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The billion-dollar bracket: Quicken Loans’s stroke of genius

The billion-dollar bracket: Quicken Loans’s stroke of genius

April 7, 2014

When there are 64 teams in a tournament, people know that correctly predicting the outcome of all of the games is nearly impossible. It is not like the lottery, where someone will always win, as unlikely as it may be. In March Madness, it is possible no has or ever will draft a perfect bracket. According to...

NLRB Ruling Scores Winner for College Athletes

NLRB Ruling Scores Winner for College Athletes

March 28, 2014

Northwestern players won the right to unionize! Few would expect a conservative paper to publish a pro-union article. This article is not meant to endorse unions or their bullying tactics that drive up the cost of labor. However, the National Labor Relations Board’s (NLRB) ruling in favor of the Co...

Austrian and Canadian Crash the Ice in St. Paul

Austrian and Canadian Crash the Ice in St. Paul

March 1, 2014

On the second leg of the 2014 Red Bull Crashed Ice World Tour, 100,000 spectators filled the streets of St. Paul to see athletes from around the world compete in one of the most fascinating events of the winter. Before the St. Paul stop, the tour went to Helsinki, Finland and will move on to Moscow, Ru...

Red Bull Crashed Ice – The Fastest Sport on Skates

Red Bull Crashed Ice – The Fastest Sport on Skates

February 28, 2014

Calling ice cross downhill an extreme sport just doesn’t seem to describe the intensity that is Red Bull Crashed Ice. Since the introduction of the sport in 2001, Crashed Ice has quickly become one of the most popular winter sporting events to attend. “It is known by many as the fastest sport on...

Pro Bowl in Need of Overhaul… Again

Pro Bowl in Need of Overhaul… Again

January 31, 2014

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 7, 2012

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...

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