This afternoon, Thursday, May 10, 2012, the Minnesota Senate gave final approval to the bill that would build a new stadium for the Minnesota Vikings.
You want to talk about sentences I was afraid that I would never get the opportunity to write. . .that one there qualifies.
Just a few weeks ago, when one of the Minnesota House committees appeared to have killed the Vikings' stadium legislation, I was more than a little bit convinced that 2012 was going to be the final season of Minnesota Vikings football. But thanks to the many ardent supporters that the bill had in the legislature. . .and a swift kick in the butt from the National Football League. . .here we sit, confident in the fact that the Minnesota Vikings will, indeed, be the Minnesota Vikings for the next 30 years. I'm a few months shy of my 36th birthday. . .thanks to what happened today, if the stadium opens in 2016 as scheduled, our favorite football team will be staying right where they are until I'm just about ready to turn 70.
I don't even have the words to verbalize exactly how elated I am over that. I have all sorts of emotions flowing about this situation at this point in time, and those emotions are magnified by the fact that, honestly, our humble little corner of the internet here played a significant role in this entire process. We covered this story top-to-bottom, we rallied people to call their Senators and Representatives in St. Paul, and we made sure this entire process stayed squarely in the public focus.
In the end, we won. We won. The Minnesota Vikings won and, even more importantly, Minnesota Vikings fans won.
Now, rather than vote counting and anger towards the process, we can talk about the most important aspects of a new Minnesota Vikings stadium. . .stuff like what it's going to look like. . .what it's going to be called. . .
And how many different levels of ass it's going to kick when we're all there in September of 2016, taking in the fruits of this labor for the very first time.
Over the course of the next day or two, I'm sure that there will be posts from all of us, including the requisite "spiking of the football" posts. . .because, quite frankly, there are people that deserve to have the football spiked on them. But for now. . .for me, anyway. . .it's time to sit back and bask a little bit.
It's over. Our team is staying in Minnesota where they belong. And we helped make it happen. It doesn't get a hell of a lot better than this, folks.