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2011 Vikings Memories

Each Minnesota Vikings season, whether it produces a championship game or a measly three wins, provides us fans with some memorable moments. Looking back on 2011, these are the things I will remember...

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-At first, not wanting Donovan McNabb (I favored Matt Hasselbeck). Once we decided on McNabb, however, I was excited that at least we had a veteran behind center. That excitement lasted about two games, and disgust crept in after three or four. A complete lack of mobility and accurate passing (all those balls "in the dirt"...good grief!) proved why the Eagles and Redskins let the former superstar walk. As I write this, it strikes me as hard to believe it was even this season that he was slinging it for us.

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-Those early-season losses just killed me, where we would look like a legitimate threat in the first half and then completely implode in the second. This happened for four straight games, I believe. As the old joke goes: "Why is a dollar bill more valuable than the MN Vikings? Because at least you can get four quarters out of it." Ouch.

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-The Christian Ponder era begins. Especially, of course, that first GB game where he connected long on the first play of the game. Although suffering from a bit of shell-shock towards the end of the season, I'm still confident that CP7 is our future.

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-The enigma that is Joe Webb. After his cameo last season, I wasn't convinced of his team-leading skills. In relieving Ponder on a few different occasions this year, though, he showed enough athletic talent to be valuable to this team. I still don't see him leading us to a SuperBowl or anything like that, but perhaps he can be turned into a Kordell Stewart or Antwan Randle-El type of player.

-Would we have won a game in '11 without Percy Harvin? He is the guy to build our offense around in the coming seasons. An incredible combination of strength, athleticism, speed, and a knack for just getting the job done. All we would need is one guy to complement him and all of a sudden we might be on to something that can score more points.

Finally, and I know this is a sore spot for all of us, but I think I may remember 2011 the most (in a metaphorical way) for finally getting over this...


To paraphrase Rick Pitino's old rant...

"Brett Favre isn't walking through that door..."

"Sidney Rice isn't walking through that door..."

After ghost-walking through a 2010 season trying to recapture the '09 spark that was clear had been snuffed out, 2011 saw us get back on track towards building towards a competitive future. Major questions still remain, for sure, but at least 2011 saw us close Pitino's "door" and start walking away from it towards the future.

This FanPost was created by a registered user of The Daily Norseman, and does not necessarily reflect the views of the staff of the site. However, since this is a community, that view is no less important.

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