Guest Blogger | My Dad: On Vikings Loyalty

My parents, Jerry and Sue Hill on their 40th anniversary this year

Introduction

My dad, inspired by the Vikings story I wrote on his birthday last week (see Worth a Ponder), asked me if he could guest blog on being a Vikings fan.  I responded, “Yes!  Please do.”  Well, he did.  And when I read it, I thought two things: 1) I guess I know where I got my writing skills, and 2) This can’t be the only time he does this.  And so, I give you Jerry Hill…

I have a photograph of me with Fran Tarkenton at the Minnesota Vikings training camp in Bemidji, Minnesota in August of 1964.  I was a scrawny little ten year old and Fran towered about 8 inches over me.  But what a player.  Fran would take the snap, drop back 30 yards and run around in circles until the heavy linemen dropped.

Also at the camp were Jim Marshall, Carl Eller and my favorite player, Rip Hawkins.  My brother and I loved him, a big tough player with a name like a pirate.  Years later I got to know Rip and when I told him that, he broke into a big smile.

Since that photo was snapped I have been truly hooked as a Vikings fan.  Now almost 50 years later, the seasons’ memories wash over me.  So many great players, so many mismatched Super Bowls.  Lately it has been tough.  I tried to abandon the Vikings and pick another team, but the only team that seemed to suit me is the New York Jets.  I am sure a therapist could explain that to me.

However, for some reason I have decided to come out of the closet and once again proclaim my loyalty to the Vikings.  When we are at a party my beautiful wife, a diehard Colts fan along with the owner of this blog, will announce to the group, “Jerry is a Vikings fan.”  I walk away with the howls of laughter stinging me.

I walk to the bar, grab a beer and smirk.  Few people understand the Norse plan.  We have an ancient/Chinese/long term/vision/plan.  We don’t think in terms of years, we think in terms of decades.  Many, many decades.  We are waiting to make our move.  When?  Can’t tell you, it is part of the plan.  But when we do, there will be hell to pay…..

4 comments

  1. Heather Lloyd says:

    Good job, Pops! How poetic…the first man I ever loved writing about the first team I ever loved. Now my favorite story on this blog wasn’t even written by me! You’re welcome back anytime…
    XO

  2. Jenny says:

    Wow… Dad, I really loved reading your entry. Maybe I will send you the Vikings Garden Gnome I saw at a local store. 🙂 I think this week I may find myself rooting for the Vikes! Love you…

  3. Connie Marshall says:

    I can sympathize. I have been a Giants fan since the days when the fans at the stadium used to sing “Good-bye, Allie” to the coach and hired planes to trail a banner overhead reading “the Giants stink.” In recent years, the Giants have done better, but all true Giants fans know that victory leads to losses in the future and continue to practice the Giants’ cheer: “Stupid Giants.” The Giants are the only team I can think of that has famous losses. Remember, the Vikings will rise again and no one can ever accuse you of being a fair-weather fan.

    • Heather Lloyd says:

      Thanks for reading! And for commenting. Biggest difference between the Vikings and Giants…Giants have won two Super Bowls in recent history. Vikings…never. Hopefully that will change…soon! 🙂

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