Here are the videos from ESPN and FOX Sports in which Kevin Love talks about his future:
Does Kevin Love want out of Minnesota?
Love on the New York Knicks:
On the criticism he's received for not making teammates better:
On Flip Saunders saying Love has no right to be frustrated:
Love on FOX Sports, where he says he has a great relationship with Saunders, and refers to the Timberwolves as "they." The comment is at about the 2-minute mark of the interview.
So Derek Jeter comes to bat Friday night against the Twins and FSNorth pays the 40-year-old shortstop fawning tribute with this graphic:
That screen shot made its way around Twitter, fueled by Jesse Lund of TwinkieTown, along others,
It caught the attention of the wonderful writer Joe Posnanski, who put up a post called "Greatest Thing Ever" on his web site before the end of the night.
It may well be one of the best smackdown to hyperbole ever. Ever. Posnanski explains what he calls "Jeteration" -- and it's an exercise that can be applied to descriptions of greatness about others who are among the elite at what they've done in their careers.
The money paragraph: Perfection in Jeteration is when you can so perfectly present over-the-top praise for the Derek Jeter that you would use the exact same graphic or story or take as satire. This is not as easy as it sounds. Many have tried, many have failed. But this is as close to perfection as we mere human beings can achieve. If Saturday Night Live was to do a skit about how absurd people are when it comes to their Derek Jeter love, this would be EXACTLY the graphic they would use, word-for-word.
This is not about the tendency to call two scoreless innings of middle relief a great outing or turning a nice running catch into a great one.
Posnanski explains: "So any fair mocking of the Jeteration Phenomenon — where people long to give Jeter Nobel Prizes for things like running out ground balls — must begin with his excellence in mind or the joke loses its power. If you say: Ah, Jeter’s not that good a player, it doesn’t work. (He) has been a superb player. If you say: Ah, Jeter’s not a leader, the joke loses its force. He IS a leader. He’s just not the world’s 11th greatest leader. THAT’s where the joke gains its strength — that space between, 'Yeah, Jeter does a good job leading his baseball teammates,” and “As a leader he ranks just behind the Dalai Lama and a little bit ahead of Gabby Giffords.' :"
And there's more. Posnanski goes on to present his version of a graphic about Jeter in 2014, the 40-year-old shortstop in his farewell year with the Yankees who isn't the player that he used to be.
And there's much more than that, but we're not going any deeper because it would be unfair to give away more of what may well be the 11th best blog post ever written. And we're not really sure about finding the 10 that are better.
This is truly fine stuff for when you have five minutes.
Here's how it started, according to the Boston Globe:
At around 9 p.m. on Friday, Bill Fairweather received a surprising phone call from one of his employees at The Greatest Bar, of which he is co-owner.
A few minutes later, Fairweather raced from his home on the North Shore to the establishment located across the street from TD Garden, home of the Celtics.
Apparently, Kevin Love had just walked in, unannounced.
The Minnesota Timberwolves All-Star forward had arrived in Boston for the weekend to check out the city, a sightseeing visit that sent Celtics fans into a frenzy about the possibility that Love will join the team — perhaps this summer.
So began Boston's weekend of tracking Love, which Celtics fans got very excited about and Timberwolves president Flip Saunders did his best to downplay.
Fairweather, who used to work for ESPN and was a radio talk-show host, played the role of Chamber of Commerce for Love's visit. At one point in their Friday night conversation, according to the Globe's Baxter Holmes, Fairweather said he told Love: "You could be a rock star here."
According to Holmes' story, Love told Fairweather he thinks that Boston great Larry Bird's No. 33 should be retired by every NBA team and that "he planned on talking to fellow UCLA alumnus Bill Walton about what it was like playing for the Celtics."
And so it went. There were photos with fans that ended up on Twitter and a trip to Fenway Park, where he sat in a club area and at one point met up with Celtics point guard Rajon Rondo, who was watching the game from seats on top of the Green Monster scoreboard in left field.
Here's what their meeting looked like:
You can read Holmes' entire story, including the tale of a Boston comedian who staged an event where he planned to stay in Fairweather's bar until the Celtics had a deal for Love, here.
Maybe you remember the story in March: Three members of the Carleton College men's Ultimate team died when the car they were in crashed just outside of Northfield while at the start of a trip to California for a tournament. We won't go deep on the details, so if you want to read them go here.
Despite being a small school and academically intense, Carleton has traditionally fielded one of the top Ultimate teams in North America, competing and beating schools that you would normally associate with major-college sports. Carleton has won three national titles, the most recent in 2011.
This is what the team looked like in the early days, around 1980:
This is the 2009 national title team:
The men are in a bracket that includes Oregon, Florida and Rutgers among the 20 teams that qualified, Central Florida and Colorado are among the teams in the Carleton women's pool.
Ultimate used to be called Ultimate Frisbee and those who know about Carleton shouldn't be surprised that it is very good at something that's very different from the sporting norm. (Here's a guide to Ultimate, if you want a quick lesson on the sport.) Some of the games will be shown on the internet, including ESPN3. The schedule, from which you can get to another page that has video information, is here.
We could write more, but know that we couldn't match the words of Linda Eckert, the mother of a current Carleton player, who wrote about a conversation she had with her son Conor, an Ultimate player who visited the roadside memorial in Northfield before the team left for Ohio.
Jerry Smith/Northfield News photo.
Here's some of what she posted late Wednesday night on the CaringBridge web site:
"Please pray for all of them this weekend. Such young souls who have aged so quickly. Such dear, dear young souls. May the 'Spirit of the Game' lift them all one step closer to healing. Pray for us parents, too. Trying to be 'with' our young wounded souls ... and trying to be WITH the parents of those players who will NOT be there -- those players represented by those crosses ... And, pray for the parents who really wonder just how their son is doing...but could not be at nationals. We are all holding our own wounded souls at the same time we want to deeply comfort those around us.
"I know this weekend will be about so many things - including celebration - in a very FULL sense of the word."
You can read her full post here. If you do, it's a good bet you'll keep the Carleton teams in your thoughts this weekend.
(h/t Catherine Reid Day)
Minneapolis isn't the only city that's putting a batch of resources into trying to get the 2018 Super Bowl. New Orleans and Indianapolis are the other finalists and it comes as no surprise that you can't check out the media in those cities and find lots of attention devoted to the pursuit.
Here's a link to the nola.com coverage of the New Orleans' quest.
By the way, Sports Illustrated thinks that New Orleans is the favorite for a number of reasons. Here's the magazine's take.
And ESPN agrees.
Meanwhile, Indianapolis is touting an even bigger and better experience than when it was host to the Super Bowl in 2012, according to the Indianapolis Star.
You can get more on that city's quest from the Star's web site.
And if you're looking for some talking points on Minnesota's behalf, here are five reasons that the 2018 game should be played here, as laid out by the Vikings' own web site.
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