As a fan of the Minnesota Vikings, I’ve learned a lot about rooting for the underdog. The up and down roller coaster ride of the Vikings this season, got me thinking. As we begin the New Year, let us learn from the Vikings.
3 lessons I learned from the Vikings:
1: The past doesn’t define you. Last year the Vikings went 3-13, with zero chance at even smelling the playoffs. As the Vikings began play this season, similar results were expected. The Vikes were predicted to repeat last years performance, and only win three games again. Everybody said they would lose their first three games as well. But that’s not what happened. We are not limited by what we’ve done before.
2: Don’t let others negativity get you down. At the beginning of the season, the Vikings came out playing hard. They won games they had no right winning. As the season progressed, however, the Vikes soon fell out of playoff reach. It came down to wire. If the Vikes wanted in to the playoffs they had to win their final four games. One was against the Houston Texans. Before the game, the critics of Fox Sports predicted the outcome, and every single one of them said the Vikings were going to lose. Yet, in spite of all the negativity, the Vikes kept the hope alive.
3: Sometimes what you want is the wrong thing. The Vikings quarterback, Christian Ponder, has had a lot of ups and downs this season. Through it all, there have been certain critics who have been screaming for Joe Webb, the backup QB, to be put in. These critics have said that Webb is the right fit, and will do much better than Ponder. When the Vikings faced the Packers in the playoffs, Ponder was unable to start due to an elbow injury. Joe Webb finally got his shot. If you watched the game, you can only imagine that those who were yelling for Webb to start were quickly wishing that Ponder was playing.
What lessons have you learned this season from your favorite sports team?