The Vikings Reader by Armand PetersonThe Vikings Reader by Armand Peterson

The Vikings Reader

EditorArmand Peterson

Hardcover | August 17, 2009

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The Minnesota Vikings are one of pro football's most successful franchises, with seventeen divisional championships, twenty-five postseason berths, and four Super Bowl appearances to their name. Yet as any Minnesotan can attest to, life as a Vikings fan can be a maddening affair-while the Vikings were the first team to appear in four Super Bowls, they were also the first to lose four Super Bowls.

Armand Peterson's The Vikings Reader is the fascinating, yard-by-yard chronicle of fifty years of Vikings football from the perspective of the sportswriters and other commentators who were there as the stories unfolded. Through a wide range of regional articles, national columns, and book excerpts-all framed by Peterson's own insightful narrative-this impressionistic history invites readers to relive such defining moments as:

•Fran Tarkenton's four touchdowns as the Vikings beat the Chicago Bears in their first game on September 17, 1961
• the inspirational "40 for 60" team of 1969 and the Vikings' first Super Bowl appearance
• the dominance of the 1970s, the vaunted "Purple People Eaters" defense, and three more crushing Super Bowl defeats
• the 1998 Vikings' NFL scoring record, led by Cunningham, Carter, Moss, and Smith
• roller-skating cheerleaders, the "Last Great Tailgate Party" at Met Stadium, ownership controversies, and Adrian Peterson's single-game rushing record
• classic reportage from Jim Klobuchar, Sid Hartman, Frank Deford, Patrick Reusse, Peter King, Jim Murray, and many others

From the early days of Fran Tarkenton to the rushing records of Adrian Peterson, from the bleachers of Met Stadium to the locker rooms of the Metrodome, The Vikings Reader revels in the plays that have brought generations of purple and gold fans to their feet-or left them groaning in their seats-and brings Vikings football to life for fans everywhere.

Armand Peterson is a retired engineer and the coauthor of Town Ball: The Glory Days of Minnesota Amateur Baseball (Minnesota, 2006).
Title:The Vikings ReaderFormat:HardcoverDimensions:376 pages, 9 × 6 × 1.1 inPublished:August 17, 2009Publisher:University of Minnesota PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0816653372

ISBN - 13:9780816653379


Table of Contents

1. The Dutchman and 36 Stiffs: The Birth of the Vikings
2. 40 for 60: Bud Grant Builds a Powerhouse
3. Super Losers: Championship Seasons and Big Game Disappointments
4. The Magic Bounces Away: The Difficult 1980s
5. A New Sheriff in Town: Dennis Green Restores Winning Ways
6. Purple Pride: An Offense for the Ages
7. All Day Long: New Owner and New Stars
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