Yes, ladies and gentlemen, today is Valentine's Day. I know that a lot of people have differing views on this particular holiday. . .I've never found it to be particularly offensive or anything like that, but I know that some folks have a problem with it. None the less, it's a day to celebrate the ones you love, and most of us are here because we have a love affair (of sorts) with the Minnesota Vikings.
Personally, I'm not sure why I came to love this team. As I've mentioned on numerous occasions, the first season I actually remember following and caring about what this team did was the worst season in Vikings' history, the 1984 season. Yes, the team went 3-13 this year as well, but 1984 was way, way worse. While this year's team had 10 of their 13 losses come by a touchdown or less, the 1984 team straight-up quit on then-coach Les Steckel. The team lost their last six games by an average score of 40-13, a stretch that included the worst regular-season loss in team history (a 51-7 thumping by the Joe Montana-led San Francisco 49ers at Candlestick Park).
But, for whatever reason, I stayed around, and nearly three decades later, I'm still happily married to this team. I know that there are some of you that haven't been fans for quite that long. . .and that there are some of you that have been fans for even longer than that. No matter how long you've been part of the fan base, the important thing is that you've remained loyal all that time, and will continue to do so.
So, as a discussion on this Valentine's Day, what was it, exactly, that drew you in to being a Minnesota Vikings fan?