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I don't know if there is a topic thread on this yet, if there is please merge them. I thought it might be fun to learn about how others became Viking fans. So I thought I would start and share my story. I suppose it all begins for me with a photograph. I was 3 years old in 1977 and my mother had taken a picture of me standing in the kitchen, drinking from my bottle. That picture remained undeveloped until it became a double exposure 2 years later when I wore a Tommy Kramer uniform for Halloween. That picture was a real fun pic. I was drinking my bottle in the foreground and in the background was the image of me dressed as Tommy K. My uncles were all Viking fans despite living in the Upper Peninsula which if most of you don't know is basically Packer country. I remember hanging with my uncles watching games and then when I turned 10 they gave me a Mattel "Electronic Football" game. From that point on I was truly hooked and the Vikes were my team. However, I did cheer for the '85 Bears. The recent vikings podcast on the '87 team was really nostalgic. I remember the disappointment of that 17-10 loss to the Redskins but that loss paled in comparison to the loss to the Falcons :wallbang: Gary Anderson, :steamed: and bounty gate in 2009, and :evil: the loss against the Seahawks (Blair Walsh is their problem now). I still get upset when we lose, my kids know when to clear the room cause dad will probably be saying words they shouldn't be using. Last year my wife and I attended our first Vikings game ever! What an awesome experience too bad the refs helped the Dallas Cowboys win that one. This past summer I took the family to Training Camp and we hope to make that a yearly ritual. I hope others feel like sharing. SKOL!

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I'm actually a pretty recent Vikings fan. I live in STL and grew up a huge Rams fan. When they relocated I couldn't cheer for them anymore because of how they left and the owner disrespected STL and didn't even try to keep them here. The Vikings were always a team that I enjoyed watching growing up with Randy Moss Daunte Culpepper and Chris Carter and my dad was a Vikings fan growing up in Illinois. After the Rams moved I flipped around for a few months in my head about which team I would be a fan of and ended up choosing on the Vikings because I think they have one of the best logos and helmets in the NFL. I also really enjoy watching Mike Zimmer's defense and I know when they win a Super Bowl I'll be able to experience their first championship which to me is more special than picking a team that has already won the Super Bowl.

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I've told this story before on here, but since you asked ...

My dad was an avowed Vikings hater. Couldn't stand them. But back in September of 1969, a relative in Minnesota got him tickets to the Vikings against the Baltimore Colts at the old Met Stadium, and my dad took me. I'd never really paid much attention to football -- baseball was my love -- but since I didn't get to spend much time with him (mom and dad were divorced) I was really excited about going. Plus, when you're 9, any sporting event is super-exciting.

To say the Vikings won that day would be the understatement of the century. They destroyed the Colts 56-14. Mind you, the Colts were a very fine team, having just lost Super Bowl III to the Jets. But the Vikes overwhelmed them. Joe Kapp tied an NFL record that day by throwing 7 touchdown passes, and I immediately became his biggest fan. I was absolutely infatuated with the man.

In my 9-year-old mind, I was pretty sure every Vikings game would be just like that ... a 40-point blowout. Boy was I set up for disappointment!

There's a lot more to my story, and I've told it before. But this thread is about how I became a Vikings fan. Now you know. And you know why Joe Kapp is my avatar and screen name.

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I've just always been a Vikings fan and have no memory of when or how it came to be.

All my relatives are from N. St Paul and I lived there briefly as a child from 1974-1978. Since my father was in the Army we moved around a lot. Ended up moving to Texas in 1978 where I stayed until I joined the military myself.

It was hard to be a Vikings fan in Texas back in those days! Never got to see any games and it seemed like it was the Cowboys and Steelers in the SB every year.


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My parents were/are huge Viking fans. One year back in the mid 80s,theybwere playing in Houston, and if the Vikings made a kick, they would go to the playoffs or something. Well in true Viking fashion, they missed the kick and my parents went "AWWWW"! And then I cried and cried, even though I had no idea what happened. Then my parents felt bad so we all went to Burger King. [emoji5]

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My first recollection of the Vikings was Sunday January 13, 1974. As a first grader who had just turned 7 years old 2 months before. My Dad walked into my room and asked me to pick the winner of the Superbowl-- if I was right I'd get a quarter. I picked the Dolphins. I had no clue. My dad was not pleased-- it was as though I spoke sacrilege.

