Vikings-Dolphins Will Have An “Old-School” Feel On Sunday

Posted by Mike Wobschall on September 17, 2010 – 11:38 am

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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21 Responses to “Vikings-Dolphins Will Have An “Old-School” Feel On Sunday”

  1. By Eugene on Sep 17, 2010 | Reply

    Solid defense and pound the rock that should be our roadmap to Dallas! one of THE best defenses in us and the best RB in Adrian Peterson in the game that’s the key baby make it happen we don’t care if the Packers win the NFC North its all about the Superbowl let the Packers have the NFC North crown we got more of them titles then they have we need the Superbowl title Skol Vikings!!

  2. By Frank Bramwell on Sep 17, 2010 | Reply

    Im starting to feel like the Cub fan of football , and at the age of 53, Im beginning to wonder if I will see a Viking Championship in my life time . I know it’s no easy task but these opportunities don’t come around often but when they do you have to take advantage of the opportunity. We failed to do that last year and I’m still sick about the Saints defeat a year ago, a game we should have won. It’s time for both the coaches and players take things to the next level , the fans deserve it, the city deserves it, and after 50 years of heart brake it’s high time this orginization win the big one ! Now GET R DONE

  3. By Dean on Sep 17, 2010 | Reply

    Go Vikings Skol !

  4. By SCORPIONKING on Sep 17, 2010 | Reply

    oh yea the fins are coming into town to show you viking boys how to play real football. miami’s D is gonna play lights out so tell farve to have his chinstrap real tight. watch for number 58 and 21 to punish people. just like superbowl VIII we are the ones that are gonna be running it down your throat wit the R & R express.

  5. By Dean on Sep 17, 2010 | Reply

    You’re out of your mind Disneyboy.

  6. By purplehorn on Sep 17, 2010 | Reply

    Hey ScorpionKing…..obviously been awhile since the Dolphins have played in the Thunder Dome. I expect the Vikings to show up big time for this 50th season home opener. I think your team is the ones needing to tighten up some chin straps. Hit somebody, Vikings D!

  7. By PAULA on Sep 17, 2010 | Reply

    Frank, I hear you! Its about time we “get it done”. Would like to see a few more short throws on first down, then run. Last week, 1st down run, 1st down run,….no, mix it up…Just a little?… Hope a lot of the rust has been polished away. Have all the confidence in the world that Favre and co. will compensate for the missing Rice. Just give the D a rest, 1st downs,

    SKOL VIKES!!!!!

  8. By moorevikes on Sep 17, 2010 | Reply

    finally a dolphins fan who knows how to talk smack respectfully. awesome scorpionking, can’t wait till you eat those words though. but here’s what will really happen: the williams wall will make r. williams wish he was back in jamaica smokin the ganga, ej henderson and his partners in punishment will make sure r. brown never wants to run the wildcat again. ray edwards and j. allen are going to send henne back to the bench. not even going to lie though, not sure what we’re going to do about b. marsh that dude is a stud. can’t wait till sunday

  9. By lefty on Sep 17, 2010 | Reply

    Protect favre protect favre we will have h field adv.

  10. By aceviking on Sep 18, 2010 | Reply

    vikes got to play solid d, give it to ap, and brett favre will work his magic

  11. By Lito on Sep 18, 2010 | Reply

    It would be nice if the Vikes get VJack. Also get some offensive lineman help to open holes on the right side and protect $16-20 million BF. How about some cornerback/return specialist? It’s a long season. Super Bowl or bust. New stadium or LA Vikings!

  12. By Laura on Sep 18, 2010 | Reply

    Frank and Paula I’ve been a Viking fan Since Anthony Carter started playing for them its been one heart ache after another, We finally have a QB there is no reason this team should loose many games this year I swear theres a curse on this team.

  13. By RIck on Sep 18, 2010 | Reply

    Oh my God…Frank You nailed it Bud!!! I’m 52 and have been a life long, die hard, Viking fan. I too have become used to having great talent on paper and having a highly rated team fade when the going gets tough. We beat ourselves way too much. No better example of that than last year in New Orleans!! As you state…I’m still sick over losing that one!! I truely believe our downfall over the years has been the lack of creative, adaptable, change on the fly kind of thinking in a coaching staff…How else do you explain AD getting just 5 touchs in the entire second half and no touchs in the 4th quarter last week?? Despite it all I will die a Viking fan!! Its time to “Put up or Shutup” GO VIKES!!

  14. By Woodboat on Sep 19, 2010 | Reply

    Rick: you are correct, sir. When a team this talented fails to perform at it’s highest level in the most important games, you have to point the finger at the coaching. Childress takes most of the heat, as he should, but the coordinators and position coaches should be taking some too. Childress isn’t the one that neglected to work with AP on his fumbling issue. I think Bevell called the game last thursday with its lack of continuity and creativity. Unfortunately, I think we are in for another disappointment this year. Maybe the Wilfs will rethink the whole Childress thing and hire a new head man.

  15. By Mekm1 on Sep 19, 2010 | Reply

    We need to sign Matt Jones Viking please sign Matt Jones he is tall and fast please open your eyes

  16. By Mekm1 on Sep 19, 2010 | Reply

    Natt Jones need 2 be a Vikings please listen he can be so good for us a big target and very fast untio Rice comes back … we need him Please Vikings listen 2 me

  17. By vikesnorthtj on Sep 19, 2010 | Reply

    Any talk of a new Head man, is crazy. Childress may not be the best coach of all time, but this team has improved every year since he came.

  18. By vikesnorthtj on Sep 19, 2010 | Reply

    I too have a been a purple fan for a long time, since the days of Joe Kapp, and I know we all want a SB. But this is Great time to be a Vikings Fan. Instead of complaining about what we don’t have. Enjoy what we do. When was the last time you saw a pass rush like ours? Page and Eller perhaps.. Run Stoppers? Running Game Chuck Foreman ? This is an exciting football team. Go Vikes!!

  19. By Kaptain on Sep 20, 2010 | Reply

    Sign Matt Jones! We can have him for the league minimun right now. Big, tall, fast, and experienced. We can’t win with the current receiving corps.

  20. By overbestjersey on Sep 23, 2010 | Reply

    vikings great

  21. By Dann on Nov 1, 2010 | Reply

    Since Moss is gone !!!!!!!!

    Sign Matt Jones! We can have him for the league minimum right now. Big, tall, fast, and experienced. We can’t win with the current receiving corps.

    Sign Matt Jones! We can have him for the league minimum right now. Big, tall, fast, and experienced. We can’t win with the current receiving corps.

    Sign Matt Jones! We can have him for the league minimum right now. Big, tall, fast, and experienced. We can’t win with the current receiving corps.

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