5 reasons for Vikings fans to watch Super Bowl LII
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It’s already been two weeks since our beloved Vikings lost 38-7 to the Eagles in the NFC Championship game, and of course, the team that knocked the purple out has a chance to win its first Super Bowl in franchise history right here in Minnesota on Sunday.
An Eagles championship win could haunt Vikings fans for years. A Patriots victory would, well, just be another Patriots victory. And quite frankly, we’ve seen enough of those -- five, to be exact.
While we might have distaste for the Eagles-Patriots matchup on the field and it will be hard to watch, there’s a few reasons for why every Minnesota fan – no matter how bitter – should tune in to Super Bowl LII.
Sweet, sweet revenge on Philadelphia
Even Minneapolis mayor Jacob Frey is bitter about the Eagles coming to town. But what if Philadelphia … loses? That would bump Philly down to 0-3 all-time in the Super Bowl – meaning the Vikings would still have them as a woeful partner on the no-ring train. No matter what happens, just be sure to grease your light poles with Crisco before the game begins. You can never be too cautious.
Possible Prince tribute from JT?
Former ‘N Sync heartthrob and current all-around American treasure Justin Timberlake is performing at the halftime show. And there’s a strong possibility he could perform a cover of a Prince song in tribute to the late pop legend, who reigned for many years in Minnesota. Although it’s unlikely Timberlake will live up to Prince’s classic performance at Super Bowl XLI, a nod to him -- and a possible ‘N Sync reunion?!? -- could add up to a memorable halftime show.
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Although we might not care so much about the outcome, some of our favorite local players certainly do. Karl-Anthony Towns is an avid, dare we say it, Eagles fan, while his coach Tom Thibodeau loves the Patriots -- and their head coach Bill Belichick. In fact, Belichick and Thibs are such good friends that the seven-time Super Bowl champ was sitting courtside at the Timberwolves game Thursday night, just three days before his Patriots takes football’s biggest stage. That’s like Abraham Lincoln attending a town hall forum three days before the Gettysburg Address. Regardless, we’re looking forward to the fun-spirited trash talk from KAT on Sunday. Let’s just hope he doesn’t go too far and get benched by his coach.
Home state on display
There will be Purple Pride on Sunday after all. All eyes around the world will be on the #BoldNorth, the wonderful football stadium and beautiful city. Certainly there will be lots of shots from high above U.S. Bank Stadium where you can find your favorite local hangout and realize millions upon millions of people are seeing the same thing you get to experience every day. Plus, it’s our last chance to hear the endless compliments of how nice we are and the exhausting -- yet satisfying -- accounts of “oh geez, it’s cold up here.” Embrace it.
Last call for football
To put it frankly … this is the last football game for six freaking months (seven, if you choose to ignore preseason). And however painful it may be to watch the Eagles play for a Super Bowl in our home state, or the Patriots (yawn) winning again, it’s nowhere near the amount of suffering you’ll feel seven days from now when you have absolutely no football to watch and you’re stuck scrolling through mock drafts and actually pondering whether or not the XFL will work in 2020. Enjoy it while it lasts.