FELDY: For multiple reasons, I can't think of a better headline for this post (maybe I'm still a little fuzzy after 90 minutes in the dentist chair, maybe I'm still a little fuzzy from celebrating the Vikings' victory on Sunday, or maybe I'm just a little fuzzy in general), but here's a little about a lot of things:
• Memo to Keith Brooking: 1. If you don't like it, stop it. 2. Don't call timeouts when down by 24 in the fourth quarter if you don't want to prolong the agony. 3. You weren't yelling at your own head coach when you were running up the score on Philly the previous week.
• Anybody have a reason for us to hate the Saints? I'm trying to come up with one, but I'm at a loss. Darren Sharper? It'd be fun to beat him, but I can find any hatred for the guy or his shake. Sean Payton? He came to the Saints from the Cowboys, but he's a Saint now, not a Cowboy. The fans? No. ... Maybe someone down there will talk trash this week and we can hate him, or several hims.
• If asked now, I'll take the Saints on Sunday. Call it 30-23. As we saw this past weekend, aside from San Diego and its spastic kicker, the homefield advantage is huge in the playoffs. The Metrodome noise that got to the Cowboys last week is the same noise the Purple will face on Sunday. And, let's face it, the VIkings are what their record indicates they are: They're team that is unbeatable at home, but merely mediocre on the road. This team changes when it gets away from Maul of America's Team Field. The pass rush goes away, so does the passing game. Gut feeling is the Saints win by a score; hopefully that's wrong.
• Raise your hand if, when Martin Havlat signed with the Wild last summer, you expected him to play on a line with Kyle Brodziak and Guillome Latendresse. Anyone? If your hand's up, you're lying. Of course, last summer, Latendresse was still property of the Montreal Canadiens, so you would have to have Marty McFly's Delorean in your garage to see this coming. Anyhow, here's an article on Latendresse -- Phersy's latest man crush -- from the Star Tribune.
• The Star-Tribune's Michael Russo reports today that the Wild have placed veteran F Petr Sykora on waivers. Can't say I have much of a reaction to this one, just like most Wild fans. Sykora is a big name who apparently has about run out of game. He has been a healthy scratch the past couple of weeks as coach Todd Richards is going with a younger lineup. Hard to argue with Richards and GM Chuck Fletcher on this one. Who do you take out of the lineup to give Sykora a place?
• Rochester native Leilani Munter is making another step up in her auto racing career. She will drive the No. 59 Greenandsave.com car on Feb. 6 at Daytona International Speedway in the Lucas Oil Slick Mist 200, the opening race of the 2010 ARCA ReMax Series schedule. Munter is in the field of 43 drivers, which also includes Danica Patrick.
Munter will drive a Dodge for Mark Gibson Racing. She tested at Daytona last month, along with about 80 other drivers. Munter was seventh-fastest in that testing.