The 2010 Vikings Season: PLEASE MAKE IT STOP!!!


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As the Vikings made their last desperate, futile and ultimately irrelevant drive late in Monday’s 21-3 loss to the Giants in Detroit, I received a text message from my brother Brian reading simply “make it stop!” That sums up the 2010 Vikings season perfectly.

Normally Brian and I – season ticket holders since 1997 – would have been at Monday’s “home game”, but since this year’s Vikings are barely worth a trip to the Metrodome, heading all the way to Detroit was out of the question.

Speaking of out of the question, it’s also nice to know that 14 years of paying for season tickets have earned me the right to stand outside TCF Bank Stadium on Monday in sub zero wind chills hours before kick off to have a chance at a seat to watch the 5-8 Vikings led by their third string quarterback play the division leading Bears.  The Vikings organization really knows how to make you feel special.

Being a Vikings fan has always meant heartbreak, frustration, anger, fatalism and, in the end, self pity, but this year the football gods have outdone themselves. Just eleven months ago our beloved squad was on the verge of a Super Bowl appearance before Brad Childress’s incompetence and Brett Favre’s impulsiveness sabotaged our dreams and began a downward spiral of absurd, embarrassing and, in most cases, avoidable events that have sunk the franchise to a new low.

It started with Sidney’s Rice’s hip injury and got worse from there. Favre, with his indecision, text messages, interceptions, various injuries and consecutive games played streak ending, provided a decade’s worth of drama on his own, but when you add in Randy Moss’s improbable return and even more improbable exit, the near mutiny that led to Childress’s firing and then – just went it looked like the season would come a quiet close – the Metrodome roof collapsing, it became too much even for the most loyal Viking fans to endure.

Now with three meaningless games left on the schedule and their quarterback situation in shambles – Joe Webb, the likely starter on Monday returned the opening kickoff against Buffalo two weeks ago – and no home stadium to play in, I am begging Zygi Wilf, Roger Goodell and anyone else with influence over the situation to PLEASE, MAKE IT STOP!!!!

We’re Viking fans and we can’t help but watch the games no matter how much agony they cause. It’s masochistic, it’s an illness and we can’t help it! Please relieve us of our suffering! Cancel the final three games, there’s little chance of victory anyway. Haven’t we been through enough this season? I am begging and groveling in the most pathetic manner possible.

PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE MAKE IT STOP!!!

-photo by Lindsey Zingler

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