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17 AprReaction: MSU Football Players Refusing to Practice

I just watched the news story about the Mankato State University football players refusing to practice for reinstated head coach Todd Hoffner. The statement read by the players said they would only play for the previous interim coach Aaron Keen.

My reaction is not about the charges against Todd Hoffner, but the what the heck are these players thinking? I have been involved in all levels of sports my entire life and I have never seen a situation where the entire team refused to play for a coach. The story said the university, coach Todd Hoffner, and the players will be meeting on Thursday.

How do these players think they can pick their coach? Some of these players are under scholarship and they are now trying to tell the university who they want to play for. Do the students think the school will continue to pay for their education if they don’t play?

I got some more news for you players, if you don’t like the coach, TRANSFER. If you don’t like the coach, stop playing. You don’t get to pick your coach and if the University officials allow this to sway their coaching decision and they make a coaching change it will be nothing but big problems. Other teams at the university might just decide they want a new coach.

I can’t wait to see what the university will do. What do you think?

10 AprOne and Done…Pretty Stupid If You Ask Me

I don’t like the idea of putting a rule on the one and done rule for college basketball. It isn’t the rule that makes the NBA game bad, it is the game, the rules, the terrible officiating, the terrible organizations and the overall image of the NBA. People now a days aren’t attracted to watch the game and how it is played these days. People use to love the NBA in the 90s because of the players. Yes it was the players. Players have changed, the game has changed and oh how I have watched the game change in 20 years.

But back to college basketball. Telling athletes they need to go to college for 1 year before going entering the NBA draft is stupid. Has implementing this rule really made the NBA game any better. NO WAY. All it does is cause more problems for the college athletic programs and make the NCAA look terrible in their ability to make the tough decisions. There should be no rule and let the athletes decide for themselves when they want to try and make millions playing professional basketball.

Do you think players who have recently declared for the NBA draft are still attending classes? I sure don’t. Are those athletes making their college programs better or just giving the coach a better winning percentage to get his annual bonus?

Dear NBA, Please stop ruining college basketball with this rule. Maybe you should learn from the NFL and structure your player contracts with some “guaranteed money” stipulations. I bet players will be more motivated to be better if they know they lose everything if they are terrible players, or have poor character. Either make the rule to attend college for 3 years or don’t have it at all. A 1 year rule is terrible and does nothing but make the NBA even worse every single year.

27 MarJared Allen Signed With The Bears

Yesterday it was announced former Minnesota Viking Jared Allen signed with the Chicago Bears. Jared got a 4 year deal for 32 million with 15.5 million guaranteed. I really don’t think this is a lot of money and I wonder why the Minnesota Vikings weren’t interested in doing a deal like this? Couldn’t the Vikings perhaps gotten a “hometown” discount to keep Jared in town? Apparently not but the Vikings let him go for only 15.5 million dollars? It doesn’t make much sense to me.

Why doesn’t it make sense to me? Here is why, the Vikings earlier signed Everson Griffen to a 5 year deal for 42.5 million dollars with 20 million guaranteed. Everson has 17.5 sacks in four seasons and just one start. I’m sure we are all aware that Jared’s sack total blows these stats out of the water. I know Jared is older but he is proven and Everson is not. I’m not sure how this makes the Vikings defense better and I disagree with the move.

Jared should still be a Viking and I think the Vikings will regret this move next season.

20 MarPlease Mr. Spielman Don’t Screw This Up

Just a quick plug to my other sports blog eddiebashaw.com, I have my annual NCAA Final Four prediction post up and ready to read. Please use this link to head over and check it out.

How fun is it to talk NFL football year round? I say super fun and I never thought I would love the NFL Draft as much as I do but the draft is awesome.

The Minnesota Vikings have the number 8 overall pick in this years draft and there is much talk here in Minnesota as to what General Manager Rick Spielman will do. I won’t get into it too much and just cut right to the point. But let me express this at least, PLEASE PLEASE Rick as if your job depends on it, get it right.

With the number 8 overall pick the Vikings should head in this direction. It is no secret and not ground breaking news the Vikings need a franchise quarterback but so do 3 other teams that pick before the Vikings. Moving up in the draft is too costly and the top quarterbacks in this years draft will already be gone by pick 8, so with that being said I do believe it is an excellent idea for Mr. Spielman to take the best defensive player on the board at pick 8 and not reach for a quarterback.

Blake Bortles, Johnny Manziel, and Teddy Bridgewater I think will all be gone by pick 8 and taking Derek Carr or AJ McCarron would be another stretch/risk Mr. Spielman doesn’t want to take. At least I hope so. The only quarterback I like from that list of 5 at pick 8 to take is Blake Bortles and if he is available at pick 8 we should take him, but that is a very big stretch. There is NO way he falls to pick 8.

Mr. Spielman does like to trade on draft day and I hope he does but please Mr. Spielman take the best defensive player on the board at pick 8. Let’s roll with Matt Cassel since the Vikings are now paying him 5 million a year, and look for quarterback in round 2 or 3.

Who would you take at pick 8? Would you trade up?

13 MarSad and Happy at the Same Time

March is quite possibly the best month of the year. Why one may ask? Well because of March Madness of course. Why else would someone love the month of March?

