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Why a Proud Vikings Fan Doesn't Want the Eagles to Win
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Sigh.

It made for a great story.

A young, defensively talented team lead by their third string quarterback to become the first ever team to play the Super Bowl in their home stadium. Their nice, new, expensive stadium. Especially after the last second miracle to win the previous game.

The Vikings never stood a chance.

I hate to be "that person," but there's no way in hell the NFL would've allowed for the Vikings, or any team for that matter, to play the Super Bowl at home. Talk about a loss of money making opportunities.

I digress.

A few weeks ago I made a list of things I'd rather see than Brady and the Patriots win on my beloved Vikings home turf. Boy how things have changed in the last 24 hours.

This is likely the only time I will ever say this, but go Patriots. At this point, what's one more ring? Brady has to retire at some point and eventually the Patriots dynasty will collapse. While I'm not thrilled about the possibility of the Patriots winning back to back, there's one fan base I've come to hate more than the Cowboys. And that would be the Philadelphia Eagles.

They already had a reputation for being the worst and most classless fan base, and this weekend really seemed to solidify that. Let's start with how people were greasing poles so fans wouldn't climb on them after the game. Let natural selection do its work and get rid of those idiots. And any team that riots and burns down their city before actually winning the Super Bowl deserves any respect.

Maybe it's the Minnesota Nice in me, but I just don't get it. Throwing beer cans at opposing fans and the Vikings team bus as they left the stadium? Chanting "f*** Millie' after the win, as if somehow degrading a 99 year old Vikings fan was going to make people like you? Starting fights in parking lots with police and other fans doesn't sound like a fan base I want to be a part of. I think mocking the skol chant, something that is signature and has a history and pride, and using it to cheer for a quarterback who will likely play his last game in two weeks is what really was the cherry on top for me. I did however enjoy the "we want Brady" chant. I hope Brady and the Patriots come guns a blazing and humiliate those birds and their trashy excuse of a fan base.

I also don't get the underdog thing. A few weeks into this season when the Eagles kept winning and consistently being the NFC's number one seed doesn't qualify you as an underdog. I don't think up until now anybody would've ever called them that. It seems like a pathetic attempt to start traditions. Frankly, I think calling yourselves dogs doesn't help your reputation. Enjoy it now, because if there is a god, your season will come to a soul crushing end in two weeks.

I know, I know, I sound like a bitter, angry Vikings fan. Dude. I've lived in Minnesota my whole life. I know how our teams work. Eventually you stop being disappointed because you're so used to the feeling. And I know Eagles fans, we totally deserved the treatment we received in Philadelphia. God forbid fans go to a different city to watch their team play and take pride in that. Sorry putting a Vikings towel on your Rocky statue and the skol chant was such a trigger. I'd say good luck in two weeks when you have to come here, but Minnesotans are better than that. Minnesota Nice. We'll wish you good luck to your face and then pray behind your back your team looses. God bless police officers who'll have to deal with the aftermath, win or lose, in Philadelphia.

Anyways, I cried last year when the Patriots won, and I'll cry this year if they lose. I feel like I'm not alone in either of these scenarios. A city that acts like that and players who get cocky and big heads don't deserve to win. I still love my Vikings, I'm still proud of them and will support them until the end of time, but for one night and one night only, go Patriots.

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Everything The Student Athlete Loses When They Move On From Sports

Enjoy it while it lasts.

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We used to call it "flipping the switch." You would go through eight hours of school (somehow) and then your mentality would automatically change. The worries and stress from the school day would dwindle as you put on your cleats and begin to warm up. Anything that was going on in your life didn't matter when you hit the dirt. You create lifelong friendships with the girls you spent every day with for months at a time. Teammates who see you susceptible after a bad game and on cloud nine after one of your bests.

