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    Do you remember your FIRST VIKINGS GAME you attended?







    It was 1973 for me.
    ;D




    It was a year that all Vikings Fans could be proud of their team.




    We went 12-2 in the regular season and marched right thru the playoffs to end up meeting the Miami Dolphins in the Super Bowl.





    Here is how the year panned out for us.



    Regular Season
    Week 1
    Sep 16 W 24-16 vs Oakland Raiders

    Week 2
    Sep 23 W 22-13 at Chicago Bears

    Week 3
    Sep 30 W 11-3 vs Green Bay Packers

    Week 4
    Oct 7 W 23-9 at Detroit Lions

    Week 5
    Oct 14 W 17-13 at San Francisco 49ers

    Week 6
    Oct 21 W 28-21 vs Philadelphia Eagles

    Week 7
    Oct 28 W 10-9 vs Los Angeles Rams

    Week 8
    Nov 4 W 26-3 vs Cleveland Browns

    Week 9
    Nov 11 W 28-7 vs Detroit Lions

    Week 10
    Nov 19 L 20-14 at Atlanta Falcons

    Week 11
    Nov 25 W 31-13 vs Chicago Bears

    Week 12
    Dec 2 L 27-0 at Cincinnati Bengals

    Week 13
    Dec 8 W 31-7 at Green Bay Packers

    Week 14
    Dec 16 W 31-7 at New York Giants at New Haven, CT


    Post Season
    Divisional
    Playoffs
    Dec 22 W 27-20 vs Washington Redskins

    Conference
    Championship
    Dec 30 W 27-10 at Dallas Cowboys

    Superbowl
    Jan 13 L 24-7 at Miami Dolphins at Houston, TX






    I was in Jr. High School at the time, in the 7th grade.

    A good friend of mine, David Johnson, approached me and asked if I would like to go to a football game with him and his Dad.
    I said yes with no hesitation.
    He then informed me we would be going to see the NY Giants playing at the Yale Bowl in New Haven, CT.

    This was the Giants home field while the Meadowlands in NJ was being built.
    When I asked who they where playing, and he said the Vikings, I almost pissed my pants.
    I was in heaven, I was actually going to go to my first ever NFL game and low and behold, not only to see the Giants, but to see them play my childhood ( and even today) hero's of the NFL.






    Visions of seeing my favorite players, kept me up all night,
    it was a long and slow passing of time for the next 5 or so days.





    Here's a list of my hero's who I was soon to see in real life, playing my favorite sport.





    1973 Minnesota Vikings Stats

    Passing Comp Att Comp % Yds Y/Att TD Int Rating
    Fran Tarkenton 169 274 61.7 2113 7.71 15 7 93.2
    Bob Berry 10 24 41.7 121 5.04 1 2 37.0

    Rushing Rush Yds Avg TD
    Chuck Foreman 182 801 4.4 4
    Oscar Reed 100 401 4.0 3
    Ed Marinaro 95 302 3.2 2
    Dave Osborn 48 216 4.5 0
    Bill Brown 47 206 4.4 3
    Fran Tarkenton 41 202 4.9 1
    John Gilliam 5 71 14.2 1
    Brent McClanahan 17 69 4.1 0
    Bob Berry 2 5 2.5 0
    Stu Voigt 1 2 2.0 0

    Receiving Rec Yds Avg TD
    John Gilliam 42 907 21.6 8
    Chuck Foreman 37 362 9.8 2
    Ed Marinaro 26 196 7.5 2
    Stu Voigt 23 318 13.8 2
    Oscar Reed 19 122 6.4 0
    Carroll Dale 14 192 13.7 0
    Bill Brown 5 22 4.4 1
    Dave Osborn 3 4 1.3 0
    Jim Lash 2 34 17.0 0
    Doug Kingsriter 2 27 13.5 0
    Gary Ballman 2 22 11.0 0
    Rhett Dawson 2 14 7.0 0
    John Beasley 1 3 3.0 1
    John Ward 1 1 1.0 0

    Kick Returns Ret Yds Avg TD
    Charlie West 3 104 34.7 0
    Brent McClanahan 16 410 25.6 0
    John Gilliam 10 174 17.4 0
    Oscar Reed 2 29 14.5 0
    Bill Brown 3 35 11.7 0

    Punt Returns Ret Yds Avg TD
    Bobby Bryant 25 140 5.6 0

    Punting Punts Yds Avg Blocked
    Mike Eischeid 66 2628 39.8 0

    Kicking PAT
    Made PAT
    Att PAT
    % FG
    Made FG
    Att FG
    % Pts
    Fred Cox 33 33 100 21 35 60.0 96

    Interceptions Int Yds Avg TD
    Bobby Bryant 7 105 15.0 1
    Paul Krause 4 28 7.0 0
    Jeff Wright 3 31 10.3 0
    Nate Wright 3 6 2.0 0
    Jeff Siemon 2 24 12.0 0
    Terry Brown 1 63 63.0 1
    Wally Hilgenberg 1 6 6.0 0

    To save room, I"ve copied the players and their stats for the 1973 season.

