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    The Super Losers: Minnesota Vikings (SB IX)

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    Continuing SportsFan Magazine's look back at the greatest teams to lose in the Super Bowl is this review of the 1974 Minnesota Vikings, one of the best defenses to ever make the championship game...but one that couldn't help Minny overcome the Steel Curtain.

    Ed. Note: To help kill the time before we start drinking in preparation for Super Bowl XL, SportsFan Magazine presents its countdown of the Top 10 Super Losers - teams that entered the Bowl on the top of the world and left after a swift kick to the ass. Join us each day for another team on the list, all the way to No. 1.

    The 1973 Minnesota Vikings had a better regular season record (12-2) than the 1974 Vikings (10-4), but faced longer odds in their Super Bowl VIII loss to Miami -- which gave the Vikings the unfortunate honor of being the first franchise to lose two Bowls. (And as any Phish fan will tell you, losing two bowls is just heartbreaking.)

    The 1974 Vikings, under Hall of Fame coach Bud Grant, featured what was statistically a better defense (10th in total yardage, up a notch in the NFL from the previous season). Pro Bowlers DL Carl Eller, DB Paul Krause and DL Alan Page once again led a "Purple People Eaters" defense into the postseason, and eventually back to the Super Bowl.

    The ninth Bowl was played on Jan. 12, 1975, at Tulane Stadium in New Orleans. It pitted the NFC champion Vikings against the Pittsburgh Steelers, who won the AFC. The pregame hype surrounded a battle between two of the league's star quarterbacks: Pittsburgh's Terry Bradshaw and Minnesota's Fran Tarkenton. Vegas, however, was much more concerned with the face-off between Minnesota's smothering defense and that of its opponent: the famed "Steel Curtain," which boasted as many accolades but more star power than the "People Eaters." The line on the game was Pittsburgh minus-3 before kickoff.

    When analyzing Super Bowl IX, the obvious first question is whether or not this game would have been lamented as a tedious, over-hyped pile of garbage by today's point-hungry fans and egomaniacal media because it had the gall to be a defensive showdown. Remember the viewer indifference when Super Bowl XXXV entered halftime with the Baltimore Ravens leading the Giants 10-0? One could argue the only thing exciting before the third quarter in that game was the way Steven Tyler dirty-old-manned at Britney Spears during their halftime rendition of "Walk This Way," which also featured a rapper, an R&B singer, and N*SYNC -- Justin Timberlake making a boob out of himself, years before...well, you know.

    In Super Bowl IX, the score was 2-0 in favor of the Steelers at halftime (if they had office pool grids back then, someone must have been close to orgasm). And the halftime show was a tribute to Duke Ellington, which I'm guessing didn't have the same ironic thrill as seeing Nelly rap next to Joe Perry's guitar during the Ravens' game. But at least it wasn't "Up With People."

    In the end, the Steelers' defense proved too much for the Vikings' offense to handle, allowing just 119 yards of total offense and not allowing a Minnesota offensive score in the 16-6 win. The Steel Curtain also forced a trio of Tarkenton interceptions. All of this in a game that saw Jack Lambert miss most of the second half with an injury.

    The Vikings team that lost in Super Bowl XI (1977) might have actually been the best (on paper) of the three teams that lost in the Bowl from 1974-1977. But Minnesota's best odds at winning the big game were in Super Bowl IX, a game that will go down in history as one of the greatest defensive Bowls of all-time, as well as one of the best justifications for having hilarious million-dollar commercials featuring monkeys during the broadcast, just in case the score is 2-0 at halftime.

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    Re: The Super Losers: Minnesota Vikings (SB IX)

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    [size=18px]The Super Losers: Minnesota Vikings (SB IX)[/size]

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    Continuing SportsFan Magazine's look back at the greatest teams to lose in the Super Bowl is this review of the 1974 Minnesota Vikings, one of the best defenses to ever make the championship game...but one that couldn't help Minny overcome the Steel Curtain.

    Ed. Note: To help kill the time before we start drinking in preparation for Super Bowl XL, SportsFan Magazine presents its countdown of the Top 10 Super Losers - teams that entered the Bowl on the top of the world and left after a swift kick to the jiggly butt. Join us each day for another team on the list, all the way to No. 1.

    The 1973 Minnesota Vikings had a better regular season record (12-2) than the 1974 Vikings (10-4), but faced longer odds in their Super Bowl VIII loss to Miami -- which gave the Vikings the unfortunate honor of being the first franchise to lose two Bowls. (And as any Phish fan will tell you, losing two bowls is just heartbreaking.)

