Vikings-Packers II: Territorial claims
November, 9, 2011
By Kevin Seifert | ESPN.com
The video embedded in this post has been making the rounds in Minnesota for about a week.
It warns that the state will become new territory for the Green Bay Packers if the Vikings relocate amid continuing uncertainty about their stadium proposal. It's a stark and simple presentation, and it's one that conjures another reality: Minnesota actually was Packers territory before the Vikings landed in 1961.
In truth, a Vikings relocation would bring the state full circle. A recent Star Tribune poll indicated that 66 percent of state residents consider it at least somewhat important that the team remain in Minnesota. It also suggested a softening in the stance on using public money for a new stadium. About 37 percent of Minnesotans favor using public money, up from 22 percent in May but still far less than the 56 percent who oppose a public partnership.
Anyway, I thought the video was worth your one minute and 31 seconds as the Vikings and Packers prepare for Monday night's game at Lambeau Field. (Hat tip to Christopher Gates, who originally posted it on our Facebook page.)