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Minnesota sports, as seen elsewhere

Whoops! Is the NFL already banking on a Vikings-Patriots Super Bowl?

Vikings fans, bring on the Patriots for the Super Bowl.

Wait, too soon? Not apparently for the NFL’s social media team.

As reported by a couple of TV outlets in Philadelphia, and in Boston, the NFL earlier this week ran a promotion on its Facebook page offering a lucky fan a pair of "club level seats to watch the PATRIOTS vs. the VIKINGS battle it out for the coveted  Super Bowl title!" if they donated to a United Way charity.

Ummmm .... the Eagles and Jaguars might have a little something to say about that, don't-cha think?

The post, since deleted, received more than 1,000 shares and 400 comments according to one screen grab.

As pointed out nearly immediately, Philadelphia and Jacksonville fans will have an extra-close eye on those officials during Sunday's championship games.

Bring on the conspiracies!

Saints coach wants his free couch, donates it to Children's Hospital

UPDATE from an earlier item: Saints coach Sean Payton has reponded to the International Design Center in Edina, which offered him a free couch to watch Sunday's NFC Championship Game. Payton took the high road


Here is the original post from this afternoon:

We're not in the business of giving out free advertising, but this burn is too hot to resist.

Without mentioning New Orleans Saints coach Sean Payton by name, the International Design Center in Edina is offering him a free sofa "to make sure you are comfortable watching the purple this weekend."

The ad, which appeared in the Star Tribune sports section, went viral Friday afternoon thanks to this tweet from ESPN sports business reporter Darren Rovell.

Payton earned the ire of many Vikings fans by doing the "Skol clap" in the final minute of last Sunday's game. He called it "good playoff fun." Vikings fans saw it as a taunt.

That, of course, was before the Minneapolis Miracle that sent Payton to the sofa this weekend with the Vikings going to Philadelphia.