I suppose I didn't necessarily become a fan that day, but I'm sure it was made clear to me that I *should* be a fan and never, never, never, never pick against them-- even if I *was* a quarter richer for having done so.

Anyway-- my dad taught at MSU (Mankato State University back then, Minnesota State University, Mankato today) and would walk by training camp from time to time as his day allowed each fall. He would come home and tell me how he saw a spectacular catch from Sammy White, or Ahmad Rashad. Stories of Tarkington, Page, etc. I suppose I became a fan because I saw how much enjoyment my father got out of it. Of course I learned the hard way that it isn't always enjoyable.

He passed away in 2013, but I have a very fond memory of inviting him to my home up near the cities in 2000 to watch the Vikings take on the NO Saints. We were the home team-- #2 seed. Moss caught a hitch pass at the line of scrimmage and was off to the races past 4 defenders for 68 yards. Perhaps Diggs or Thielen could recreate that next Sunday if the Saints happen to come to town. I had just moved back to MN after having lived in CA for 10 years, and I couldn't wait to show him this cool new thing I had gotten that Christmas-- a DirecTV TiVo. Let's just say the rewind feature of that early DVR was fun to use that game.

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1966. I grew up 30 miles from Lambeau field. Small town of Appleton, WI. Heart of Packer country. Packer players even had restaurants in my home town. "The Left Guard", owned by Fuzzy Thurston and Max Mcgee. I was 8. I am a stutterer. And in grade school the kids never let up. Nov. 6th of that year, my parents had just bought a color TV that fall. For you youngsters, back then Black and White TV's were the norm. Color was just up and coming. Anyway, that day I watched the Vikings beat up on the Packers. I was into the color purple at the time and the uniforms and the horns on the helmet. Plus the idea of the "Vikings". Next day in school all the kids were ticked off that the Packers had lost. I found an opening to get back at them for the years of teasing they had given me. Even though the Vikings sucked that year, over the next few years and into the 70's the tide had turned. Bud Grant took over the next year. And as bad as they were in 67 they still split with the vaunted Packers. I had unknowingly latched onto a team that would be a thorn in the Packers side all the way through High school. Many in my family have tried to get me to change to be a Packer fan. Not happening.

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1966. I grew up 30 miles from Lambeau field. Small town of Appleton, WI. Heart of Packer country. Packer players even had restaurants in my home town. "The Left Guard", owned by Fuzzy Thurston and Max Mcgee. I was 8. I am a stutterer. And in grade school the kids never let up. Nov. 6th of that year, my parents had just bought a color TV that fall. For you youngsters, back then Black and White TV's were the norm. Color was just up and coming. Anyway, that day I watched the Vikings beat up on the Packers. I was into the color purple at the time and the uniforms and the horns on the helmet. Plus the idea of the "Vikings". Next day in school all the kids were ticked off that the Packers had lost. I found an opening to get back at them for the years of teasing they had given me. Even though the Vikings sucked that year, over the next few years and into the 70's the tide had turned. Bud Grant took over the next year. And as bad as they were in 67 they still split with the vaunted Packers. I had unknowingly latched onto a team that would be a thorn in the Packers side all the way through High school. Many in my family have tried to get me to change to be a Packer fan. Not happening.


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Grew up in IA, 9 miles from the Minnesota boarder. Most folks in the area were Vike fans, our school colors matched the vikings colors. I don't ever remember NOT being a Vikings fan, but my most distinct early memory was the 1977 (1976 season) Super Bowl loss to the Raiders, I was 12 years old. I was living in Atlanta during the 1998 NFCC loss to the Falcons and was back in IA for the 2009 NFCC loss to the Saints.

