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Why I love/hate the Vikings
September 28, 2009 - Chuck Hunt
Like most Minnesota Vikings fans, I felt like I was on a roller coaster ride during the game on Sunday. They started off looking pretty good. The defense was playing well, the offense looked good enough to win. Heck, they held San Francisco to no first downs for most of the first half. Wow, I thought. This team might be for real. Then there were penalties, and the Vikes seemed to actually 'let' the 49ers score a touchdown. However, the purple team came back under the leadership of Brett Favre and looked to be scoring again before halftime. Wrong. A blocked field goal try, a 10-point swing in the score, and the Niners are ahead going into the locker room. How is that possible? The Vikes outplayed the 49ers in all aspects of the game, and yet are behind 14-13 at the half? The second half was a battle between the two undefeated teams. Percy Harvin's big 101-yard kickoff return was a highlight. But about the only one. The Vikes lead was short-lived, and the Vikings didn't seem to be able to muster a comeback. What looked like a possible comeback was thwarted because Bret Favre was two yards over the line of scrimmage. I swore under my breath, "Stupid Vikings!" But wait. We held the Niners to one more three-and-out (they never did convert on third down for the whole game) and we were getting the ball back. With no time outs, a minute 20 to go, and 80 yards away from the end zone. I held my breath. After all, I have seen Favre pull out miracle finishes before, for that Wisconsin team he used to play for. It is what he is famous for - never say die, never quit. And by gosh, he did it. What a pass! Of course we had to hold our breath again while waiting for the refs to decide that it was an actual touchdown. They wouldn't dare overturn that decision, would they? They didn't. Like thousands of other Vikings fans, I became a Bret Favre fan at that moment. I immediately forgave him for all the pain he inflicted on us while wearing Packer green. I turned from hating what he did as a Packer QB to loving him as the new Vikings quarterback. He gave us all hope - with that one play - that maybe this will, indeed, be a year worth watching the team and cheering for them. Now lets see what happens next Monday night when those dreaded Packers come to town. I am sure they will want to show Mr. Favre how good they are without him. While the Vikings will want to prove how good they are, with him. Wow! Could it get any better than that?
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