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COLUMN: Season of transition

I'm one of the most die-hard Twins fans I know. Still, even I was leaning towards throwing in the towel on this season. But I wanted to wait to see how they did in the seven games they have remaining with the Central leading Tigers. But news that Justin Morneau will miss the rest of the season with a stress fracture in his lower back has me ready to write the eulogy on 2009.

Well, I guess I won't go quite that far. I wrote a column a few years back in the form of a eulogy, as the Twins fell out of contention, and caught some flack from a reader. But let's just say, I won't be ordering any playoff tickets.

Besides, this past weekend officially ushered in the fall and a transition in the season. Well, for me anyway. From baseball to football.

I experienced the full transition on Saturday. I drove to St. Cloud to do some work at the Minnesota Amateur Baseball Hall of Fame museum. I talked and thought about baseball all day long.

I got home just in time to watch the Gophers open their fantastic TCF Stadium with a come-from-behind win over the Air Force Academy.

What an exciting day for Gopher faithful (like me). The football team is back on the right track (I hope), they are back on campus, and there was genuine excitement at a Gopher game. I think it's the start of a great new ear for the maroon and gold.

I'm looking forward to seeing 'The Bank' in one of the final home games in November.

Then Sunday, we were finally able to watch a Vikings game that mattered.

I'll admit, I'm not drinking the Brett Favre Kool-Aid. I was never that big on bringing him in, and I'm still not convinced he's the key. Why didn't we go after a guy like Jeff Garcia last off-season? Heck, I know I'll take some heat for this, but I wouldn't have minded seeing how Michael Vick looked in purple last summer.

But this is Adrian Peterson's team. He's a stud. He's a game-breaker. He's a guy that can carry a team.

If he goes down, like to injury or something, it's Chester Taylor's team. That's where the Vikes bread and butter is. Running the ball and stopping the run. That's the key.

If this turns into Favre's team, the purple nation is in trouble.