Vikings Motorcycle Mascot Not Renewed After 20 Years

By Phil Cantor
Sep. 22, 2015

When These Guys Play At Home, A Fixture is Missing...
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You know the guy when you see him...

He's the Viking-looking mascot for the Minnesota Vikings- and he's been there for a long time. Technically, he "was there" for a long time. 

After 20 seasons, the motorcycling mascot Ragnar did not have his contract renewed with the club and is absent from the sidelines until the possibility of a resolution.

Here's what it was like for him to watch the home opener from his own home...

Ragnar's official name, Joe Juranitch, is apparently asking for $20,000 a year for the next ten years to be there for 8 games (, possibly, playoffs). 

In 1993, Joseph Juranitch auditioned for the Minnesota Vikings as their new mascot. Through the support of friends, family and the students at Minnetonka, Joe overwhelmingly won the hearts of the Minnesota Viking fans and got the job. Since then Ragnar has been entertaining the crowds, young and old alike. He has never missed a Vikings game since starting in 1994. He is always the first to arrive on a loud motorcycle, and the first to rally the fans to a feverish pitch! He was the first person to use a motorcycle to introduce an event, which has been widely copied in entertainment and professional sport circles. He is the only "human" mascot in professional sports, and is the most widely recognized mascot in the world.

On September 20, 2015 Joe had to watch the Vikings at home, and not by his choice. This petition will reinstate one of the greatest mascots in the history of the NFL, and sports in general. Please sign and share!!!  

The Vikes say that they're going to honor Ragnar at a home game this year, but this smells as part of the cost-cutting process before they move into their new barn in a few years- and someone who might have priced himself out of a gig...