Football is the most popular sport in America and it's not even close.
There is no simple explanation for this—the reasons range from the rise of fantasy football to the shrinking of the normal attention span. The NFL season is a once-a-week showcase for 17 weeks, from early September to the end of December.
What was once a three-hours-on-a-Sunday pastime, with maybe an hour of highlights and another hour reading the recaps the next day, has become a truly 24/7, 365 days a year, never-ending story.
It seems that there is no point at which NFL fans deem information or opinion on their sport surfeit. The more the merrier. For every iota of NFL information, there seem to be 25 talking heads and hundreds of bloggers with an opinion.
With this 24-hour cycle of NFL re-dress there is simply no stopping the media from making mountains out of every single molehill of a story that comes along. That's not necessarily a bad thing, as fans prove over and over again that there is no sating an NFL appetite.
Having said that, one of the offshoots of this constant hot-stove is that stories, rumors and speculation can take on lives of their own.
Here then, are six of the storylines that have been twisted and turned and gripped and re-gripped so many times among Minnesota Vikings fans that it's become hard to see reality through all of the rumor.