Three lessons I learned from the Vikings

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?

-Derek Hanisch

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3 thoughts on “Three lessons I learned from the Vikings

  1. Going along with the past not defining you, I’ve learned that no matter how significant the disappointment in life is one week, there’s always light at the end of the tunnel, sometimes as soon as the next week.

    For example, when your team loses a close game to its second biggest rival one week, they may just clean house against that very same team the next week.

    Sorry, but someone had to pull that one out!

    But as much as I can pull that example out for the Packers right now, I can use the same example for the St. Louis Cardinals, who had 3 chances to close out the NLCS against the Giants and were unable to do so.

    What I learn from that and from many other experiences with sports is that the journey matters far more than a given end result. How do I respond when my softball team does terribly in a given game? What am I seeking to gain from spending the money I did to travel to Lambeau for the first time with a bunch of guys last week?

    For me, it’s all about community, teamwork, friendships, etc. Yes, winning is fun and it’s not irrelevant, but it’s everything else that comes with the experience that I really value.

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  2. This season?

    How about any season?

    What have I learned from my favorite sports team is:

    – Have a lively almost cartoonish announcer in your past

    – NEVER play inside

    – Play in the sun until they make you turn on the lights and keep on playing

    – Have fans that stay with you until the end of the last game regardless of my performance

    – Cold Beer is always a plus

    – Cheap seats

    – Classic confines

    – Eternal Hope every Spring

    Go Cubbies!

    Sox Suck!

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  3. Football…That’s the game with the big nets at the end of each field. Right?

    I kid I kid! I am not a fan who is a diehard for any particular team, nor do I know much about sports in general. I have actually learned something from my increased interest in football last year. I have learned that sports can be a great way to build community and build relationships. I have also found that people love to talk about them, even if they know that you know squat. This creates great connection and opportunity with that person.

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