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MINNESOTA HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES APPROVES NEW VIKINGS STADIUM FOR SOME BIZARRE REASON
May 8 2012
Minneapolis, MN – There are some teams that are synonymous with the cities in which they are situated. Those teams, rare to be sure, are a part of the cultural makeup of the city itself. They aren’t just sports teams, they are defining characteristics of the place. The Maple Leafs, the Yankees, the Lakers, and the Packers are all good examples of such a synergy occurring.
The Minnesota Vikings, not so much. While the Vikings certainly have a long history in the Minneapolis-St. Paul area, few would class them as one of the great teams of the league or a team that really makes the city any better. Like the majority of sports teams the Vikings are just kind of there, and if they have their way, they will continue to be there for a whole longer for some reason.
Two years after the roof of the Metrodome, the Vikings home facility, collapsed causing a cancellation of games and embarrassment for pretty much everyone involved, the Minnesota House of Representatives has approved a proposal to build a new stadium for the team, presumably one that doesn’t fall apart, that for some reason will be in Minnesota and no in Los Angeles.
“We are all happy that this debate is over and many of us are happy to be moving onto the next stage which we hope will benefit the Vikings and their many fans throughout the state,” said one representative who refused to be named. “We still have a long way to go before this is final, but we believe this is a step in the right direction. Seriously.”
The next stage will be approval from the state Senate which seems may or may not be as delusional as the House.
The Vikings celebrated their fiftieth year in the league last year under a roof propped up with various sticks and duct tape.
“This is really great news for the people who care but for everyone else, really most people, it isn’t really good or bad news, it’s just kind of there. I mean I assume, and I haven’t seen the plans, that all of this is going towards building a new stadium in Minnesota which means, one would assume, that the Vikings are staying there and that’s just kind of silly really,” said Scrape TV Sports analyst Mark Marvins. “I mean it’s not the worst thing in the world to ever happen, not really even close. That would probably be the Nazis. But it certainly isn’t the best thing to ever happen to the world either and that has to count for something. In the end, though, it probably doesn’t matter all that much really it’s just kind of silly and sad.”
The Vikings have been in Minnesota since their inception and stayed regardless of everything going against them.
“I mean when you look around the country you see a bunch of cities that could really use teams, ones that would treat them properly, but here the Vikings stay. It’s good for the fans I suppose, or at least they like it. I don’t know if it’s good for them. Is it good for the wider world though? I doubt it. Hopefully the Senate will change the course,” continued Marvins. “I’m sure the California legislature would have no problem getting a bill like that through. Like in an instant and probably with no objections at all. And that would make sense but here we are I guess, for whatever reason.”
Most the Vikings players had reportedly asked the House to vote no, obviously to no avail.
Alexi Orton, Sports Correspondent