The BS Show, 12.19.22: Minneapolis Miracle II, Miracle at the Met, and More
On Monday’s edition of The BS Show, Bob Sansevere and I recapped the Vikings’ historic comeback win on Saturday vs. the Colts, and how it is now the 2nd “Minneapolis Miracle” play following Stefon Diggs’ improbable touchdown in the 2018 playoffs.
We also discussed the irony of this “Miracle” taking place on a day when the Vikings were commemorating what is perhaps the most famous comeback in franchise history; namely the 1980 game vs. the Cleveland Browns where Tommy Kramer connected with Ahmad Rashad on a Hail Mary pass with time expiring to beat the Browns and clinch the NFC Central Division known as the “Miracle at the Met.” You can listen to our discussion here, which also included a brief mention of former President Trump’s ridiculous “digital trading card’ sales of last week.
Regarding the “Miracle at the Met”, I was privileged to attend a reunion event on Friday evening at the Radisson Blu in Bloomington – near the site of where the actual play occurred at Metropolitan Stadium, which is now the site of the Mall of America – featuring Messrs. Kramer and Rashad as well as then Head Coach Bud Grant and scores of other Vikings legends. The room was full and many guests had their own memories of that day, and that play.
I was one of them.
I have said many times that the Miracle at the Met game was what made me a Vikings fan. While my Dad and Uncle Ted were in attendance, I watched at home with my cousins. I remember the cheers when Ahmad Rashad caught the tipped pass in the end zone and fell to the ground. A few months after that game, my brother and I received our first Vikings jerseys. Mine was a #9 Tommy Kramer, and my brother’s was a #28 Ahmad Rashad. Coincidence? I think not.
Many years later, when Tommy became a friend and client of mine, one of our first conversations was about that game. It was a thrill to hear what was going on in the huddle on that drive which took 14 seconds, two plays, and 80 yards to immortality. I have a DVD copy of the game and I have joked with TK about his yelling at Vikings kicker Rick Danmeier who missed two extra points and a field goal (Tommy kicked extra points in high school and he told Danmeier that it wasn’t that hard to do).
There are a number of videos which exist about the Miracle at the Met; here’s a link to the best ones:
The December 14, 1980 Vikings vs. Browns game in its entirety.
The final drive and the aftermath.
NFL Network voted it one of the 100 greatest plays in NFL history.
Tommy’s take on the final drive.
Ahmad Rashad “recreated” the play with Peyton Manning for a recent episode of Peyton’s Places.
One final note on Saturday’s “Miracle”: after last week’s loss to the Detroit Lions, I took some heat on Facebook for suggesting that the Vikings might not win the NFC North Division. At halftime on Saturday, with the Vikings down 33-0, I took to Facebook to ask for apologies from my earlier critics, which proved to be premature:
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