Justin Morneau and the curse of Minnesota sports

I’ll make this introduction short. I’m from Minnesota, and for the most part I stand behind my home-state athletics. I won’t share my religious views, but I don’t subscribe to karma, because as a fan of Minnesota sports believing in it would be depressing.

I don’t want to sound like another member of a tortured fanbase, but Minnesota’s luck with injuries the past few seasons is starting to rival Job of the Bible’s luck.

Recently, however, Adrian Peterson went against that trent by rehabbing a torn ACL faster than any man should and then destroyed more men on the football field than he did pre-injury, as described beautifully in Steve Marsh’s Grantland piece.

Peterson won the MVP and dragged a team with a quarterback whose ability to throw beyond 10 yards is still questionable, and a wide-receiving corps toting a slot receiver as its top option, to the playoffs, while nearly breaking Eric Dickerson’s single-season rushing record of 2,105 yards.

That’s it, right?!? We’re turnin’ it around! Now Ricky Rubio’s knee is gonna heal, and even better: Christian Ponder will turn into a real quarterback, the Wild will turn their all-star free agents into a cohesive unit and by some miracle the Wolves will get the rights to wear the powder blue Minneapolis Lakers jerseys again. But we know better.

Peterson’s recovery only rights a wrong done by the sporting gods to another Minnesota MVP. Not to mention they just screwed Peterson by somehow finding a spot for him on the Madden 14 cover.

In 2006 Justin Morneau manufactured a run – starting after his benching June 7 – that included a .362 batting average, 23 home runs and 92 RBI in an effort that earned him MVP honors. He was also essential in the Twins’ playoff berth that season. Eighty-one games into the 2010 season he was making a convincing campaign for his second MVP award when Morneau slid into John McDonald’s knee going for a double. The resulting concussion benched Morneau for the rest of the season, and his head hasn’t been out of the fog since.

Justin Morneau

In 1,006 at bats post-concussion, Morneau is batting .260, with an anemic 25 home runs and 145 RBI. The Twins have failed to make the playoffs in those three seasons after reaching the postseason in three out of five years from 2006-10.

Having a healthy Morneau would not solve all the Twins’ problems, but his story is a sad one. The future of the Twins looked bright and now it’s as muddled as Morneau’s batting stats, and that’s not his fault. But Morneau and Joe Mauer were supposed to anchor the Twins for years. Now it looks as though Morneau will forever be a “what could have been” story, as the injury knocked him out of his prime in a time when the Twins had something to play for.

Morneau hasn’t had a home run since April 28 (a good column on his search for power is here). His contract is up after the season, and a rebuilding Twins team with all its up-and-coming prospects (seven in the MLB.com top 100), can’t risk giving Morneau more money for diminishing returns. Twins fans may be watching the last season of their former future as the team is likely to once again fall back to its fail-safe farm system. Unfortunately Morneau will be a victim of the curse that putting on a Minnesota uniform can bring.

The Pew Forum’s U.S. Religious Landscape Survey estimates that just one percent of Minnesotans are Buddhists, I’m guessing few of that one percent watch sports on a regular basis, because the principles just don’t apply.


  1. Amen – and it’s not like he’s been playing flawlessly at 1st base either.

  2. When someone writes an post he/she maintains the idea of a user in his/her brain that how a user can understand it.
    So that’s why this piece of writing is outstdanding.

  3. wh0cd388062 Atomoxetine

  4. wh0cd637240 elocon online

  5. I routinely use yogurt in other dishes, but never in Will certainly consider

  6. you will have an important blog right here! would you prefer to make some invite posts on my weblog?

  7. This appears intriguing. I’d which include in the direction of get upgrades via e mail you should.

  8. If you actually read it you would know that they did not know it was supposed to be

  9. http://revia.phartesdomusa.org naltrexone online prescription

  10. You’re absolutely correct, I’d really like to discover even more on that subject! I’m also fascinated by wireless noise cancelling headphones as I consider it truly is quite unique currently. Great!

  11. I was really pleased to locate this site. I wanted to thanks for your time for this great read!! I surely enjoying each small bit of it and I’ve you bookmarked to take a look at new stuff you blog post.

  12. you could have a terrific blog here! would you like to make some invite posts on my weblog?

  13. Good day I’m truly thrilled I discovered your website, I really discovered you by accident, when I was searching on Aol for mobdro for pc. Nonetheless I’m here now and would simply enjoy to say kudos for a fantastic post and the all round enjoyable blog (I likewise love the theme/design), I do not have sufficient time to look over it completely at the moment however I have book-marked it and moreover added the RSS feeds, so when I have sufficient time I will be returning to look over more. Please do continue the wonderful job.

  14. Someone essentially help to make seriously posts I would state. This is the first time I frequented your web page and thus far? I surprised with the research you made to make this particular publish extraordinary. Magnificent job!

