As the Star Tribune reports (and AOL Fanhouse and Vikings War Cry comment on), Zygi Wilf is telling fans to be patient, as it will take years to build a championship team, and we should be patient. What the hell happened? From '03-'05, the team was 9-7, 9-9, and 9-7. That's mediocrity, but it was always mediocrity with potential. Now the team is coming off a 6-10 season and we're supposed to be patient during the years it takes to build a champion. What the hell happened?
Matt Birk is not getting a contract extention, according to the Pioneer Press (via Kansas Viking). He's 31, there are some signs his skills are eroding (due to several recent injuries), and he's signed through '08. Big whoop.
According to ESPN, the Minnesota Vikings are among the worst pro sports franchises in America. You can read more at Randball and the Star Tribune (well, Randball is part of the Star Tribune, of course). We root for an awful franchise. Good for us.