Vikings At The Mercy Of Percy

The Minnesota Vikings have taken a break from keeping a clean clubhouse by drafting dynamic wide receiver Percy Harvin from the University of Florida in the first round of Saturday’s NFL draft. The good: Harvin ran a 4.4-second 40-yard dash at the NFL combine. Having played for the Gators, he should know how to handle…
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Cito Gaston Pulls Off Another Toronto Turnaround

Lost in the offensive explosion unleashed by the Toronto Blue Jays is the man who is once again in the background of Jays’ success. Cito Gaston has done all of this before, which makes it hard to dismiss this year’s fast start. Gaston’s first major league managerial job came during the 1989 season after the Blue Jays…
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Tyner Traded For … Nothing?

Another former colleague of mine, Casey Moen, tipped me off to a story today involving former Minnesota Twins outfielder Jason Tyner. Tyner, who actually started playoff games for the Twins in 2006 at designated hitter, was traded from the Milwaukee Brewers to the Detroit Tigers for what sounds like nothing. Here’s a line from the…
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Forbes Issues Baseball Stadium Rankings

Former colleague Todd Deutsch sent me a link yesterday sending me to the Forbes’ baseball stadium rankings, which were published last week. According to its Web site, Forbes ranked the ballparks based on affordability, accessibility, fan participation and concession quality. Here’s the top five stadiums, according to Forbes: AT&T Park in San Francisco Fenway Park…
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Are The Celtics In Trouble?

Note: This blog has been updated to protect me from further embarrassment. I’ll admit I haven’t watched much NBA this year, but that was a great game Saturday between the No. 7-seeded Chicago Bulls and the No. 2-seeded Boston Celtics to open up their first-round playoff series. At the end of regulation, with the fouls and…
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Was This The End Of The McHale Era?

The Minnesota professional sports circuit might be losing another coach. Just days after Jacques Lemaire announced he was leaving his position as Minnesota Wild head coach, there is already speculation that Minnesota Timberwolves head coach Kevin McHale may be done after the team lost its regular-season finale Wednesday to the Sacramento Kings. And McHale didn’t…
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MLB: Who’s For Real?

Most of the teams in Major League Baseball are eight games into the season. And while judging whether or not teams are a success this early in the season seems pointless, many news pundits were doing so with President Barack Obama two months into a four-year term. So I figure, if it’s good enough for…
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The Wild Were In Need Of A Change

The Minnesota Wild have been in existence for eight seasons now. But despite bringing legitimacy back to Minnesota’s claim as the "State of Hockey," the Wild have done little else. Jacques Lemaire announced after Saturday’s regular-season finale that he was done coaching the Wild. My first thought after the announcement was how disappointing the Lemaire…
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