Minnesota Vikings fans are coming into the 2011 season with high spirits but—in reality—low expectations.
We'd all love to believe that the Vikings brass knows exactly what they're doing and, over time, we've welcome each new move into our lives like a newborn baby.
We've seen it time and time again.
We may hate the new acquisition or "baby" at first, thinking all they're going to do is cry and go to the bathroom (Onterrio Smith reference?), but shortly after we learn to love and accept them.
We've hated every draft pick (Christian Ponder), every signing (Michael Jenkins), and every trade (Randy Moss), but after mere hours of these moves, Vikings fans across the nation quickly accept what happened and favor the change.
When Christian Ponder was drafted 12th overall in the 2011 NFL draft, I kicked my dorm wall and sulked in bed for a good half an hour.
My friends might have laughed a little, but I was hurting.
How could they reach for a second-round talent when the likes of Prince Awakamura and Nick Fairley were sitting there waiting for us to grab them?
Then the ole' hour mark came around and the Ponder pick seemed liked the greatest pick in the world to me.
Why? Because for some reason we always trust the Vikings.
Are they always right? Well, that's a joke.
But lets take a look at five moves this offseason that we all scratched our heads at that could very well turn out all right.
Think optimism, people.