I have been fortunate in my life, but a Vikings Superbowl win prior to my ultimate demise would be most welcome :govikes:


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Both my parents families are based in MN. So have been a fan my whole life I guess. Started following the team more religiously in the early 90s.

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Born in Rochester in the great state of Minnesota in 1970. Came of an age capable of understanding football right about the time the Vikings were wrapping up their first half decade of dominance. I never remember a time I became a Vikings fan per se - I just was, and am, one. I was born with Purple blood running in my veins.

I've always been proud of my home state, of the intelligence and kindness of the people who inhabit it, of their spiritual and physical toughness to endure, and thrive, in a climate that can be equally harsh in the summer and winter, of the seemingly endless, and hauntingly beautiful, lakes and forests of the northern part of the state to the association with the mighty Lake Superior and her ice water mansions, to the simple farms that extend to the horizon in the southern part of the state. While I can't say it is the best place to have grown up in the world, it has to be among the best as I can't imagine what it would take to make a better place.

Dad was and is a huge Packer fan and hates the Vikings. Too much trauma from watching Tarkenton scramble away and kill the formerly dominant Packers over and over in the 70's I guess. Even today when he attempts to be more diplomatic about the Vikings I know deep down he hopes to watch them, and by extension their fans, suffer as a result of whatever slights that were dealt to the Packers by those awesome teams. Because we lived in Rochester, we were close enough to get the over-air broadcasts of the Packers games from La Crosse, so on days when the two teams played at the same time, my Dad would point the antenna to pick up the LaCrosse signal and I'd have to do my best to watch the Vikings through static on the TV downstairs. I remember watching Ahmad Rashad haul in the game-winning catch against the Browns back in 1980(?) that way.

Anyway, days when the Vikings and Packers played against each other were truly interesting in our house with my Dad upstairs yelling at the TV and me downstairs yelling at that TV equally loudly. I'm amazed the rest of the family even tried to stay in the house on those days.

The truly funny part of this whole story is that the Packers are actually my second favorite team. Yes, I know that is sacrilege for many Vikings fans, but despite this unique quirk in my Minnesota pedigree I can assure all of you I am 100% behind the Vikings first and foremost and always will be. I like the Packers because green is my favorite color and yellow is my second favorite color. I have a theory about why this is. I was born in August and I keep thinking my first memories were probably of the warm spring air and the sight of newly green trees, grass, and the fields of dandelions that dominate the landscape in the spring in Minnesota. For those of you who have gone through a Minnesota winter, you understand how heavenly that first breath of warm spring air can be and how beautiful it is to see the landscape come alive. The Packers colors happen to be the same as the colors I associated with the onset of spring and it must have left a big impression on me. I will root for them if they are not playing the Vikings, if their success does not impact the Vikings in any way, or if the Vikings are eliminated from the playoffs and the Packers are not.

Anyway, that is my somewhat long story.


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I was born and bred in NW Ohio but have been a purple blooded Vikes fan since i knew what football was. My love came from my dad. Im 53 yes old so I've lived and breathed the roller coaster that so many here also have. I can honestly say that the first time my mom heard me drop the F bomb was about 5 mins after Drew Pearson obviously pushed off of Nate Wright in the Hail Mary fiasco and my cousin called on the phone to tease me. It wasn't a great day for a mom to hear her 10 yr old yell F you at his older cousin while bawling his eyes out! Fortunately my dad was as mad and crushed as me so that time i didnt get in trouble with him. Lol. I won't even bring up the details of the Falcons game heartbreak and the Bountygate/Pete Morrelli crews obvious one sided officiating calls to ensure the Saints a trip to the SB. My wife, mom and sister all always hope the Vikes don't get to the big game because i inhereted heart disease and have had 2 heart attacks. The 1st one at age 25 and the 2nd at age 51 so they worry it will do me in. They just can't understand that a SB win will actually extend my life due to the stress that would be removed from my life. So friends... I pray that this team will be the team of Destiny. I spent my 40th birthday in the Metrodome watching my team beat the Titans on my actual birthday, with my wife and daughter... The best present ever. I just hope that Feb 4 my beloved Vikings.. ALL OUR Beloved Vikings... Give us all what I know SO many of us here have wanted for so long AND make history doing it at home. No matter what I've never wavered and given up on the Purple and Gold. Here's to the hope that we can be rewarded for that dedication and bring the Lombardi trophy to where it deserves to reside. And we will know later today who stands in our way but I can't lie and say that we can get some revenge on the Saints for that injustice to get there but I don't care how we do it... We just NEED that Trophy and the Ring!!! Please Lord..just let it happen. SKOL Fellow Fans SKOL!!!!

