- January 23, 2018 at 7:57 pm #19372Joe JohnsonKeymasterNewbieRank: Newbie
Minnesota had a once-in-a-lifetime chance to play a Super Bowl at home against the Patriots. But nope. Here’s Drew Magary on the anguish of fandom.
There will never be another chance like the one they just had. I went to bed after watching the Vikings get crushed by the Eagles last night and I did my best to be the sort of good fan who has PERSPECTIVE after a bad loss, the kind of middle-aged fan who hugs their kids and thanks the heavens for all he has and doesn’t stew over what he doesn’t have. But nope. In reality, I spent the bulk of my night seething over the fact that the Vikings, who blow everything, had finally blown their biggest chance of all.
They’ll almost certainly never have an opportunity to play in a home Super Bowl ever again. They will DEFINITELY never have the chance to clinch it against Nick fucking Foles, of all people. No, the next time the Vikings decide to blow an NFC title game, they’ll do it against far more intimidating opposition, and there won’t be the greatest homecoming in NFL history at stake.
There will be no two-week rager across the Twin Cities. There will be no joy in watching the NFL shit its pants over how to accommodate a home team in the Super Bowl. There will be no Kurt Warner ending for Case Keenum, who reverted to being just another pint-sized career backup last night. There will be no chance—though it was always slim—to end the Pats dynasty and do the world a favor that the Atlanta Falcons could not. I had a vision of that happening, because I am a delusional idiot. I allowed myself to daydream about the Vikings defense beating the tar out of a Gronk-less Tom Brady, ripping his heart out at midfield and forcing Belichick to retire for good to a quiet life of MILF hunting and angry grunting. THE EMPIRE VANQUISHED AT LONG LAST. It was a very nice daydream, but of course that’s all gone. I didn’t even get to keep the SKOL chant. The Eagles own that now.
- January 24, 2018 at 3:34 pm #19381
Ugh, I, myself, am a delusional idiot. Just when things appeared to be righting themselves for the Vikings, it all came crashing down in all-too-familiar fashion. The losses have gotten a little easier since I first experienced heartbreak in 1998, but this one stung. A SB win this year would have made for the sweetest of victories. Instead we again go back to shoveling snow, plotting offseason moves that could get us over the hump, and wondering if and when this nightmare will ever end…
- January 24, 2018 at 3:52 pm #19382StuParticipantNewbieRank: Newbie
Long time fan. I couldn’t even watch the second half.
My thoughts were, it would hardly be fair for the Eagles to win because they are going to be so good next year when all their players come back from IR. I was thinking this was our shot and for it to be our turn.
Apparently, the football overseers don’t believe in turns or are blind to our misery. And then our new center fractures his ankle. Slap me.
- January 25, 2018 at 3:42 pm #19401
Note to self, no matter how rough a Vikings loss is, there’s always beer
- January 27, 2018 at 12:19 am #19423Joe JohnsonKeymasterNewbieRank: Newbie
Sean. Imagine my freaking nightmare when I had to watch/process that game SOBER! I was able to drink in 2009, but since I’ve been sober since 2014 (and if not for a six month slip-up then, since 2011) and really need to write an article about what it’s like watching the Vikings sober.
- February 3, 2018 at 5:05 pm #19489
You should! Although sometimes it’s worse when you get out of your drunken haze and realize the implications of what took place when you were out of it
- May 3, 2018 at 10:54 pm #20255Joe OberleModeratorNewbieRank: Newbie
Hell, there is no watching a Vikings game sober. We are drunk with Purple Kool-aid for tuning in. The sobriety comes after the last game of each season and continues until the first sniff of the following draft. And so it goes. Not so bad, really.
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