Oftentimes, when the phrase “Minnesota Vikings fan” is uttered, the words “long suffering” are usually preceding it. Well, that or “morbidly obese,” sometimes “chemically dependent” too, but that’s another story. The reasons behind why are too many to mention, but it starts with “Losing Four Super Bowls” and ends with “1998 NFC Championship Game” with much misery scattered before and after those heartbreaking events.
But as a long suffering (no, not morbidly obese, possibly chemically dependent, though) Vikings fan, I am not here to rehash the wrongs me and members of my ilk have experienced over the years. Pretty much every NFL fan, no matter which team holds their respective allegiance, has their own tales of woe. But I am here to point out that some Minnesota filmmakers have taken note of the epic suck that was the 2010 Minnesota Vikings season and made a documentary about it. You recall the horribleness of the Vikings season, the team’s 50th in the NFL, don’t you? Brett Favre’s inauspicious return, the Randy Moss trade, DongGate, the Metrodome’s roof collapsing, the list goes on and on.
For those Vikings fans who wish to relive the pain or for people who enjoy some good schadenfreude, Skol: The Documentary chronicles the horrible season that was (and hey, it even stars Ragnar!).
Video preview and more follows.
The film, directed by Elizabeth Giorgi, is explained as follows, (via RandBall):
“SKOL,” a documentary about Minnesota Vikings fans’ suffering through and ultimate survival of the team’s 50th season … relives the dramatic season through the eyes of the fans, providing an unseen perspective on the headline-grabbing events like the arrival and departure of Randy Moss, the firing of Coach Brad Childress and the collapse of the Metrodome’s roof. … In addition, University of Minnesota sports sociologist Doug Hartmann provides insights on what it means to be a football fanatic in today’s America. “You can change your religion and your wife way easier than you can change your football team,” Hartmann says in the film. This uniquely American reality has led to a new kind of super fandom, which the film explores through the lives of real fans who have literally changed their lives for their team.
Interesting. And tragic. Well, as tragic as a stupid football team’s stupid season can be. And now, if you’ll excuse me, I’m about to go put on my authentic Daunte Culpepper jersey over my authentic Tarvaris Jackson jersey and check out the documentary’s official Facebook page. And weep.