No. 69: Minnesota Vikings

2013 Ultimate Standings

Updated: September 23, 2013, 12:28 PM ET
By Scott T. Miller | ESPN The Magazine

Last year's rank: 100
Title track: 85
Ownership: 67
Coaching: 61
Players: 53
Fan relations: 76
Affordability: 72
Stadium experience: 117
Bang for the buck: 35

Now that QB Christian Ponder seems to have won the gunslinger musical chairs, and the team made its first postseason appearance since Brett Favre was throwing the ball in '09, Vikings fans are using subtle encouragement to keep the momentum: Coaching jumped 38 spots from last year, and the players ranking saw a 28-spot bump. Now, Ponder can't really take much credit for the latter; Adrian Peterson's near-record-breaking season (2,097 rushing yards, eight yards short of Eric Dickerson's all-time record) is a better place to start. Vikes fans believe in their squad and appreciate the value wins. So much so that the team's bang for the buck ranking rocketed from 115th to 35th in one season. Cheap season tickets ($1,012, 8 percent below the league average), $15 parking and $3 hot dogs didn't hurt either. The Vikings have smartly kept prices down; this is, after all, the seventh consecutive season that the Metrodome has ranked among the bottom-seven stadiums in pro sports. So while we have no idea whether Ponder can lead and Peterson can repeat, we don't expect this streak to end until owner Zygi Wilf's new $975 million stadium opens in 2016.

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