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    Re: When did you become a fan?

    Kind of hard to figure...not sure I remember that far back...Have to say mid or late 70's.
    My first football memories are of my father yelling at the TV...Saying things like, "What the heck was that?" "You've GOT to be Kidding me!!?!?" And several other things I am probably still not supposed to say

    Those early superbowls were painful...I came away impressed by MEAN, HARD HITTING DEFENSE, even rooting for Pitt and Oak as they continued on to later SBs...BUT, the Vikings were always my top team!

    I was so pissed at Art Monk and the Redskins for that uncalled offensive pass interference that freed him on that key, long firstdown...I thought Warren Moon would take us to the Superbowl, then I thought Carter was the answer, then there was Moss, and the infamous 1998 campaign that ended with DuhKnee!?!?!?!!?

    I've grown used to the Purple Pain through the years, and don't mind it so much anymore...I just wonder when it will start:
    early on, mid season, playoffs???
    But, DAM, if they don't keep you on the edge of your seat, nearly every game!!

    Like my good friend Jake says on most Sundays, "When I end up in Rehab, I'm sending the bill to the Vikings..."
    Control the line, control the time, and give your D a chance to shine!!

    "Balance it on end and thats the third side of the coin!!" -wookiefoot

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    Re: When did I become a Vikes fan?

    "casper" wrote:
    "whackthepack" wrote:
    "shockzilla" wrote:
    When did I become a Vikes fan? Way back when, in the mid-1970's... My father was the biggest Vikings fan that I ever knew, or can remember.

    Every Sunday during the football season, we would go to 8:00 Mass (Catholics, ya know
    :salute: ), then go out into the woods on some property we owned for the next two hours or so to cut down trees and gather them, split them up, and take them home for firewood (we lived in a huge, four-story farmhouse, built way back in 1908, and heated the house with a wood-burning stove). Around 11:30 or so, Mom would serve lunch, and we'd all gather around the TV for the game. Back then, the channels on our TV had to be changed by hand (OH MY GOD, NO REMOTE!!!!!!!!!!), and we got channels 2, 4, 5, 9, and 11 - no cable back then. My Dad was a huge fan, and the best times I can remember growing up were when we (all seven of us guys: My dad, me and 5 brothers) sat around on Sundays and watched our beloved Vikes. There was no way we would EVER miss a game on Sunday, and it was a real treat to watch the games when the Vikes played on Monday nights - those were the few times during the school year that my parents let me stay up late on a school night.

    My Dad passed away back in November of 1992, by his own hand, and it makes me sad to think that he could still be here, watching the boys with me... But, if there's one thing I loved about my time with my Dad, even when there may have been nothing else we had to talk about, we could still talk about the Vikes, and I can remember every game, how passionate he was about them, and I see that part of him in me every Sunday when they suit it up, especially against the Packers.

    Enjoy life while you can, Purple fans - This year could be something special, and I'd like to think my Dad will have something to do with it when it happens...

    Thanks for listening...


    Shockzilla, very good post and thanks for sharing it!
    I wish also that your dad was with you to share the games and this promising season! :salute:

    My dad is still with us but has a nasty affliction called Lewy Body disease, it has parts of Parkisons, Alzhemiers and Dementia and he has been in a home for 2 years now.
    Somedays he is good and he knows who I am and other days, he doesn't.
    Somtimes I can sit with him and he wont say anything at all for hours.
    There are days were he sees things that are not there, and his dreams are very scary and vivid and he can't shake them when he wakes up.

    I am hoping that we can watch the games together yet but I don't know until the game starts if he will be able to know whats going on.

    For you guys and gals that have fathers that are around and are in good health, call them and go watch a game together, you never know when it might be your last :cry:
    AHMEN, I lost mine while on assinment in AISA 1989 didn't get a chance to say the right thing's before he left, man would it be great to watch another game with him...thanks guys for the memories

    Great thread to look back on!

    I miss having Casper around he was a lot of fun and a good guy to have on the board!
    I always suspected tho that he was some how connected to some government agency and that his business in Cyprus was soem kind of a front.
    Probably way off base but he was a strange cat and fun to talk to from what I could gather he was special forces trained and moved on to something else from there.

    And Shock you hardly post anymore, what's up with that dude?

    Del I posted in this thread but I did not formally welcome you to the site, so after 2 and 1/2 years welcome to the site Del hope you stick around awhile.
    What we've got here is failure to communicate.

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    Re: When did you become a fan?

    Whack still has one of my favorite sig lines of all time.
    Welcome Whack!

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