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Well, Fran Tarkenton has never been one to hide his true feelings. And the legendary former Vikings QB shared some of those strong words in an interview with Fox. A couple snips:
* “I’m embarrassed. And I was on the very first Vikings team that ever was. And I’m embarrassed.These are serious accusations. … This is way above winning or losing a football game. I strongly disagree with the notion of playing him this week.”
*“They have a better chance of winning with their best player, that’s the message they’re sending. That is the message that’s being sent by this action. Winning is more important than defending a 4-year-old child.”
You can read the full story here.
For the first four months of the 2014 season, the Twins bullpen was among the team’s bright spots. Even as the starting pitching faltered yet again — outside of Phil Hughes and every other Kyle Gibson start — the ‘pen was holding things together and keeping Minnesota at least somewhat competitive.
The bullpen ERAs, by month this season:
March/April: 3.42; May: 3.86; June: 2.96; July: 2.53. The MLB average for the season is 3.58; the Twins were better than that mark three of the first four months, and certainly better than that overall number through the end of July.
But now we are seeing, yet again, the burden of an overtaxed bullpen. Early in the season, arms have an easier time compensating for the short starts (and therefore long bullpen nights) created by an underwhelming starting staff. But now? The Twins’ bullpen ERA soared to 5.09 in August and has ballooned to 5.70 so far in September.
Being overworked doesn’t explain all of it, since September callups can also contribute to a swollen ERA, but watching Casey Fien give up back-to-back homers in the ninth last night in his 71st game of the season (tied for third-most among pitchers in the majors) was another piece of anecdotal evidence that these lads are tired.
The same thing happened last year, with very good bullpen numbers through August before the ‘pen ERA bloated to 4.96 in September.
This year, Minnesota’s bullpen is tied for the second-most innings pitched in MLB. Last year, the Twins led the majors in that category, with the next-closest team a full 24 innings behind them.
It’s yet another reason the Twins need to figure out this rotation. Not only has another disappointing year from starting pitchers wasted an unexpectedly good offensive showing, it is helping to turn another positive year from the bullpen into a negative finish.
That said, given the tumultuous NFL week that led up to the Week 2 games, it’s at least worthwhile to take a look at the TV numbers to see if the raw data tells us anything about the impact on viewership
Awful Announcing breaks it down here, time slot by time slot, and finds that in most cases TV ratings were down in Week 2 this year compared to Week 2 last year. The most notable drop came in the late afternoon time slot (3:25 p.m. Central games), which CBS had this past week. Per AA:
CBS saw the biggest drop of any window, as they had Broncos-Giants — AKA Manning Bowl III — in this window last year. That said, it’s a little surprising that a window mostly led by Chiefs-Broncos and Jets-Packers drew only a 14.6 overnight, still leading the weekend but down 18 percent from this window last season.
Again, the 18 percent drop could be chalked up primarily, if not entirely, to less-enticing matchups this year when compared to a major story line a year ago. Still, as the site notes, an 18 percent drop is significant (and, on a personal note, fits neatly into the time we turned the TV off after the Vikings instead of watching more football, as had been our previous custom).
The noon time slots on Fox and CBS were down 4 percent and 7 percent from this time last year. Sunday Night Football was up slightly from a year ago (3 percent), though it was noted on Awful Announcing that last year’s Week 2 game went up against a big episode of Breaking Bad and also featured a rare weather delay.
What do these numbers mean? Probably not much given that it’s only one week. What will bear watching, however, is whether it marks the start of a trend in which ratings are consistently dropping when compared to last season. The overall NFL TV numbers are still so massive that a small drop doesn’t really dent the big picture of how popular the sport still is, but a little drop here and a little drop there could add up to trouble. We’ll try to check in on the numbers periodically throughout the season to see if there are any larger trends at play.
His response: “I have no idea. We played a Samford and now we played a Big Ten team.” The full quote and question are here, but still:
ZING! Right in the mouth of pal Jerry Kill and the rest of the downtrodden league.
Patterson tried to clarify the statement later, per the Ft. Worth Star-Telegram’s Mac Engel, who said the coach sent him this via text:
“Wasn’t meant that way at all. I wouldn’t take a shot at a best friend (Minnesota head coach Jerry Kill).
Only meant we have played two games period. Lots of football ahead – that’s all I meant.”
Lots of football against teams he seems to deem better, at least, than Samford and a Big Ten foe. Read it as you want.
Reactions to the allegations against Vikings running back Adrian Peterson have been far-reaching and often colored by our experiences and own lives. If you lived in the South, as Adrian Peterson and Jerome Felton did, disciplining a child with a “switch” was and continues to be commonplace.
Others can’t fathom any level of that sort of punishment, particularly something that would cause injuries to a 4-year-old that were so severe that charges were filed. Many of those particularly disturbed are parents.
We attempted to find some representatives those two groups in the Vikings locker room and wound up chatting with MarQueis Gray, the former Gophers QB who though not from the deep South (born and raised in Indianapolis) does have two small twin boys he often posts about on social media. We also checked in with Christian Ponder, who recently became a dad and grew up in Texas, like Peterson.
Gray, a new addition to the team, was fairly guarded when we asked him if being a father made him view the Peterson situation any differently. “Everyone has their own things about disciplining their children,” he said. “I really didn’t focus too much on it. I have enough problems as it is. I’m here still trying to learn the playbook.”