    And lets not forget. They hit the field being coached by one of the Greatest Coaches of all Time......Bud Grant










    We arrived at the game and we had endzone sets.
    Almost directly in the middle of the end zone and about 10 rows back.

    To me, every dam seat in the house would have been the best, but hey, we where sitting in them for sure.







    My best memorie of the game was, and oh how so fitting, it was played in a snow storm.

    It snowed the whole game.

    We had a blast, me and my friend, throwing snowballs thruout the game and cheering on our teams.







    I can still remember Fran, leading our team to a number of scores and watching our D, really put the black and blue on the Giants.








    Outcome:

    VIKINGS
    31

    NY GIANTS
    7







    I'll never forget that snowy Dec. day, when I realized that my blood was surely Purple, and the team of my life would walk off that field holding their heads almost as high as mine was.

    Best of all, WE WON and WON BIG.....What a way to end the regular season and get a taste of my favorite team in person for the first time. But would turn out, not to be my last...






    Let's here your story....









    NordicNed



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    Re: Do you remember your FIRST VIKINGS GAME you attended?

    Honestly, no.
    I don't remember.
    I went to Vikings games when I was very young and living in the Cities.
    I remember gong to several in the Old Met before it was tore down, and remember going to a couple during the first year in the Metrodome.
    But I
    don't remember which one was my first.


    Then we moved around for a few years before going back to the cities when I was in Jr high, but that was the mid 80's and my parents were more avid Twins fans, so I caught a lot of baseball, but no Vikings. The WS in 1987 and 1991 only cemented that, and I was reduced to watching my beloved Vikings from TV...

    After high school I joined the military, and spent a while touring the world before finally settling in Grand Forks, ND in 1997.
    Now that I had my own $$$ and I was back in the region, the Vikings were high on my priority.
    Unfortunately I spent the entire 1997 season in Saudi Arabia (but still got to see the Brad Johnson to Bran Johnson TD pass on AFN).


    In 1998, my Vikings drought ended, and me and four of my buddies made it to the dome for the home opener.
    We went shirtless, and painted V-I-K-E-S across our chests.
    I was the "V". ;D
    There we got to see a special rookie named Randy Moss catch not one, but two TDs in his first ever NFL game.
    What a great game!
    What a great season!
    Unfortunately I had to watch the rest of it (including the NFC Championship game) from Kuwait...

    Eventually my wife and I move down to southern Illinois in 2000, and didn't return to ND for five years.
    As soon as we moved back tot he region, I became a season ticket holder, and I have been going ever since.

    My son's first regular season Vikings game at the dome was last year against Green Bay.
    He was 2.
    And so the cycle begins again...
    Zeus wrote:
    When are you going to realize that picking out the 20 bad throws this year and ignoring the 300 good ones does not make your point?

    =Z=

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    Re: Do you remember your FIRST VIKINGS GAME you attended?

    My first one was in 1998 in the dome against the Bungles.

    Vikes 28
    Bungles 7

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    Re: Do you remember your FIRST VIKINGS GAME you attended?

    I have an uncle that used to take me to a few
    football and baseball games at the Met.

    Those were great memories,seeing the old greats like Killebrew and Carew for the Twins and Tark, Foreman and the Purple People Eaters defense. To me,even though I was young, there was nothing like sitting out in the open air and watching these guys play. The wind coming into the Met during the Vikings games was pretty intimidating to the opposing teams and it always gave us the edge during the last half of the season.

    I was at the 1977 season game against the 49ers when we won by one point, which was exciting to me as an 11 year old and during the 75 season when we beat the Packers.

    After the dome went up I never went to many games as they just weren't the same. I think I have been to maybe 6 games at the dome total.

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    Re: Do you remember your FIRST VIKINGS GAME you attended?

    A little vague on the year, however it was 91 or 92.
    We (Wildwoman, I and 3 other couples) drove down from Mayport Fl to Tampa and watched the Vikes beat the heck out of the Bucs.

    We got there on a Sat, slept in a van (really partied all night) and tailgated with a bunch of Bucs fans.
    We all had our Vikes stuff, lots of
    barley pop, a grill and a big sign Wildwoman and I made that said "Denny for Pres".

    We got stopped at the gate cause all the guys had our pockets full of beers and the women pretty much pretended like they didn't know us.
    ;D

    First of 3 games Wildwoman and I have been to.
    The Vikes have won all 3.
    Hope to make it 4 in a row on the 9th against Atlanta.
    ;D
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    Re: Do you remember your FIRST VIKINGS GAME you attended?

