Monday Morning Notes

2 Feb

also available at www.SethSpeaks.net

Well, I may not be the world’s biggest football fan, but I do have to say that last night’s Super Bowl game may have been one of the best football games I have actually watched in a long time. All the way down to the end, the game’s outcome was in question. Right up until the final play, a ‘fumble’ by Kurt Warner, we just did not know what might happen. And in reality, I have no idea why that play wasn’t challenged in the booth. I definitely thought that Warner’s arm was moving forward. And if that’s the case, I will take my chances with Warner making just one more throw into the end zone and letting Larry Fitzgerald jump and try to catch it. That’s how the Super Bowl should have ended. Here are just a few more quick notes:

·         I know that Larry Fitzgerald is THE Minnesotan in this year’s Super Bowl, but the reality is that the Steelers had a much stronger Minnesota connection. The Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin was the Vikings defensive coordinator before landing the Steelers job. TE Matt Spaethe played for the Gophers and also at St. Michael/Albertville high school. Gary Russell spent some time with the Gophers before being kicked off their team. Mewelde Moore spent a number of years with the Vikings. And Tyrone Carter played for the Vikings for a few years after he starred for the Gophers.

·         That James Harrison 100 yard interception return was amazing! Imagine if the Cardinals would have had a 14-10 halftime lead instead of trailing 17-7?

·         I personally thought that taking a safety is what the Steelers should have done late in the game when they got the ball inside the one yard line. When they threw a pass to Santonio Holmes for a temporary first down, that was pretty brave. Unfortunately for the Steelers, it was called back due to holding, hence giving the safety after all.

·         Doritos certainly did a great job with their commercials. CareerBuilder.com had a good one. Castrol was a new entrant, and they did well. And of course, the Go Daddy commercials were fun as always!

·         If you missed our predictions yesterday, be sure to scroll down. Several ‘celebrities’ made the Super Bowl picks before the game.

 

Other Topics

·         It appears that our good friend Josh Taylor, of Taylor’s Twins Talk, has called it quits on his blog. Josh has been around for quite some time and done a terrific job talking about the Twins. He did a tremendous amount on the Twins minor league system also. Josh recently finished Law School, so the hope was that he might have more time, but that wasn’t the case. So good for Josh. Best wishes in your future!!

·         On Saturday afternoon, we held another SethSpeaks.net Twins Live Chat. It went about two hours, and you can read the transcript here.

·         Check out Josh’s Thoughts for his choices for the #17 and the #18 prospects.

 

Alright, so today was pretty quick. I mainly just wanted to leave a space for you to talk about that football game. I will be back tomorrow with another Q&A with a Twins minor leaguer, so you will want to check back for that.  Feel free to leave Comments Here. Have a good week! 

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5 Responses to “Monday Morning Notes”

  1. neckrolls February 2, 2009 at 2:00 am #

    Former Viking Mitch Berger was punting for the Steelers – another MN connection.

  2. roger February 2, 2009 at 8:43 am #

    Seth, you have to go to TwinkieTown and see Adam’s analysis of the value of the Twins playing smallball. He developed software for a program and then input every offensive play last year, yes, every at bat. The results are eye opening and confirm that the Twins aggressive stype of play was the reason that they scored 42 more runs than the average team in baseball. And that can be reproduced in 2009!

  3. thrylos98 February 2, 2009 at 9:16 am #

    that last play was called (correctly) a fumble, because the defense made contact with the ball before Warner’s arm started to go forward. At that point, even thought he was touching part of the ball when the arm went forward later, he lost possession. It is similar to a receiver having to maintain possession of the ball to be called a catch. Great game and it so did not look like it was going to be one in the half.

  4. mike wants wins February 2, 2009 at 9:51 am #

    I thought he had possession of the ball, and was trying to throw it. But, tough call either way. The first and third quarters were pretty bad football, but the 2nd and 4th were quite good.

    Crystal ball ad was the best by far.

  5. Dome Dog February 2, 2009 at 12:31 pm #

    I also thought it should have been ruled an incomplete pass, but at the very least I was SHOCKED it was not reviewed. I could have understood if they reviewed it and said that the play stood as called, but I thought they’d at least review it! We all thought there would be a review and all of a sudden confetti is filling the air and the game was over. Somewhat anticlimactic, but oh well. Great game nonetheless.

    The ads have been extremely overrated for about the last 3-4 years in my opinion. They are also getting more and more sleazy (with a few exceptions), which is annoying. I’ve already married my babe, I don’t need to see other women undressing on TV, and my little kids definitely don’t need to see it. Makes it difficult to just keep the game on when you need to be trying to distract your kids from 3 out of 4 commercials every time there is a break in the game.

    Can advertisers not be creative without using sex anymore?? I understand why they do it, I just don’t agree with it.

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