Kevin Garnett Calls it a Sh-tstorm

Kevin Garnett, who played for the Timberwolves for many years, called the current situation, with Jimmy Butler, a sh-tstorm. This situation is wrong and unbelievable for too many reasons. Let me touch on a couple.

My heart goes out to Glen Taylor, for saving the Timberwolves, from being relocated back in 1994. He doesn’t deserve to be put in this position, by one egotistical ballplayer, such as Jimmy Butthole (what I now call him).

President of Basketball Operations, Thibs said he is trying to trade Butthole, but won’t just give him away. He wants to get what he perceives, as a fair market value. Being interviewed  Thibs maintains he’s doing whats’ best for the team. WHATS BEST FOR THE TEAM, IS TO GET RID OF BUTTHOLE.

Wearing another hat , the very popular coach Thibs, said you create chemistry from playing together, on the court. He said once Butthole is back playing, the team will develop chemistry. Hey Thibs!!! How did that work for you last year. We’ve all heard the rumors of a toxic locker room. Being an ex athlete, I’ve tried to imagine how open I would be towards a close personal relationship; ie chemistry, to a guy that had called me out in a public practice, as not playing good defense, not working as hard as I should, and saying I was no f–king good.

When you have cancer, you have an operation to remove it, followed up by chemo, to keep it away. That’s what the Timberwolves need to do with Butthole.

Nebraska – Colorado Game a Duzie

First of all, these teams haven’t met in 8 years, after having been rivals for 60 years, in the Big 12. Colorado joined the Pac 10, and Nebraska joined the Big Ten. The game was played on September 8th, in Memorial Stadium, in Lincoln, NE. Following are some key facts, that entered into the game. won by Colorado 33-28.

  • Both teams started true freshman quarterbacks.

  • The lead bounced back & forth, with Nebraska leading 28-27, late in the 4th qtr. The defense of Nebraska played well, and put Colorado in a 3rd down & 24. Nebraska was penalized on the next play, for pass interference. A terrible call, the ball was totally uncatchable. It gave Colorado a first down. Colorado then scored on a beautiful catch by Shenalt with one minute left.

  • Nebraska quarterback, Martinez was injured, so couldn’t return for an attempt at victory. The intended backup quit school the week before, and transferred to FSU, after getting beat out by Martinez. The new backup had never thrown a pass in a game. He made a valiant attempt, but couldn’t put one in the end zone.

  • Nebraska finished with 329 rushing yards, 187 passing yards.

  • Colorado finished with 351 yards passing, but only 44 yards rushing.

  • Nebraska’s defense had 7 sacks, the most in 11 years.

Truly an exciting game, with both true freshman quarterbacks playing exceptional games. A heart wrenching loss for Nebraska, because of a terrible call that let Colorado score, and ruin coach Frost’s first game

University of Minnesota’s Declining Attendance

Read a recent article in the Minneapolis StarTribune , where they discussed alarm, at the declining revenue, at the University of Minnesota. In three years ticket revenue has declined 28%. This decline is not limited to the University  of Minnesota. Nationally college football fell 3.2% last season.

The loquacious and effervescent Athletic Director Mark Coyle, has brought in people to help him figure out why its happening, and develop a program to build attendance. Hey Mr. Coyle it doesn’t take outside staff to figure it out, I will do it for free. Here are the reasons there has been a serious decline:

  • The millenials would just as soon stay home and watch games on the TV, laptop, or phone for free. This represents a large number.

  • In general, people are busier, and going to a game takes up one whole day. I now shop for groceries on a week night,  if I plan on attending a game.

  • A seat license program introduced by former athletic Woody Teague. I know of several people that did not renew their tickets at that time, and had been supporters for several years.

  • How about the fiasco suspending 10 football players,  for an incident the police could not find cause, to arrest anyone. They then re-looked at the situation, after the whole team threatened to boycott a bowl game, still penalizing 5 players who have never been charged with a crime. This also aggravated a healthy number of gopher supporters, including my entire Monday morning coffee klatsch. 12 guys, all Minnesota alum.

  • Suspending Reggie Lynch in the midst of a tremendous season, probably the best in 20 years. Again, there was no police charges. Even the campus police had never been notified. No internal investigation had taken place. It really    pissed a lot of people off, especially the timing.

  • A winning program brings the fans out. The hiring of Mr. Bojangles as football coach, and his style offended many.  Add to that, the dismal performance of the team.

Each of these incidents had some impact on losing supporters. Even bigger is how clueless the administration, is to these issues.

Football Season is Upon Us

It’s that great time of the year, when fall is in the air, your favorite team plays Friday Nights, Saturday, or Sunday. College Game Day is on Saturday. Pro Game Day is on Sunday morning. Your favorite team is undefeated, as are the Minnesota Vikings.

Expectations are high for the Vikings. At this point in the season, Cousins will be All-Pro and lead us to the Super Bowl. Likewise Dalvin Cook will lead the league in rushing. The Vikings have the best receiving duo in the NFL. They still have question marks on the Offensive Line, but they will get that figured out.

