It is amazing how time flies and how busy one can become with three kids, a new job, a new schedule, and moving into a new house. But I really want to make a good effort to get back on the blog and post new articles every few days.
There have been so many things going on in Viking land where do I begin. Let’s just cut to the chase. With the news of AP and his being placed on the exempt list, in a nutshell the season is most likely over. Here’s why, and this is all my opinion of course. But I will say I do follow the Vikings very closely and have for as long as I can remember. The signing of Matt Cassel to a new deal appears to be a big band aid and at the time there were no signals the Vikings would draft Teddy. It was a little frustrating to see Cassel go and then see him get a new deal for more money. But with AP in the backfield Cassel was a viable option to lead the team. With AP on the bench Cassel is not a good option but neither is Teddy. Time will tell and we will only see how Cassel does against the Saints today but my guess is just as good as he did against the Patriots when the Vikings were at home. But then again in my opinion the Vikings offense will be a lot worse without the best running back in the league in the backfield. (Side note a guy I work with told me Demarco Murray is the best running back in the league. But let’s not get into it.) It is not rocket science that if you lose your best player you will not be as good but with the schedule the Vikings are facing and with the other teams in the NFC North I hate to say it but the Vikings season is pretty much over with any chance to make a post season appearance. Now things can change certainly but as it sits today, I would say the Vikings will be lucky and I do mean lucky to get to 8-8.
I am a huge Vikings fan like I said and will not be leaving the bandwagon and never will but after years of disappointment from the organization it is hard for me to have hope for this season. The future maybe bright but it appears for now the future of the Vikings appears to be minus one running back. The Vikings season is over.
Lebron James will never be as good as Michael Jordan.
Growing up watching the NBA in the 90s there is no comparison about how good it used to be and how terrible it is now. Almost every super star is now trying to opt-out of their contracts to move themselves to win a championship with some other superstar. That never happened in the 90s with superstars like Jordan, Magic, and Bird. Even Stockton and Malone stuck it out for the majority of their careers and tried numerous times to beat Jordan. Maybe the one exception was Barkley but that was at the end of his career not in his prime.
I’m a huge basketball fan but all this talk right now about where Melo, James, Wade, Bosh and even my favorite Kevin Love are going is really annoying and bad for the game. How about all you NBA superstars who want to win a championship start playing some defense, get your teammates to play defense and then you might start winning. Jordan was on the All NBA First Team for defense each year he won a championship. Jordan was also the player who would score at will whenever his team needed it. Jordan willed his teammates to play with his passion and passion to win and they did.
Having watched Jordan the majority of his career and watching the NBA now, there is no question in my mind Jordan is the best player I have ever seen play. Lebron is definitely the best player in the NBA right now but 2-5 in NBA Finals isn’t as good as Jordan. Lebron will never be as good as Jordan. Get 4 more rings then you can put yourself on the NBA Mount Rushmore.
Papa & Emma
My Dad and I have had a lot of fun times together over the years but one thing is for sure, he will do anything for his family. My Dad will fix the car, repair the bathroom, paint the bathroom, bring me a snow blower after a big storm and do it all without complaining. My Dad is one of the hardest workers I know and has taught me my whole life that if you want anything you have to work for it. Nothing comes for free but hard work has its rewards. I definitely wouldn’t be where I am today without the love and support of my Dad.
Happy Father’s Day Dad! I love you!
Matt Cooke Suspended 7 Games
News came down from the NHL that Matt Cooke will now be suspended 7 games for his knee to knee hit during game three injuring Tyson Barrie. 7 games are you serious? 7 games is too many.
When 2 players in the NHL get into a fight is their intent to hurt the other player? My guess would be yes and do we ever see any suspensions for this action? Almost never. So when the players “go after” some player on the other team in a non-fighting situation they are now suspended. That makes almost no sense to me. It is tough for me to get my head around the suspension for cheap shots and no suspension for fist to face fighting.
I also do agree with the stance that if Barrie wasn’t injured, Cooke’s suspension may not have happened or would even be much less than 7 games.
I am certainly not a great hockey mind and not trying to be a Minnesota sport fan homer but at playoff time when the NHL officials are barely calling any penalties as it is, a suspension of this length is pretty ridiculous. The league should not break down the play in slow motion but watch it in normal time as the officials did. The league puts officials in charge of games for a reason and their call of the play should also have some impact on the suspension. Matt Cooke shouldn’t be suspended for 7 games.
If you are looking for a service option on Easter Sunday please consider attending Lakeview Covenant Church on Easter Sunday. Lakeview is located at 1001 Jean Duluth Road. Child care is provided for all services which will be at 8AM, 9:30 AM, and 11AM.
Hopefully we will see you there.
Tomorrow starts a very big day in golf and every year I get more and more excited to watch this golf tournament. I am lucky because Directv offers a very cool free Masters channel package that I can watch multiple camera views of the tournament all weekend. Thankfully I can watch a lot of the coverage on Thursday, Saturday and Sunday.
This year I have another added interest which is my fantasy golf picks. This is my first year of fantasy golf which is a lot of fun. My picks for the tournament are Bubba Watson, Jordan Spieth, Zach Johnson, Rickie Fowler, Dustin Johnson, and Rory McIlroy.
On my bucket list I hope I can make a trip down to Augusta and watch the tournament live in person. To see all the green grass, smell the freshly cut grass and enjoy the history of the course would be amazing. Maybe I can convince my wife to come with me?
Everyone please have a terrific Master’s weekend.
