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Post  KG Thu May 30, 2013 1:34 pm

Hey guys

I know belt color is an exciting topic. I been researching and still in the process of it for the above topic. i know I wrote once the vikings wore purple belts from 1971 to 78. Yet I am now more convinence the belts were purple from 1971-76 for all the players. and starting in 1977 the team started to use white belts with a few players still wearing a purple belt thru 78.
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Post  KG Mon Jul 15, 2013 11:17 am

http://www.gettyimages.com/detail/news-photo/running-back-chuck-foreman-of-the-minnesota-vikings-in-a-news-photo/80092914





http://www.gettyimages.com/detail/news-photo/minnesota-vikings-running-back-rickey-young-carries-the-news-photo/81646856



1978 black arm band





https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5vLiC8RYPRE 1978 Vikings at saints





https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wvq0tPHWO_4 Vikings at Atlanta 1977


I don't know if this proves it but I see you have updated Pittsburgh and kc with notes. I would suggest for the Vikings 1977 and 78 to have a note saying white belts were also used. I do think white belts were the majority especially by 1978, but both white and purple belts seemed to be used by players in 77 and 78.
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Post  slats7 Mon Jul 15, 2013 3:31 pm

Most of the players seem to be wearing white belts, but there were a few holdouts, like Chuck Foreman.

1977 Week 1:
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Post  KG Sun Jan 26, 2014 4:51 pm

wondering if this is enough info to update 77 and 78 Vikings to white belts with a not that some purple belts also in use
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Post  KG Sat Feb 01, 2014 12:31 pm

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Post  timmyb Sat Feb 08, 2014 12:39 pm

Thanks for the assistance!

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Post  KG Thu May 15, 2014 11:29 pm

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0OXyeh-vH-Q
I don't know what was decided with this but it seems that in this game in late 77 anyway white was the color of the belts for the vikings
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Post  Bill Schaefer Tue May 20, 2014 10:58 am

There is a massive update for the Vikings about to go in as well as a smaller one to follow that.
Stay tuned.
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Post  KG Tue May 27, 2014 10:41 am

were the 2 updates the ones done on may 26? I didn't see anything about the 77-78 belt color being changed. just letting you know in case they were supposed to be changed.
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Post  Bill Schaefer Tue May 27, 2014 10:50 am

We're looking into it a bit more.
Stay tuned.
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Post  KG Tue May 27, 2014 11:13 am

okay thanks for hard work
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Post  bigbluelarry Tue May 27, 2014 11:16 am

I took a look through AP Images for the '77-'78 Vikings - the results appear to be mixed.

Minnesota @ LA Rams 10/24/77
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Minnesota vs Cincinnati 11/13/77
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Minnesota vs San Francisco 12/4/77
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Minnesota @ LA Rams NFC Divisional Playoff 12/26/77
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Minnesota @ Dallas NFC Championship Game 1/1/78
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Minnesota vs Detroit 11/5/78
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Minnesota @ Green Bay 11/26/78
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Minnesota vs Philadelphia 12/3/78
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Post  Bill Schaefer Tue May 27, 2014 11:19 am

With the exception of those last 2 photos of Francis, it seems that Chuck Foreman was the only Viking wearing a black belt.
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Post  bigbluelarry Tue May 27, 2014 11:23 am

Bill Schaefer wrote:With the exception of those last 2 photos of Francis, it seems that Chuck Foreman was the only Viking wearing a black belt.

Tarkenton was on-and-off with purple and white.
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Post  KG Tue May 27, 2014 11:28 am

it seems like the white belts started to replace purple belts (not black) for some players with some players ( older players) staying with the purple ones in '77. notice in the Oakland 77 game rookie tommy Kramer white belts. I think this was a process and you will see both white and purple in both years, I think by '78 it appears to me more white than purple. it may just be something of a note being placed on the 2 season some players had white belts some had purple
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Post  bigbluelarry Tue May 27, 2014 11:31 am

smith03 wrote:it seems like the white belts started to replace purple belts (not black) for some players with some players ( older players) staying with the purple ones in '77. notice in the Oakland 77 game rookie tommy Kramer white belts.  I think this was a process and you will see both white and purple in both years, I think by '78 it appears to me more white than purple. it may just be something of a note being placed on the 2 season some players had white belts some had purple

This phenomenon was not uncommon. The Steelers went through a similar phasing-in of yellow and phasing-out of black in the late '70's-early '80's.

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Post  KG Tue May 27, 2014 11:37 am

http://kirbymuseum.org/blogs/dynamics/wp-content/uploads/sites/10/2011/06/fran-tarkenton-scramble.jpg 1978 season play off game at Rams ( see arm band so you know it is from the 78 season) white belt. so some back and forth
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Post  KG Tue May 27, 2014 11:47 am


can we be sure that is from 77? sometimes the dates are off on photos and with the lack any other players (Dallas) in the picture I wouldn't necessary say that is from 77
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Post  bigbluelarry Tue May 27, 2014 11:57 am

smith03 wrote:

can we be sure that is from 77? sometimes the dates are off  on photos and with the lack any other players (Dallas) in the picture I wouldn't necessary say that is from 77

Getty is definitely a culprit in misdating photos, that's one of the reasons I prefer AP Images. They are not perfect either, but I trust they are more reliable and accurate.

Here are two from AP from the same date.
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One thing we know for sure now - the Minnesota coaching staff all wore white belts!  Very Happy
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Post  KG Tue May 27, 2014 12:44 pm

#73 yary looks like a white belt,
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Post  timmyb Tue May 27, 2014 5:59 pm

One thing. All of these pics indicate to me that only Foreman and Tarkenton are wearing the purple belts. Can anyone find a pic with someone other than Chuck or Sir Francis with a purple belt from 77 &/or 78?

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Post  bigbluelarry Tue May 27, 2014 7:38 pm

Minnesota @ Atlanta 10/30/77
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Minnesota @ LA Rams NFC Divisional Playoff 12/31/78 - the player in the distance on the left (#20?) appears to be wearing a purple belt
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