Some Vikings fans didn't have the stomach to go to the Super Bowl after the loss. Wild forward Zach Parise, a Minnesota native, said during the week that he ditched his tickets after the Vikings lost.
Klobuchar relished the chance to showcase the state all week, and by all accounts the #BoldNorth was on-brand and welcoming. Still, even she said Friday "I keep thinking it" when asked about how things would have been different with the Vikings were playing.
Twin Cities resident Michele Tafoya, who worked the Super Bowl as a reporter for NBC Sports, said it would have been "fantastic scene" had the Vikings played. "I think this town, this state this region would have been through the roof," she said.
Instead ... on Sunday, the purple seats at U.S. Bank Stadium were occupied by fans in Eagles and Patriots jerseys -- with a few poor souls in Vikings jerseys, happy to be there but knowing they could have been happier. Nick Foles trotted onto the field instead of Case Keenum. Highlights of the Eagles 38-7 win over the Vikings played on the giant U.S. Bank Stadium scoreboards.
Maybe it was somehow better or at least easier this way? Maybe, as Klobuchar suggested, too much focus would have been on the Vikings instead of the event had things turned out differently. Maybe Vikings fans would have been too nervous, and that energy -- plus, you know, Tom Brady -- would have led to a fifth Super Bowl defeat.
We'll never know, and that's the hardest part.
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