My take on Minnesota Pro Sports
Here's a few of my quick thoughts on the state of Minnesota professional sports.
Minnesota Vikings - Great draft this year adding AP, we picked the best player available and RB is a position that needed to be addressed just because Chester broke down at the end of last year. Picked up a few WRs in the draft that have seemed to look solid in training camp, that's one of the biggest question mark positions right next to QB. I'm going to support Tarvaris and give him some time with adjusting to the pro game. The guy can make all the throws, you can't argue that. His problem is going to be the mental part of the NFL and it's going to come down if he has the football know-how to succeed in this league. On to the defense... Pretty solid last year against the run obviously but I think the only reason we were so good against the run is because we sacrificed a whole half of our defense by basically just allowing teams to pass all over us. The Patriots game, absolutely unacceptable and embarrassing (and made me lose that week in Fantasy Football). I've been hearing that Cedric Griffin has been progressing great, he'll definitely be a great improvement of Smoot. Ced is basically your prototypical Cover 2 corner and I've also been hearing that Marcus McCauley (spelling?) has been really lighting it up and looks really good. Sounds like he'll be getting some solid minutes as a nickel or dime guy his rookie year. In regards to the DEs...can Erasmus please be healthy and can Udeze be productive? Tons of questions marks at that position for having that much talent.
Minnesota Twins - The Twins need to decide whether they want to be contenders or if they want to pack it in for the year. By trading Castillo for essentially nothing they started to seem to pack it in but now 5.5 games back they need to decide whether to trade Johan/Torii or keep them and risk them leaving at the end of the season. Lots of games left with AL Central teams, the Twins are still in it at this point. Hopefully the Twins will start actually listening to the players who are frustrated that the team wont spend any money. It tends to be a bit frustrating to watch the team suffer and lose players because they refuse to pay people. Its even worse that we have one of the richest owners in baseball. Who knows, maybe he's just smarter than all of us, and sure, its really easy to spend his money sitting here as a fan.
Minnesota Timberwolves - The Big Ticket is gone and I don't know what to say. It was hard for me and probably lots of other fans to see him go, he was a great guy, great player, the face of the franchise. In looking at the state of the team, this trade NEEDED to be done and I believe we got some decent value in return. Al Jefferson is obviously the guy that made this deal work although I personally like Gerald Green as a good player. Also with the contracts, Theo is coming off the books and he's the big contract in the deal. All these Celtics guys have 1 year left on their deal, its a little ridiculous that we are rebuilding with players from the worst team in the league. To go along with all of this, what's going to happen to Ricky Davis? He obviously can't stay in this locker room, it would never work. The latest I heard today was Hassell and Davis to Miami for J-Will. This would be good for the T-Wolves because Williams comes off the books after this year also. After him and Ratliff the Wolves are sitting at about 20 million in cap space, something that has been slim recently. Basically, if this doesn't work out Kevin "McFail" McHale is pretty much going to look like the biggest fool ever, something he's already pretty much proven. Sadly, he's making DANNY AINGE look like a genious!
Minnesota Wild - Sorry, not much of a hockey fan.
Hopefully next I'll make some type of installment on Gopher Sports, right now I'm pretty much worn out for the night.
Peace and thanks for reading!