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Tuesday (Big Lebowski-inspired figure skating routine) edition: Wha' Happened?

Posted by: Michael Rand Updated: February 4, 2014 - 8:53 AM

We think about "The Big Lebowski" quite often as it is because it is one of the funniest and most memorable movies of all-time. The thinking was heightened, sadly, when Philip Seymour Hoffman -- who portrayed Brandt, one of the best characters in a movie full of them -- died at age 46.

Happily, we have the occasion to bring the movie to your attention in a different way this morning because figure skater Tara Lipinski performed a routine for Jimmy Fallon that was inspired by The Dude. No, we're not making that up. Please do watch (you don't even have to pay $100).

TFD: Finisher at 135-mile race in frigid cold reportedly drank his own urine to survive

Posted by: Michael Rand Updated: January 28, 2014 - 5:18 PM

We wrote for Tuesday's paper about the Arrowhead 135 -- an annual race in the dead of winter that starts in International Falls and ends in Tower, Minn. Participants cover 135 miles, and they have their choice of biking, running or skiing. Five people have completed at least one race doing each of the disciplines.

All of this is mind-boggling for most of us trying to escape the cold. The elements will do crazy things, and as of 5 p.m. Tuesday 92 of the 142 people who started the race had dropped out.

But 14 have finished, and the second-place finisher apparently had to go to extreme lengths to make it all the way. Tom Puzak was 8 miles from the end, on bike, when he ran out of water:

Puzak nearly became one of the stats with just a couple miles to the end. His water was gone, he could barely move.

But he had to pee.

He put some snow in a water bottle, unzipped and urinated inside. The slosh melted and made some liquid, then Puzak drank it. “It saved me,” said.

The Bear Grylls move got him back on his bike, pedaling. He’d been walking at less than 2mph, too weak to balance. But on the bike, in a granny gear, he could move at around 5mph, fast enough to finish without losing fingers and toes, just strong enough to stoke the fire that staves off hypothermia.

Think of that as you complain about the walk from your office to your car.

TFD: Rockets GM who drafted Royce White calls it arguably 'worst first-round pick ever'

Posted by: Michael Rand Updated: January 27, 2014 - 6:03 PM

 

In an interview with season ticket holders, Rockets GM Daryl Morey apparently didn't mince words when it came to the 2012 first-round selection of former Minnesota prep standout Royce White -- who started his college career with the Gophers but never played here before flourishing for a year at Iowa State.

 

Said Morey:

I take some sort of pride that you could argue that Royce White is the worst first-round pick ever. He’s the only one that never played a minute in the NBA that wasn’t just a foreign guy staying in Europe. It just shows we swing for the fence."

Is that really fair to say given White's public battle with anxiety?

Your thoughts, please, in the comments.

TFD: Phil Mackey to co-host 9-1 show with Judd Zulgad on 1500-AM

Posted by: Michael Rand Updated: January 21, 2014 - 4:00 PM

The restructured lineup at 1500-AM, set in motion last week when morning show co-host Jeff Dubay was let go, will prove to be a significant shakeup at the sports talk station, according to a source.

Phil Mackey, who had been on from 4-7 p.m. -- the first two hours with Star Tribune columnist Patrick Reusse -- will move into the 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. slot as the co-host with Judd Zulgad.

Reusse will remain in the 4-6 p.m. drive time slot as a solo host.

The changes will become effective starting Feb. 3, the Monday after the Super Bowl.

In announcing the decision on Dubay last week, the station said it "is not a reflection of Jeff’s performance. It is a reflection of our current operating environment."

Apparently you get your choice of toilet in Russian bathroom stalls

Posted by: Michael Rand Updated: January 21, 2014 - 3:29 PM

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