Saturday, November 20, 2010

Quick Hits: Volume XVII

-Did you catch this bit where President Barack Obama channels "Baghdad Bob?"

Members of Organizing for America – the president’s former campaign committee – received a text message today asking them to call 888-206-1431 “to hear a special message from President Obama.”

In the recorded message, the president says, “Thank you for the tireless work, you guys organized the single largest midterm election effort in this history of our party…You turned ‘Yes We Can’ into ‘Yes We Did.’”

“You didn’t sit this one out even when all the pundits said it was hopeless and because of that we are stronger,” the president said.

Considering that President Obama himself called the election “a shellacking,” with Democrats losing control of the House of Representatives, six Senate seats, 20 state legislatures, one might be forgiven for wondering exactly he thinks his volunteers did – other than valiantly trying but failing to get enough voters to the polls.

Can the man be any more delusional? What's next? Probably something about how he can sympathize with airline travelers enduring "pat-downs" despite the fact a President never has to fly commercial.

-Week 11 of the NFL season features the 100th meeting all-time between the Green Bay Packers and my Minnesota Vikings. The series has been remarkably even, with the Pack holding a slight advantage with a 50-48-1 record. Since I have no delusions that the Vikings will be making the playoffs this season, this contest is essentially the Vikings fan's postseason.

And guess who will be attending the festivities at Mall of America field!!

Given that Thanksgiving will be the following Thursday, that'll make two days within a one-week span where I will be indulging in adult beverages before Noon.

-Congratulations to Minnesota Twins manager Ron Gardenhire, who last week was named 2010 American League Manager of the Year after guiding his club to a 94-68 record. With several second place finishes for the top managerial award in his first eight seasons as Twins skipper, Gardy finally broke through that threshold in his ninth year. For my money, the 2010 season may have been the best managing job he's ever done. With All-Star closer Joe Nathan missing the entire year due to injury and All-Star first baseman (as well as arguably the top AL offensive player the first half of 2010) Justin Morneau not playing a single game the last three months of the season, Gardy often had to mix and match his roster. Amazingly, the results were often positive as the Twins went 53-28 in the inaugural season of Target Field.

Now if Gardy's squad can just get over that postseason hump against the New York Yankees....



W.B. Picklesworth said...

The Vikings looked like a professional team for about a quarter; they could have easily been up 10-0. But the old turnover bugaboo reared its head and Rodgers found his confidence.

What was the atmosphere like at the Dome?

Brad Carlson said...

The atmosphere was very somber. For the fan base it's way past anger to the point of mourning.

Personally, I'm of the mindset that it's only 90 days until pitchers and catchers report.

W.B. Picklesworth said...

I can understand not caring about the Vikings, but isn't it a bit weird to cast your mind forward to spring training when Advent, Christmas, Epiphany and Lent are still in front of you?

Brad Carlson said...

Good point, but I was merely speaking within the context of sports affiliation.