(Originally posted on ScalpEm.com.)
For those of us who remember those long ago days when the Seminoles ruled the gridiron, we remember the connection between Florida State and Cretin-Derham Hall, a private high school in St. Paul, Minnesota. Cretin-Derham was the high school of Chris Weinke, field general of the 1999 National Champion team. It was also the high school of Weinke’s supposed heir apparent, Cretin-Derham multi-sport star Joe Mauer.
Then, right before the 2001 season, Mauer turned his back on us. The scoundrel.
That’s why, over at my other writing outpost, I wrote a post on why he should absolutely not be American League MVP this year or any year. Because it’s not about what you do on the field that makes an MVP, it’s your character and intangibles.
By the way, a few months ago, a former classmate of mine, Seminole alumnus, and current NBCSports.com personality Tiffany Simons interviewed Mauer and asked him why he abandoned Florida State.