Question: if you are not a Vikings fan, should you support the Vikings now?
I know that Packer Nation is divided on the issue, especially given the role of Lord FavreMort in this season. I guess I take my cue from my Dad, a lifelong Packers fan who always cheered for the Vikings in Super Bowls. Then again, he always cheered for the Cowboys in Super Bowls, too.
Dad's theory was to support your fellow rivals, either by division or by conference, as a sign of respect for the rivalry. Thus, he always supported the NFC team in the Super Bowl and whatever Big Ten team showed up in the Rose Bowl. I'd wager he even cheered for the Bears in 1985. And man, that's gotta hurt.
This sort of thing mattered more when I was growing up in the 1970s. All my friends had what we called our "second team," which was the team we'd support once the Packers were eliminated from contention, which was usually about October 10 in those days. There were a lot of kids who cheered for the Dolphins, or the Cowboys, or the Raiders. My second team was always the Redskins in those days, mostly because my best friend was an avid Redskins fan. I also supported the Steelers because of Rocky Bleier, who is still the most famous graduate of my high school. It was a smart way to enjoy the NFL, especially when you would otherwise have to cheer for Eric Torkelson or Estus Hood, which was a pretty futile undertaking.
So congratulations, Vikings. And have fun, Vikings fans. At least in this corner, we wish you well.