Super Bowl prediction and memories
My Super Bowl prediction is the Giants 30, Pats 28 on a last second field. Mainly because I really don't care who wins and I just want to see a good game. Plus if Belichik and Brady have to suffer another last second loss to the Giants it adds some human suffering and as a Minnesota Vikings fan I want some company.
It's been since Super Bowl XI the Vikings were "Big Game" party goers. The game has changed a lot since then. My memories of those Purple People Eater days has begun to fade. I've been saying it was 1978 the last time the Vikings played when in fact it was Jan. 1977. Even now I try to make the past not quite so distant since the Vikings were relevant.
We are the only ones, we being Vikings fans, who might still care the Vikings of 1998 set scoring records and went 15-1 because they lost to the Falcoms in the NFC Championship game and couldn't lose their fifth Super Bowl. They would have lost, we all know that.
So as far as the rest of the pro football loving world cares the Vikings are nearly four decades removed from relevance. Jimmy Carter had just begun his only term as the worst president in modern history. People were wearing wide lapel floral pattern shirts, okay maybe that was just me. Sixth grade can be awkward, I even had blonde hair then.
By the ripe old age of 12 and a half I already had a man's share of dissapointment courtesy of my Purple. I had already witnessed them being beaten by the Steelers and Dolphins in Super Bowls VIII and IX so I was a veteran at suffering through the biggest loss a sports fan can endure, especially when the biggest win had not been experienced so I couldn't sooth my broken heart with a "well we won it before, it's someone else's turn."
So by Super Bowl XI in 1977 when the Vikings were taking a beat down at the hands of the Oakland Raiders I was already jaded and expecting a loss so it didn't really hurt that much. Matter of fact I didn't even watch the second half. I went outside and played football in the snow with the rest of hardened 12 year old friends. We no longer cared as much. By now though if the Vikings ever make the Big Game again I will watch with passion and hoping for a win, I'm not as resiliant now as I was then, I will take it hard if they lose. But it doesn't look like I'll have to worry about that.
At least the Packers aren't there.
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