Super Bowl LIV was a reminder of our past
It had been 50 years since the Kansas City (Missouri) Chiefs won Super Bowl IV, beating the Minnesota Vikings.
It’s been a week since the Chiefs repeated their conquest, this time against the
San Francisco 49ers. So why has it taken more than 50 years for our NFL team, the Minnesota Vikings, to have even a shot at being the winners of the coveted Vince Lombardi Trophy? Why?
We’ve had a more than half-century drought when it comes to joining that elite group of Super Bowl winners. Think about it: New England Patriots, the loathsome Green Bay Packers (sorry Cheeseheads), New Orleans Saints, Denver Broncos, New York Giants, Oakland Raiders, the LA/St. Louis Rams, even the New York Jets have won the NFL’s big game.
Why have the Vikings been to the big dance on four occasions and they’ve come away as losers. Yes, I said it, the Vikings are losers.
Yes, the fans have been there for them. Skol is their war cry as the Vikings take the field each season, but the mighty Purple People Eaters always have come up short.
Just like the old joke of an elderly Vikings’ fan who asked that the Vikings be her pallbearers upon her death...she wanted to be let down by the Vikings one last time.
All joking aside, other pro teams in Minnesota, with the exception of the Minnesota Twins, have been kept out of the winner’s circle when it comes to winning prestigious national championships.
The Minnesota Wild: no Stanley Cup to display in the nation’s state of hockey! (Remember, as soon as the Minnesota North Stars became the Dallas Stars the team won the Stanley Cup.)
Minnesota Timberwolves: Zero National Basketball Association championships. (When the Minnesota Lakers moved to Los Angeles, the team became a powerhouse in the NBA.)
It’s as though Minnesota professional teams can’t grab the top spots in the NBA or NHL. They always come up short. Period. Again, why? Are the owners of these professional team not willing to put up the dollars to bring a team together capable of winning? Fans will eventually become complacent and attendance will fall off. That’s usually when a would-be owner from another city comes along and moves the team out of docile Minnesota.
What’s the stigma in the Gopher state that makes claiming national championships elusive? No one seems willing to give a logical answer.
Oh well, the two-time World Series Champions begin another run at claiming the Central Division in the American League with the team’s young manager-of-the-year leading them again in 2020. (It’s been a mere 29 years since our Twins were last crowned World Series Champions back at the Metrodome where Kirby Puckett patrolled center field – we’re due.)
Even the hapless Vikings, Wild and Wolves could use a statewide celebration of another Twins World Series parade. Right?
See you at Target Field this summer. Go Twins!