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Naked fantasy football loser in Minneapolis is your daily inspiration

You can find motivation in the strangest places. This morning's dose comes from our friends at Deadspin, where you can find this post about a naked or mostly naked fellow walking through the streets of Minneapolis wearing not much more than a cardboard box. The box reads "Fantasy Football Loser."  His friends seen in the background are very much enjoying his walk. We can only assume this is the last-place finisher in that fantasy league, paying up.

This is inspiring. Why? Because we have our Star Tribune fantasy league draft this week, and you probably have a fantasy draft coming up, and, well, really none of us want to end up walking around wearing a box. So, draft well, fellow fantasy geeks ... or at least keep that nice big box the lawnmower came in.

 

Deadspin photo.

Deadspin photo.

 

Hooray for Staples-Motley! Its 5-year football losing streak is over

"Five... four... three... two... one... AND THE STREAK HAS BEEN BROKEN!"

Today's feel-good story opening comes from the Brainerd Dispatch, which reported on the Staples-Motley Cardinals winning their first football game since 2010 over the weekend.

Here goes:

"Travis VanOverbeke enjoyed his first celebratory speech as a Staples-Motley head coach. The second year coach even quoted rapper Ice Cube saying, 'Today was a good day.' That's because the Cardinals snapped a 39-game losing streak - the longest in the state - with Friday's 24-14 Midwest Blue Subdistrict victory over the Frazee Hornets in front of an appreciative home crowd."

And here's the radio call of the final seconds from Joshua Miron on Wadena radio station KSKK.

Over the years, the central Minnesota school has been known more for winning. Its teams have made appearances at the state basketball and tennis tournaments, so seeing the Cardinals on the other end of things is odd. But it's something that happens at many small schools in the cyclical nature of high school sports.

In the late 1970s, Motley High School (before the two towns came to share a single high school) brought attention to a conference opponent by beating Nevis High 96-0, which sent the Minneapolis Tribune (before the Star and the Tribune became a single newspaper) to Nevis for a story about how winning is only a dream for some schools. (The Tribune was also on hand when Nevis broke its streak two years later. The team's coach called the newspaper and pretty much guaranteed his team was going to snap the streak that afternoon.)

Last year, during ther fourth season of the streak, the Star Tribune columnist Jon Tevlin wrote about the team.

After Friday's game, VanOverbeke told the Dispatch about talking to his team after the game: "That felt pretty good to be a little energetic rather than having a somber moment."

Junior Matt Miller was one of the game's stars. He scored on a 60-yard run to open the second half and returned an interception 80 yards for a touchdown with about 4 1/2 minutes left in the game.

About scoring the final touchdown, Miller said: "It was a really good feeling. It was a great feeling. That big of a lead was something we hadn't had before."

On Friday, the Cardinals will try for a winning streak at Osakis, which lost 57-0 to Otter Tail Central last Friday.

You can read the full report from the Brainerd newspaper here.

TV Listings

Local Schedule

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  • Indy at Minnesota United FC

    7pm on Ch. 45

  • Gary at Saints

    7:05pm on 1220-AM

  • Chicago White Sox at Twins

    7:10pm on FSN, 96.3-FM

  • Chicago White Sox at Twins

    12:10pm on FSN, 96.3-FM

  • Live racing

    6:30pm

  • Vikings at Tennessee

    7pm on 100.3/1130

  • Gary at Saints

    7:05pm on 1220-AM

  • Live racing

    6:30pm

  • Indiana at Lynx

    7pm on 106.1-FM

  • Gary at Saints

    7:05pm on 1220-AM

  • Twins at Houston

    7:10pm on FSN, 96.3-FM

  • Live racing

    12:45pm

  • Twins at Houston

    6:10pm on FSN, 96.3-FM

  • New Jersey at Saints

    7:05pm on 105.1-FM

  • Live racing

    12:45pm

  • Twins at Houston

    1:10pm on FSN, 96.3-FM

  • Minnesota United FC at Edmonton

    3pm

  • New Jersey at Saints

    5:05pm on 1220-AM

  • New York at Lynx

    6pm on FSN, 106.1-FM

  • New Jersey at Saints

    11:05am on 1220-AM

  • Live racing

    12:45pm

  • Twins at Kansas City

    7:10pm on FSN, 96.3-FM

  • Seattle at Lynx

    7pm on 106.1-FM

  • Twins at Kansas City

    7:10pm on FSN, 96.3-FM

Today's Scoreboard

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  • Arizona

    Colorado

     

    - F

    6

    4

  • Tampa Bay

    Baltimore

     

    - F

    11

    2

  • Cleveland

    Toronto

     

    - F

    3

    5

  • Miami

    Atlanta

     

    - F

    7

    1

  • NY Yankees

    Boston

     

    - F

    3

    1

  • Philadelphia

    NY Mets

     

    - F

    14

    8

  • Cincinnati

    Chicago Cubs

     

    - F

    4

    5

  • Seattle

    Houston

     

    - F

    7

    5

  • Detroit

    Kansas City

     

    - F

    6

    5

  • Pittsburgh

    Milwaukee

     

    - F

    4

    7

  • Chicago White Sox

    Minnesota

     

    - F

    6

    8

  • Washington

    St. Louis

     

    - F

    5

    8

  • Arizona

    Colorado

     

    - F

    5

    3

  • LA Angels

    Oakland

     

    - F

    6

    2

  • San Francisco

    LA Dodgers

     

    - F

    1

    2

  • Texas

    San Diego

     

    - F

    8

    6

  • Connecticut

    Indiana

     

    - F

    51

    81

  • Atlanta

    New York

     

    - F

    75

    80

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