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Nov 21st


College sports: A billion dollar industry

College sports: A billion dollar industry

Like millions of Americans, I watched a few bowl games in the past few weeks or so. I was struck by something a commentator said during whatever bowl Ohio State played in. He spoke of a player that was back on the field after two suspensions. 

I would have understood if he’d been suspended for missing curfew or a team meeting. Getting suspended for being arrested in a bar fight would have been understandable, as well. But, this brother was suspended once for selling his own memorabilia and once for accepting money for a job that it was determined he didn’t attend enough.


New activity sweeping the nation!

New activity sweeping the nation!

Over the last five years or so, retirees who winter in the south have been bringing a new sport back home with them.  It’s called “PICKLEBALL”

Pickleball is a unique activity for all ages.  Similar to many other racquet games such as badminton, tennis, racquetball, and table tennis, Pickleball is played on a court about one-third the size of a tennis court.  It is played indoors and out, requires very little in expense or equipment, and is great for those who have a few aches and pains from years of tennis, racquetball or squash.


Decisions create a “prisoner class” of our young folks

Decisions create a “prisoner class” of our young folks

Nobody asked me, but, if they had, I wouldn’t have been able to offer a sensible rationale for The United Way’s decision to withdraw support for youth recreation in our communities.

I have seen what opportunities exist in suburban communities; for  kids of all ages. They’ve gone over the top for their own.

I have four grandchildren who live in Eden Prairie. They are twin boys, 14, and girls 12 and 8. The youngest girl competes in baseball, basketball and swimming. The eldest girl plays baseball, volleyball and basketball. The twins have played football, basketball, baseball and track.


Timberwolves FastBreak Foundation to spread holiday cheer through the 2011 Season of Giving Month

This holiday season, the Minnesota Timberwolves FastBreak Foundation will present the Season of Giving Month, with the focus towards organizations and events that help make the holidays a happier time for those in need. The FastBreak Foundation will also use this special time of year to recognize those individuals in the community who embody the spirit of the season through their work to assist others.

"As we get the NBA season underway, we want to make sure during this wonderful time of the year that our entire organization focuses on making sure those in need have an opportunity to enjoy the holiday season," said Timberwolves President Chris Wright.


Enoch Elliot leads strong Minnesota showing

Enoch Elliot leads strong Minnesota showingIf it takes a village to raise a child, Enoch Elliot is a prime example of how this is imperative for our community and our children.

A North Minneapolis resident, Elliot is a 14-year old triathlete.  These athletes compete in triathlons, consisting of three phases, swimming, biking and running.  He started swimming competitively at the age of seven, and began biking and running at age eight.  He trains for swimming seven months out of the year’ and trains for track three months.

Michael Beasley delivers for Kevin Durant’s Charity Game

Coming off his Charity All Star Game last Friday, Minnesota Timberwolves forward Michael Beasley lit up the court in Kevin Durant’s US Fleet Tracking Basketball Invitational in Oklahoma City. He scored 56 points and was the dominant player surrounded by a bevy of NBA All Stars such as Kevin Durant, LeBron James, Chris Paul and Carmelo Anthony to name a few.

Oh what a win! Minnesota Lynx 73, Atlanta Dream 67

Oh what a win! Minnesota Lynx 73, Atlanta Dream 67With their win over the Atlanta Dream in Game 3 of the 2011 WNBA Finals on Friday, October 7, the Minnesota Lynx completed the series sweep to capture the franchise's first-ever WNBA Championship and Minnesota's first professional sports championship since the 1991 Minnesota Twins. The Lynx defeated the Atlanta Dream 73-67 behind a balanced team effort featuring six different players with seven or more points. After the game, Seimone Augustus was named the 2011 WNBA Finals MVP, averaging 24.7 points per game during the three-game series.

Governor Mark Dayton released the following reaction on the Minnesota Lynx WNBA Championship victory last week. “Tremendous Victory! Tremendous Championship!! Tremendous Team!!!” 

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