Daniel Lee Young
I am crushed.. dejected, resigned and frustrated..
but I am also encouraged about the current direction of this team
My curiosity is this:
Many who post here are Die hard Vikings Fans who have followed this team for decades and suffered greatly.
I know this is a bit personal, and I absolutely will not hold it against anyone who chooses not to answer but here goes:
How old are you, Right now?
When did you become a true full "bleed purple" Vikings Fan?
I wAs born in 1957, so I am 58 years 5 months and 30 days old today.
In 1967 our family moved to South Plainfield, New Jersey, close to Newark, where my father had a job with NorthWestern Bell as an electrical engineer.
I was just getting my interest in football started..
Every Kid in my neighborhood was a Giants Fan.
They were insufferable.
All they could Talk about was Fran Tarkenton, Homer Jones and Ernie Koy.
We had Lived in Davenport, Iowa, prior to that, after moving there in 1961 from LA County, California, where I was born.
What drew me to like the Vikings, as an outsider, living in the shadows of NYC and the glut of NYG fans, was their coach, Bud Grant, their defense with Page, Eller , Marshall, Kassulke and Warwick.
When They beat the Giants that season, in what was a pretty much a futile season for the Vikes, I loved every second of it @ school.
I was hooked.
I followed the team thru newspapers and the occasional game on tv.
Then Came that fateful 1969 -1970 season.
We were good... our defense was a fearsome thing.
We lost the opener to the Giants, (good thing I no longer lived in NJ...), then reeled off 12 straight wins to easily win the north.
The first playoff game was the Rams @ the Met..
The good old days..
Weather, 10 degrees relative humidity 83%, wind 7 mph, wind chill -1
It was on TV of course, and these two plays (see below) had me jumping and hollering like a fool.. My Dad threatened to turn it off if i didn't settle down... :)
Vikings Joe Kapp 2 yard rush (Fred Cox kick) ........20 21
Vikings Safety, Gabriel tackled in end zone by Eller 20 23
The Eller Safety was the clincher.. Defense wins Championships..
We destroyed Cleveland to win the last NFC championship.
We were pretty heavy Favorites against the Chiefs in SB IV.
Thus began my lifelong heartache..
I watched that game and cursed, threw fits.. threw things... got my mouth washed out with soap at one point for Calling Joe Kapp a "damn idiot!!!!"
I have been "bleed Purple" Ever since that season...
Knowing and hoping in all my heart for redemption.
"Thou shall not bear false witness”