Archive for March, 2008

31
Mar
08

Could the Twins Be Headed for Another Dark Ages?

“Nature does not know extinction; all it knows is transformation,” wrote Wernher von Braun, a NASA rocket scientist, on the continuation of spiritual existence after death.  His reasoning is simple: things do not die, for nature is built to transform itself, and therefore everything must continue on in some form after its demise.  In the offseason this year, it appeared the Minnesota Twins baseball club died a little by losing the club’s two biggest superstars in Torii Hunter and Johan Santana, and now on March 31st, 2008, here we are to see the Twins transformed into a completely new ball club, full of new names. 

The success of the newly transformed Twins will only be seen as the season wears on, and many sportswriters are predicting the Twins to finish in third or fourth place in the AL Central Division. As I see it, however, this year doesn’t matter, because with such a transitional, young ballclub, it’s difficult to believe that that the Twins could win the Central, or even be very competitive in comparison to the Indians and Tigers this year. The danger that I see is that the Twins could spin again into another dark age, similar to the epic string of losing seasons the club suffered in the late 1990’s.

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29
Mar
08

Minnesota Wild Playoff Picture

As The NHL playoffs start to become more than a speck on the horizon of a long 82 game season, the Wild find themselves front and center in the playoff picture.  On Wednesday night the Wild recaptured first place in the northwest division by defeating the red-hot Edmonton Oilers, who are now 7-3 in their last ten games.  The Oilers spanked the Wild pretty badly up in Edmonton on Monday night;

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the game was not as close as the 5-3 score would indicate as the Oilers were up 3-0 early in the first.  On Wednesday the Wild looked like a completely different team, playing in front of their home crowd they jumped on the Oilers early and completely dominated them for the first two periods of play.  
 

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05
Mar
08

Top 5 Golf Getaways to Get Out of Minnesota

Living in Minnesota doesn’t allow for the luxury of playing golf all year round, to help combat that problem many people take golf trips to get out of the cold and discover new golf courses. Since it is snowing here in Minnesota today, I figured I would make a list of my Top 5 Golf Getaways for scratch golfers and hackers alike to escape to, to tune up for golf in Minnesota:

Arizona

Arizona has some of the best golfing conditions all year round, and early spring is one of the best times to go because it isn’t so hot. You will find a wide variety of golf courses in the Phoenix and Scottsdale area, at very reasonable costs.

Troon North

*Troon North – Scottsdale, AZ

South Carolina

South Carolina has some of the best golf resorts in the world, and is known as a hot bed for travelers around the world that enjoy golf vacations. Whether it is Myrtle Beach, Hilton Head or golf in the Midlands the South Carolina Golf Trail has a lot of offer.

Oceanfront Course

*Oceanfront Course- Hilton Head, SC

Hawaii

In a dream world, everyone that plays golf would go to Hawaii, not just for the golf but to relax in paradise. Hawaii’s islands offer some of the best settings for golf that you can find anywhere, although it is more expensive to get there, the golf is well worth it. Golf in Hawaii boasts the famous Kapalua – Plantation Course and Wailea Country Club, both of which are on the island of Maui.

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* Kapalua Resort – Maui, Hawaii

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05
Mar
08

Minnesota Boys Hockey – 2007-2008 Star Tribune All-Metro Teams

The Star Tribune had their annual end of the season all-metro teams for boys hockey in the paper yesterday, here is a glimpse of who was honored as well as who won Mr. Hockey. After great section championship games, there is a lot to look forward to this weekend at the State Tournament, with many of the players on all-metro teams playing at the X.

Metro Player of the Year 2008

D – Jake Gardiner – Minnetonka

1st Team
F – Zach Budish – Edina (Gophers)
F – JT Brown – Rosemount
F – Marshall Everson – Edina (Harvard)
D – Jake Gardiner – Minnetonka (Wisconsin)
D – Chris Student – BSM (Providence)
G – Joe Phillippi – Hill Murray (Nebraska-Omaha)

2007-2008 All-Metro Boys Hockey
*Photo by David Brewster – Star Tribune

2nd Team
F – Danny Mattson – AHA (North Dakota)
F – David Eddy – Woodbury
F – Tyler Barnes – Burnsville (Wisconsin)
D – Nick Leddy – Eden Prairie (Gophers)
D – Joe Gleason – Edina (North Dakota)
G – Alex Fons – Hopkins

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04
Mar
08

Minnesota Vikings – Making Waves with Free Agent Signings

And by making waves I do not mean on Lake Minnetonka, mostly because the lake is still frozen.

Looks like for the first time in years the Minnesota Vikings are aggressively pursuing the one common goal of all NFL franchises…winning. With a strong, but aging defense and a superstar offensive talent (AP), the Vikings are realizing that now is the time to fill the gaps and go for a run at the Super Bowl.

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The most expensive signing, but likely the most important for going into next season is the signing of Bernard Berrian, Berrian will bring a mix of deep threat speed with great hands, immediately catapulting him to the top of the depth chart for receivers.

To strengthen the safety position of the outstanding defense the Vikings also signed Madieu Williams, who was with the Cincinnati Bengals last season. Madieu was brought in to shore up help with defensive pass-coverage an area that the defense definitely needed to address.

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