Editorial: You believe as a Vikings fan, right?
Some days it just does not pay to get up in the morning if you are a Minnesota Vikings fan.
Minnesota's professional football team began the season as one of the Super Bowl favorites with 21 starters returning, including 10 Pro Bowlers, and now with three games left the team needs an "Extreme Makeover" as it needs both a starting quarterback and a stadium for Monday night's game.
What a difference!
The season started with a high-powered offense on paper with quarterback Brett Favre on board and Coach Brad Childress at the helm. It has been downhill ever since.
Wide receiver Sidney Rice started the season needing surgery to fix a hip problem.
The team got off to a slow start on both sides of the football and it has continued to go downhill.
Finally, owner Zygi Wilf pulled a mid-season coaching change and named Leslie Frazier as interim head coach for the final six games.
Things got better as the Vikes went on a two-game winning streak as Rice returned.
Then, the roof falls in on the season, both figuratively for the team and for real on the Metrodome.
First, Favre is knocked out of a game with a separated shoulder. The next weekend, a blizzard hits Minnesota and the Metrodome roof falls in. Then the Vikes had to play a delayed home game Monday night in the Detroit Lions' stadium. There backup quarterback Tarvaris Jackson suffered a "turf toe" injury and ended up on injured reserve Thursday.
As the Metrodome can not be repaired in time, the Vikings hope to play next on Monday Night Football in TCF Bank Stadium, if University of Minnesota and Viking officials can get the stadium out of its winter hibernation.
Wherever the Vikings and Bears play Monday night, the Vikings will likely have a new starting quarterback in rookie Joe Webb, who is an outstanding athlete but has no NFL starts, and a new backup quarterback, nine-year journeyman Patrick Ramsey.
And we thought it was tough being a Lions football fan?
Vikings fans should remember Monday night is the 50-year anniversary of the Vikings franchise and the team is playing an outdoor football game, ala Bud Grant style.
It will be cold outside Monday night, so the Vikings have a chance. We gotta believe, right?