(This Blog Post is from M.K. Welch, a sports talk radio show host for ESPN Aberdeen)

The blog post is a little behind this week because I’ve been trying to wrap my head around the idea of paying an aging RB almost $100 million over 7 years. I think it’s a bad decision, I think Vikings fans need to start questioning management much more than they have, but I digress.


This topic came to me after one of the worst weekends of football for my teams ever. I root for 2 college and 2 NFL teams.


KU (my alma mater) lost 66 – 24 to Georgia Tech. GT racked up 604 rushing yards. Yes, 604, they broke many school records on Saturday.


NSU lost a heartbreaker to CU 27 – 22. The game was riddled with penalties and turnovers. Eliminate half of those and Northern walks away with a decisive victory.


KC Chiefs lost to Detroit 48 – 3. Jamaal Charles went down with a season-ending knee injury, and the Chiefs are the clear favorite in the Andrew Luck sweepstakes.


Min. Vikings lost to the TB Bucs 24-20 in a game that they gave away. Give all of the credit you want to Josh Freeman and the Bucs, but the Vikings had a 10-point lead with just over 3 minutes left in the game.


This weekend has made me look into a question I always ask people, would you rather your team get blown out or lose a close game?


I find that to be an almost unanswerable question. The heartbreak that comes from losing a close game is a devastating pain that puts fans in a state of complete shock (did you see the stands in the Metrodome?) I understand that pain; we’ve all felt it. That said, the hopelessness felt when getting blown out is extremely painful as well. It’s that feeling of the team you love refusing to love you back, and that sinking feeling of there being nothing that anyone can do to stop the disaster. This is not a pain that everyone has felt, most fans just choose to not care when their team gets blown out. They make jokes or choose another team to root for. If you are one of those people, then this post is not making any sense to you. This question is for the fans that will continue to watch their team even when they know their team is going to lose. I won’t go as far as to say these are the “true” fans, but if I had to choose which one I’m having a beer with, I’m going with the guy who has my back through thick and thin.


Once again, I digress, I always want to know the answer to this question for everybody because it’s so interesting to me how 4 games, all with the same result for the teams I was rooting for, can give me such a different range of emotions. Let me know which you would rather have, a tough close loss or getting blown out?


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Also, just to answer the question I always get, “What if the Chiefs and the Vikings play each other in the Super Bowl? Who do you root for?”


IF the Kansas City Chiefs and the Minnesota Vikings BOTH get to the Super Bowl, I’m having the biggest party of all time and everybody is invited.