A dumb, stupid, cutesy-pie 12th-man-in-the-huddle penalty with 19 seconds left ended up costing the Minnesota Vikings their Super Bowl shot. They tried to screw around with the New Orleans defense and they got caught. It forced Brett Favre to throw an ill-advised pass that was intercepted and on came overtime.
I knew the Vikings were dead at that point. We watched them commit suicide in the Superdome.
They destroyed themselves on Sunday in New Orleans. They outplayed the Saints on offense, but committed six fumbles, lost three of them, and Brett Favre was picked off twice.
Another Vikings season ends badly. Another overtime loss in the NFC championship game. It feels like 1998 all over again. And as Garrett Hartley's game-winning field goal was splitting the uprights, I couldn't help but think of a certain night in October 2003 when some guy (whose name escapes me) hit an 11th inning home run off Tim Wakefield to win the AL pennant.
Well, that wraps up another football season.
24 days until pitchers and catchers report.