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    Vikings' future in good hands with Wilf family

    Posted on Mon, Dec. 19, 2005

    [size=18px]Vikings' future in good hands with Wilf family[/size]

    The Vikings must find stability to survive in Minnesota. The past week's events make that true now more than ever.

    We had a taste of that stability when the Wilf family changed the course of the Minnesota Vikings' "business as usual" practice. The Wilfs purchased a gutted franchise and began giving it a long-overdue facelift. At the same time, they recognized that a complete overhaul of the team was unnecessary.

    No new owner has faced the obstacles Wilf has tackled head on. In an effort to create more stability, he responded to every hit the franchise received with a knockout punch of his own. If his dignity and class are allowed to reflect on the team, Vikings fans will have plenty to be encouraged about in the future.

    Wilf and his partners shouldn't be punished for four players' mistakes. At a time when fans and state representatives are fighting the stadium wars, it's a shame that the alleged behavior of Daunte Culpepper, Moe Williams, Bryant McKinnie and Fred Smoot has become the latest obstacle to derail support for a new stadium (an aspiration Wilf has made no secret of since his arrival).

    Upset fans of the Vikings' franchise need to look beyond this scandal and tough losses such as the one to Pittsburgh on Sunday. They should look to the long term, or the Vikings' future in this state is no longer an option.
    It's unfair to speculate if the Lake Minnetonka boat incident would have happened with different ownership, but it is fair to say that Zygi Wilf deserves credit for instilling confidence into this organization when it was needed most. Even after Sunday's loss, his reward could be a spot in the playoffs this year.

    The only hurdle left to assure the Vikings' future in Minnesota should have been the state Legislature agreeing to the proposed new stadium. Now fans are in the position of defending a football team that doesn't seem to know how to behave off the field. It's OK to be upset with the players involved in the scandal, but we cannot let disgust overshadow the future needs of our team. The two-minute warning is on. The Vikings' stadium needs must be given proper consideration; otherwise, it will be too late.
    The "ironclad" lease on the Metrodome may expire before a new facility can be built, so Wilf and his partners should receive fair consideration in the next legislative session. They should not be judged by the actions of a few players. If the Legislature uses this new ammunition to balk at the prospect of a new stadium, the Vikings could find their stability elsewhere. Is that what disgruntled fans really want?

    On a team in which heroes are desperately needed, it hurts to admit that there might be weakness in our organization. Fans want to believe in the integrity of this franchise, and we should not let this scandal define our overall opinion of the Minnesota Vikings and their value to this state. We may have lost some respect for a few players, but we gained trust in Zygi Wilf.

    Mark Johnson, the winner of the Pioneer Press' "Average Joe Columnist" contest this fall, covered Sunday's game with the rest of the Pioneer Press sports staff.

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    Re: Vikings' future in good hands with Wilf family

    I don't understand some of that.....is it saying that the dome will not be ours much longer?? is it saying the vikings could be moved elsewhere??

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    It is basically saying that the politicans cant sit on this for much longer. If they are going to try and "punish" the Vikings for the off the field stuff they might not be able to get a stadium proposal approved into to have it bulit by 2011 which is when the lease on the metrodome expires. So this punishment they are giving to the Vikings might in the long run ed up hurting the state of Minnesota more

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    Re: Vikings' future in good hands with Wilf family

    "whiteviking24" wrote:
    I don't understand some of that.....is it saying that the dome will not be ours much longer?? is it saying the vikings could be moved elsewhere??
    He's basically saying it's time to stop pussyfooting around and get to business. The legislators have taken WAY too long on this and if they don't get to it very soon, it could be too late. "Too late" means that the lease on the dome could expire (not to mention the fact that it will become even more outdated than it is now) meaning they're going to lose revenue and could even be forced to move the team. I don't want it to come to that. Damned politicians!

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    Re: Vikings' future in good hands with Wilf family

    When I'm president, no worries guys, this won't happen.

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    o great....hope wilf can git r done!

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