While having breakfast with a few friends ( Monday Morning Quarterbacks ), we began to discuss the recent performances, of some of our Minnesota sports teams. Before discussing the individual teams, we discussed 2 key axioms that continue to be true:
#1 – If you want to know how a player will play, in the future, look at his past. Not always true, but likely.
# 2- Player has potential. Translation: he’s not good enough, to contribute right now.
Timberwolves – They finished the season on a 6 game losing streak, playing against teams not really playing to win, either out of playoffs, or resting for the playoffs. Their record was 31-51. All the talk says they should be better, but there not.
The Wild – Their best season ever. Fans at a fever pitch. No. 2 seed. They just can’t win in the playoffs. I hear all this bs, that they are playing well, the puck just can’t find the net. We are still using the antiquated method, of determining winners by the score, this is not pee wee hockey, where everybody does everything right. The excuses are juvenile. It’s like saying they lost because the Zamboni needs a tuneup.
The Twins – We are optimistic every year, until around game 10, then its like the old show “To Tell The Truth” Will the real Twins please stand!! This year they started with a few nice wins, but I’m afraid the Twins of old will emerge. Do you realize how many players $ 25 million would bring. That’s Mauer’s salary, for hitting around .200. How long have we heard about the potential of Buxton, Sano, Keplar, and Vargas? Pitching won’t get better, with no major additions.
The Vikings – The draft at this point looks pretty good. Dalvin Cook should contribute immediately. Elwein should also, based on the OTA’s. It should be noted that last years failure, came as a result of forcing Turner out. He had very meticulously, put together an offense, that he held together with bailing wire and was told to open up the offense. He knew that would totally expose the flaws in their offense. He decided to leave instead, as he knew what was coming. How did that change to Schumer work out ??
Gopher Hockey – To summarize, we are the hockey state. We have more D-1 talent than any other state. We used to have a winning tradition. The Gophers have a difficult time in the postseason.
Gopher Basketball – While they had great season, they didn’t get one win in the NCAA tournament, and haven’t for several years.
It was determined that you can establish a losing tradition easier than a winning tradition. Take a look at Alabama, Ohio State, Clemson, Notre Dame, Michigan, LSU: all great winning traditions. Even in Minnesota we have Eden Prairie High School, Hopkins High School, De LaSalle High School. We went on to say that a total market, like Minnesota can have a losing tradition. Of the teams discussed, when was the last time one of those teams, took you to the promised land.