as you may be able to tell from my cunning nickname i am english which must be something of a rarity amongst nfl fans, i'm 19, law student, from brighton on the very south coast of england right below london.
before last seasons pats/panthers superbowl i'd never seen a minute of american football, a friend of mine followed it and i watched it with him as i'm a big sports fan and will watch anything on really. as we were watching he was explaining the rules to me and i found myself thinking ah this is one hell of a sport, i stayed up till 4am watching the whole thing and then was slightly annoyed it was so long till the season started again.
over the summer i bought madden '05 for my ps2 and had some fun on that and when the season started again i was interested to see it. i watched the first couple of games that were shown and put a Â£5 (about $12 or something i think) bet on the eagles to win the superbowl to keep a bit of interest.
i got more and more into it as the season went along and towards the end i was watching 3 games a week, at this point i had no team to follow specifically other than hoping the eagles would win for my bet.
however one night i settled down to watch the game and it happened to be vikings v packers, i started out neutral but it was annoying me so much that the vikings seemed to be far superior but the packers still won. this kicked something off inside me which just made me really angry and really wanted the vikings to come out on top of the packers overall. so in the following weeks i was following the vikings games much closer than any others, reading a little about the team online and was happy to see them into the playoffs to get a shot at the packers.
the playoff vikings/packers game was shown live here and i realised i was hooked, from the very start i found myself jumping up and down and shouting at the tv in support of the vikes and was ecstatic when they won.
next game against the eagles i continued in the same excitable way going crazy for the vikings, despite it going against my bet, which really made me realise that this was my team! sad to see them lose but was happy to have found a new passion in life.
to feed my fix in the off season so far i've had to use the internet as nothing off nfl gets reported here in any other form of media. but if anything this has only stoked the fires. i know far more about the team now than i did during the season thanks to reading about it rather than watching a couple of games. I watched most of the combine via nfl.com despite not really having much of a clue what was going on and since then i've been reading lots about the draft and the free agency.
i searched on the net for a vikings message board last night and was happy to find this awesome looking site! i spent most of the evening refreshing the draft/fa board in order to follow any possible viking moves and was still up at about 2am our time when we signed pat williams and was delighted.
god i've gone on a long time there! i'm sorry, some of you may want to wait for the paperback edition of that before you read it lol, but in short, i may not know much, but oh how i love my new vikings :cheers: