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Why I’m A Fan Of The Minnesota Vikings

It’s a new day here at The Daily Norseman, and time to once again look at why we do what we do.

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Welcome to the refreshed Daily Norseman! To celebrate the new look and feel of our sports communities, we’re sharing stories of how and why we became fans of our favorite teams. If you’d like to share your story, head over to the FanPosts to write your own post. Each FanPost will be entered into a drawing to win a $500 Fanatics gift card . We’re collecting all of the stories here and featuring the best ones across our network as well. Come Fan With Us!

If you haven’t noticed yet, we’ve gotten a bit of a facelift here at The Daily Norseman, and so have the other 300+ sites that are under the SB Nation umbrella. It’s not nearly to the level of our last big refresh from 2012. . .in case you forgot what things looked like before that, you can check it out here. . .but it gives us a new look and a bit of a new experience.

What will not change about your experience at The Daily Norseman, however, is the fact that we will be bringing you the best coverage of the Minnesota Vikings that we can possibly bring you. We’re bringing on a few new writers to bring you even more stories and more information about our favorite football team and continue to be the best community for fans of the purple that you’ll find anywhere.

So, as a part of our big refresh, we’re actually going to remind ourselves of exactly why we are the sort of fans we are and are fans of the team that we’re fans of.

My story of becoming a fan of the Minnesota Vikings probably starts in exactly the same manner as most of you: I was born into it. Literally, yours truly was born on a Vikings’ game day. . .a 10-9 victory over the Detroit Lions at the venerable Pontiac Silverdome, if you’re curious. From being born in small-town Minnesota and then moving to even smaller-town North Dakota at a very young age, the Minnesota Vikings have always been a constant for me and my family. My grandparents were all Vikings fans, my parents are Vikings fans, and that passion for the purple and gold has been passed down to me.

Sure, it would be easy to jump off the proverbial longboat to greener pastures, but that’s not the right way, in my opinion. Once you find something that you love and that you’re passionate about, you stick with it, and that’s what the Minnesota Vikings are to me. Even though I haven’t lived anywhere near the Upper Midwest for the better part of the last two decades, the internet and the wonders of technology means that I’m never too far away from Valhalla.

And you know why we stay on the boat, ladies and gentlemen? It’s because we know, deep in our heart of hearts, that one day this ship is eventually going to get to where we all deserve to have it go. Yes, I said deserve. There is no fan base in any sport. . .especially now that the Chicago Cubs have gotten a championship. . .that deserves to see their favorite sports team make it to the promised land more than we do.

We are going to get there, folks. I can’t tell you when, and I can’t tell you how, but by Bud, we are going to get there. And when it happens, I hope we’re all here to celebrate it together and stomp out the haters and trolls that would do their best to denigrate our favorite team finally getting to the top of the mountain. It’s going to be one heck of a party, that’s a certainty.

So, that brings us to you. Why are you a fan of the Minnesota Vikings, ladies and gentlemen? Were you, like so many of us, born into this? Did you switch over from another team? Is there another story behind your fandom?

There are a million stories in Minnesota Vikings’ nation, and every single one of them deserves to be heard. Hopefully, you’ll make yours heard today.

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