June 8th, 2013
“One of the Greatest NFL Rivalries”
Nothing says football to me like, the smell of my mom's famous hot wings frying or dressing up in purple and gold to cheer on my beloved Minnesota Vikings. I have learned through my years of cheering for the team, that being a Vikings fan means putting up with those “Cheese-heads” from the state next door. I believe the Vikings vs. Packers rivalry is one of the greatest in the NFL. I've found this to be true not only through my family traditions, but also from witnessing player and fan behaviors, and simply the geographic placement of these two bordering states on the map. Ever since I was a kid I can remember my entire family getting together every Sunday, and some Mondays, to cheer on our Vikings. It is probably one the greatest and most fond memories of my childhood. But the best part had to be when my uncle Gordy would show up, things quickly turned to the infamous Vikings vs. Packers rivalry. Within moments the arguments began and the cheering got louder, my Dad and uncle would go back and forth for hours fighting over whose team had the better players, or why this year was their year. Although I’ve grown up knowing this rivalry was a big deal amongst my family, I never fully understood it’s magnitude until I witnessed it with my own eyes. This rivalry tends to bring out the crazy side of more people than any other I’ve witnessed! Even getting players involved in the antics, I can remember in 2005, the first time the Vikings and Packers met in the playoffs, with a Vikings win, Randy Moss showed Packer fans his good side, mooning Lambeau Field. Then there was the first time I attended an NFL game, October 2011 and fittingly it was none other than a Vikings vs. Packers game. Before even arriving at the stadium I began to see the excitement of all the people just riding the train into downtown. Vikings fans had their entire bodies painted in purple and gold, and wore giant fuzzy hats with huge...
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