Herald Journal Columns
Feb. 13, 2006, Herald Journal

A little of this and a little of that

By Aaron Schultz

Well, over the course of the past few weeks, a number of items have gotten my attention in the sports world and beyond.

That’s right, even a few things outside of sports have caught my attention.

So many different things, in fact, that I really have no shot at getting to them all in separate columns (of course, if I didn’t take weeks off writing a column, that just might help).

But that is neither here nor there, so instead of focusing on just one item, I will give quick glances at several items that are on my radar.

• Can we please get on with it and get a new Minnesota Twins stadium? Please?

Since pretty much as long as I can remember, there has been talk about getting the Twins a new, state-of-the-art outdoor stadium.

Plans continue to get offered up, and shot down.

Eventually, like it or not, the Twins are going to leave town if something isn’t done.

• Trade Dauntee Culpepper and move on.

If some team is willing to offer a first-round pick for him this off-season, I say “take it.”

But, if there are no good offers, get him healthy and do whatever you can do to insure that he has a good 2006 season, then trade him.

His complaining about his contract after the season he had in 2005 is the straw that broke my back.

At one time, I thought he was going to be one of the all-time great quarterbacks, but now I see him as a Dan Marino/Warren Moon type.

You know the kind, the quarterback that will put up big numbers, but will never lead his team to a title.

• Coretto Scott King, the widow of the legendary Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., passed away Jan. 30 at the age of 78.

Her funeral was last week, with thousands in attendance, including all four living Presidents.

While I don’t know a lot of what Mrs. King has accomplished in her life, everything I have read or watched tells me that she was a great women.

With that said, I was saddened and a little mad to find out that the service for this great women turned political, at times.

Several speakers, with President Bush in attendance, turned their remarks to the war in Iraq, and to blasting Bush for some of his policies.

Now, like Bush or not, there is no way that the funeral for this great women should have turned into a bashing Bush forum.

However, from what I heard and read, several speakers did just that, including former President Jimmy Carter.

What a joke.

Not even for six hours, in a church, at a funeral service can certain people leave politics at the waters’ edge.

Alright, I am getting worked up again, time to move on, back to the sports world.

• The Super Bowl was this past week, with Pittsburgh topping Seattle in a pretty good game.

I don’t think either team played that well, but I was entertained throughout much of it.

Unfortunately for the NFL, the game, itself, was not the best entertainment for me.

My favorite part of the game was waiting to see when the officials would screw up again.

I was just blown away by how bad they were in the game, and not just any game, the biggest sporting event on the planet.

While I thought there were numerous calls that were incorrectly called, the one that blew me away was the illegal block Seattle quarterback Matt Hasselbeck was called for.

Hasselbeck had just thrown an interception, was attempting to make a tackle, and did so, by throwing himself at the legs of the ball carrier.

Am I an idiot, or isn’t that called a tackle?

Also, exactly how do you get called for an illegal block on defense, which Seattle was on after the interception, and the return?

Watching and reading numerous different shows and publications, I have actually heard a great number of people sticking up for the officials.

Sure, Seattle hurt themselves with their lousy time management, and just poor play.

But, come on. This is the biggest game of the year and that is the best officiating the NFL can get?

Alright, now I am all worked up with sports, time to head back to a non-sports issue.

• Politicians all over Washington D.C. are going nuts over the President’s domestic spying policies.

People are debating it all over, and I am just lost as to why it is such a big deal.

I, for one, have no problem with the government doing anything in its power to catch terrorists, and stop them from attacking us.

Sure, I would prefer to know that the government isn’t spying on me, but really, what do I care, I have nothing to hide.

And if it means I have to give up a little bit of my personal privacy to protect us from terrorists, I am all for it.

But, let’s get real, I have about as much chance of getting spied on by the government as I do running a marathon.

• The Winter Olympics began this past weekend, and I am actually pretty interested in watching them.

My favorite event is, of course, hockey, which I will be paying very close attention to (both mens’ and women’s).

I don’t think the United States has much of a chance, but you never know.

One sport that I really want to catch at least a little of is skeleton, where athletes lie on their bellies on a small sled-like object, and shoot down a tunnel of ice.

These guys are absolutely nuts to be doing this, but it is fun to watch.

• Back on top at last, and this time for good.

Yep, the Gopher men’s hockey team is again the top-ranked team in the country.

Go Gophers.

The Gopher wrestling team is also ranked the top team in the country. Things are going alright for the maroon and gold.

That is, assuming we forget about the men’s basketball team.