After losing for the third straight week at home at the wonderful TCF Stadium, Head Coach Tim Brewster is in deep trouble, and so is his program. Northern Illinois 34, Minnesota 23 — the Gophers are now 1-3 and open the Big 10 Schedule this week again at TCF versus unbeaten 4-0 Northwestern. This is year four for Brewster, and so far there are no significant wins on the field or in recruiting.
Michael Floyd (Notre Dame), Seantrel Henderson (National High School Player of the Year, Miami, USC) David Gilreath (Wisconsin), Bryce McNeal (Clemson), Todd Olson (Northern Illinois) — just a few prized Minnesota boys who either said no to Brewster or were not recruited.
Just win, baby: Just recruit in the state. If you can’t keep the best Minnesota talent at home, you have no chance of winning consistently.
Minnesota continues to lose the top in state high school talent. Why is that? Despite Brewster’s reputation for recruiting, that has not changed.
Twins first to clinch playoff spot
Baseball’s best team (47-21) since the All-Star break, the American League Central Champion Minnesota Twins, became the first team to clinch a playoff spot after a thrilling comeback 6-4 win Tuesday, September 21, over the Cleveland Indians — their 91st win of the year. The Twins are 92-63; it’s the 14th time in team history since 1961 that they have won at least 90 games, and the first time since 2006.The Twins will open the playoffs next week versus either New York or Tampa Bay in a best of five.
The Twins lost all three games over the weekend in Detroit, but not to worry: Many of the starters are being rested. The franchise’s best record of 102 wins was set in 1965. Manager Ron Gardenhire won his 800th career game and sixth AL Central title since becoming manager in 2002.
The Twins also went over the 3-millionth fan mark in home attendance the first year at trendy Target Field, and for the first time since 1988 the Twins will set an all-time home attendance mark this year at 3.2 million.
Fitz Notes & Quotes
What did the Minnesota Vikings, Dallas Cowboys, Carolina Panthers, San Francisco 49ers, Detroit Lions, Cleveland Browns and Buffalo Bills have in common going into the weekend? They all missed the NFL memo. The 2010 season has started, and all seven of these teams were winless at 0-2.
The Bills and Vikings have scored the fewest points after two games, 17 and 19 respectively. The Baltimore Ravens have scored just 20 points, yet they are 1-1. Only four teams in NFL history have started the season 0-2 and reached the Super Bowl.
Last Sunday, the Pittsburgh Steelers and Head Coach Mike Tomlin didn’t make excuses after beating Tennessee 19-11 at Tennessee. The Steelers are 2-0. They are playing with their fourth-string quarterback. Starter Ben Roethlisberger is suspended for four games, back-up Byron Leftwich is hurt, and third-string QB Dennis Dixon hurt his knee in the game Sunday; so fourth-string quarterback Charlie Batch played. The Steelers won despite throwing for just 21 net yards and 127 yards in total offense.
Former Vikings star Randy Moss has virtually locked up a future Hall of Fame induction. Moss, now with the New England Patriots, grabbed his 150th career touchdown Sunday. Only three players in NFL history have scored more: Hall of Famers Jerry Rice (208), Emmitt Smith (175),and LaDainian Tomlinson (153).
After week one, home teams were 12-4; last week they were just 8-8.
Monday Night Football Vikings Show-Live
Starting Monday, September 27, from 6-7 pm, Larry Fitzgerald will host The Monday Night Football Vikings Show-Live at Outback Steakhouse in Inver Grove Heights. This show will feature live interviews with Minnesota Vikings star players. Monday, October 4, before the New England and Miami game, Vikings star right guard Anthony Herrera will be Larry’s special on-location guest.
Each interview can be heard and viewed over www.Larry-Fitzgerald.com. Call 651-457-7688 to reserve your seat at Outback Steakhouse if you want to be part of the live audience. There will be NFL trivia games and prizes. Enjoy the Patriots vs. Dolphins game at Outback at 7:30 pm.
Larry Fitzgerald can be heard weekday mornings on KMOJ Radio 89.9 FM at 8:25 am, and on WDGY-AM 740 Monday & Saturday mornings at 7:50 am and Fridays at 3:50 pm; he also commentates on sports 7-8 pm on Almanac (TPT channel 2). Larry welcomes reader responses to firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit www.Larry-Fitzgerald.com.