Vikings stadium backer elected chairman of Ramsey County Board

  • Article by: ROCHELLE OLSON , Star Tribune
  • Updated: January 3, 2012 - 10:35 PM

Rafael Ortega replaces Victoria Reinhardt. Opat wins in Hennepin.

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fasJan. 3, 12 7:47 PM

The die is cast, the deal is done. Stadium opponents are being thrown under the bus.

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lars92Jan. 3, 12 8:16 PM

Thank goodness finally

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aanodeJan. 3, 12 8:22 PM

the Vikes and the people on Minny deserve a new stadium. after the metropolitan sports destruction committee ruined outdoor football in Minny and the competitive edge the Vikes had.

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ewiltsJan. 3, 12 8:31 PM

The Vikings failure to be competitive had nothing to do with the stadium which was generally perceived to have significant home-field advantage. The Vikings had one of the highest salary caps in the league yet failed miserably on the field. Revenue doesn't buy championships - talent on the field, the sidelines, and in the back offices does.

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lloyd55423Jan. 3, 12 8:48 PM

Was that Tony Bennett fellow up for the Ramsey County chairmanship? That fellow is a old-school rough-and-tumble politician, who knows how to get down to brass tacks when the rubber meets the road.

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rshacklefordJan. 3, 12 9:05 PM

"The six colleagues of Rafael Ortega, in a routine rotation of the chairmanship, unanimously elected him for the next two years." They unanimously voted for the 'fall guy.'

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fishbachJan. 3, 12 9:08 PM

Wilf's water boy will receive a reality check come election day.

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cjvirnigJan. 3, 12 9:10 PM

Let's get one thing straight. The reason why the Vikings are near the salary cap has nothing to do with the Metrodome. In fact, in terms of generating revenue, the Metrodome is 31st out of 32, only trailing Buffalo's Ralph Wilson Stadium. The ONLY reason the Vikings are near the cap is because Zygi Wilf shells out a lot of money to try to make the team competitive. Remember back during the Red McCombs/Mike Tice era when the Vikings were equally as terrible? The reason was because Red was a cheapskate owner who put virtually none of his own money back into the team. Consequently, the Metrodome's proceeds largely funded the team's payroll (which, as you can imagine, was nowhere near the cap back then).

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ewiltsJan. 3, 12 9:31 PM

cjvirnig says "The ONLY reason the Vikings are near the cap is because Zygi Wilf shells out a lot of money to try to make the team competitive." As I stated before, it takes talent on the field, on the sidelines, and in the back offices. You're pointing to the lack of talent in the back offices - the money was spent on people that couldn't or wouldn't produce. Other teams manage to spend LESS money and be MORE competitive. As of August 29th, the most recent I could find and right before the season started, the Vikings had the LOWEST free salary cap with $375K remaining. Cincinnati made the playoffs were $30M remaining.

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reidJan. 3, 12 9:50 PM

This is sounding so much like Chicago politics it is sickening. And for the citizens to be so deluded into thinking what is good for them is what will happen. We have had back room deals before, but this is a new low, and is one of the most visible example so far of cronyism and kicking sand in the face of those who put them in leadership positions. I hope that voters remember this, but the 'machine' as it is beginning to be here, has begun it's run. Sad sad day for the voter and taxpayers when this type of dirty politics comes out so plainly.

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