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Quick Hits: 1/30/10

I think I am finally sober enough after drinking myself into unconsciousness after the Vikings again, crapped all over themselves – and all of us who cheer for the Purple.

To tell the truth, I actually thought that there was a chance to win it.  After all the fumbling and self-inflected wounds, I still thought the Vikings had a chance to kick a field goal as time expired.  Oh, tortured souls are we.

Since I don’t want spent too much time rehashing the game, here are my Mini-Hits versions for my points of interest.

  • Based on how the game ended, and ignoring the fact that he signed an extension, I am not sure Brad Childress should keep his job.  To all those you think I am just now piling on – please read some other posts.  I have never held Childress in the highest esteem.
  • The evening was very exciting on Facebook, as 90% of my friends grew-up in Minnesota and North Dakota.  The status updates were amazing.
  • So the NFL came out and said that the hit in the picture on Brett Favre should have been a 15-yard plenty.  Awesome.  So why was it not called?  The ref was right there.
  • The purple started running with some authority in the fourth quarter and then they would call a stupid pass play.  Just run the ball.
  • I thought that Joe Buck and Troy Aikman talked about the Saints defense and their coordinator way too much.  Even though Vikings out gained the Saints.
  • I have watched the Saints several times this year, and I thought they looked very average.
  • Even though the Vikings lost, I think it is safe to say we were the better team.

Vikings Side-Note:  Offensive Linemen Bryant McKinnie was kicked out the NFC All-Pro team.  What the hell?

Super Bowl Prediction

The Saints showed a ton of holes and the Colts defense is better than people think.  add that with Peyton Manning pretty much in the zone, and I see the Colts winning 34 – 17.

The Saints are not going to get away with the boarder-line hits on Manning.  There is no way.

US Soccer Bits

Timberwolves Talk

I follow the NBA and enjoy watching most teams, but they only team that I really have any connection with is the Minnesota T’Wolves.  For the casual fan, this season has probably been very difficult to watch.  And while I have yelled at the TV plenty of times, I know that there is a light at the end of the tunnel.

“A light at the end of the tunnel”?  Really?

Yeah.  I will do a full post on the state of the Timberwolves down the road, but this team as plenty of draft picks, will have cap room and have pieces for a competitive team.  Plus the rights to Ricky Rubio.

So I decided to play GM with ESPN’s Trade Machine and came up with this trade that would reshape the T’Wolves.

If you can’t read this picture, the Wolves give up Al Jefferson, Brian Cardinal and Mark Blount’s expiring contracts, and Ramon Sessions to the Phoenix Suns, the Wolves would get Amare Stoudemire, Jared Dudley and Channing Frye from Phoenix and Joe Johnson from Atlanta.  Atlanta would get Leandro Barbosa.  At best, there is a 0.005692% chance of this actually happening.   But let’s play pretend.  After this trade, the Wolves starting line-up would be

  • PG – Flynn
  • SG – Johnson
  • SF – Corey Brewer
  • PF – Amare
  • C – Frye

You would still have Kevin Love, Jared Dudley and others off the bench.  You would give your best player in Jefferson and back-up PG in Ramon Sessions – but Sessions is not your future – and Cardinal and Blount don’t play.  This is a just a dream, but I would love to think that anything can happen with David Kahn.  Like I said, this probably will not happen.  But my point is, THERE ARE OPTIONS!!

I will do a more in-depth look at the Wolves and the possibilities that are available this off-season, suitable free agents and draft picks.

Until then, I will relish the Wolves win over the Clippers!!

Wolves Side-Note:  Has Corey Brewer finally figure it out?  Looks like it.

College Basketball Hits

  • Jay Bilas’ Midseason Awards.
  • The Minnesota Gophers were dominating the MSU Spartans, but then end up losing 65-64.  I still can not figure this team out.  They really have no “go-to player”.  Then again, neither does Purdue.
  • Ohio State took a hit with Evan Turner out after breaking two vertebrae is his lower back.  But since he has returned he is leading the No. 24 Buckeyes in points per game (18.4), rebounds per game (9.9), and assist per game (5.5).  It may take while, but this Buckeye team is not cupcake.
  • UNC has fallen out of the Top-25 for the first time January 2006. Currently the Tarheels record is 13-7 and are 2-3 in the ACC – but there is still time.

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Quick Hits 4/16/09

KG Not Ready To Play

Kevin Garnett maybe be done for the season.  The knee injury is not improving and he did not look strong according to Celtic’s Head Coach Doc Rivers. 

This would be a huge blow to the defending Champions repeat campaign.  Many experts did not expect them to beat the Cavs with KG, let alone without him. The Celtics might not get past the second round and could struggle with the Bulls in the first round. 

The Celtics will miss KG more on the defensive end than on offense.  The still have fire power in Paul Peirce, Ray Allen and the rest.  But no collection of players can replace the defensive awareness and intensity that KG has every game. 

Here is your chance Leon Powe.

Draft Declarers

  • Shawn Taggart, forward from Memphis – this is hopefully more about the coaching change.
  • Damion James, forward from Texas – this team is going to be loaded next season, maybe worried about PT.
  • Patrick Patterson, forward from Kentucky – see Taggart.

No one has hired an agent, which is the right move, but I would expect to see the James and Taggart back for the 2009-10 season.  Texas could make a deep run with the team they have next season.  Memphis, not so much.  Kentucky is in for a bumpy season and EPSN.com projects Patterson has a mid-to-late first round pick. 

Side-Note– Yahoo.com’s Jason King wrote a peice on the underclassmen and their choices.

Brilliant Strike

I do watch a good amount of soccer, and this is one of the best goals I have seen in a long time by Cristiano Ronaldo of Manchester United.

PS – Arensal destroyed Villareal 3-0.  Welcome back Mr. Walcott.

Timberwolves Starting Line-Up

In the last game of a tough season for the Timberwolves, Kevin McHale started Mike Miller, Kevin Ollie, Mark Madsen, Brian Cardinal, and Jason Collins.  In an interview, McHale said this was his way of saying thank-you for being good leaders on the team.  I think it was a way to lose to a crappy team. 

BETTER DRAFT PICK! 

I am not sure I care right now.  I have stop paying any attention since Randy Foye went down awhile back. 82996013EG003_MINNESOTA_TIM

Here is what I think they need to look at in the 2009-10 season.

  • A shooting guard over 6’4″.
  • A shot blocker – Al Jefferson average 1.7 a game, the next is Kevin Love with .65.
  • A pass first point guard – Three guys on the team average more than four assists a game, but no one averages over five.
  • A New GM – This is a reoccurring theme from years past!
  • Another All-Star type player.

This team has peices of a winning team, but needs another player that can take games over when Jefferson is double-teamed and consisteny at the coaching position.  McHale is a decent coach, I think players repond to him. 

But McHale can not go back to the front office.  Because when we get the No. 1 pick, he will find a way to mess it up.  PICK BLAKE GRIFFIN.  I don’t care about Kevin Love, Ryan Gomes, and the bunch.  You will put butts in the seats and get an atheltic player this team hasn’t since the thug days Isaiah “JR” Rider and the original Eastbay-Funk-Dunk (that might be the only time Rider is mention in a post, on purpose).