Jose Berrios Has Arrived And It’s About Time

Do we dare? Are we allowed? Is it even possible? Guys, I’m buying. Jose Berrios has arrived and he’s here to stay. I’ve been saying for two years now — look back at any of my Twins blogs if you don’t believe me — we needed an ace, and I think now we have one in Berrios, and Ervin Santana has been pitching out of his mind so far this year before today. I didn’t watch either of the Twins games today, but looking at the highlights and the box…

Stanley Cup Playoffs: Round Two

And then there was one. Unfortunately for Schev and Koop, it’s the one who likely cares the least, but yet Philly couldn’t get over the hump in the deep dark Metro, and the Wild lost to Coach Yeo (which I still contend isn’t a huge deal) and the Blues. And here I am with my Blueshirts. The Rangers. The pride and joy of my NHL season. After seeing what they did against the best goalie in the world and a very good Canadiens team (I still see Shea Weber and Max…

10 Things You May Have Missed In The MLB This Week

Just a quick 10 things I saw so far since Opening Day Sunday in Major League Baseball. 1. Twins Sweep? Woah guys. Is this team good? Sorry I titled this article “things you may have missed” and then start with the one thing that you could not have missed if you’re in any way a Twins fan. Minnesota swept the Royals this week. Last year, they finished 4-15 against them and never won two in a row. Overall, the Twins only had winning streaks of three or more four times. That…

Heyyyyooooo Twins Win

Hey guys. The Twins are 1-0, and they actually looked pretty good in all facets of the game today. They hadn’t won opening day since 2011. Lesson number one though: this team is not very good. They had one good inning and got some exception pitching from Ervin Santana, which won’t happen often. Things I am happy about: Santana allowed just one run on two hits and two walks in seven innings. His control was unreal for almost every batter. Who knows, maybe that’s on Castro behind the plate. He didn’t…

Results Are In: Petter’s Poll Determines First-Half Wild MVP

I thought this poll was fitting. The Wild went into the break with a crazy good first half. And I wanted to know who was most responsible. I would guess if Dubnyk had been included as an option, the poll wouldn’t have been worth putting out there. So, your first-half Wild MVP (or S, for skater) is Eric Staal. Good choice voters. I voted for Staal, too. He’s the man. So much fun to watch. I’m surprised, though, that Suter didn’t get more votes. He got 15 percent of the vote,…

Congratulations Michael Cuddyer, Twins HoF

This photo of Michael Cuddyer and me was taken about Jan. 15, 2003 at Polaris in Roseau, Minnesota during the Twins Winter Caravan. I met Dick Bremer that day, and he asked me who my favorite player was. “Torii Hunter,” I answered, without hesitation. “Well,” he replied. “Today your favorite player is Michael Cuddyer.” To my credit, I was eight, and Mr. Cuddyer had only stepped up to the plate 143 times in a Twins uniform at that point in time. I was, and still am, a big Twins fan, but I had…

Wild Update (Jan. 24)

Wild

Got off the morning shift of work early this morning and found myself checking out NHL stats — particularly having to do with Minnesota, so I thought I’d just toss out a quick Wild update to keep you guys hungry for more wins. The Wild are (it’s technically supposed to say “is” here but I can’t stand that so are) the best team in the Western Conference. I’m confident in saying that even though they’re tied with Chicago with 65 points because they’ve (should say “it’s,” ugh) played three fewer…

Petter’s Picks: Conference Championships

Packers

Dangit. Got one wrong last weekend. I picked Dallas to beat the Packers. I was staying true to the bracket I originally filled out before the wild card round, but seeing Aaron Rodgers crush the Giants that first weekend, I figured Dak was in trouble. It was gonna come crashing down for me sometime. On to this Sunday’s conference championships. NFC: Green Bay @ Atlanta, 2:05 p.m., FOX The only guarantee I’m confident in giving is that the scorekeeper will have to pay close attention to the action to keep…

Results Are In: Fans Pick Which MN Team They Want To Win A Title

We might be on to something here. These polls are fun, and I like seeing what people think. With this one, I guessed the Vikings would win, but I didn’t see it being by this big of a margin. This poll crossed the screens of 1,482 Twitter users, and 483 people couldn’t scroll past without voting. I’m not sure how the rest didn’t vote, because I can’t scroll past a poll and not vote. I don’t care if it’s something I have absolutely no knowledge about. It could be a poll…

NBA Traveling Is Not A Myth

Here I am to prove to you that traveling is called in the NBA. You’re welcome. Sure, the whistle doesn’t get blown until the fifth step of the walk, but hey, he called it.  On the other hand, I’d rather the ref let this traveling call go than a four-step drive to the basket without a dribble, or a double-pivot move on the post. ‘Cause those ones go uncalled all the time and actually affect the play and give the player with the ball an extra advantage over the defender.…