RED MCCOMBS

Game 536 | August 3, 1998| Red McCombs
The Minnesota Vikings were for sale, and for a brief moment it looked as if the buyer would be novelist Tom Clancy. When that plot fell apart it was Texas car dealer Billy Joe "Red" McCombs who stepped in to purchase the team for $246 million. He drew the ire of many long-time Dunkers when he used his appearance to chastise the community for its lack of support for the team and failed efforts to build the team a new stadium. During his seven-year ownership the team sold out every game while operating substantially below the league's salary cap. He sold the Vikings to Zygi Wilf in 2005 for a reported $625 million.


Game 551 | August 31, 1999 | Red McCombs, Dennis Green
The Minnesota Vikings were coming off perhaps their best and most disappointing year in history. After a perfect 4-0 preseason, the team breezed through its schedule with a 15-1 record, best in Vikings history. With Randall Cunningham passing, Robert Smith running and Randy Moss and Cris Carter receiving, the Vikings were heavy favorites to win the Super Bowl. They easily beat Arizona 41-21 in the Divisional playoffs, but lost to Atlanta 30-27 in overtime at the Metrodome in the NFC Championship game. It was Green's eighth year as head coach and the second under Mc-Combs' ownership.


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