Today's blog entry will be a rambling dissertation with no particular purpose than a stream of consciousness. I sometimes refer to these as a 'mind vomit'.
First up, some Vikes football. There are more and more mock drafts taking place these days. Everyone has an opinion and its quite literally a turkey shoot. I no longer participate in mock drafts as it is purely conjecture which can be upset as soon as teams start trading picks on draft day. I think one has a better shot at selecting which position the team will choose.
(If you want a good mock draft analysis, go to the Daily Norseman....great work there!)
Keeping in mind the free agents the Vikes have picked up already this off-season, and also hoping that they pick the best possible player irregardless of need, I see the Vikes possibly using their #17 overall selection on the following positions (ranked in order):
As you have seen, I have been providing some tongue-in-cheek video interviews on YouTube with some of the possible players the Vikes could draft. I'll see if I can put some more together. If nothing else, the videos introduce you to the player and provide some first impressions. Watch Joe Flacco handle himself with poise, the humor within Limas Sweed, the anxiousness of Derrick Harvey.
So, even though the Vikes track record at drafting a DE in the first round hasn't been good since they drafted Carl "Moose" Eller in the '64 draft, I still see them rolling the dice again at DE and hoping that the law of averages finally weighs in their favor. How bad has it been lately at selecting a DE? Consider:
Talance Sawyer (1999)
Dimitrius Underwood (1999)
Michael Boireau (2000)
Willie Howard (2001)
Kenechi Udeze (2004)
Darrion Scott (2004)
Erasmus James (2005)
Ray Edwards (2006)
Brian Robinson (2007)
Uff-da! That's some bad lutefisk.
I hope to create a VU video with Chris Long, even knowing the Vikes have no chance, as one immediately compares the young man to his famous father Howie. And Chris, well, he ain't no Howier when it comes to coming across as intelligent. Sorry, I know that is mean....but its the first thought I had.
Moving along, I apologize for the number of posts this week. It's the annual rush to get your kid signed up for all the summer camps to fill out the days. My wife and I both work so the young lad needs to be addressed. We feel guilty that he may never know the true joy of 3 months of no school and no place to go....but it's also reality that both his parents need to work. But I also didn't get a chance to spend a week learning or playing lacrosse. Nor was I able to spend a week in flag football camp. I think its a fair trade.
It is also time for me to step up the ol' training for any duathlons/triathlons I plan to do this summer. Especially since I didn't swim all winter. Now I have to make time to swim as well as bike (hopefully outside soon) and run. I'm not sure why, at age 47 (on April 26) I push myself this way. I think I go back to the days when I was 20-something and could effortlessly do it all, and in some weird way I hope tro stave off aging and return to the glory days.
I was just remembering this week about the time I raced against Lance Armstrong. I don't bother to tell anyone that he whooped my rear-end by 35-minutes in a triathlon.
On May 13, 1989 at Speegleville III Park outside Waco, Texas there was a certain buzz in the air as the athletes were all saying, "watch this kid, he's really something." This tri was a 0.6mi swim, 28mi bike, and 6.5mi run. Lance (then just 17-years old) finished in 1:54:05. His closest competitor finished over 6-minutes back. All I remember is Lance was finishing up the run as I was coming in off the bike. Here's a image of the race summary. Unfortunately, splits were not available.
That's some of the stuff that makes me feel old. As does watching the Oscars and fondly remembering an actor who appears in the Oscar tribute to people who passed away the previous year. People you thought would just go on living forever.
Or you watch legends age before your eyes in what seems to be a very short time span.
Wow, did that last 40-years just fly by or what?!?!? OK, enough on aging. But be forewarned: We baby boomers aren't going to go gently into the good night. I promise not to wear black socks with my Bermuda shorts in promise to not throw up when I take off my shirt to get into the pool. Now, get off my lawn you punks!
The Wife and I watched 3:10 to Yuma the other night. Nothing like a great Western, is there? Even if Russell Crowe is a pain-in-the-toushie, he is fun to watch on screen. He plays the ultimate baddie, Ben Wade, in this film...and you don't reference a baddie's mama....ever.
Ben Wade: I've always liked you Byron, but you never know when to shut up. Even bad men love their mommas.
