Hey everyone, here's a really funny story. Remember how the Vikings have never won a Super Bowl, and any time they've ever been close you've had your heart torn out? But not only that, pretty much your entire existence as a fan of the Minnesota Vikings is a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad existence? Well, I just wanted to bring that all flooding back to you at once by highlighting what this Yahoo! Sports ... random ... unqualified ... contributor wrote as far as what her top five worse Vikings memories were. The top one from her list in my opinion?
- 1998 Playoffs Missed Field Goal: Two words mean more to any die hard Vikings fan than any others - wide left. They could mean just about anything to fans of other NFL teams, but to a true Vikings fan they can only refer to the missed field goal in the 1998 - 1999 playoff game against the Atlanta Falcons. The team had been nearly perfect with a record of 15-1. Nobody was more perfect that year than the team kicker, Gary Anderson, who had made every single extra point and field goal attempt all year. The game came down to Anderson's golden foot. His first miss of the year went barely wide left ending the Vikings Super Bowl hopes for the season.
These can't be ranked in any particular order, because the rest of her list goes also follows:
- 2010 Metrodome Collapse
- 2009 NFC Championship Game
- The Herschel Walker Trade
- Love Boat Scandal
But come on. There are so many more significant events not listed here that would trump even the NFC Championship Game, in my opinion. Some of those include, but CLEARLY not limited to:
- Arizona's last second TD to knock us out of the playoffs
- The Randy Moss trade
- The Randy Moss cut
- The Brad Childress hire
- The Wizzinator
- Four god damn Super Bowl losses
- The Hail Mary Push Off
- Dwight Smith having sex in a Minneapolis skyway stairwell
- Brian Russell
Anyway, back to the weeping into our shirt sleeve. What are some of your favorite/worst Vikings moments? And they don't have to be franchise significant. Some of the worst memories are the ones you affix yourself to for no particular reason. For instance, I also remember the Vikings/Ravens game in December on Sunday night football in 2008 or 2007 for some reason when we got our shit pounded in. Nothing significant about that game, at all, but it stuck with me for the suck all the same. So let's air some grievances.
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I fell in love with the Vikings in 1999ish. I was in like grade 9, got into Madden & loved Randy Moss. The rest is history. My dad is a huge Packers homer & loves to dis the vikings based on 4 superbowl losses. I really don't take claim to any history before 99. The 09 championship game sucked. My wife still talks about me acting like a psycho during that game. Really since 99 the vikes have been big jokes but I still love them. SKOL Vikings... we suck :(
@MikeFromWinnipeg Christ, you've been free from so much pain. You should be very thankful.
@PJD That is the way I look at... I know most of the pre-99 history. The wife bought me the Vikings history DVD. Watched it & was like... WTF... have we always been a dissapointment?
@Qommie Born in 85... I'm the youngest old guy there is.
@MikeFromWinnipeg 9th grade in '99, I always thought you were older.
I also love Fran's rants on unions and the economy, nice to see he tackles all the big issues.
@MikeFromWinnipeg "And also, who the hell are you?"
@PJD When Tark was out dissing Favre I was like... didn't you lose Superbowl after superbowl?
@MikeFromWinnipeg .... Yes. I'm surprised you didn't go all Yao-Face and pick a new team to follow.
First off, did you bother to check the bio of the allegedly random, unqualified contributor? Emma Brady is the founder of Celebrity Moms and a contributing writer for the popular Babble Famecrawler website. During her offline time, she enjoys spending time with her husband, sons, dog, and cat in beautiful Minneapolis.
2009 NFC Championship loss doesn't even compare to '98-99 and Denny "Take a Knee" Green. That was devastating. I liked how John Randle described it in Missing Rings, which if you haven't seen yet, grab some Kleenex and watch. "It's like driving down the street and you get every green light for the next ten miles and you are just cruising along, smooth and all of a sudden a light turns red and you get side swiped." I still get sick to my stomach when I think about it. I might even rank 41-0 as worse than 2009.
Random bad moment for me: Sept. 15, 2002 against Buffalo. Took my friend Will, a huge Bills fan, to the game and we lost in OT. I wasn't alive for the 4 Super Bowl losses, but they still suck because I have to hear about that shit all the time from fans of other teams.
No moment is worse than Korey Stringer's death. It's one of those events that I'll never forget where I was when I found out.
@Qommie So you're telling me she is a highly regarded author among these parts. Noted. "Celebrity Moms upcoming interview with Kate Gossling!"
How are any of those things worse than the 2009 Championship game? We were right there to kick a FG and go to the Superbowl and then were crushed. I don't even remember last season because I was still in the fog of suffering. Wait I did come out of that fog for one brief moment to be shot out of a cannon and filled up with buck shot (i.e. the Randy Moss experience).
But yeah... was anyone upset about the dome collapse? That was the best thing that happened last season and it isn't even close.
@Pants80 Agree on the Dome being best thing ever, disagree on 2009.
I can't fully care about the 2009 season, despite it being fun, because that cock sucker Brett Favre was responsible for the whole thing, and the majority of the team was still filled with a bunch of dead weight that I hate with a passion. BB, McKinnie, Tyrell, on and on and on. But mostly Brett Favre. If the Vikings WOULD have won the Super Bowl that year, it wouldn't have even been enjoyable. Oh, Favre won it for us? Great. We would never live that down. Him winning it maybe would have been a top 5 worst memory. As is, it's just kind of a too-close-for-comfort, wishy-washy, whatever moment in a Vikings history filled with shit.
@PJD Before they signed him that was how I felt about Favre. The fact that he's done everything he can to thumb a nose at GB and vilify himself softened my view on him a bit. Though when it came down to it I just got caught up in the moment and was devasted.
Same thing with Ponder now. I just can't help myself but get excited about the kid. I've been stewing on the fact that I wanted Dalton and he's been solid so it is basically turn this team out or get excited about Ponder for me.
1. "Oh my god this is going to happen!"
2. "Run for the first do.... NOOO!!!!!! NOOOOO!!!!"
3. The next day I was driving home from work and at that moment my system had finally digested what had happened, and I grieved for the loss. Still not over it.
@Pants80@CollegeWolf I can vouch for that too. I had the typical defeatist attitude most of the game, especially with the fumbles and shit, but when we were on that final drive it all of a sudden hit me ... "Holy shit, we might go to the Super Bowl!" ... It was such a foreign concept that I think it was hard to REALLY get excited about through the game - and the entire year - until it was close enough to be pulled out from under you and hurt.
That's such a classic Vikings move.
@CollegeWolf@PJD Yeah I kept much of my emotion held back but on that last drive when they got close. A wave of emotion came over me and I thought it was going to happen. They got right down the field and only needed a few yards for Longwell. My body went numb at the at the prospect.
Then they screwed it up. *sigh* *pain* *suffering*
But by the 2009 championship game, I think I was finally enthralled. I definitely wanted to win. I was devastated when we lost. Haven't seen any plays from that game a second time and dont think I can.
It's not the worst moment in the history of my fandom, but it's up there for sure.
@PJD Randall Cunningham wasn't a real Viking in that regard either. It does help that he wasn't our most hated enemy.
@Pants80 For me the difference is that he'll be a home-grown guy then, as opposed to Favre in particular. He was never a "Viking" so to speak, just an arm we whored out for wins.