|Rodney Williams finishing a 360-degree dunk into what is probably the correct hoop.|
Wednesday, December 12, 2012
Tuesday, December 4, 2012
The Homecoming: An Overdue Visit to the Minnesota Hall of Athlete Aggression (MelAnChoLy in Minnesota Part III)
|Photo courtesy of the Minnesota Daily.|
Wednesday, October 3, 2012
|Adrian Peterson, during what were happier times for all of us. New Year's 2012.|
Wednesday, September 19, 2012
Monday, September 10, 2012
|Genevieve Ross/ Associated Press|
Thursday, September 6, 2012
Tuesday, July 31, 2012
|Kelci Bryant (L), Minnesota's first London medalist|
Thursday, July 26, 2012
|KLove has gone on record saying the Timbas need to improve significantly. Lets see if Kahn and Co. were listening.|
Wednesday, July 11, 2012
Monday, July 9, 2012
Friday, June 29, 2012
|Rather than lead with a picture of Marko Jaric's beady eyes, or of Sam Cassell's alien head, I decided to go with a pic of Marko Jaric's better half, aka Adriana Lima. Helloooo pageviews :)|
One summer day in August, 2005, the Minnesota Timberwolves traded Sam Cassell and a conditional first round draft pick to the LA Clippers for Marko Jaric and Lionel Chalmers. For seven years Timbas fans have dreaded Clippergeddon, the year we would finally have to give up that pick. This year was the year. The conditional draft pick has turned into the 10th pick of the 2012 NBA Draft, and belongs to the New Orleans Hornets following the Chris Paul trade. With that pick, the Hornets selected Austin Rivers, son of Boston Celtics head coach Doc Rivers. Doc Rivers and the Celtics won the NBA Championship in 2008. And who should be on that roster in 2008 for one last championship run before retirement? None other than Sam Cassell.
There's some good storytellers out there in the world. Who among them could make up something like that?
Tuesday, June 26, 2012
|David Kahn can't Kahntain his smile anymore after pulling a fast one on SilkyJ|
Monday, June 25, 2012
|POBO David Kahn stifles a smile as he thinks of those about to suffer his wrath|
Thursday, June 21, 2012
|Craig Finn of the Hold Steady. Huge Twins fan.|
Monday, June 18, 2012
|Ron and Joel in their Indy 500 attire. Sadly, I lost my camera at the track, and this is the sole surviving picture from the trip.|
Tuesday, May 29, 2012
|Alessandro Del Piero waves to the fans after his last home game in the black and white stripes.|
Tuesday, May 22, 2012
Thursday, May 17, 2012
Friday, May 11, 2012
|Twins win! as you may or may not be able to tell from the crummy cell-phone pic.|
Thursday, May 3, 2012
Friday, April 27, 2012
Thursday, April 26, 2012
It’s draft time, and for those who bleed purple, tonight should make for a very interesting evening. With the third pick, there are two and a half prospects targeted by the Vikings, led by Matt Kalil and Morris Claiborne. The third guy, Justin Blackmon, is a long shot for the Vikings this high in the draft. Kalil and Claiborne have been discussed by Spencer and Silky, so let’s focus on the TRUE optimism regarding the first round of the 2012 NFL draft for your Vikings. And no, it’s not Blackmon...
Wednesday, April 25, 2012
Tuesday, April 24, 2012
If that line weren’t enough to make you want the Vikings to draft Morris ‘Mo’ Claiborne, I’ve got a few more reasons here that will help you change your mind.
Monday, April 23, 2012
Tuesday, April 17, 2012
Headache in Aitkin: Stumbling Upon the Minnesota Concussion Memorial (MelAnChoLy in Minnesota: Part II)
Friday, April 13, 2012
Thursday, April 12, 2012
Tuesday, April 10, 2012
Monday, April 9, 2012
Saturday, April 7, 2012
Unlike the Gopher hockey article, which started with a similar disclaimer, I have watched golf before. I am familiar with the practice and rote memorization (and luck) necessary for a successful round of golf. I’ve never done it myself, but having witnessed practice rounds at Hazeltine in person, I see the pressure inherent in preparing for such a tournament.
