Benefit From Pavano Trade Could Last Awhile

I’m the first to admit that I’m stunned how well Carl Pavano has pitched for the Minnesota Twins this season. The Twins did the right thing in offering him arbitration this past offseason, and Pavano – considering the free-agent market – did the right thing in taking it. Sporting an epic mustache, Pavano this year has…
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On The Radio Today

I’m making my weekly appearance on "Sports Talk" today from 1-2 p.m. on WDAY 970-AM. Joining me in studio is Forum colleague Andrew Gottenborg. Today on the show, we’ll talk to Associated Press sports writer Jon Krawczynski about all things Minnesota Timberwolves and Minnesota Twins. The NBA opens free agency tomorrow. Are the Wolves equipped to make…
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Strasburg Belongs At All-Star Game

There’s been no shortage of debate regarding whether or not Stephen Strasburg should be at the MLB All-Star Game in a couple of weeks. My answer to all of that: Absolutely he should be. The best explanation for that is one I heard a couple of days ago (I think ESPN’s Jon Miller said it). The All-Star Game is…
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Cuddyer Belongs At Third Base For Now

I was pretty startled by something Minnesota Twins broadcaster Dick Bremer said during Sunday’s Minnesota Twins-New York Mets telecast. Bremer said that Twins manager Ron Gardenhire plans to continue to use Michael Cuddyer as the team’s third baseman when the Twins open a three-game series against the Detroit Tigers on Monday. Nobody is going to confuse Cuddyer with…
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What I Learned About Soccer

Following the USA’s loss to Ghana in the World Cup’s round of 16 on Saturday, now seems like as good of time as any to inform everyone of what I’ve learned about the global game. Criticize a coach, and all is lost: Take France and England as examples. The French players basically had a mutiny, and they…
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Soccer Returns To Its Familiar Place In USA

Goodbye, soccer. See you in four years. That’s the way that I and many other sports fans feel now that the United States has been eliminated from the World Cup. The USA lost to Ghana 2-1 in extra time Saturday. Sure, I’ll probably keep an eye on the rest of the games, but I won’t watch as intensely as…
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Wolves Draft Missing Something Again

The Internet let me down again. I wrote up a lengthy post about the Wolves draft, only to have it not publish. Here’s a condensed version of that post, which you might prefer anyway. I wonder what everyone thinks about how the Minnesota Timberwolves did the NBA draft last night. As anticipated, they took Syracuse forward Wesley…
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On The Radio Today

We’ve got a big show slated for "Sports Talk" today from 1-2 p.m. on WDAY 970-AM. Joining me in studio – making his radio debut – is my Forum colleague Andrew Gottenborg. He’ll be filling in for the departed Kerry Collins for the next couple of weeks. Gottenborg is just like Collins, except there’s less risk of…
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What Makes The Twins A Frontrunner For Cliff Lee?

It feels like everywhere you look, someone is saying the Minnesota Twins will end up with Seattle Mariners starting pitcher Cliff Lee. The Mariners gave up a ton of prospects in order to acquire the former Cy Young Award winner from Philadelphia, where Lee won two World Series games for the Phillies against the eventual world…
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