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Monday January 12, 2015
A controversial call overshadows a classic Packers/Cowboys game, Minnesota sports teams have a bad weekend, the end of the line for Peyton Manning
So yeah, about that NFL rule book…
Yesterday’s Green Bay Packers/Dallas Cowboys game definitely lived up to the hype. Both teams played well and battled until the end.
Unfortunately what most people remember is Dez Bryant’s controversial no-catch. Contrary to popular opinion it is clear that the officials made the right call. Read my complete thoughts here.
Much to the surprise of nobody, every Minnesota sports team lost every game they played this weekend. The Gopher hockey team lost two to Michigan (who their basketball team also lost to), the Timberwolves lost to the Spurs, and the Wild lost to both the Nashville Predators and the Chicago Blackhawks. I’d cry if I didn’t laugh.
The losses of the terrible Timberwolves and the slowly fading Wild weren’t all that surprising. What’s up with the Gophers though? The hockey team began the year ranked #1 and the basketball team was projected to make the NCAA Tournament behind new coach Rick Pitino. Yet each have begun their seasons greatly under-performing. I know there’s a long way to go in each, but you can’t blame me for figuring the worst after what Minnesota sports fans have been through already in the last year.
There’s always endorsements
Peyton Manning is old. And that’s sad. After the Broncos first touchdown there wasn’t a moment in the game when it wasn’t obvious that the Colts would win. Manning was playing through injuries, sure, but that’ll only get worse if he continues playing. I think it’s time for the old cowboy to ride off gallantly into the sunset. Unless he wants to end his career with a thud like another gunslinger, Brett Favre.
Erik Ritland is a writer and musician from St. Paul, Minnesota. His blog and podcast Rambling On features commentary on music, sports, culture, and more. He is also a contributor for Minnesota culture blog Curious North. Support Erik's music via his Patreon account, reach him via email, or find him on Facebook and Twitter.