This is one movie Minnesota Vikings fans will either get together to watch or avoid completely. It really depends on just how much you are into self-masochism and whether you want to re-live the horrors of the past.
The movie Wide Left is set to premiere on YouTube next week. It gives us first-hand accounts of what it has been like to be a Vikings fan from from the 1998 season to current day.
Here’s a trailer for the movie.
Now, if you are not too familiar with what Vikings fans have dealt with over this near 20-year span. It starts during a 1998 season in which Minnesota won a franchise-record 15 games. Quarterback Randall Cunningham was playing at an All Pro level. Running back Robert Smith dominated to the tune of nearly 1,500 total yards.
Meanwhile, veteran Cris Carter and then wide-eyed rookie Randy Moss combined to put up over 2,300 receiving yards with 29 touchdowns. This led to a 15-1 regular season mark and an offense that put up a league-best 34.8 points per game.
That season ended on a Gary Anderson missed field goal in the NFC Championship game against the Atlanta Falcons. The field goal would have given Minnesota an insurmountable 10-point late-game lead. Instead, Atlanta would go on to tie the game up before winning in overtime.
Since then, Minnesota has suffered postseason heartbreak after postseason heartbreak, ultimately coming to an apex when Blair Walsh missed a chip-shot game-winning field goal against the Seattle Seahawks in the playoffs two years ago.
Walsh has since signed on with the Seahawks. Imagine that.
Anyway, it’s probably going to be a movie every football fan will want to watch. Whether Vikings fans need an adult beverage to get through it remains to be seen.