Wow! WHAT. A. GAME! January 14, 2018 will go down in Vikings fan history as the moment we will never forget where we were, who we were with, and how we felt! Being a Vikings fan is an emotional roller coaster! Tonight, finally, the emotion was pure JOY!
The excitement is once again in the air. Could this be our year….!? We are all hesitant to get our hopes up too high. We know how much the disappointment hurts. It appeared we may experience yet another heartbreak until….. Case Keenum threw a 61 yard pass to Stefon Diggs for what will forever be called the Minneapolis Miracle!
This morning, Kirk and I watched Joel Osteen on TV and he preached about never losing faith even when you are thrown into the fire and the circumstances seem dire. Tonight, I remembered his words, I had my eyes closed and prayed as hard as I could for all of the guardian angels for the Vikings players to step in and work their magic. And- boy did they ever!
This week I couldn’t help but reminisce about another big Vikings game. The year was 1998. Vikings fever was HOT! I had tickets to attend the NFC Championship game. Everyone was making Super Bowl plans in anticipation. I still remember listening to the radio, and the announcer said, “I cannot imagine a scenario where the Vikings lose this game.” Upon hearing that, I remember having an uneasy feeling in the pit of my stomach, and I had the thought, he should not have said that, but like everyone else in Minnesota, I wanted to believe he was right!
We walked into the Metrodome and the energy of the Vikings fans was contagious! The stadium was LOUD! The win seemed inevitable.
And as you know, the unbelievable happened. We lost the game to the Atlanta Falcolns. The dome was silent. It was as if we all had the wind knocked out of us. The silence was deafening. I remember there was one Atlanta fan who held up his cell phone (a flip phone) and said, “It’s not so loud in here now!” I was afraid for his safety. The fans walked out in silence. There was no eye contact. We wanted to go home and lick our wounds in private. It was a tough day to be a Vikings fan.
Then there was 2009… and it was the Saints who left us with purple tears again.
Until tonight! FINALLY, Minnesota Vikings players and fans catch a break! My faith has gotten stronger each year, but tonight I believe in the power of prayer and in miracles and although it is “just” a football game, it gives me hope. Skol Vikings! #bringithome
I am curious to hear your reaction to the win?