My Two Favorite Football Teams

When I was growing up there was a football saying “My two favorite teams are the Vikings and whoever plays the Packers.” It was a mantra of sorts that reinforced the VIking love and the Packer dislike and it may have even been part brainwashing to assure family members grew up to be Vikings fans.

I started thinking about this saying yesterday as I watched the Vikings play against the Lions. Truth be told, the Packers and the Bears have always had a greater rivalry than the Vikes and the Pack. Also, with the Vikes unable to muster a win against the Pack in what seems like years it’s really hard to feel that old rivalry fire.

 Maybe, just maybe, it’s time for a new rivalry.

I was coached to believe football is a game of adjustments and a game of mismatches exploited for advantage; these are two core philosophies I’ve rarely seen followed by this Brad Childress led Vikings team. When an opposing team’s Defense comes out and runs an 8 man box and a barrage of blitz packages, you could adjust and make them pay, or you know; you could just try the same old play of running the ball up the middle and praying for a seam.  

At some point while watching yesterday’s game I had a sports epiphany. 

Maybe it was as I watched Leigh Bodden blow up the Vikings offense time and time again or as I found myself admiring the scrappy Detroit third string quarterback turned starter, Dan Orlovsky, lead his team with a cool confidence usually absent in rookies. Maybe it was as I looked at my three month old daughter sitting on my lap watching the game (and her dad) with wide eyes and wonder and I thought; “Is this the type of football I want her to love?”

Is it? I don’t think so and that’s why now my two favorite football teams are The Vikings and whoever is playing against Brad Childress; a coach with a  lower approval rating than Congress.

I mean think about it, this way, I get to see my two favorite football teams play ball each week and no matter what my favorite team will win.

Fair weather fan?  No way, I’m just making making some necessary adjustments.

I wish Wilf would do the same.

6 Comments so far

  1. Erica M (ericam) on October 13th, 2008 @ 1:06 pm

    “Is this the type of football I want her to love?” — LOL!

    As a native Detroiter, you can’t possibly be experiencing any more pain than I have for, like, my entire life. Even the Barry Sanders years were lean.

    I briefly considered watching yesterday, then changed my mind based on the tweets I was seeing.

  2. Justin Heideman (justinph) on October 13th, 2008 @ 1:20 pm

    The reason the Packers and Bears have a better rivalry is that Packers fans actually have a modicum of respect for the Bears. The vikings? Not so much.

    /makes choking sound

  3. David (jacc) on October 13th, 2008 @ 4:16 pm

    Erica – I’m starting to think A.P. is the new Barry Sanders.

    Justin – That’s just hurtful. Although, talking to some Bears fans I’m not so sure the Pack/Bears respect is a two way street.

  4. greg on October 13th, 2008 @ 5:36 pm

    My two favorite football teams are the iowa state cyclones (college) and minnesota vikings (pro). Every year they are supposed to do awesome, and every year they disappoint. But I keep coming back for more. Such is the life of an underdog football fan.

  5. David (jacc) on October 14th, 2008 @ 1:40 pm

    Greg – Luckily, my college football team the UMD Bulldogs aren’t D1 so I can root for the Gophers.

    "Such is the life of an underdog football fan."

    Almost makes you feel for Tampa Bay fans. Almost.
    They were losers all those years, but they did win a Superbowl.

  6. blakew on October 23rd, 2008 @ 2:08 pm

    I’m a Packer fan, and native Milwaukeean, and I personally think (and most Packer fans I know would agree) that the Packers/Vikings rivalry is much stronger now than the Packers/Bears rivalry. However, I think many Vikings fans and Bears fans would disagree. As you said, David, the Packers have won a large majority of their recent games with the Vikings, so that rivalry maybe doesn’t seem as competitive to Vikings fans. And Bears fans, well, that team has been such a mess for the last fifteen years or so (except for a couple of fluke good years, one of which ended with annihilation in the Super Bowl) that the only thing they really have had to cheer about (besides Devon Hester) is their games against the Packers (most of which the Bears have won recently). When Lovie Smith was hired to coach the Bears, he said a main priority of his was "beating the Packers". Not "making the playoffs" or "having a winning season", but "beating the Packers".

    So I guess, in a nutshell, I think that the most intense rivalry in the NFC north depends on which team you root for.

    I have a couple of posts on the Vikings and Gophers football team on my blog:

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