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    Re: Purple Pride

    "Acumen" wrote:
    "Ltrey33" wrote:
    Purple Pride

    The Vikings are a painful team. In the last 10 years they’ve lost a heartbreaking NFC Championship game by an overtime field goal and another by a 41-0 deficit, they’ve missed the postseason on the final play of the final drive of the final game and have missed the playoffs three other times. They have taunted us with Pro Bowlers and perennial Hall of Famers that never win the big one, and they have drafted busts that never have the opportunity to win the big one. Yet we as fans keep coming back. If a wife or a girlfriend treated us this way, there’s no way we’d still be around. Imagine dating a girl for years, becoming engaged and being dumped on the wedding day….twice! Personally, I’d be gone so fast her head would spin. But we’re still here on PP.O and we’re still rooting for them every Sunday. What is the reason for this madness? Why do we put ourselves through such torment? It has to be the Purple Pride.

    Purple Pride isn’t something that is quantifiable. It’s one of those things that you either have or you don’t. Most men get picked on for wearing purple, but for some reason we wear it proudly on our shoulders. It’s something that only Vikings fans know and very few others understand. It’s something that Bud Grant, Carl Eller and Mick Tinglehoff had, but it’s something that the Randy Moss’s and Daunte Culpepper’s of the world will never understand. It’s something that not even the man who coined the term, Red McCombs, could fully grasp, and it’s certainly not something that any legislator or politician “working” for a stadium can understand. It’s a feeling of admiration for the people who have worn the Vikings uniform in the past and it’s a feeling of respect for those that wear it now. It’s a swelling of hope in your heart and in the pit of your stomach. It’s a voice that says to you, “Maybe this year.” Maybe it’s the same thing a Steelers or a Cowboys fan feels for their team, but I guess we’ll never really know. What I do know is that it is a special feeling, and it’s something that I wouldn’t give up for most things in the world.

    I, like most Vikings fans, will never know what it is like to pull on a jersey on Sunday and compete for a Super Bowl title. What I do know however is what it’s like to pull on a jersey on Sunday and root my jiggly butt off for my team. So when things go south, when we go on losing streaks, or we miss the playoffs, or our collective hearts are broken again, don’t worry my friends. As long as the Purple Pride is there, there is still hope. So as we face another season that may or may not be lost, wear your purple proudly and root for whoever is on the field and on the sidelines. Whether this team rides off into the sunset an unlikely champion, or it crashes and burns like so many Vikings teams before them, the Purple Pride will still be there in your hearts and in your minds when you wake up in the morning.

    Yeah, we have a nice family here, a group of people that would never be together unless it had this bond...just like a real family.
    We like to celebrate together, fight over trivial crap, and even share some of our real life.
    Nice to have a place to go when you're in parts unknown with few Vikings fans around.
    I find it remarkable there are others who stick with this team during the challenging times. I have been a fan for decades. During that time I have sworn I would never waste my time watching the Vikings again only to watch them again the follwing week.
    In the old days of Bud Grant it seemed we had legitimate expectations of a superbowl appearance every year.We just needed to beat Dallas in the NFC championship game to get there.
    Now I know that's not an absolutely accurate recollection, but I think it has been enough to sustain me.
    That and the fact that 4 runner up finishes still haunts me.
    The Bud Grant era was based on a foundation of great defense and one or two talented quarterbacks who called their own plays.
    We have only had a very good defense twice since.Right now is the second time.
    And both times we have had no offense.
    It may not be this year, but I believe an offense will be here before the defense declines.
    That will keep me engaged no matter how bad we play this year.
    Good post Ltrey33!
    What takes a quarterback to the next level is not arm strength or mobility or any of that stuff. Its the ability to play on critical downs. Manage third downs, or red zones or four-minute or two-minute situations"

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    Re: Purple Pride

    Good post ltrey.
    It kept me riveted, even with my short attention span.
    I agree with you too jargomc, Our defense should be good for a number of years, and Childress is an offensive coach that just needs a few more pieces to the puzzle.

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