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I hate you, Duke, hate you!

April 6, 2010 - Per Peterson
Tuesday was a bad night to be a sports fan, and that’s not even counting another loss by the wilting Wild. First off, Duke gave us another reason to hate Duke by ruining the best story in college basketball with a two-point win over Butler in the NCAA title game. C’mon Duke, surely you could’ve recognized the scope of this story. Leave it to the Devils to steal Cinderella’s slipper. Butler was the came-out-of-nowhere team in the Final Four, even though they hadn’t lost since December … to the GOPHERS!? Gotta hand it to Tubby’s team, they were the last team before Monday to beat Butler. Talk about something to build on. Duke, once considered the kings of college basketball, regained their throne this year and might have sparked another dynasty after some quiet years. That's bad news for college basketball fans. College basketball doesn't need more borderline dynasties like Kansas, Kentucky or Duke. It needs more Butlers and Baylors. Give me a tournament run by Robert Morris over another Duke national title any day. Then we have Twins, who opened the season against a team from the West Division … in California. Nice scheduling, MLB. Most of us couldn’t even stay up to watch the Twins’ entire season opener. Not that there was much to admire, save the sweet, new road unis. Other than that, it was the same old Twins. Why is it that every time we get a guy on second our hitters turn into quivering, sweaty-palmed sissies who couldn’t get a clutch hit if their job depended on it? The Twins were something like 0-for-6 with runners in scoring position Tuesday. The only run driven in with a runner in scoring position was on a Nick Punto sac fly. If this trend from last year (and the year before) continues, our boys are in trouble. The table continually gets set for Justin Morneau-for-4 and he continually lets us down. Someone should track Morneau’s stats this year in that category, only instead of just counting RBI (runs batted in) we should track RBE (really bad effort) as well. Swing with both hands. Please! When are people going to stop raving about Morneau’s numbers when he keeps leaving runners stranded and perennially fails this team down the stretch when it matters most? Trade him now, Bill Smith, move the versatile Michael Cuddyer to first where he can split time with Jim Thome and let Jason Kubel play some right field. I know Kubel runs like a rhino, but if it means ridding ourselves of our current first baseman, I’ll overlook it. I know, I know, it’s only one game. But given that Duke had already ruined my night, I was looking for a bright spot Tuesday night and the high-priced Twins didn’t deliver.


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