By Daniel Sigl
All Minnesotans are aware of two things right now. First, the state government is shut down. Second, the Minnesota Vikings’ lease on the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome expires at the end of this coming season, and they want a new stadium. It is an inconvenience to say the least that the state must approve of a new stadium.
At the same time, Los Angeles wants an NFL team. There are plans in place for a stadium in the Los Angeles suburbs; the only thing missing is a team. Ladies and gentlemen, the Los Angeles Vikings are certainly not out of the question. This would not be the first time a Minnesota team left for Los Angeles. The Lakers moved there from Minneapolis in 1960.
Now, assuming the Vikings move to Los Angeles, what happens? There are two choices: do nothing or change the divisions. The Vikings and St. Louis Rams would switch places.
Putting the Rams in the NFC North is not such a bad idea. The NFC North would immediately become the most competitive division in all of football. It would include both of the teams from last year’s NFC Championship game, a team that nearly made the playoffs with a rookie sensation quarterback Sam Bradford, and the up and coming Detroit Lions. Seriously, any of those teams could win the division.
In the NFC West, that would put the Vikings along with the Cardinals, 49ers, and Seahawks. As a rebuilding team, the Vikings fit right in. Quarterbacks Christian Ponder and Joe Webb would have time to gain experience in an easier division. Who knows? Perhaps all four of those teams will become elite around the same time.
There are many factors that must be considered in relocating the Vikings, but moving forward it very well may be the best decision for the team. In any case, things will look much clearer at the end of the season.
Topics: Arizona Cardinals, Christian Ponder, Detroit Lions, Green Bay Packers, Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome, Joe Webb, Los Angeles, Los Angeles Lakers, Minn., Minneapolis, NFC, NFC North, NFL, Sam Bradford, San Francisco 49ers, Seattle Seahawks, St. Louis Rams