Purple Reign: A New Season for the Minnesota Vikings


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MINNEAPOLIS, MN - OCTOBER 9: Marcus Sherels #35 of the Minnesota Vikings returns a punt 79 yards for a touchdown in the second quarter of the game against the Houston Texans on October 9, 2016 at US Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by Adam Bettcher/Getty Images) ORG XMIT: 663697743 ORIG FILE ID: 613619294

This past Sunday, my two younger brothers, parents, and I made our way down to the cities for a classic fall day of football. Having heard so much about the new US Bank Stadium, and having seen it in its various states of construction, I was anxious to finally experience the finished product. I dressed in layers and scarves, ready to go, until my mom reminded me, “Regan… the game is indoors.”

US Bank Stadium is huge. I was shocked by the brilliantly high ceilings, the giant screens up behind both end zones (each at least the size of a house), and even how clearly visible the field was. We sat about halfway up the side of the stadium, and I found myself wondering if those sitting at the top were given oxygen masks with every purchased ticket…

Not only was I shocked by the Vikings’ new stadium, I was shocked by the Vikings. After far too many years of Minnesota’s collective disappointment in our athletics—the Twins, Vikings, Timberwolves—the world’s finally gaining a semblance of balance. On Sunday, the Vikings crushed the Houston Texans, making the Minnesota team the last remaining undefeated team in the NFL. Woah. Sam Bradford, Stefan Diggs, and Kyle Rudolph help to make an outstanding team that maybe, possibly, we’re-keeping-our-fingers-crossed has a chance at not only making it to the Super Bowl again, but winning it. Or maybe it’s too early to say that… I don’t want to jinx anything.