Roof back on Vikings' stadium proposalMinnesota Sports
-- A roof appears to be back in the mix for a Vikings stadium as Republicans try to hammer out details on a plan that would use state bonds to help fund the project.
ST. PAUL -- A roof appears to be back in the mix for a Vikings stadium as Republicans try to hammer out details on a plan that would use state bonds to help fund the project.
Governor Mark Dayton has indicated he's willing to explore the proposal further. Republicans said there would probably have to be a roof on the stadium because state bonds require a "public purpose" -- in this case, year-round events other than Vikings games. But Senate Democratic Minority Leader Tom Bakk (DFL-Cook) questions whether bonding requirements in the state Constitution would allow a private tenant -- in this case the Vikings -- to enter into an exclusive 40-year lease of a public building.
The Minnesota Vikings veteran players are mostly all taking part in offseason workouts, which began last week and continued today. Rookie players will report for a special rookie mini-camp this weekend. Quarterback Christian Ponder says he is excited to be back at the team's complex and looking forward to taking on a greater leadership role for the Vikings.
The Vikings added two played to their roster yesterday. Tight end Daniel Hardy out of Idaho and offensive guard Butch Lewis out of Southern California were signed. They will take part in offseason workouts with the hopes of making the team's permanent roster this fall.
Here is the 2012 schedule for the Minnesota Vikings:
Friday, August 10th - at San Francisco, 8pm (PRESEASON)
Friday, August 17th - vs. Buffalo, 7pm (PRESEASON)
Friday, August 24th - vs. San Diego, 7pm (PRESEASON)
Thursday, August 30th - at Houston, 6pm (PRESEASON)
Sunday, September 9th - vs. Jacksonville, noon
Sunday, September 16th - at Indianapolis, noon
Sunday, September 23rd - vs. San Francisco, noon
Sunday, September 30th - at Detroit, noon
Sunday, October 7th - vs. Tennessee, noon
Sunday, October 14th - at Washington, 3:15pm
Sunday, October 21st - vs. Arizona, noon
Thursday, October 25th - vs. Tampa Bay, 7:20pm
Sunday, November 4th - at Seattle, 3:15pm
Sunday, November 11th - vs. Detroit, noon
Sunday, November 18th - BYE
Sunday, November 25th - at Chicago, noon*
Sunday, December 2nd - at Green Bay, noon*
Sunday, December 9th - vs. Chicago, noon*
Sunday, December 16th - at St. Louis, noon*
Sunday, December 23rd - at Houston, noon*
Sunday, December 30th - vs. Green Bay, noon*
Four current and former members of the Saints have been suspended for their roles in the team's bounty system. Then-Vikings quarterback Brett Favre reportedly had a $10,000 bounty on him during the 2010 NFC Championship Game. Saints linebacker Jonathan Vilma was suspended for the entire upcoming season for his participation in the team's bounty program. Defensive lineman Anthony Hargrove, defensive end Will Smith and linebacker Scott Fujita were also hit with suspensions.