A Time Of Crisis Is A Time Of Action

With perceived threats of relocation keeping Vikings fans awake at night, a certain jet landing in L.A., and a bevy of quotes from legislators suggesting there is little hope, we have officially entered a collective state of crisis regarding the future of the Minnesota Vikings.

Which is exactly where we need to be.

For years now, my reporter of choice regarding all things stadium has been Kevin Seifert over at ESPN.  His logic, from the very beginning, just seemed to have a consistent and matter-of-fact style to it that, to me, came across as the most realistic and reasonable.

For years now, Seifert has played the part of the pessimist.  When there appeared to be a positive turn of events surrounding the stadium situation, Seifert was there to tell us not to get our hopes up, and insisted that nothing would actually get done on this front until we actually entered “crisis mode.”  This always made sense to me, even when I wanted to believe we were seeing significant strides towards a done deal.

Now, with everyone else claiming the sky is falling, Seifert appears to be steadfast and consistent in his realization that this situation would have to reach this level of immediacy before a resolution is found.  Coincidentally, in the current state of affairs, that reverses his role and makes him more of an optimist than a pessimist.

Seifert contends that it had to reach this point all along in order for something to actually happen. 

With NFL heavy hitters Roger Goodell and Art Rooney currently in Minnesota providing officials with a “reality check” it is clear that neither the franchise nor the league is willing, unless they are bluffing, to start this process up again next year.

That officially makes the window of opportunity small enough that we can start to call this “crisis mode” and feel certain that we will soon get a finalized answer on the issue, for better or worse.

Action, whether we like the outcome or not, finally appears to be imminent.

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Adam Warwas

Adam Warwas (Founder) has been writing about the Vikings for a total of eight years. Five of those years have been here at Vikings Territory where he continues to surround himself with enough talented individuals that people keep coming back. As proud as he is of what Vikings Territory has become, his real treasures are in his home... a beautiful wife and three amazing children (and a dog named Percy).

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  1. Glad to hear that there is finally some urgency to get this thing done.

    Adam, what do think of the chance of the Vikes trading down in the second round? I think it’s around 75%.

    1. Certainly possible. I think it depends greatly on how the first round plays out i.e. who is left after Day One.

      Remember, it will be the Colts and the Rams that have the most trade power at that spot. When Round One (Day One) ends, and the dust settles, it will be the Colts and the Rams that recieve the calls overnight before the Vikings do.

      Plus, if a prospect the Vikings have ranked very high (like, say, Luke Kuechley?) begins to fall deep into the first round, the Vikings have the firepower to trade back UP into the first and nab another guy they truly covet.

      With all the factors involved, I would put it at a much lower liklihood than 75%.

      1. I totally agree that it is very dependent on how the first round plays out. However, Ricky has always shown more of a tendency to trade down than up. Especially for as many holes the Vikes have to fill this year.

        1. True, he does have that tendency. However, there will be a TON of factors playing into the choice to do so… same as in the first round. He has also shown a willingness to overpay to trade up for a player that the team really wants (Gerhart).

  2. well this needs to get done and done now…and can our state really be so stupid not to do this? i sure hope not

  3. That’s funny.,
    I used to think Kevin Seifert was pessimist too, But in light of everything , He is a realist.
    Really hope this gets the ball rolling…

  4. i am sooo glad i’m not a politician. just listened to a few minutes of their live meeting and it’s just so much minutiae, had to turn it off

    got Jim Ragsdale’s twitter on, at least it sounds like they’re human sometimes – Joke “Sid” amendment offered to tax reporters at stadiums — and fails

    i feel like a kid, “are we there yet?”
    just get it done!

    1. Jim Ragsdale ‏ @jwrags

      #vikings bill passes wwithout recommendation by 8-6 vote and moves on to ssenate jobs and economic growth committee