Jim Souhan reminds us in his Star-Trib column this morning of the bad stuff that has happened to the Vikings on December 28th, including the infamous Drew Pearson push-off in the 1975 playoff game vs. the Cowboys:
On Dec. 28, 1975, Drew Pearson mysteriously separated himself from Vikings cornerback Nate Wright, scored the touchdown at Met Stadium that eliminated what might have been Bud Grant‘s best team, and prompted a cretin to toss a bottle at Armen Terzian‘s skull.
On Dec. 28, 1996, the Vikings traveled to Dallas to take on the proud but fading Cowboys in a wild-card playoff game, and lost 40-15.
On Dec. 28, 2003, Mike Tice required only a victory over the lowly Cardinals in Phoenix to qualify for the playoffs, and he thought he had one until the Cardinals scored two touchdowns in the last two minutes, with Nate Poole making the winning catch as time expired.
Will misfortune again befall the Vikes this December 28th? Or will they break with historical precedent and actually make something good happen on this date?