Their defense is still the best in the NFL. The front four has been enhanced with the addition of Sheldon Richardson. The linebacking crew is outstanding. They added a All-Pro Safety in George Iloka. The corners Trae Waynes and Xavier Rhodes will have learned how to cover. Don’t forget our first round draft pick, Mike Hughes who should crack the starting lineup early in the season.

Then the real world hits!!!

Our new kicker misses a chip shot for a victory. One of our defensive starters will be out for the season. One of our key offensive weapons will be out for the season. Cousins gets hit hard and often, because they never fixed the offensive line, and is playing injured.

Since I have several Vikings on my fantasy team, I’ve given up, and don’t even submit a lineup anymore.

Well, at least I can look forward to next year!!!

NBA Finals Belong to Durant

Prior to writing this post, I must tell you that I am a strong fan of LeBron James, and therefore the Cleveland Cavaliers.

The NBA Finals have concluded. The Golden State Warriors were the victors in 4 games, as was expected. I do believe the Cavs were cheated out of game 1, by the ridiculous referee calls. Had Cleveland won one on the road, against the Warriors, it could have been a different series. I have a tough time determining who won the series , the Warriors or the referees.

They named Kevin Durant MVP, which certainly was the right call. I have never seen a performance in the Finals, better than Durant in the third game. His stats were as follows.

  • He hit a laser 3-pointer, from 7 feet beyond the arc, to seal the victory.

  • He scored a personal playoff high, of 43 points.

  • He was 15 of 23 from the field; 13 rebounds; 7 assists.

  • Many of his shots stopped min-runs by the Cav’s.

  • Unconscious, Unbelievable, Best shooting ever, were comments I heard.

No doubt, Durant put the Warriors on his back in game 3. What makes the Warriors so tough, is having other players, that can take over a game, as well, such as Curry in game 4. When called upon Thompson, and Green can be difference makers as well. So, defensively no one can slack off, any these guys, or take a mini-rest.

Let’s hope LeBron joins a team, that can challenge these Warriors.

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Lindsay Whalen: A Winner

The University of Minnesota made a great move in hiring Lindsay Whalen, as their next basketball coach.  Athletic Director Coyle, the robotic mouthpiece for University President Kaler (really the athletic director) got lucky in being able, to convince her to join the Gopher program. The funny thing is the search committee, hadn’t had a chance to meet before the hiring. Kind of shows the inefficiency, and lack of credibility, of a search committee.

The saga began in Hutchinson, MN., in 1995 when Lindsey was in 8th grade and started for the varsity. She led them to 3 consecutive conference championships, was all-state 4 consecutive years, highlighted by winning the state championship in her senior year.

She went on to the University of Minnesota, where she starred for 4 years and achieved the following:

  • All-time leading scorer, scoring average, free throws made, and %.

  • Top Five in assists, steals, 3 pointers made, 3 point %.

  • Led the Gophers to the Final Four in 2004.

  • Named Gopher MVP 4 consecutive years.

  • Avg. attendance in her freshman year, 1,087 to 9,866 her senior year.

On to the Pros, where she has spent 14 years in the WNBA, the last 7 years with the Minnesota Linx, leading them to 4 World Championships.

She is the absolute best pick they could have ever made. What it takes to be a good college coach is 1.) recruiting, and 2.) communication with your players, meaning you are current with what’s happening with the evolution of the game. She is and has been the poster child for Minnesota basketball for over 15 years. She already has some recruiting wins

With 14 years as a point guard in the WNBA, you know she has the X’s and O’s figured out.

Timberwolves Blow a Golden Opportunity

Following game 3 of their first round playoff with Houston, after winning the game 122 to 104, the fans were as high, as they have ever been. It would be interesting to see, what season ticket sales, for next year, were sold. It was virtually impossible to get a ticket for game four.

Comments heard upon leaving the Target Center, after game 3, were:

  • “They figured Harden out, and should shut him down, for the rest of the series”.

  • “We’ve got 3 of the biggest future stars, in the league”.

  • “We’ve got 3 point shooters, we just had to give them a chance”.

  • “I’m getting season tickets next year”.

  • “Isn’t Teague great”?

Comments heard leaving Target Center after game 4, in which the Timberwolves lost by over 20, and gave up 50 points, in the 3rd quarter.

  • “We’ve got to get rid of Thibideau”.

  • “Their shot selection was horrible”.

  • “Can you believe the Timberwolves gave Wiggins a max contract”.

  • “Town’s looked like an uncoordinated high schooler”.

  • “There was no set offense, no coaching”.

  • “They don’t have anybody that can hit the three, regularly”.

The third quarter of game 3 with Houston, showed the Timberwolves, there’s a major difference between the regular season, and playoff basketball. The wolves could play with anyone during the regular season, and no one during the playoffs.

The really sad part was, they had an opportunity to build their fan base, if they had given the Rockets at least a competitive game.