MINNETONKA, Minn. - There were lonely racks of Vikings jerseys covering one wall of the Fan HQ store in Ridgedale Mall on Tuesday. There has been a dearth of interest in the purple paraphernalia since the team record sits at a dismal 1-6.
The Vikings lost a poorly played game on Monday Night Football to the formerly winless New York Giants at MetLife Stadium in New Jersey. The entire country had the opportunity to watch the Minnesota woes, since the game was nationally televised.
"It was not pretty," commented one fan. "I was hopeful for (Josh) Freeman (new Vikings Quarterback) to be something and I think they probably should stick with him and see how it rides out, but it is a little disappointing."
Other fans at Champps Restaurant found it more than a little disappointing.
"I thought it was absolutely horrible in every phase, not just Josh Freeman. Defense, special teams, missed interceptions," commented one fan. "I think they need a new coach. Something has to change."
"It has gotten to the point in the season already, where it is hard to watch," said one resigned fan. "Now, I guess the entertaining things is not to see if they are going to lose, but how badly the can lose and how comedic it can be."
"I am not going to lie," admitted one fan. "I watched it up to halftime and turned it off," said one viewer. "So, I figured I would get the recap this morning and it did not look good based on the KARE 11 News that I watched this (Tuesday) morning."
One fan called for replacing the coach, but another simply threw up his hands. "They have done everything I thought we had to do and now that did not work."
Another loyalist shrugged. "I will still support them because they are our local team, but it would be nice to have a couple of good years strung together here so we can justify building a stadium and everything."
Fan HQ's Hagglund summed up his customer's angst. "Everybody went into the game very optimistic, hoping he (Freeman) could be the future of the team and it just fell apart so quickly and really did not see any promise there at all."
One fan at Champps said the game was what he expected. "It is going to be a rough year. Tell you what, though, I am going to the game against the Packers. I think we are at the point whre it is just fun to watch a football game."
The Vikings/Packers game is Sunday evening at the Metrodome. The NBC game will be telecast on KARE 11.
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