Have I ever mentioned how much I love college basketball? Well I do, and have I ever mentioned how much I love March Madness? Well I will say it again. March could be by far the best month of the year.
The brackets have been out since Selection Sunday and I love filling out the brackets. I love filling them out so much I try and get in every online contest I can and have time to compete in.
My predictions: NCAA Final Four
I do completely agree with the experts that Florida is the overall #1 team in the country. Florida may have a little bump in the road when they face VCU in the Sweet Sixteen but after that there will be no problems for them to reach the final four. I also think Kansas will face Florida in the Elite Eight but Florida will cruise to the Final Four without much resistance.
I do agree that Virginia earned a number 1 seed by winning the ACC Conference title and the conference tournament but I do have my reservations about their ability to perform well for the entire tournament. Need I bring up Miami University? Ok moving on. I do like Michigan State and the job Tom Izzo does every year to get his team ready to play in the tournament and the Spartans are a fashionable pick to make the Final Four but Iowa State will turn some heads and reach the Final Four out of the East.
By far the weakest region of the four giving Arizona as a number 1 seed the best chance to get to the Final Four. Who would they have to play that is any good? Ah Wisconsin…yea right. It will be a nice and quick exit for the Badgers in the Sweet Sixteen. I am falling in love with NDSU and hope they can make a deep run but it will be tough when they match up against Arizona in the Sweet Sixteen. Creighton has a nice player but there is no way that team makes the Final Four. So as suggested, Arizona comes out of the West with ease.
The hardest region in this years tournament is indeed the Midwest. Bummer for Wichita State and not much respect given to them from the committee as they will have to face the likes of Kentucky, Louisville, possibly Duke or Michigan to reach the final four. As a HUGE Duke fan I do like their chances to get to the Elite Eight but Louisville will be a difficult match up for Duke to get to the Final Four. I do believe Wichita State will be Kentucky in round 2 but will lose to Louisville in the Sweet Sixteen and the first number 1 seed out of the tournament. So, out of the Midwest will be Louisville and making a repeat trip back to the Final Four.
East: Iowa State
Stay tuned for my Championship Predictions.
How do you have in your Final Four?
Movie Review Need for Speed
It isn’t very often I get to see a movie on its release date but on Friday I had the opportunity to see Need for Speed staring Aaron Paul.
I only was expecting a couple things going into the movie and was pretty excited to see Aaron Paul on the big screen. I was excited to see some pretty fast cars and some cool racing scenes. This movie definitely had that and then some. Now a days you see many of the special effects that are all computer generated and you can tell. Need for Speed had really cool special effects and I wasn’t able to pin point exactly what was computer generated. It was definitely a good mix of computer and real special effects to keep the audience interested.
I did enjoy the plot and thought it was believable. I won’t go into too many details but the story made sense and had enough action mixed into it to keep me into the movie and not waiting for it to end. .
In comparison to the Fast and Furious movies, Need for Speed had a bit less action but I did think the mix worked. Need for Speed was not all action but like I said, the mix of action and drama was a good one and worked well. The actions scenes were well done.
I don’t see too many movies in the theater but this one was well worth it and I would recommend others go and see it. Seeing the action on the big screen was very cool. I’m hoping for a second Need for Speed.
It’s always a great thing to get great customer service and that is exactly what happened when I visited Beachcomber Hot Tubs at 4881 Miller Trunk Highway in Hermantown, Minnesota.
When my wife and I purchased our new home much to our delight it had a hot tub in the back yard. This was very exciting for us but also seemed like a really big chore. After doing some research about hot tubs, I thought it a good idea to visit really the only hot tub retailer in the Duluth area.
When I arrived I was politely greeted by a salesman Shawn who was quick to answer all my questions and help get me started. I knew nothing about hot tubs and he was patient to answer all my questions, offer great advice on how to drain, refill and how to add the appropriate chemicals to get my tub at just the right levels. I think the best advice he gave me was, don’t over think it. It’s really not that complicated. Shawn got me all the right chemicals and offered to email me more information that would assist me in taking care of the tub. As someone who has never taken care of a hot tub, I left Beachcomber feeling confident in my ability to take care of my tub.
I got home and did everything Shawn advised and it was actually quite easy. And tonight I was able to enjoy my very first hot tub. Taking a hot tub outside in the winter is so relaxing and I love it. I am hooked and super glad this house has a hot tub. I may just have to get into the hot tub every night after the kids go to sleep. I love my hot tub. Thanks Shawn and Beachcomber Hot Tubs for helping a rookie get his tub up and running.
Gay athletes coming out is not news. Recently, Jason Collins professional basketball player and future NFL player Michael Sam have announced they are homosexual. These two stories have dominated the headlines at different times and you couldn’t turn on the television, read articles online, read a tweet or read your local newspaper and not get a story about their announcement. It’s not a big time news story.
It is hard for me to comprehend how the sexual orientation of anyone is big news? I have no problem with people announcing or sharing their sexual orientation, or religion (but that is for a different time) but for the large amount of news coverage given for these announcements I think is a bit excessive and unnecessary. Who a person wants to share their bedroom with is not news.
A person’s sexual orientation does not make them a better person or better athlete in these cases, it is simply information about the person that now a days is praised more than ever before. I’d rather we focus our attention on their ability to do whatever profession it is they call their career. Do they preform well on the field or in the arts? Are they a good actor or actress? Do they stay out of trouble with the law? What improvements are they trying to make in the community? These bits of news I would much rather hear about on the news instead of sexual orientation.
Can we please stop having week long sweeps on the news about sexual orientation?