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Pro Bowl in Need of Overhaul… Again

Pro Bowl in Need of Overhaul… Again

January 31, 2014


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The weeks preceding the Super Bowl are full of anticipation each year. The game decides the champions of America’s most popular sport. Many who watch are just as concerned about the ads as they are the game, but one thing is certain: they will watch. With all the buzz around the Super Bowl, it is no...

The Legacy of David Stern

The Legacy of David Stern

January 31, 2014


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On February 1, David Stern will step down from his role as NBA commissioner after 30 years. The NBA and the game of basketball has changed enormously in 30 years and a lot of that change came from the direction of the 71-year-old commissioner. It is interesting that the same year Stern became the NBA ...

Funding the Vikings stadium

Funding the Vikings stadium

January 30, 2014


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On January 10, bond sales for the new Vikings stadium were delayed for two weeks because of the protest of three Minnesota residents who claimed the funding mechanism was unconstitutional. Within two weeks, the Minnesota Supreme Court had resolved the matter and bond sales began on January 27. Whil...

Changes ahead for the Minnesota Vikings

Changes ahead for the Minnesota Vikings

December 31, 2013


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The season is finally over for the Vikings, and oh, what a season it was. Finishing with a record of 5-10-1, the Vikings were the worst team in the NFC North, and one of the worst teams in the NFL this year. The only positive note is that their horrendous performance will give the Vikings the 8th overall pick ...

Tim Brewster Loves Obamacare

Tim Brewster Loves Obamacare

December 6, 2013


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I have to imagine that Tim Brewster voted for President Obama. After all, the similarities between the reviled former Gopher football coach and the President are too obvious to miss. President Obama and Tim Brewster are both big on rhetoric. All Gopher fans remember Brewster’s famous proclamation th...

Dems Wants Small Biz Forced Into Union

Dems Wants Small Biz Forced Into Union

April 5, 2013


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With declining union membership nationwide and growing distrust of union leadership among workers and the general public, Minnesota's most powerful unions are cashing in on campaign donations they made last fall to help put Democrats in control of state government. HF 950, a bill that would require ...

Gophers are bowl eligible

Gophers are bowl eligible

December 5, 2012


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The Minnesota Gophers Football Team clinched post-season bowl eligibility during its wins over Illinois and Purdue several weeks ago. This is quite the success story for a school whose football program was decimated by the incompetencies of former coach Tim Brewster. But that’s not to say that cu...

A mid-semester’s sports review

A mid-semester’s sports review

November 6, 2012


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As we enter the month of November, we reach the exciting intersection of winter sports beginning and fall sports looking toward the postseason. Here is a quick review of some fall teams through October 29th and a preview of some winter teams here in Minnesota: Gopher Football To Jerry Kill’s credi...

Be nice to those who have wronged you…unless they are paid

October 2, 2012


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The NFL’s newest installment of drama and entertainment has come with the replacement referees. Depending on how closely you’ve followed the downturn of union talks this summer, you may or may not have any particular viewpoint toward the situation, except for one: GET THE REGULAR REFS BACK! If y...

Buying team pride? Or just good business?

Buying team pride? Or just good business?

October 2, 2012


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On Thursday, September 20th, the Minnesota Daily published an article detailing the amount of money that the University of Minnesota paid out to non-conference teams for what is referred to as “guarantee” games. Essentially, this means that the larger Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) teams pay out ...

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