Eric Nelson

SPORTS NUGGETS: It’s Mission Minneapolis for the Minnesota Vikings

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By Eric Nelson
January 10, 2018
GAMEDAY GOLD

 

MINNEAPOLIS – Sports Nuggets from the land of 10,000 frozen lakes…

•Super Bowl Envy: The Minnesota Vikings had plenty to smile about in 2017. The Vikings were 13-3, the second most successful regular season in franchise history. That’s quite an accomplishment and the Purple deserve plenty of accolades. But, let’s cut to the chase – the Vikings will be judged on how they perform in the post-season. Anything short of a coveted Super Bowl title isn’t good enough…

•Mission Minneapolis: The Vikings are overdue to win the Lombardi Trophy. Minnesota is the best team in NFL history to never win the Super Bowl. The Purple pedigree is impressive, but four Super Bowl losses, five straight NFC Championship Game setbacks and other dagger defeats have given the fan base an Eyor complex. The goal is simple for the Vikings – become the first NFL team to play a Super Bowl in their home venue and finally take a confetti shower…

•Climate Controlled: The forecast high for Minneapolis on Sunday is 11 degrees. If the New Orleans-Minnesota game were outside, the Saints would spend the entire week prepping and worrying about the North Pole-like weather. It would be the dominant story line in Louisiana. But, because the game is inside at US Bank Stadium, the frigid temps are a non-issue. What could be a huge weather advantage for the Vikings – especially against warm weather teams – is a non-factor because the organization chose to build another dome…

•NFLements: If this game were being played in the deep freeze there is no guarantee Minnesota would win. But the Vikings would clearly have an edge because they are acclimated to the cold. If someone polled New Orleans players and gave them the option of playing in a heated glass house or outside on frozen field turf, the vote would be a landslide. The guys from the balmy bayou would opt for playing inside USBS…

•Decibel Dome: To be fair, Minnesota is difficult to beat at USBS. The Vikings are 7-1 in their Purple playpen this season and they feed off an energetic and boisterous fan base. However, I believe frigid cold is a tougher obstacle for opponents than rock concert-like noise…

•Snake II: The game-winning touchdown toss from Alabama’s Tua Tagovailoa to DeVonta Smith in the NCAA title game was the most impressive throw by a Crimson Tide southpaw since the days of Kenny Stabler

•Peachtree Pain: Sports fans in Georgia have had a rough 11 months. In Super Bowl LI, Atlanta’s 28-3 lead vanished as New England pulled of a colossal comeback to win 34-28 in overtime. On Monday night, Alabama erased a 20-7 Georgia lead in the NCAA college football championship and won 26-23 in OT…

•Six-Pack: Congrats to North Dakota State for winning another FCS crown. For the Bison it’s the joy of six as they have now won six titles in seven years. North Dakota State has the top football program in the Upper Midwest…

•Cavs Crushing: Minnesota’s 127-99 battering of Cleveland on Monday night in Minneapolis is one of the most convincing and impressive T’Wolves efforts in many seasons. The Cavs – who have won three straight NBA Eastern Conference titles – looked slow and confused. It was a statement win for Minnesota…

•Just a Hunch: I am guessing that LaVar Ball and Luke Walton won’t be exchanging Valentines’s gifts…

•Soccer Promotion: Minnesota United F Christian Ramirez has been called up to the US National team and will participate in their annual January camp in Carson, CA, which includes a friendly match against Bosnia and Herzegovina at StubHub Center on Sunday, January 28. Ramirez scored 14 goals for Minn U in 2017…

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