Zero. Nothing. Goose egg. Doughnut. Nil.
The Minnesota Vikings have nothing to show for their four Super Bowl appearances, the last coming nearly 40 years ago in 1977.
For the sake of argument, lets say half of the people we meet each day remember one of more of those losses. The other half, say those younger than 45, well, we’re just too young. Our defining moments are Darrin Nelson, wide left, 41-doughnut, Brett Favre’s across-the-field interception and duck-hook left.
I’m not sure what’s worse: the agony of losing when your team is there or the shirt-ripping anger of not getting there.
And we didn’t even have to include “the push” in ’75.
But I’ve noticed a trend.
Years ago, Vikings fans had just one wish: Win the Super Bowl in their lifetime.
There now appears to be a growing number of people who just want a Minnesota appearance in the show. After all, you can’t win if you don’t enter. By all that is good and right down the middle, just GET THERE.
However, it’s not like the four Super Bowl losses by Minnesota were within reach. Shall we dive into some Super Bowl facts? Indeed.
By the numbers, the Vikings scored (let me copy and paste the lede here) Zero. Nothing. Goose egg. Doughnut. Nil. in the first half of all four Super Bowl losses. That’s right. No first-half points. The halftime celebrating by Vikings fans must have been subdued. (And that was before today’s massive halftime extravaganzas and commercialism that might have made the game a bit more enjoyable.) Minnesota trailed 16-0, 17-0, 2-0 and 16-0 at halftime of those games.
Furthermore, Minnesota rushed for only a combined 11 first downs in those four title games. To put that in perspective, the Vikings averaged seven first downs by rushing per game during the 2015 regular season.
And also, let’s throw in the interception totals. Minnesota quarterbacks threw a total of nine picks in those four games.
Minnesota didn’t score on offense against Pittsburgh in the 1975 game. A blocked punt recovered in the end zone resulted in the Vikings’ only points.
Minnesota scored in double figures just once, and that came via a final-minute TD pass from Fran Tarkenton’s backup Bob Lee to Stu Voight against Oakland in Super Bowl XI.
Here’s the results:
1970 – Lost to Kansas City – 23-7
1974 – Lost to Miami – 24-7
1975 – Lost to Pittsburgh – 16-6
1977 – Lost to Oakland – 32-14
To make the Oakland victory sting even more for the Vikings, Raiders head coach John Madden “was asked after the game how it feels to win.
“Great, great. Waited a long time for it.”
That was in 1977. We’re still waiting.