Jim Souhan analyzes the local sports scene and advises you to never take his betting advice. He likes old guitars and old music, never eats press box hot dogs, and can be heard on 1500ESPN at 2:05 p.m. weekdays, and Sundays from 10 a.m.-noon.

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Winging on home

Posted by: Jim Souhan under Twins management, Brett Favre Updated: December 9, 2009 - 4:26 PM

Coming back from a mini-vacation in Arizona. Here's an airport SORT (series of random thoughts):

-As a parent, I've actually come to fear these winter storms. I'm afraid my daughter is going to go for a walk and wind up with a frostbitten face. Gawd.

-Although the Delmon Young and Johan Santana deals are the most important ones they've made, the Twins' front office seems to me to be on a hot streak. I liked the Gomez-Hardy deal, which could wind up making the Santana deal a little more palatable. The in-season moves the Twins made last year, landing Rauch, Mahay, Cabrera and Pavano, worked out brilliantly _ and much better than I anticipated.

Bringing back Pavano on a one-year deal makes a lot of sense to me. And if the Twins can add a competent third baseman, they're going to be loaded and, I believe, favored to win the division again.

-I could see the Arizona Cardinals getting hot and becoming a team you don't want to face in the playoffs. They are very athletic, and they have the confidence of a winning season behind them, and they may be peaking at the right time (as Brett Favre noted Sunday night.)

If Warner stays healthy, watch out.

-Even though it didn't work out, I was happy to see Jonny Flynn with the ball in his hands at the end of the game against Toronto, and trying to hit Kevin Love with a pass. It makes sense to give key young players experience in those situations, even if the attempt fails.

-Upcoming: I'll be on am-1500 at 7 p.m. Thursday. I'm on semi-vacation from the newspaper this week, but am working on a Sunday project that I hope baseball fans will enjoy.

I'm heading to the gate now. You can follow me on Twitter at Souhanstrib.



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