Always a bridesmaid, never the bride, the Minnesota Vikings have consistently had one of the highest winning percentages in the NFL. They have played in four Super Bowls, made the playoffs 24 times since the NFL-AFL merger and won the NFL championship in 1969 and NFC titles in 1973, '74 and '76. A Vikings fan must live by the philosophy that every game, every play even, will hold something new and never give up hope. Following a team that keeps fans at the edge of their seats is difficult; we must deal with the disappointment and small victories alike and hold out for the day when our team finally brings home the Vince Lombardi Trophy.
The Vikings are coming off of one of the roughest seasons in team history. Between the obtaining then waiving Randy Moss, firing head coach Brad Childress and dealing with the Metrodome's collapse, let us be honest, last season was a soap opera. Now, with Leslie Frazier at the helm, the team is starting to rebuild and focus on football. With a revamped coaching staff and very promising roster, it looks like it will not be long before the Vikings are once again contenders in the league.
Conference: National Football Conference (NFC)
Division: NFC North, with Chicago Bears, Detroit Lions and Green Bay Packers
Opening game: September 17, 1961
Home field: Mall of America Field at the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome in Minneapolis, MN
Team colors: Purple, Gold and White
Owner: Zygmunt "Zygi" Wilf
Head coach: Leslie Frazier
Offensive coordinator: Bill Musgrave
Defensive coordinator: Alan Williams
Special teams coordinator: Mike Priefer
Defensive line coach: Brendan Daly
Offensive line coach: Jeff Davidson
Fight song: Skol, Vikings
Mascot: Viktor the Viking, Ragnar
Nicknames: Purple People Eaters, Purple Pride
Super Bowl appearances: IV, VIII, IX and XI
Number of Hall of Famers: 16
All time record (regular season): 416-349-9
All time record (playoffs): 19-26
Other fun facts: New Vikings Stadium is projected to open in 2016.
The man who performs as mascot Ragnar, Joseph Juranitch, holds the current world record for fastest time shaving a beard with an axe.
Initially, the Vikings placed a franchise application with the AFL. They were not officially founded until they withdrew their AFL application and joined the NFL in 1961.
Kelly Novinski became an accidental fan of the Vikings while her father was hospitalized at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN. Though she will always be devoted to the New Orleans Saints, Kelly secretly waits for the Vikings to make a comeback.
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