Don’t Print That! With Charley Walters – LA Vikings Question Mark?

Charley Walters from the Saint Paul Pioneer Press is a bit of a poop smear. He likes to take off-handed comments and turn them into his little “a bird told me” feature which he can reference later in the .05% chance he ends up being right about it, making him look all smart. What gems has he shared with us today? See if you can separate fact from fiction!

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A BIRD TOLD ME …

The Minnesota Vikings brass had meetings this week with AEG developers from Los Angeles. This is a clear sign that Zygi Wilf is preparing to move the team to LA now that the Minnesota legislature was unable to come to a decision on a new Vikings stadium. They met at Key’s Cafe in Minneapolis. Zygi ordered the Key’s Burger, medium-well (he stays away from pork products, an spinning dreidel told me), and former Minnesota Timberwolves VP, and current AEG CEO Tim Leiweke, ordered a Cob Salad with a lemon slice on the side. According to a Hollywood sign letter, this is the newest chic salad trend in all of Los Angeles. But was this meeting ONLY for lunch?

ACCORDING TO A MAGIC TOME …

The Vikings representatives wanted to discuss perspective on how to build a successful entertainment complex like AEG has done in LA with their “LA Live” location. The hope has been to learn from their success and re-create a similar land of fun at the proposed Arden Hills location in Minnesota, according to a waiter who re-filled the diners water during their brief lunch at Key’s. Sources like Margaret, at the cash register, say they overhead specific details of “painting stadium seats in LA purple”, a clear indication that more than ideas about a Minnesota stadium were swapped this day.

A WISE OLD OWL NOTED …

Trust old Charley Walters here when I tell you more was discussed with AEG than just how to successfully build an entertainment complex in Minnesota. Words that floated around this exclusive meeting included “open-air stadium”, “Los Angeles Football”, “Grocery cart”, “Leave me the hell alone”, and “Are you going to finish that?” according to the homeless man outside the restaurant I bribed for the inside scoop. If anything, this meeting was purposefully crafted to light a fire under the Minnesota legislature to call a special session and address the Vikings needs for a stadium before it’s too late!

And it will get done, you can take my word for it, for I am Charley Walters, according to the name tag Shirley gave me at the front desk.

PJD

About PJD

I once saw Paul Edinger kick a 56-yard field goal for the Minnesota Vikings against the Green Bay Packers to win a game in the Metrodome. It was exhilarating.

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