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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. NBA.com 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 NBA.com 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, TMZ.com 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.

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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