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singersp
09-06-2007, 07:23 AM
Vikings popularity keeps dwindling as decade rolls by (http://www.wctrib.com/ap/index.cfm?page=view&id=D8RFLCEO0&forumcomm_check_return)


By DAVE CAMPBELL AP Sports Writer
The Associated Press
wctrib.com
Thursday, September 06, 2007


Each week during the regular season, NFL teams distribute a forest's worth of paper to the media for the purpose of providing statistics and family-friendly story lines for use in previewing the approaching game.....

vikingivan
09-06-2007, 08:00 AM
It is unfortunate that it has fallen so far that they won't even be able to sell the games out this season.
We went from being a popular pick to reach the super bowl every year to a team that most everyone picks to finish last in our division.
I think we will surprise the so called "experts" this year.

Rattz
09-06-2007, 08:15 AM
That's what happens when you lose games and lose stars and hire a head coach that alienated fans and bored them to tears on offense last year.
Hopefully they will be more entertaining on offense (AD is worth the price of admission) and winning becomes the standard again.

SKOL in 2007!

Zeus
09-06-2007, 08:16 AM
"vikingivan" wrote:


It is unfortunate that it has fallen so far that they won't even be able to sell the games out this season.
We went from being a popular pick to reach the super bowl every year to a team that most everyone picks to finish last in our division.
I think we will surprise the so called "experts" this year.


I only recall the 2005 Vikings being a "popular pick to reach the Super Bowl".
What other season were the Vikes the consensus NFC pick?

=Z=

Marrdro
09-06-2007, 08:21 AM
More negative drivel from our local sports hacks.
Why the heck can't they right something positive about this team instead of the same old crap.

I could think of a few topics that I could spin as positive yet still be realistic about.
a.
No major off field incidents.
b.
Young exciting players that just need to prove themselves.
c.
A owner who seems to want to put bring the organization back to prominence instead of mediocrity.
d. New D-coord who has the D looking good in preseason.
e.

Man I can't wait for a win so these saps have something to write about instead the past and how unproven our young team is.

Prophet
09-06-2007, 08:32 AM
The pendulum is just swinging.
A bunch of fairweather fans and new solid fans jumped on board during the '98 season.
Some of them have falled by the wayside and new fans will come along.
A host of fairweather fans will jump back on board once the Ws come in.

Zeus
09-06-2007, 08:35 AM
"Marrdro" wrote:


More negative drivel from our local sports hacks.
Why the heck can't they right something positive about this team instead of the same old crap.


More mindless criticism from our friend from VA.

The article was written by Dave Campbell, an AP (and former ESPN writer/talking-head) who is NOT based in Minnesota.

How is that "drivel from our (meaning mine, not yours) local sports hacks"?

=Z=

singersp
09-06-2007, 08:50 AM
"Prophet" wrote:


The pendulum is just swinging.
A bunch of fairweather fans and new solid fans jumped on board during the '98 season.
Some of them have falled by the wayside and new fans will come along.
A host of fairweather fans will jump back on board once the Ws come in.


Didn't you swing the tailgate of the bandwagon back up like I asked?
:-

Prophet
09-06-2007, 08:52 AM
"singersp" wrote:


"Prophet" wrote:


The pendulum is just swinging.
A bunch of fairweather fans and new solid fans jumped on board during the '98 season.
Some of them have falled by the wayside and new fans will come along.
A host of fairweather fans will jump back on board once the Ws come in.


Didn't you swing the tailgate of the bandwagon back up like I asked?
:-\


It's partially my fault, I routinely rip the esophagus out of fairweather fans and donate them to Neph.
I will try to be nice and not off the up and coming fairweather fans, there are always a few that turn into long-term fans.

vikingivan
09-06-2007, 08:55 AM
"Zeus" wrote:


"vikingivan" wrote:


It is unfortunate that it has fallen so far that they won't even be able to sell the games out this season.
We went from being a popular pick to reach the super bowl every year to a team that most everyone picks to finish last in our division.
I think we will surprise the so called "experts" this year.


I only recall the 2005 Vikings being a "popular pick to reach the Super Bowl".
What other season were the Vikes the consensus NFC pick?

=Z=


99, 2000, 2001

Marrdro
09-06-2007, 08:56 AM
"Zeus" wrote:


"Marrdro" wrote:


More negative drivel from our local sports hacks.
Why the heck can't they right something positive about this team instead of the same old crap.


More mindless criticism from our friend from VA.

The article was written by Dave Campbell, an AP (and former ESPN writer/talking-head) who is NOT based in Minnesota.

How is that "drivel from our (meaning mine, not yours) local sports hacks"?

=Z=

Ran by a Eden Prairie News Paper.

