One Man’s Fantasy Football Take

The NFL season kicked off Thursday night with all eyes on Tom Brady in his return to the field and Rob Gronkowski doing Gronk things. But tomorrow, Sunday, that’s when most teams open their seasons. Sunday is the day fantasy football fans live for. Go to a local bar or restaurant that has NFL Sunday…
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Dealing With Hunting Failure

Strandquist, Minn. There it was. Just a few dozen yards in front of me. A deer skipping through the woods, its big white tail flopping as it leaped over a fallen branch. Unfortunately, this scene played out on a walking path in Thief River Falls, Minn., on Sunday and not on hunting land. And as…
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The Time Was Right To Part Ways With Gardy

For just the second time since 1986, the Minnesota Twins are looking for a new manager. And after four straight 90-plus loss seasons, who can blame them? Is Ron Gardenhire to blame for the lack of talent? No. When given pitching staffs in recent years with Carl Pavano, Scott Diamond and Ricky Nolasco as aces,…
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Yet Another Man’s Fantasy Football Picks

I know. I know. They are everywhere. No matter what sports site you frequent this time of year – ESPN, CBS Sports, SI.com, etc. – fantasy football columns are everywhere. And if you are like me, you read EVERY SINGLE ONE OF THEM. Yeah, most people who spend any amount of time with me know…
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Hicks, Arcia Are Keys To Respectability For Twins

After three straight seasons with 90-plus losses, the uphill climb that the Minnesota Twins face entering today’s season opener has become very steep. There is hope for the future, which I touched on in our season preview in today’s paper. The Twins farm system is highly ranked by a number of sources, including Baseball America.…
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Twins Caravan Leftovers

Nothing really beats talking baseball on a cold January night like we endured in Fargo-Moorhead last night. The Minnesota Twins Winter Caravan stop at The Hub couldn’t have come at a better time. Third baseman Trevor Plouffe, reliever Anthony Swarzak, Twins broadcaster and Baseball Hall of Famer Bert Blyleven, bench coach Terry Steinbach and Twins…
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Metrodome At Least Built Memories That Last

There probably is no shortage of Minnesota Vikings fans lamenting Sunday’s victory against the Detroit Lions in the team’s regular-season finale. The Vikings were not in playoff contention, meaning the win only worsened the team’s draft position. But I was glad to see the Vikings win in what marked the final major sporting event in…
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Not Every NFL Game Tonight Should Be Ignored

It’s Week 4 of the NFL preseason, with all 32 teams playing tonight. But there’s an empty feel to it. Many of the teams will not even suit up their first-stringers, opting instead to give them one last week off before the NFL’s regular season kicks off next week. The Minnesota Vikings, who have struggled…
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Remembering Marv Bossart

It’s been nice reading all of the great tributes to longtime WDAY anchor Marv Bossart, who passed away last week at age 79. I’m too young to have known Bossart as a co-worker within Forum Communications. My experience with him came at Minnesota State Moorhead, where Bossart taught broadcast journalism courses. I never had any…
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