area hotel room that would have raised $8 million annually, a 6.875 percent fee on jersey sales that would have raised $16.9 million, a sports-themed lottery game to raise $5.5 million and an additional charge on rental cars that would have raised $5.5 million annually.

The Vikings' lease at the Metrodome is up after the 2011 season and they have said they will not sign an extension until financing for a new stadium is addressed. The end of today's session put an end to any hopes that it might happen in 2010.


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Posted by: Tim Yotter
on Monday, May 17, 2010 at 9:04:00 AM

King: Vikings on playoff bubble

Two years ago, the Vikings made the playoffs with a 10-6 record and Tarvaris Jackson at quarterback. Last year, it was 12-4 and nearly a Super Bowl appearance. Now, according to Sports Illustrated entertainer Peter King, the Vikings are on the playoff bubble.

"Whether old What's His Name comes back or not will determine Minnesota's fate," King writes about the Vikings' playoff hopes. "Brett Favre or no Brett Favre, the Vikings have an offensive line in decline."

Instead, King went right for the heart of Vikings fans when he chose Green Bay to not only replace the Vikings as division champions, but also has the Packers as the best team in the league.

"It's not just the maturation of Aaron Rodgers. It's the carryover from a fluky end to 2009 (the weird playoff loss at Arizona) and the fact that only one team in football -- New Orleans -- had a better point differential than the Pack's plus-164 last year," King wrote. "I like Jermichael Finley to become a great player in his second starting season. I don't trust the pass-rush (where Clay Matthews is the only real thing), and I worry about two of the top three corners coming off ACL surgery, and aging. But the defensive front is formidable, and a very good match for the good run teams of the AFC North. I also like Weeks 2 through 5 on the schedule (Buffalo, at Chicago, Detroit, at Washington), which sets up for a strong start."

Of course, King points out the obvious: He's not very good at predictions. Last year, he had Chicago winning it all – the Bears missed the playoffs altogether – and the Super Bowl champion Saints as the 24th best team.

This year, he has the Carolina Panthers, Seattle Seahawks and Pittsburgh Steelers in the playoffs and ranked ahead of the Vikings. He also has Detroit (No. 24) ahead of Chicago (No. 25) after the Bears were his 2009 Super Bowl favorites and added Chester Taylor, Julius Peppers, and have had Jay Cutler for a year.

It appears he is the King of confusion instead of King of prognostication. But, hey, at least you get a free team jacket with your subscription to Sports Illustrated.


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Posted by: Tim Yotter
on Monday, May 17, 2010 at 7:13:00 AM

Next Super Bowl awarded Tuesday

The annual NFL Spring Meeting will be held tomorrow in Dallas, but it will be only a one-day affair.

The agenda for the brief business meeting includes a vote of the clubs to award Super Bowl XLVIII and other league matters, with a potential to extend a new overtime rule into regular-season games. The league voted to change the overtime format in playoff games only in its March meeting.

The candidates to host Super Bowl XLVIII are New York, South Florida, and Tampa Bay. A decision and announcement on the 2014 Super Bowl will be made on Tuesday afternoon. The next three Super Bowls are already scheduled for North Texas, Indianapolis and New Orleans.


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