Circling back on two items

Posted by ESPN.com's Kevin Seifert
Two Minnesota-related stories probably got buried Sunday in our coverage of the Vikings' 28-27 victory over Green Bay. Let's revisit them briefly:

  • Vikings defensive end Kenechi Udeze attended his first game since undergoing a bone-marrow transplant in July to fight leukemia. Udeze said his recovery is coming along as scheduled and pledged to be back with the Vikings in 2009.

  • We don't have too much stadium-related discussion on this blog, but I thought Patrick Reusse of the Star Tribune made some excellent points in his column Sunday on the Vikings' situation. Reusse points out that Minnesota voters last week approved a .375 percent raise in the state sales tax for a Clean Water, Wildlife, Cultural Heritage and Natural Areas amendment. That puts the Minnesota state sales tax at 6.875 percent. My understanding is that the Vikings won't ask for a general tax increase to help pay for their new stadium, but significant political capital was consumed to pass this wildlife bill. Approval for further extraction of public funds by any method, through user fees or any other sort of creative tax, is likely to be difficult in the near future.