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Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Michael Sam and the Real "Distraction" in the NFL

As I walked into the Justin Timberlake concert last night I started to get a couple texts and tweets about the breaking news surrounding former Missouri Defensive End, Michael Sam. Yes, I realize me telling you that I was going to the JT concert adds nothing to this post, but I did want to brag about that one more time.  Anyway, Michael Sam came out in an ESPN interview with Chris Connelly announcing, “I came to tell the world I’m an openly proud gay man.” The courage that Mr. Sam showed in doing this is extraordinary.  The stereotype of the culture of an NFL locker room doesn’t really seem welcoming to a gay man, or anyone who may not fit the exact stereotype of an NFL player for that matter.  As a result there is little doubt in my mind that in terms of next year’s draft, he took a bit of a hit as a result.  The reason though, isn’t what you’d probably think.

Friday, January 31, 2014

Kain Colter, Unionization, and The Downfall of the NCAA


When news broke that Kain Colter had begun the initial steps of forming a union for NCAA players, I was very intrigued to say the least.  It’s not very often that I get to combine my three most favorite topics in life: sports, the hypocrisy of the NCAA, and labor law. Now I won’t bore you with the history of the labor movement in the United States, and I won’t go off on the backwards logic that states that unions have run their course and no longer serve a purpose here the in US.  Instead I’m going to focus on one key fact as it relates to college athletics: This is going to change EVERYTHING.

Monday, August 19, 2013

Daily Fantasy Sports: Awesome or Evil?


The other day I went to my weekly hockey game just like every other week. After the game I get in my car and check my phone and it's at this moment that I start getting excited to get home. I got home, checked my phone again to see what was happening and realized I probably had about 10 minutes. So, I took my shower and got a little organized. It's now 11:30 so I go into the fridge, grab a beer and put on MLB.tv so I can watch the last few innings of the LA Dodgers and New York Mets. That's right, two teams I couldn't care less about yet here I was on the edge of my seat. Why? Well, I was down .75 points and had Dodger's second baseman Mark Ellis on my fantasy team that night. He had just one more at bat and a single or walk would win me my game for the night. He ended up hitting a single on a 3-2 count to which I pumped my fist, smiled, and then thought "oh boy, what is happening?"

Friday, January 18, 2013

Around The Rink: Locked Out No More

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I've been meaning to blog for a while. Really, I have. I just...whatever. It doesn't matter anymore and do you know why? The NHL is back baby. And I am proud to say that I am back 110%, ready to watch every freaking game that I can. The lockout was terrible, embarrassing, circus-like, and downright hilarious. The fact is that for 10 years (maybe 8) I don't have to care about "make wholes" or pensions. I get to watch the greatest sport in the world, and you should to, unless you are too high and mighty.

The 2013 NHL Predictions

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I figured it would be much easier to just post our picks in a separate posts rather than my Around the Rink.  So let's do it. But first, how did we do last year?  Well nobody picked the Kings for anything. Oh, and the Devils? Same thing!  So yeah, last year did not go to well for us.  One thing we got right was the worst team as Logan selected Columbus. Congrats!

Let's move into the future and take a look at the picks for 2013.

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

The Great and Powerful Bo


Last night as the final seconds ticked off the clock in Assembly Hall I tweeted of my never-ending support of Bo Ryan.  I professed to the world how I never doubted him, even for a minute.  Well, truth be told, that was a bunch of bullshit.  I did doubt him.  A lot.  I doubted how a team with almost zero athleticism could compete in a league that is stacked with more talent and top teams than any other conference in the country.  I doubted how we could slow down a team like Indiana who led the country in scoring.  I doubted our senior leadership because I felt we had no one to count on when we needed a big bucket or a couple clutch free throws. I doubted how we could even get the ball across half court without a point guard. 

Here's the thing.  Disciplined, smart basketball can make up for a lack of pure talent, but at the end of the day I didn’t think it would be enough, especially since the rest of the Big 10 also generally plays disciplined, smart basketball.  With no Jordan Taylor to take over a game, and no true point guard to speak of, I had my doubts.  Early in the year I not only questioned Bo Ryan’s ability to finish in the top-4 of the Big Ten, like he’s done every year, but also his ability to even make the NCAA tourney.  Something he's also done every single year in Madison.  Really, I should have known better.  Just as every journalist or prognosticator, every sports fan or casual observer should have known as well.  You should never, ever, doubt Bo Ryan. 

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

My Thoughts on Bielema to Arkansas


Bret Bielema is off to Arkansas and Wisconsin fans rejoice…kinda.  I’ve spent the past couple hours trying to figure out just what the hell happened here and have tried to get a handle on where Wisconsin Football goes from here.  At the risk of boring you with even more of my nonsense (hopefully you all missed my twitter rant earlier) here is how I come down on the situation.




What those outside of Wisconsin may not know is that Bielema never really had a ton of support from the University, its Alumni, or the students.  That being said, he was the hand picked successor of Coach Alvarez and he won.  He won a lot.  So between the victories and the backing of Barry, we all pretty much just dealt with the fact that we were never really pleased with him.  Wisconsin fans used the mass exodus of assistant coaches and string of close losses this year as fuel to our fire for our dislike of Bielema, and yet through it all we’re right back in the Rose Bowl again.  While I may argue we are only there in spite of him and thanks to certain behaviors of our Leaders Division foes, we’re there nonetheless and are the first back to back to back Big 10 Champions in about 40 years. Bielema does deserve some credit for that, though we can definitely argue as to how much.

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Beckham's Farewell


It’s easy for passionate soccer fans to hate on David Beckham.  Some even go so far as to say he never had any intentions of playing or caring about the Galaxy and MLS.  Hell, when he had a chance to go play for AC Milan for a loan stint he did everything in his power to stay over there and missed half of a Galaxy season as a result.  He was hurt, suspended, and mentally absent for much of his time in the US.   Some would argue that he only came to LA to model underwear and help his wife become famous all over again.  They argue that the “David Beckham Experiment” failed here in the United States. But here we are today, 6 years later, and that experiment will come to a close after his final game on December 1st  in the MLS Cup.  Some will say good riddance, and let’s let the Beckham Side Show make its next stop in Australia or Asia, or wherever Becks can cash his next paycheck.  But ultimately, those people couldn’t be more wrong.


Friday, November 2, 2012

NHL Continues to Kill The Sport, Slowly

Well, this sucks. I had this grand plan on how I could write posts, make a grand entrance, and talk about a variety of things. Then Bettman happened. It's no secret that I love the sport of hockey. I try to get everyone I know to see the greatness of the sport. The problem is that it truly is a niche sport not much higher on the ranking than soccer in this country. I had lost hope long ago of the sport being big, but now, well, it just won't matter anymore.

Thursday, November 1, 2012

The Truth Behind Voter ID

One of two very important issues facing Minnesotans next week on Election Day is Voter ID. This measure would require all Minnesotans who wish to vote to show valid photo identification at the polls.  According to the bill’s author, Sen. Scott Newman, this initiative would add an “additional measure of integrity” to the election process.  And after all, who could possibly disagree with that?  The most important thing we can do as Americans is vote, so it’s vital that we protect that important process from the rampant problems we have here in Minnesota of voter fraud.