The winner? Wilf's response on his realistic expectations for the 2012 Vikings.
"I expect to be division champs," he said without flinching. "I want to be able to fight for the division as we always do every year."
Never mind that not a reporter in that scrum truly trusted that Wilf believed in his heart that this year's Vikings could win the NFC North. These were spoken words. So here came the headlines.
Zygi Wilf: 'I expect to be division champs'
What didn't get such major play that afternoon was what Wilf said 15 seconds later, his follow-up thought carrying more reason plus an assertion that he would "absolutely" be patient with the rebuilding efforts.
"Things don't happen overnight," Wilf said. "There will be the ups and downs. And we certainly have had them in the last seven years of ownership. But you have to be patient."
Heck, patience was at the forefront of the Wilfs' push to get a new stadium. So no matter what happens on the field, Zygi and his brother Mark already have scored what will go down as the Vikings' biggest victory of 2012. Their visions for a billion-dollar, state-of-the-art downtown stadium soon will become a reality.
Now, for those visions of chasing a division championship? The man the Wilfs hired to be their general manager (Rick Spielman) and the man they promoted to be their head coach (Leslie Frazier) have the controls.
(For what it's worth, Vegas odds have the Vikings as 40:1 underdogs to win the NFC North this year.)
|Golden State||6:30 PM|
|LA Clippers||7:00 PM|
|New Orleans||7:30 PM|
|Norfolk State||6:30 PM|
|SE Louisiana||6:30 PM|
|Central Arkansas||6:30 PM|
|Sam Houston St|
|NC Central||7:00 PM|
|Incarnate Word||7:00 PM|
|Stephen F Austin|
|Texas Southern||7:30 PM|
|Prairie View||7:30 PM|
|Jackson State||7:30 PM|
|Grambling St||8:00 PM|
|Miss Valley St|
|Boston College||8:00 PM|
|Bethune-Cookman||34||2nd Half 17:21|
|Hampton||57||2nd Half 9:12|
|Norfolk State||45||2nd Half 11:30|
|NC Central||22||1st Half 3:47|
|Texas Southern||5:30 PM|
|Prairie View||0||1st Half 20:00|
|Jackson State||5:30 PM|
|Grambling||2||1st Half 11:50|
|Miss Valley St||20|
|(1) Connecticut||6:00 PM|
|Central Conn St||6:00 PM|
|Sacred Heart||6:00 PM|
|St Francis-NY||6:00 PM|
|Mount St Marys||6:00 PM|
|Texas Tech||7:00 PM|
|Iowa State||7:00 PM|
|Aug 8 - vs. Oakland||7 pm||X||10-6|
|Aug 16 - vs. Arizona||7:30 pm||X||30-28|
|Aug 23 - at Kansas City||7 pm||X||30-12|
|Aug 28 - at Tennessee||7 pm||X||19-3|
|2014 regular season|
|Sep 7 - at St. Louis||Noon||X||34-6|
|Sep 14 - vs. New England||Noon||X||30-7|
|Sep 21 - at New Orleans||Noon||X||20-9|
|Sep 28 - vs. Atlanta||3:25 pm||X||41-28|
|Oct 2 - at Green Bay||7:25 pm||X||42-10|
|Oct 12 - vs. Detroit||Noon||X||17-3|
|Oct 19 - at. Buffalo||Noon||X||17-16|
|Oct 26 - at Tampa Bay||Noon||X||19-13 ot|
|Nov 2 - vs. Washington||Noon||X||29-26|
|Nov 9 - Bye|
|Nov 16 - at Chicago||Noon||X||21-13|
|Nov. 23 - vs. Green Bay||Noon||X||24-21|
|Nov. 30 - vs. Carolina||Noon||X||31-13|
|Dec 7 - vs. NY Jets||Noon||X||30-24 ot|
|Dec 14 - at Detroit||3:25 pm||X||16-14|
|Dec 21 - at Miami||Noon||X||37-35|
|Dec 28 - vs. Chicago||Noon||X||13-9|
Poll: With Adrian Peterson's suspension overturned, what should the Vikings do?