They still love Blair Walsh in Minnesota, at least the first-graders do

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Blair Walsh doesn’t have to look far around Minnesota to find people who aren’t currently fans of his work.

But thanks to an inspired first-grade teacher, he’s going to be surrounded by fans today.

Via Claude Peck of the Minneapolis Star-Tribune, the Vikings kicker is visiting a class of first-graders who wrote him letters of support after he missed a potential game-winning field goal last week against the Seahawks.

Northpoint Elementary teacher Judie Offerdahl asked her class to write letters and draw pictures to take Walsh’s mind off the fact he missed a 27-yarder which would have sent the Vikings onto the divisional round.

“Dear Blair Walsh,” wrote one student. “I know that it can be hard to get through things that are sad. But you have to try and try again. Everyone makes mistakes sometimes. One time I made a mistake when I was doing a cartwheel. I felt embarrassed. You can still help the Vikings win the Super Bowl next year. Your fan, Sophia Doffin.”

Walsh is going to see the class today, giving them a chance to take pictures and sign autographs.

But by learning to express some support and empathy instead of just sending hate-filled screeds on social media like the alleged adults that fill the internet, the kids have already proven to be winners this postseason.

54 responses to “They still love Blair Walsh in Minnesota, at least the first-graders do

  1. Again, It’s not Walsh’s fault they lost the game.

    Main reason Beaterson’s fumble and then the other major problem is that their bust QB can’t throw a pass and make a big play. Teddy baby hands is incapable of making a big play to win the game. You d0n’t win in the playoffs kicking four FG’s….obviously.

  2. “But by learning to express some support and empathy instead of just sending hate-filled screeds on social media like the alleged adults that fill the internet, the kids have already proven to be winners this postseason.”

    If you can’t handle it, you shouldn’t be on social media. Which begs the question; why would first graders be on the internet?

  3. Pete Carroll has also scheduled a visit to explain that Sherman’s pressure caused the miss, and then each student will get a pack of Juicy Fruit.

  4. Which begs the question; why would first graders be on the internet?
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    The world is on the internet. Most kids use it for school. My kids were computer savvy by age 3. They had ipads in kindergarten. That doesn’t mean they are on inappropriate online hangouts with alleged adults or anything.

  5. “Dear Blair Walsh,” wrote one student. “I know that it can be hard to get through things that are sad. But you have to try and try again. Everyone makes mistakes sometimes. One time I made a mistake when I was doing a cartwheel. I felt embarrassed. You can still help the Vikings win the Super Bowl next year. Your fan, Sophia Doffin.”

    Might as well just fast-forward to the end of the day now because I’m probably not going to hear anything better and kinder than this. Kids are sweet.

  6. Blair Walsh helped win games throughout the year. It is easy to point the finger at one play but during that 60 minutes there where drop balls, missed holes for running, unmade tackles, blown coverages…,,,,

    One man does not win or lose that game

  7. rlpftt says:
    Jan 14, 2016 10:30 AM

    You d0n’t win in the playoffs kicking four FG’s….obviously.
    _______

    No, you don’t win in the playoffs kicking three field goals. If they had kicked four field goals, they would have won.

  8. Blair Walsh stood in that locker room and took every reporters question after the game. Blair showed more class than I have ever seen in similar situations. He is a class act and incidentally scored the only points for the Vikings that day. Class act!!!

  9. I like the direction the team is going.. This D will be dominating for years…TBW is the unknown…2016 will tell you if the kid has it or not…They will need to draft a RB, QB, G, LB… Make better use of TE

  10. I hope one of the children challenges him to a game of paper-triangle snap football. You know how the kid wins already.

  11. You know, people in Minnesota are very forgiving. I don’t know of anyone who harbors ill will toward Walsh and we all feel empathy for how horrible he must feel. But now everyone is bending over backwards to absolve him from any blame for the loss. Of course there were other plays during the game that could have changed the outcome, but those were earlier in the game. Who knows what would have happened if the circumstances had been different? The fact is, if Walsh makes the field goal, the Vikings win the game. You don’t know if they would have won if they had scored a touchdown in the first quarter or if Peterson wouldn’t have fumbled. You know they win if Walsh makes a chip shot field goal.

    Blair, we love you and we want you back next year. But you’re right that you made the key mistake in the game to lose it. That mistake will make you better. It does no one any good by pretending that it didn’t matter.

    As Zimmer said, “It’s a chip shot. He has to make it.”

  12. wazu says:
    Jan 14, 2016 10:46 AM

    Walsh was responsible for all of the Viking points on Sunday.
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    Really? So it was Walsh who made the tackles, Walsh who made the interception, Walsh who forced the punts to get himself good field position? It was Walsh who returned the punts and kickoffs? It was Walsh who made the throws, the catches, and the runs to get himself close enough to attempt the field goals? It was Walsh who blocked, snapped, and held for himself?

    And here I thought the Packers were a one-man team.

  13. 1969nflchampionskansascitychiefs says:
    Jan 14, 2016 10:56 AM
    This still won’t change the fact that the Vikings have ZERO Championships.

    ZERO.

