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Chris Kluwe educates Colbert Nation

Posted by: Howard Sinker Updated: January 9, 2013 - 12:04 PM

Vikings punter Chris Kluwe explained football and his support for gay marriage Tuesday night on the Colbert report.

"If you're into a frank discussion of kicking things," host Stephen Colbert told his audience, "don't touch that dial."

When Colbert mentioned the Vikings' wild-card  loss to Green Bay, complete with lutefisk reference, Kluwe explained: "In my defense, I played well. Unfortunately, when I play well, that's usually a sign that the team isn't playing well."

That's all we're telling you, aside from how impressed Upload was with the stocking cap and shower thongs ensemble that Kluwe chose for the show. Watch the rest here:

 

 

New St. John's coach hosts chat in St. Cloud. Will there be mayhem?

Posted by: Howard Sinker Updated: January 4, 2013 - 1:04 PM

Some football boosters weren't happy when St. John's in Collegeville chose to stay in-house and promote defensive coordinator Gary Fasching to the head football coaching job, replacing the legendary John Gagliardi, who retired after 60 years at the school.

Many were hoping the job would go to Eden Prairie High coach Mike Grant, a Johnnies alum and the son of former Vikings coach Bud Grant.

Others weren't happy that St. John's didn't look far enough outside the school -- that a more dramatic move was needed to regain equal footing with MIAC powerhouse St. Thomas, and to get back ahead of several other schools in the conference that have improved their programs in recent years.

If you doubt the distress, click here to see the comments on the Star Tribune story after Fasching got the job.

Fasching will on the St. Cloud Daily Times web site at 1:30 p.m. to answer questions from Johnnies fans.

Will there be mayhem?

Click here to find out. If you miss the chat, you'll be able to click on the link to read a replay afterward.

 

Kluwe says Torii Hunter made anti-gay comment; ex-Twin says otherwise

Posted by: Howard Sinker Updated: December 31, 2012 - 9:42 AM

Sunday's Los Angeles Times features a story about gay athletes and how they still feel unwelcome in most pro sports locker rooms.

Kevin Baxter of the Times wrote: "Consider the numbers. About 4,000 players spent time on active rosters in the NBA, NHL, NFL and Major League Baseball in 2012. With the best estimates of the gay/bisexual population in U.S. ranging from 2% to 10%, it's likely many of those 4,000 athletes are gay or bisexual. Yet not one has come out of the closet. Not this year, not last year, not ever."

Former Twins and Los Angeles outfielder Torii Hunter said he believed an athlete who came out could divide a team.

Hunter, who recently signed with Detroit, said: "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."

On Twitter this morning, Vikings punter Chris Kluwe responded:

and followed with

Barker/Kill incident dissected by New York Times

Posted by: Howard Sinker Updated: December 15, 2012 - 9:02 AM

You probably don't need to be reminded that Minnesota wide receiver A.J. Barker left the team in a dispute over how his ankle injury was being handled and his treatment by coach Jerry Kill -- or the 4,000-word letter to Kill that he posted on the web.

New York Times reporter Tim Rohan (a former startribune.com Vikings blogger) cited Barker's case as one in a number of examples of coaching walking the line between behavior that is judged as tough discipline as opposed to abusive, and how coaches no longer have the absolute authority that at one time appeared to come with their position.

Rohan wrote:

"This season, Idaho State suspended its football coach, Mike Kramer, for one game for shoving a player to the ground in practice. Last month, Morehead State suspended the men’s basketball coach Sean Woods for one game for pushing and berating a player during a game. On Thursday, Rutgers suspended the men’s basketball’s coach Mike Rice for three games and fined him $50,000 for behavior in practice.

"At Washington State, the star receiver Marquess Wilson quit the football team, alleging that Coach Mike Leach and his staff had intimidated and humiliated players. The university said Wednesday that it had concluded an internal review and determined there had been no wrongdoing by the coaching staff

Among those interviewed in the story is Rick Aberman, a sports psychologist who met with both Kill and Barker. He told Rohan: “This is a new challenge for coaches It may be the one thing that may drive coaches out of the business, because everything’s public.”

You can read the entire story here.

 

Wisconsin fans react to Bielema's exit: 'This makes me happier than putting up 70'

Posted by: Brian Stensaas Updated: December 4, 2012 - 10:08 PM

As you might imagine, reaction in the Badger State to the report Bret Bielema took the head football job at Arkansas came fast and furious Tuesday afternoon. A quick read through message boards and comment streams associated with stories here, here and here run the gamut.

 

Good for Bret
Bo knows:  Was BB perfect? Of course not. But he did still manage to lead Wisconsin to 3 straight Rose Bowls. This state has been too spoiled in recent years by Barry, Bo, and Bret and forgot where the athletic program used to be.
 
Good riddance, Bret
Toadmanjack: Don't let the door hit you in your goofy-looking living-off-of-Barry-Alvarez-a**.
 
We’re happy
Badger Bob: This makes me happier than putting up 70 last week.
 
We’re in trouble
GSOBadger: This is horrible news. We had a chance to get a good win in the RB, now probably gone. We were poised for a great season next year, now probably gone. We have a great recruiting class lined up, expect many to bail.
 
This is exactly what the program needs
RichardSRussell: You don't expect a guy with a Hawkeye tattoo to have the same level of loyalty to the cardinal and white as, say, Pat Richter. Still, I thought he'd have enough loyalty to his TEAM not to drop this kind of distraction on them just a few weeks before the Rose Bowl. Best of luck anyway, Bret. And remember who gave you your big break.
 
This program will never win another game
Tobin: Seriously, this is a big problem for Bucky. Any new coach coming in will want to hire his own coaches. Look at how Bucky struggled adapting to the new coaching this year. We were set up for a great year next year with the O-line more experienced and our super RBs and Stave able to play again. Are there any Urban Meyers out there?
 
After initial spouts of reactionary posts, many – like Tobin here - turned to speculation. A popular thought to replace Bielema is Paul Chryst. He’s the offensive coaching mind who left the Badgers last season for Pittsburgh and eventually hired away ex-Badgers QB Brooks Bollinger from his coaching post at Hill-Murray High School. The thought makes sense, although later in the evening Chryst issued a statement saying he's perfectly happy at Pitt.
 
Other suggestions that came up again and again: former Vikings offensive coordinator and Badgers QB Darrell Bevell and former coach and current Wisconsin AD Barry Alvarez.
 
It should also be noted that a certain former NFL MVP currently spending time coaching high school football and mowing his lawn in Mississippi came up a few places.
 
Yes, there are some out there pining for Coach Brett Favre in Wisconsin. Another name seen more than once? Former Vikings coach Brad Childress, who ran a kick-(rear-end) offense at Wisconsin as offensive coordinator in the 1990s.

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