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These are great stories! Keep them coming!

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My first recollection of watching the Vikings was their NFL championship run in 69. I was hooked when I watched Kapp beat the Rams. I loved the uniforms and the horns. I learned they we're purple but never actually say them in color until the Superbowl against the chiefs. Very disappointing for a young kid. I didn't know anything about football until one night I was visiting some friends and saw football on their tv. I asked them what that was and they we're flabbergasted that I didn't know what football was. They told me about it and we watched the game. They said I should be a Packet fan cause they were the best. So I was. Until I saw the Vikings. Then I was hooked on that team. Been hard core ever since. I ate slept and played football. I cried when they lost and found life wonderful when they won.

Much older now I have been through so much with this team I am never confident about them. Every game is a worry. I just want to see them win one Superbowl before I go. Just one....

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Became a fan at the end of the 1970 season when my grandmother said she would buy me pajamas for my birthday. One of my friends had a Chiefs shirt and told me they bought them from a Sears catalog. Well my mom showed me the catalog and said to pick something, took me a while to decide as I did not know anything about the NFL,but I really liked the colors and the horn logo and went with Minnesota . My Grandpa on my mom's side liked my choice as he came to this country from Sweden as a young man and Vikings are of course nordic.Been a fan ever since and try to get to as many games as I can, I even used to tape them when unable to watch and play them back on a Betamax, a lot easier now with today's technology.


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It wasn't until I was 9-10 years old that I started to pay attention to pro sports and mid 70s the Viks had such a strong exciting team. Even though I grew up about an hour from St Louis In Illinois the Cardinals just didn't interest me even though they had a decent team. Remembering watching Page, Eller, Krause, Tark, White, Foreman etc just really stirred my senses and genuinely excited me. Been my only team ever since. This years team seems like the most balanced since the 70s and very excited to see the game next weekend. All the years of dissapointments have taken a toll on my post season confidence but should be fun nonetheless . I'm a Phillies and Sixers fan for the same reasons as stated above and have watched each win a championship.....just need the Viks to come through for me....and my son who "inherited" the Vikings lol.


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Born London, England.

Started to play Madden when I was little and always played as one of 3 teams it was the Vikings, Rams or Bengals but I was young and had no concept of the sport. Years passed and I just started to stay up late to watch the amazing show that was the superbowl and whatever limited coverage that I could find. The first one I saw was XXXVII I had no interest in either team but I was sold on the sport, I rushed out the next day to buy that latest madden I could find.

I have always loved Celtic and Norse mythology and as I played again I refound the Vikings. Coupled with seeing highlight reels of the Purple and Gold and the amazing looking fans I was sold it was the perfect match for me.

Followed the Vikings where I could but took a massive leap forward when broadband internet kicked in across the UK as I could actively follow the team and not just snippets on some highlight show. Watched every game I could and any news articals that I could find.

Went to my first Vikings game when they came over to beat the Steelers in a highlight of a poor season. I knew I was a follower but that game made me realise I was a actual fan for the pure outpooring of various emotions thoughout that game.

I will be over soon to sample a real home game and wont want to leave.


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I lived in Utah growing up in the 80's and nearly everyone was either a Broncos fan due to proximity or becoming a 49ers fan due to Steve Young. There was also a fair amount of Cowboys fans. I'm a type 1 diabetic and at that time(around 1988) the Vikings had a diabetic QB(Wade Wilson). I decided to be a Vikings fan as I didn't want to be the same as everyone else. I stayed with the Vikings and followed them pretty close since.

