Some RamblingsPublished 3:04pm Thursday, November 10, 2011
There has been a lot going on in sports lately and it has been all over the place. So I will touch on a few things with a little “Rambling”.
-I suppose the biggest news in sports on a national level is the firing of Joe Paterno atPennState. I feel really bad for the guy to have his illustrious career end like this. I don’t know all the details so I maybe shouldn’t comment on it, but the way it sounds Paterno did mention to his higher ups about the incident so I assume he is being fired for not reporting it to the police, which the higher ups should have done, and then for not following up. This also happened 10 years ago so why hasn’t it been brought up before now? I don’t know and if Paterno is guilty of something then ok he should be fired, but it still is a little sad.
-Another item making the national news is the kidnapping of former Twin and now National catcher Wilson Ramos. He lives inVenezuelaand this seems to be a common occurrence there with rich people and especially rich athletes. I’m not sure they have ever found anyone that was kidnapped dead yet and I hope that will be the case this time as well. It’s a real strange world out there.
-Locally the big news has been the Viking Stadium issue. I say just get it done. I know with the economy the way it is money for millionaires and their stadium isn’t a popular thing. But let’s face it; the vast majority of people in the state are sports fans especially when the home team is winning. Once it is built very few people will care where the money came from anymore.
-Speaking of the Vikings, they made the right move by inserting Christian Ponder at quarterback. At least for this fan it has made the game more interesting to watch again. You gotta love Jerald Allen for the way he is playing too. He makes the defense interesting to watch as well.
-The Wild are on a streak!! They started the season with a great opening game then muddled through for awhile and now have been playing very well including defeating the Red Wings twice within a week. Backstrom and Harding have plugged up the net and they seem to be feeding off each others success like Fernandez and Roloson did a few years ago. I still think they are working on the chemistry a little and when they get that down I think they make the playoffs.
-I end with the biggest local sports news of the week with the firing of Twins GM Billy Smith. I think Smith tried real hard but he just didn’t seem to know baseball talent and maybe listened to the wrong people, whatever, the Twins just aren’t the team and organization they were a few years ago. Few of his player moves were good and the worst may have taken place this season. First he let J.J. Hardy go and then signed the Japanese player Nishioka. Hardy goes on to have a great year and Nishioka was a complete bust. The next bad move of the year for me was the non moves at the trading deadline. The Twins were out of it and they had some free agents out there that other teams wanted and he didn’t do anything and now we face losing these guys and get nothing in return except draft picks.
So now the Twins hire Terry Ryan back and it will be interesting to see what “Trader” Ryan has up his sleeve. If nothing else, Ryan is noted as one of the shrewdest traders in baseball and usually makes out with the better of any deal he has made. Under Smith the Twins lost “Twins Baseball” that everyone admired. It will be interesting if Ryan can bring that back and how long will it take.