Some Minnesota Vikings admitted that their loss to the Washington Redskins was a big blow, but they…
Vikings Battle Thin-Air Questioning
In the world of sports, there is something called "it." Great quarterbacks like Joe Montana, Brett Favre, John Elway and Tom Brady have "it." Players who bring their own mystique with them – players like Barry Sanders, Lawrence Taylor, Randy Moss and even a rookie like Adrian Peterson – have "it." What is "it?" An indefinable quality that says you are different, you are special and, when the game is on the line, you are going to make the big play. "It" is something many want, but few achieve. In the same vein, venues have "it." When the Vikings played in Met Stadium in the playoffs, teams from Dallas or Los Angeles were subjected to the aura that was Vikings football in January. Bone-chilling temperatures and the time-honored image of flame throwers attempting to thaw the frozen parking lot that the old Met became in the dead of winter were part of the atmosphere. Once the Vikings moved into the Metrodome, that mystique went away. It still exists in some venues in the NFL...
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