There's a lot of crestfallen folks in these parts with the Minnesota Vikings falling in overtime to the New Orleans Saints in the NFC championship game Sunday. And it's not just because we're in Minnesota and the fact that the Vikings have their summer camp in Mankato on our campus every summer.
The connections run much deeper then that with several of the Vikings front office staff members sharing ties with Maverick Athletics. Assistant equipment manager Aaron Neumann attended MSU before transferring to Concordia where he was a three-year letterwinner with the Golden Bear football team. Director of Operations - Team Travel Luther Hippe was a graduate assistant in the MSU department of athletics in the early 1990s where he earned a graduate degree in 1994. Tom West, the Vikings' Assistant Director of Public Relations, served as a graduate assistant in MSU Athletic Communications in 1994-95. And Chad Lundeen, the Vikings' Director of Operations - Stadium and Team Logistics, was a member of the Maverick men's hockey team from 1994-98 where he tallied four goals and nine assists for 13 points in 55 career games.
As the post is entitled....."we feel your pain." And not that losing is ever acceptable, but it's times like these that makes the world that we work in so captivating. See you next summer.