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Rubbing shoulders with a billionaire

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Rubbing shoulders with a billionaire

FELDY: I can't believe I forgot to post this, but it's been a hectic few days.

As me and my fellow tailgating rube/friend/fantasy football rival Brew were setting up our Purple Pride! Purple Pride! Purple Pride! tailgate on Sunday morning, we saw a bunch of dudes in suits strolling through the parking lot about 8 a.m. The Vikings have a new deal this year for tailgaters. There are four lots within a few hundred yards of the Metrodump that are reserved on Sunday mornings for tailgating, and as we were setting up, the suits came walking toward us.

In the middle of the suits was none other than our guy Zygi! He stopped and chatted with us and the people around us for a few minutes, thanked us for being out there and shook everyone's hand. He then looked at the bottles of adult beverages lined up at three different tailgating spots and said "It's way too early for that, I'm outta here." He spent probably an hour or so walking around the lot and mingling with fans.

Now, after almost 10 years in the sports reporting business, I become less and less awestruck when I meet famous athletes. I've come to realize they're just people. They just happen to have a lot of talent for a sport. Don't get me wrong, it's still cool to talk to guys like Chad Greenway and Adrian Peterson, but I don't get nervous or fumble for words much anymore.

That said, meeting Zygi was pretty cool I've taken my share of shots at him for how he has run this franchise, but I'll say this: There is no way in the world Red McCombs would ever have walked through a parking lot full of fans.

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At some point this season, I'll have some pictures to post from tailgating. If any of you Faceoff Faithful are ever at a Vikings game, swing through one of the tailgating lots and check it out. We're always set up  in the "Purple 1" lot, just north of the Metrodome plaza.

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