Here in Minnesota The Boys Basketball State Tournament started today, next weekend the girls will take part in the State Tournament, and already some college basketball conference tournaments are underway and some will get started this weekend. After this weekend the March Madness Bracket will come out and the best tournament in all of sports will begin. How can you not love this time of year?

I like to brag when I say the last three years I have finished in the top 3 at the bracket challenge at my work. I consider myself to be a pretty good college basketball mind.

I can never get enough basketball and this month will fill my need and then some. But in the same breath I am sad because when college basketball is over there really isn’t anything to watch except to get ready for the start of the NFL season in August.

My Final Four predictions will come out as soon as the bracket is revealed. It’s an exciting time of year. Don’t let it go by without watching some basketball.

27 FebWinter Olympics Who Cares

Did the Winter Olympics start? Are the Winter Olympics over? Now I know that is a bit much but to be quite honest I really had very little interest in watching the Winter Olympics this year. They were actually quite boring.

Having the Winter Olympics half way around the world, and not having live events to watch during “Prime Time” television maybe the main reason for my distaste of the Olympics this year.

Here are some other reasons for disliking the Olympics. Events that are put in the hands of judges to score and determines a winner really puts a bad taste in my mouth. How many times do we see some athlete getting “screwed over” by some judge and costing them a medal. Judged events are not very exciting. Another reason not to watch is, most events in the Winter Olympics are extremely boring to watch on television, ie cross country skiing, luge, ski jumping, curling, half pipe snowboarding and dare I say figure skating.

Great job to all the athletes who participate and they certainly are the best in the world, but the Olympics are super boring.

20 FebKevin Love Will Leave the Timberwolves

I hope you will click over to my other blog and check out my thoughts about why Kevin Love will leave the Timberwolves.

I have attached a link to my other Bashaw Blog.

Here is the Link: Kevin Love will leave the Timberwolves.

06 FebNew Electronic Parking Pay Stations in Downtown Duluth

I had some business to do in downtown Duluth today and as I was driving there I realized I didn’t have any quarters for the meters. My thought process was as such, I will not pay the meter, hope my business will be quick and pray I don’t get a parking ticket. As I found a spot I noticed the new sign with the stall number and the pay station close by. It was a no brainer now, I was going to pay and not gamble at all. As I approached the pay station I was politely greeted by a city employee who was helping folks get acquainted with the new machine. As I was putting in my stall information and paying with my debit card I quickly told the employee how much I was in favor of the pay stations and love them over the traditional parking meter.

I sure hope the city will be in favor of this method over the traditional meter forever. It is already done in Canal Park and I see no other way more convenient than the pay station. I hope this trial period will turn into a permanent period.

I have attached the news clip from WDIO.com for your viewing pleasure.

06 FebBusiness Review: UHAUL

I always like to share positive and negative experiences I have with local businesses and I just wanted to share my recent experience with UHAUL on Highway 53 by Wal-Mart.

It was a week before I wanted to rent a truck and I used the website to determine how big of a truck I wanted. I tried to use the online reservation but no trucks were available for the dates I wanted so I called the store. I spoke with a gentleman who confirmed with me no trucks were available for the weekend except if I wanted to have the truck from 7AM to 1PM on Saturday morning. That was not enough time so I asked if any trucks were available on Monday? There was a truck available and I made my reservation. To my surprise on the Saturday I received a call from UHAUL asking why I had not come to get my truck? Apparently I had a reservation for a truck from 7AM to 1PM. I explained I did not make that reservation but I was coming on Monday to get a truck. The gentleman said, you don’t have a reservation for Monday, but we could make one if you still needed a truck. I did and so I made another reservation. Thinking everything was now set on Monday morning I arrived at the UHAUL store to get my truck. To my surprise I did not have a reservation and there were no 26′ trucks available that day. I was very frustrated. Luckily there was one 20′ truck left I could rent. Of course I rented it but I paid the same price for a 20′ truck as I would have if I got my 26′ truck I wanted originally.

If you are going to do business with UHAUL three recommendations.

1. Get email confirmation of your reservation.
2. Get a confirmation number.
3. Maybe make a follow up call to make sure the reservation actually happened.

If not you may not have a truck when you arrive.

16 JanRandom Drug Testing – NO WAY

Yesterday the Duluth News Tribune published a story about the steps the Duluth School Board is taking to possibly put a plan into action that would allow for random drug testing for high school students who participate in co-curricular activities. I am not in favor of this idea at all.

I do acknowledge that drug and alcohol use at the high school level is a serious issue but I think random drug testing for student in co-curricular activities alone is a terrible idea. Here’s why. Why are we singling them out? Students in co-curricular activities already have to perform in the class room to a higher standard than non. It just doesn’t make sense to me why a school district would only randomly drug test those students. Just because they sign up to participate in the extra curricular activities they need to be tested? When I was in high school the majority of the drug users were to busy using drugs to even worry about participating in something that was “extra.” Now I am also not saying that athletes don’t use drugs or alcohol but to single out the participants of extra curricular activities for a drug test just doesn’t sit well with me.

If they want to perform random drug testing, then make it required for every student. I am very happy for the work the schools are doing to keep the drugs and alcohol out of the schools but if my son or daughter wants to be in a co-curricular activity at say age 14, I’m not in favor of their blood being taken for some test.

I will be very interested to see where this is headed.