My sports fan life has consisted of cheering for the Utah Jazz and the Vikings. I'm so ready for someone to win the championship.


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I am from upstate NY near the Canadian Border. I have zero family connections to the Vikings. However, I will never forget, when I was in first grade, I use to always see Chris Carter in the early 90's catching TDs on SportsCenter. Then and there, I decide to like the Vikings. I was a WR my entire life growing up so that's why I loved Carter so much. Then when Moss got there, my "liking" for the Vikings at a young age went to "loving" the Vikings. As I've gotten older, I've loved them more and more.

I actually win bets all the time because friends of mine will say "go ahead, ask him any position or any number and he'll name that Vikings player". And of course, I never lose :lol:

So since US Bank was built, my friend Nick (also a big Vikings fan) and I said that we would go to one Vikings game a year in Minnesota to see if we can see all 31 other teams in the bank throughout our lifetime.

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Born in Edina in the late 60s, lived in Bloomington not too far from Metropolitan Stadium. My parents weren't sports fans, but I was. As young as I can remember being aware of NFL football, I was a Vikings fan. Then we moved to Utah in 1972 when I was 5. No football teams to cheer for in Utah, so I stuck with the Vikings (and the Twins :-)). My parents were old school religious nuts, so they got rid of the television around the time we moved to Utah. From '72-'84, I had to get my fix listening to Vikings games on the radio. And they were played in the local market only 2-3 times each year. But I still remember sneaking out of church to go to the car to listen to the Vikings Super Bowl losses on the radio. When I was about 8 or 9, the Tarkenton biography was released, and I pored through it to learn as much as I could about my favorite team and player. Gut-wrenching losses that do not need to be revisited here have made being a Vikings fan tough, but I have never wavered. I have always been and will always be a Vikings fan. I moved to Chicago for law school in 1991, and have seen the Vikings play here nearly every year since. Since that time, I have seen nearly every Vikings game played. For several years, I would venture to a local sports bar every week to watch, then in 1997, when DirecTV debuted NFL Sunday Ticket, I was an immediate subscriber. Win, lose, or draw, I love watching my Vikes. My brother (who still lives in Utah) and I finally became Vikings season ticket holders last season with the opening of U.S. Bank Stadium (LOVE that stadium). I have now been up to 7 games in Minny since U.S. Bank opened (plus seeing the Vikes here in Chicago and this year in Lambeau Field), and am looking forward to traveling up to see 3 more wins in Minny this season (counting on an Eagles loss next week). I am more optimistic this year than ever. LET'S GET THAT MONKEY OFF OUR BACK, VIKES! SKOL!!!


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Not much of a story for me. My older cousin was a Vikings fan. His room was full of Vikings posters. I looked up to him so I started following the Vikings too. This was around 1974. Been a loyal fan ever since.

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My story is a little different and I'd never claim to be a 'proper fan' like you guys but this team (and the people and place) hold a special place in my heart.

I'm actually from the UK and was lucky enough to spend a year in the Twin Cities back in 1994-95 on an internship as part of my degree course at University.

I was familiar with and enjoyed the NFL (we used to get a weekly tv programme in season) but I didn't have a 'team'.

That changed forever on what was my first ever visit to the US.

I worked at a printing company (McGill Jensen) in St.Paul which I don't believe is there anymore sadly and lived in The Burlington apartments down near Bandana Square. I worked with a mixture of Vikings and Packers fans but always found it strange that some of the locals followed that mob that wear Green and Yellow. The people I worked with welcomed me with open arms and as I felt like an adopted 'Minnesotan' I couldn't do anything other than follow the Vikings.

Unfortunately I never made it to a game but did manage a trip to the Metrodome to watch the Twins in what was an historic game from memory (Cal Ripken Jnr of the Orioles broke some long standing record and fans were given certificates as they left the stadium - I've still got it somewhere).

