Minnesota and its Vikings were shown some love by comedian Bill Burr in the latest episode of his podcast.
The Bostonian and fervent Patriots fan received a question from a listener from Sweden, who was starting to watch the NFL and wondered what team he should follow, suggesting that due to his Scandinavian roots the Vikings seem the logical choice.
Burr concurred, and then embarked upon a quick history lesson about the Vikings that actually sounds off-the-cuff, detailing the Vikings' brief flirtation with the fledgling AFL before it was lured to the rival NFL in 1960.
While noting from memory they were the last NFL Championship winners prior to the AFL and NFL merger in 1969, Burr then went into the Vikings' noted lack of success since then, describing them as the "original Buffalo Bills" for their run of four Super Bowl losses in the '70s.
After impressing himself with his recollections ("Am I good or am I f------ good?"), Burr lays some hard truths on his listener: "You're basically signing up for a franchise that has a history of breaking people's hearts.
"But you should definitely jump in because it mathematically speaking it has to be coming to an end here," he says, quite wrongly.
"You're from f------ Scandinavia, you should definitely pick the Vikings, they've s--- the bed for 60 years other than in 1969 with Joe Kapp I think it was," he adds, correctly.
He then goes on to lay some love on Minnesota itself.
"I think if you flew over and went to a game, you'd love Minnesota, the Twin Cities, it's a great place to be, and you'd see a lot of ... Scandinavia bloodline out there. Get yourself a Jucy Lucy and have a great time, Minnesota is one of my favorite places," he says.
Well, almost all of Minnesota...
"You can skip the Mall of America. What you should do instead is watch a highlight of the Minnesota North Stars in that stadium, I would do that instead of going to that f------ mall."
You can listen to the segment here, starting at around the 40:52 mark. (It's Bill Burr, so expect foul language).