Saturday, December 11, 2010

Random Thought - 50 Years of Minnesota Viking Football

The Minnesota Vikings are celebrating their 50th anniversary this season. In 50 years the Vikings have been soundly beaten in 4 Super Bowls; lost 4 NFC Championship games of which 3 were last minute losses; and generally disappointed their fans on regular basis.

About 2 years ago I decided to collect autographed football cards of the Vikings players who played any of the 4 Super Bowls. I now have roughly 30 players including Fran Tarkenton, Alan Page, and Joe Kapp.

Next weekend (Dec 18 & 19) the Vikings are hosting a big 50th anniversary celebration. The 50 greatest Vikings will be revealed, and all 49 of still living members of that group will all be present.

Perhaps in honor of this coming moment, Bud Grant the coach of the Vikings’ 4 Super Bowl teams signed a football card, appropriately in purple sharpie, that I had sent him in the mail. Coach Grant normally does not do much signing through the mail, so thank you Coach Grant for signing the card, and I hope you have good time at the big Viking celebration!

While Coach Grant and others celebrate 50 years of Viking football, I will be attending a card show being put on by Amongst others, they are having Minnesota North Star legend and new Hockey Hall of Fame member Dino Ciccarelli signing autographs. They are also having my favorite Minnesota Twin of all-time Gary Gaetti.
 Dino never signs through the mail, so I have to get him here. Gary on the other hand as been quite generous over the years in signing stuff for me for free, so I thought I would pay him back a bit. It will also be nice to see my favorite Minnesota Twin in person again.