Thursday, May 3, 2012
BBAO: New stadium proposal gains traction
By Kevin Seifert
We're Black and Blue All Over:
The Minnesota Vikings' stadium bill ended Wednesday in a more productive place than it started, which began with a rare verbal harangue from mild-mannered Gov. Mark Dayton against legislative leaders who have proposed significant last-minute changes in the bill.
After a closed-door meeting, Dayton said he was willing to "look at" a proposal that would pay the state's portion through bonding rather than gambling revenues. The new proposal would put a roof on the stadium, as necessary, but there are still many unanswered questions as the legislative session continues past its scheduled adjournment.
Dayton on the Republicans' new proposal: "They're in the majority -- they control the floor, they control the agenda. They have the majority of the votes. I want to see a stadium that's structurally sound and financially sound, that puts thousands of people to work and keeps the Minnesota Vikings here. If it means continuing to work, and looking at another possibility, we're willing to do that."
As the world turns ...
Continuing around the NFC North:
- The Vikings will not increase their contribution in the new proposal, a team spokesman told the Star Tribune. That contribution is set at $427 million.
- New Vikings receiver Jerome Simpson is ready to get to work, writes Dan Wiederer of the Star Tribune.
- Vikings quarterback Christian Ponder was pleased to see the team draft USC left tackle Matt Kalil, writes Tom Pelissero of 1500ESPN.com.
- The Green Bay Packers had no comment on the eight-game suspension the NFL handed defensive tackle Anthony Hargrove, according to Rob Demovsky of the Green Bay Press-Gazette.
- Tyler Dunne of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel: "The Packers couldn't have been thrilled with Goodell's verdict, but there's no harm in keeping Hargrove. Suspended without pay, he won't count against Green Bay's 53-man roster. He is allowed to participate in offseason activities and the preseason and will begin the 2012 season on the 'suspended' list."
- Longtime Packers scout Shaun Herock is leaving to be the Oakland Raiders' director of college scouting, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter.
- The Detroit Free Press looks back at the Detroit Lions' decision to draft linebacker Jimmy Williams 30 years ago.
- Justin Rogers of Mlive.com takes a second look at the Lions' decision to draft receiver Ryan Broyles.
- Former Bears linebacker Hunter Hillenmeyer on the death of former NFL linebacker Junior Seau, via ESPNChicago.com: "For me, this tragedy of Seau, the bounty program, it’s all part of the same issue. That there’s an identity crisis going on in the NFL right now. Thus far, in my opinion, the league office has been very reactionary in the way that they have handled it. And this is generations of culture built up here around the way we practice, the way we teach, the way we’re instructed to play the game whether you're hurt, injured. As long as you can put one foot in front of the other you just go out and play."
- Dan Pompei of the Chicago Tribune speaks with former Bears safety Shaun Gayle, who also played with Seau late in his career. Gayle discussed the similarities between Seau's death and that of former Bears safety Dave Duerson.