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Vikings were a great diversion
January 25, 2010 - Per Peterson
The Vikings jinx lives on. Our team once again lost a conference title game, but don’t blame Brett Favre. Or Adrian Peterson. Or Brad Childress. Blame them all collectively; it’s only fair. Favre for the pick. Peterson for the fumbles. And Childress, maybe Darrell Bevell, too, for the too many men on the field penalty. If the Vikings were trying to fool the Saints by shifting personnel around, well, let’s just say there are better ways to fool a defense than running players in and out (or just in, in this case) of the huddle. Plus, there’s a time and a place for chicanery like that, and a potential game-winning drive in the NFC title game is definitely not the time. Here I thought the 12th man was only a reference to the home crowd, when all this time its true meaning is having too many men on the field. I guess that’s the REAL difference-maker. Both “12th men” had an impact on the game, but the Vikings handled the noise level in the Superdome with aplomb. They played well offensively with a couple of valleys and played well defensively, making the league’s top offense look pedestrian for 70 percent of the game. Yes, we are jinxed, but we must remember, the sun did come up the next day (we just couldn’t see it because of another snowstorm). The loss is a bummer and all, but there are bigger things to worry about folks. Football is a mere diversion to life’s everyday stresses and problems, a hobby of sorts, and Vikings football has been a wonderful diversion all season and into the playoffs. But we need to get over Sunday’s loss and look forward to next year; we need to move on. It would’ve been fun to watch the Vikings play in SB 44, really fun as a matter of fact, but thanks to the jinx it won’t happen and probably never will. Let’s just hope that next year’s version provides as good of a diversion to our lives than this year’s did.
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