The Minnesota Vikings were a National Football League powerhouse in the 1970s – remember those days of Bud Grant, Alan Page, Fran Tarkenton and friends?
But I also remember how the franchise played in four Super Bowls, losing all four. We’ve all heard the jokes about what you find in the Vikings trophy case and such, but it’s actually kind of sad that their fans haven’t had a better shake.
However, that’s enough feeling sorry for Vikings fans. The team’s failings can’t be changed.
And while it’s highly doubtful the team will vie anytime soon for a Super Bowl berth, at least things are looking up for the franchise with the projected building and completion of its new $975 million stadium in 2016.
To that end, the Vikings today officially announced a bid for a future Super Bowl to be held at the site of the new stadium. I guess if you can’t shake at the big dance, you can at least play host.
This year’s Super Bowl will be held in New Orleans, next year’s in New Jersey and the year after that in Arizona. Sites for 2015 and 2016 are to be decided upon Next May. Should the Vikes be awarded the bid for 2016, they better be on schedule with construction.
And who knows? Maybe by then the team will have shaken its 40 years of no Super Bowl appearances.
But I’m not holding out hope.