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Wetmore: That's overstating it. Common opinions that have gone too far

Wetmore: That's overstating it. Common opinions that have gone too far

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by Derek Wetmore
1500ESPN.com

We've worked at 1500ESPN to incorporate what goes on our airwaves into what we do on the website and vice versa.

One popular Monday on-air segment is "overreaction Mondays," in which Pat Reusse, Phil Mackey and producer Cory Roufs decipher when people are overreacting to sporting news.

In line, I'm starting a weekly column on the website: That's overstating it.

My mission is to target hot sports takes that have gone too far.

The goal isn't to dog on any person in particular - in fact I'll try to avoid that - but to pull back to center the popular opinion that has shifted too radically.

I won't always include every team, but the past week offered a chance to touch on each of them. Furthermore, my points of emphasis won't always be negative. This week they happen to be, but often I feel popular opinion is too negative surrounding local sports teams. 

Christian Ponder gives the Vikings the best chance to win.

Leslie Frazier reportedly said after Sunday's loss that he didn't see a reason Christian Ponder would not start Thursday. That might be right, if the team just wants to solidify the best draft position possible.

But last week Frazier said he thinks Ponder gives the Vikings the best chance to win.

Uh, no he doesn't.

Whether you approach player evaluation from a scouting perspective, or have an analytical/statistical purview, or you just look at the win loss record, it's not true. Saying Ponder gives the Vikings the best chance to win is overstating it.

The Timberwolves are a top-three NBA team.

They were highly ranked in the top-four in both ESPN's and Yahoo! Sports' power rankings this week. And were nearly unanimous top-five choices for power rankings from other publications.

The Wolves are a good team and had about as good a first week as fans could have envisioned. They built a huge lead over a bad Magic team in the opener, but needed a big shot from Kevin Love and overtime to beat Orlando. They blew out a good Thunder team missing Russell Westbrook. They again jumped out to a huge lead Sunday night, but needed to stave off a late charge by the Knicks.

To their credit, there are stretches in games that the Wolves score at a very prolific rate. They also shut down two elite scorers this week in Kevin Durant and Carmelo Anthony.

But the second unit is a clear weakness right now and an inability to hold big leads in two of three games is cause for concern.

Great strides out of the gate, to be sure. But the third-best team in the NBA? That's overstating it.

 

Jason Pominville is the best offensive player on the Wild.

Pominville was the NHL's first star this week, and deservedly so. His goal-scoring touch helped the Wild win three of its past four. His chemistry with second-year forward Mikael Granlund is impressive.

But Zach Parise is, for my money, is still the most talented offensive player. Pominville has been the most productive, yes. And having scoring production distributed throughout three lines can be a real positive for the Wild. But calling Pominville the best is likely overstating it.

The Gophers football team has turned the corner and will win at least two more games this season.

They could well beat Penn State at home (the Gophers are currently 2 1/2-point), but Wisconsin is a better team. Michigan State is a better team. So my guess is that the Gophers finish 8-4 overall and 4-4 in the Big Ten. Which bowl game the team goes to is anybody's guess, but if they win that, it gives them a nine-win season.

That, by objective measures, constitutes progress. But when all four games the rest of the way are losable, to project at a minimum two wins? That's overstating it. 

Derek Wetmore is the senior editor for 1500ESPN.com. His previous stops include MLB.com and the Minnesota Daily.
Email Derek | @DerekWetmore
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