Haven't you noticed.
I hate all news hacks.
;D

singersp
09-06-2007, 09:03 AM
"Prophet" wrote:


The pendulum is just swinging.
A bunch of fairweather fans and new solid fans jumped on board during the '98 season.
Some of them have falled by the wayside and new fans will come along.
A host of fairweather fans will jump back on board once the Ws come in.

They can try, but after jumping ship the past couple of years, Stubby is standing guard & will be refusing to let them back on..........

http://i16.photobucket.com/albums/b21/singersp82759/stubby.jpg

Prophet
09-06-2007, 09:07 AM
"singersp" wrote:


"Prophet" wrote:


The pendulum is just swinging.
A bunch of fairweather fans and new solid fans jumped on board during the '98 season.
Some of them have falled by the wayside and new fans will come along.
A host of fairweather fans will jump back on board once the Ws come in.

They can try, but after jumping ship the past couple of years, Stubby is standing guard & will be refusing to let them back on..........

http://i16.photobucket.com/albums/b21/singersp82759/stubby.jpg


lmao, if that guy tried to come after me I would punt him 40 yds down the field.
Psycho looking guy though.

Zeus
09-06-2007, 09:15 AM
"vikingivan" wrote:


"Zeus" wrote:


"vikingivan" wrote:


It is unfortunate that it has fallen so far that they won't even be able to sell the games out this season.
We went from being a popular pick to reach the super bowl every year to a team that most everyone picks to finish last in our division.
I think we will surprise the so called "experts" this year.


I only recall the 2005 Vikings being a "popular pick to reach the Super Bowl".
What other season were the Vikes the consensus NFC pick?


99, 2000, 2001


Documentation?

=Z=

Purple Floyd
09-06-2007, 09:22 AM
Be very nice to those fairweather fans, they will be the difference between having the games on TV and blackouts along with the difference between a new stadium and either moving the team or staying in the current dump. ;)

snowinapril
09-06-2007, 09:40 AM
"UffDaVikes" wrote:


Be very nice to those fairweather fans, they will be the difference between having the games on TV and blackouts along with the difference between a new stadium and either moving the team or staying in the current dump. ;)


IF the real die hard fans are standing up and the fairweather fans are gone, that means we don't have enough real die hard fans for sell outs.

Interesting!

The season that led to the ATL game let down was a once in a while season.
It set us up for failure.
You just don't repeat those seasons unless you are Peyton Manning. LOL!

BadlandsVikings
09-06-2007, 09:45 AM
"Prophet" wrote:


"singersp" wrote:


"Prophet" wrote:


The pendulum is just swinging.
A bunch of fairweather fans and new solid fans jumped on board during the '98 season.
Some of them have falled by the wayside and new fans will come along.
A host of fairweather fans will jump back on board once the Ws come in.

They can try, but after jumping ship the past couple of years, Stubby is standing guard & will be refusing to let them back on..........

http://i16.photobucket.com/albums/b21/singersp82759/stubby.jpg


lmao, if that guy tried to come after me I would punt him 40 yds down the field.
Psycho looking guy though.


He'd cut your foot off first
:D

vikingivan
09-06-2007, 10:01 AM
"Zeus" wrote:


"vikingivan" wrote:


"Zeus" wrote:


"vikingivan" wrote:


It is unfortunate that it has fallen so far that they won't even be able to sell the games out this season.
We went from being a popular pick to reach the super bowl every year to a team that most everyone picks to finish last in our division.
I think we will surprise the so called "experts" this year.


I only recall the 2005 Vikings being a "popular pick to reach the Super Bowl".
What other season were the Vikes the consensus NFC pick?


99, 2000, 2001


Documentation?

=Z=




http://www.nique.net/issues/1999-09-10/entertainment/12

PurpleTide
09-06-2007, 10:15 AM
Lets get a few wins and some positive press, then the fairweather fan gates will overflow. Face it, people love winning teams. It angers me, but human nature and apathy let people's attention drift. They will be back soon enough.

Caine
09-06-2007, 02:41 PM
Fair weather fans....what exactly are we describing here?


Are we talking about the people who remain "Viking Fans" but don't display the same level of enthusiasm for the team as in previous years?
Or are we talking about the people who have now changed alliegence to another franchise...and will switch again once that team starts to drop off?

I can handle the first.
In fact, I don't mind the first at all.
I tend to refer to tham as "casual fans", however, and view them as people who like the "idea" of having a favorite team, but aren't into the game enough to really sustain the reality of one.
Once a hot streak comes along, however, they're right there, feeding off of the enthusiasm of everyone else.
The only time they start to get annoying is when they start parading their "Fan Cred"....as if we can't tell the difference.

