Sports Guy to the Rescue
01/02/2004 1:54 pm
When the NFL Channel counts down "The Top 500 Toughest Regular-Season Losses" this summer, the Vikes probably clinched the No. 1 spot with that Arizona loss. Seriously, what was worse? Minutes away from a playoff berth, they gave up a touchdown, onside kick, wacky pass interference penalty, then a pseudo-Hail Mary on the final play ... and they lost to a team with a rookie QB and a lame-duck coach, a team that was one more incompletion away from drafting first in April. And it was a bogus call to boot -- really, does anyone think Poole would have gotten that second foot in?
Throw in their tragic history -- Nate Wright, Gary Anderson, Darrin Nelson, four Super Bowl losses and everything else, and, yes, I'm well aware of this stuff since the best friend is a die-hard Vikes fan -- and this was a Second-Degree Stomach Punch Game for the poor Minnesota fans (check my Levels of Losing column for more details). Earnest Byner fumbling one yard short of the end zone against the Broncos... that was a Third-Degree Stomach Puncher. This was almost as bad.
More importantly, that was the fourth Stomach Punch game for the Vikes in less than 30 years. Even the Sox didn't have that many over that same span. And yet you would never see a documentary about Vikings fans, a passionate group who have to rank among the most tortured fans in sports. Apparently media-related curses and sweeping self-importance is much more interesting on a national level.
|icbizzle - 3618 Posts|
|First of all, I honestly do think he would have gotten his second foot in (not the whole foot, but he was landing on his toes so it would've counted). Secondly, do you really want the same kind of attention as Sox fans? I'm so sick of hearing about them and the curse, that as long as they're aren't playing the Yankees I'm inclined to cheer for the other team and not for a bunch of whining losers.|
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|Scott - No, I did not change your screen saver settings|
|Man, how did this get dragged out of the woods|
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|Some random person searched yahoo for 'Bret Favre and Big Ben pictures of nfl' and poked around the blog a bit and left that pearl of wisdom.|