    Mine was in '94 I think against the raiders because I was so young but I do remember Cris Carter hauling in a diving touchdown for about 50 yards.

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    Re: Do you remember your FIRST VIKINGS GAME you attended?

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    Little bit. I know my Grandpa took me to the Old Met stadium. I remeber him and my Uncle drinking whisky out of flask in the parking lot before we went in,. I must of been 7 or 8 so it must of been the 77 or 78 year. I know we won the game. It was still somewhat warm so it must of been early in the season.

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    Re: Do you remember your FIRST VIKINGS GAME you attended?

    You'll find this hard to believe but...
    My first Vikings game I saw in person was the 1975 NFC Divisional Playoff against the Dallas Cowboys on December 28th. The Purple People Eaters vs the Doomsday Defense.
    I think you all know what happened at the end of the game. I was sitting high in the corner of the end zone with Dallas moving down the field away from me.
    The Vikes were up 14-10.
    With less than 30 seconds on the clock, Roger Staubach threw the ball as hard as he could to Drew Pearson. Nate Wright was defending. Pearson pushed off and caught the pass on his hip and went into the endzone.
    All heck broke loose on the stands for the interfearance call but no such call was made.
    The famous pass made the "Hail Mary" a byword for such passes today.
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    Re: Do you remember your FIRST VIKINGS GAME you attended?

    My first Vikings game was Tice's first game as Head Coach...the makeup Monday Night game in Baltimore.
    Spermyum Winn started at QB...and needless to say, we lost.
    It was cold as heck as well...but I still enjoyed myself.
    I have been to one other against the Ravens, two against the Skins in DC...and two games in the Metrodome (Packers, when Edinger won it with the last second FG, and the Bears last year, where we fumbled away a sure win).
    I look forward to the games this season...with us winning them this time.
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    Re: Do you remember your FIRST VIKINGS GAME you attended?

    "NordicNed" wrote:






    It was 1973 for me.
    ;D




    It was a year that all Vikings Fans could be proud of their team.




    We went 12-2 in the regular season and marched right thru the playoffs to end up meeting the Miami Dolphins in the Super Bowl.





    Here is how the year panned out for us.



    Regular Season
    Week 1
    Sep 16 W 24-16 vs Oakland Raiders

    Week 2
    Sep 23 W 22-13 at Chicago Bears

    Week 3
    Sep 30 W 11-3 vs Green Bay Packers

    Week 4
    Oct 7 W 23-9 at Detroit Lions

    Week 5
    Oct 14 W 17-13 at San Francisco 49ers

    Week 6
    Oct 21 W 28-21 vs Philadelphia Eagles

    Week 7
    Oct 28 W 10-9 vs Los Angeles Rams

    Week 8
    Nov 4 W 26-3 vs Cleveland Browns

    Week 9
    Nov 11 W 28-7 vs Detroit Lions

    Week 10
    Nov 19 L 20-14 at Atlanta Falcons

    Week 11
    Nov 25 W 31-13 vs Chicago Bears

    Week 12
    Dec 2 L 27-0 at Cincinnati Bengals

    Week 13
    Dec 8 W 31-7 at Green Bay Packers

    Week 14
    Dec 16 W 31-7 at New York Giants at New Haven, CT


    Post Season
    Divisional
    Playoffs
    Dec 22 W 27-20 vs Washington Redskins

    Conference
    Championship
    Dec 30 W 27-10 at Dallas Cowboys

    Superbowl
    Jan 13 L 24-7 at Miami Dolphins at Houston, TX






    I was in Jr. High School at the time, in the 7th grade.

    A good friend of mine, David Johnson, approached me and asked if I would like to go to a football game with him and his Dad.
    I said yes with no hesitation.
    He then informed me we would be going to see the NY Giants playing at the Yale Bowl in New Haven, CT.

    This was the Giants home field while the Meadowlands in NJ was being built.
    When I asked who they where playing, and he said the Vikings, I almost pissed my pants.
    I was in heaven, I was actually going to go to my first ever NFL game and low and behold, not only to see the Giants, but to see them play my childhood ( and even today) hero's of the NFL.






    Visions of seeing my favorite players, kept me up all night,
    it was a long and slow passing of time for the next 5 or so days.





    Here's a list of my hero's who I was soon to see in real life, playing my favorite sport.





