An Oppen Letter to the Minnesota Vikings

An Oppen Letter to the Minnesota Vikings

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Dear Minnesota Vikings,

This letter is directed to everyone and anyone who is part of the Minnesota Vikings organization. While I understand most of you have had little or no impact on this situation, because you’re part of the organization in some way, you’re part of the problem.

First and foremost, saying I’m disappointed would be an understatement. You’d think I’d have a better word to describe my feelings, but I’m caught between a burning rage and ugly tears. I’m the first to admit I’m not a football professional by any means, I’d consider my knowledge about average. However, I enjoy and do my research ahead of time so that what I’m saying is not purely based on opinion. This is one of those circumstances that contains both, so excuse me if I’m unable to professionally address my emotions here.

With that being said, how dare you? How dare you let Case Keemun walk after less than a year as starting quarterback? The man who took over and proved everyone wrong by leading the team to one of the best records in franchise history. The man who was one game away from taking the team to their first Super Bowl in decades. You want to get rid of someone? How about that prized defense who showed up in the final NFC game looking like the high school JV team against the Eagles. I pray to God that game isn’t the reason you let him go, because Case did nearly everything right. How you could just let him go when this upcoming season was set to be the Super Bowl winning season is beyond me.

I’d also like to address the fact that you chose Trevor f-ing Simian as the backup. Are you freaking kidding me!? You couldn’t have kept Case around as a backup? Or even someone we already know and who works with us in Bradford and Bridgewater. Two average at best quarterbacks, neither with past seasons to be proud of and injury prone players not worth the risk. However, light years beyond what Denver’s backup backup has done or can do. I can’t imagine much more infuriating than tuning in on Sundays to see Cousins as the starter and Denver’s reject as his backup when Case is off in Denver hopefully being given the respect from administration he didn’t get here, but did from the fans.

Now, it would be one thing if you’d let Case go and snatched Drew Brees or someone on that level. I think most Vikings fans would be thrilled to take on an aging quarterback with a couple years left if it meant finally winning a Super Bowl. But no, instead, you chose Kirk Cousins. Kirk freaking Cousins. A quarterback who has done nothing to prove that he’s anything special and can lead a team to victory. A quarterback who’s ridiculously high paycheck could potentially mean getting rid of other star players to clear up cap space. Players who have for the last two years have been vital to one of, if not the, best defense in the league. Instead of keeping that intact and continuing with a quarterback who they like and have winning chemistry with, you piss that away to take a chance with an average at best quarterback. Mind you, a quarterback who so far doesn’t have very many fans here. You better pray to God Cousins takes us to and wins the Super Bowl this year, because otherwise the fans will run the entire Vikings administration out of the state.

I will still cheer for this team, because Cousins won’t be around forever and my loyalty and love for this team runs deeper than that. I will however deny Cousins as our quarterback unless he wins the Super Bowl. Because other than that, he does not deserve to wear the purple and gold over a quarterback who has already proved against the odds that he could be the future of the franchise. Or at least deserve the chance to begin the year as the starting quarterback. I stand firmly in my belief that signing Cousins is one of the biggest, and highest priced, mistakes to be made in Vikings history.

It’s Super Bowl 53 victory or bust for Cousins and the Vikings higher up staff. Good luck. Hope I’m eating my words come February 3rd.

Love,

A bitter but loyal Vikings fan

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To The Coach Who Ruined The Game For Me

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I know you never gave it a second thought, the idea that you're the reason I and many others, never went any farther in our athletic careers.

I know you didn’t sincerely care about our mental health, as long as we were physically healthy and our bodies were working enough to play. It’s obvious your calling wasn’t coaching and you weren’t meant to work with young adults, some who look to you as a parent figure or a confidant.

I also know that if we were to express our concerns about the empty feeling we began to feel when we stepped onto the court, you wouldn’t have taken the conversation seriously because it wasn’t your problem.

I know we can't blame you completely, no one has ever stood up to you before. No one said anything when girls would spend their time in the locker room crying because of something that was said or when half the team considered quitting because it was just too much.

We can't get mad at the obvious favoritism because that’s how sports are played.

Politics plays a huge role and if you want playing time, you have to know who to befriend. We CAN get mad at the obvious mistreatment, the empty threats, the verbal abuse, “it's not what you say, its how you say it.”

We can get mad because a sport that we loved so deeply and had such passion for, was taken away from us single-handedly by an adult who does not care. I know a paycheck meant more to you than our wellbeing, and I know in a few years you probably won’t even remember who we are, but we will always remember.

We will remember how excited we used to get on game days and how passionate we were when we played. How we wanted to continue on with our athletic careers to the next level when playing was actually fun. We will also always remember the sly remarks, the obvious dislike from the one person who was supposed to support and encourage us.

We will always remember the day things began to change and our love for the game started to fade.

I hope that one day, for the sake of the young athletes who still have a passion for what they do, you change.

I hope those same athletes walk into practice excited for the day, to get better and improve, instead of walking in with anxiety and worrying about how much trouble they would get into that day. I hope those athletes play their game and don’t hold back when doing it, instead of playing safe, too afraid to get pulled and benched the rest of the season.

I hope they form an incredible bond with you, the kind of bond they tell their future children about, “That’s the coach who made a difference for me when I was growing up, she’s the reason I continued to play.”

I don’t blame you for everything that happened, we all made choices. I just hope that one day, you realize that what you're doing isn’t working. I hope you realize that before any more athletes get to the point of hating the game they once loved.

To the coach that ruined the game for me, I hope you change.

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