This week was the Minnesota Vikings one bye week of the 2011 season. While it is a week for the players to take a break from the weekly grind that takes a severe toll on their minds and bodies, it is a rough week as a fan. I’m not saying that the bye week isn’t necessary (it is), but I do really miss seeing my team out there on the field. Simply put, Sunday wasn’t the same without a Vikings game to watch. Even worse, the Minnesota media market means that the only late afternoon football game available to me was the Green Bay Packers. Instead of getting to watch the Purple and being thrilled with a victory or agonizing over a defeat, I had to watch the hated Super Bowl Champions put up 45 points against the Chargers.
Luckily, there’s just one bye week a year. However, there is a real chance that someday Minnesota won’t even have a team. The bye week scenario from this week would be repeated. Every. Single. Week. Early on last week a person unaffiliated with the Vikings put up this YouTube video
This video hits close to home. That’s what Sunday was like. I would prefer if it does not become a permanent situation.
Luckily, it appears that the State of Minnesota is slowly but surely moving towards a stadium solution that will keep the Vikings in Minnesota. Over the weekend they released this video, which sums up the issue quite nicely.
The video evokes a lot of emotion. The Vikings are an integral part of the Minnesota experience, and I would love to see them stay here for another 50 years in a beautiful new home. A new stadium could host Super Bowls, Final Fours, concerts, High School tournaments, an MLS team, and other sporting events Minnesota should be happy and appreciative to host.
Look for a preview of next week’s Monday Night Football (Vikings vs. Packers) later in the week. Thank goodness the bye week is over.