The ones I despise are the jumpers.
The John Kerry's of the fanbase.
"I liked that team, now I like another team...".
They stick with you through thick...but once it gets thin, they're off to another buffet table.
When your team gets hot, they show up wearing licensed NFL apparrel (still smelling like the plastic wrap it was shipped in) and reminiscing about the "good old days" like they were there (they were...they were just wearing a different team's jersey back then).

Most casual fans will admit to being one...the jumpers never do.

Now, as for the decline of the Vikings popularity...with whom?
With the media?
With the guy who wrote the article?
With his buddy who scammed money (illegally) from other fans who broke the same law he did?
These are the people the Vikes have lost popularity with?
How will we ever recover?

SCREW 'EM!!!!

From where I sit, we haven't lost popularity, we've better identified the hard core fan base.
Other teams popularity indexes are now skewed out of proportion with pathetic losers who are desperate to be associated with winning franchises.
We, the hardcore faithful, are secure enough in our own lives not to need that kind of artificial validation.
Instead, we place our alliegence ONCE...and leave it there.

Personally, I read the article and thought, "Who cares?".


Caine

cajunvike
09-06-2007, 03:10 PM
Good...get rid of all the bandwagoners...let them go and root for the Putzies and Cowturds...their fans are almost all bandwagon types anyway...the ex-Vikes fan will fit right in with them!

Prophet
09-06-2007, 03:12 PM
"Caine" wrote:


Fair weather fans....what exactly are we describing here?


Are we talking about the people who remain "Viking Fans" but don't display the same level of enthusiasm for the team as in previous years?
Or are we talking about the people who have now changed alliegence to another franchise...and will switch again once that team starts to drop off?

I can handle the first.
In fact, I don't mind the first at all.
I tend to refer to tham as "casual fans", however, and view them as people who like the "idea" of having a favorite team, but aren't into the game enough to really sustain the reality of one.
Once a hot streak comes along, however, they're right there, feeding off of the enthusiasm of everyone else.
The only time they start to get annoying is when they start parading their "Fan Cred"....as if we can't tell the difference.

The ones I despise are the jumpers.
The John Kerry's of the fanbase.
"I liked that team, now I like another team...".
They stick with you through thick...but once it gets thin, they're off to another buffet table.
When your team gets hot, they show up wearing licensed NFL apparrel (still smelling like the plastic wrap it was shipped in) and reminiscing about the "good old days" like they were there (they were...they were just wearing a different team's jersey back then).

Most casual fans will admit to being one...the jumpers never do.

Now, as for the decline of the Vikings popularity...with whom?
With the media?
With the guy who wrote the article?
With his buddy who scammed money (illegally) from other fans who broke the same law he did?
These are the people the Vikes have lost popularity with?
How will we ever recover?

SCREW 'EM!!!!

From where I sit, we haven't lost popularity, we've better identified the hard core fan base.
Other teams popularity indexes are now skewed out of proportion with pathetic losers who are desperate to be associated with winning franchises.
We, the hardcore faithful, are secure enough in our own lives not to need that kind of artificial validation.
Instead, we place our alliegence ONCE...and leave it there.

Personally, I read the article and thought, "Who cares?".


Caine


Right on, there are many, many Favre crotch sniffers that follow the Packers.
I've been saying that for a while now too, it will be fun to see the fairweather fan base fall off and be in disarray when Favre retires.
There are all kinds of Packer 'fans' in Mississippi, just because Favre is from here.
The Favray crotch sniffers will be lost soon and I will be right here to counsel them.

MetalMike-LoudVike
09-06-2007, 04:13 PM
I was born in and went all in When I die it will be all in. If they move the franchise I will simply walk away from watching football. anyone got any ideas on new hobbies if that ever happends?

Prophet
09-06-2007, 04:14 PM
"MetalMike-LoudVike" wrote:


I was born in and went all in When I die it will be all in. If they move the franchise I will simply walk away from watching football. anyone got any ideas on new hobbies if that ever happends?


cheerleaders

MetalMike-LoudVike
09-06-2007, 04:19 PM
"Prophet" wrote:


"MetalMike-LoudVike" wrote:


I was born in and went all in When I die it will be all in. If they move the franchise I will simply walk away from watching football. anyone got any ideas on new hobbies if that ever happends?


cheerleaders

Well of course, you live up to the name. good suggestion.

vikingivan
09-06-2007, 04:20 PM
"BadlandsViking" wrote:


"Prophet" wrote:


"singersp" wrote:


"Prophet" wrote:


The pendulum is just swinging.
A bunch of fairweather fans and new solid fans jumped on board during the '98 season.
Some of them have falled by the wayside and new fans will come along.
A host of fairweather fans will jump back on board once the Ws come in.

They can try, but after jumping ship the past couple of years, Stubby is standing guard & will be refusing to let them back on..........

http://i16.photobucket.com/albums/b21/singersp82759/stubby.jpg


lmao, if that guy tried to come after me I would punt him 40 yds down the field.
Psycho looking guy though.


