Monday, December 22, 2008
Good Monday morning to everyone!! Just a few quick thoughts and then Iím going to get some sleep. I will actually be posting another article later today, something Iíve done some research on and written out, I just want to verify a couple more things before publishing it. So be sure to check back for that. Here are just a few random thoughts and links for people to discuss:
∑ Following his incredible performance on Thursday night, many people seemed to believe that Peyton Manning had not only won a game for the Colts, but possibly won another MVP award for himself. If that is the case, is it also possible that with his performance on Sunday afternoon, Adrian Peterson took himself out of the running for that award?
∑ Do you believe in Tubby? On Saturday, the Gophers remained undefeated by beating #9 ranked Louisville. They actually controlled most of the game and pulled out the win on a neutral site. Am I ready to call the Gophers a Big 10 contender for this year? Iím not so sure yet. However, I did buy into the Gophers football teamís 7-1 start, and then they lost four in a row. I might be a little bit gun shy to make any such statement on the Gophers hoops squad. That said, I have a lot more belief in Tubby than in Tim Brewster.
∑ Anyone else sick of Winter yet? And just to think, it only officially became Winter on Sunday!
∑ Mark Teixeira is a very good ball player. That is an easy statement to make. But is he really in the Alex Rodriguez, Manny Ramirez camp of good? I mean, what has he done to have teams willing to go seven and eight years and $22-28 million dollars? Am I missing something?
∑ Team Canada announced the Ernie Whitt would be its manager in the upcoming World Baseball Classic. Also, Twins 1B Justin Morneau was the first player named to Team Canada. No surprises, but it does make you ask, which other Twins players could be playing for their home country in the WBC? Could Jesse Crain play for Team Canada? Will Joe Nathan be on Team USA again? Joe Mauer backed out of playing in it last time around. He would certainly be asked to play again this coming tournament, but would he accept this time? We can be pretty certain that Luke Hughes will be on the Australian team. Could Francisco Liriano pitch for The Dominican Republic? Would the Twins let him?† You have to assume that some of the young Twins minor leaguers from other countries have an opportunity as well.
∑ Here is a YouTube link to Chris Coste speaking at Rider University in September. It is very good.
∑ Here is a nice feel-good story from the ďOldtimerĒ Tom Grout who blogs for the Fergus Falls Journal. Take a minute or two to check it out.
Any thoughts? Leave your comments here.