The Conspiracy Crowd Has Found a Vikings Smoking Gun for the Super Bowl

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Two weeks ago, former NFLer Arian Foster claimed professional football is “rigged” and follows a meticulous script to determine the outcome of games.

Foster said on the Pardon My Take podcast, “Every year, we used to get a script. Day One of training camp, it would get dropped off at my locker. We were really dedicated to it.”

“So, it was more so like that’s what practice was about, it was about practicing the script. Like this is what goes on, this is what we have to do — WWF, so we know what was gonna happen, but you still have to put on a show,” Foster revealed.

The Conspiracy Crowd Has Found a Vikings Smoking Gun for the Super Bowl

Of course, NFL players not named Arian Foster had a field day with the accusation because it was news to them that their livelihood was fake. In fact, “the script” became meme-worthy and various players ran with the joke.

Fast forward to mid-February, and a similar it’s-all-rigged theory emerged Tuesday. Caleb Noe from WCPO in Cincinnati hinted he might’ve uncovered the Super Bowl LVIII script — based on the logo’s colors. He tweeted, “Each of the last 2 years, the Super Bowl logo has featured a primary color of both teams in the game (The logo is revealed a year in advance).”

“SB 56: Bengals-Orange, Rams-Yellow. SB 57: Eagles-Green, Chiefs-Red,” he opined.

Here’s the tweet:

And according to his Super-Bowl-logo-color theory, next year’s edition sure looks purple, which would represent either the Minnesota Vikings or Baltimore Ravens in the championship.

The Conspiracy Crowd
Nov 7, 2021; Baltimore, Maryland, USA; Minnesota Vikings running back Dalvin Cook (33) rushes as wide receiver Adam Thielen (19) blocks Baltimore Ravens cornerback Marlon Humphrey (44) during the game at M&T Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports.

The colors would intimate some combination of this Super Bowl:

  • Vikings vs. Chiefs
  • Vikings vs. Bengals
  • Vikings vs. Browns
  • Ravens vs. Commanders
  • Ravens vs. Cardinals
  • Ravens vs. Buccaneers
  • Ravens vs. 49ers
Dec 1, 2019; Baltimore, MD, USA; Baltimore Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson (8) throws a pass in the second quarter against the San Francisco 49ers at M&T Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Evan Habeeb-USA TODAY Sports.

Unsurprisingly, the idea is peppered with holes — it’s a conspiracy theory, after all — because why would the NFL suddenly start tipping its hand randomly at the start of the 2021 season? It would also require the aforementioned Foster to be correct and that every year, about 1,700 players on active NFL rosters, plus 400+ practice squad players — and every coach in the business — methodically keep the same secret. That would have to be the case for the last 58 years if the theory is accurate.

Well, it’s not accurate, and Super Bowl logo color doesn’t hint at Super Bowl participants, nor is Foster telling the truth about his now-infamous script.

Jan 15, 2023; Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA; Minnesota Vikings fans react during the fourth quarter during a wild-card game against the New York Giants at U.S. Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jeffrey Becker-USA TODAY Sports.

Conspiracies aside, the Vikings will attempt to reach and win Super Bowl LVIII next year with +4500 sportsbooks’ odds. Minnesota is considered the 19th likeliest franchise to win the whole thing in 2023 per oddsmakers. There’s evidently a disconnect between Vegas and NFL logo makers if the logo hypothesis holds weight.

The Vikings haven’t reached the Super Bowl in 46 years.

Dustin Baker is a political scientist who graduated from the University of Minnesota in 2007. Subscribe to his daily YouTube Channel, VikesNow. He hosts a podcast with Bryant McKinnie, which airs every Wednesday with Raun Sawh and Sal Spice. His Vikings obsession dates back to 1996. Listed guilty pleasures: Peanut Butter Ice Cream, ‘The Sopranos,’ and The Doors (the band).

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