Tom Powers is probably right (Pioneer Press):
"The fans are a wreck. They give off an odd vibe. On one hand, they've allowed themselves to get excited about the chances of this really being 'the year.' On the other, they half expect something terrible to happen. There is fatalism at work here. No question, Vikings fans are the new Red Sox fans. They wake up each day expecting disaster. There is a gloom over the happiest of circumstances."