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Minnesota Vikings

The Minnesota Vikings are a National Football League team based in Minneapolis, Minnesota along with fellow major pro sports franchises Minnesota Twins, Minnesota Wild and the Minnesota Timberwolves.Bert Rose, the first general manager of the Minnesota team that began NFL play in 1961, selected the Vikings name because so many people in Minnesota and the surrounding area traced their heritage to Scandinavia. The team's nicknames are Purple People Eaters and The Norse Force.The Vikings is one of four teams that plays in the North Division of the National Football Conference.

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The pro football saga in the Twin Cities began in August 1959, when five Minnesota businessmen were awarded a franchise in the new American Football League. Five months later in January 1960, the same ownership group made up of Bill Boyer, Ole Haugsrud, Bernie Ridder, H. P. Skoglund and Max Winter first forfeited its America Football League (AFL) membership and then was awarded the National Football League's 14th franchise that was to begin play in 1961.The Vikings joined the NFL as an expansion team in 1961 and selected Fran Tarkenton in the NFL draft.From their very first game, the Minnesota Vikings proved that winning is a big part of the team's makeup.Rookie quarterback Fran Tarkenton came off the bench to lead Minnesota to a shocking 37-13 upset of the Chicago Bears in the franchise's debut.

He threw four four touchdown passes and run for a fifth score leading his team to a victory over the Bears. In 1967 Minnesota traded Tarkenton to the New York Giants for the rights to four draft picks. These picks yielded several talented rookies, including Alan Page. In 1986, Tarkenton became the first Vikings player to be elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame.Although they were clearly the NFCs dominant club, the Vikings repeatedly fell to their American Football Conference (AFC) opponents in the Super Bowl. Minnesota lost to the Miami Dolphins 24-7 in 1974, to the Pittsburgh Steelers 16-6 in 1975, and to the Oakland Raiders 32-14 in 1977.

The Vikings have also lost Super Bowl IV to the Kansas City Chiefs, 23-7, in 1970. They have however won one League championship (1969 (NFL)), four Conference Championships (1969 (WFC), 1973 (NFC), 1974 (NFC), 1976 (NFC)), sixteen Division Championships and have made twenty three playoff appearances since 1968. The Vikings Hall of Famers include Carl Eller, Bud Grant,Paul Krause, Alan Page, Fran Tarkenton and Ron Yary. They have retired the numbers (#10) Fran Tarkenton,(#53)Mick Tingelhoff, (#70)Jim Marshall,(#77)Korey Stringer, (#80)Cris Carter and (#88) Alan Page.

 

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The teams uniform consists of the colors Purple and Gold (or White, Purple and Gold) and helmet purple while it's design is a white viking horn. The Vikings play their home games at the Metrodome, which was opened on September 12, 1982,and can hold 64,035 people. The Vikings have been among the league's elite that has included one NFL championship and three NFC crowns.

 
 

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Boston Globe

Vikings mum on allegations
Boston Globe, United States - Jul 18, 2008
(File/Associated Press) The Minnesota Vikings took a different stance yesterday in what has become the story of the summer in the NFL: They decided not to ...
Video: Should Favre Come Back? Packers' Fans Chime In AssociatedPress
Tampering charges filed over Favre: source CBC.ca
Dave Myers: Releasing Favre would be right thing to do La Crosse Tribune
guardian.co.uk - Bleacher Report
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Packer Report

Notebook: Childress tunes out Favre chatter
Packer Report - Jul 16, 2008
It’s not a scenario Vikings coach Brad Childress is spending much time pondering. “You can make an argument for one side and an argument for another,” ...

Vikings attempt to avoid diminishing
RealFootball365.com, AZ - Jul 17, 2008
The duo combined for a less-than-thrilling 8.3-yard average, which was only good enough to place the Vikings 21st in the NFL. But Moore was the stronger ...

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CKWS, Canada - 19 hours ago
MINNEAPOLIS - The Minnesota Vikings took a different stance on Thursday in what has become the story of the summer in the NFL: They decided NOT to talk ...
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