Lileks: Legacy stadium funding for Zygi and the Vikes? Yikes!

  • Article by: JAMES LILEKS , Star Tribune
  • Updated: October 27, 2011 - 7:44 PM
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gricesmaximOct. 27, 11 8:49 PM

I am rolling on the floor.

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swschradOct. 27, 11 9:18 PM

If they use arts legacy funding for the stadium, it must be used for arty stuff. I propose about 50 bronze statues on pedestals spotted randomly across the playing field. double life-sized.

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vnbushmanOct. 27, 11 9:22 PM

Football doesn't interest everyone in the 5 state area so it won't ever get majority support know matter what. We all would like to see more jobs. So that should interest everyone. There are millions of people that want a stadium built in the twin cities, and across the nation. Not because theu have to much money but because NFL and Vikings football is in their blood. It is who they are, it is their passion, it is their past time, it is their hobby, and it is their kind of entertainment from Aug. to mid Feb.. Those same people spend a lot of money each year going to the Vikings games because win or lose they love the game. I remember what it was like around here when Green Bay was the home team. Half my family would drive the 260 miles to Green Bay two or three days ahead of the game. Folks none of them slept in their cars those four nights. Back then there was fishing, ice fishing, baseball, football, and basketball. The Vikings have never been Super-Bowl Champions. Some seasons they can't even win half of their games. Sometimes one or two of them can't behaive and they have to go to court. Some times they lose when they should won. And sometimes they make stupid mistakes during the game that costs them yardage when every yard is hard to get. And we fans get angery and say, "I'm never watching these idiots again". But it isn't true because we are loyal fans no matter what. And we are still waiting for them to be Super-Bowl Champions. But we will always love football. Keep the Vikings here in Minnesota help build them our own new stadium and we will keep coming to the games, win or lose.

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harrisstevenOct. 27, 1110:11 PM

Look over here! I am still fiddling? We've seen this movie before...right? Clint Eastwood famously said " A man has to know his limitations." After reading about what our politicians are doing..NO..I am ready for office. I never thought so before, but now I believe I can rule the world.

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deprozOct. 27, 1110:45 PM

A brilliant mix of satirical writing and investigative reporting! Thanks, James. Keep it up. cheers dp

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sarahanneOct. 27, 1111:39 PM

So comparing $7000 expenditures to giving millions to someone, who appears to have made no effort to get private financing, for his own personal financial gain is equivalent?

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fuhrmannOct. 28, 11 6:49 AM

The legacy fund was proposed for environmental use only but the authors knew that it wouldn't fly. They then loosed the rules to include anything and everyting so that every interest group could get "free money" that no one ever notices that they are paying for. .............................................................................................................................................................................. The result is a slush fund for politicians to use when they want to buy media attention or votes. It started as a good idea and became just another way to bring hogs to the trough.

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hlakerOct. 28, 11 7:25 AM

Those who voted for the constitutional amendment to provide such heritage "investments" have only to thank themselves. Build the stadium at the arms plant site, add a few trails on the east side of the property, name it Dayton Park, and retain ownership by the state, not the Vikings.

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upnortfanOct. 28, 11 8:04 AM

Legacy fund? Hey is not Ryback touting the stadium again? Then today the Trib says the Education System is failing--get real. Gov Dayton has lost it also. Period. He is typical of liberal minded legislators who see any fund in the budget fair game for use. Legacy Fund? Why not tap the Trans Fund? Why not tap the Pension Fund? How about the HC Fund, and last how about the unemployment and Welfare fund? Anyone get the drift? Any time there is a pot of money in the system there is the big grab bag mentality that we can use it for something else. To me it looks like a scam. Like there was money in SS until Johnson allowed it into the Gen Fund (Democrats) and be use for Medicare. Same thing here, as I see it. Dayton is a flim flam man and can't come up with any other plan except tax, and steal from other State Funds. I bet the poor would like him to raid the Food Fund. Anyone else see the drift? Once you start shifting money it will only be the tip of the iceberg

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cjvirnigOct. 28, 11 9:33 AM

How about this. Let Dayton and the legislature allocate an equitable portion of Legacy funds to the Vikings for the Arden Hills stadium project. Then, when the Twin Cities hosts a Super Bowl in the near future, a portion of the $200 million proceeds that the Twin Cities will rake in from that week-long extravaganza can be used to replenish whatever funding was used from the Legacy pool. And, yes, if the Vikings build a new stadium, they WILL get to host a Super Bowl. Jerry Jones and Roger Goodell have both used that as an incentive to build a new park.

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