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A sign of spring: Box scores at breakfast

A sign of spring: Box scores at breakfast

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Sports | In much of the country, March portends spring (although not so much this year). In my home state of Minnesota, March is miserable. It is Punxsutawney Phil’s…

Do we really want honesty?

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Sports | “I hope they go 0-162.” Well, that wasn’t a terribly nice thing for Detroit Tigers second baseman Ian Kinsler to say about his former team, the Texas…

Flash vs. substance

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Sports | One of the most anticipated off-season events for National Football League teams wrapped up this week: the NFL scouting combine. The combine takes place…

From the land of no tomorrows

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Sports | “Where I come from there is no tomorrow, only today.” Hearing those words, you might think of an immigrant from a military state or someone who has known…

The ‘broken’ standard between players and fans

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Sports | Marcus Smart, a sophomore at Oklahoma State University, is one of college basketball’s brightest stars, but after an altercation at a game last Saturday he…

How do you handle the sports doldrums?

How do you handle the sports doldrums?

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Sports | With the Super Bowl in the rearview mirror, we find ourselves in the midst of the sports doldrums. Twice a year (the other being mid-July) sports fans are…

Damaged goods need a healer

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Sexual Abuse | This week police at the University of Missouri handed over details of a rape case to local police for investigation. Sasha Menu Courey, a member of…

The best leader in sports retires

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Sports | I fell in love with the National Basketball Association in 1995, when the Minnesota Timberwolves drafted a gangly high schooler named Kevin Garnett. From that…

It’s time to put the old dog down

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Sports | When I was 23 my family put our dog Sable to sleep. She was nearly 14 years old, deaf, and could barely walk anymore. I was living away from home at the time,

Chris Kluwe and our rush to judgment

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Sports | Last week, Deadspin published an article by former Minnesota Vikings punter Chris Kluwe titled “I used to be an NFL player until I was fired by two cowards…

The Peter Principle and the NFL

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Sports | Black Monday is not a big shopping day and it doesn’t refer to a stock market crash. It’s the day after the final day of the National Football League’s…

A new kind of leader in the NBA

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Sports | A decade ago the National Basketball Association’s roster of coaches matched the caliber of the league’s All-Star players: Phil Jackson, Don Nelson, Lenny…

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