Those Spunky Americans, 1776

In this Memorial Day week, I want to talk about July 2, 1776, and the events of that day. It was on that day that the Continental Congress greatly exaggerated the stakes of the war between America and Great Britain by voting to “dissolve the connection” between the two countries. What this meant, of course,…
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Now It’s Badminton, But Could Backgammon Be Next?

I’m sure many of you would be surprised to know that badminton is a high school sport sanctioned by the Minnesota State High School League. The state girls badminton tournament is happening right now at Burnsville High School, and according to reports there are 230 participants performing in 337 matches. When we were kids, we…
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Making The Most Out Of A New Globe Reality

My emotions have shifted from uncertainty to gloom over the past week. But I try to be optimistic, so my thoughts turn to the 1988 fantasy film, “Beetlejuice” and the scene at the end where the rambunctious spirit Beetlejuice (Michael Keaton) protests while his head is shrunken by a cannibal sprinkling magic dust on top…
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Sure, Let’s Eliminate The Bunt; Nobody Knows How To Do It, Anyway

Because of sabermetrics, I don’t know anything about baseball any more. The sabermetricians are telling us this year that the statistics that we, as kids, relied on to tell us who’s great and who’s a bum don’t really mean a thing. And so, RBIs are vastly overrated. You could put the big RBI-man you used…
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Randy Strand: A Good Old-School Guy

One of the favorite things I do as a sports reporter is watching coaches in action, and over the years I’ve particularly enjoyed standing on the sidelines during Adrian High School football games observing Randy Strand. Randy is one of the good guys — a true professional and someone unwaveringly friendly and helpful to sports…
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