So am I happier today than I was all winter because baseball season is beginning?

Or because it's spring and the sun is shining and Minneapolis looks beautiful?

Nice debate to have, after the winter of bad weather and worse sports we had.

To catch up on what's going on around town, as I sit in the Target Field press box waiting for the home opener to start:

Wolves: Yes, Kurt Rambis has to go. It's not his fault that the Wolves are a joke. But it is his fault that a roster that is not devoid of talent played without intelligence or intensity most of the season.

But if Rambis goes, a few other people should go with him. Like, everyone above him in the Wolves' hierarchy.

Wild: I don't know if Todd Richards is a good NHL coach, or whether he will be a good NHL coach in the future. I do know that just two months ago he was pretty impressive. I can't flip from thinking he was a good, young coach to thinking he's deserving of being fired in this amount of time.

I just think the Wild lacks top-end talent and scorers and a productive farm system. Those are things the coach can't control, and things the organization can't change overnight.

Gopher football: Can we wait for Jerry Kill to win one stinkin' game against Macalester or somebody before we get all excited? Please?

I like the guy, but you don't learn anything about a football coach until he has to deal with real games, real game-plans, real problem-solving.

NCAA basketball: It's an ugly sport with a brilliant format.

The Masters: I miss being there. I love covering the tournament. But with Tiger less interesting, I just feel less compelled to spend my entire day watching. I wish that weren't true, but it is.

The Twins: Nishioka's hurt, Hughes rarely stays healthy, and Casilla has not impressed. This will be another year where the Twins try to figure out their middle infield all season.

Here's a fascinating lineup, though: Span, Mauer, Morneau, Young, Kubel, Cuddyer, Thome, Valencia, Casilla. That's with Cuddyer playing second base, where he's taking ground balls today in case he's needed.

You couldn't use that lineup every day, but I'd love to see it.

Mauer is the ideal No. 2 hitter. One thing I hate about traditional managing is the idea that you want a weak, slap-hitter in the two-hole. I want a high on-base percentage guy at No.2, ahead of my sluggers. Mauer will be ideal in that role.

Enjoy the game.

Twitter handle: @Souhanstrib.

This Sunday, the Gardenhire show starts at 9:30 a.m. on 1500espn, followed by Sunday Morning Sports Talk with Tom Pelissero and myself. Rick Spielman among guests. Will talk lots of Twins, Vikings draft, Masters, wrap up a few winter sports seasons.




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