Dec 2, 2012

The Agony of Defeat

It's finally settled in. The Vikings have lost yet another game, but this wasn't just any game. This was probably the biggest game of the year for the Vikings. We were playing the Green Bay Packers, our longtime rival.

The Vikings this season have relied on other teams playing poorly. The Vikings have lots of talent throughout the team, they just aren't using them right. The team looked horrendous. Except for Adrian Peterson. Adrian Peterson did awesome today as usual, but that's not the point. The point is, we lost yet another game, yet Vikings fans are still Vikings fans and they couldn't be happier to stand by their team. That's what’s remarkable about everything.

True Vikings fans are the best in the world. If you're a true Viking fan, you know the Vikings have never won a Super Bowl, but you keep on hoping. You know this year they're probably not going to the playoffs, yet you keep on hoping. My goal is not to make Vikings fans even more depressed about today’s game, but to make people realize how amazing our team is.

Today, the Vikings lost to the Green Bay Packers 23-14. Vikings fans lose hope, and the agony of defeat begins. But what makes true Vikings fans so great is that they lose hope for a brief period and regain it looking forward to the next game. Hoping for a win.

What keeps me cheering for the Vikings is I can always find something good about each game. Today,
Adrian Peterson carried 21 times for 210 yards. That's incredible. To top it off Peterson had a career-long 82-yard touchdown run in the second quarter.

Knowing you have the best player in the NFL is one of those rewards that only being a true fan can get you. You don’t get that if you jump on bandwagons.

True Vikings fans didn't jump off the Vikings Ship last week and they definitely didn't jump on two weeks ago when we won the Lions (not like they would have been accepted as a "true" Vikings fan). True Vikings fans were there when we were about to go into the "rebuilding stage", were there when we were tied for the top spot on the NFC North Division, were there after last week’s loss, and were there during today's loss.

See, true Vikings fans don't jump ship, they stick with their team, and someday when the Vikings prove everybody wrong and win a Super Bowl and have the best stadium in the world, it will be most rewarding.