Sometimes the universe just gives you a blog topic, a topic that coincides with a real-life (sports) miracle.
Minnesota beat New Orleans 29-24 this afternoon when Case Keenum found Stefon Diggs for an unlikely long touchdown pass to win the game when the Vikings were just trying to get into field goal range for Kai Forbath. It was surreal. The players rushed the field, followed by media, all the while a ref was watching video to make sure it all really happened.
They had to bring out players from both teams to kick an obligatory extra point, which of course they did not. Case Keenum took a knee, the only knee taken in the NFL this season that hasn’t caused controversy, I might add. Minnesota is headed to Philadelphia to duke it out with the Eagles for the chance to lose to Tom Brady.
Kidding, Jacksonville. You got this.
The 80s song that comes to mind today is “All I Need Is A Miracle” by Mike + The Mechanics, a Top 5 hit from 1986 for this Genesis spinoff band. I think of miracles because of how the game ended, and I think of Mike because Minnesota’s head coach is Mike Zimmer. The Mike in this case is Mike Rutherford, one of the founding members of Genesis.
A quick bit of trivia: Mike + The Mechanics had as many No. 1 hits as Genesis: one. Genesis had “Invisible Touch,” and Mike + The Mechanics had “The Living Years,” featuring the great Paul Carrack on lead vocals in 1988.
In honor of the Vikings today, here’s Mike + The Mechanics and “All I Need Is A Miracle.”