When my 12 months was up I genuinely didn't want to go home. The adventure of a lifetime was over but no one could take away the memories or friendships I'd made, or my love of the Vikings.

This adopted Minnesotan is watching from afar but I hope for everyone on here, and especially for the friends I made over 20 years ago, that this team brings it home for you all.


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People from Hawaii generally pick whatever team they like for obvious reasons. Usually west coast teams (SF, Raiders, etc.) but not always. I have friends that are 49er fans, Broncos, Browns, Chiefs...

Anyway, for me it was the uniforms. Wish there was more to it but that was it. I was a little kid and liked the comets on the helmet. My dad's company used to sponsor the Pro Bowl when I got a little older (and realized they weren't comets) so I got to meet a lot of players. I still have my old programs and although I met guys like Emmitt Smith, John Elway, etc., no autographs. Only Vikings. Guys like Browner, Doleman, Lee...

I still remember '98 because I really only met one other Viking fan before then. All of a sudden that year I see Viking shirts and jerseys everywhere and I'm thinking to myself, where the heck have all these people been? Of course that bandwagon didn't last but that's fine with me. They've always been my team and always will be.

I'd never been to a pro game until 3 years ago. We're trying to make it a tradition to go once a year and catch a Vikings game for me and a Chiefs game for my bro. So far I've seen the Vikings beat the Chargers in TCF, the opening of US Bank against the Packers, and the Saints game this year. Coming from a place where you feel like the only Viking fan to seeing a sea of purple jerseys is pretty awesome. There's really nothing like it and I highly encourage those who haven't had the opportunity to watch a game to try and catch one. The atmosphere is amazing!

No plans on going to any playoff games but I'll be there if they make the Super Bowl. No way in hell I'm missing that. I may not have been waiting as long as some of you guys but 3 decades is still a long time. Hope the drought ends this year!


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In '69 I was an 11 y/o boy in Los Angeles and my brother was a Rams fan who slowly repeated /exaggerated touchdown calls "Touch----downnnn----Raaaaamms." It was annoying and I waited for anyone to beat them. Norm Snead's 2 win Eagles barely lost on the last play of one game (fortunately for me). Later, the 11-0 Rams played the 10-1 Vikings. I don't remember anything about the game except the victory and 21-20 score; in the playoffs Carl Eller sacked Roman Gabriel for a safety and a goal line stand contributed in a 23-20 win. I was hooked. I didn't watch full games but I was learning to like football when they played KC in the Super Bowl. I recall my dad cheering loudly when the Chiefs recovered a Vikings fumbled kickoff. That loss and Joe Kapp leaving for the Boston Patriots was devastating to this young kid.


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5th grade, '98 Vikes. Never saw a game, not even sure I know what they looked like. What I knew for sure is they were the talk of my friends. Some guy named Randy Moss was consistently the focal point of recess imitations. Needed to assimilate, quick.

Remember coming to school on a Monday and everyone was down. Why though? "The Vikings lost in the playoffs, didn't you watch?" "Oh, oh, yeah. Man that stunk. Randy Moss and etc., etc..."

Thinkin' I got the last laugh though. Total phony then, total diehard now.


Tue Jan 09, 2018 10:27 am
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I was born into a Viking household. More specifically, I was born to a father that was a fan. He was/is a rather...gruff and grumpy individual that has a hard time connecting or being around people. Unfortunately for him, I was born people. Always seeking approval, I suppose I looked for ways to connect with him. I was the kid that always wanted to help him do projects but was relegated to "hold the light. No, not like there. Jesus just let me do it." Super fun. Anyway, golf was always #1, but a very close #2 was Vikings football (they were like Thielen/Diggs in that respect). And the depth chart gets pretty barren after that.

