Minnesota Vikings: Fifty Years of Fandom and Futility

July 28, 2010   ·     ·   Jump to comments

This exchange between two of my fellow Vikings fans pretty much sums it up:

Fan1: Vikes 2009 NFL Yearbook airs Saturday, August 7th at 5:30pm CDT on ESPN2.
Fan2: Thanks! I'll set my DVR to record all but the last 5th minutes.

And so it goes in Viking Nation. This is the 50th year of their existence and they have as many Super Bowl victories as the Jacksonville Jaguars, Carolina Panthers and Seattle Seahawks--and FEWER than the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and New Orleans Saints, the two historically worst teams in the league.

So you might wonder why I will be there again, showing up at training camp, buying tickets to games, spending my precious few hours away from work following The Purple.

The Vikings - if you look only at the regular season - are one of the hallmark teams in the NFL. They have qualified for the playoffs for over half of their seasons in the league. They have shown consistent success and had some of the greatest players ...

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