Herald Journal Columns
Jan. 2, 2006, Herald Journal

Something better happen, or else

By Aaron Schultz

I am getting really fed up with my favorite professional teams, and something better happen soon, or else.

Who am I kidding? I am locked into being a Twins, Vikings, Wild, and Timberwolves fan as long as they are all in Minnesota.

Seriously though, all four teams need to do something to get me excited about them again.

As things stand right now, the only one of the four which have been peaking my interest are the Wild.

I will be the first one to say that I was not very happy with the way the off-season went for the Wild.

Their big free agent signing was Todd White, not someone that exactly gets a fan excited.

Then the Wild went into a slump, dropped to the bottom of the division, and I was all but done with them for the year.

However, over the past two weeks or so, the Wild have started to turn it on, highlighted by a sweep of the red hot Edmonton Oilers this week in Edmonton.

With that said, the Wild still need to make a move.

Even though the more I watch them, the more I like their young players, and a few of their veterans, such as Brian Rolston, they need to do something.

What the Wild need, and should be doing, is shopping one of their two good goaltenders.

Both Manny Fernandez and Dwayne Roloson are free agents after this season, and there is no way the Wild will keep both of them.

So, with a young goalie in the minors waiting his chance, the Wild need to go out and trade one of those goalies, I don’t care which one, and get some offensive help.

Otherwise, one of them is going to leave via free agency, and the Wild will have nothing to show for it.

Besides, let’s face the facts, the Wild need more offense.

Alright, now on to the next winter sports team that I follow, the Timberwolves.

I don’t follow them as closely as I once did, but I sure would like to.

The problem, they just don’t excite me anymore, and I find myself getting bored watching them.

It has been all over the media the last few weeks that the Wolves might trade for the Pacers’ Ron Artest.

It would be a gamble since Artest is not exactly your perfect citizen, but the Wolves need to make this trade.

Reports have the Wolves giving up Eddie Griffin, Rashad McCants, and Michael Olowokandi for Artest.

If this is the case, and the Pacers except the trade, then it needs to get done.

But, even if this trade doesn’t go down, and Artest ends up somewhere else, Kevin McHale needs to keep looking and make a different deal.

The Wolves’ current roster just doesn’t do anything for me, and I find myself watching more ESPN Classic instead of watching a Wolves game.

Face the facts, it is a stale team that should make the playoffs, but will get bounced in the first round.

Even if McHale makes a trade, and it doesn’t work out, it will at least get me interested for a little while.

Next on the docket is the Twins, yep those mighty, big-hitting Twins.

So, what have the Twins done to try to catch the World Series champions Chicago White Sox?

They signed Tony Batista and Rondell White, yippee.

Come on Twins, if this is all you are going to give us fans to look forward to in 2006, then the heck with you.

Frank Thomas, and Mike Piazza are still out there; go get one of them, you need them.

Yet, we all know the Twins aren’t going to do that, and that sucks.

No more rants on the Twins until either they do something else, or spring training comes.

Finally, our mighty Vikings have missed the playoffs yet again.

So, that is four years under head coach Mike Tice, and one playoff appearance.

Still, I am hearing people say that Tice deserves one more chance.

Come on people, what have our expectations for the Vikings become, the same as what we have for the Gopher football team?

Well, I am not in that category yet, so I think they need to get rid of Tice, and bring someone else in for a fresh start.

Sure, he has had a lot to deal with this season, but that is his job as the head coach.

Still, he continues not to get it done, so let’s start a new.

Alright, that is enough, let us just all hope that at least one of these four teams get it, and make a move or two in the next few weeks.