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Skoal Vikings

January 20th, 2010

The Vikings Prayer has been appearing in tweets, blogs and emails across the Internet. For those of you who have not seen it yet, here it is.

“Our Favre-ther who art in Minnesota, hallowed be thy name. Thy bowl will come, it will be won, in Miami as it is in the Dome. Give us this Sunday, our weekly win. Give us touchdown passes, but do not let others pass against us. Lead us not into frustration, but deliver us to the Super Bowl. For thine is the MVP, the best of the NFC, and the glory of the Purple People Eaters now and forever.”

I don’t follow the Vikings, but based on the conversations around the Hub office, I take it they are having a good season. Good for them! Maybe someday they will be able to afford that fancy new stadium they want—without having to beg the taxpayers for money.

State Rep. Terry Morrow stopped by the Hub office one day, and I told him I didn’t want any more public money paying for stadiums until every crumbling public school building was up to date. (Right now, there is no proposal on the table to build a stadium, but the subject comes up now and then.)

He explained to me that the state can capture tax dollars to pay the for the state’s portion of stadium funding. We can tax ticket sales and jerseys and hotel rooms and the like.

It’s an interesting point.

Nevertheless, I don’t think it is the government’s job to build buildings for multi-million-dollar businesses.

Come Sunday, I am sure many of you will be glued to the TV as you watch the some sort of football game. As for me, I will likely be napping and dreaming of the days when we get new school buildings as often as we get new stadiums.

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