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21 Apr 2007

Vikings Fans, Look Away

Since it's so slow, here's a short Youtube Tecmo Bowl clip. It involves Nate Poole. That should be enough to explain the title.

Posted by: Bill Barnwell on 21 Apr 2007

23 comments, Last at 24 Apr 2007, 5:59pm by zlionsfan


by putnamp (not verified) :: Sat, 04/21/2007 - 7:02pm

haha the Mike Tice face is priceless

by Theo, Netherlands (not verified) :: Sat, 04/21/2007 - 7:13pm

I "tecmoized" this play and I hope everyone enjoys it.


by Mac (not verified) :: Sat, 04/21/2007 - 11:55pm

The worst I ever felt watching football was that play...maybe more hilarious was Green Bay giving Nate a key to the city.

by Jason Mulgrew aka The Mul Dawg aka Lord J Rocka (not verified) :: Sat, 04/21/2007 - 11:58pm

Mulgrew likey.

by Pacifist Viking (not verified) :: Sun, 04/22/2007 - 1:13am

I regret clicking the link. I've been happy. Now I expect to go to bed to nightmares of despair and emptiness. When I wake up in a pool of cold sweat, I will curse FO and Nate Poole and Denard Walker and the makers of Tecmo Bowl and Mike Tice and the Universe for allowing any of it.

by NF (not verified) :: Sun, 04/22/2007 - 3:25am

5: If its any consolation, in my opinion the Packers absolutely choked against a relatively mediocre Eagles team in the playoffs.

by John (not verified) :: Sun, 04/22/2007 - 9:48am

God, do I love that play :)
Somehow, it makes 4th and 26 a little less painful.

by Pacifist Viking (not verified) :: Sun, 04/22/2007 - 11:26am

It's no consolation, NF: that should have been the Vikings' game to choke away! ;)

by Sophandros (not verified) :: Sun, 04/22/2007 - 12:52pm

That was greatness on so many levels, though if I were a Viking fan, I likely would have thrown up in my mouth.


by Pat (not verified) :: Sun, 04/22/2007 - 5:52pm

As depressing as those losses are to the Vikings, aren't the two more recent years (when they didn't make the playoffs at all) worse?

by Pat (not verified) :: Sun, 04/22/2007 - 5:54pm

That should've said "didn't get close to the playoffs". Although I guess they basically got as close in 2005 as 2003.

by Crushinator (not verified) :: Sun, 04/22/2007 - 6:39pm

Maybe I'm wrong, but I'm pretty sure that was the year the Vikings started the season 6-0. I think missing the playoffs after that was a little more devastating - They were 4 4-12 teams that year in the league, and Minnesota lost to each of them.

by Pacifist Viking (not verified) :: Sun, 04/22/2007 - 7:03pm

There's a completely different--and in my opinion, deeper--pain involved when a team is close and failed.

2003 was particularly brutal. As Crushinator points out, that year the team started out 6-0, but ended 9-7 as the Vikes were 0-4 against the four worst teams in the league. The season started with a victory over the hated Packers at Lambeau; it ended watching Packer fans celebrate in Lambeau as they heard news of the Viking loss (and were watching their Packers beat a Bronco team resting everybody). It was a weak NFC field that year--the Vikes, despite their defensive problems, could have got hot in the playoffs. It was Randy Moss's best season, and it was Culpepper's return to greatness after 2002's issues.

And not only did they blow the week 17 game to the Cardinals, they blew the week 15 game to the Bears when Charles Tillman stole the ball from Randy Moss in the endzone.

If there were a season to act as a microcosm of life as a Viking fan, it would be 2003.

by laberge (not verified) :: Sun, 04/22/2007 - 8:35pm

I remember that game well. I have never experienced such a wide array of emotions in such a short span of time. I went from elation at the impending playoffs to anger, disbelief, and dejection in fifteen minutes. I remember I just unplugged the phone and got really drunk.

by Becephalus (not verified) :: Mon, 04/23/2007 - 12:54am

Yeah that was a rather sickening thing to watch after the start they got out to. It takes a truly great franchise to find a away to waste such an offense for what 5 or 8 years?

by PaulH (not verified) :: Mon, 04/23/2007 - 1:34am

Re: 15

That offense really became great in 1998 with Cunningham, and it remained a very good, and usually great, offense all the way until 2004. After that, Moss left, and Culpepper looked awful before blowing out his knee, and well you all know the story from there. So, from 1998-2004; basically 7 years.

To me, the Vikes year was 1998. I'll never know how they pissed away the '98 NFC Championship Game against the Falcons. The '98 Viking offense was arguably the greatest ever, and they were the first 15-1 team in the history of NFL football not to make the Super Bowl. I've always thought that had they met Elway and the Broncos in the Super Bowl, they could have very well won. I think they would have had a great chance, anyway, and would have probably done much better than the Falcons, which granted isn't saying much.

by Pacifist Viking (not verified) :: Mon, 04/23/2007 - 9:34am

Lest the football gods think we Viking fans got bored with great offense squandered by no defense, they've now blessed/cursed us with great defense squandered by no offense.

by navin (not verified) :: Mon, 04/23/2007 - 11:43am

That '98 Vikings offense wasn't even the best in the league. Check out DVOA, they were number three.

by PaulH (not verified) :: Mon, 04/23/2007 - 12:30pm

Re: 18

No, the '98 Vikings offense didn't get that much love from the FO stats, but they were great nonetheless.

They set an NFL record for most points scored in a season with 556, thus averaging around 35 points per contest. Moreover, they could beat you both ways, running and passing. Cunningham had a great year in the passing game, throwing for over 3,500 yards with 34 TD's to only 10 INT's. Randy Moss and Cris Carter combined for an incredible year, gaining almost 2,500 yards receiving and catching 29 touchdown passes. Robert Smith ran for almost 1,200 yards and 5 yards-per-carry on the ground.

Sounds great to me.

by Will Allen (not verified) :: Mon, 04/23/2007 - 12:57pm

What really irritated me about 2003 was that the cheapskate Viking ownership of the time, having plenty of cap room, allowed Dre Bly to be signed by the Lions, instead of giving themselves, and their fans, a chance to go deep into the playoffs. Without Denard Walker stumbling around like a drunk, the Vikings easily make the playoffs, likely beat the Seahawks, and likely gash the hell out of the Eagles, who were having a terrible time versus the run late in the season. Ugh.

Regarding 1998, that team lost to the Falcons out of a really odd combination of bad luck and poor coaching decisions. The odds of Gary Anderson missing that field goal in the fourth quater are pretty long. Denny Green screwed up by getting very aggressive while in the lead, deep in his own territory, late in the first half, and then got way too conservative with the game tied at the end of regulation. I'll also never forget Cunningham severely underthrowing Randy Moss 40-plus yards downfield, five yards past his defender, in o.t..

In any case, I have my doubts that they would have beat the Broncos. Terrell Davis might well have had a pretty big day against the Vikings, and thus limited the the Vikings opportunities on offense.

by andrew (not verified) :: Mon, 04/23/2007 - 5:00pm

I'll see your simulation of a vikings fiasco and raise you this one, a re-creation of jim marshall's wrong way fumble return on one of those old vibrating football games...

by Pacifist Viking (not verified) :: Mon, 04/23/2007 - 5:04pm

The Jim Marshall bit was much funnier. Somehow, the electric football man captured the earnestness of Marshall going for the endzone.

by zlionsfan (not verified) :: Tue, 04/24/2007 - 5:59pm

The nice thing about having completely incompetent management is that it's been seven years since anything like this has happened to the Lions.