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Good, the Bad, and the Ugly - Minnesota Vikings: Heart-Pounding, Jaw-Dropping, and Gut-Wrenching Moments from Minnesota Vikings History

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Genuine fans take the best team moments with the less than great, and know that the games that are best forgotten make the good moments truly shine. This monumental book of the Minnesota Vikings documents all the best moments and personalities in the history of the team, but also unmasks the regrettably awful and the unflinchingly ugly. In entertaining—and unsparing—fashion, this book sparkles with Vikings highlights and lowlights, from wonderful and wacky memories to the famous and infamous. Such moments include...
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Overview

Genuine fans take the best team moments with the less than great, and know that the games that are best forgotten make the good moments truly shine. This monumental book of the Minnesota Vikings documents all the best moments and personalities in the history of the team, but also unmasks the regrettably awful and the unflinchingly ugly. In entertaining—and unsparing—fashion, this book sparkles with Vikings highlights and lowlights, from wonderful and wacky memories to the famous and infamous. Such moments include the “Purple People Eaters,” as well as the 41-0 loss to the New York Giants in the 2000 National Football Conference Championship. Whether providing fond memories, goose bumps, or laughs, this portrait of the team is sure to appeal to the fan who has been through it all.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781572439887
  • Publisher: Triumph Books
  • Publication date: 8/28/2007
  • Series: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly Series
  • Pages: 224
  • Sales rank: 782,564
  • Product dimensions: 5.70 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Steve Silverman is an award-winning journalist who has been covering the National Football League in print and on radio and television for over three decades. He is formerly a senior editor at Pro Football Weekly, and his writing was recognized by the Pro Football Writers of America. He has also been published in ESPN The Magazine, the Wall Street Journal, Playboy, Football Digest, American Football Monthly, and MSNBC.com and NFL.com. He is also a football analyst on Chicago sports radio. He lives in Chicago. Sean Salisbury is a sports analyst who has worked with ESPN on SportsCenter and NFL Live, and ESPN Radio 1000. He played for ten years as a professional football quarterback. He lives in Dallas, Texas.

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Table of Contents


Foreword     vii
Acknowledgments     ix
Introduction     xiii
In the Beginning     1
AFL or NFL?     1
A Debut to Shout About     7
Stadium Stories: Outdoor Charm, Indoor Harm     10
In the Clutch     16
Tarkenton: A Quarterback on the Run     16
The NFL's Cal Ripken     23
Not Just an Ordinary Joe     26
Bringing Fear to a New Level     35
Cris Carter: The Hands of an Artist     39
Things to Savor     44
Call Him Boom-Boom, Call Him Old Football Face     44
Purple People Eaters: Let's Meet at the Quarterback     47
Minnesota: Land of 10,000 Quarterbacks (Well, at Least 10)     52
Daddy Dearest     59
Grant's Legacy of Leadership: Bud Leads the Vikings to Greatness     59
Grant Takes the Reins     60
The Return of Tarkenton     65
Growing the Product     69
The Vikings Visit the Peter Principle: Steckel's Disastrous Season as Head Coach     76
When the Fat Lady Sings     80
1975: Hail Mary Ruins Vikings Season     80
A Miracle of Their Own     85
On the Cusp ofGreatness     88
1969: Season of Promise     88
Diamond with a Flaw: The Cursed Season of 1998     93
Social Progress     101
Dennis Green: Man of Many Faces     101
The Maturation of Randall Cunningham     108
Esera Comes Out     111
The Agony of Defeat     120
Super Bowl IV: The Vikings Run into an AFL Steamroller     120
Vikings Help Steelers Begin Dynasty     125
Super Bowl XI: The Raiders Lower the Boom on the Vikings     129
The Wrong Side of the Law     138
A Smorgasbord of Indiscretions     138
Coach Meatball and His Super Bowl Tickets     143
The Troubled Road of Randy Moss     146
Trading Places     154
The Vikings Grew from Both Tarkenton Trades     154
Walker Deal a Costly Stinker     156
Tarkenton Returns     159
Wanna Bet?     164
A Fool and His Money...     164
A Little Payback     169
Up and Down     171
Punching Bags: The Vikings Handled the Rams and the Lions with Ease     171
Coming of Age: Opponents Knew They Were for Real If They Could Handle the Vikings     176
Pain and Suffering      182
Super Bowl: The Wrong Approach     182
Tragedy at Training Camp: The Loss of Korey Stringer     187
Trivia Answers     193
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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 9, 2007

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    Well-written and interesting stories. Loved story of Vikings origin. Could have been an AFL team. Never saw that until reading this book.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 21, 2012

    Love the Vikings and this book!

    This a great book! There are tons of interesting fact that even a die-hard, like me, didn't knoe. For example: The Minnesota Vikings could hve ended up as on of the ounding teams of the AFL. GRET BOOK!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 6, 2013

    Sierra

    The viknbings play like babies and a buch of losers they dont know how to play they suck lot

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