Dear DN Doom Squad,
I’m not addressing those who have periodic outbursts common to fans when their favorite team has a bad day or season. I’m talking to the Grand Marshalls of the Perpetual Parade Of Overt Purple Pessimism (the GM's of P.P.O.O.P.P for short, thanks to Xrapwhiz43 below for the suggested edit to my original version). I’d love to name names, but I won’t. That said, given the absolute certainty and bravado with which you present your views, I can only assume you have the brains to recognize you're on the Squad and the backbone to step up to the table.
In other words, you should know who you are, and I’ve got an offer you can’t refuse.
Entering the 2021 NFL regular season, the Vikings over/under was 8.5 games. We have one outcome in the books already and the odds have shifted in favor of the under. So, here's the deal:
I’ll take the over, you take the under. This should be a no brainer for you since you already "take the under" around here. Every. Single. Day.
When the whistle blows signaling the end of Super Bowl LVI on February 13, 2022, the loser logs out and can’t participate on the Daily Norseman until week 1 of the 2022 NFL season. The loser can lurk and read articles, but they can’t comment or Fanpost during the "blackout" period. And they can’t create another alias as a work around. Honor system rules.
No win, no DN. If the Vikings final record is 8-8-1, it’s a push and the bet is cancelled.
This should be an easy choice for all you armchair GMs, head coaches, QBs etc. that can't see anything beyond your overtly negative bias. Or for those of you that just simply show up to share your special brand of pervasive and perpetual pessimism (i.e. "realism").
Simply comment below to accept the bet. The betting window closes at 3:00 PM central time on Sunday, September 19, 2021, just prior to this week’s kickoff against the Cardinals.
It’s time to put your proverbial money where your mouth is. Put up or shut up.
Disclaimer: To make a bet, you must have been a DN user for at least one year with reasonably active participation (as defined by me). I'm not trying to exclude anyone but I don't want to open a loop hole for any regulars to create a new account just to make a bet, in the hopes they'll get to shut me up. This is directed at those folks that have had the time and persistence to achieve Doom Squad status. If I don't recognize your user ID below, I will verify your membership status to confirm our bet.
UPDATE as of 9/16/21 at 9:00 AM CST - I will continue to edit my post with updates and post a final list sometime after this Sunday's game (or I may do a follow-up Fanpost with the final betting pool).
Taking the "OVER" (9 or more wins, or BUST!):
- THE REAL 22
- Vancouver Viking
- sitka boy
- Viking Rod
- Rich Mann