We've been seen tailgating on TV and have even
been featured in news articles around the Twin Cities and beyond. From
local cable TV to National Media, we have been featured as Vikings
Over the years our hearty band of Viking Tailgaters, aka,
the Berserkers, have been featured on NFL Films, a Local Twin Cities
Cable TV show, WCCO Channel 4, FOX Sports Pre-game and the Minneapolis
Star & Tribune. This section of the webpage is intended to show off
some of the media outlets that we have been featured in:
2008: Almost every Sunday morning a TV truck from KMSP or KSTP was in the lot to do live remotes this season. The best of the year was KMSP, who came out in -20 degree weather for the game vs. Atlanta and hung out all morning with O.J. and Angel. They were the stars that day.
September 2007: The Minneapolis Star &
Tribune's Aimee Blanchette interviewed Marcus "Mookie" Anderson for
September 30th feature titled
" Parking-lot picnics pose profit potential. The
increasing popularity of tailgating is finally prompting retailers to
get a piece of the pie." The story ran in the business section of
the Sunday edition and included a few quotes from the
September 2007: KMSP Channel 9 with Todd Walker,
and KSTP Channel 5 with Susanna Song were both in the tailgating lot
with us on Opening Day vs. the Atlanta Falcons. Both stations had
remote reporters in the lot with us, and several other tailgaters
throughout their entire Morning Show coverage. The highlight of the day
was when Vikings Owner Zygi Wilfe joined us in the lot, shook some
hands, kicked some field goals and gave our "tribe" an impromptu pep
August 2007: WCCO Channel 4 lead story on the 10:00
PM News. When news of the Vikings backing out of their deal to purcahse
parking lots from the Star & Tribune broke, Mookie received a call from
Esme Murphy requesting an interview. She and a photographer drove out
to Lakeville, MN and shot an interview in his basement Sports Bar &
Office. Video Coming Soon!
December 2006: Featured on KMSP Fox 9 Morning News
Remote prior to the New York Jets Game. Kansas Vike, Justin (Next
One), and the Battlewagon Boys were interviwed by KMSP's Todd Walker
throughout the entire morning. Video is coming soon.
December 2006: Featured in the book, Purple
This brand new book by Ried
Holien truly captures the essence of what it's like to be
Viking's fan. In a dynamic ethographic sort of compilation, one can
smell the brats in the lot, hear the dome burst with the sound of horns
and feel the pain of Nordic Choking. The book highlights several
diehard Vikings fans, many of whom park in the same lot as the
VIKINGSTAILGATE.com Regulars on any given Sunday.
REVIEW OF PURPLE PEOPLE:
book chronicles the story of 'the best fans in the NFL'
The Free Press
Many a book has been written about
sports figures and teams, but "Purple People" is the first to be
devoted to a teamÕs fans. The Purple People Ried Holien refers to are,
of course, Minnesota Vikings fans.
Holien calls Vikings fans Òthe
best fans in the NFL,Ó and sets off to prove it in "Purple People".
Although the book is humorous, "ItÕs not a fluff piece", he explains,
"though it is a positive take on Viking fans."
The idea for the book
came to him in 2002. He traveled from his home in South Dakota to take
in a game and arrived a couple of hours early. He entertained himself
by walking through the tailgating parking lots, watching the fans
"The Vikes were two and five that season, and about to
fall to two and six," he says.
"Yet the lots were packed, and the
fans were in a good mood." As Holien thought about it, he realized the
Vikings had a bad year the year before, and in fact, had a string of
four to five years without much success.
He realized, he says, that
"these people had built a culture above and beyond the team. The Vikes
gave people an excuse to get together and have a good time anyway."
"If youÕre a Vikings fan," Holien says, "youÕve had your heart ripped
out a number of times."
Holien says there are three different camps
of fans. One group just plain loves to party. They are the ones most
likely to be tailgating. A second group has a rich history with the
Vikings. They are the ones most likely to watch games with family
members. Holien lumps himself into the third group of fans.
friends who are Vikings fans," he says.
Last Sunday after the
Vikings unexpectedly routed the Giants 41-17, Holien called co-author
Steve Belatti in Oregon and talked about the game.
"Would we be
friends without the Vikings?" he said. "Probably." But he says that
having the link of being Vikings fans adds a depth to their friendship.
Richard Lustberg is a renowned sports psychologist Holien went to
when seeking validation for his claim that Vikings fans are the best.
He says that Lustberg, when asked which football team has the best
fans, immediately named the Vikings.
Vikings fans are the best,
according to Lustberg, based on "loyalty, perseverance, and what they
have had to go through."
Holien adds that television ratings are
high, the arena is usually sold out, and the Vikings have a nationwide
"You canÕt say just because the team loses they have
great fans," he says. He admits the Vikings have had some black eyes for
on and off the field behaviors.
Former Viking Randy Moss had
run-ins with the law. There was that "love boat sex scandal" thing where
a handful of Vikings faced criminal charges. Criminal charges came out
of the Winter Blast fundraiser. And last year, Koren RobinsonÕs attempt
to outrun police earned a yearÕs worth of legal hassles and court
ÒItÕs been pretty hard to be a Vikings fan, he says.
And yet, fans always show up.
Of the fans, Holien says, ÒThey
donÕt have to be ashamed. ItÕs about who they are, not about the team.
Growing up and living his entire life in South Dakota, Holien could
have attached his loyalty to just about any team. Even a winning team.
Though he has many relatives and friends in Minnesota, and considers
himself to be "30 percent Minnesotan," his loyalty is not based on
"Playing football outside, with friends, boys always
have to pick who they want to be," he explains. Holien picked 1980s-era
quarterback Tommy Kramer.
He started watching Kramer and the whole
team. As a result, he has been a season ticket holder for the last 25
Holien has been researching "Purple People" since his walk
among tailgate parties in 2002. "I wanted the book to come out in a
year when the Vikings were doing good, but I realized I could die
before that happens."
"Purple People" features interviews with former
Vikings players and broadcasters. It also provides insider tales of
training camps in Mankato, favorite haunts of players and fans, and
stories from myriad fans.
November 2006: St.
Paul Pioneer Press
Mookie was featured, along with Doug from
the Battlewagon in a tailgating feature story called, "Grill-iron rivalry"
2006: Metro Magazine
Vikingstailgate.com quoted in recent Metro magazine article about tailgating.
September 2006: Playbook Magazine, Minnesota
Mookie's Tailgating Rituals story was published in the
September 24th edition of the Vikings Game Day program. As a guest of
the team, he was invited to sit on the field and brought his brother,
October 2005: KMSP Morning Show
appeared on the KMSP morning show. A
remote location, live from the Metrodome from 6 am to 9 am, M.A Rosko,
Chef Andrew Zimmern, Mookie, and the Vikings cheerleaders showed the
Twin Cities audience what the border-battle rivalry was all about.
August 2004: Cub
Although we weren't invited to "act" in this
commercial, our goalposts were rented for use in a Cub Foods ad which
featured tailgaters from the "Purple Dawgs" tailgating tribe.
December 1999: Minneapolis Star & Tribune's Fan Cam
The Tribune brought out a crew to do a live Fan Cam broadcast
from Mookies home in Eagan. Maybe a video cast would have been better,
but the experiment was worth the effort (think about all testing one
has to do to make sure things cam evolve) and the Famous Daves food was
November 1999: WCCO News on Twin Cities Channel 4
September 1999:Minneapolis Star & Tribune: Feature Story
Our first generation website was chosen as a Top 10 Vikings
Off With Keith King, Cable Access TV
The Commissioner of NFL
1999: NFL Films
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