Judd Zulgad: Added Pressure for Minnesota Vikings as they host the Super Bowl in 2018?
Judd Zulgad of ESPN 1500 (Minneapolis) joined Jeff Thurn on Tuesday's edition of Overtime.
Zulgad (@1500ESPNJudd) hosts a radio show and contributes on the web.
Thurn asks Zulgad if building a new stadium helps bring a Super Bowl to your city?
"You know, I think that's the exactly the case. I think the case is this: Roger Goodell came here, what, now two years ago and basically went to St. Paul, went to the Capitol, and to all the politicians and said you got to get this done. If you get this done, there's no threat of Vikings leaving and by the way, if you do, you are going to get a Super Bowl and if you don't get this done, then we are going to have to threaten you and they built a stadium. I think you are 100% right and here's why? Indianapolis, which was the third finalist today, but was the first out. They got awarded a Super Bowl after they built their stadium, or when they built it. Keep in mind, that Super Bowl in Indianapolis was allotted of as one of the great Northern Super Bowl's ever. Maybe the best? The 1992 was good, the two games in Detroit and then, of course the past one this past year in New Jersey. I think the league basically recognizes if you build a stadium, especially if it's state of the art, you are going to get a Super Bowl. However, I will say this, no matter how it goes, this will be it. We will not get another. Until the Vikings get another new stadium, enjoy 2018 because when you build a stadium, a new indoor stadium like the Vikings are, you are going to get the Super Bowl, but no matter what you do, you can bend over backwards, it can be the best Super Bowl of all-time, but you get one, and one only."
Thurn asks Zulgad if there is any pressure on Rick Spielman, Mike Zimmer to put best team on the field and focus on the 2017 season:
"Honestly, I say absolutely not. You go back and look at the history of this game. It's been played when the Rams were in Los Angeles, it was played in L.A. several times. When the Dolphins have potentially played hosts, I looked it up today, I want to say a technically 'home team' playing in the Super Bowl was the 1979 season, the 1980 game, the Rams played the Steelers, and that was in Pasadena. The Rams I believe in 1979 were in the coliseum. No matter what you do, the odds of you actually building a team to get to the Super Bowl, when it's in your home stadium, are extremely long. Think about this, if the Saints, and they haven't been bad for a years now, but the Saints have been a terrible team for a lot of their history, think about the amount of time the Super Bowl has been in New Orleans through the years. What, 10 times? They have never hosted, the Saints haven't, the Super Bowl. I would say the last thing on Spielman's mind is trying to build a game to get to that game. I mean of course, every year he wants to be as good as possible, but it's just enormous odds that you are actually going to achieve going to the Super Bowl in the year your home stadium is going to host the game."
The Minnesota Vikings will host the Super Bowl in 2018.
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