This is not because Rodgers beat Brady last week. The game was whisker-close and you could easily argue that the Patriots would win a rematch on a neutral field. This is about stats, scent, and sense.
This weekend, the Los Angeles Angels are in town trying to extend their lead in the AL West, and with them comes arguably the best player in all of baseball (not to mention the MVP of the aforementioned All-Star Game): Mike Trout.
Bob McNamara, an All-American football player for Minnesota in the 1950s and later a major fundraiser for the university, has died. He was 82. The university announced McNamara’s death on Monday. The school says McNamara died after a long illness on Sunday night.
Andrew McCutchen homered, doubled and singled Friday for the Pittsburgh Pirates in a 6-5 loss to the Minnesota Twins. McCutchen went 3 for 3, scored twice and drove in two runs. The reigning NL MVP is 8 for 11 in four games this spring. “No big deal,” he said. “They don’t count in the spring.”
Kevin Garnett has never lost to his former team. He’s 7-0 against the Timberwolves with four of those wins at Target Center, averaging 14.9 points and 10.3 rebounds in those games. “I played in this building before, for countless years,” Garnett said, before breaking into a smile and a chuckle. “I hope that I at least make a couple shots in this place.” Indeed, more than just a couple. A Garnett return is a good chance to break out the old highlight tape, and remember.
What are the odds Kevin Love leads the NBA in rebounds in 2013-14? Or what are the chances Minnesota’s favorite Spaniard – Ricky Rubio – doles out the most assists per game? Actually, pretty good.
Adrian Peterson carried the ball only 23 times in Minnesota’s last two games. He didn’t complain to the coaches this week about the play calls, though. “I don’t think I had to,” Peterson said.
This is always the way it was supposed to be for Maya Moore. She was a star in high school and the most decorated college player to ever hit the court. She was the unanimous No. 1 pick in the WNBA draft, a franchise-changing talent who could draw more than just hard-core fans to the arena to see her play.
Through their first two preseason games, the best performance from Minnesota’s first-team offense has been by rookie punter Jeff Locke.
The Vikings haven’t done much well in these exhibition games yet. Each incompletion by Christian Ponder or three-and-out series by the unit has only heightened concerns whether this team can be balanced enough to build off last year’s playoff appearance.
Embracing the challenge has always been a part of Adrian Peterson’s persona. Following his quick comeback from reconstructive knee surgery, surpassing the 2,000-yard mark and the league MVP award last season for the Minnesota Vikings, Peterson said Friday he’d eagerly accept another test: for human growth hormone. The NFL and the players union have been working on an agreement for HGH testing procedures.
The Minnesota Vikings are in off-season mode or a few more weeks, so it’s a good time to catch up with Kyle Rudolph, a tight end who’s blossoming before our eyes. Rudolph’s becoming a favorite target of Christian Ponder, and a player who looks like the future is bright. He’s also coming in to training camp with the confidence of a veteran.
He’s the most decorated player in the National Basketball Association and when it mattered most, LeBron James once again came through for the Miami Heat.
Miami Heat superstar and NBA Most Valuable Player LeBron James looked like a shell of himself in Game 3 of the 2013 NBA Finals against the San Antonio Spurs. He promised he would play better in Game 4 and just like the mailman, he delivered.
Two of the elite talents in the American League, Miguel Cabrera and Mariano Rivera, have begun this year no differently than any other they have played.
I can’t believe Lindsey Hjelm’s success with what can only be explained as a successfully split personality. Gustavus’ all-time leader in penalty minutes is known the “Penalty Queen” around campus.