Sunday, September 30, 2007

Not holding my breath

It's about 3:30 on Sunday afternoon and I'm sitting here licking my wounds after another disappointing showing by our own Minnesota Vikings.

Anyone who knows me knows this doesn't really make a whole lot of sense - since I'm not even a sports fan in the first place. F
ootball is the closest thing to a sport I could say I'm even slightly interested in, and even with that I would say I'm only a fair weather fan at best.

So why do I let this team get under my skin?

Well, I'm pretty sure it has to do with my childhood. When I was 9 years old (back when they were known as the Purple People Eaters) the Vikings were the best team in football, and EVERYONE who lived in Minnesota was a fan. I think there was a law about it or something.

They were in fact SO good that they went to the Super Bowl 3 times within 5 years. Unfortunately for me and the rest of our state, they lost every one of those games.

1970 against the Kansas City Chiefs 23-7
1974 against the Miami Dolphins 24-7
1975 against the Pittsburgh Steelers 16-6

By the time they lost to the Steelers I was so devastated that I thought I'd never get over it. And to a 13 year-old kid, having your team be that good and lose that many Super Bowls in a row is a pretty tough pill to swallow.

It wasn't until I graduated from high school that I was finally able to let it go and stop hoping that they would ever win a Super Bowl championship in my lifetime.

Ok, I just want whoever the football gods are to know one thing... I didn't mean that literally. It would actually be ok with me if they did win one of these little games one time. You know, to just kind of put that little problem to bed.

But I, um... wouldn't place any bets for this year.


Anonymous said...

It does not cost us anything when a team loses. Think of the fools that try to outthink the computers in slot machines. Recently a casino driver said he quit driving. It just hurt too much listening to the busload of old people cry on the way back to Duluth

Anonymous said...

Maybe they lost because today I was rooting for the Packers!!!I wamted so badly for Brett Farve to get that trophy touch-down pass and win the game. And he did!!! I was so happy for him, I had tears in my eyes!!!

Jeff and Charli Lee said...

bill - I didn't know you took buses to Hinkley.

mom - I had tears in my eyes too, but they weren't for Favre. Besides, who is this person posing as my mom in my comments section?! Because my mom would never have said something like this around here. Off with you now...

yellojkt said...

As for Super Bowl failure, they could be the Buffalo Bills.

Heather said...

Ack. I watched football in college just because my best friend and I would do shots with the bartender whenever they scored a touchdown...which wasn't that often.

The Egel Nest said...

Between your Vikings and my Bears...there is PLENTY of misery to go around!

The Egel Nest

Anonymous said...


Jeff and Charli Lee said...

yello - Ooh, I think the Bills win that one. FOUR consecutive Super Bowls without a win. Ouch!

heather - They could make a pretty good drinking game with the Vikings... take a shot every time they cause a penalty or turnover the ball. You'd be wasted by halftime.

bradley - We need to get together for a beer... and cry it in.

rick - Yes, please GO Packers. Go away that is.

Gary said...

You lost three times ?

My team has reached the rugby league challenge cup final nine times since 1971, I have travelled the length of the country to see them in nine finals since 1971, my personal score so far is Wins 3, Losses 6 - and I know someone who has the score at 1-5 :)

Sandy said...

I have never had a purple and gold heart, if you know what I mean, which is good because my husband is from Green Bay....

Now I am a Packers Fan, but I have to admit that people in Green Bay (minus my husband of course) are just freaks.

He's the only guy I know who wears green and gold the day AFTER they lose to work, just to show his support.