Rub it in, why don't you?

Posted by ESPN.com's Kevin Seifert
From the "True, But Not Nice" department: During a breakfast meeting Friday morning, someone asked Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty about the Vikings' chances for securing public financing for a new stadium during this legislation session. Pawlenty's answer, according to the St. Paul Pioneer Press:

"They're about the same as the prospects for the Minnesota Wild winning the Stanley Cup this year."

The Wild, of course, didn't so much as qualify for the NHL playoffs. They have since fired general manager Doug Risebrough and bid farewell to coach Jacques Lemaire.

As we noted last month, the Vikings have gained little traction in a 10-year quest to replace the Metrodome, where their lease expires in 2011. Relocation does not appear a viable option at this point considering the NFL's lukewarm response to the latest stadium proposal in Los Angeles.