    The 1974 Vikings, under Hall of Fame coach Bud Grant, featured what was statistically a better defense (10th in total yardage, up a notch in the NFL from the previous season). Pro Bowlers DL Carl Eller, DB Paul Krause and DL Alan Page once again led a "Purple People Eaters" defense into the postseason, and eventually back to the Super Bowl.

    The ninth Bowl was played on Jan. 12, 1975, at Tulane Stadium in New Orleans. It pitted the NFC champion Vikings against the Pittsburgh Steelers, who won the AFC. The pregame hype surrounded a battle between two of the league's star quarterbacks: Pittsburgh's Terry Bradshaw and Minnesota's Fran Tarkenton. Vegas, however, was much more concerned with the face-off between Minnesota's smothering defense and that of its opponent: the famed "Steel Curtain," which boasted as many accolades but more star power than the "People Eaters." The line on the game was Pittsburgh minus-3 before kickoff.

    When analyzing Super Bowl IX, the obvious first question is whether or not this game would have been lamented as a tedious, over-hyped pile of garbage by today's point-hungry fans and egomaniacal media because it had the gall to be a defensive showdown. Remember the viewer indifference when Super Bowl XXXV entered halftime with the Baltimore Ravens leading the Giants 10-0? One could argue the only thing exciting before the third quarter in that game was the way Steven Tyler dirty-old-manned at Britney Spears during their halftime rendition of "Walk This Way," which also featured a rapper, an R&B singer, and N*SYNC -- Justin Timberlake making a boob out of himself, years before...well, you know.

    In Super Bowl IX, the score was 2-0 in favor of the Steelers at halftime (if they had office pool grids back then, someone must have been close to orgasm). And the halftime show was a tribute to Duke Ellington, which I'm guessing didn't have the same ironic thrill as seeing Nelly rap next to Joe Perry's guitar during the Ravens' game. But at least it wasn't "Up With People."

    In the end, the Steelers' defense proved too much for the Vikings' offense to handle, allowing just 119 yards of total offense and not allowing a Minnesota offensive score in the 16-6 win. The Steel Curtain also forced a trio of Tarkenton interceptions. All of this in a game that saw Jack Lambert miss most of the second half with an injury.

    The Vikings team that lost in Super Bowl XI (1977) might have actually been the best (on paper) of the three teams that lost in the Bowl from 1974-1977. But Minnesota's best odds at winning the big game were in Super Bowl IX, a game that will go down in history as one of the greatest defensive Bowls of all-time, as well as one of the best justifications for having hilarious million-dollar commercials featuring monkeys during the broadcast, just in case the score is 2-0 at halftime.

    Greg Wyshynski is the senior editor for SportsFan Magazine.
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    Did you reply singers? Why does every writer need to bring up all the negative crap about the Vikings. So if the Vikes were to go out and win the SB next season would we be idolized like the stupid Packers? I get sick of hearing all the negative how about some positive for once..

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    Re: The Super Losers: Minnesota Vikings (SB IX)

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    Did you reply singers? Why does every writer need to bring up all the negative crap about the Vikings. So if the Vikes were to go out and win the SB next season would we be idolized like the stupid Packers? I get sick of hearing all the negative how about some positive for once..
    Not yet.

    You will always get a great deal of negativity towards the Vikes from the press.

    I doubt if we won the SB we would get idolized.

    I would be more willing to bet they would print how the other team blew it & should have won it.

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    Re: The Super Losers: Minnesota Vikings (SB IX)

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    "VikesfaninWis" wrote:
    Did you reply singers? Why does every writer need to bring up all the negative crap about the Vikings. So if the Vikes were to go out and win the SB next season would we be idolized like the stupid Packers? I get sick of hearing all the negative how about some positive for once..
    Not yet.

    You will always get a great deal of negativity towards the Vikes from the press.

    I doubt if we won the SB we would get idolized.

    I would be more willing to bet they would print how the other team blew it & should have won it.
    That is unless, we went into the game and kicked the living shit out of whoever we where playing against.

    Then we will get the respect weve all been looking for.


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    I would love to see a final score of 2-0 in the SB the first time the Vikings win the SB. Smash mouth. Nothing more, nothing less.

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    Re: The Super Losers: Minnesota Vikings (SB IX)

    The Vikings are 0-4 in super bowls. If the press is going to talk about super bowls they are going talk negative about a team that has never won one. Our teams were outplayed by an inferior Chiefs team, blown out by a dominating Miami team, outplayed by an equally matched steelers team, and pounded by an aggressive Raiders team.

    Other than Miami we could have and should have won those games. The Chiefs game looked to me like some players were payed off. Like the Colts we were heavily favored and our corners looked like they didn't want to tackle. The corners killed us in our first super bowl.

    We lost the Dolphins super bowl before we got there. They pushed our D all over the field.

