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Dec 17th


Without struggle there is no progress for the Vikings

Without struggle there is no progress for the VikingsDuring the 2009-2010 NFL season, the Vikings had everything going their way. The last second passes were successful by the tip of a toe in the end zone; coaches and players were getting along (most of the time); there were no stories of text messages that everyone wishes they hadn’t heard about; and Randy Moss was happy in New England, and thus nobody was in the Vikings locker room trippin’ about the catered food.

The magic of the 2009 season was my reasoning for thinking that Brett Favre should have stayed saddled up on his tractor. The only thing that could stop the Vikings last year was a deep manifestation of that ole’ “Creole mojo,” that the Saints had cooking down in the Superdome. The Saints won the Super Bowl, so it seems that the mojo could not be defeated, and thus the Vikings technically did as well as they possibly could last year. And usually a year like that is not followed up by a year of the same type of performance or better.

Management 101 for Coach Childress

Management 101 for Coach Childress
First of all, let’s teach the kids that if you don’t like somebody’s food, you just say, “No thank you.” Randy Moss apparently made a “Chappelle Show” episode out of expressing his dislike for the food from a local restaurant. Apparently this episode, along with a few other potential attitude incidents, led to the abrupt dismissal of Moss from the Vikings after only four games. Vikings head coach Brad Childress responded simply to the situation by suggesting that trading for Moss was a “poor decision”. I disagree, and I’m guessing that the proof will bear out through Moss showing pleasant success with his new team, the Tennessee Titans.

Randy Moss is an honest dude. Two quotes of his stick out in my mind over the years: “I play when I want to play,” and “Straight cash homie!” Those two quotes translate to: “I want to feel like a valued employee,” and, “It’s all about the Benjamin’s baby.”

“Uncle Ron” Washington rises to the top

“Uncle Ron” Washington rises to the top
Three African-American men have managed a team in the World Series. Ron Washington, the most recent of the three (including Cito Gaston and Dusty Baker), is leading the Texas Rangers through the big show, and for everyone’s viewing pleasure, he’s taking a few familiar spirits with him: the spirits of imperfection, honesty and hard, diligent work.

From the first moment that the Insight News primary target market saw, or sees, Ron Washington on their HD television screens, they may have to do a double-take to make sure that Washington is not their long lost relative. If Washington doesn’t look like everyone’s favorite “Uncle Ron” while he stands there in the dugout flipping sunflower seeds off of his lips, then collard greens ain’t good. You can feel a genuine feeling jumping off of the screen when watching Washington, and his players confirm that observation in what they have to say about him.

Wolf pack redesigned for upcoming season

Wolf pack redesigned for upcoming seasonWatch out now. The Timberwolves seem to have a new groove. Whether you agree with that possibility or not, the Wolves have several new players, and that’s a fact. Pre-season observation of this adjusted pack of Wolves seems to show a team with some improved lift on the court – or maybe it could be that Wolves’ GM David Kahn, who rarely seems to smile himself, is lining up a set of the most genuine smiles that the NBA has to offer. I smell a “Minnesota Nice” promotional campaign coming. Considering the price of tickets to Wolves games these days, it just might work.

And1 Ballin For Peace Basketball Tournament

And1 Ballin For Peace Basketball TournamentImpact Minnesota with Vigilant Promotions will be hosting the And1 Ballin For Peace Basketball Tournament on Saturday, October 23rd at North High School, doors open at 10:00 am. Tryouts for Team ImpactMN will take place the day before on Friday, October 22nd at North High School at 12 pm. Tamara Moore, 6 year WNBA Star will be the honorary coach for Team ImpactMN. MTV will be filming the game for an upcoming series . North High School students get in free. Hosting the tournament is part of Impact Minnesota’s GOTV 2010 efforts.

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Fans can 'See Their Names In Lights' as unprecedented Timberwolves Fan Development Program continues

New 10-Game Flex Pack buyers will be recognized on an electronic billboard located on Block E in downtown Minneapolis

The Minnesota Timberwolves last week announced the next phase in the team's innovative fan development program. All fans who take advantage of the team's unique 10-game Flex Pack ticket offer will be able to "see their name in lights" on a new electronic billboard in downtown Minneapolis.

"Our fans are the centerpiece of everything we do, and this is our way of welcoming new fans to the pack and giving them an experience they won't find anywhere else," said Timberwolves President Chris Wright. "Just as our team continues to develop on the court, we're working to make our Fan Development Program one of the most aggressive in sports, and we'll continue pushing the envelope to find new and innovative ways to meet our fans' needs."

Huge milestone for Favre is somehow muted

Huge milestone for Favre is somehow mutedOn a stormy Monday Night Football game, Brett Favre threw the 500th touchdown of his relentless career in the NFL. Joe Montana threw 273 touchdowns in his NFL career; Warren Moon 291; John Elway 300; Minnesota Viking, Fran Tarkenton 342; and Dan Marino 420.

Now that is certainly enough said right there, but unfortunately there was probably not enough said nationally about this Usain Bolt-like feat from Favre. There is always a storm of media following Favre for this reason or that, and in the Vikings recent Monday night game versus the vaunted NY Jets, that storm of media minutia swallowed a moment that should have been paused for honoring Favre’s accomplishment.
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