For some reason, in the hours leading up what was one of the best days in recent Minnesota Vikings history, I didn't have a whole lot of faith or confidence in things working out for our favorite football team the way they did. I assumed that the Hall of Fame voters would find a way to job Cris Carter once again, and that the people that voted for the NFL awards would find a way to keep Adrian Peterson's amazing season from being rewarded the way it deserved to be.
I was wrong on both counts. . .and, to be honest, I am totally cool with that.
As Vikings fans, we're really not terribly used to anything that resembles good fortune, which is probably a big part of why I expressed the sentiments that I did yesterday. Perhaps, after seeing this franchise hit rock bottom in 2011, things are starting to turn around and really move the right direction for this football team. Hopefully, in a few years, we will be able to look back and say that February 2, 2013 was the date that started a golden age in the history of Minnesota Vikings football. After what fans of this team have had to deal with all these years, it would be a welcome sight.
Adrian Peterson was named both the Most Valuable Player and the Offensive Player of the Year in the National Football League on Saturday night. In both categories, he was a pretty decisive winner. On the MVP front, he beat out Peyton Manning by a vote total of 30.5 to 19.5 (nobody else in the NFL got a single vote). In the OPoY voting, it was even more lopsided, as Peterson received 36 votes to Manning's 8 (with three other players receiving two votes each). The individuals that make up the voting contingent recognized that Adrian Peterson had a truly historic season, and one that deserved to be recognized with the same sort of domination at the awards podium as it exhibited on the football field.
However, I think I'm even happier for Cris Carter, who was finally recognized for the greatness he exhibited on the football field throughout his National Football League career. The delay for this recognition was too long, in my opinion, but it finally came. And imagine this. . .at this time next year, we won't have to worry about whether Cris Carter will get into the Hall of Fame. We won't have to argue with people about whether or not Carter's lack of a Super Bowl ring should keep him out of Canton, or if he's better than this wide receiver or that wide receiver or anybody else. We will no longer have to make our case for Cris Carter's inclusion among football's immortals. . .because he'll already be there.
How great is that?
Saturday was a great day to be a Vikings fan, folks. . .well, every day is a great day to be a Vikings fan, but yesterday was even more so. As we sit here on this, the last official day of the 2012-13 NFL season, we've been given reasons for optimism, and for hope going forward. At this time last year, there wasn't a whole lot for us other than doom and despair.
Personally, I think I like this better. . .even if I was wrong about it.