Reusse: Lynn was the chief string-puller

  • Article by: PATRICK REUSSE , Star Tribune
  • Updated: July 21, 2012 - 10:58 PM

Mike Lynn won and lost many battles during his lengthy leadership of the Vikings, and one thing is clear: It was a remarkable run.

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ActTwoJul. 21, 1210:01 PM

Great column Patrick. In fact with Lynn passing away in Memphis and the story about the intern delivering the envelope, it read like a John Grisham novel.

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steavis61067Jul. 21, 1211:41 PM

Like him or not, Mike Lynn left his mark in Minnesota sports history. Thanks for the Super Bowl, but no thanks for Walker. Good column

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northstars91Jul. 22, 12 2:05 AM

I wasn't a big fan of Mike Lynn, I really thought he had no idea what he was doing at first when he was GM. But when the USFL folded, The Vikings had rights to several blue chip players that eventually transformed the team into a powerhouse for years. Mike Lynn was incredibly smart and clever, but somehow he just lost himself immensely on the Hershel Walker giving up the world. The trade by all accounts was actually uncharacteristic for the type of person and GM that he was at the time. I'm sorry to hear that he passed away, it's too bad that Mr. Lynn hasn't been seen or heard from much since his years in Minnesota.

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kivirl4Jul. 22, 12 9:34 AM

I wish I could say condolences to the Lynn family and what a good man he realy was, and eventually I may feel those things. But perhaps due to my own fault, right now I dont feel those things. Rather, I remember the trade, his failure to admit it was a bad trade, the sky box fees, and other things that are not so good about the man.

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teddygJul. 22, 1211:16 AM

Mike Lynn kept this franchise relevant when most other mid-market franchises began to founder and never recovered (Cardinals, Lions, Bengals, Dolphins, Houston, Falcons, Kansas City). RIP Mr. Lynn.

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kennyrogersJul. 22, 12 2:23 PM

Over the years, the Walker trade has been blown out of proportion and taken on a life of it's own. Upon closer inspection of a detailed account of the transaction, it seems we traded Darren Nelson and eleven guys named Who? for Herschel Walker. I would do that trade again.

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garykhansonJul. 22, 12 3:30 PM

May Mr Lynn rest in the Grace of our Lord. However, what I see here is the same hubris that exists in sports in many other locations. The metrodome was built on the cheap and Mr Lynn got financial rewards for getting it done which were disproportionate. The Metrodome was also part of the downfall of the Gophers for many years. The Walker trade was mind boggling; you do not trade away the State of Minnesota for a possible Super Bowl. One person does not do it. What I saw from the outside were constant ownership power struggles which had the effect of making the Vikings listless and ineffective on the field. I will take Jim Finks any day. By the way the Packers with public ownership have many super bowl victories. The public truly feels part of the team. By contrast the Vikings have had some carpet bagger owners.

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