The legislature is back in session, which means it's time for another round of action by the Minnesota government that will inevitably affect Gopher fans. Last year it was the blatantly incompetent attempt at populism through the alcohol bill. This year, like it or not, is the lack of proposal for a Vikings stadium. While you may or may not be a fan of the Vikings, they do have a few effects on Gophers. For some reason that escapes me, the coaches in the past have said it's a benefit to recruiting to have them in town. Another issue is that if the Vikings leave there will be more attention focused on the Gophers, good and bad. The media tends to focus solely on the negative, which will probably not change because the media here is crap (If you're a member of the Twin Cities media and reading this, sorry, but the truth hurts). The only thing that could get that to change would be winning, because the media here is a bunch of whores. The other issue I can think of right away is that if the Gophers football team is the only show in town, you can expect ticket prices to go up. How much would clearly be up for debate, but people love to go to football games, and the Gophers would be the big kid on the block once again. A numbers geek could have a field day thinking about the possibilities for the Maroon and Gold if this does play out.
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