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Nov 23rd


Look for another series of Kobe’s championship Nike puppet commercials

Look for another series of Kobe’s championship Nike puppet commercials
Basketball ain’t what it used to be, but it’s pretty impossible not to marvel at the size and grace of the young men flying – but mostly lumbering – down the court, and regularly flying sky high over the rim. I mean Dwight Howard of the Orlando Magic seems likely to be able to dunk a ball over the backboard, and every time I see his shoulders I think of the Eddie Murphy stand-up phrase “Aw look at his shoulders.”

Lebron James is the closest thing to a live video game character, and Kobe Bryant has finally achieved the status of “Greatest Michael Jordan Look Alike of All-Time.” So I suppose when I think about it like that, I remember that Magic Johnson was huge, and actually had hops before he got his Hollywood weight; and I would also imagine that Wilt Chamberlain could dunk a ball over the backboard. So maybe things aren’t so different after all…except for Dwight Howard’s bison sized shoulders…and martian sized little head (he-he).

Celebrating Black baseball in Minnesota

Celebrating Black baseball in Minnesota
 The 63rd Anniversary of Jackie Robinson breaking the color barrier in major league baseball comes as the Minnesota Twins embark upon a new existence in lovely Target Field. The Twins early season play has complimented the impressed euphoria of the fan base, and so all around there are many reasons for Minnesotans to be proud.

Baseball in Minnesota has a rich, proud history, which includes strong representation in the historic national Black baseball days of the 19th and early 20th Century.

Note: I try my best to “keep it real” with my articles, and I just realized the tsunami I just stepped into through approaching the topic of Black baseball in Minnesota. Well, I suppose that I always wanted to improve my baseball knowledge, so here we go because I know I’m not the only one who needs to bone-up on his Black baseball. I also suppose that a hearty, “Thank you Jackie” is in order for shining a light many years after his passing.

WNBA Draft: Monica Wright, Kelsey Griffin

WNBA Draft: Monica Wright, Kelsey GriffinCollegiate drafts in the various sports are always pretty interesting. I suppose the concept of good kids coming up and getting theirs is always something to celebrate. For the Minnesota Lynx it was quite the celebration this year, but it was sort of like someone kept on bumping the DJ table and making the record skip a few times. However, in the end, the Lynx ended up getting much better for the upcoming year, and even the year to follow.

The Lynx traded away the first pick in the WNBA draft in order to get more subsequent picks at the second and third draft slots this year. This was a pretty difficult move to make because the first pick represented the opportunity to bring in National Champion guard Tina Charles from the University of Connecticut (UCONN). Now if you didn’t happen to notice the undefeated dominating season that UCONN had this year, which was simply a carryover from last years’ National Championship, then you may have perhaps missed the collegiate career of the future Michael Jordan of the WNBA. The women’s game is evolving mightily, and you only need to watch Charles’ jumpshot form to know that men and women are equal. I don’t care where you’re from Tina Charles has one of the most beautiful jumpshots known to man.

Minnesota Lynx partners with Minnesota Alliance With Youth to sponsor Global Youth Service Day celebration 

The Minnesota Lynx announced the organization will join forces with Minnesota Alliance With Youth - an association committed to advocating with and for youth to ensure that all young people in Minnesota have access to the fundamental resources they need to be successful - to host a Global Youth Service Day celebration on Sunday, April 25 from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. at Mall of America's Best Buy Rotunda. The event, intended for children of all ages and their parents, will feature youth performers, on-site service projects and special appearances from Lynx players. More information about the celebration can be found on the organization’s website,

Support Northside youth going worldwide

Support Northside youth going worldwideThis story has some point blank objectives so before I start trying to make it sound greater than great, let me make sure you take the basics with you so we can get the job done:

Who: Alexander Clark, North High School Senior
What, Why, Where: Raising $3,995 to represent Minnesota and the U.S. at the America Downunder Summer Bowl in Australia and New Zealand
When: Due date is April 20th

Send donations to:

Alexander Clark
4329 Webber Parkway
Minneapolis, MN 55412 #5
Or call (952) 715-0669

I’m sure not too much more explanation is needed than that, but personal experience with opportunities like this call for some more context and testimony.

Minnesota Timberwolves FastBreak Foundation announces winners of 2010 Timberwolves & Lynx College Scholarships

Minnesota Timberwolves FastBreak Foundation announces winners of 2010 Timberwolves & Lynx College ScholarshipsThe Minnesota Timberwolves FastBreak Foundation announced that Karly Kostich (Mt. Iron, MN.), Derek Krautkremer (St. Paul), Dokyung "Dolan" Lee (Edina), Amanda Nelson (Clark, S.D.) and Kayla Yang (St. Paul) are this year’s winners of the Minnesota Timberwolves and Lynx Scholarships. The scholarships were awarded to eligible high school seniors in Minnesota, North Dakota and South Dakota.

Each scholarship, worth $2,000, will go toward tuition costs at a college or university for students who will be attending classes in the fall semester of the 2010-11 school year. The winners were recognized in an on-court ceremony during the Timberwolves game against the Golden State Warriors last Wednesday, April 7.

The Clarence Sutton Memorial Golf Tournament takes kids to college

It takes a whole lot of work to get 90-100 high school and junior high students to travel from Minnesota, through a multi-state college tour of the South and Midwest. I would imagine that even the kids who participate in the Progressive Education Ministries Black College Tour recognize how difficult it must be for the adults guiding the excited young minds back and forth, on and off the bus. But when St. Paul Mayor Chris Coleman makes it an annual routine to participate in the ceremonial send-off, as the kids load the buses, then you know that there must be something really good going on.

The annual Black College Tour is generally held in October, but the biggest fund raising event to make the Tour possible is right around the corner. On June 12 The Clarence Sutton Memorial Golf Tournament will be held at the recently renovated Highland National Golf Course in St. Paul. For those who like golf and golf tournaments, you’d be hard pressed to find one with greater purposes than those pursued by this event. You also may want to catch the 15th hole at the Highland course, which now boasts a sand bunker in the shape of “Snoopy” – I’d imagine quite a few photos will be snapped there during the tournament.
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