Vikings: ‘We made a mistake’

This time Zygi himself stood up in front of the press. Having reversed course on Adrian Peterson hours earlier, Wilf admitted they/he made “a mistake” by reinstating their star player. The Chicago Tribune story says, “The Vikings held a news conference Wednesday to answer questions about their change of Peterson’s status. ‘We made a mistake. And we needed to get this right,’ Zygi Wilf said. Mark Wilf added: ‘The main thing is getting it right, and that’s how we came to this decision.’ General manager Rick Spielman then added: ‘Our focus right now is to get this right. We admitted making a mistake. And we want to support Adrian.’ ” You have to wonder what they heard from the league office in New York.

Jason Molinet of the New York Daily News says, “Although [Commissioner Roger] Goodell has yet to comment, the NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport reported that the league applauded the Vikings’ decision. ‘This is a good decision that will allow Adrian Peterson to resolve his personal situation & Vikings to return focus to the field,’ the NFL told Rapoport.” BTW, where is Goodell? Hiking the Appalachian Trail?

TMZ, the NFL’s most aggressive nemesis, reports, “Didn’t take long for the Minnesota Vikings to scrub all signs of the Radisson after the hotel suspended its relationship with the NFL team … because the logo is noticeably absent on the team banner at today’s news conference. The team is setting up to address the media — and swapped out the backdrop, which used to prominently display the Radisson logo, to one that just has the Vikings emblem on it.”

BTW, in a video bit, TMZ puts Peterson’s offspring at five, with four different women. A former stripper gets special attention.

Stribber Jim Souhan follows the money: “Once Anheuser-Busch, one of the NFL’s foremost sponsors, publicly upbraided the Vikings’ decision, all that beer swept away the Vikings’ previous decision. That’s why the Vikings decided to suspend Peterson, with pay: Because of the fear of major sponsors running away from the team and the league. Vikings owner Zygi Wilf offered a prepared statement on Wednesday morning at Winter Park, but did not take questions.” If Chevy trucks pull out the league will collapse.

A new AP story, by Steve Karnowski and Kyle Potter, on the PreferredOne departure from the MNsure exchange says, “Republicans called it the latest sign of systemic problems in MNsure, an issue they plan to use to bolster their election-year pitch to take back control of the House and the defeat Dayton. Rep. Joe Hoppe, R-Chaska, said Tuesday’s news makes it clear Democrats have mismanaged the state’s health care overhaul. ‘If you tell your average Minnesotan that we spent $160 million to develop a website and it doesn’t work, I think it makes a pretty strong argument for new management, not only in the state House, but in the governor’s office as well’, Hoppe said.” MinnPost’s Cyndy Brucato got some nuanced quotes from several Republicans who helped create MNsure.

My nomination probably got lost in the mail. The KSTP-TV story says, “A Minnesota lawyer who advocates for victims of domestic abuse is among the 21 winners of this year’s MacArthur Foundation ‘genius grants.’ Sarah Deer is a professor at the William Mitchell College of Law in St. Paul. She’s an advocate for Native American women living on reservations, who suffer higher-than-average rates of domestic abuse and sexual violence. Deer, a Native American, says she worked with women who simply stopped reporting such attacks because their tribal governments had been stripped of the authority to investigate and because federal authorities were often unwilling to do so.” Here’s a uniquely well-written profile of Ms. Deer.

MPR’s story says, “Deer says she learned about her award two weeks ago, but had to keep it secret until Wednesday’s announcement. The awards, given annually since 1981, are doled out over a five-year period. This year’s class brings the number of recipients to more than 900. Shrouded in secrecy, the selection process doesn’t involve applications. Instead, anonymous groups make nominations and recommendations to the foundation’s board of directors. Most winners are not widely known outside their fields, but the list has over the years included such writers as Susan Sontag and Karen Russell and filmmaker John Sayles.”

Also at MPR, Curtis Gilbert looks again at Ryan construction’s current problems with the City of Minneapolis. “The Minneapolis City Council is set to vote Friday on a deal that’s strained its relations with Ryan, one of the state’s largest real estate developers. It involves a strip of city-owned land near the new Minnesota Vikings stadium that sits next to Downtown East, the massive $400 million office and park development led by Ryan that will span five city blocks and includes $65 million in city financing. The city chose Ryan earlier this year to build an apartment and Radisson hotel tower on the tract. But when Radisson backed out, Ryan cut the price it was willing to pay for the property from $5.6 million to $3 million, at most. Last week, the Vikings stepped in with their own proposal, offering $4.6 million for the land and urging the city to re-open the bidding process.”

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Comments (5)

  1. Submitted by Bill Kahn on 09/17/2014 - 04:42 pm.

    The only thing PreferredOne’s departure from MNSure says is that they made a poor decision in undercutting the premiums of their competition.

    The only systemic problem with health care in Minnesota is the meddling of most Republicans.

    • Submitted by Marc Post on 09/17/2014 - 05:16 pm.

      Republicans choose to not see a market failure

      I agree, Bill. The problem lies squarely with PreferredOne, not MNSure. PO couldn’t get their rates right and found that they couldn’t compete in the market. Boo hoo! It’s kind of like a casino failing because they paid out too much and so the Republicans blame the Governor. It’s an actuarial (math) based, market driven system and PO screwed it up. I’m sure they will award their top execs bonuses for the failure too…

    • Submitted by Steve Titterud on 09/18/2014 - 07:36 am.

      Actually, this isn’t the ONLY thing it says.

      If Preferred One (PO) simply made an error in their premium calculations – too low, as you imply – they could correct that problem by merely adjusting premiums, no ??

      But PO is exiting that marketplace altogether, rather than making a midstream correction.

      I conclude there is something more fundamental behind their exit than merely an unworkable premium, which these insurers adjust all the time.

      I would take at face value their statement that administrative difficulties are the cause. Again, health insurance providers are adjusting their systems to external partners’ systems all the time, and so it isn’t that PO can’t adapt to an external system.

      When the external system, however, has some basically unworkable features or operational difficulties that the business partner can’t or won’t fix, you have to make a decision whether to throw it overboard or soldier on. Most business people move to stop the bleeding.

      I am all for the exchanges under ACA. But MNSure was so terribly botched, we supporters have been put in a terrible position. It’s bad enough when you have health care “insider” political types making business decisions in health care – any analyst in the business has stories about this executive or that project manager – but when you have political types with no expertise in health care making those decisions, disaster is the sure result.

  2. Submitted by Bill Kahn on 09/17/2014 - 04:53 pm.

    Would killing songbirds unnecessarily be considered a mistake for the Vikings as well?

    State House Representative Phyllis Kahn suggested a while back that the value of the Vikings stadium naming rights might go down considering the bird killing probability of the reflective glass used in the design.

    Child abuse, killing migratory birds, and all the other criminal behavior of the Vikings franchise just might bring the value of the team down to where reasonable owners might purchase it from the Wilfs, et al.

    Maybe new owners would make fewer mistakes and “get it right” a bit more often.

    • Submitted by Steve Titterud on 09/17/2014 - 07:35 pm.

      We can hope, Bill. The Wilfs don’t really belong here.

      However, they could take their business practices and value system to say, New Orleans, or back to New Jersey, or maybe New York – and they’d fit right in.

      People in Minneapolis will pay out something like $675 million over 30 years (according to the city’s CFO just prior to the stadium deal passing) for the benefit of the Vikings, and now I read today they are trying to bargain with the city to reduce their cost in a strip of land by a million or so.

      The avarice of these people just knows no bounds I can see.

      Let’s hope Zygi doesn’t think we in Minneapolis are getting “too good a deal” !!

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