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I'll be honest. . .this one managed to sneak up on me. With the prep that has been going on for the regular season and everything that goes with it, I hadn't really been paying too much attention, but sure enough, the odometer has clicked over again.

At this point, I'm sort of running out of platitudes. I mean, I know that I've managed to surround myself with some pretty amazing people since this site got running a little more than seven years ago, and that we've all worked very hard to bring you outstanding coverage of our favorite football team during that time. However, the fact that this site has gotten to be as strong as it has is a testament to all of you folks out there.

Whether you've been here since the beginning, you've recently become a member of the community, or even if you're just out there lurking and reading, you're a part of the family. It would have been easy for you to abandon the Minnesota Vikings when they were going through a couple of difficult seasons, but you did not. That's a testament to the kind of fans this football team has. . .it was tough sledding there for a period of time, but you didn't waver. In fact, I think the fan base actually got stronger (if this community is a reflection of it, in any case). As a group, we persevered, and have been rewarded by a team that is well ahead of schedule in the rebuilding process.

The 2010 and 2011 seasons were miserable. The 2012 season was, for the most part, pretty great. And as we prepare for 2013, we hope that the team on the field can remain as strong as I know the community here at The Daily Norseman will.

Thank you, as always, to each and every one of you for being a part of our community. We hope to remain worthy of your patronage going forward.