First, let me say this: I have a personal policy not to root for the Vikings in ANY situation. There was even a game a year or two ago, where the Packers needed the Vikings to win and help them out, where I simply watched without emotion. Yes, I hate them that much.
Why, you ask? Growing up in Minnesota during the 1990s, you would think, would have been a picnic for a Packers fan. After all, we won a Super Bowl, appeared in two, and made the playoffs six straight times. But Vikings fans, incapable of grasping their place in the game’s pecking order, made it miserable, twisting logic to suggest their franchise is on a par with the Packers and dishing out insults a third-grader would find unoriginal. At first, I passed it off as teenagers being teenagers. But as I’ve grown up, they still act this way. And when they catch a bad break? Get the earplugs ready.
That seems to have happened on Sunday night, when officials botched a couple of touchdown passes, incorrectly overturning Visanthe Shiancoe’s TD while ruling that Andrew Quarless’ catch was a completed pass when it shouldn’t have been.Brad Childress, seemingly knowing his place as the Pied Piper of this group of rats, took every opportunity to whine about the two calls on Sunday and Monday, paying no attention to the half-dozen holding calls his team got away with against Clay Matthews or the forward-progress call that went against Greg Jennings before the Packers got stopped on fourth down. Or, come to think of it, the fact he could have challenged Quarless’ catch, but didn’t. And that selective recall has given Vikings fans more than enough fuel to complain about the officiating well into Tuesday.
Look, I’m not suggesting the officials didn’t miss some things. But they have all year; Aaron Rodgers has the concussion to prove it. I’m also of the firm belief that only losers blame a loss on the refs, especially in a game where their quarterback threw three interceptions. These fans, though, don’t seem to have any sense of restraint.
Maybe all the arguments I heard when I was 15 should have told me that. Silly me for thinking they’d grow out of it.
Alex Tallitsch, who writes the Packers Lounge section at Cheesehead TV, has an open letter to Vikings fans that sums it up quite well.