Minnesota Vikings Win Leads To Hysterical Reactions From The Sports World
For years, Vikings fans knew that their city would be hosting the 2018 Super Bowl. But on Sunday, Jan. 14, a wildly unlikely turn of events took their team one step closer to actually appearing in the game for the first time in 41 years.
Moments after quarterback Case Keenum connected with Stefon Diggs for a last-ditch effort that led to a Vikings win over the Saints, fans were exultant over their team’s 29-24 win, and a chance at making club history in the coming weeks.
Thanks to Twitter, fans were able to share their comically exuberant reactions in real time, offering a gallery of videos and messages that show just how jubilant regular folks can get when their city’s team lifts them up.
But before we get to the madness, let’s revisit the play in question that blew the roof off every Vikings household, and no doubt sent Saints fans into a brief spell of catatonic shock.
In fact, the reactions were so visceral that, in at least one instance, medical technology had to tell them to calm down and take a breath.
The last-second heroics of the Vikings left some more casual fans observing — mouth agape, no doubt — as their more invested roommates ran senseless laps around the apartment like an excited puppy learning it was time for a walk.
When an entire family of Vikings fans was watching, they each fed off each other, amplifying the spectacle exponentially.
Even a (supposedly) objective observer, like studio host Scott Hansen of the NFL Network’s RedZone channel, couldn’t help himself as the cameras were (again, supposedly) off, and he was watching the action during a break in the program. Even a seasoned NFL broadcasting vet couldn’t quell his excitement and disbelief as Stefon Diggs tightrope-walked the edge of the field to turn the tables on the Saints.
Lest you think this is much ado about nothing, ESPN broke down the likelihood of a Vikings win before the ball was snapped, and it was a moonshot — relatively speaking.
Even fans attending the Minnesota Wild NHL game at nearby Xcel Energy Center broke away from their contest to catch what many were convinced was the Vikings’ death rattle. No doubt they’re glad they stuck their heads in to check on the action.
Then, of course, not long after the earnest reactions surfaced, as the sun rises in the east, so came the memes…
Was it the ghost of Minnesota legend Prince that influenced this series of events? Of course not, but this is still pretty funny:
There was no shortage of melodrama and theatrics among sports fans after that play, but perhaps a more understated take on the fabled catch will prove the most resonant and enduring.
In Kobe Bryant’s Youth League, Everyone Learns ‘Mamba Mentality’ “What really inspires me is finding different creative ways to try to effect change.”
Fergie Has Explained Her Historically Bad National Anthem Performance, Calling It A ‘Risk’ This isn’t the first time she’s riled up the public with a new take on the song.
Fox News Host Tells Activist NBA Players To 'Shut Up And Dribble,' But LeBron's Not Having It The talk show host has no interest in listening to them.
Why Olympic Athletes ‘Choke’ At The Winter Games A number of factors the viewing audience can't see can explain poor performances.
Even With Finish Line Photos, The Public Can't Tell Who Won This Ski Race Tenths of a second weren’t nearly enough to determine who won this race.
Snowboarder's Gold Medal In A Ski Event Is One Of The Biggest Surprises Of The Games It took a comically long time for her unexpected success to register.
The Unified Korean Women’s Hockey Team On Its Historic Moment “Both South Korean and North Korean athletes thought the same thing: We wanted to do the best in the game.”
Chicago Cubs Player Attends Candlelight Vigil After Shooting At Alma Mater Anthony Rizzo calls for stricter gun laws.
Athletes Are The Most Important Part Of The Olympics. Or Are They? A former Olympic high jumper on how the rights of athletes aren't always the top priority. A former Olympic high jumper on how the rights of athletes aren't always the top priority.