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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Game 16

Posted by: Jim Souhan under Gophers coaches, On the road, Vikings Updated: January 3, 2010 - 12:10 PM

Series of Random Thoughts as the Vikings begin their last regular-season game:

-I can't and won't defend the guy in any way, but wouldn't firing Tim Brewster and hiring Mike Leach turn the Gophers into Big Ten contenders within two or three years?

-At the risk of being proved wrong (again), remember that the Vikings are a dominant team at home. Their problems have come on the road. I can't see this team winning a road game outdoors, but I can see it beating just about anybody at home.

-I said it during the first month of the season: Wayne Ellington is a smart player who can shoot, and every NBA team needs smart players who can shoot. Ellington has become a factor in the last two weeks.

-Gophers basketball coach Tubby Smith demonstrated his power when he found a way to get Clem Haskins, the man who destroyed Gophers basketball, honored at Williams Arena. Begging the question: How much longer is Clem going to let Joel Maturi keep his job?

-And again: If the Wolves could land John Wall, a decade of bad draft picks and bad luck could quickly be reversed. The kid is spectacular, and he's not selfish _ he moves the ball, gets his teammates involved, and still takes the big shots. And he'll get bigger and stronger.

-Gophers hockey can't take a lead on slumping Bowling Green until the third period at home, and we're supposed to be impressed?

Only if you have abandoned all standards for Minnesota hockey.

-It's going to be an amazing four months. I'll be covering the Vikings' playoff run(?), then the Olympics, then spring training, then the opening of the baseball season and Target Field.

-Upcoming: I'll be on with Reusse at 6:40 a.m. on KSTP am-1500, and on WJON at 7:14 in St. Cloud. You can follow me on Twitter at SouhanStrib.

I'll check in after the game.



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