8-31-09: Notes

Hello again everybody...

We made it through another weekend. And considering that I had to spend time at the State Fair, that's not an assumed thing!

Actually, the Fair wasn't as bad as it could've been. Yes, there were the usual crazies, hairy-backed men in wife-beaters, she-mullets, 300-pound people in clothes that might fit a 200-pound person, and, of course, the pickle-hat people.

But my co-workers and I got in and out rather easily, and we kept the broadcast out of the ditch. After that, anything else is just gravy!

I have to do it again next Sunday, so hopefully that day goes equally as smoothly (please Fair-gods, I'm just hoping, not predicting, don't put the whammy on me).

Lots of weekend stuff to catch up on, so let's get to some Notes, shall we?

Oh, let's do!

"People seem to enjoy things more when they know a lot of other people have been left out of the pleasure."
- Russell Baker (1925 - ), American Pulitzer Prize-winning writer

I really should've saved this for March, because it describes my attitude towards my annual sojourn to Phoenix rather perfectly. I enjoy that trip all the more if I know that the weather in Minnesota is crappy. Call my cynical if you like. At least I'm honest about it.

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But I have no complaints whatsoever about this year's summer weather in Minnesota. Comfortable days, cool nights and the lowest set of summer electric bills I've had in years. What's not to like?!

And speaking of a lack of complaints... it's time for some...


Another horse racing season at Canterbury has come and gone...
and I'm only moderately sad.

To everything there is a season, and though the live meet at the Track ended a little earlier than usual (due to the late Labor Day this year), it felt like it was time to move on.

I got out to the Track on Saturday. And though I didn't come out ahead on the venture, it was still an entertaining time. It's always fun to see people experiencing the track for one of the first few times. Some people dig being outside. Some people like the gambling. Some people like learning how to read the Racing Form and finding out all the information it can impart. Whatever it is, I haven't seen anyone go to the Track and say they had a bad time yet. No, it's not for everybody, but more people dig it than you might think.

Until the first Saturday in May, lovely Canterbury!

Are you ready for some Favre-ball... because I'm not sure I am.

Monday Night Football... Vikings vs. Houston... Brett Favre scheduled to play the entire first half?!

I'm not sure my TV can handle it. I tried to set my DVR and an error message popped saying, "You live in Minnesota... we're not sure you can handle this... thanks, Comcast".

I thought that was a little much.

But it should be interesting watching. Favre finally has a fair number of practices under his belt, so it'll finally be fair to judge his performance. Plus, if reports are true, then he won't be playing in the pre-season finale on Friday. So tonight becomes fans' last chance to see him play before it counts.

So if your TV is tuned to ESPN at 7pm central time tonight, enjoy the Favre-ness of it all, then come back and attach a comment saying how you thought he did!

(Ed.'s Note: Just before finishing this opus, a report surfaced on saying that Favre may have a cracked rib, and has discomfort when he breathes. Somewhere a former college roommate of mine is smiling.)

The Twins took 2 of 3 from Texas over the weekend... but Detroit took 2 of 3 from Tampa, and finish their 4-game set with the Rays today (a game where they're getting shelled by Tampa as of this writing).

The Twins need to keep winning series, so to that: mission accomplished (copyright President George W. Bush).

Unfortunately, they can't control what Detroit does, so those two wins merely kept them at 4.5 games back.

There are basically five weeks left in the season at this point, so the "make up a game a week" theory is in full effect. That doesn't mean Twins fans should panic if they don't make up a game this week. Often these things come in bunches. But if today's score against Tampa holds up, the Twins can get off to a solid start by beating the White Sox tonight at the Metrodome.

And the Twins *own* the White Sox at the Metrodome.

(Please baseball gods... the record bears it out... please don't throw a whammy on them on my account. Thank you.)

The schedule is still in Minnesota's favor. Now they just have to take advantage of it.

And finally...

College football kicks off this week... and I'm all a flutter.

There are nine games on the slate Thursday night, with #14 Boise State hosting #16 Oregon being the marquee match-up. Then Tulane and Tulsa take center stage Friday night. Most teams get their season going Saturday with Georgia/Oklahoma State and BYU/Oklahoma being of note.

But that's not all.

Since it's Labor Day weekend, we've got college football on Sunday and Monday as well! Colorado and Colorado State duke it out on Sunday and Miami and Florida State get after it Monday Night.

That's a lot of quality college football. And the Badgers play NIU too!

Any guesses what I'll be doing this weekend? Yes, you're probably right.

But before we get to the games, we must have picks! That's right. Wednesday marks the return of my weekly Sports Take College Football Picks column! You love it. You've missed it. And now it's coming back.

Prepare yourselves!

And with that, I'll put a bow on today's column. Make sure to be back on Wednesday to check out the picks!

Until then, thanks for reading!

1 comment:

  1. Yay, you didn't whammy the Twins, and Detroit lost. Here's to hoping.