Happy Father's Day!

Yes, we're using little Gemma's picture for Father's Day because. . .well, jeez, why wouldn't we? Just look at that little purple and gold bundle of joy.

Fellow fans of the Minnesota Vikings, today is the day where we have to recognize the men who played a role in bringing us into the world. Yes, today is Father's Day, and whether you're celebrating it for the first time as a father (like Eric), for the first time as a grandfather (like Ted), if you've been doing the Father's Day thing for a while (like Kyle and Mark), or even if you don't have any kids and are just celebrating your own fathers, today is a pretty big day.

Personally, my dad (who is a registered member of the site, even. . .you've probably seen him here before) played a big role in pointing me in the direction of Vikings fandom. I was even born on a Vikings game day (September 26, 1976, when the Vikings defeated the Detroit Lions by a score of 10-9 at the Silverdome). The story I've always been told is that I was polite enough to wait until halftime to show up. I can't verify that one way or another. I really don't remember much about that day.

My dad would watch the games every Sunday, and when I was old enough to actually understand and/or care about what was going on, I'd sit and watch and ask lots of questions. The first season I actually remember was probably the worst in Vikings' history, the 1984 season when the team went 3-13 and spent the second half of the year just getting slaughtered week in and week out. But, through all that time, we stayed the course, and without him I likely wouldn't be a fan on the level that I am today.

Did you father play a big role in your becoming a Vikings fan? If you're a father, are you attempting to point your children in that direction or letting them chart their own course of becoming a fan?

Regardless, to all of the fathers out there, here's hoping that all of you have an outstanding Father's Day this year!

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