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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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