Quick, name one other famous person who died on January 5th, no fair looking at Wikipedia. One hint, it was on the day I was born and there is a slight relation to tobacco.
I have a birthday, go to California for a little more than a day and big stuff happens….
Vikings Lose a Playoff Game. Sorry, that’s not a surprise or big news. But to some folks it’s a big deal. As someone who was a kid when the Vikings lost four superbowls; was in my 20’s when Darrin Nelson dropped a NFC Championship-clinching pass in the endzone; and my 30’s when the ’98 Vikings choked, I just can’t get that worked up about another disappointing season. I’m not impressed by Brad Childress’ game planning, QB developing, or game management skills so don’t look for a huge improvement next year either. Sorry.
Carl Pohlad Dies. He was worth $3.8 billion, lived to 93, sired Madonna and Bono… dude lived a long, successful, and productive life. He saved the Twins from perennial cheapness of the Griffith years (for which I am eternally grateful) only to employ his own brand of cheapness (for which I am not). His efforts to contract the Twins, while probably a stunt, forever harmed my opinion of what he meant to the Twins, but the guy could sure make money. And unlike the bandits who fashion themselves as businessmen today, he did it the old fashioned way -- by outworking everyone else in the room.
Al Franken U.S. Senator. Thank God, I am not sure we could have handled another 6 years of Norm Coleman and his smile that was more fake than his principles. Al Franken might surprise some people about the seriousness he will bring to his new job. In one way it will be easy as his standing among most Minnesotans is pretty low. On the other hand a lot of people are just going to be ready to pounce on any Franken screw up.