The Blog has learned that the Vikings' season came to a crashing halt yesterday at the hands of the Eagles which means that today is the annual what-are-we-gonna-do-to-fix-it-next-year day. But before we look forward to next year we must take time to reflect on the Vikings' 48th consecutive non-championship season.
The 4 best moments of 2008:
4. That brief moment when we all thought that it might be possible that Brett Favre could be wearing purple this year. It was far-fetched, sure, but there wasn't a Vikings fan alive who didn't have at least one dream about Brett Favre going into Lambeau wearing purple and beating his old team, especially since we all knew that we were only a quarterback away from being a Super Bowl contender.
3. The moment when Ryan Longwell's 50-yard field goal sailed through the uprights against the Giants to give the Vikings their first division title in eight years. I never thought I would live to see the Vikings go eight years between division titles.
2. The moment when Bernard Berrian broke free for a 99-yard touchdown pass from Gus Frerotte one play after the Vikings stopped the Bears on 4th and goal from the 1. This was also the moment that I started planning a trip to the Super Bowl.
1. The moment when Mason Crosby's potential game-winning field goal for the Packers sailed wide right. Regardless of what else happens during the regular season, there is still nothing more important than beating the Packers at home.
The 4 worst moments of 2008:
4. The moment when the Vikings beat the Lions 12-10 on a last second field goal and we all realized that championship teams don't squeak by the Lions at home on a last second field goal, especially off of a phantom pass interference call.
3. The moment when Peyton Manning drove the Colts into field goal range to set up the game-winning field goal for Indianapolis and we all realized that championship teams don't blow 15-point leads at home.
2. The moment when Aaron Rodgers hit Greg Jennings on a 56-yard bomb in week 1 and we all thought that we were witnessing the second coming of Brett Favre and the beginning of a hall of fame career and a Packer dynasty that would extend into the 2020s. Fortunately it doesn't seem like that's the case now.
1. The moment when we realized that Bryan Westbrook was going to score on a 71-yard screen pass from Donovan McNabb and the season was over.