I’ll admit, I sure don’t.
To be upfront and honest, I don’t pay much attention to politics. I don’t actively contact my representatives or senators on issues.
Sure, I’ll read stories in the paper and keep up on the current issues.
But that was enough for me.
Until the last few nights.
With the Minnesota Vikings’ stadium on the docket at the state Capitol, I took a particular interest.
It wasn’t so much because I care that much as a Minnesota fan, but more as a sports fan.
I firmly believe if the Vikings don’t get a stadium, they will move.
Los Angeles is waiting for a NFL team with open arms.
A few years ago a team from Minnesota moved to Los Angeles.
That team was the Lakers.
They’ve had some pretty decent success.
Maybe the same thing will happen to the Vikings. They’ve lost four Super Bowls in Minnesota. Perhaps they’ll win four in LA.
But back to my points, politics kind of sucks.
I’ve been watching the live stream of the debates. And it’s funny — and frustrating — how many people are pretty clueless.
One person was very concerned about the TV deal.
Another wanted to make sure the money from the concessions goes to the right place.
People, this isn’t the issue.
The issue is whether or not the Vikings will leave without a stadium.
Of course, the team won’t say.
Let’s be honest, that’s what this is all about.
If legislators didn’t think they’d move without a new stadium, this wouldn’t be an issue.
But enough people believe the Vikes will be gone if it doesn’t pass.
A few don’t think it could — or will – happen. Who knows if that’s true.
Sure, the Vikings won’t leave this year without a stadium. And maybe not the next.
But at some point, the Metrodome will need to be replaced.
So why not make it happen this year and not worry about it?
The bill passed the House, and a different version of the bill passed the Senate.
Now it’s back to the committee to iron out the differences.
When, or if, that’s done, it will have to be passed by both the House and Senate again.
But they are running out of time. The session is supposed to end this week.
I don’t know if the bill will pass.
I don’t know if the Vikings will move.
But here’s what I do know: If it doesn’t get done this week, it’s going to be a long offseason. All the talk will be about the stadium. Every televised game will focus on it. Every legislator will hear about it. And every newspaper across the country will continue to run stories on the front page (and yes, we’re getting tired of that, too).
So, for once in the recent history of Minnesota, I hope the people at the Capitol do the right thing.
Pass the bill.
Build the stadium.
If you build it, they will stay.