November 7, 2021

Darkness Falls on US Bank Stadium


Darkness Falls on US Bank Stadium
Todd Swank's Diary Entry for November 7, 2021

Halloween Night brought us to US Bank Stadium in downtown Minneapolis to watch the Minnesota Vikings take on the Dallas Cowboys.

Miss Sheri and I were absolutely focused on doing whatever we could from the stands to support the home team.  We were ready to cheer our way to a Victory!

Our Smoke-Breathing Dragon roared the Vikings to the field giving them a carcinogen filled path to run out to the screams of their adoring fans.

Halloween brought out a lot of crazy characters.  I'm pretty sure I went to high school with this guy, but still seeking confirmation.

The game started off good enough when they marched down the field and scored a passing touchdown to Adam Thielen.  We thought this would be the start of a great win for Minnesota!

A hush fell over the stadium when Cowboys backup quarterback, Cooper Rush, took the field.  Something about him just brought a sense of impending doom for the Vikings.  A foreshadowing that would soon add to the annals of Vikings disappointment.  We've had so many great moments of sadness throughout our team's history so it was nice to be there for one more of them.

We did get a few moments of inspiration over halftime when Steve Hutchinson was honored with his Hall of Fame ring ceremony.  He was an amazing guard who played for Minnesota for 6 seasons from 2006 to 2011.  He was a lot of fun to watch back then and the Vikings sure could use a player of his caliber these days!

Another of our Hall of Fame players, Cris Carter, was in attendance to help Hutchinson celebrate.  We were all excited to see him.  The guy behind him looks downright turned on by him.

The Vikings kept the game close, but the power of Cooper Rush proved too much when he led a game winning drive down the field to win by a score of 20-16.  I'm so glad I bought Vikings season tickets this year.  The pain of losing feels so much more powerful in person.

All was not lost on the day, however.  Coach Zimmer beat his personal high score on Candy Crush during the fourth quarter.  

I saw several old friend this week including Will and George who were my co-workers at Oracle.  We get together for lunch once a month which is something I always enjoy.

Luke and Avery and I hit Happy Hour at Kona Grill on Friday night.  We just love their Bama rolls.  Miss Sheri chose not to join us as she's not much of a sushi girl.

My buddy, Orlando, came over on Saturday morning for one of our adventures.  We're like Lewis and Clark together.


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