I have to believe that this poor guy would have went around to every disappointed fan in the entire stadium in an attempt to convince them that kick was good if that's what it took to get the Vikings into the next round of the playoffs. This man was in such denial that he just completely ignored the collective gasp that went over the crowd as Blair Walsh booted the laces, and himself, into the depths of Vikings lore.
Call me crazy, but I fundamentally don't understand how a person could mistakenly think that a crucial field goal is good. Obviously it's not always clear to the naked eye, but there's no way I would let myself get that excited before definitively knowing my fate. I consider myself an optimistic sports fan, but I will sit on my hands until I get undeniable confirmation that it split the uprights. Better safe than sorry in my opinion. The pain of losing - in a playoff game no less - is far too great to let yourself experience the joy of victory before you unquestionably won. It's like having the winning lottery ticket. You could hear the numbers as clear as day, but you aren't jumping up off the couch screaming in glee until you read, and reread, the numbers aloud to yourself. The stakes are just too large to get that excited, because if you're wrong it becomes that much more devastating. Obviously the chances of making a 27 yard field goal are much higher than winning the lottery, but if the elongated extra points have taught us anything it's that nothing is a sure thing. I would be just as nervous watching my team kick a potential game winning 20 yard field goal as I would be watching my team kick a potential game winning 50 yard field goal. Not only should you hope for the best and prepare for the worst, but you should always give the worst the benefit of the doubt. Especially when you're a Vikings fan.
Chances this guy goes to a game with the person taking the video ever again? Dwindling rapidly...