You develop a routine and superstitions. Hitting your bat on the inside of your cleat before you hit, chewing a certain type of gum on the volleyball court, how many times you spin the ball before you shoot a free throw, whatever your quirk was, you 100% believed it would make you play better. You practice in your free time with your dad, devote three to five months of your school year to a team, and play all summer long with your travel team as you live off hotel breakfast. Then one day, it's all over.

It is a feeling that nobody can prepare you for. They say enjoy it while it lasts but you never really understand what you'll be walking away from when you play your last game and hang it up for good. You lose a part of yourself when you're no longer an athlete. I forgot what it feels like to be competitive and be a part of something that is bigger than myself. It has been two years since I've played my last softball game and not a day goes by when I don't miss it. I didn't play because I wanted to go pro or even to the collegiate level, but I played because it was an escape and helped me become who I am.

You begin to forget what it felt like to hit the sweet spot on a bat, what it sounded like to have an audience cheer for you as you stand alone on second base and see your family in the stands, to hear the metal spikes of your cleats on concrete when walking in the dugout. It's simple things about the game you love that brought you pure joy and an escape from the world and the thoughts in your head. Batting practice was always mine. Focusing on nothing but the next pitch and how hard I could hit it.

When you have to watch the game from the other side of the fence, you realize how much pressure you put on yourself when you played. It's just a game. Make as many memories as you can and enjoy every inning because when you leave sports behind you have to find your inner athlete in other things. Create a workout routine, joining a club sport or intramurals, or even becoming a coach. As much as I miss the sport, I am thankful for everything it brought me. It taught me how to be a good friend, respect others around me, and to push myself to discover what I was capable of.

So, enjoy it while it lasts.

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6 Best Feelings You Get When Playing Volleyball

While you're avoiding getting hit in the face, you just might gain something in return.

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Volleyball can be intimidating to get into, especially if you have had zero experience before. From the extremely bruised forearms to knee burns, it's understandable why people try to avoid this sport as much as possible sometimes. However, after the initial few weeks of struggle, the bruises will disappear, and the knee pains will feel much less terrible. In fact, after experiencing these six feelings, you will get hooked onto the sport.

1. When you get the perfect set

Every team needs a good setter, because without good sets, it is incredibly hard to get good hits. Every once in a while, when you do get that perfect set, you don't have to worry about repositioning closer or further away from the net or where to hit the ball. Instead, all you have to do is swing your arms and hear that satisfying bounce of the ball hitting the floor on the other side of the court.

2. When you dive for a ball and actually save it

Sacrifices to the knees are a must in volleyball, but a lot of times, they're sacrifices in vain. When a dive actually turns into a save, it can be one of the best feelings in the world. Not just because your knees didn't just take another bruise in vain, but because your reflexes have actually improved and you just saved your team a lost point.

3. When you get your first ace

Whether it was your serve that was too fast or the other team that just made a mistake, there's just something extremely satisfying about being able to serve a ball that others cannot return. It may also be due to the fact that you wouldn't have to run back onto the court or spend extra energy on this point, but nevertheless, the pride you feel when you get that ace is priceless.

4. When you find a good team

Some people work better with certain people than others, and when people on your team somehow naturally know how high you liked your sets or covers the areas that you can't at certain moments, as a team you will play much better. This can be attained through training and practice, but when you meet those people who naturally work well with you, you know the game is going to be good.

5. When you get a good rally going

When the ball is going back and forth for five or six times with 3 hits on each side, you have a good rally going on. At the end of it, even if your team loses the point, you'll feel an intense satisfaction from all the adrenaline still coursing through your veins. It's not every day that you can get everyone on the team on their feet, passing, hitting and making great plays!

6. When your teammates become some of your closest friends

This is probably the best reward that you can ever get from playing any sport. Whether it's a group trek to the local donut shop or just walking home together, you could end up meeting some of your closest friends. Volleyball is a team sport, and that bond established through numerous games is something that is irreplaceable. You'll naturally gravitate those who you work well with and find out that honestly, you guys get along pretty well off the court too.

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