  15. This site was… how do I say it? Relevant!! Finally I have found something which helped me.

  16. Heya! I just wanted to ask if you ever have any issues with hackers?
    My last blog (wordpress) was hacked and I ended up losing many months of
    hard work due to no back up. Do you have any methods to prevent

  17. Unquestionably believe that which you stated.
    Your favorite reason seemed to be on the web the simplest thing to be aware of.
    I say to you, I certainly get annoyed while people consider worries that they plainly don’t
    know about. You managed to hit the nail upon the top as well as defined out the whole thing without having side effect ,
    people can take a signal. Will likely be back to get more.


  18. You are entirely correct. I really liked reading through this and I will certainly return for more as quick as possible. My own site is on the subject of aptoide, you might take a peek if you are still interested in that.

  19. wh0cd6012050 elimite

  20. I cling on to listening to the news bulletin talk about getting boundless online grant applications so I have been looking around for the top site to get one. Could you tell me please, where could i get some?

  21. No delasandros Wow and anyone raves regarding them I consider they suck. Bet that why they are not incorporated!!

  22. It’s appropriate time to make some plans for the future and it’s time to be happy. I have read this post and if I could I wish to suggest you few interesting things or tips. Perhaps you can write next articles referring to this article. I want to read even more things about it!

  23. The following issue which deserves interest is the
    materials with that the desk is composed of.

  24. Hey there are using WordPress for your site platform?

    I’m new to the blog world but I’m trying to get started and
    set up my own. Do you require any html coding expertise to make your
    own blog? Any help would be greatly appreciated!

  25. Why people still use to read news papers when in this technological globe all is existing on web?

  26. When someone writes an post he/she retains the plan of
    a user in his/her mind that how a user can understand it.
    Therefore that’s why this paragraph is outstdanding.

  27. Nice post. I was checking constantly this blog and I’m impressed!
    Extremely helpful info specifically the last part :) I care for such information much.
    I was looking for this particular information for a very
    long time. Thank you and best of luck.

  28. This article will help the internet users for setting up new website or even a blog from start to end.

  29. Howdy! This is my 1st comment here so I just wanted to give a quick shout out and say I truly enjoy reading your posts.

    Can you recommend any other blogs/websites/forums that go over the
    same topics? Thanks a lot!

  30. I used to be able to find good information from your articles.

  31. I like it whenever people come together and share opinions.
    Great website, stick with it!

  32. Hello, for all time i used to check weblog posts here early in the break of day, for the reason that i like to gain knowledge of more and more.

  33. It’s in fact very complex in this active life to listen news on TV, therefore I
    only use the web for that reason, and obtain the latest news.

  34. I don’t even know how I ended up here, but I thought this post was good.
    I don’t know who you are but definitely you’re going to a famous blogger if
    you are not already ;) Cheers!

  35. Amazing issues here. I am very happy to peer your
    article. Thanks so much and I’m looking forward to touch you.
    Will you kindly drop me a e-mail?

  36. That is very fascinating, You are an overly professional blogger.
    I have joined your feed and stay up for in search of extra of your great post.
    Also, I’ve shared your web site in my social networks

  37. Hey there! Do you know if tһey make any plugins to safeguard against haⅽkers?
    I’m kinda pɑranoid about ⅼosing everything I’ve worked hard on. Any tips?

  38. For instance research demonstrates that at United States of america, there has been a fantastic shift in multicultural counselling after the 1960s Civil Rights movement and understanding and affliction of the minority considerably changed in the nation So, as soon as you are performing your homework you should be conscious you have set all essential information regarding your own research. Very very good essay writers have the capacity to give help to their students whenever it’s required.
    Regardless of what the impacts, the expression paper writing service business will nonetheless grow. Internet isn’t only alternative technique to conventional procedures of music distribution, but in addition a fantastic prospect for artists and music-recording businesses to expose these goods to broad public. The writing service must additionally have a guarantee that all work is original and distinctive from a number of other content.
    A writer is necessary to take the ideas mentioned in the outline and expound them. Feelings that will keep you from writing your own book. Essay writing generally comes as a challenge for people that aren’t accustomed to writing essays and it’s a very enormous job usually for the pupils who don’t have any type of experience in writing essays.
    Personalised assignment writing service company will probably have their own sites Apparently, a badly written post reflects the sort of service which you offer.
    Content writing can also be a sort of essay writing, only you ought to be cautious using the principles, if you believe that it is possible to write essay correctly then easily you may also compose the articles, it’s not in any way a huge thing. As a student, you ought not just consider having a look at classification composition, in addition, it is wise to consider writing a sample essay which could possibly be seen as a sample newspaper by other students.
    You might also need to indicate more research or comment on things that it wasn’t possible that you discuss in the newspaper. The writing profession consists of many perks. This primer on the best way to compose an article sheds light on the procedure and enables the writer get organized.

Speak Your Mind