As fans of the Minnesota Vikings gear up for their most anticipated playoff run in ten years, the media begins another propaganda war against the Vikes.
On ESPN's bottom line, which shows stats and info for upcoming games, it noted that Dallas has outscored its last three opponents 75-14. It then showed that Brett Favre is 0-3 against Dallas in the playoffs.
As accurate as that stat is, it is irrelevant now.
Yes, Favre is 0-3 vs Dallas in the playoffs. He lost to Dallas in the '93, '94, and '95 playoffs...over fifteen years ago.
Two of those seasons, Dallas won the Super Bowl. In the third season, Dallas lost in the NFC Championship game to the eventual champion San Francisco 49ers.
All three games Favre played against Dallas were in Texas. Dallas had a first round bye all three times.
A stat that have been more interesting, perhaps, is that 50 percent (5/10) of teams that beat Brett Favre in the playoffs go on to play in the Super Bowl, and 80 percent of those teams win the championship.
Even Minnesota's sports reporters are feeding the fans propaganda. Thanks to KSTP-Minneapolis's Joe Schmidt, fans now know that January 17th has been a cursed day for the Vikings. In 1988, they lost the NFC Championship game to the New York Giants, 17-10. On January 17, 1998, the Vikings lost to the Atlanta Falcons in the NFC Championship game.
And now, ironically, the Vikings play the Cowboys on January 17, 2010.
The Star Tribune has ran the 1975 "Hail Mary" story on the front page of their sports page almost every day this week, whining about how unfair it was.
Since entering into the league in 1961, the Vikings have won the fourth-most games (401), but still haven't won a championship. Beating the Cowboys on Sunday will help them get one step closer to getting that monkey off their back.