After the Vikings made it 9-0, they had an 87.7% chance of winning. Then Seattle took the lead 10-9, and the chance for the Vikings to win dropped to 11.03%. Just before the chip shot field goal, the chance spiked back to 76.75%. Right after the miss, 0.26%.
Back in 1967-68, Minnesota had an ABA franchise, the Muskies. They played really well, but still didn’t draw crowds. So they only lasted the one season. More history is on the TimberWolves site.
The TimberWolves are doing something I hope the Vikings pick up on – wearing Muskies throwback uniforms 6 times this season. If we can get the Vikings to become the Duluth Eskimos for one week a year, that would make my day. Plus some extra cash in merchandising for the Vikings.
One disappointment, no Red/White/Blue basketball. I begged my parents for a Red/White/Blue basketball when I was a kid. They first got me a cheap Voit Red/White/Blue basketball, that quickly faded. It became, essentially, a white basketball by the end of the summer. Finally in my mid-teens a got a real Red/White/Blue basketball. So cool. The NBA needs to bring that back on occasion.
A Minnesota state legislator wants to build the Viking football stadium in Duluth. His financing is shaky at best, but he has land and he has chutzpah. He is envisioning a Green Bay Packer situation where this small city is a 2 hour drive from the biggest city in the state. Difference being, Green Bay is a rabid sports town, Duluth/Superior is not.
I’m all in favor of bringing back the Duluth Eskimos. But it should be a throwback jersey game played in the twin cities. In case you were wondering, the Duluth Eskimos have a 1-3-1 record against their hated rival, the Green Bay Packers. Don’t let this rivalry die.