To read Pacifist Viking's take on an inglorious playoff loss to the Green Bay Packers, click here.
Of course, I didn't want the Minnesota Vikings season to end Saturday night at Lambeau Field. And I definitely didn't want it to end at the hands of the fucking Green Bay Packers.
Still, part of me is kind of glad it's over. In the past 10 years or so I've found the Vikings season consumes me. Of course, I've got this blogging thing going on, which I started doing in 2007. Now I'm on Twitter, too. But it's more than that. As long as the Vikings are playing football, the six days of the week when they aren't are sort of annoyances to me. Can't time fast forward to Sunday at 11 a.m. (or if the Vikes are playing the late game, 2:30 p.m.)? And then for those three hours or so I sit in a trance-like state hoping Minnesota will win. This goes on for four months.
But that's all over now. Joe Webb, the Vikings wide receivers, linebackers, cornerbacks, plus Aaron Rodgers, saw to that. I can take Sunday's back again. I can sleep in without eyeing the clock so I don't snooze through the first quarter. I can make plans to go the gym, or watch a movie with the family or whatever really, without having to work these activities around a Vikings game. There will be no more butterflies that start at around 10 a.m. and last until 2:15. I'll certainly watch the rest of the playoffs and the Super Bowl - I love football. However, this relationship I have with the Vikings isn't love. I don't know how to describe it (I bet Pacifist Viking could. Help me out, PV!), but at this point of the year I've had enough of it. Sometimes I even think how great it would be if I didn't care about the Vikings this much, and if I wasn't a fan. It's time to explore other interests.
Of course, I'll be back next September. 2013 has to be the year, right? That young roster will continue to improve. Christian Ponder will take those next few steps towards quarterbacking brilliance. Rick Spielman will draft brilliantly and make wise choices on the free agent market that will turn the Minnesota Vikings into that juggernaut of the 1970s - only this time we'll win the Lombardi Trophy.
Those thoughts are for another time, though. For the next eight months, the Vikings will not have the hold over me that they do from September till January. I'm good with that.