So, yesterday I mentioned that I would get into a bit more detail about what happened for our Super Bowl Squares pool to get canned at precisely the moment that everything got filled up and it looked like we were going to meet our goal of contributing $1,000 to Jared Allen's Homes for Wounded Warriors.
While, as I stated yesterday, the fault is primarily mine when it comes to this entire situation, I did get an interesting little bit of information about what happened with this whole thing. Apparently the genesis of the entire thing was that "someone involved with lobbying" in the state of Minnesota spotted our pool, and the issue somehow made it all the way to the Governor's office. The Governor's office then asked the Department of Public Safety's Alcohol and Gambling Enforcement Division to get involved, and that's why we are where we are right now.
Now, I don't particularly give a damn who this particular person is or where they're from or anything of that nature. Heck, it's their right to point this sort of thing out and, by the letter of the law, they did the right thing. However, I don't believe that their motives in getting our endeavor shut down were entirely altruistic. And, since it appears as though we have fans. . .or enemies. . .wandering around the State Capitol, it would be foolish of me not to speak to them now that I, apparently, have their attention.
(Oh, and this is fairly long. Just warning you ahead of time.)
We here at The Daily Norseman have made it no secret that we are firmly on the side of a stadium for the Minnesota Vikings getting built in the greater Twin Cities area. We haven't really endorsed a specific site, although we have gone over some of the pros and cons of the different venues that have been brought out to this point. For pretty much all of us, our favored site for a new Minnesota Vikings' stadium is, and continues to be, "wherever the damn thing gets built so that the Vikings stay in Minnesota."
With that in mind, if "someone involved with lobbying" is responsible for putting a relatively benign endeavor like our Super Bowl Squares pool in front of the Governor's office, there's only one real "lobby" that would like to see such endeavors fail. That would be the anti-stadium lobby, who now appear to not only be anti-stadium, but anti-fan as well.
At the risk of sounding as though we're entering full-blown "tin foil hat" territory, when I do the math here, I can't shake the feeling that this was done in an effort to sort of fire a shot across the proverbial bow of our good ship here. I don't know how taking money out of the pockets of wounded veterans serves to do anybody any good. . .then again, I've never been a lobbyist of any sort, so I don't know how their mindset works. Maybe they think we're a little too pro-stadium and need to be put in our collective place or something, I don't know.
If that's the case, then a specific quote comes to mind. . .it comes from the television show The Wire, and it's spoken by Omar Little. It's a very simple quote.
"When you come at the king, you best not miss."
Whoever you are, and wherever you are? You've missed. Badly.
If you thought we were brazenly pro-stadium before, I do believe that we're going to become even more so from this point forward. Why? Because that's our right, that's why. We have a bunch of folks here that have done a ton of research on the subject of a new Minnesota Vikings stadium, what they mean to the state of Minnesota, and the consequences if they were to leave. The Minnesota Vikings have been pushed to the back burner by the state of Minnesota for over a decade now. . .told to wait their turn. Told that the Twins needed to get taken care of first. Told that the Golden Gophers needed to get taken care of first. Told that they needed to find a local partner. Told that they needed to formulate a plan. All things that they've done. . .and all things that you've ignored.
You knew that this day was coming. . .and, for over a decade, you have made the conscious decision to do nothing. Three different governors, two different ownership groups, a laundry list of demands that the Vikings have continued to meet. . .and you have chosen to sit on your hands. Now everybody involved in this is, potentially, in a bad situation, and you have nobody to blame but yourselves.
Let me crib another movie quote here, just because I'm on a roll here. It's one we all know, one we all know the source of and the story behind, so I won't cite it. . .but here it is.
"If you strike us down. . .we shall become more powerful than you can possibly imagine."
If nothing happens with the Vikings' stadium in the near future and Zygi Wilf even drops the slightest of hints that he's thinking of moving our football team elsewhere, we will know the people that are responsible for making that happen. There's an election coming up this November, and everyone in the Minnesota Senate and the Minnesota House of Representatives is up for re-election this year. With that being the case, let me make something perfectly clear.
If you are responsible for pushing the Minnesota Vikings out of the state of Minnesota due to your inaction and your unwillingness to do the right thing, we will throw everything we have behind whoever is running against you. It doesn't matter if you're a Republican, a Democrat, an Independent, or whatever. If you play a part in helping to push the Vikings out of the state of Minnesota, we will do everything we can to see to it that you are defeated at the polls this November.
Think that's not a big deal? Au contraire. Over the last two months, this site has averaged about 10,000 visits a day. A whole lot of those hits come from right inside the state of Minnesota, and quite a few from the states that are right next door, too. If that pace were to keep up until election time, it would equate to more than 2.5 million visits between now and Election Day, many of them coming from the most die-hard fans of Minnesota Vikings football anywhere.
That's a whole lot of potential donations that could be made.
That's a whole lot of potential phones that could get dialed.
That's a whole lot of potential doors that could get knocked on.
That's a whole lot of potential angry constituents that could exercise their inalienable right to put you out of a job.
At the risk of sounding a bit arrogant. . .and if I may go back to the movie well one last time here. . .yeah, we're kind of a big deal.
We want a new Minnesota Vikings' stadium in Minnesota. We think you've jerked this franchise around long enough. We will continue expressing that every single step of the way until something happens. That will not change.
And that's all I've got to say about that.