McHale waited until late in the night to make the key decision to send the Wolves’ third overall draft pick, O.J. Mayo, to the Memphis Grizzlies for the No. 5 pick, Kevin Love, as part of an eight-player swap. It’s funny to remember now that the only reason the Love trade happened was because Memphis was willing to add future NBA champ Mike Miller to the deal. Without him the Wolves would have kept Mayo, and their frontcourt of the future never would have happened.
• How does Vikings special team coach Mike Priefer see former quarterback turned wide receiver Joe Webb fitting in with those teams? “Joe has been working extremely hard and it’s all brand new to him, and obviously he has not done this before, especially at an NFL level. He is doing a great job in terms of learning. He sits up in front in meetings and asks questions and is doing drill work well.”
• Vikings General Manager Rick Spielman is impressed with how tough free-agent fullback Zach Line plays the game. “He’s not afraid of contact, I can tell you that,” Spielman said. “If you look at his face and see all those scars above the bridge of his nose, that shows you he does put his head in there and try to get after people.”
• Gophers quarterback Philip Nelson, who got his first action as a freshman last year in the Wisconsin game on Oct. 20, was asked how things are different for him after starting the final seven games of the season. “Last year was really just getting my feet wet a little bit and being able to figure out what it’s like,” Nelson said. “But I think our whole offense getting a year of experience and me getting a half of a season under my belt and spring ball and summer has prepared us. I think we’re ready to hit camp hard and hit the ground running and do what we have to do.”
• Asked about the expected Twins attendance this year, club President Dave St. Peter said: “I’m hoping for 2.5 [million], I think at a minimum we’ll draw 2.4. To be honest with you, I don’t take that for granted. I think our fans have been great. When you look at major league attendance and you start to stack up wins and losses, I don’t think there’s a better fan base in the game. Our fans have been patient, they have been in the ballpark in big numbers. Our no-show rate, we remain among the best in Major League Baseball. That tells you that, despite the fact that we haven’t played well, our season-ticket holders are still coming to games and having good experiences.”
• TwinsFest will shift to Target Field next year on Jan.24-26 after the Metrodome is torn down. Vendors of memorabilia who had six tables and earned as much as $30,000 each year will be limited to one table and a lot less profit.
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