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I’ve got two boys that I’m raising and so far they have picked up none of my bad habits. Now that I’m a family man, I left the rock band thing that I did when I was younger. I spent age 17 to 35 or so moonlighting as lead vocalist with a little keyboard playing to help fill out the sound with different bands over those years, Ranging from high school garage bands to serious regional bands that toured a little and to local bands that got it’s ya-ya’s out in small clubs around the area. I was never close to the big time and never expected to get close; I just had a good time doing it. I realized I had to quit because my kids were young and demanding and it was too hard to function as a parent on Sunday morning when you got back from Warroad at . God, do I miss the band thing, but my life with my kids is beyond words and I have no regrets, just a little longing that would probably go away a couple of weeks later if I got back into it again.
My life is Family, Work and Youth Sports right now and it’s been blur.
I have never warmed to Christian Ponder... In my opinion... He takes too long to make the decisions he needs to make and then gets rushed into a making a quick decision and that leads to forced passes and less than optimal result. At the same time... The Vikings were producing points and the Vikings Coaching Staff kept saying that Ponder is the guy and I tend to trust their judgement over mine because they have more information that I do. I just watch the end result with no idea what is happening with all 11 players on a given play. The coaches know information like what is the reciever supposed to do on any given play. What is the QB supposed to do and what is everyone supposed to do on a play. I don't so I've never gotten excited about the QB situation.
With Ponder down with a fractured rib. Matt Cassel got the start and he quickly showed the ability to drop 3 steps and throw the ball to a spot and let his recievers get to that spot and make a catch before the defense can reach him or adjust to a route. It was nice to see but don't be surprised if Ponder is back in at QB when he is healthy again.
I was happy with the Cassel start and I'd like to see him again next week but once again... I remain concerned about the... Defense Defense Defense Defense Defense!!!!!
The Vikings just allowed 27 points to a team tha was averaging 14 points a game. This Ain't good Viking fans. No QB is going to be able to win football games when the Defense is allowing this many points. Who knows what would have happened but the end of the game fumble by Rothlisberger inside the ten yard line prevented what would have been a last minute drive for 3 games in a row.
I have no idea what defensive formations or plays are called and if I did know... I wouldn't know what the inside linebacker is supposed to do in that formation or play. I'm just saying the defense isn't doing very well because they are giving points at an alarming rate.
Ponder or Cassel? It's an easy target for us fans to debate. I'll continue to say that the defense is the main issue and I don't feel very good about it right now... even if I feel good about finally winning a game.
Speaking of Defense... It appears to be a problem at UND. I love my UND Football team... I'm a Chris Mussman fan and I believe in the coaching staff but... Oh My... Things are not good on the defensive side of the ball. The early portion of the schedule has been against some very good football teams... It's been a killer schedule but eventually you have to stop making excuses and say... it is what it is.
1. Zane Zeller comes to town with SDSU and you say "Zeller is one of the finest runningbacks in the country"... It's a decent enough excuse.
2. Montana comes to town and you say "Montana is rolling over everybody... the team is loaded". It's a decent enough excuse.
3. Montana State comes to town and you say "McGhee is the top offensive player in the Big Sky conference". It's a decent enough excuse.
They are all decent excuses unless you take all 3 of them and add them together. Add them together and the sum of those parts is greater than. UND has not been tackling very well and they have not penetrated the offensive line enough to disrupt execution as they have been routinely beaten at the line of scrimmage.
It's too bad because it's exciting football coming to town and we have potentially the best WR corps in all of the FCS division. It's been a powerless feeling watching the other teams march up and down the field. The other teams are not being forced to punt. Punting is part of the game and the other teams don't have to punt. I'm sure that the coaching staff and players are as frustrated as I am. I don't have an answer and I won't pretend to have an answer. I'll continue to look forward to the next game.
UND is at Idaho State next week. I'm hoping for a return to the win column.