Relax, it could be worse - you could be a Vikings fan
Redskins fans may think they’ve been through a lot this year. Ugly losses, getting Vicked on national television, Rex Grossman - but it’s nothing compared to what Vikings fans have had to deal with. My in-laws live in South Dakota and Minnesota and are Vikings fans (except for the few that decided to be Packers fans just to annoy everyone else) and this year, football is a topic I know to avoid. It’s like not talking about how crazy Uncle Albert is back in jail - everyone knows about it and there’s no need to bring up the unpleasantness. [Random side note - one year my wife’s aunt got me a big purple Randy Moss/Vikings shirt for Christmas. She told me she got it because “I know you like football.” I just said thanks and moved on.]
This angst begins with the gunslinger, Brett Favre. We should have some sympathy for Vikings fans just for having to root for him in the first place - it has to be tough after all those years as their hated rival. It would be like the Redskins signing Troy Aikman - or Donovan McNabb (er, bad example). Last year, I’m sure it was easier to put that past behind them, but this year he’s been an interception-throwing/private-part-texting machine. When the Vikings announced he would be starting this week, every Redskins fan I know was thrilled. That’s not the kind of reaction you want to get from your starting QB.
Then there’s Randy Moss. It was supposed to be a wonderful reunion, but instead it was a brief, frustrating affair. Let’s not forget that Moss was a bit of trouble the first go around - running over cops with his car , causing Joe Buck to lose his mind, and “Straight Cash, Homey.” This time around he barely tried and insulted the caterers.
Now, I suppose it would be one thing if they could look back on past glory, but the Vikings are one of those teams that only lose Super Bowls. The Fran Tarkenton/Bud Grant Vikings of the 70’s lost four different Super Bowls - they were the Buffalo Bills without the Zubaz. In the 80’s, they were a necessary step for the Redskins to win championships - the Redskins beat them in 1982 and 1987. Perhaps the most memorable thing about the Vikings before the Brett Favre dong-a-palooza came to town was the infamous “Sex Boat” cruise. You know, the one the team took with strippers and, um, toys (I don’t care if Fred Smoot says it was the most overrated party ever - in my mind it will always be epic).
If nothing else, it’s nice to not have the Redskins be the team with all the drama. Between Vince Young’s meltdown last week and the constant circus that is the Vikings, the boring ol’ Redskins get to slip under the radar. It’s kinda nice for a change...
| November 24, 2010; 5:44 PM ET
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