Last Sunday around 7 pm, I was sitting in my recliner watching the Vikings. My wife was in her favorite chair and on her iPad shopping or playing games. She is not a sports fan; it is just not her thing. Me however I live for sports, well maybe not soccer. I bleed purple and am a huge Vikings fan and have been since I can remember.
The Minnesota Vikings were playing the New Orleans Saints in Minneapolis. It was definitely playoff atmosphere at US Bank stadium. I had a good number of friends attending the game and I was enjoying looking at their posts on Facebook and Twitter. I had been sitting in my chair since 3 o’clock that afternoon watching football. By seven o’clock the Saints had just kicked a field goal to take the lead 24-23 with 25 seconds left in the game. The Vikings season was coming to an end.
I can’t tell you how upset I was with 25 seconds remaining in the game. The Vikings were leading 17 to 0 with 1:18 left in the third quarter. Then the roof fell in. I’m going to give credit to Drew Brees and the Saints they fought back and played well in the fourth quarter. I am very vocal while watching the Vikings on television. I actually yell a lot at the Tv. From 6 to 7 o’clock my wife started to yell at me. She would say, “stop yelling” “calm down” “be quiet” “really.”
So here I am at 7pm, pouting, heart racing, blood pressure up and really upset that the Vikings are going to get beat and the season is over. I’m actually seething. My emotions are all over the place, I am sad, I am mad, and I am hurt. The Vikings have 25 seconds left to try and get into field goal range to win the game. Then it happens!
Keenum’s pass to #14 Stefon Diggs for the winning touchdown!! I jumped out of my chair and lost my ear piece because I was listening to the Paul Allen while watching the tv. Jumping up and down and yelling at the top of my lungs continued for about a minute! I could not believe what had happened. My wife sitting in her chair yelling at me “Calm down, you are going to have a heart attack!” There was a lot of yelling going on in our house at that moment.
One of the greatest moments in Vikings history. Also one of the greatest radio calls by Paul Allen and Pete Bercich. Since then I have put the touchdown radio call as my ringtone on my phone. I’ve been hearing it at least once a hour all week long. A Minnesota sports moment that ranks right up there with Kirby Puckett’s game six homerun! A miracle it was.