Minnesota Vikings exact sweet revenge

Written by Bob on January 18th, 2010

YUCAIPA, CA – Take that Cowboys. How sweet the taste of victory. And even sweeter the taste of revenge.

Minnesota Vikings fans are celebrating – no we’re actually ecstatic about the 34-3 thrashing the Vikings dealt the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday in the NFC playoffs.

It’s been a long time coming. Remember the “Hail Mary,” pass? That desperation heave from Roger Staubach to Drew Pearson down the right sidelines with seconds remaining that turned what seemed a sure Vikings victory into a demoralizing, 17-14, loss in the 1975 divisional playoffs.

Many of you youngsters weren’t even born yet, so that piece of Vikings (painful) history doesn’t concern you. But we older fans never forgot that game. And we never forgot that pass. And we’re a vengeful group of Scandinavians.

The only positive I can salvage from that loss is that the Cowboys beat the Los Angeles Rams, 37-7, in the divisional championship game. For Vikings fans, victories over the Cowboys could only be topped by beating the Rams when they were in L.A.

What a great rivalry that was. (Until owner Georgia Frontiere shucked the Rams off to St. Louis in 1995.)

But before I get too excited about the Vikings, I’m quickly yanked back to reality by the Vikings Super Bowl misfortunes. Four trips, four losses.

But maybe the magic of Brett Favre will finally lay rest to all those bad memories. Maybe the amazing 40-year-old quarterback with the ageless arm will finally bring home a Super Bowl championship for long suffering Vikings fans. I’m hoping so.

And if not?

We still beat the Cowboys.

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  1. John Otto says:

    I was just telling someone about that ’75 game. As I was telling her I could feel my blood pressure rising. It’s been 35 years and I remember it like it was yesterday. I can’t get too excited about the Vikings anymore, they’ve always let us down in the end.

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