    Pittsburgh we had our chances. We had a ball knocked in the air at the goal line that would have given us a 7-2 lead at half. We had bad play calling that caused a safety. Our D played well, they gave up alot of yards to Franco but played well!! But in the end we didn't have enough offense.

    The Raider game we could have gotten an early lead and that could have meant a different mind set on a team shell shocked in super bowls. They drove down the field and they were about to score. But Brent McClannahan fumbled diving over the pile. The ball was recovered at the three and the Raiders went down the field and scored. They were still in the game in the fourth quarter; the score was 25 -14. This and the first series are the two crucial turning points of this super bowl.

    Lets say the rest of the game went as it did (I really don't think it would have if Brent hadn't fumbled, he would have scored). But Brent scored and let say tarkenton doesn't throw the out for an itnterception but finishes the drive. The Vikes were at the 27 when Tark threw that interception.

    The final score would have benn 28-25 and Minnesota would have been super bowl champs. But it was not meant to be and the final score was Raider 32
    Vikings 14

    So the Raiders game to me was the hardest one to lose!! WE were the closest as far as how many plays could have gone for us would have changed the outcome!!!

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    Re: The Super Losers: Minnesota Vikings (SB IX)

    Whine about the media all you want ... but discussing our best Super Bowl loser is about is good a thing as you can say about the Vikes.
    There have been plenty of fluff pieces on how great Tarkenton, the PPEs and Cris Carter were over the years ... and that is fluff ... when it comes down to it ... we have not won the big one and have not even been to the dance in nearly 30 years.
    In that time we have lost FOUR NFC Championship games (two in which we were favored), including the embarrassment in the Meadowlands and the home choke against the Dirty Birds ... we have lost THREE home playoff games (only won 5 home playoff games) ... we are 10-16 in the playoffs (we were 8-9 prior to that) despite having quite a bit of regular season success (16 playoff appearances in 29 years) ... we made one of the biggest boneheaded trades ever for Herschel Walker ... we had the cheapest owner of all time ... we traded away the most talented receiver to play in the league ... we have the stupid love boat scandal ... the ticket scalping scandal ... and blew a 7-0 start in 2000 (ended up on the road in NFC Champ game), blew a 6-0 start in 03, and blew a 5-1 start in 04 ... THAT IS A LOT OF NEGATIVE TO WRITE ABOUT!!!
    We can keep whining all we want about the media writing bad things about the Vikes ... but until our beloved team gives them something positive ... can we really blame them?
    Lets hope Childress is the one to push us toward the positive headlines.

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    Re: The Super Losers: Minnesota Vikings (SB IX)

    In Super Bowl IX, the score was 2-0 in favor of the Steelers at halftime (if they had office pool grids back then, someone must have been close to orgasm).

    That was the best part of the article!

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    Re: The Super Losers: Minnesota Vikings (SB IX)

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    Whine about the media all you want ... but discussing our best Super Bowl loser is about is good a thing as you can say about the Vikes.There have been plenty of fluff pieces on how great Tarkenton, the PPEs and Cris Carter were over the years ... and that is fluff ... when it comes down to it ... we have not won the big one and have not even been to the dance in nearly 30 years.In that time we have lost FOUR NFC Championship games (two in which we were favored), including the embarrassment in the Meadowlands and the home choke against the Dirty Birds ... we have lost THREE home playoff games (only won 5 home playoff games) ... we are 10-16 in the playoffs (we were 8-9 prior to that) despite having quite a bit of regular season success (16 playoff appearances in 29 years) ... we made one of the biggest boneheaded trades ever for Herschel Walker ... we had the cheapest owner of all time ... we traded away the most talented receiver to play in the league ... we have the stupid love boat scandal ... the ticket scalping scandal ... and blew a 7-0 start in 2000 (ended up on the road in NFC Champ game), blew a 6-0 start in 03, and blew a 5-1 start in 04 ... THAT IS A LOT OF NEGATIVE TO WRITE ABOUT!!!
    We can keep whining all we want about the media writing bad things about the Vikes ... but until our beloved team gives them something positive ... can we really blame them?
    Lets hope Childress is the one to push us toward the positive headlines.
    Ouch, there's a dose of Vikings reality for ya. Have to agree though, until we take it all the way and win the big one, there will always be negativity and doubts about the Vikings from the media.

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    Re: The Super Losers: Minnesota Vikings (SB IX)

    All I know right now is: If I walk in one more store, Wal-Mart etc in my Vikes coat and hear

    "Steelers are going to the Super Bowl....Here we go Steelers..Here we go! Here we go Steelers..Here we go!"

    I'm going to scream, or puke right there!! ukeright:
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