Minnesota Vikings fans haven’t truly felt optimistic about their squad since 2009, when a KSTP helicopter followed Brad Childress and Brett Favre from the airport to Winter Park—giving us all that creepy O.J. Simpson-in-the-white-bronco feeling.
It’s been a rough couple of seasons since that NFC Championship run—turning the most positive and supportive fans into pessimistic cynics.
Hell, if I had been assigned this piece before April’s NFL draft, it would have been difficult to conjure up much.
I mean, seriously, what is there to be optimistic about a team that loses their star running back to an ACL injury—in a game the Vikings end up winning by the way—which cost the franchise the No. 2 overall pick and a shot at robbing Washington Redskins owner Daniel Snyder blind?
GO VIKES! THAT’S WHAT I’M TALKIN’ ABOUT! KEEP IT UP, BOYS! SKOL!!!
The thought of all that makes me nauseous to say the least.
However, general manager Rick Spielman took the first step in heading this team in the right direction. Just about 30 minutes before the draft was to kick off, he pulled one over on the Cleveland Browns and traded back from No. 3 to No. 4, while picking up valuable draft picks and still landing the player they targeted all along.
It’s not nearly the package the Vikes could have received had they possessed the keys to Robert Griffin III, but it is better than nothing.
With that being said, let’s examine five other reasons to be optimistic about the Minnesota Vikings in 2012.