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    In the game of class and empathy:

    First graders – 7

    1969nflchampionskansacity chiefs – 0

  14. Very cool on those kids’ part and a great lesson from that teacher. About that kick though. Blair Walsh did make three previous kicks so good on him. Remember he’s paid $3,000,000 a year to do so. This guy isn’t some scrub 5th kicker of the year for some non playoff team. This dude made the pro bowl his rookie year so yes us Vikings fans expect him to make a game winning 27 yard field goal. For those saying it wasn’t his fault they lost, well you’re wrong. Many factors went into losing that game but ultimately in a game of inches Mr. Walsh was about 5 feet to the left.

  15. I hope the community follows that example. There are too many examples in sports of guys like SNorwood, BBuckner, DMoore, etc, having their lives ruined by nutjob fans and bitter, losing gamblers. At the end of the day, it’s just a freakin’ game.

  16. I feel a bit of sympathy for Walsh, but none for the jealous envious big-mouthed queen fans!

    That game ending was the sweetest thing I’ve seen since the Favre INT!

  17. The people bringing up Zimmer and Peterson, blah, blah, blah… are missing the whole point of this story! It is about forgiveness, empathy, and learning to get through hard times. It’s a shame that first graders know how to handle it better than most adults! I sure hope Blair knows that ALL Viking fans are not like the ones that have bashed him on social media.

  18. Counting on a kicker to go 4-4 in sub zero weather is not a winning formula. Two of Walsh’s kicks were over 40 yards. Seattle didn’t even try from that distance, and went for it on 4th down instead. Zimmer knows the offense has to get better next year. The team exceeded expectations this year by winning the North, which is great. Next year they will go farther.

  19. Maybe, just maybe, if the Vikings’ inept offense could have scored a touchdown on the drives that led to Walsh’s three field goals, he wouldn’t have had to make the one he missed.

  20. Blair Walsh put up all Vikings points on one of the coldest football days. I think he handled it better than anyone could handle that terrible situation. Even though its tough I see many Viking fans fully behind him in their team.

    Russel Wilson threw the game ending INT in the Super Bowl at 2 yard line. It sucked, fans were pissed for a bit but we looked forward to the many chances to compete for other championships. Vikings are a young talented team with a bright future.

  21. They should love him. He’s the only one who could score any points in that game. And the long snapper and holder were also clearly nervous about the operation or the pressure. If that wasn’t the case, the snap wouldn’t have required the holder to turn the laces, which he was too afraid to do anyways.

  22. If you teach kids to feel empathy and compassion instead of bigotry and hatred, then they will grow up to be better people. It’s a pity that some of the meat heads will undoubtedly claim that this teacher is contributing to the “wussification” of America and being too “PC”.

    Kudos to the teach for teaching an extremely valuable lesson to our children. Many adults ought to take this lesson to heart as well.

  23. Hey Vikings fans. Bills fan here. Just wanted to say we feel your pain here in Buffalo. Now, just imagine that the missed kick sailed wide right, and instead of costing you a wild card game, it cost you a Super Bowl win… Yup, we definitely feel your pain. lol

  24. rlpftt says:
    Jan 14, 2016 10:30 AM

    You d0n’t win in the playoffs kicking four FG’s….obviously.

    But Indianapolis beat the Ravens kicking five field goals in the divisional round the year the Colts won the Superbowl. Final score 15-6.

  25. These kids have way more class than the packer trolls who roam these boards. And not sure who polled every Minnesotan to see who holds ill will toward Blair, but I don’t know a single one. Great news story though.

  26. ariani1985 says:
    Jan 14, 2016 10:37 AM

    Not only did we humiliate green Bay the last game but our school system blows them out of the water to!

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    Typical Viking fan that can’t even troll without missing wide left. If you want to brag about your edumacation, you need to learn the difference between “to” and “too”. The word you were looking for was “too”. Maybe by the time you get out of grade school, you might be able to tell the difference. Your school system must be very proud of you.

  27. In Green Bay, Packer fans have been known to kill the dogs of team members when things go wrong.

    In Minnesota, even first graders have more common sense.

  28. gtodriver says:
    Jan 14, 2016 6:07 PM
    In Green Bay, Packer fans have been known to kill the dogs of team members when things go wrong.
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    Man, you really love lying don’t you?

  29. Stellar

    There are multiple reported instances of Packer members dogs that have been shot.

    Just like the last time you called me a liar, it is you that is lying.

    Don’t you ever tell the truth?

  30. gtodriver says:
    Jan 14, 2016 7:31 PM
    There are multiple reported instances of Packer members dogs that have been shot.
    ///////////////////////////////////////////

    Name one. We’ll wait.

    You might be trying to get mileage out of Dan Devine’s dog. Don’t bother. A nearby farmer shot it because it was killing his chickens.

    Not a fan. Not a player.

    Just stop. You’re embarrassing yourself.

  31. Please let the Viking fans be a troll,
    They really don’t have anywhere to go,
    Cause while the Vikings went 1 and done,
    The PACKERS are still playing on!

    GO PACK GO!

  32. great article this week in SI magazine about the Vikings and their decades of losing, hard to name the worst loss being there were so many, after I read it I now understand the hate toward the Packers from Ariani, leatherface and cody and the rest of the Viking faithful.

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