Last season's Vikings turnstile count at the Metrodome was 541,728, or 10,576 less than in 2011. Ticket sales were 566,889, down 22,588. Ticket revenue fell from $47.3 million to $46.1 million. The Vikings' share of concessions sales was down $94,771.
Chaska native Ross Travis, who had 15 points and 12 rebounds in Penn State's victory over Michigan, had eight points and three rebounds against the Gophers on Saturday. "We just didn't come mentally prepared for this game," he said. "We came out with the right mindset against Michigan, came out and played Penn State basketball ... and we didn't do that tonight."
Unfortunately from a recruiting standpoint, Tyus Jones, who has attended most Gophers games, wasn't there to see the big rush to the floor when the Gophers beat No. 1 Indiana on Tuesday. Apple Valley had a game, and Michigan State coach Tom Izzo was on hand to see the nation's top-rated junior score 26 points in a victory over Prior Lake. ... Another top recruit, Robbinsdale Cooper's Rashad Vaughn, scored 36 points against Spring Lake Park on Friday.
Look for an announcement in the next two weeks that the city of Minneapolis, the Timberwolves, Lynx, AEG and LifeTime Fitness have agreed on a $100 million package for remodeling Target Center. Minneapolis will pay for $50 million of improvements, with the other partners splitting the remaining $50 million.
The Buffalo Bills, happy with what they saw from Tarvaris Jackson last season, have signed the former Vikings quarterback to a two-year contract.
Pro Football Hall of Famer and former Viking Carl Eller will be honored by Allstate Insurance and the Pro Football Hall of Fame in his hometown of Winston-Salem, N.C.