Thursday, April 5, 2012
Monday, April 2, 2012
Sunday, April 1, 2012
Friday, March 30, 2012
Thursday, March 29, 2012
Combined Win-Loss Records, March 31, 2011-March 29, 2012
Minnesota Gophers (BKB) 23-14 (.590)
Minnesota Gophers (FB) 3-9 (.250)
Minnesota Timberwolves 25-35 (.417)
Minnesota Twins 63-99 (.389)
Minnesota Vikings 3-13 (.188)
Minnesota Wild 34-38-10 (.415)
Combined: 151-218 (.409)
FY 2012 has largely been an unkind one for Minnesota sports fans. Losses mounted quickly as quarterbacks were battered, shootouts were squandered in embarrassing fashion, and all kinds of collateral ligaments were torn asunder. Our most successful team percentage-wise--Gophers' basketball--possessed zero players who wanted to even attempt a shot in a late-game, high-pressure situation against Michigan State one month ago. The past year has been so bad for our big-time sports teams that you could make a compelling argument that the best Minnesota athlete of the past year was actually the guy who finished 2011 as the top-ranked American tennis player in the world: Mardy Fish. And he's only a Minnesotan inasmuch as he learned to burp and crawl and use a potty here before his family moved to Florida when he was four years old.
Whether it's warranted or not, Minnesota fans have a reputation for loudly applauding our occasional flashes of brilliance and largely condoning the long periods of subsequent mediocrity. We break audience decibel-level records when we make the World Series, but mostly, we hope that our general managers know what they're doing when they bring in the Mike Lambs and Kim Johnssons of the sports world to fix our teams' glaring holes. And as the win-loss records show, the past 12 to 18 months in particular have been a special kind of emotional beat-down for the followers of the most prominent local squads.
Now, there have been signs of life with certain squads lately. The Wolves have again become a hot ticket with their exciting brand of play this season, and both big-money Gophers squads (with the promising late-season look of Jerry Kill's squad and a dangerous Hollins-Mbakwe duo on the 2012-13 horizon) look as though they might finally be heading in an upward trajectory. But it seems for every Kevin Love 40-point outing we've celebrated, there has been, say, a Zack Bowman signing that makes Vikings fans wonder if our front office remembers what a competent football player looks like and threatens to drag the whole fan base a little deeper into the dredges.
What I (and several of my friends, who will occasionally contribute as writers and editors) hope to do through this site is analyze, criticize, yell and scream, stomp and cheer, and generally translate Minnesota fandom into the written word. You can expect to check us out a couple times a week for new content here in our infancy. I'm especially excited to try out a few original types of blog posts, including installments of the "21 Years..." series, in which we count down various lists of the top 21 athletes, events, and...I don't know, local beers that have helped define and shape life as a Minnesota sports fan in the time since our last major professional or collegiate title. You can also expect to find Game of the Week breakdowns; commentaries and columns; occasional tangents into topics like local music, un-American football, and video games; and a live blog or two, once I figure out how to work this here Internet device.
We're Minnesota. We're the fan base that knows more about the symptoms and ramifications of bilateral leg weakness than any other in the country. We're the state whose catered food is apparently so bad, it can serve as the catalyst for the messy departure of a beloved Hall of Fame-caliber athlete. We're the people who ask to be circled by a Dutchman who loves his flatulence, and we hold up signs at our one championship-caliber team's playoff games that say "At Least We Got Da Lynx."
Sometimes fatalistic, often irrational, occasionally analytical, always entertaining. The qualities of the fans I have met while rooting for the teams of this state are the ones that I hope come through most evidently on this website. Now if you'll excuse me, I have to go celebrate a nail-biter of a Timberwolves victory over the cellar-dwelling Bobcats by muttering complaints about Anthony Tolliver into a Soco Seven.
**Special thanks right off the bat goes out to Tim Lien for putting all the balls on a rack, just how I wanted them, in the header design.