8-17-09: Notes

Hello again everybody...

I'm back after a long weekend. Have you ever felt like you need a long weekend to recover from your long weekend? That's where I'm at today.

Don't get me wrong, I had a lot of fun over the weekend. But I'm dragging a little as I head into my last Fair-free week prior to Labor Day.

That's right, believe it or not, the Minnesota State Fair begins a week from Thursday. And as usual, I can't wait... for it to be over. 11-straight days of remote broadcasts is rough on any radio station. And nobody does more out there than we do. Remember, I'm out there both Sundays of the Fair from 12pm-5pm. If you're going to be out there, stop by and say hello.

But that's then, and this is today. Yes, I did go to a ballgame Saturday afternoon. Yes, I took notes for an RGC column. And yes, I left those notes at home today, which is why you'll have to be patient and wait til Wednesday for that column. Sorry about that.

Instead, there's a lot of weekend news to get to. So let's get to the gettin' shall we?

"Don't worry about the world coming to an end today. It's already tomorrow in Australia."
- Charles M. Schulz (1922 - 2000), American cartoonist

I've said it before, and this quote reinforces it... perspective is a wonderful thing!

Speaking of perspective, here's mine in the form of some...


Tiger was beaten by a Yang...
[insert snarky punchline here]...

Minnesota got some wonderful advertising over the last four days as the PGA Championship was held at Hazeltine National in Chaska. Unfortunately, the tournament didn't work out quite how the folks running the show would've liked.

It started off brilliantly. Record-crowds greeted the best golfer in the world as Tiger jumped out to a lead after the first round. And he held that lead through the next two rounds and into Sunday.

But a funny thing happened on the way to his 15th Major victory. The most mentally unflappable player in recent sports history choked. The cliche goes: it's tough to swing a golf club with both hands wrapped firmly around your throat. And on Sunday, Tiger proved it yet again.

Don't get me wrong, I take nothing away from Y.E. Yang. He made some brilliant shots on the way to his first Major victory. But if Tiger had simply matched his round of 71 from Saturday, he'd have won the tournament. Instead, he shot a very un-Tiger-like 75, and finished second.

14-straight times that Tiger had entered the final round of a Major with a lead, he'd sealed the deal. The focus and mental toughness required to put together a streak like that is nearly inhuman. And given that nobody's perfect, I guess we can forgive him not making it 15.

Forgive, but not forget. Maybe he's still not all the way back from the knee surgery. Maybe being a father for a second time has messed with his ability to focus. Maybe he forgot to pick up eggs on the way home from the last tournament and Elin kicked him to the couch. I don't know.

Whatever it is, the most intense competitor I've seen since Michael Jordan suddenly looks vulnerable.

Twins lose, Twins lose, thhhhheeee Twins lose... ugh.

In the last week the Twins have lost two out of three to the Royals and the Indians. Those two teams have a combined record of 97-137. And the Twins lost 4 of 6 to them?! Oof.

But even after losing two straight home-series against what should be inferior competition, I'm still not ready to stick a fork in my favorite home nine. I am, however, poised, and very ready. They're 6 games out with a month and a half to go. That's not an insurmountable deficit. But not only have the Twins shown absolutely no inclination to go on a winning streak, but their pitching has continued it's regression.

The Twins are scoring enough runs to remain competitive, but their pitching has flat-out fallen apart. There's still time for them to get things turned around, but my hope is dwindling very quickly.

When does college football start again?

Michael Vick signs with the Eagles... and I'm moderately surprised.

I'm not so much surprised that it was Philly who signed him. I'm more surprised that anybody signed him without seeing him play in another league, just to find out if he's worth the risk.

But if we're going to set that aside, and try to figure out where Vick would fit best in the NFL, Philly's not a bad place for him to land. The Eagles have Donovan McNabb firmly established as their quarterback, so barring injury, there won't be a natural spot for Vick to be put in right away.

That makes some people wonder why Philly would sign him in the first place. I think it makes sense, because it allows Philly to evaluate where Vick's at and slowly integrate him into the offense in various positions and situations.

Plus, Vick will be insulated from protesters somewhat. I mean, if you were PETA, would you want to mess with Philly fans? These are the folks who booed Santa Claus, and cheered Michael Irvin's neck injury. Protest Vick's signing at your own risk folks.

Favre... Fox Sports report... anonymous Vikings still think he'll play... and good lord, am I bored with this story already.

Can we just open up the regular season already? If he's here, great. It'll be interesting as all get-out. If not, fine. At least we'll know what the deal is.

Until them, color me completely uninterested in all of this "he might play, he won't play, wait, he might still play" nonsense.

And that's going to wrap it for today. I'll be back on Wednesday with the RGC I intended to put up today. Sorry about that again.

Oh, and one last thing: Happy Birthday Dad!

Until Wednesday, thanks for reading!


  1. So may I guess that tomorrow won't be DFTU as you originally thought it would be?

  2. Actually it's going to be an RGC... with a significant preamble.