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vikings fans, ever optimistic, hope this is the year

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vikings fans, ever optimistic, hope this is the year

sunday morning, lindsey lorentson of rosemount will rise, don her purple underwear, purple leggings, purple jersey, purple wig, purple face paint and fistfuls of purple beads to transform into purplelicious, a vikings superfan who admits she guzzles the purple kool-aid, bleeds purple and wants nothing more than a vikings victory — setting off a wave of purple joy among thousands of purple-clad fans.and, in the process, hopefully, oh please, oh please, banish previous punches to the purple gut.“the pain is there. oh, it’s there. but i’m not afraid,” said lorentson, who has been a fan since 1987 (darrin nelson’s drop at the goal line). “this year feels different.”what is it they say about hope? that it springs eternal? so how would philosophers describe the hope — never far away from gut-wrenching fear — of minnesota vikings fans? from members of the vikings world order, composed of purple-painted superfans, to die-hard team followers who haven’t missed a game home or away in decades, a persistent, lingering hope has been gaining force with every 2017-18 vikings victory. that this, despite so many heartbreaks, could finally be the year. and that it could happen with the vikings being the first team in history to win the game in its home stadium, adds a whole new level of different.so, purple hope refuses to die. even for those fans who have witnessed so many of those psychic body blows in person.bob repin, 47, of chicago — known to friends as vikingbob ?...