But stealing the film in Yuma was Ben Foster who played Charlie Prince, Wade's right-hand and truly rotten human being.
Charlie Prince: Morning, Pinkerton. Name's Charlie Prince. I expect you heard of me.
[steps on Byron's hand]
Byron McElroy: Well, I heard of a balled-up whore named Charlie Princess. That you, missy?
[Charlie shoots Byron in the stomach]
Charlie Prince: I hate Pinkertons.
Not sure how Foster was bypassed for a Oscar nominee in the Actor Supporting Role category, but he was. But is was a very well done film. Not quite Tombstone (John Randle's fav film) but then what film can compare to classic lines like these (which Randle would scream at the QB):
Doc Holliday: I'm your huckleberry...
Wyatt Earp: Are you gonna do something, or just stand there and bleed?
Whilst listening to BBC Wales over the weekend, I was lucky enough to catch some songs from a Welsh group called Catatonia. Pretty damn good stuff. Anyone else aware of their music or am I just that much in the dark these days. Here's a clip:
Coming Saturday: It is back to 1998 and the press conference with Red McCombs on the next VU podcast.
The lunar eclipse was very fun to observe Wednesday night. This one was special for many reasons. The presence of Saturn just to the southeast of the moon and the bright star Regulus just north of the moon during the eclipse provided me with extra information to spoon the sponge-like brain of young COD Jr. who watched the eclipse with his Cub Scout binoculars...and his tongue never quieted during the whole thing.
Second, the color of this lunar eclipse was fantastic. We watched the moon turn an orange/deep red hue, due to the indirect sunlight that passes through the Earth's atmosphere and casts a glow on it. If you missed this one, you'll have to wait until December 20-21, 2010 to view another lunar eclipse.
I did set out to take some photos. My busy work schedule prevented me from proper preparation so I apologize for the quality of the photos. I'm better than that. But, it was five below zero making me fidget to make camera setting corrections. And it was more important to me to share the moment with my son than try and capture it all on film. But have a look anyway (click on image for larger view). Hope you had a great time viewing as well!
If you have never heard of Feist, you are missing something. Here is their cover of the Bee Gee's song Inside and Out.
This may be my last blog entry for the week as lots of the plate with a Cub Scout winter camp-out and other family events. But come back Saturday and you'll be able to download my 1997 interview with then Vikings offensive coordinator Brian Billick into your iTunes/iPod. Actually, it is available now on the VU Podcast page but I know many of you like 'portability'. If you choose to listen "early" via the podcast page, just be sure to hit the play button twice on the embedded player. Otherwise, those subscribing via iTunes will have the podcast available for download Saturday.
After you listen, come back and let me know what you thought about hearing this 'blast from the past." I hope to post my '97 interview with Foge Fazio next Saturday (March 1).
(Note: Those looking for the photo gallery from the Oakland game click here)
I only have one suggestion for this week's "New Music Thursday" and that is Mark Knopfler's Kill to Get Crimson.
QUICKLY go and get this new work from Knopfler. If you liked his winning 2006 collaboration with Emmylou Harris on All the Road Running, you will have a fabulous experience with it. Knopfler takes you, with every song, on a journey through a cast of characters, capturing mood, time and space, and even different eras. From the straight forward love ballad opening song: "True Love Will Never Fade", to the melodramatic "A Heart Full of Holes" with it's rising crescendo bridge, I consider this album an epic. Truly a masterpiece. But then, I've always liked Knopfler.
It won't always be Vikings talk here. I wil deviate from time to time to other topics. Especially as I decide if I will be back doing this blog on a regular, semi-regular, or rarely-regular basis.
I wanted to share some new music and bands with you. Some things you may or may not be aware of. First up is Super Furry Animals. This is a Welsh band and since my wife love to visit Wales we were naturally drawn to them. Sort of pop, sort of Beatles....well you decide.
Next up is a Brazilian singer named CéU. Great stuff for background music at dinner or sitting around the fire. Her music really grows on you.
And I may be behind on this band, but for those who have not heard of The Fratellis you need to stop and take a listen....or a look.
Got a band for me? Let me know and leave a comment.