The Minnesota Vikings fell shy of being the first team to play the Super Bowl in their home stadium after losing to the Philadelphia Eagles. That should make for a rather awkward week leading up to the Super Bowl as Eagles fans begin flying in for the big game against the New England Patriots. Eagles fans traveling to the Super Bowl should probably think twice if they try to hitch a ride using Uber, because some Vikings fans are saying they will intentionally be dropping off Eagles fans in the wrong locations in a bit of revenge.
Going to sign up as a Uber Driver just so I can drop Eagles fans off at random places…
— David Landsteiner (@deltalima21) January 23, 2018
I need to “friend” this guy coming up to Minneapolis from Dallas to drive Uber. He said he is only going to pick up Eagles fans and take them to the boonies and drop them off!! ?
— Meg ? (@SideGravy) January 23, 2018
I liked the suggestion on @BDandG963 this morning, where everyone signs up to be a Uber/Lyft drivers and drop Eagles fans off at random locations.
— Gina (@Peril_in_Pink) January 23, 2018
If this all seems kind of petty, that is because it absolutely is. And chances are those Eagles fans looking to catch an Uber will be just fine. Serious Uber drivers won’t meddle in such ridiculousness because they know it will impact their overall rating, and those who do go out of their way to ensure lousy service will just be wasting their time and money when those riders have the option to track where their ride is going compared to the destination, and can fight for a refund over intentionally bad service.
The unfortunate reality is this was always going to be a risk for Vikings fans when it became clear the Vikings would be playing for a chance to play the Super Bowl in their home stadium. Would Vikings fans be rallying to go out of their way to make Saints fans miserable upon their arrival for the Super Bowl if the Saints had held on for their divisional round playoff game against the Vikings? Or is this merely an attempt to get back at Eagles fans who may have mistreated some Vikings fans while in Philly for the NFC Championship Game? If that is the case, why punish Eagles fans who very likely had absolutely nothing to do with whatever misdeeds were experienced in Philadelphia this past weekend?
I’m willing to guess the Eagles fans able to afford the trip to the Super Bowl in two weeks in Minnesota will be far more accommodating and civil than those who stay in town and continue to play up to the bad imagery Eagles fans are often painted. We’ll see what happens in two weeks, but it would appear we have a case of keyboard muscles in play from disgruntled Vikings fans.