Since it was such an epic game, and since I’m a Viking fan who was in attendance, I feel the need to write up a quick review of the game, and some of my thoughts.
First of all, I was wrong about the keys to the game, and I was wrong about my premise that the Vikings had only a prayer (although I’m sure my tortured past as a Viking fan contributed to my pessimism). People like to take shots at the “experts” when their analysis is wrong, but as long as the analysis is viable and reasonable, what else is there to go by? People who have “gut feelings” are usually misguided. One can only call the game as one see it based on personnel, scheme, and other mitigating factors. But in the end it’s still football, and in this case championship football. For example, it would have been far more of a stretch to say the shaky Viking secondary was going to limit the high-flying Saint passing game, as they did, than to say what I said (the opposite). The Minnesota secondary and overall defense did just that, but that really couldn’t have been predicted based on the information [...]
As some readers may know, I grew up a Viking fan. While my fandom has been diminished probably 70% over the last 10 years due to the nature of my business, there is still some left, and I was pretty amped up for this past weekend’s Divisional game against the Cowboys. Needless to say, I was pleased with the results, and now I’m heading to New Orleans this weekend to see the NFC title game in person. I’m obviously going for the big game, but I must admit the food and the partying down in the Big Easy is also a major attraction. If this game was in Atlanta, for example, I wouldn’t be going. So even if the Vikings lose, I’m going to be okay with the trip.
I’m usually pretty good picking playoff games, but this year my clarity in the post-season has not been very good. I picked the Cowboys to beat my Vikings last weekend, for example. However, there’s no better way to gain clarity for an NFL matchup then to study coaches tape, and that’s exactly what I did yesterday with the rest of the FantasyGuru.com guys at NFL Films.
Now, we didn’t see a ton of [...]
The news yesterday about Mark McGwire finally admitting to taking steroids reminded me of a “Hansen OFF Football” entry I made over three years ago, so I figured I’d share it again:
One group that’s been overlooked when people talk about the issues with steroids in Major League Baseball is the poor slobs who’ve been collecting baseball cards for the last 20-30 years, like me.
To give you some background:
I was an avid baseball card collector when I was younger and even collected after I graduated from high school. But when I was 20 years old, I went to a huge card show and brought with me a ton of quality rookie cards that I had in duplicate, looking to do some trading. I came across a Tommy Lasorda rookie card and wanted it for sentimental reasons (I’m a Dodger and huge Lasorda fan). The card was being sold for $175, and I offered the guy a Ricky Henderson (a hot card at the time listed for like $180), Tony Gwynn, Cal Ripken, and Wade Boggs rookie for the Lasorda rookie. My offer totaled over $500 in book value, yet the guy didn’t take the deal. He said he had 90 Hendersons, [...]