It was another washed-out weekend here. We're catching up on moisture after our very dry winter so I'm not complaining, but it has been tough to take advantage of the early spring. It was dry today and so this evening I finally got the other half of my yard mowed for the first time this year. It was getting to the point where I was afraid I might run across a herd of buffalo or something and accidentally start a stampede. It looks like rain again tomorrow and then we might get two days in a row without precipitation. Yeah, right.
Debate on and amendments to the Vikings stadium bill have taken all day in the Minnesota House and the show continues into the night. So far they have cut $105 million in public funding and added a provision for the public to share in the naming rights revenue. The NFL has already fired on those as potential dealbreakers. Well, whatever. The NFL will be lucky to get a deal at all I think.
Update: I no sooner hit publish and I see the bill passed the House, 73-58. I don't know when the Senate will take it up or if a conference committee will be necessary. If the House version passes the Senate then it sounds like the Vikings might reject the deal.
Speaking of the NFL, the word tonight is that the Vikings have released kicker Ryan Longwell. That answers my question about why they drafted a kicker this year, but I find it hard to believe they aren't going to let Longwell compete in camp. Yes, he had a down year last season, which I don't find surprising given the suck that surrounded the team all of last year. And his supposed replacement made only 21 of 35 attempts with Georgia last year. Yeah, that fills me with confidence.
Congratulations to Twins first baseman Justin Morneau for making it a whole 3 1/2 weeks before landing on the 15-day disabled list. I haven't seen anything official yet, but the Twins had announced that he would be put on the DL today retroactive to May 1. His wrist is sore, though an MRI last week showed "no structural damage."
I don't want to be unfair to Morneau as I obviously do not have first-hand information to go by here. However, my suspicions continue to grow with each stint on the DL that he has become something of a major league candyass. If it wasn't for the stories about his grit and determination:
...and the quotes from his teammates about what an inspiration he is with all of that playing through pain:
...I would just come out and say it. Hmmm, maybe I missed them.
My siblings and I are giving Dad a GPS system for his car for his birthday. I've narrowed it down to a Tom-Tom and Garmin models I think. If anyone wants to chip in with an opinion, their two cents is welcome.