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Sunday, December 26, 2004
Minnesota Football
"Why," I wonder aloud on a Sunday morning in late December, "Is Minnesota football so BAD?!"

Oh, not all Minnesota football. There is good football, great football, even spectacular football played every week at Bertha-Hewitt, Verndale, Staples-Motley, Detroit Lakes, New York Mills, Albany, Kittson Central....the list goes on and on.

There is, however, also some very average football played in Minnesota.

Remember back in July and August, when we thought a major bowl game (or at the very least a Rose Bowl performance) was ours for the taking?!

While at the same time, I had to listen to the experts (mostly around the office) tell me this year's Vikings were going 13-3, 12-4, 11-5....SUPERBOWL bound...only one or two teams in the league that could derail the mighty purple!

Oh for heavens sake! The Golden Gold Fish couldn't stop me from getting out of the car and the Vikings....Oh, the Vikings....a team I gave up on three years ago....a team top heavy with talent...in a league I now shun, stink!

I pretty much promised myself and others I would not care anymore about college or pro sports. But here it is late in the year, the Gophers are going to the Music City Mess and the Vikings will get to be in the playoffs because the rest of the league actually stinks worse!

I don't get it. Please help me understand. What has gone so terribly wrong with major league football in Minnesota? If someone even dares breathe injuries I will scream! Every team that plays hard has injuries. For some, it makes them better. For others, it is the swan song for the season.

I hate not liking these two programs. I want to be a fan. I am finding way too many other things to occupy my time. Maybe we should have the Gophers play the Vikings....and the loser has to leave. Go to...uhhhhhhhh...Wyoming or something.

Coaching? Players? Bad Breaks? I don't get it. In a year when I was ready to return...to get behind them....to be a bandwagon jumper....it's all gone away!

Good Luck Alabama and whoever the Vikings play.

I couldn't be happier for you and your programs!

P.S. Here's hoping everyone in the local sports world has a Happy New Year !! Remember this page is for you too. Want to contribute to the 'Cow? Just e-mail Kyle some of your thoughts. (He gets tired of my same old rantings.)

Who knows? There may be a Vikings' supporter out there?
Posted By Dan Skogen
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