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Sports Columns

Is it an advantage if you don’t win with it?

I realized I was slightly — or maybe a little more than that — in error when I said last week that the one remaining home-field advantage in the NFL of 2020 was Denver’s mile-high altitude. I discovered my error when commentators, talking about Seattle’s contest at Atlanta in the ...

So what are the odds? One website provides its numbers

My pre-Super Bowl column each year often deals with the various odds surrounding the NFL’s premier game. I found some odds to start this year, maybe a good way to kick off a season when we’re still dealing with this unique coronavirus pandemic. While I don’t want to get too caught up ...

WCHA’s Alabama-Huntsville unique in college hockey

They’ve always been an outlier, a major college hockey program in the Deep South. As with most pioneers, they’ve teetered on the brink of failure, shouldered through plenty of skepticism and ridicule. That only made it more imperative to save the Chargers of the University of Alabama in ...

Great Grandma and her favorite Detroit Tiger, Al Kaline

My Great Grandma Carolyn’s favorite earthly possession was a sun-faded baseball that sat on top of her dresser for years. This most treasured of gifts came courtesy of a family friend named John J. Cortese, who had a knack for being in the right place at the right time. Columnist Bob ...

Brady’s time had come to go

Twenty years ago, Tom Brady was drafted by the New England Patriots and began a long and successful run that included nine appearances and six wins in the ultimate NFL game, the Super Bowl. On St. Patrick’s Day, a day used to celebrate Irish heritage, or for most people, just an excuse to ...

Sports team owners need to step up

People all over the country are stepping up. Whether it’s to the plate, the faceoff circle, center court or whatever venue they choose, citizens all over the country are doing whatever they can to help each other through a very difficult time in this world. They’re checking in on ...

We’re now living in a country with no sports

What would our country be like without sports? It’s a question I’ve pondered before and I’ve written about, but until this week, I honestly didn’t think it would be possible. Sure, there have been some incidents that affected the sporting world. I remember after the terrorist ...

Baseball has begun if you haven’t noticed

Baseball season has arrived, but it sure doesn’t feel like it. It did a few days ago when I wore a T-shirt outside for the first time in months and I actually felt motivated to spend the entire day outdoors. That hasn’t been the case this week, though, as on Thursday I brushed a good ...

Emergency NHL goalie’s win puts hockey in spotlight

There aren’t many times where hockey takes center stage in this country. After all, it’s considered Canada’s game by many and unless it’s the Winter Olympics, or occasionally the Stanley Cup Final depending on who is playing, hockey gets shoved behind other sports. Sometimes it’s ...

Houston Astros’ scandal clouds Major League Baseball’s future

The start of spring training in the past week should be marked as a fun occasion. Major League Baseball teams descend on Florida and Arizona looking to start fresh with potential new players, while fans get to appreciate the fact that the warm comfort of spring is on the horizon and we might ...

What to take from this Super Bowl

Last weekend a day before the Super Bowl, I made my prediction and talked about how this year’s contest was all about anniversaries. Now that the game is over, it’s turned into a talk about legacies, whether it be for the coaches or just the teams themselves. When it comes to the teams ...

Super Bowl should prove to be the ultimate test

How do you pick the winner of this year’s Super Bowl? Of course, if you’re a fan of the San Francisco 49ers or the Kansas City Chiefs, it’s easy — just go with your heart. But for the rest of us — at least for me — I’m really having a hard time figuring out which of the ...

Who will celebrate a Super Bowl win in Miami on Sunday night?

Anniversaries are the story of the day when it comes to Super Bowl LIV — that’s 54 to those of us who don’t live in Rome. For the first time in a decade, the big game is back in Miami (technically, near Miami), which is tied for its largest gap in time between Super Bowls. That’s a ...

A farewell to Neon Dion

“You’ll like him. He’s a cool guy.” That’s what I heard after I first arrived in the Upper Peninsula when I asked about Gwinn football coach Dion Brown. Brown died on Wednesday evening at Gwinn High School from what police described as a “natural medical event.” I’d come ...

Green Bay Packers-San Francisco 49ers a storied playoff rivalry

This week’s Packers-49ers playoff rivalry goes back quite a ways, as I’m sure most of you with a least one or two gray hairs can attest. In fact, I found several websites showing these teams have met seven previous times in the playoffs — in 1996, ’97, ’98, ’99, 2002, ’13 and ...

Some ways to deal with cheaters

Cheating is wrong. We’re told this from a very young age. From the time we’re able to walk and talk, our elders emphasize that you shouldn’t cheat. Whether it be at board games, tests at school or the sports you play. Yet for some people, those types of morals go out the window when ...

Can’t let possibility of disappointment ruin fandom

Two years ago, I wrote a column about how I missed out on watching one of the greatest moments in Minnesota sports history. Last Sunday, I almost did it again. Back in 2018, the Minnesota Vikings were in the NFC divisional round of the playoffs and were hosting the New Orleans Saints. Not ...

Tom Brady dropoff reminder of Dan Marino’s final game

Here we are just a few days into the 2020s. Geesh, as a kid I didn’t think this would EVER happen. Growing up as a little kid in the 1960s, even the idea of the year 2000 was nearly unfathomable. For some reason, I then remember thinking ahead to 2020, with all the crooked numbers in the ...

Going home can be an adventure

Going home never seemed like an adventure to me. When I went home to Minneapolis in college my freshman year, it was cool the first time because I was living away from home and I was attempting to be an adult. The jury is still out if I’ve actually become one. Over the years though, it ...