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Last Monday, the Proprietor wrote about how good things were over the weekend, sports-wise. Since then, the Wild beat Detroit on the road in overtime and slaughtered Vancouver at home. Gopher men's and women's hoops won (albeit in exhibitions, but those have not always been guaranteed wins for Minnesota.) And Gopher hockey shut out North Dakota last night, 2-0. I don't know what's going on around here lately, but I think I like it. At the very least, let's all enjoy it while it's happening.

A few links for this fine Saturday:

*Local genius and RandBall contributor Stu has made his list of suggested home run calls for new Twins play-by-play guy Cory Provus. Children, and adults of a nervous disposition, may want a responsible person of stout heart with them while they read the list (it's PG-13 for sure), but apart from that I demand that you all go there right now and laugh until tears come to your eyes.

*An interesting note from The Economist: the guys that run McLaren's Formula One team are starting to develop F1 car-style sensors that can be used on athletes in other sports. This might help coaches in other sports help determine fatigue levels for players and therefore make better decisions of when to substitute. Also, it would be fun to put these on football players, and then watch a nose tackle's constitution hit the red line when he tries to return a fumble fifty yards for a touchdown.

*A Wolf Among Wolves says that Anthony Randolph might be good, he might be terrible, but mostly he's just part of a huge group of NBA players with too much talent and not enough something else. (I enjoy links like this because they help allow me to pretend that the NBA is just in an extended preseason, and is not going to waste an entire year for no good reason.)

*And finally: the average MLS game now has more spectators than the average NBA or NHL game. Go ahead and note that the stadiums are different sizes, and any other argument you care to muster; this is still more evidence that the "Will soccer ever catch on in America?" debate is not really a debate, not any more. Anybody who's pretending that it's still up for discussion has long since been left behind by what's actually happening out there. You may go ahead and accuse me of being a "soccer kisser-upper," because I do like soccer an awful lot, but I think it's time we accept that soccer is the fifth major sport in our country.

That'll do it for me. Let's remember: Last year it snowed seven inches on November 13, and the snow didn't leave for the rest of the winter. I don't say this to depress you. I'm trying to tell you that - like this confusingly good run for our local sports teams - let's try to enjoy the good weather while it lasts.