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The Vikings Reader

really liked it 4.0  ·  Rating details ·  6 Ratings  ·  3 Reviews
The Minnesota Vikings are one of pro football's most successful franchises, with seventeen divisional championships, twenty-five postseason berths, and four Super Bowl appearances to their name. Yet as any Minnesotan can attest to, life as a Vikings fan can be a maddening affair-while the Vikings were the first team to appear in four Super Bowls, they were also the first t ...more
Hardcover, 376 pages
Published August 17th 2009 by Univ Of Minnesota Press
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Zach Koenig
Mar 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
From Van Brocklin to the Purple People Eaters, to a new "new sheriff in town" and an "All Day" running back, "The Vikings Reader" covers it all from the people (sportswriters) who saw it first hand.

Up until "now" (circa 2008), the history of the Minnesota Vikings was told primarily by Jim Klobuchar in a series of books. While his accounts were interesting and filled with personal stories and halcyon memories, this book gets right to the source by re-printing the original news articles about the
Paul Schulzetenberg
Sep 15, 2011 rated it liked it
Much more fascinating than it really has any right to be, the Vikings Reader is a chronicle of the history of the Vikings, as told by contemporary news stories, particularly from the local newspapers. Because the story is told from these contemporary sources, it focuses a lot on the emotion and perception of the local populace, rather than analytical 20/20 hindsight.

Almost by accident, the Reader ends up being a history of Minnesota sportswriting. The shifts in tone from the beginning to the end
Dec 30, 2015 rated it really liked it
a good history of the Vikings as told via articles and interviews, culled from various newspapers and autobiographies up through the 2008 season. Wow, I had forgotten (intentionally?) the behind-the-scenes turmoil of the late 80s and the 90s. The Gang of 10, Roger Headrick, Mike Lynn, the Walker trade, Denny Green's book, Red McCombs' penny-pinching...

I'm so happy with the team and Mike Zimmer now. Bring on 2016!
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