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Sick of the weather

April 28, 2008

by Aaron Schultz

Since I’m so sick of talking about this pathetic spring weather we’ve been having, I figured I’d change it up a little bit in this column.

It has been a while since I have taken a look at the state of our local professional sports’ franchises, so that is what I’ll do now.

Let’s start with the Minnesota Wild, which just lost out in the first round of the playoffs to Colorado.

Unlike what many are saying, I don’t view this season as a disappointment for the Wild.

They played great down the stretch, won a division title, and pretty much outplayed Colorado for much of their playoff series.

What this season did tell me is that Backstrom is not an elite goaltender. He won’t lose a game for you, but appears incapable of stealing a win for his team, which is what the Wild needed from him in this series.

Next year will be interesting, as the Wild have many free agents.

As long as the Wild don’t go back into rebuilding mode, I’ll view this season as a stepping stone for bigger things to come.

\Now, let’s get the Timberwolves out of the way.

They stunk this year, and still failed to finish with one of the two worst records in the NBA.

If they don’t get lucky in the draft lottery, they will miss out on the two players that would get me excited for next season – Michael Beasly or Derek Rose.

Should the Wolves get lucky, and are able to land one of those two players, then I’ll start paying attention again.

If not, then it will be another wait till next year’s season.

This brings us to the Twins, which are struggling as we speak.

The Twinkies do have some talent, and their pitching has been better than expected, but we all know this is a rebuilding year.

With that said, the Twins still have plenty of young talent on their roster, and should be back in the mix for the Central Division championship in a year or two – I hope.

Last, but certainly not least, is the Minnesota Vikings, which just got done landing the NFL sack leader in Jared Allen for three draft picks.

The move was a great one, and already has me excited for this upcoming year, even though training camp is still three months away.

The Vikes are going to be good. Now, let’s just hope that T-Jack doesn’t screw it all up.

Top 100 movie quotes

The top 100 movie quotes picked by ESPN continue, with quotes 30 through 26.

• 30: “So we finish the 18th and he’s gonna stiff me. And I say, ‘Hey, Lama, hey, how about a little something, you know, for the effort, you know?’ And he says, ‘Oh, uh, there won’t be any money, but when you die, on your deathbed, you will receive total consciousness.’ So I got that goin’ for me, which is nice.”

This comes from the movie “Caddyshack,” maybe the best sports comedy of all time.

As for the quote, I’ve have it in my top five. Every time I read the quote, I laugh.

• 29: “I just slid my ticket across the table and I said, ‘Sorry, guys, I gotta see about a girl.”

The movie is “Good Will Hunting,” one of my favorite movies.

The quote is also one of my favorites, but has very little to do with sports, and shouldn’t be on this list.

• 28: “The price is wrong, b@#$h!”

A fabulous quote from a great movie, “Happy Gilmore.”

I love this movie and believe the quote is ranked right about where it should be.

• 27: “I enjoy watching football in the afternoon. One of the things I love about this county. Baseball, too. I love baseball ever since Arnold Roothstein fixed the World Series in 1919.”

This comes from one of the best movies ever, “The Godfather: Part II.”

As for what I think about this quote being on the list, check my response for quote number 29 – it is the same.

• 26: “If he had held the ball laces out like he’s supposed to, Ray would never have missed that kick. Dan Marino should die of gonorrhea and rot in hell!”

The movie is “Ace Ventura,” Jim Carrey’s first big hit.

The quote is very funny, as is the movie, but sports are merely the background for the movie, so I don’t think it belongs on this list.