Skol chant echoes across Minnesota

As the Vikings prepare to take on the Eagles in Philadelphia this weekend, fans across Minnesota spent Friday preparing their best “skol chants.” 

At Basswood Elementary in Maple Grove and at schools across the state, students showed their purple pride Friday. 

When Fox 9 asked elementary students what they thought was going to happen on Sunday, one student simply said, “they are going to win.” 

But this Friday fan frenzy is far from routine. Some adults took off work to prepare for the game. 

“I can’t sleep well,” said Vikings fan, Hector Holguin. “I want this to happen so bad. What happened in ’09 – it’s behind us. We beat the Saints. Now it’s time to go beat Philly at home.” 

Ben Leber, a Vikings analyst and former Viking gave superstitious fans advice Friday. 

“From a fan perspective, if you’re superstitious go to the same place and do the same thing,” Leber said. “I don’t care if it’s wear the same underwear or eating the same thing.” 

Across the state skol chants helped Vikings fans burn off nervous energy. Skol echoed from schools in Buffalo, to Prior Lake, to Little Falls and Winthrop. Residents at the Edgewood Assisted Living in Alexandria were in on the skol chant, too. 

At CH Robinson headquarters in Eden Prairie, 500 employees joined together for the familiar Vikings cheer. For now, work can wait, they told Fox 9. 

“This is not a losing opportunity here,” said CH Robinson employee, Bob Biesterfeld. “We are going to go to Philly and win and come in and be in a great mood on Monday.” 

Several bosses from companies around the metro area admit that regardless of the outcome of Sunday’s game, they are expecting employees to be a little groggy come Monday morning as they continue to chant “skol” Sunday night.