Minnesota Vikings quarterback Fran Tarkenton sits on his helmet during the final minutes of the Super Bowl in 1977, a 32-14 loss to the Oakland Raiders in Pasadena, Calif. Associated Press
The Minnesota Vikings came painfully close to making it to their fifth Super Bowl, but many fans are still hurting after the overtime loss to New Orleans on Jan. 24, 2010. The Vikings are 0-4 in Super Bowls and sometimes digging through the attic, you find a treasure. I discovered a photo involving what I have heard as the "Whiskey Bottle Curse", where referee Armen Terzian was hit by a whiskey bottle by Vikings fans during a 1975 NFC playoff loss against the Dallas Cowboys at Metropolitan Stadium. Some say the curse is why the Vikings have failed to win in big playoff games.
There are other photos that connect the Vikings to the Super Bowl or playoffs from the past. I hope they don’t stir up too many bad memories.
Dave Nevanen, copy editor
Chuck Foreman (44) of the Minnesota Vikings pleads with fans as official Armen Terzian lays on the field after being struck by a whiskey bottle thrown from the stands during a 1975 playoff game against the Dallas Cowboys at Metropolitan Stadium in Bloomington, Minn. Charles Curtis / News Tribune
Carl Eller (81) of the Vikings chasing quarterback Archie Manning of the New Orleans Saints during a game in 1976. Super Bowl connection: Archie Manning’s son Peyton Manning is the quarterback for the Indianapolis Colts, who are playing the New Orleans Saints in the Super Bowl. And we all know who the Saints beat in this year’s NFC Championship. News Tribune
Quarterback Fran Tarkenton (10) of the Vikings in a 1976 playoff game against Washington at Met Stadium. News Tribune
Minnesota coach Bud Grant runs from the field after the Vikings lost to the Miami Dolphins in the 1974 Super Bowl in Houston. Associated Press