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Phil Hughes 'Star Wars' bobblehead review: 'Totally worth it.'

Posted by: Howard Sinker Updated: May 4, 2015 - 6:42 PM

This is at least the second time the Twins have held a Star Wars night at Target Field.

But this is the first time that you could get a ticket package that included a Phil Hughes "May the 4th Be With You" bobblehead.

We passed on the chance -- working some night hours #becauseitstheplayoffs in another sport -- but friend of @StribSports Upload Kirsten Brown (who does business on Twitter as @kbrobaseball) provided this photo of (her) Hughes hanging out at Barrio before the game.

"The bobblehead is really nice. Totally worth it" -- @krobaseball

Now we're a bit jealous.

Torii Hunter sets off Twitter with Floyd Mayweather comment

Posted by: Howard Sinker Updated: May 3, 2015 - 9:53 AM

Twins outfielder Torii Hunter tweeted his support for Floyd Mayweather in Saturday's night's fight against Manny Pacquiao ...

... and got some blowback for doing so:

Then, Hunter added this (in a tweet he'd deleted as of early Sunday morning) ...


... and many on Twitter came back at him:

Here's some of it:

That last tweet referred to a comment Hunter made to a Los Angeles Times reporter in a 2012 story about gay athletes in pro sports. Hunter said having a teammate who came out would be difficult for him: "For me, as a Christian … I will be uncomfortable because in all my teachings and all my learning, biblically, it's not right. It will be difficult and uncomfortable."

Last year Hunter also spoke out when he made a radio ad for a candidate for governor in Arkansas (where Hunter is from), in which the Twins outfielder said he supported Asa Hutchinson because, "Asa is committed to the principles we hold dear, like a strong faith in God, equal justice for all and keeping marriage between one man and one woman."

One of the people who came to Hunter's defense was former Twins teammate Jacque Jones:

Later Saturday, Hunter added another tweet (now also removed) intended to clarify what he'd written earlier:

He received a mixed response:

Hunter is signing autographs ($40-$65) and posing for photos ($25) Sunday night at a store in the Ridgedale Mall. Wonder if the discussion will turn to places it wouldn't have before Saturday night's fight.

The 'Fox Sports North Girls' are no more

Posted by: Howard Sinker Updated: May 2, 2015 - 5:30 PM

On Friday, people started noticing that Twitter accounts belonging to the FSNorth Girls and other "girls" through the FOX Sports empire had been shut down.

The Star Tribune's Michael Rand received confirmation that the FSNorth Girls, who did promotional appearances, on-camera work and were only identified by first names, have been eliminated.

@RandBall posted this on Twitter Saturday afternoon:

Your thoughts on the move?

Some in North Dakota still fighting battle over UND nickname

Posted by: Howard Sinker Updated: April 30, 2015 - 1:04 PM

Some people in North Dakota still aren't giving up the battle over changing the University of North's nickname from Fighting Sioux to something that is not seen by many people as demeaning to American Indians.

The Grand Forks Herald reports: "A recent 'The Sioux Were Silenced' pro-Fighting Sioux social media campaign has gained almost 8,500 likes on its Facebook page as of April 29. The 'We the People of North Dakota Demand Answers Save Fighting Sioux' Facebook page was also nearing 2,500 likes the same day."

After years of debate and the threat of NCAA sanctions, North Dakota voters agreed by a 2-to-1 margin in 2012 to let the university retire the nickname. The complete history has been often told and there's a good summary in the article by Herald reporter Anna Burleson.

Burleson also writes: "Departing UND men's hockey team captain Stephane Pattyn continues to be a proponent of the Fighting Sioux name, has it tattooed on his chest and tweeted earlier this month to never let it go."

In addition, she quoted a recent graduate and soon-to-be North Dakota student talking about their affection for the former nickname.

"It's stupid that it means this much to me but really, just the thought of being something else doesn't seem right," said Aaron Rients, who graduated from UND in December and said he would consider leaving town when a new nickname and logo is chosen. "I'd have to look at that new logo all day if I lived here."

A senior at West Fargo High School, Morgan Stirling, told Burleson in an email that she has a Sioux tattoo. "To me it's not just a logo, it's a large chunk of my childhood," she said.

But the school has created a process for picking a new nickname and logo, involving a number of North Dakotans and school alumni, including Minnesota Twins president Dave St. Peter. The name-gathering process from the public is ending this week.

A few months back, UND president Robert Kelley told the Herald why the change is happening: "We can certainly break the rules and go our own way, but we will no longer be part of the NCAA and that isn't fair to our student athletes or our athletic programs. We would have to be independent, and in my judgment, that isn't the best position for the University of North Dakota."

You can read Burleson's  entire article here.


 

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