Oh, the Minnesota Twins, the little wholesome team with the hometown hero and the Canadian boy. They had so much promise, but all that could go wrong, did go wrong. So let’s check out their horrendous season last year. Minnesota Twins Record: 63-99 Finished: 5th in AL Central Playoffs: N/A Top Pitcher: Scott Baker 9-8, 3.14 ERA, 123 SO Top Hitter: Michael Cuddyer .284 AVG, 20 HR, 70 RBI Manager: Ron Gardenhire Important Acquisitions: Daniel Rams, Ryde Rodriguez, Chris Collabelo, Brad Thompson, Jason Marquis, Joel Zumaya, Josh Willingham Important Losses: Michael Cuddyer, Jason Kubel, Jose Mijares, Joe Nathan and Matt Tolbert
Last season was a rough one for Twins fans, both of their star players, Justin Morneau and Joe Mauer were plagued with injuries and ailments which led them to combine for just 7 Homeruns all year. Yes you read that right 7! Mauer was under a lot of scrutiny for this, as if he wasn’t really trying. This angered me because the man was injured, and he’s a Minnesota native who decided to stay in Minnesota instead of going to a team like the Dark Lord New York Yankees. I believe that both Morneau and Mauer will have comeback seasons. The Twins did lose their best offensive player from a year agom Michael Cuddyer this could be a problem if the aforementioned Mauer and Morneau are unable to produce. During the off-season the Twins signed a lot of pitchers, this was probably a good idea, seeing as only one of their pitchers had a winning record last season. The Twins had an abysmal season last year, but don’t worry Twins fans, I see a huge improvement. I don’t think they will have a winning record or make the playoffs, but at least this team will be a fairly competitive team and give you all a false sense of hope. Prediction Record: 78-84 Finish: 3rd in AL Central Playoffs: N/A Top Pitcher: Scott Baker 10-8, 3.19 ERA, 138 SO Top Hitter: Joe Mauer .312 AVG, 19 HR, 89 RBI Like us on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/criticsfromthecouch
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The events that transpired at Penn State contributed to the worst scandal in sports history. It showed that even at school, students are not always safe and that no matter who you are and what you stand for, you can be fired. This scandal also brought to light, that sexual abuse was happening at other schools, for example the scandal that broke out with Syracuse University’s basketball team.
On November 5th, 2011, former defensive co-ordinator, Jerry Sandusky was arrested for 40 counts of sexual abuse over a 15 year time period. It was then reported that head coach Joe Paterno was aware of these accounts of sexual abuse and reported it to his superiors. On November 9th Paterno was used as a scapegoat and fired. Throughout the whole scandal I have defended Joe Paterno. He had done nothing illegal, he had reported what he knew to his supervisors with the understanding that they would do something about it but they didn’t. After Joe Paterno was fired it was announced that he had a treatable form of lung cancer. As the weeks went on, his health started to deteriorate. On January 22nd he died. I truly believe that if Joe Paterno wasn’t fired he would still be around but with that being said it is not the school’s fault, they did what they believed was in the best interest for their students and that’s what’s truly important. No matter what Joe Paterno had done for them in the past, Penn State had to think about their future. “Once you take away a man’s passion, you take away his reason for living” this is evident with Joe Paterno.
Joe Paterno was one of the greatest college football coaches of all time, yet he will most likely be remembered for this scandal. Not for the fact that he coached five undefeated teams or that he’s the most winningest coach in college football history with 409 wins. They say time heals all wounds, for this we will have to wait and see, but until then we should try to remember the good that was Big JoePa.
R.I.P Joe Paterno (December 21, 1926 – January 22, 2012)