Monday, January 5, 2009

First the Vikings lose and now this...

I'm not from Minnesota. Actually, I've never even been to Minnesota...to date. But, I've been a Viking fan since the days when Fran Tarkenton was calling the signals for the Super Bowl-losing Purple People Eaters. I know...some of you youngsters are going...who? Well, Fran the Man is all over the NFL record books. The University of Georgia product was an NFL MVP and 6 time All-Pro. Yep, since the days of Tarkenton, Alan Page (the first defensive player to win MVP and current Associate Justice on the Minnesota Supreme Court), Chuck Foreman, Jim Marshall and Paul Krause, the Vikings have been my team win or lose...and we've done a lot of the latter.


My purple mania runs deep too. Aside from the given 'ceremonial headpiece' adorned for each game by any true Vikes fan, I have something even more cogent to my case as Viking Fan #1. That's right. History in the form of paper...a photograph. But not just one, oh no, I have two!


When it came time in my fifth grade year for class pictures, my mother took painstaking measures to ensure a quality family heirloom by carefully selecting my photo attire...or so she thought. You see, we played tackle football each and every day during outside recess at Church Hill Elementary, and yours truly wouldn't be caught dead playing in any shirt that wasn't purple and yellow. Picture day was no exception! But to keep peace in our household and hopefully avoid the beating of a lifetime, on this picture day, I packed THE shirt, the Coup de Grace of yard-ball apparel...the purple #10 mesh, home colors Viking jersey...a real beaut. My team never lost when I had it on while playing...never. Surely my mom would appreciate the effort to at least wear my very best purple. Besides, only first and second graders wear bow ties.


So there I am...forever canonized on the family tree of circa 1974... grinning ear to ear, hair a mess (Peter Brady style, remember), chipped front tooth, and wearing the very proof of my die hard love of all things Viking. And unlike today's age of instant digital photograph proofing, it was a full 2 months before I got that beating...but apparently not enough to deter a repeat performance... for my SIXTH grade pictures! I challenge any Minnesotan to top that for fan loyalty.


So today I mourn...but not just because the Vikings lost to the Eagles yesterday 26-14...no, I grieve for the people of Minnesota who were so obtuse to do this...



Senator Al Franken. Wasn't Governor Jessee 'the Body' Venture enough?

Come on Minnesota. The Vikings will eventually win a Super Bowl...but how can you make this clown a U.S. Senator?

The heartbreak continues...

7 comments:

Z said...

HOW DID THEY DO THIS, indeed!!?
Who can STAND the man let alone vote for him for SENATOR. (God, please forgive me!)

This is serious stuff...voting for comedians who are SO brassy and nasty.......

And, as the WSJ says, NEVER has there been a recount where every ballot went in one direction...NOR did we ever have precincts with more ballots than registered voters.

This has been stolen, pure and simple, and I SO hope the Republicans don't sign off on this because I hear they have to...
horrible!!!

Happy new Year, Mr and Mrs Tony C!! God's best blessings to you..xxx

Steve H. said...

Tony,

Thanks for dropping by my family blog in China. BTW, being 42 years old I was a big Fran Tarkenton fan. I remember he used to host "That's Incredible" after his football days.

Now there is a little pop culture trivia :)

Cheers...Steve

~ Lori ~ said...

What a kick I got out of your picture ideas!! My brother has numerous 'Steeler pictures'...trust me, I would have been in my gear for photos had it not been for the fear of Mom. Her little girl wearing a jersey for school pictures! Eek!

As far as Franken goes, I can only shake my head on this one.

Tabitha said...

Isn't that sad? I worked for the MN Legislature when Ventura was Gov...interesting is a safe word... And even though I was born in MN, I am a fan of my husband so now consider myself a cheesehead. :)

Dave said...

I've spent considerable time in MN, especially as a kid, and had always really loved the state, especially fishing in the northern part of the state in the summer. But now I may have to reconsider. This choice makes Jesse Ventura look like a real statesman. Not sure how that many people could actually think this guy is qualified to be a senator.

Never have been a big Vikings fan though. I've always been a big Rams and Steelers fan. I did like Fran on That's Incredible though.

Dean said...

Being from California, I suppose I can't talk but.... jeez, shouldna been that close.

... and being an old school Ram fan - we hates the Fran Tarkentons, Steve H.

Lula! said...

Well, you know how I feel about the Vikings...Tarkenton, HERSCHEL, and all.

Do not even get me started on Al Franken. 'Cause I'll have to get all Ann Coulter up in here, and you know how people fear her.

Ugh.