I sure hope everyone out there had a great holiday
season! Itís been a while since I
checked in, so letís catch up.
Iím writing this after watching the Orange Bowl between
Stanford and Virginia Tech. How
impressive is Andrew Luck. What a
game he had. What I loved even
more was his post game comments.
Luck was asked about the difficult decision he had ahead of him about
deciding to go pro. He said I
could have a lot more difficult decisions to make. The he said, not to be rude, but I donít want to talk about
that. Letís talk about the great
season we had, or the great game we just played.
I loved it. As
a reporter myself, I donít understand the need for other reporters to ask that
kind of question in that moment.
Later in the press conference, Stanford head coach Jim
Harbaugh basically said the same thing to reporters when asked about his
future. He said hey, respect the
game we just played. There will be
a time and place to address those questions sometime down the road.
I sometimes really donít like the way some ďbig-timeĒ
reporters do their job. And itís
one reason I hesitated when opportunities came about to move up to ďbigger and
That said, I think Harbaugh is a GREAT coach. Iíve read reports that if he stayís in
college, he will stay at Stanford.
I like that. But I think
heís going pro. My hunch is that
he will be roaming the sidelines in Denver next season.
Iíd LOVE to see Luck in purple next year, but thatís not
likely to happen. He wonít fall
far enough down the draft for the Vikes, and they donít have the ďhootspahĒ to
pull off a trade to move up.
I really like the permanent hire of Lesley Frazier for the
Vikes. Now, they need real
football people filling roles like G.M. , V.P. for football operations.
I made some bold predictions earlier this season about the
Gopher basketball team challenging for the Big 10 title. Hmmm. I might have jumped the gun on that one. Maybe. The Big 10 isnít quite as good as maybe people thought. The are a deep conference, but I donít
see the elite team. Ohio
State? Maybe. Michigan State? Not sure about ďeliteĒ. Purdue, Illinois, Minnesota? All ranked, all O.K. teams with flaws.
That said, I donít think the Gophers have hit their stride
yet. And I think Tubby knows how
to coach for the postseason. Iím
not as confident about my prediction of a Big 10 title for the Gophís, but Iím
not bailing yet.
Iím really trying to like the Timberwolves. They have some nice young players. But I just donít like the NBA. I have to admit I havenít really been
into the NBA in a big way since the Showtime Lakers of the late-80ís.
The other day on SportsCenter, one of the plays of the day
was a dunk by Trevor Ariza of New Orleans where he took like five steps before
launching for the rim. The
traveling, the carries, the star-treatment for certain players, all the iso
plays. Not interested.
Iíll take a good game between any college teams over an NBA
game any night.
Is anyone watching the Wild? I used to be a big Wild fan, but just lost interest. They donít offer anything, or any star
play to really peek my interest anymore.
Oregon over Auburn for the NCAA title. Atlanta and New England in the Super Bowl.