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Tuesday, September 4, 2012
Fall is back, finally. Here's a summer wrap-up

Wow.  What a long, weird summer itís been.

Iíll admit it was nice sending the kids off to school.  Since I work from home, itís sure been nice for my yellow lab Moli and I to have the place to ourselves.  And, since I kinda worked 4 jobs this summer, itís very nice to devote my full attention to LakesAreaSports.com again.

There once was a time when I used to read Syd Hartmanís column in the Star-Tribune pretty regularly.  I didnít always like how he name dropped, but I liked how he hit so many topics.  That said, I have a lot I want to get off my chest, so here it goes, Syd-style.

Letís start with the Twins.  Well, where do you start with the Twins?  Itís been another disappointing summer at Target Field.   There are many places to point the finger, and Iím interested in pointing all of them here. 

All Iíll say is this.  Iím hoping Josh Willingham sticks around and Justin Morneau can return to his 30 HR, 100 RBI form.  I like Ben Revere and Denard Span and Joe Mauer is Joe Mauer, so you canít go wrong there.  Iíd like to see some of the younger players show more consistency, both at the plate and in the field.  As for the pitching?  Well, they need an overhaul there.

I sure hope Terry Ryan can rebuild the system and get the team back to pennant-winning contenders sooner rather than later.

The VikingsÖ.Well, I donít hold out much hope for the Vikes.  I love Adrian Peterson, but I donít think heís ready to come back.  Nine months just doesnít seem like long enough for the kind of injury he had.  That could be trouble.

Iím not sold on Christian Ponder, and I donít think the team improved from last year on defense.  I see the Vikes going 0-fer in the division (0-6).  A 4-5 win season is all those in Viking-land should expect.

LOVE the NFL and canít wait for this Sunday.  Trying to talk my wife into letting me get the RedZone channel through Arvig.  $49.95 for the entire season.  Check www.arvig.com for more info on that.

My bold prediction for the NFL?  Maybe not so bold.  I like the Packers to win the NFC, and Houston to take the AFC.  Iíd love to see the Texans win their 1st title.  I was a HUGE ďLuv Ya BlueĒ fan of the old Houston Oilers.  Earl Campbell was one of my favorite athletes, ever.  It would be nice to see their fans rewarded with a title.

I like Atlanta and San Francisco as dark-horse teamís in the NFC, and Baltimore and Denver could make runs in the AFC.

This is the 1st year in about 20 years that Iím not in a fantasy football league.  Weíll see how that goes.  I always liked looking up how my guys were doing on Sundayís and Mondayís.  But the last couple of years, I totally lost interest in keeping up my rosters as the weeks and months of the season went on.

Speaking of football, both the Hornet and Yellowjacket football teams will have their home openerís Friday night, with both coming off season-opening road wins. 

I went to a pair of volleyball games last week, and my 1st football game of the season, but the fall sports season really kicks into full gear this week.  Frazee and Perham volleyball will have home matches this week.  Check the schedule pages on LakesAreaSports.com for more on all teams.

Going to my 1st cross country meet tonight in Wadena, and canít wait to see the Perham boys run.  They are No. 1 in Class A, and were ranked No. 2 in the country in a coaches poll this summer for schoolís their size.  The Jacket girls are strong as well, but no surprise there.  As long as Jeff Morris is in charge of the Yellowjacket program, they will among the Stateís elite. 

Posted By John George
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