The 2013 NFL season is in full swing, with all teams in the middle of training camp. That includes the Vikings, of course, and with that in mind, I thought I'd give MY impressions of camp, what takes place, how the fans are involved, and all the excitement there is for this team this year.
We went down Saturday morning, August 3rd, expecting to have to get in a line of fans waiting to be let inside the gates of training camp. We arrived at about 9:00 AM, and there was a line waiting.
When it comes to the Vikings over the last 50+ seasons, they have a long history of winning, from the late 1960's to the the late 1970's and into the early 1980's, then again from the late 1980's to the late 1990's. As a matter of fact. from 1968 to 1982 (15 seasons), the Vikings won 12 division championships. From 1987 to 2000, they won 11 division championships in 14 seasons. If my math is correct, that's 23 division titles in 29 years. THAT is winning. Since their last Super Bowl appearance after
The time between the NFL Draft in April and the start of training camp in July is a long three months, especially to a football junkie like me. Sure, there are OTAs, mini camps, etc., but not much for gossip, league and team news.
One of my favorite things to do around this time of the season is to think fantasy football. I can remember oh, about 10 years or so ago, when I first started getting into it. It was definitely a new concept to me at the time, and certainly a novel idea.
The Vikings of the late 60's and early 70's were legendary teams, the Purple People Eaters years. Gradually, over time, the players on those teams who really stood out for their performances have gotten the recognition they deserve, and induction into the NFL Hall of Fame. Fran Tarkenton was the first, then Alan Page, Jim Finks, Bud Grant, Paul Krause, Ron Yary, Carl Eller. All of them big names from Vikings history. There are two others from that era who also deserve induction. Mick Tinglehoff
After the Super Bowl hype machine has run out of gas, every NFL fan looks forward to the next significant date on the calendar: April, and the NFL Draft. Every fan spends the days leading up to it in high speculation mode, arguing the pros and cons of who might be available when their team drafts, what their teams biggest needs are, and who they should draft with their first-round draft pick. I am no exception.
The Vikings have entered the offseason with many holes to fill. After
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