    1973 Minnesota Vikings Stats

    Passing Comp Att Comp % Yds Y/Att TD Int Rating
    Fran Tarkenton 169 274 61.7 2113 7.71 15 7 93.2
    Bob Berry 10 24 41.7 121 5.04 1 2 37.0

    Rushing Rush Yds Avg TD
    Chuck Foreman 182 801 4.4 4
    Oscar Reed 100 401 4.0 3
    Ed Marinaro 95 302 3.2 2
    Dave Osborn 48 216 4.5 0
    Bill Brown 47 206 4.4 3
    Fran Tarkenton 41 202 4.9 1
    John Gilliam 5 71 14.2 1
    Brent McClanahan 17 69 4.1 0
    Bob Berry 2 5 2.5 0
    Stu Voigt 1 2 2.0 0

    Receiving Rec Yds Avg TD
    John Gilliam 42 907 21.6 8
    Chuck Foreman 37 362 9.8 2
    Ed Marinaro 26 196 7.5 2
    Stu Voigt 23 318 13.8 2
    Oscar Reed 19 122 6.4 0
    Carroll Dale 14 192 13.7 0
    Bill Brown 5 22 4.4 1
    Dave Osborn 3 4 1.3 0
    Jim Lash 2 34 17.0 0
    Doug Kingsriter 2 27 13.5 0
    Gary Ballman 2 22 11.0 0
    Rhett Dawson 2 14 7.0 0
    John Beasley 1 3 3.0 1
    John Ward 1 1 1.0 0

    Kick Returns Ret Yds Avg TD
    Charlie West 3 104 34.7 0
    Brent McClanahan 16 410 25.6 0
    John Gilliam 10 174 17.4 0
    Oscar Reed 2 29 14.5 0
    Bill Brown 3 35 11.7 0

    Punt Returns Ret Yds Avg TD
    Bobby Bryant 25 140 5.6 0

    Punting Punts Yds Avg Blocked
    Mike Eischeid 66 2628 39.8 0

    Kicking PAT
    Made PAT
    Att PAT
    % FG
    Made FG
    Att FG
    % Pts
    Fred Cox 33 33 100 21 35 60.0 96

    Interceptions Int Yds Avg TD
    Bobby Bryant 7 105 15.0 1
    Paul Krause 4 28 7.0 0
    Jeff Wright 3 31 10.3 0
    Nate Wright 3 6 2.0 0
    Jeff Siemon 2 24 12.0 0
    Terry Brown 1 63 63.0 1
    Wally Hilgenberg 1 6 6.0 0

    To save room, I"ve copied the players and their stats for the 1973 season.

    And lets not forget. They hit the field being coached by one of the Greatest Coaches of all Time......Bud Grant











    We arrived at the game and we had endzone sets.
    Almost directly in the middle of the end zone and about 10 rows back.

    To me, every dam seat in the house would have been the best, but hey, we where sitting in them for sure.







    My best memorie of the game was, and oh how so fitting, it was played in a snow storm.

    It snowed the whole game.

    We had a blast, me and my friend, throwing snowballs thruout the game and cheering on our teams.







    I can still remember Fran, leading our team to a number of scores and watching our D, really put the black and blue on the Giants.








    Outcome:

    VIKINGS
    31

    NY GIANTS
    7







    I'll never forget that snowy Dec. day, when I realized that my blood was surely Purple, and the team of my life would walk off that field holding their heads almost as high as mine was.

    Best of all, WE WON and WON BIG.....What a way to end the regular season and get a taste of my favorite team in person for the first time. But would turn out, not to be my last...






    Let's here your story....









    NordicNed

    That season the Vikings were preparing for one of the playoff games at the U of M. I was 22 at the time, and took my 10 year old brother to watch them practice.
    There was no security and really few fans. We stood right on the sidelines and watched our heros up close. On one play John Gilliam, who could run like a deer, came out of bounds on a pattern and knocked my brother over.I was too slow to get him out of the way. My brother wasn't hurt fortunately. Gilliam said" Hey you got to stay out of the way".
    That was one hell of a team.Foreman was beyond belief. The Dolphins were just physically superior to us that year. Here's a recap.

    FIFTH DIVISION TITLE
    The Vikings began the ’73 season with nine straight victories and clinched the NFC Central championship before they even lost a game. Minnesota clinched the division crown by defeating Detroit, 28-7, at Metropolitan Stadium on Nov. 11, 1973. The Vikings finished with a 12-2 mark, which tied for the best record in the league that year.

    SECOND SUPER BOWL
    On Jan. 13, 1974 the Vikings played in the second Super Bowl in franchise history against the Miami Dolphins at Rice Stadium in Houston, TX. The Dolphins prevailed, 27-10. Minnesota earned the trip to Super Bowl VIII by defeating Dallas, 27-10, in the NFC Championship Game at Texas Stadium on Dec. 30, 1973.

    It was Dallas they were practicing for when my brother and I were there.

    My brother and I are going to the season opener against Atlanta this year.

    I guess you might call us Vikings fans.

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