I have fond memories of going on "nature walks" in northern Iowa on Sunday afternoons in the late '80s and early '90s (probably my mom's idea) but he'd always have this black Walkman-looking radio with a leather cover on it listening to the game. Eventually I got my hands on it and started listening to PA give the play-by-play and loved giving updates on Anthony Carter, Cris Carter, Wade Wilson, Rich Gannon, Hassan Jones, Steve Jordan, Keith Millard, Joey Browner, Chris Doleman, Jake Reed, Terry Allen, John Randle, Henry Thomas...guys of that era. It was a good time to grow up a Vikings fan. And of course that launched into the '90s teams. He got me hooked early and that's all it took. Oh yes, I had the Vikings Starter jacket (I know, be jealous).

Come to think of it, I've never once asked him why he became a Vikings fan. I assume it was closest proximity to a major NFL team. He's been complaining every year but he still watches and still cares. It's still one of the few things we can discuss that doesn't feel awkward or forced.

Now I've passed that down (is it a curse?) to my kids. We celebrate touchdowns by throwing them into the air 6 times (and three hugs for each field goal). I love it but I imagine it's going to feel pretty awkward when I'm still doing it when they're in high school.

Come on, Zimmer. Let's give guys like my dad one. I don't even want it for me anymore.

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Tue Jan 09, 2018 11:02 pm
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My story is also a bit different, just like most other foreign fans.

In 2009/10 I was working mostly night shifts at work and after having watched all the shows I wanted I turned to sports. At that hour the only thing available were american sports so I started watching NHL and NFL games.
The more I watched football the more intrigued I was by the complexity of the game. It wasn't just big fellas running head first into other big fellas.
At the start of the season in 2011 I decided to try and find "my" team and watched pretty much every game each week.

Then came week 7, Vikings were playing the Packers at home. Their rookie quarterback had his first start...
His first play was a 72 yard pass to Michael Jenkins, the commentators were gushing.
I still didn't have a very good grasp of the intricacies of the game but thought that with such a good rookie quarterback the future looked very bright for the Vikings and I'd rather cheer for an up and coming team than a proven "good" team with an aging quarterback.
Then and there, with that pass play, I decided that Vikings were my team.
I guess most of you know which quarterback that was, but for the sake of clarity, Christian Ponder.

It is a somewhat funny story nowadays but I really do not regret becoming a Vikings fan, despite of how it turned out with Ponder and the next couple of seasons.

In 2012 I saw my first game live in Minneapolis. Came back in 2013 to see one home game and one away (The Josh Freeman game).
Then in 2016 we had the new stadium and I really wanted to go to the opener but doubted that I could get tickets, so what does one do? Buy a season ticket.
I ended up going to 4 home games and 1 away game that year.


Wed Jan 10, 2018 9:35 am
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I think it really started with baseball and the Twins. I was born in California, so some of my baby and toddler clothes were of Oakland A's. The story goes...when I was about 4 or 5 I walked into the living room where my Dad was watching the Twins. Pumped up, I guess he got sick of his son wearing Oakland apparel and he says, "take that #### off...(he walked off down the hall and came back with an old old Twins shirt) put this on." My Dad loved sports and I fell in love with it too. We would always watch Minnesota teams together (Twins, Vikings, Wolves, Northstars) and it was all I really knew even though we had local teams here in Seattle. You also have to remember that my early childhood was when directv and such started those sports packages, so watching Minnesota teams was very easy to do and my Dad, thankfully, bought every one of them....It just progressed from there, so Minnesota it was, is and always will be.


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PacificNorseWest wrote:
I think it really started with baseball and the Twins. I was born in California, so some of my baby and toddler clothes were of Oakland A's. The story goes...when I was about 4 or 5 I walked into the living room where my Dad was watching the Twins. Pumped up, I guess he got sick of his son wearing Oakland apparel and he says, "take that #### off...(he walked off down the hall and came back with an old old Twins shirt) put this on." My Dad loved sports and I fell in love with it too. We would always watch Minnesota teams together (Twins, Vikings, Wolves, Northstars) and it was all I really knew even though we had local teams here in Seattle. You also have to remember that my early childhood was when directv and such started those sports packages, so watching Minnesota teams was very easy to do and my Dad, thankfully, bought every one of them....It just progressed from there, so Minnesota it was, is and always will be.
Why did your dad like the minnesota teams?

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