Sometimes it surprises me how quickly time fills up. I knew last week was going to be hectic, but I'd really hoped I'd be able to post a few times, but it was not to be. A couple of things you have to understand: I am not a morning person by any stretch of the imagination. Any goal that requires me to get up an hour earlier (excercising, blogging, getting extra work done, etc.) has a 99.9% chance of failure. The only way I get up that early is if I have a plane to catch or I have a mandatory meeting/conference call/appointment. The nature of my occupation is such that I'm never really "off the clock" from a work standpoint. Last week I was at my company's corporate headquarters where I had training sessions/meetings from 8-5 every day and dinner meetings every evening. My "real", customer-facing job still has to be done, of course, during the breaks, over lunch, and after dinner. This isn't really a complaint, per se, more an observation of reality for me. There are times when blogging (and everything else remotely enjoyable) are by necessity pushed to the side. Anyway, I figured I'd better post something before I hit the road again -- I'm flying to Denver tonight to work at a customer site for the next couple of weeks. A couple of other notes: While I was disappointed with the Vikings yesterday, I wasn't entirely surprised, ether. Last week's win, however, was wonderfully satisfying, and makes the loss at Philly a little less painful. It seems the Vikings' playoff run was a microcosm of their season -- strong start, lousy finish. A couple of things to think about for next season. Something has to change at the coaching level. I like Mike Tice and want to see him succeed, but he needs to get a tighter rein on his coordinators or make room for someone who can. The botched fake field goal was only the exclamation point at the end of a series of poor decisions, execution, and sometimes both that were made at the sidelines. The other thing I would consider, heretical as it may sound, is trading Randy Moss. For the Vikings right now, his negatives outweigh his positives. Trading him for a superstar defensive lineman or linebacker, along with draft picks, would be a huge step forward. Culpepper has proven he can produce without Randy, and the younger receivers (Burleson and Campbell in particular) acquitted themselves well in Moss's absence. Jermaine Wiggins was a pleasant surprise at tight end, and having him along with a healthy Jim Kleinsasser next year could make for a potent two-tight end set. Multiple running options means that the offense can keep fresh legs on the ground throughout the game. Trading Moss does not cripple this offense, and his trade value will start to decline soon. The Vikes should get what they can for him now. Next time I sign on, I'll be up in the mountains. See you then!