Posted on: December 8, 2008 3:26 am

Quick Thoughts

Starting off with the Vikings win over the Lions. T-Jack came into the game and actually impressed me with his accuracy. He is making me want to see him start next week even if Gus is ready for action. Yes I know Detroit could go down as one of the worst teams in the history of the NFL but even so Jackson did his job and he did a fantastic job off the bench. The big story of the game however was Jared Allen who was cheapshoted and appeared to be seriously hurt, but he did what Jared Allen does. Right after he got off the ground he tried to fight the guy who did it then went to the sideline, got taped up, and came back to action to record 2 sacks and a forced fumble. The guy is a beast and his skullet is as beastly as he is.

Next up on my list is Chicago's 7-1 pounding of Phoenix. I'm not surprised that the Hawks won but 7-1 !!?? That's an embarrassment for any team. The most impressive thing about this game was Andrew Ladd's stat line when it was all over. He ended with 1 Goal, 3 Assists, and a plus 4 plus/minus. Now that's a big game. I was also happy to see one of my favorite players, Martin Havlat, get back in the offensive zone recording 2 Assists. I always told my friends that if Marty would have a healthy season he would be in the top five in points, but I guess I was sadly mistaken, at least so far. I'll leave that topic for another time however.

Last but not least, well actually maybe least, I want to comment on the Minnesota Timberwolves. I live in Minnesota and up until this season I considered myself a Wolves fan, but that ended when we decided to trade O.J Mayo away for Kevin Love. That was the last straw for me, and now I will not support or even watch the Wolves until they fire Kevin McHale. The guy has made some of the worst decisions I have ever seen someone make when it comes to GM's. He has now twice traded the player we drafted before that player even plays one game with the team, and oh yeah he dealt Kevin Garnett for garbage when I guarantee he could have got some major players for KG. The guy is bad for the team and once again they are at the bottom of the league, and now I hear they might make him the head coach again. This is becoming a joke to me and I have had enough. The next time a T-Wolves game is shown instead of a Wild game I'm calling my local cable provider to complain, and I'm not even a Wild fan.

Category: General
Posted on: December 6, 2008 4:11 am

Minnesota Talk

I just wanted to touch on a few topics that I'm sure many Minnesota sports fan's are discussing. The first being Kevin and Pat Williams suspensions, and well non suspensions. Im really anxious to see how this plays out. Currently the suspensions have been blocked by the court, but here's my problem with this. The Williams are going to play against the Lions because of the block but if they still end up getting the suspensions then the Vikings will have to play their first playoff game without the Williams wall and that would be devastating to our chances so I think this block could end up hurting the Vikings more than helping them, that is if the suspensions are upheld. I personally think the Vikings can slide into the playoffs without the Williams wall but I dont see us winning a playoff game without them, so I almost wish they just would have served the suspension, but again this is only if the suspensions are upheld after the court makes a decision on this.

Next up on my list is the potential Twins signing of Casey Blake. I am currently in an argument with two of my friends over this potential signing. They both say this is a typical move by the twinkies to bring in an old player who will do absolutely nothing to help the team. They reference players such as Mike Lamb, Adam Everett, Craig Monroe, Tony Batista, Phil Neven, Ruben Sierra, and Livan Hernandez. I am personally offended for Casey Blake that they would even consider putting him into this grouping. All of the players mentioned were coming off of terrible and I mean terrible seasons before the Twins signed them. The only exception is Batista who was not even in baseball the season prior to the Twins signing him. Blake is coming off of a 21 Homer / 81 RBI season which eclipses the rest of those players stats the season before they were signed. I always let them know that I dont think he will put these numbers up in Minnesota, but there is no evidence to show that he won't be productive in our lineup. They are completely basing their opinion on Blake's age while I am basing mine on his numbers. Giving Blake a 2 year deal for 6 mill would not be a mistake. I don't believe we should give him a third year which he wants since we do have Tolbert and Boucher who can play 3rd but if he will sign for 2 years we need to get the deal done. All this being said, I doubt the Twins get him signed.

Last but not least, Marian Gaborik. Gaborik and the Wild's relationship status is currently "separated." It's obvious Gabby wants out of Minnesota and I would argue that he's not even hurt right now, he's just waiting for the Wild to get a trade done. So why is the trade taking so long ? The Wild publicly stated that they are willing to trade him so why has nobody come up with a good enough deal yet ? I know Gaborik has a pretty nice injury list but he had a great season last year and can still be one of the best offensive players in the game when healthy. I'm really interested to see what the Wild actually get in return for him. I would guess a draft pick and a young player, or a draft pick and an established center, which by the way I personally would do if I was Minnesota. The only reason I can see for this deal taking so long is that teams want Gaborik to sign with them if they trade for him, and I really think Marian wants to pick his own team after this season, but if that's what game Gabby is playing them sell him for even a cheaper price so you can get another player to help your current team right now, and a 2nd or 3rd round pick and get this drama over with already. It's obvious the Wild don't need him to be successful since their defensive system is so good, so it's time to get this over with.

Category: General
Tags: Twins, Vikings, Wild
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