Sid Hartman: Another Super Bowl stirs hard memories

  • Article by: SID HARTMAN , Star Tribune
  • Updated: February 5, 2012 - 12:50 AM

Bud Grant was asked his reaction to those who bring up to him every year the Vikings' four Super Bowl losses.

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tmack24Feb. 4, 12 9:41 PM

Some fans will complain that Coach Grant never won a Super Bowl. Well, he didn't; but at least they got there. The Viking fans have felt the "hurt" of losing NFC Championship games in "98 and '09, but think back to the excitement that was there at that point. Being that close to actually playing in the Super Bowl, and not getting there. The fans now only imagine being part of the "Super Bowl hype" at least Coach Grant got the team to that point and it was a wonderful time. Viking fans may never experience that feeling again. Hopefully the team and the fans will; but don't complain about Coach Grant's Super Bowl losses, at least he got the team there.

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lakneeFeb. 4, 1210:05 PM

ARRey sez: Sid, are you and Bud implying that since the Vikings had the better teams in 3 of 4 Super Bowls that they were outcoached in 3 of the 4 losses?

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georgedeerFeb. 4, 1210:31 PM

For God's sake, laknee, the best team doesn't always win. That doesn't mean they were outcoached. I don't agree that the Vikes were the better team in 3 of their Super Bowl losses, but to say that if an upset occurs, it's the result of better, coaching, that's ridiculous. I agree with tmack's post. Getting there is difficult and should be commended.

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drudgemonkeyFeb. 4, 1210:37 PM

Grant was outcoached, and the Vikings were outplayed, in each and every of those 4 Super Bowl losses. They were never even close to winning a ring in those 4 games. Truth hurts, but look at the game film if you think otherwise.

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purplejokeFeb. 4, 1211:08 PM

The viking organization is still stuck in the 70's / Bud Grant era and have yet to catch up with the rest of the league!!! 52 years (and counting) without aSuper Bowl / World Championship is beyong embarrassing and completely unacceptable to us ever dwindling numbers of purple homers. There is no doubt that the "purple jinx" is real and what is even more embarrassing is that the rest of the country refers to the purple fan base as the "empty Super Bowl trophy case nation". Currently this loser organization is not even close to winning 5 games in a season as long as Spielman is the general manager, Frazier is the head coach and 51% owner Zygi Wilf continues to employ his clueless brother Mark as the team's president.

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snoebirdFeb. 4, 1211:26 PM

The Vikings are only 30 or so players away from getting back to the Super Bowl . . . and being outcoached again.

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kennyrogersFeb. 5, 1212:07 AM

the super bowl is usually boring. there i said it.

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henryonhillsideFeb. 5, 1212:31 AM

I wish Sid would ask Bud Grant, "Do you think, Bud Grant, that the fact that steroid use arrived in the AFC years ahead of the NFC, and that steroid use can be tailored to specific games, played a role in at least two, and possibly all four, of the Viking Super Bowl defeats?" Yeah. I wish Sid would ask that, and I wish Bud would give a candid answer of what he really thinks, because he's smart enough and well-connected-enough to know the truth.

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fishanhunt2Feb. 5, 12 6:54 AM

At least Bud got us there is right. His teams were a fearsome force to be reckoned with. Knock Bud if you want, but he served as a fine role model in his playing career, in coaching and off the field for so many of us who grew up at that time. Bud Grant was the best coach the Vikings have ever had and one of the all time greatest NFL coaches also!

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stanbobFeb. 5, 12 7:03 AM

Wasn't that Kansas City rematch in the exhibition season?

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