Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Peyton Manning's Status for next season

It is hard to have missed the bru-haha in the press this week regarding the older Manning's injuries calling into question his return to Indy for the 2012-13 season. Let's face it, he sucks up a lot of salary cap, and if he's not 100%, they need to cut bait and run.
So what team would possibly be interested in a Super Bowl winning quarterback of questionable health / longevity to build a season with? What team, by virtue of it's starting QB choices over the last 20 years would even DREAM of picking up Manning-the-Elder for the 2012-13 season? hmmm? Who would spend the millions to bring in this long-shot for a go at an appearance in the Big Game? What organization would do more than even think about this possibility?

MN Vikings Starting QB, '93-today
Jim McMahon - 1993
Warren Moon - 1994-1996
Randall Cunningham - 1998
Jeff George - 1999
Brad Johnson - 2006 (after he had won his superbowl and not his rookie season with them)
Gus Ferrotte - 2008
Brett Favre - 2009-10
Donaovan McNabb - 2011
Poor Vikes.

Thursday, January 26, 2012

R.I.P Pat Morris - "Uncle Snack Crackers"

Boogie on, Pat!
 Tragic news out of Telluride. Long time fixture on the local scene, Pat Morris, passed away under sad circumstances last week. Known to some as the "Dancing Hippy" due to his propensity to get his boogie on during the Bluegrass festival, he was a constant source of energy at the show. More than ten years ago at the first Bluegrass Festival we attended, we noticed Pat on Sunday morning, as he was the only one standing and dancing during the opening set. A friend coined the name "Uncle Snack Crackers" for the exuberant Pat, and though it was never mentioned to him, the moniker stuck and was fondly recalled amongst a group of our friends many times in the last decade.

Since then, we have attended the festival many times, and were happy and excited to see him up front getting his groove on year in and year out. In fact, I became convinced, after years of observation, that this man and a small cadre of cohorts was actually a caretaker of the vibe in Town Park, and as guardian of this trust, had a hand in making sure that when energy ebbed, catalysts were brought to bear that would cause it to flow strong and free once more. Often, this was his ferocious right-armed jig and intensely staring eyes, moving rapidly through the dense crowd, defying all to deny the epic jam emanating from the PA, sweeping away the cobwebs of bad vibe as if the San Miguel were crashing through the audience, purifying and invigorating all in it's icy embrace.

Though I only conversed with him several times, the moments are fond memories. Anyone who can tell me four tales in a handful of minutes that all contain the phrase, "cause you know we were trippin", will certainly hold my attention and get a grin. We had already decided to skip this year's festival to spend time elsewhere this summer, and in a way, I am glad, as his absence would be like a hole in the crowd. According to the obituary, Pat's ashes were scattered above chair 9 a the resort. It wouldn't surprise me that if, when you're riding the chair, a faint chuckle is heard on the wind as it blows through the pines. That would be his style, passing along another good vibe.

The Pirate, Pat, and some dude up at Blues&Brews this past Summer (Yes, it snowed)

Rock it, Pat, wherever you may be.

Monday, January 23, 2012

2011-12 NFL Regular Season Roundup

Phallus in Wonderland
With the Vikes struggling to the end, and following the tragic and completely uncalled for knee injury to Adrian Peterson, (truly saddening that this had to occur on the tail end of a failed season), I turned my attention to my backup team, Los Bronco's. Unless you live in a hole, the name Tim Tebow is not unbeknownst to you. Following a stunning victory over the stealer's in the wild card game, Tebow and the Pony's got their asses handed to them in the divisional playoff by New England. With Bronco's VP of Operations, John Elway, firmly on the Tebow train, it should be an interesting off season for the team. We will see how our boy, Tim, progresses over the summer when he takes the field at Mile High next season. In other news, the flatulent Pack managed to pooch their shot at a return to the big game, to the disappointment of some. I guess I would have liked to see them go, but after watching the Patriots last week and the Giants this week in the NFC Championship, I think they would have gotten beat down by the beast from the East. The big game is up in two weeks in Indy, and could be a good one if El Gigantes show up to play football. they looked like a regimented unit last night, but still only managed to squeak by the 9'ers by a hair. But 'round here, I'm looking to next year when the Purple headed warriors will be super bowel bound! Until then, Go Vikes!