"The Minnesota Vikings want to thank the tens of thousands of Vikings fans for their tremendous support for a new stadium. We appreciate the army of fans who stand with us at this watershed moment for the future of the franchise in Minnesota.
"The Vikings organization is extremely disappointed that the Governor and State Legislature did not move the stadium issue forward this year. While we greatly respect the challenges and priorities faced by the State of Minnesota, resolution of this issue has now been pushed to the final year of the lease. This lack of action will only increase the costs of the project for everyone, plus we missed the opportunity to put thousands of Minnesotans back to work.
"The Vikings and the NFL have made significant commitments to this market – commitments that cannot be sustained at the Metrodome. In 2006, the Vikings were asked by Governor Pawlenty and State leaders to step back and allow the Twins and Gophers stadium issues to be resolved. Those State leaders committed to work with the team to resolve this issue. More than four years later, those commitments have not been honored.
"We appeal to our State's leaders to join the bi-partisan group of legislators who have stepped up to work on securing the long-term future of the Vikings in Minnesota. This group of leaders has acknowledged that having an NFL team in Minnesota requires a stadium solution. This solution must be finalized in the 2011 Session."
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Posted by: Tim Yotter
on Tuesday, May 18, 2010 at 1:35:00 PM
ESPN: Culpepper, Green to reunite in UFL
While the world (or at least anybody that cares about the Vikings) waits patiently for a decision from quarterback Brett Favre that might not come for another three months, there is another former Vikings quarterback ready to sign a contract.
According to ESPN, Daunte Culpepper is on the verge of signing a contract with the Sacramento Mountain Lions of the UFL, which provides another interesting twist to Culpepper's twisting career.
"Signing with Sacramento will reunite Culpepper with Dennis Green, the Mountain Lions' coach and general manager," declared the ESPN story. "The two men worked together in Minnesota and enjoyed some of their greatest professional successes together."
Culpepper began his NFL career in earnest in 2000 under Green, but his best season was in 2004 under Mike Tice, when Culpepper completed 69.2 percent of his passes for 4,717 yards, 39 touchdowns and 11 interceptions for a 110.9 rating, the last time a Vikings starter eclipsed a 100 rating before Favre did it last year.
Since Culpepper refused to rehab his 2005 knee injury at Winter Park under a new coach in Brad Childress, Culpepper was traded to Oakland and eventually ended up in Detroit, and he wasn't able to hold down a full-time starting job at either location.
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Posted by: Tim Yotter
on Tuesday, May 18, 2010 at 9:28:00 AM
Report: Vikings still unsure of Favre's plans
The Vikings remain in the dark about any plans that Brett Favre has regarding potential ankle surgery or his future with the team, according to NFL Network's Jason LaCanfora.
"Favre is mulling whether or not to have what he deemed relatively minor ankle surgery to help him play football in 2010," LaCanfora reported. "To this point, the Vikings have received no indication from Favre about that decision, according to a source, and the team is not pushing him in any way to make that decision."
If Favre does have surgery soon, he is expected to be ready during the preseason. At rookie minicamp late last month, head coach Brad Childress called Favre's ankle injury "ongoing" and "a life issue."
The Vikings open voluntary organized team activities today, which run weekly until the mandatory minicamp, which is from June 11-13. Most of the team is present except a "select few," according to a source. Media is scheduled to have access on Wednesday.
Favre isn't expected to attend any of the offseason program until at least training camp, and Childress has said repeatedly that he's OK with a timeline that puts Favre back with the team shortly after training camp.
"I don't have a lot of illusions about the timing of the thing, as I mentioned to you way back when," Childress said in late April. "There was no manual back then (last year) and he played at a high level. How much time does he need? He knows. I've got a ballpark idea of how much he needs and obviously what he got last year was plenty."
Favre signed on Aug. 18 last year and is under contract through the 2010 season.
Posted by: Tim Yotter
on Tuesday, May 18, 2010 at 9:08:00 AM
Nine months ago: The birth of Favre-a-palooza
If the saying is true that those who ignore history are doomed to repeat it, then Vikings fans might want to erase their memories from nine months ago.
Aug. 18, 2009. That was the date that Brett Favre arrived in Minnesota, carried in a black SUV driven by the white horse named Brad Childress. Exactly nine months ago, the Favre era in Minnesota was born … and most Vikings fans would like nothing more than to repeat the song and dance in the next three months.
With the way that day started, maybe we should have known times were changing. ESPN was running a report from Fox Sports' Jay Glazer saying that a Favre deal was done. As if ESPN running with a Glazer report wasn't interesting enough, the day only got more entertaining as it progressed.
Not long after that, a television station in Mississippi said that Favre was boarding a plane there and headed to St. Paul.
Then came the actual arrival in Minnesota, making it one of the strangest days I've ever seen at Winter Park. It truly was a circus atmosphere, complete with someone dressed up in a parrot outfit standing across the street and plenty of onlookers trying to get a glimpse of Favre being driven to Winter Park by Childress.
Helicopters hovered. Satellite trucks lined the street. The anticipation was thick.
By 1 p.m., everyone knew that Favre was in the building, but he hadn't yet emerged from the locker room for the start of practice. Favre's name wasn't on the roster, but John David Booty – you remember Booty – had switched from jersey No. 4 to No. 9. Make way for Favre.
By 1:25 p.m., the Vikings announced Favre's signing and he showed up on the field less than 10 minutes later with a red No. 4 practice jersey and began talking with his new teammates, shaking hands and throwing passes.
By the end of the afternoon, the Vikings had sold more than 2,000 tickets in a single day and the fieldhouse had been prepared for Favre's first press conference as a Viking. While others celebrated his arrival, he marked the occasion by getting all dressed up in khaki cargo shorts and a dirty red Nike cap.
By the end of the day, VikingUpdate.com had posted seven stories on the site – every single one of them featuring different aspects of Favre-a-palooza. Exactly nine months ago certainly was one of the strangest days at Winter Park – for coaches, players and media.
Since then? Well, this YouTube video montage pretty well tells the tale.