5. Minnesota Vikings
Price of a small draft beer:
$7.75 for 20 ounces
Price per ounce:
, indeed, Vikings.
It hasn't been an easy couple of years for Vikings fans. After a loss to the New Orleans Saints in the 2009 NFC Championship and the subsequent retirement of quarterback Brett Favre, the team has gone 20-35. Its 10-6 season last year was tarnished by a loss to their hated rivals, the Green Bay Packers, in the NFC Wild Card game.
An injury to starting quarterback Christian Ponder would have hurt a lot more if backup Matt Cassel didn't help give the Vikings their first win of the season. Few aspects of Vikings fandom are more troubling than the controversy surrounding the new stadium, though. With the Wilf family of owners hinting at a potential move to Los Angeles, Minnesota put itself on the hook for about $500 million of the proposed $974 million Vikings stadium planned for 2016. That figure was still being negotiated, but negotiations hit a snag when owner Zygi Wilf was found
guilty of fraud, racketeering and breach of contract
in a New Jersey real estate deal gone bad.
Again, that's a guy the state is entrusting with $500 million in tax dollars. The same guy who basically extorted those tax dollars out of the state by threatening to pull the Vikings out of a place they've called home for more than 52 years. A guy who's pulling the team out of the enclosed Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome next season to play outdoors -- in a Minnesota winter -- at the University of Minnesota's TCF Bank Stadium for two years as they wait for the completion of a stadium nobody's broken ground for.
A $7.75 beer is nobody's idea of a consolation prize, but Vikings fans are making out better on the unit price than they have on any aspect of the Vikes' recent business dealings.