Minnesota Vikings owners Zygi Wilf, left, and Mark Wilf, right, speak at a news conference after Minneapolis was selected as the host for 2018 Super Bowl at the NFL's spring meeting, Tuesday, May 20, 2014, in Atlanta. Minneapolis will host the 2018 Super Bowl after a vote by owners on Tuesday rewarded the city for getting a new stadium deal. The owners chose Minneapolis and the new $1 billion stadium planned for the site of the old Metrodome to host the championship over New Orleans and Indianapolis.
Every facet of the Super Bowl lends itself to wagering, even the outcome of the coin toss, so we’re here to offer a few take-it-to-the-bank items now that the Twin Cities officially has secured the 2018 extravaganza.
Locals will gush about the economic impact; out-of-towners will grumble about our weather. Our downtown skyway system will be regaled as an architectural marvel by partygoers and celebrities.
Guests will rave about the Vikings’ new stadium. Critics of Zygi Wilf won’t.
Prince and the Purple People Eaters will become popular subjects for the media horde. Speaking of media, somebody at Team Strib will be assigned to cover the zaniness of media day in an attempt to find the worst question ever asked in a semi-professional setting.
Finally, as we gaze deep into our crystal ball, we see a matchup between the Indianapolis Colts and Seattle Seahawks. Andrew Luck vs. Russell Wilson, two veteran quarterbacks in the prime of their career.
OK, maybe you shouldn’t put down any money on that one. Stick with the coin toss instead.
Tails never fails.
|LA Angels - J. Weaver||6:05 PM|
|Baltimore - C. Tillman|
|Seattle - H. Iwakuma||6:05 PM|
|Cleveland - T. Bauer|
|Chicago WSox - J. Quintana||6:08 PM|
|Detroit - A. Sanchez|
|Washington - S. Strasburg||6:10 PM|
|Miami - H. Alvarez|
|Philadelphia - C. Hamels||6:10 PM|
|NY Mets - D. Gee|
|Milwaukee - M. Garza||6:10 PM|
|Tampa Bay - A. Cobb|
|Toronto - M. Stroman||6:10 PM|
|Boston - R. De La Rosa|
|Arizona - T. Cahill||6:10 PM|
|Cincinnati - M. Leake|
|Colorado - J. De La Rosa||7:05 PM|
|Chicago Cubs - E. Jackson|
|NY Yankees - B. McCarthy||7:05 PM|
|Texas - N. Martinez|
|Minnesota - K. Gibson||7:10 PM|
|Kansas City - J. Shields|
|Oakland - J. Samardzija||7:10 PM|
|Houston - S. Feldman|
|Atlanta - A. Harang||9:10 PM|
|Los Angeles - J. Beckett|
|St. Louis - L. Lynn||9:10 PM|
|San Diego - T. Ross|
|Pittsburgh - F. Liriano||9:15 PM|
|San Francisco - T. Hudson|
|NY Giants||8/3/14 7:00 PM|
|Winnipeg||7/31/14 6:00 PM|
|Toronto||8/1/14 6:00 PM|
|Brt Columbia||8/1/14 9:00 PM|
|Saskatchewan||8/2/14 6:00 PM|
|Los Angeles||9:00 PM|
|Aug 8 - vs. Oakland||7 pm|
|Aug 16 - vs. Arizona||7:30 pm|
|Aug 23 - at Kansas City||7 pm|
|Aug 28 - at Tennessee||7 pm|
|2014 regular season|
|Sep 7 - at St. Louis||Noon|
|Sep 14 - vs. New England||Noon|
|Sep 21 - at New Orleans||Noon|
|Sep 28 - vs. Atlanta||3:25 pm|
|Oct 2 - at Green Bay||7:25 pm|
|Oct 12 - vs. Detroit||Noon|
|Oct 19 - at. Buffalo||Noon|
|Oct 26 - at Tampa Bay||Noon|
|Nov 2 - vs. Washington||Noon|
|Nov 9 - Bye|
|Nov 16 - at Chicago||Noon|
|Nov. 23 - vs. Green Bay||Noon|
|Nov. 30 - vs. Carolina||Noon|
|Dec 7 - vs. NY Jets||Noon|
|Dec 14 - at Detroit||Noon|
|Dec 21 - at Miami||Noon|
|Dec 28 - vs. Chicago||Noon|