If you’re like me, you’ve been following the Vikings stadium saga the last few days with half-attention and a tiny bit of annoyance at the hysteria of those who insist on reacting to every minor twist of the story as if it were an earth-shattering development. Well on Thursday there actually was a fairly major development that hopefully will calm the nerves of the Chicken Littles out there. A day after it looked like the prospects for a new Vikings stadium had been dealt a fatal blow, governor Mark Dayton and GOP lawmakers gave the corpse a jolt of new life by promising to get a stadium bill done this year.
Insert joke about what the promises of politicians are worth, remembering to keep it clean.
The Vikings by way of response to this latest semi-breakthrough referred everyone back to their statement of yesterday which expressed the team’s disappointment at recent developments (namely Kurt Zellers’ opposition to a special session) but reiterated for the thousandth time that the team remains committed to getting a new stadium in Minnesota. In other words, the Vikings will have nothing new to say until such time as the legislators get off their butts and do something that involves more than flapping their gums in front of microphones. No doubt this story will take many more twists and turns over the coming months, and no doubt people will overreact to each of these twists and turns in a very irritating way.