The first person qualifying for the sarcastic phrase “You think you know somebody..” would of course be Adrian Peterson. This article from the Star-Tribune pretty much tells, or better yet re-tells the story of a star athletes who lives a different life that what projects to the public. And when you ask yourself why this happens? Then refer to this piece about how PR people create the phoniness fans and even journalists often buy into if they didn’t know better.
It’s hard to tell an NFL fan to R-E-L-A-X because so much is tied up into the game from week-to-week (especially when it comes to fantasy football). But Aaron Rodgers can get away with it because he provides a reason to become laid back if you’re a Packers fan. That and Eddie Lacy running the ball better and Clay Matthews staying healthy also provides said fans some calm as well. And if you want even more downtime, watch the Packers’ potential rivals such as the Seahawks, 49ers, Bears and Vikings implode with their own problems. At least for now, Packer fans can act like they’re on prozac.
The Future Is Now is the theme for the 2014 Minnesota Vikings, and that was true even if Adrian Peterson was actually playing. Because of a contract structured in similar fashion to that of former Timberwolves’ star Kevin Love, this season, more than likely, was Peterson’s last in Minnesota. He would have been too expensive for the Vikes’ to keep at his age and given the depreciation of running backs in the NFL after 30 (that’s where rumors of Peterson talking with the Cowboys sprung from). So Vikings fans can enjoy watching their young defense perform or watch Teddy Bridgewater try to create miracles from behind center and content themselves with the fact it’s got to get better eventually, at least in time for the new stadium one hopes.
Amazing isn’t it how the University of Wisconsin has kept itself a Top 25 program despite its problems with the quarterback position over the past few seasons. That’s what having running backs like Monte Ball, James White and Melvin Gordon can do your program. And if the University of Minnesota can be 3-0 in the Big Ten with a less-than-stellar passing game (although the Gophers have better wide receivers than the Badgers do) there’s no reason UW can’t run the table either and win the West Division title if said QBs don’t make the stupid mistakes they did which cost Wisconsin games against LSU and Northwestern and Gordon continues to have Heisman-like numbers. Defense is helping the U win games (for once) and so long as its stays healthy and solid defense can do the same for Wisconsin. Can you imagine the season finale in Camp Randall on Nov. 29 with more than just the Axe on the line? It’s possible.
Ron Roenicke didn’t get fired as Brewers’ manager despite fact Milwaukee had one of the biggest collapses in major league baseball history this past season. But they did fire the pitching coach and the first base coach. Given this logic, if the Brewers screw up again next season, they keep Roenicke around and probably fire Hank the Dog as team mascot and send him to the pound.
Don’t expect much in changes to the Twins next season besides a new manager. Regardless if its Paul Molitor or Ron Gardenhire, the Twins won’t be able to do anything with nearly half of the team’s salary structure tied into the contracts of three players (Joe Mauer, Ricky Nolasco and Mike Pelfrey) neither of whom have had good seasons in a while. Unless Minnesota’s up-and-coming prospects are the best-ever in baseball, the new manager will be saddled with a losing ballclub before he even manages a game.
Unless things drastically change, University of Wisconsin men’s hockey coach Mike Eaves will own two of the worst starts to a season in UW history (Badger men went 1-8-2 to start the 2012-13 season) and in a short period of time. Yes Wisconsin is playing 11 freshmen in its lines but it begs the questions why Minnesota, which always seems to have a lot of youngsters playing too, can still maintain a level of success in spite of this while Wisconsin can’t?