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Bowden & Paterno, time to retire?

November 15, 2008

In life, the average working person’s retirement comes at the still spry age between 55-70, depending on your tax bracket. Many people look forward to the day they can retire, spend their days on the golf course, play with their grandchildren.

But not these two men… Bobby Bowden and Joe Paterno, two college football coaching Gods. A quick introduction first:

Joe Paterno (81), head coach of the Penn State Nittany Lions since 1966. 381 career wins (most all-time), 2 National Championships, inducted in College Football Hall of Fame in 2007.

Coach Joe Paterno

Coach Joe Paterno

Bobby Bowden (79), head coach of the Florida State Seminoles since 1976. 380 career wins (2nd most all-time), 2 National Championships, inducted in College Football Hall of Fame in 2006.

Coach Bobby Bowden

Coach Bobby Bowden

Both clearly look way past a normal man’s working age. But these two men have continued to coach football for over four decades, amassing astonishing win totals for any coach in the NCAA Division-1 record books. However in the last couple of years, many sportswriters have argued the logic of them continuing to coach their respective teams. Many point out the fact that neither coach calls more than 5% of the plays or dictates the coaching action on the field, instead relegating their duties to their assistant coaches. Writers argue that this is an obvious sign of men not being able to do their job and are instead hanging on due to their legendary status at their schools, chasing that one last National Championship dream, trying to pile up wins so no one else can touch them.

Valid points, indeed. But what they don’t hear from each of their friends is that both men cannot imagine life without college football. For example, from a close source to JoePa, Paterno is afraid of the next step that comes after retirement. I can only assume Bowden feels the same way, but he hasn’t said it out loud quite yet.

Personally, I don’t see why either coach should be pressured to retire if they don’t want to… UNLESS, their respective teams records aren’t performing up to standards. At the beginning of this year, both schools, FSU and PSU were coming of shaky seasons in 2007. Many writers felt that each coach should retire right now, but this year has seen a resurgence from both schools. PSU has been ranked as high as #3 and is second in the Big Ten Conference with a record of 9-1. FSU has been ranked as high as #15 and is first in the Atlantic Coast Conference with a record of 7-2. Both schools will be going to a Bowl game this year.

Now the question is, after a pretty successful year for both coaches, should they come back next year?

My answer is, if they wake up and their first thought every morning is…

God, I cannot wait to get to the football field and lead the boys onto victory!

May they coach until they’re six feet under, because you don’t find many men who have been that loyal to their jobs for that long.

~Runteldat~

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The Future of Twins Baseball

November 14, 2008

Hi again,

I grew up in Minneapolis, MN and attended my first Minnesota Twins game when I was only 2, I believe. Since then, I’ve been to the 1991 World Series- saw Jack Morris and Kirby Puckett in Game 6 and Game 7 help clinch the title for the Twins. It’s been 25 years of Twins baseball in the concrete bowl that is the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome. In 2010 the Twins will be opening a new ballpark named Target Field. It will be beautiful and finally outdoors! Real baseball, albeit cold baseball in April and October, but real nonetheless. Here are some pictures of the old and the new… Cannot wait!

Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome Exterior

Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome Exterior

Metrodome Interior

Metrodome Interior

New Target Field

New Target Field

The image of the new Target Field is an artist’s rendering of what it will look like. I cannot upload the flash pictures on the Twins website. But this is a general idea…

My parents are already on the waiting list for season tickets, I hope I can fly home for Opening Day 2010!

~Runteldat~

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Welcome!

November 14, 2008

Hello Everyone,

This will be my first blog here on wordpress, I saw Tate Tullier’s new blog and I guess I got inspired. This won’t be a tell-all, soul-baring blog. It’ll be more of a place for me to rant my thoughts on sports/life/etc. with pictures as well. So here we go!

I picked my header as you can see above, of a picture of my favorite baseball player, Manny Ramirez. He’s probably one of the Top 3 best right-handed hitters in the history of Major League Baseball. Also known as “Manny being Manny”, “Man-Ram” or simply… “Manny”.

Manuel Aristedes Ramirez was born in the Dominican Republic, raised in New York City. He broke into “The Show” in 1993 with the Cleveland Indians, later traded to the Boston Red Sox in 2001, where he won two World Series in 2004 and 2007 with the Sox. In 2008, he was traded to the Los Angeles Dodgers where he went on an unbelievable tear, just raking the ball insanely. Because of that, his uber-greedy agent, Scott Boras, will be commanding a ridiculous amount of money for Manny’s services for next year. We should find out where he ends up within the next week or so, this morning was the start of the free-agent signing period.

Here are some pictures of Manny in action…

Ball Gone!

Another Homer!

Perfect Contact!

Perfect Contact!

One of his biggest knocks is that he is a goofball, airhead, half-asleep when he’s out on the field, either baserunning or playing defense. I have to concede that to the critics, but no one can argue his near prodigy hitting skills. It has been said over and over by baseball people that he will look foolish and miss in an early at-bat in the game to SET UP a pitcher, so that later in the game… the pitcher will be thinking, “I’ll throw that same curveball, no way Manny will hit it.” and next thing you know, Manny has sent the ball into the upper stratosphere.

Before this blog goes on too long… I’ll leave you with words never spoken truer from the man himself…

“It doesn’t matter where I hit (commenting on hitting clean-up). I’m Manny Ramirez, so it doesn’t matter.” ~Manny Ramirez

~Runteldat~