We are nearly a decade into the 21st century but fans who attend this weekend’s home opener at Mall of America Field against the Dolphins will experience an “old-school” football feeling, the kind of feeling that football fans relish. It’s not just any regular home opener for the Vikings…it’s the home opener of the Vikings 50th season in franchise history.
The Vikings fan base is one that appreciates history and tradition, so the 50th season will be a special one for football in Minnesota. And the home slate of games for the 50th season will be kicked off in proper fashion, with the Vikings sporting their classic throwback uniforms. Fans love the throwback uniforms and my sense is that many of the Vikings players enjoy wearing the classic jerseys as well.
Adding to the throwback feel for Sunday will be the identity of the person who will sound the Gjallarhorn to signal the beginning of the game. It’ll be former Vikings WR Gene Washington, who played in Minnesota from 1967-1972 during the “classic” era of Vikings football.
On top of all that, Vikings fans can expect the actual game itself to have an old-school feel to it. The Vikings enter with a vaunted run defense and the game’s best RB in Adrian Peterson, while the Dolphins come in with a pair of talented backs in Ronnie Brown and Rickey Williams and a head coach who is a former OL coach and takes pride in moving the line of scrimmage.
“It’s going to be like an old-school football game,” DE Jared Allen explained. “I’m excited for this game because in a league where it’s turned into a shotgun, throw the ball 75 times (game), this is an old-school ‘We’re going to line our big guys up against your big guys kind of nine-on-seven drill. And we’re going to run it down your throat.’ And we like that because we say ‘We’re going to stop you from running and we’re going to smash the ball down your throat.’ It’s going to be fun.
“It’s going to be hard-hitting. It’s going to be one of those games where you’re sitting at home the next day like ‘Holy crap, I think I got in a car accident.’ But that’s why we play the sport.”
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