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VIKES MAY HAVE NO ROOM FOR CRYBABIES OR LITIGIOUS COACHES

          While Vikings Coach Dennis Green said a scenario in his
     autobiography, "No Room For Crybabies," for taking over the
     team "was not meant as a threat, one of the Vikings' owners
     said four team owners want to fire" him, according to Jeff
     Seidel of the ST. PAUL PIONEER PRESS.  The anonymous owner
     said he feels three other owners "won't commit to
     disciplining" Green because "they fear" a lawsuit, and that
     three other team owners want to keep him (PIONEER PRESS,
     10/27).  Vikings Vice Chair Philip Maas: "My personal opinion
     is that he's shot himself in the foot.  I know if one of my
     employees did that he'd be gone tomorrow.  Or gone this
     afternoon" (Minneapolis STAR TRIBUNE, 10/25).  Green: "I
     talked about buying the team as an afterthought ... kind of
     thinking out loud. ... I didn't threaten anybody as far as
     what I would do" (Minneapolis STAR TRIBUNE, 10/27).
          REAX: ESPN's Chris Mortensen: "[I]t's clear there are
     several board members, several part owners, who want Dennis
     Green fired at the end of this season.  So this is going to
     get messy" ("NFL Countdown," 10/26). In MN, Sid Hartman
     speculates that Green, "convinced that he will be fired at
     the end of this season unless he wins a couple of playoff
     games, has decided to put himself in position to get a big
     contract settlement from the Vikings" (STAR TRIBUNE, 10/26).

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