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ESPN’s SportsNation poll breaks down how voters in each state feel about the punishment levied by the NFL against Adrian Peterson. Voters overall — and in most states, including Minnesota — said they don’t agree with it.
But a few states, including voters in Wisconsin, agreed with it.
Something weird is going on with Wolves center Nikola Pekovic. Now, it might just be a series of strange coincidences or circumstances, but whatever it might be it strikes us as strange. Let’s follow the bouncing ball (or, more aptly, the big man not bouncing a ball):
For those asking… checked with Wolves training staff and Pek okay to play. Coaches decision.
— Timberwolves PR (@Twolves_PR) November 16, 2014
That was during the Dallas game Saturday, after Pekovic had just two points (and zero field goals made) in 12 first-half minutes an then sat the entire second half in what appeared to be a benching. That followed a four-point, minus-24, 19-minute appearance in Friday’s blowout loss to New Orleans.
But after that Dallas game, Pekovic said his ankle had been bothering him — yes, the same one that kept him out of 28 of Minnesota’s final 38 games a season ago.
On Monday, Pekovic missed practice because of what was deemed a “personal situation” by head coach Flip Saunders, though the notion that he had an ankle injury was still being offered up.
On Tuesday at practice, Saunders reportedly said Pekovic hurt his wrist during the Dallas game and that the ankle isn’t the issue.
So we went from Pek being fine to play Saturday, per trainers and that tweet from the Wolves’ official PR staff … to Pek saying postgame his ankle was still hurting … to him missing practice Monday but for a personal situation while his ankle still hurt … to Tuesday, where we learn he apparently had a wrist injury in that Dallas game that will keep him out until next week.
Weird. Again, not sure what to make of it. But definitely strange.
We will say this: We had concerns about how Pekovic would fit into a Kevin Love-less team, and how his style of play would fit with the new Wolves in general, and there have been games this season where those concerns have been validated. He has a hard time passing out of double teams. He doesn’t protect the rim. He scores down low and works the offensive boards like a beast, which are valuable things, but he hasn’t topped 20 points in any game this season for a team that could use established scorers.
If he’s hurt, that could be an explanation, but it would be nice if the pieces added up in a more tidy fashion.
Jose Canseco shot his finger accidentally recently. (There’s a sentence we’ve never typed, but not one that we completely expected to never have to type).
Canseco’s mangled finger then fell off during a poker game. (Again, never typed it … but never ruled it out).
But this? this we never imagined: Canseco is planning to sell his severed finger on eBay and also wants it known that he will sell you the gun that did the deed. We’re just going to leave these two tweets from Jose right here:
I will soon put the finger that fell off in the poker tournament on eBay for sale
— Jose Canseco (@JoseCanseco) November 17, 2014
This is the 45 caliber Remington that shot my finger off. It is for sale if anyone wants to buy it pic.twitter.com/r4Q0X7MUHl
— Jose Canseco (@JoseCanseco) November 17, 2014
First off: There’s no need to feel sorry for Adrian Peterson. He put himself in this mess with what many people would consider a malicious and criminal act against his 4-year-old son. He’s missed 9 games this season but has made more during that span than almost every one of us will make in a lifetime.
However: With the NFL and Roger Goodell’s announcement today that Peterson has been suspended without pay for the rest of the season, the league’s statement regarding that suspension, and the NFLPA’s subsequent response, it has become even more abundantly clear that this has become less and less about Peterson’s situation itself and more and more about the power struggle between the league and players’ association.
The NFL is probably over-correcting after facing a public backlash for being too soft in punishment of players over the years. The NFLPA is saying they’re not playing by the rules; the NFL is saying it can make whatever rules it wants.
The key part of the NFLPA statement: The decision by the NFL to suspend Adrian Peterson is another example of the credibility gap that exists between the agreements they make and the actions they take. Since Adrian’s legal matter was adjudicated, the NFL has ignored their obligations and attempted to impose a new and arbitrary disciplinary proceeding. … We call on the NFL Management Council to show our players and our sponsors leadership by committing to collective bargaining so a fair personal conduct policy can be implemented as quickly as possible.
The NFLPA is, of course, appealing the suspension. But we have to imagine Peterson will, in fact, miss the rest of the season — and that he has played his final game for the Vikings already.
If that’s the case, again, we don’t feel sorry for Peterson. He brought this whole chain of events on himself. But it’s clear the big picture is much larger than just him.
The loss Sunday probably booted Minnesota out of any realistic playoff contention (even if it was a little far-fetched to begin with).
The loss in 2013 ended up being a microcosm of the team’s problems, with a lead they couldn’t lock down an a late TD allowed by a leaky defense.
The loss in 2011 marked the end of the Donovan McNabb era.
The loss in 2010 was the second-to-last game of the Brad Childress coaching era.
The loss in 2009 felt like it could derail the whole season.
The loss in 2008, like the one in 2012, was a major obstacle that was eventually overcome in a 10-6 playoff season.
But you have to go all the way back to 2007 to find a Vikings win at Soldier Field, and goodness was that a game to remember.
In case you forgot: Adrian Peterson, a rookie at the time, ran for 224 yards and three touchdowns. It almost wasn’t enough, though, since the Vikings defense allowed two TDs in a 56-second span of the final three minutes, letting the Bears tie the game at 31.
But AP ran back a kickoff (remember when he did that?) to set up Ryan Longwell’s 55-yard winning field goal in the closing seconds of a 34-31 win.
Beyond that, every scoring play (eight touchdowns and three field goals) was at least 32 yards long. Five of the TDs were at least 60 yards: two AP runs, a Troy Williamson (!) reception, a Devin Hester punt return and a Hester reception.
The “other” Adrian Peterson played for the Bears. So did Bernard Berrian.
We won’t ruin the rest. Just go look at the Pro Football Reference page for this game and tell us it doesn’t feel like this was longer than seven years ago.
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