Hulne: Metrodome memories

Published 8:12 pm Monday, December 23, 2013

The Minnesota Vikings will play the final game in the Metrodome when they play the Detroit Lions at noon this Sunday. Here’s a look back at some of my biggest memories from Metrodome.

1. And we’ll see you tomorrow night!

I still remember being a 12-year old boy and watching the Minnesota Twins against the Atlanta Braves in 1991. Kirby Puckett’s home run saving catch and 11th inning walk-off home run were two of my best sports memories while growing up.

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2. Mr. Perfect goes wide left.

I didn’t just put this on here to taunt Viking fans, it was a pretty big moment. I still remember being disappointed that the Vikings had a Super Bowl trip wrapped up in 1998 when Gary Anderson, who had made 39 straight field goals, stepped up and hooked a 38-yard field goal that would’ve put Minnesota up 30-20 late in the game. Instead, the Vikings ended up losing 30-27 to the Atlanta Falcons in overtime.

3. Top of the mountain.

The Grand Meadow Superlarks made their last trip to the Dome count this past November as they notched their first state title in school history with a 28-6 win over Underwood. The win was the 150th for long-time GM head coach Gary Sloan.

4. Gulliford beats the Pack.

The year was 1993, and a Jim McMahon, who was wearing a black visor, was looking hopeless in the Vikings backfield when he flung up a wobbly, deep ball that found a man named Eric Gulliford for a 45-yard gain that set up the game-winning field goal in a 15-13 Viking win. Gulliford had time to stop and wait for the ball at the five-yard line and I still remember Packers cornerback Terrell Buckley, who was beat on the play, saying that he didn’t think McMahon could throw that far.

5. A 21st birthday to remember.

It was my 21st birthday and my friends and I decided to go watch the Twins play the Indians. The Twins fell down 8-1 in the game, but they battled back and eventually won it when Midre Cummings drilled a two-out, walk-off homer about two rows behind my friends and I in left field.

6. Zellmer on top.

Nobody knew it at the time, but Blooming Prairie senior Luc Zellmer fought through a serious injury that caused him to miss his senior year of basketball, to lead his team into the state semifinals in 2011. Zellmer’s team came up short in a 50-27 loss to eventual state champs Dawson-Boyd, but he did establish himself as Minnesota’s all-time TD pass leader with No. 102 in the loss.

7. They’re throwing paper airplanes!

The first time I ever went to a Vikings game was in 1994 and Minnesota was riding the arm of Warren Moon and off to a 7-3 start. The Vikes were playing the Jets, and it really wasn’t a good day for Moon as he threw four picks in a 31-21 loss. I remember being the arena being filled with boos and I remember paper air planes making it from some of the upper levels all of the way onto the field. People wonder why I’m a Packer fan.

8. Favre shows he’s not that old.

The Vikings had just signed Packer legend Brett Favre in the offseason, but he had mostly been a hand-off machine early in Minnesota’s season. Then came the Sept. 27, 2009 game against the 49ers. Favre looked like his1999 self when he eluded a 49er rusher and threw an unbelievable game-winning 38-yard TD pass to Greg Lewis in the back of the end zone.

9. For the record

It was fitting that Favre reached the milestone for most career TD passes in the Metrodome. Favre tossed a simple throw to Greg Jennings over the middle to surpass Dan Marino with 421 career TD passes. Favre picked Jennings up and carried him a few feet to celebrate the moment.

10. Toss to Moss

This one isn’t so much of a moment as it is a tribute to one of the most explosive receivers ever to play the game. Randy Moss was a nightmare for Packer fans when he played for the Vikings, but you have the give the guy credit. He was an absolute speedster and he could go up and get it with the best of them.