Monday, February 23, 2015

Quick Hits: Volume CVIII

- Apparently the 87th Annual Academy Awards took place Sunday evening. I did not tune in as I had yet to see any of the movies up for consideration. Truth be told, I don't believe I've watched an entire Oscars broadcast since Jodie Foster won the Best Actress award for The Accused. 

Another reason I refuse to tune in to such self-congratulatory fests is there is inevitably some sort of left wing political demagoguery which ensues from stage. This time it was actress Patricia Arquette (Wait, she was up for an Oscar?!?! Huh. Who knew?) who used her platform for social commentary.

“To every woman who gave birth to every taxpayer and citizen of this nation, we have fought for everybody else’s equal rights,” Arquette said in her speech. “It’s our time to have wage equality once and for all and equal rights for women in the United States of America.”

This caused the likes of Meryl Streep and JLo to put down their $125,000 gift bags and applaud like barking clapping seals who had just been tossed a morsel of food.

FYI, Patty, there is already a federal law in place mandating that men and women receive equal pay for equal work. Does that mean all employers follow said law? Well, no. I can think of that two high profile instances where that hasn't been the case.

- So this happened 30 years ago Monday:

I recall watching this game live on one on those newer UHF TV stations that came in pretty grainy even after wrapping significant amounts of tinfoil around the rabbit-ear antennas.

Ah, the memories.

- Several Minnesota Vikings officials (whether it be president Mark Wilf, GM Rick Spielman or head coach Mike Zimmer) have gone on record saying that they'd welcome the return of star running back Adrian Peterson for the 2015 NFL season. However, rumors are persisting that Peterson may be looking to have a fresh start elsewhere. That speculation was further fueled after his agent Ben Dogra and Vikings vice president of football operations Rob Brzezinski allegedly had a shouting match while in Indianapolis for the NFL scouting combine this past week.

With Peterson turning 30 years of age next month combined with the bruising running style he exhibited his first seven seasons in the league, the Vikings may be better off jettisoning him. However, Vikes fans are going to be sorely disappointed to learn that there's no way their favorite team will obtain Percy Harvin-like spoils in an AP trade. Despite the fact Peterson has been the best back in the game since he entered the league in 2007, NFL teams just don't assign a huge priority to a back who gains 1,500+ yards per season. If clubs can find an RB who can run for 1,000-1,200 yards as well as be an adequate pass catcher, that suffices in today's pass happy league. With Peterson scheduled to make $12.75 million (with a salary cap figure of a whopping $15.4 million) next season, I find it difficult to believe the Vikings will receive a lot of suitors.

Expect to hear the Wilfs, Spielman et al to continue to insist they want Peterson back in the fold. With what we've gathered this week, such rhetoric will be little more than a proverbial smoke screen in an effort to draw in other teams to make some sort of trade offer.

As a Vikings fan, I personally am ready to move on from the Peterson era.


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