Sunday, August 06, 2006

Top 11 Errors & Omissions By Cynical Vikings Guy

Yesterday, with the opening of Minnesota Vikings training camp our new contributor, Cynical Vikings Guy (CVG), enlightened us to the roots of his cynicism. These roots run deep, as his life has been deeply impacted. However, in narrowing his list to 11 events that left him cynical, he missed a plethora of events that have left other Viking fans cynical. Here are my top 11 items that CVG missed:

11. Jim Marshall runs the wrong way October 25 1964 - Marshall picks up a fumble and runs to wrong way, giving a safety to the San Francisco 49ers (he thought is was a TD for the Vikes). This is listed as the #1 football folly in NFL history by NFL Films.

10. The 3-12 Arizona Cardinals score two touchdowns in the last 2 minutes to knock the Vikings out of a playoff spot Dec. 28, 2003. In a disgraceful collapse, the Vikings become only the second team to miss the postseason after starting 6-0.

9. The Love Boat/Arctic Blast - In the Love Boat incident the Vikings hire a bunch of out-of-town prostitutes to serve them on Lake Minnetonka. Fallout results in the trade of All-Pro QB Daunte Culpepper. In the Arctic Blast incident Vikings and Former Vikings are accused of sexual misconduct.

8. The Purple Triangle - In the late 1980's and early 1990's the Bloomington strip was a dangerous place to drive due to dozens of intoxicated Vikings getting DWIs.

7. Anthony Carter threatens to "not put his best foot forward" in a key game

6. Vikings unceremoniously dump Randall McDaniel before the 2000 season - McDaniel was one of few classy players in the Vikings organization wasn't allowed to finish his career here

5. Every Viking on defense pats Steve Young on the back as he scores the winning TD on a 49 yard scramble - October 30, 1988 - Even Joey Browner's "strongest hands in football" couldn't stop Young from wrecking another Vikings season

4. Vikings don't submit first draft pick in 2003 in order to save money - The Vikings claimed they knew no one else would take Kevin Williams. They had the #7 pick but didn't turn a card in until #9.

3. Brent McLanahan fumbles on the one yard line in Super Bowl XI. CVG is entirely wrong that the Vikings were never in this game. At the end of the first quarter the game was still 0-0. Early in the second quarter, the Vikings became the first team ever to block a Ray Guy punt and recovered on the one yard line. Rather than give the ball to All-Pro RB Chuck Foreman, they give it to FB McLanahan and the rest is history.

2. The first three Super Bowls - 24-7, 16-6 and 17-7.

1. NFC Championship 41-0 flop - A mediocre Giants team scores 17 points in the first five minutes of the game and the Vikings stopped trying.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

I limited myself to events I remembered first hand - the Marshall fumble, for example, was before I was born. But still these events are in our collective Vikings DNA. I porbably should have included #10, the Cardinals loss, in my list because it also put the Packers in the playoffs.

- Cynical Vikings Guy

2:59 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

hehe,i think only a complex brain could make the marshall mistake

12:39 AM  
Blogger Tom said...

I would think that 1st round drafting of Dimitrius Underwood HAS to be in the top 22 somewhere.

10:40 AM  

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