No, I won’t call them the Chokers because I feel like that’s not a fair name despite how upset you are. I’ve been thinking about how to write this and how everyone has a different opinion as well. Personally, I didn’t watch much of the Vikings this season until the last few games, I did hear good things all season though and from what I heard they were pretty darn good.
Now, I don’t know where the real Vikings were on Sunday, but I’ve watched plenty of football to know Minnesota was not there mentally or physically. I’m not putting them down but just stating a fact. They seemed to start out well but then fell apart and couldn’t figure out what was wrong.
Before you start saying “oh they choked like always”, hold on. The last time the Vikings got this close to the Super Bowl was back in 2009, almost ten years ago. So, can you really say they choked again? They haven’t repeatedly made it this far and fell apart. They did like a lot of teams do and lost to a team who outplayed them (no I’m not an Eagles fan, far from it, but we’ll discuss that later). The simple fact is the Eagles played better and won. One team has to win and one has to lose. If the Vikings had brought the game they had all season they probably would have won but you don’t get this far in playoffs without being a pretty good team.
I’ve stated how I felt about the game and now would like to point out a few things that are huge pet peeves of mine about sports fans. I’ll admit, I used to do this and I try very hard to watch what I say when my team loses. Growing up as most of you know, I played hockey and know what it’s like to win and to lose. There’s two very different ways to respond to both. You can be a gracious winner/loser or you can be an asshole meaning you either brag about winning or whine about losing.
I think the biggest thing I learned from playing hockey other than getting up after getting knocked down and of course teamwork, was how to lose and how to win. If you lose, you don’t whine and say things like “oh they played dirty, or we should have done this”. There’s no should’ve or could’ve in sports, it’s just it happened and you can’t change it.
There’s also no name calling the other team just because they beat you. Yes, I’ll admit I have said “oh the refs did this,” etc, but ultimately what you have to realize is the game is over and no matter what you say, if you lost, you still lost. Accept it and move on. It’s very hard to do and I know from first hand experience but if you dwell on it, it comes back to haunt you and you can never play without your head playing games with you.
The same can be said about winning. You don’t rub it in the other team’s face. You DON’T taunt the other team’s fans. Yes, I’m talking about the Eagles here. I thought everyone was just exaggerating but from what I’ve seen, it sadly turns out that everyone was right. No, this doesn’t mean all Eagles fans are jerks, just some, but sadly this makes everyone think all Eagles fans are jerks. I know every team has their jerks but this does not excuse what these fans did. If you haven’t heard just google it and I’m sure you’ll see it. This doesn’t excuse the Vikings fans that say people should do the same thing that the Eagles fans are doing either.
What should be done is the Vikings fans should show everyone how gracious you can be for a loss and ignore what the Eagles fans are doing. The Philadelphia fans that are not part of this should rise up and say they do not condone this and those fans are not true football fans. What they’ve done is not okay and it makes the whole football fan base look bad. Yes, what one fan does can affect the reputation of all.
So, now that I’ve gotten that out of my head I can start my post about the Wild and happier times! The Vikings will shine next year! SKOL