The Vikings “Useless in Seattle”

From the opening drive, you could see the Vikings didn’t come to play. They looked like they had all, received a roofy (date drug), on the ride to the stadium..

Let me set the scene: The Vikings must win this game to get into the playoffs. They have been working on this football stuff since July. They basically are the healthiest, they have been all season. They signed a $ 84 million dollar quarterback, to perform in these situations. There is an open battle between Coach Zimmer, Offensive coordinator DeFillippo, and quarterback Cousins on how to play the game. Unfortunately, DeFillippo is the odd man out. So he gets fired, the day after the game, but Zimmer and Speilman stay.

Zimmer tells DeFillippo he wants more running plays, so DePhillippo utilizes more running plays. They aren’t successful so DeFillippo gets canned for doing what he was told to do. What gives?

The Vikings – Seahawk game was deplorable, with the Vikings getting their butts whipped.

Why?
1. The Vikings didn’t come to play.
2. Cousins looked lost and tentative.
3. The play calling was horrendous.
4. Cousins missed two open receivers for touchdowns.
5. They could not convert 3rd downs.
6. They could not convert 4th and ones.
7. Neither Diggs or Theilen caught a meaningfull pass, til late in the fourth.
8 The $84 million man looked like $ 84.00.

But most embarrassing, came when one of the Seattle defenders, came off the field, and was running up and down the sidelines, saying excitedly ” They can’t run, they can’t pass, they don’t know what to do!!”. Welcome to the world of the Minnesota Vikings.

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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Who Can Master The Masters?

I am looking forward to the 2018 Masters, more than any I can remember. Much of it because Tiger is back playing well, and could be in the hunt. Then there’s Phil, Jordan, Bubba, Sergio, DJ, Justin, and all those young bucks coming up.

My wife asked me the other day who I thought would win. I hadn’t even thought about that. I was just looking at the worlds best, in a great competition, settled by a 80 foot put on 18. There are so many playing great golf right now. So let me tell you my favorite:

Phil Mickelson: At 47, Playing some of his best golf. Won 2 weeks ago. Has won 3 green jackets, so he knows how to play Augusta.

Jordan Spieth: Playing good golf. Always in the hunt. His putter was betraying him, but appears to have improved, after a few practices with Brad Faxon.

Tiger Woods: He’s been in the hunt in his last 3 tournaments. You all know how Tiger gets up for the majors. I wouldn’t vote it out. He needs to control his drives, so that the position of his ball, is in the right location, in relation to the pin placement.

Bubba Watson: Has won 2 Masters. Playing great right now. Won the Match Play tournament 2 weeks ago. His accuracy off the tee is worth a couple of shots.

Sergio Garcia: Has been a great player for over 15 years, on the tour. Knows how to win, especially at Augusta, last year’s winner.

Justin Thomas: The real up and comer. Last Years Fed Ex Champ. Has already won 3 times this year. In an interview I saw, he said he is working on controlling his temper. If he is in the hunt could his temper be a factor.

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Dustin Johnson: Hold’s the # 1 ranking in the world. Is playing well. 3 top 5’s in the past month. He probably has elevated desire to win, based on the fact he had to withdraw last year.

Jason Day: Great young golfer. His recent game isn’t up to his s, but if he coluld start off good, it could propel him to have an outstanding Masters.

Rory McElroy: When McElroy is playing well, he has a real bounce in his step, and an amiable smile on his face. He’s back, and playing great golf.. He has a strong desire to complete the career Grand Slam. Could it be his week?

Matt Kuchar: I’ve been a fan of Kuchar’s since he played at Georgia Tech, and won the low amateur at the 1996 Masters. He is playing the best golf of his career, and has been on the leaderboard, almost every week. I can’t believe, he hasn’t won more on the tour.

That really didn’t pick a winner. So here goes with my top 3:

Phil Mickelson,  Tiger Woods,  Matt Kuchar