He'd cut your foot off first
:D


I wonder how he takes care of himself.
;D

2beersTommy
09-06-2007, 04:24 PM
"singersp" wrote:


"Prophet" wrote:


The pendulum is just swinging.
A bunch of fairweather fans and new solid fans jumped on board during the '98 season.
Some of them have falled by the wayside and new fans will come along.
A host of fairweather fans will jump back on board once the Ws come in.

They can try, but after jumping ship the past couple of years, Stubby is standing guard & will be refusing to let them back on..........

http://i16.photobucket.com/albums/b21/singersp82759/stubby.jpg

WOW, is it me or does this guy have upper torso features like fumblepepper..LOL (short arms & small hands)

ForceOfNorse
09-06-2007, 06:56 PM
All we gotta do is put all that scandalous crap in the proverbial dump.
We need to get back to winning, and being an all-around great organization again.
F@%# all those fair weather fans anyway!!!


Hell, I was born Purple, and I'll die that way too!!! I just hope it's not choking on "Cheese"!!!
HAHAHA


IF YOU AIN'T A VIKE, YOU AIN'T RIGHT!!!!!!!!

thevikingfan
09-06-2007, 07:02 PM
"ForceOfNorse" wrote:


All we gotta do is put all that scandalous crap in the proverbial dump.
We need to get back to winning, and being an all-around great organization again.
F@%# all those fair weather fans anyway!!!


Hell, I was born Purple, and I'll die that way too!!! I just hope it's not choking on "Cheese"!!!
HAHAHA


IF YOU AIN'T A VIKE, YOU AIN'T RIGHT!!!!!!!!


heck yea!If you"fanned" thorugh the 2002 2003 seasons you can fan thorugh anything

Purple Floyd
09-06-2007, 07:07 PM
"thevikingfan" wrote:


"ForceOfNorse" wrote:


All we gotta do is put all that scandalous crap in the proverbial dump.
We need to get back to winning, and being an all-around great organization again.
F@%# all those fair weather fans anyway!!!


Hell, I was born Purple, and I'll die that way too!!! I just hope it's not choking on "Cheese"!!!
HAHAHA


IF YOU AIN'T A VIKE, YOU AIN'T RIGHT!!!!!!!!


heck yea!If you"fanned" thorugh the 2002 2003 seasons you can fan thorugh anything


That's nothing compared to the early-mid 80's. Sometimes I lay awake at night dreaming of the 2002-2003 seasons. ( If you have watched Monty Python's life of Brian you might appreciate that one. If you haven't seen it and plan on slamming me, rent the movie first) ;D

Purple Floyd
09-06-2007, 07:09 PM
"MetalMike-LoudVike" wrote:


I was born in and went all in When I die it will be all in. If they move the franchise I will simply walk away from watching football. anyone got any ideas on new hobbies if that ever happends?


I hear something about there being porn on the internet. If the Vikings ever leave I think I will have to see if it's true.

Iron Lungs
09-06-2007, 07:16 PM
"UffDaVikes" wrote:


"MetalMike-LoudVike" wrote:


I was born in and went all in When I die it will be all in. If they move the franchise I will simply walk away from watching football. anyone got any ideas on new hobbies if that ever happends?


I hear something about there being porn on the internet. If the Vikings ever leave I think I will have to see if it's true.


I just found out there was something besides porn. ;D

gregair13
09-06-2007, 07:43 PM
besides you guys, and my sister's husand's uncle, i do not know any vikings fans. after a lose its lonely, but after a win you can talk smack to everyone

Marrdro
09-07-2007, 08:31 AM
Mike and Mike had a list that they were quoting from that listed all sports by popularity.
If I'm not mistaken the criteria used to establish the list included things like jersey sales, attendance etc.

I can't seem to find it so I emailed those two knuckleheads last night but have yet to recieve a response.

Anyone remember/know the source of list they were using?
Seems to me the Vikes were still up there pretty high nationally.

Zeus
09-07-2007, 08:45 AM
"vikingivan" wrote:


"Zeus" wrote:


"vikingivan" wrote:


"Zeus" wrote:


"vikingivan" wrote:


It is unfortunate that it has fallen so far that they won't even be able to sell the games out this season.
We went from being a popular pick to reach the super bowl every year to a team that most everyone picks to finish last in our division.
I think we will surprise the so called "experts" this year.


I only recall the 2005 Vikings being a "popular pick to reach the Super Bowl".
What other season were the Vikes the consensus NFC pick?


99, 2000, 2001


Documentation?


http://www.nique.net/issues/1999-09-10/entertainment/12


Did you actually post a 1999 NFL preview from the Georgia Tech student newspaper as evidence of the Vikings being a popular pick that year?


If that's your best source, wow.

=Z=