Ponder, when asked the same question, said: “I haven’t had time to think about it. Everyone has their different ways of dealing with their own children, and everyone is different.”
Ponder went on to say that his parents “had their way of punishing us as children” but declined to discuss what that entailed.
Their remarks are telling, though, in that they seem to be framing this as a parental choice. Gray and Ponder are surely choosing their words carefully because a locker room is a tight-knit place.
Our thought (as a new dad, and as a human being raised in the Midwest) remains that certainly when you cross the territory into alarming a doctor with the extent of damage you have done, you are over the line from simply being a parent deciding how to discipline your child.
And there are consequences regardless of intent.
|Toronto||1||Bottom 4th Inning|
|Washington||2||Top 5th Inning|
|NY Mets||2||Top 4th Inning|
|Boston||1||Top 3rd Inning|
|Milwaukee||0||Bottom 3rd Inning|
|Chicago WSox||4||Bottom 3rd Inning|
|Cleveland||0||Bottom 1st Inning|
|Detroit||0||Bottom 1st Inning|
|Seattle||0||Bottom 1st Inning|
|Los Angeles||0||Top 1st Inning|
|Texas - N. Tepesch||2:35 PM|
|LA Angels - C. Rasmus|
|Philadelphia - A. Burnett||3:05 PM|
|Oakland - S. Kazmir|
|San Francisco - R. Vogelsong||3:10 PM|
|San Diego - I. Kennedy|
|Arizona - W. Miley||3:10 PM|
|Colorado - C. Bergman|
|Cincinnati - A. Simon||7:05 PM|
|St. Louis - L. Lynn|
|San Diego||13||3rd Qtr|
|Washington||20||2nd Qtr 1:15|
|Green Bay||7||2nd Qtr 0:17|
|Indianapolis||23||2nd Qtr 0:53|
|San Francisco||3:05 PM|
|Kansas City||3:25 PM|
|Chicago||9/22/14 7:30 PM|
|NY Giants||9/25/14 7:25 PM|
|St. Louis||5:30 PM|
|(9) Michigan State||73|
|(23) East Carolina||70|
|(6) Texas A&M||58||FINAL|
|San Jose St||7||FINAL|
|(14) Miss State||34||FINAL|
|(13) So Carolina||48||FINAL|
|New Mexico St||35|
|(1) Florida State||23|
|San Diego St||7||FINAL|
|Texas Tech||9/25/14 6:30 PM|
|(24) Oklahoma State|
|Appalachian St||9/25/14 6:30 PM|
|(11) UCLA||9/25/14 9:00 PM|
|(15) Arizona State|
|Middle Tennessee||9/26/14 7:00 PM|
|Fresno State||9/26/14 7:00 PM|
|Texas-El Paso||9/27/14 11:00 AM|
|(25) Kansas State|
|Tennessee||9/27/14 11:00 AM|
|Vanderbilt||9/27/14 11:00 AM|
|Wyoming||9/27/14 11:00 AM|
|(9) Michigan State|
|Northwestern||9/27/14 11:00 AM|
|TCU||9/27/14 11:00 AM|
|Iowa||9/27/14 11:00 AM|
|Tulane||9/27/14 11:00 AM|
|So Florida||9/27/14 11:00 AM|
|Colorado State||9/27/14 11:30 AM|
|Western Mich||9/27/14 11:30 AM|
|Maryland||9/27/14 12:30 PM|
|Akron||9/27/14 12:30 PM|
|Bowling Green||9/27/14 2:00 PM|
|Arkansas||9/27/14 2:30 PM|
|(6) Texas A&M|
|Kent State||9/27/14 2:30 PM|
|Western Ky||9/27/14 2:30 PM|
|Minnesota||9/27/14 2:30 PM|
|Wake Forest||9/27/14 2:30 PM|
|FIU||9/27/14 2:30 PM|
|(1) Florida State||9/27/14 2:30 PM|
|Miami-Ohio||9/27/14 2:30 PM|
|Colorado||9/27/14 3:00 PM|
|Louisiana Tech||9/27/14 3:00 PM|
|Texas||9/27/14 3:00 PM|
|Temple||9/27/14 3:00 PM|
|(16) Stanford||9/27/14 3:15 PM|
|TX-San Antonio||9/27/14 4:00 PM|
|South Alabama||9/27/14 4:00 PM|
|Cincinnati||9/27/14 5:00 PM|
|(22) Ohio State|
|Rice||9/27/14 6:00 PM|
|Missouri||9/27/14 6:00 PM|
|(13) So Carolina|
|Boise State||9/27/14 6:00 PM|
|North Carolina||9/27/14 6:00 PM|
|Central Mich||9/27/14 6:00 PM|
|Troy||9/27/14 6:00 PM|
|New Mexico St||9/27/14 6:30 PM|
|Memphis||9/27/14 6:30 PM|
|(10) Ole Miss|
|Duke||9/27/14 6:30 PM|
|Texas State||9/27/14 7:00 PM|
|Washington St||9/27/14 7:00 PM|
|(8) Notre Dame||9/27/14 7:00 PM|
|(7) Baylor||9/27/14 7:00 PM|
|UNLV||9/27/14 7:00 PM|
|San Diego St|
|Illinois||9/27/14 8:00 PM|
|Oregon State||9/27/14 9:30 PM|
|Nevada||9/27/14 9:30 PM|
|San Jose St|
|Chivas USA||2:00 PM|