A Time to Exorcise Demons

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Father Bryan Pedersen

Written on Wednesday, January 10th, 2018

For those of you, like me, who love Football, January is an exciting month. Certainly, the entire Twin Cities is gearing up to host the greatest live sporting event held annually – Super Bowl LII. Those of us who are fans of the Minnesota Vikings are excited to be sure, since after a 13-3 regular season this season is the best chance the Vikings have had to reach the Super Bowl since the 2008-2009 season.

Standing in our way are many “demons” of playoffs past. My dream scenario for the Minnesota Vikings this January is the opportunity to exorcise many of those demons of past playoff defeats. This weekend, if all goes right, we can vanquish one of those demons and still have the opportunity to exorcise two more in weeks to come. The possibility to exorcise these demons while playing every game leading up to Super Bowl LII at home began last weekend when the Atlanta Falcons, the number six seed in the NFC playoff race went to the Los Angeles Coliseum and defeated the number three seed Los Angeles Rams. On Saturday January 13th, the Falcons will have played the number one seed, Philadelphia Eagles, in Philadelphia. My prayer is that the Falcons defeat the Eagles to advance to the NFC Championship Game.

On this Sunday January 14th, the Minnesota Vikings play host to the New Orleans Saints. It was in 2009 when the Drew Brees led Saints defeated Brett Favre and the Minnesota Vikings in the NFC Championship Game. It was a game the Vikings should have won. All of us who remember that game recall Adrian Peterson fumbling near the goal line before the end of the first half, and recall how 12 men on the field, and dirty players – in future years the Saints would be penalized for “Bountygate” a scandal concocted by Defensive Coordinator Greg Williams to target opposing players for injury and removal from games. For Saints defenders who accomplished these injuries against opponents a bounty would be paid. Thus, when we defeat the New Orleans Saints this weekend we have the opportunity to exorcise this demon of the 2009 playoff defeat and right a wrong that has haunted the Vikings since 2009! After defeating the New Orleans Saints, the Atlanta Falcons then come to Minneapolis for the NFC Championship game on January 21st, 2018. The Minnesota Vikings then crush the Falcons avenging and exorcising the demon of 1998 NFC Championship loss to the Falcons.

This year there will be no overtime. This year, there will be no missed field goal. This year there will be no taking the knee when a game is to be won in regulation. This year the Vikings finally exorcise the demons of playoff losses past and advance to the Super Bowl to become the first local team to play the Super Bowl in their home stadium! The exorcism will be complete when the Vikings defeat the Pittsburgh Steelers in Super Bowl LII on February 4th, 2018 thus exorcising the demons of the loss to the Steelers in Super Bowl IX thus capping off a season to remember for the ages! The only thing better than a Vikings victory over the Steelers in Super Bowl LII would have been a victory over the Kansas City Chiefs! Skol!