One of the reasons I’m a committed fair-weather fan is that people like this drive me nuts; in this case, a guy describing the effect of the Vikes’ last big playoff choke had on his “life” (emphasis added):
“Gary Anderson ruined it for us. Laces out man, just blew it,” said Vikings fan Abby Binder.
“I think I was in seventh grade, I remember it pretty vividly. Gary Anderson, he ruined my life,” said John Ayres.
“I was in college, I was in Iowa City, Iowa. I will never forget that day. It was a horrible, horrible day. So I’m looking for redemption tomorrow,” said Mike Stevens.
Ms. Binder and Mr. Stevens: they are a football team. Mr. Anderson: get a grip.
The article goes on to note that some of the fans are resorting to superstition…:
To make sure the Vikings clobber the Saints, some fans will count on superstition to get a win.
“I wear my number 40 Kleinsasser jersey for every game,” said Nicole Schellenberg.
“I’m not really a superstitious person, but last weekend against Dallas I did wear my Jared Allen jersey, so I will be sure to have that on tomorrow night,” said Stevens.
…unaware that Berg’s Fourth Law of Media/Sports Inversion replaces superstition with empirical science:
Berg’s Fourth Law of Media/Sports Inversion – The Vikings will be contenders until the moment the local media actually believes they will be contenders. At that moment – be it pre-season or Week 12 – the season will fall irredeemably apart.
With that in mind, everyone sing along with me; they gonna choke.
They’re gonna choke bad.