January 20, 2005

Vikings For Sale

Those of us Vikings fans still stewing about Sunday’s loss got some rare good news yesterday, when it was reported in the Strib that Red McCombs has stepped up talks to sell the team, most likely to some combination of Arizona businessman Reggie Fowler, local auto magnate Denny Hecker, and Timberwolves owner Glen Taylor.

This is a great development, for a couple of reasons: the classless, cheapskate taint of McCombs’ tenure will come to an end, along with his ever-present stadium demands and relocation threats. And even better? Since the misguided loyalty to Mike Tice is mostly McCombs’, new owner likely equals new coach. Fowler would also become the NFL’s first African-American owner, something that’s long overdue.

I don’t agree with Fowler’s idea to build a new stadium in far-flung Anoka County, though at least such a thing would guarantee the team’s never leaving town.

In less good Vikings news- offensive coordinator Scott Linehan has left the team to take the same job with the Dolphins. Way to hang on to the only member of the coaching staff who isn’t an imbecile.

Posted by Stephen Silver at January 20, 2005 01:01 AM

I'm afraid the probability of an anoka county vikes stadium is very high whoever owns the team. Its the only place where the owner can get enough land to have on-site parking. The parking revenue is driving force behind moving it out to BFE. I don't think its the worst idea in the world as its probably less of a drive home for the drunken rubes. Safer for the urban dwellers at least. Kinda funny that they spend all this money for a choo-choo stop at the metrodome and within five years there won't be anyone playing there.

Posted by: paddy at January 20, 2005 11:18 AM

Or it might mean that they become the 'LA Vikings' after the sale...

Posted by: John B. at January 20, 2005 12:39 PM

man i hope they do sell cause i dont think red is the best owner....but if they move out of state i dont know what i will do. Ive been a fan since i was a kid. and in a way they mean somthing to me and my life. i just hope they dont move!!!

Posted by: Who Then Now at January 24, 2005 01:00 AM
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