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Jack Morris on falling short of Cooperstown: "I actually predicted this"

Posted by: Vince Tuss Updated: January 10, 2013 - 6:59 PM



St. Paul native Jack Morris wasn't returning calls Wednesday when he again fell short of the Baseball Hall of Fame. But in interviews Thursday with and MLB Network Radio, the Game 7 hero of the 1991 World Series for the Twins shared his thoughts. Here are the highlights:

  • Was he surprised? "I wasn't shocked. I actually predicted this. It's just the nature of the beast. It's just a whole bunch of guys [on the ballot]."
  • Did the steroid debate overshadow him and the debate over his credentials? "We all got put aside because nobody knew how to handle the (performance-enhancing drugs) guys. But the bottom line is the writers had a lot to deal with this year and they did the best they could."
  • Now what? "I can argue my case to those who want to listen. I wish I could grab the ball and show the non-believers what I can do, but I can't. That time is gone. All I can do is show gratitude."
  • What about those who cite his high ERA as a reason to keep him out?  “The real question is, is it relevant? I think what I’ve seen from the sabermetric guys is that numbers are a wonderful thing and they can use them any way they want. (ERA) is what writers have determined as the negative.”
  • Can he deal with being left out of the hall? “I have to come to terms with the reality that there could be a chance that I won’t be a Hall of Famer in the writer’s eyes. You know what, I’m OK with that. I understand that."

You think you're happy the NHL lockout is over?

Posted by: Vince Tuss Updated: January 11, 2013 - 12:40 AM

How about the folks over at Mariucci Arena, who had to contend with the "help" detailed in this video?

Before heading back to organized workouts, former Gophers Paul Martin of the Pittsburgh Penguins and Keith Ballard of the Vancouver Canucks showed off how they had been spending some of their time in the Twin Cities during the lockout. The fun video, first shown during the Gophers-Notre Dame game, was posted a day later on YouTube.

If you think that was a stretch, how about NBC hockey announcer Mike Emrick? According to the New York Times, Emrick found himself calling a girls 12-and-under game in Michigan -- at the suggestion of NBC News anchor Brian Williams.

Emrick found some help in his preparation from Minneapolis native, former North Star and 1980 Olympian Mark Johnson, now coach of the University of Wisconsin women's team who also coached the 2010 U.S. women's Olympic team. So what did Johnson tell Emrick? According to the Times:

What should he look for? Emrick asked. “A lot of smiles through wire,” Johnson told him. Also, he said, “Two or three on each team will be dominant; for that handful, the light has gone on, because they have the confidence and the skills.”

Emrick also found one main difference from calling a women's game vs. a men's: Sometimes, the ponytails obscure the players' numbers. His call was featured Thursday night on Williams' "Rock Center" show. Here's the segment:


Kevin Garnett is a ... blank

Posted by: Vince Tuss Updated: January 9, 2013 - 11:03 PM



No, that's not one of KG's expletives in the headline. blogger Sekou Smith asked that very question of writers, in light of his latest flashpoint this season: An on-court war of words with Knicks star Carmelo "Anything but Melo" Anthony that earned them both technicals and led to an off-court confrontation. It comes on the heels of his shove of Kris Humphries and his embrace of ex-coach Kevin McHale.

Former Star Tribuner Steve Ashburner gave what might be a spoken-word poem of Garnett:

An all-timer. A throwback. A salty dude. Overly chippy on occasion. A great example for young players in terms of two-way play, competitiveness, loyalty to your team and feistiness toward opponents. Underrated for about a dozen seasons for his abilities as a passer and to defend five positions when necessary. Tightly wound. Vulgar to the max as a trash talker (remarkably creative, though, at times). A guy I want on my team. Future inductee in Springfield. One of the most fascinating athletes I’ve covered.

Other ways that the writers summed up Garnett: "Man-beast," "one of a kind," "potentially dangerous," "a guy you want on your side with everything on the line." How would you describe him? You can read the whole thing here.

And as Anthony was suspended a game, posted cellphone video of the Jawin' in the Garden. You can't make out a lot, but that doesn't stop beeps from covering up supposed expletives:


Peterson's season? Ninth best by a running back

Posted by: Chris Miller Updated: December 31, 2012 - 11:26 AM

Adrian Peterson's near record-setting season was judged by an independent observer -- the very savvy Joe Posnanski -- as the ninth best season by a running back.  When you look at the statistical evidence, you might agree. Or, you might not. 

Posnanski's story appears in the Sports on Earth blog.

UMD football coach headed to Western Illinois

Posted by: Chris Miller Updated: December 19, 2012 - 10:31 AM

Minnesota Duluth football coach Bob Nielson, who led the Bulldogs to a pair of NCAA Division II championships, is leaving the Port City to be football coach at Western Illinois.

Nielson, 100-26 as football coach, is also UMD's athletic director. He is 53.

The Duluth News-Tribune report is here.


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