Jean van de Velde and Me

Jean van de Velde stood at the 18th tee in the final round of the 1999 British Open on a collision course with destiny. The Frenchman was in the final group and sporting a commanding three-shot lead. Instead of laying up, van de Velde grabbed the driver. After a seven stroke adventure, including a 50-yard ricochet of the grandstands, van de Velde found himself in a three-man playoff. Scotsman Paul Lawrie eventually emerged as the victor. I was 24 at the time and watching closely. Prior to that week, like most Americans, I hadn’t heard of van de Velde, who … Continue reading Jean van de Velde and Me

Loadholt to retire from NFL

Eden Prairie, MN (July 25, 2016) – The Minnesota Vikings have placed T Phil Loadholt on the Reserve/Retired List after being informed of his decision to retire from the NFL.   Loadholt played 7 seasons for the Vikings after being selected in the 2nd round (54th overall) in the 2009 NFL Draft. As a rookie, Loadholt started 15 regular season games and both playoff contests, helping the Vikings reach the NFC Championship Game and earning All-Rookie honors.   The Fountain, CO native started all 89 games he played in for the Vikings ranking him 9th in club history for career … Continue reading Loadholt to retire from NFL

The Dennis Green Generation

The Vikings cut the ribbon on US Bank Stadium on Friday, officially opening their decadent, new palace. In a cruel twist of fate, the man who engineered the franchise’s greatest success in the previous venue, and whose teams ultimately defined the Metrodome, passed away. Dennis Green was a man of contradictions. He often swung for the fences in the draft, valuing talent over convention, but took a knee in what turned out to be his best chance to reach a Super Bowl. He blazed trails as the first consistently successful African-American head coach and burned bridges by threatening to sue … Continue reading The Dennis Green Generation

Twins fire Terry Ryan; Rob Antony promoted

MINNEAPOLIS-ST. PAUL, MN – The Minnesota Twins announced today that Executive Vice President, General Manager Terry Ryan has been relieved of his duties.  Beginning immediately, Vice President, Assistant General Manager Rob Antony will assume Ryan’s duties on an interim basis. “Since joining our organization as a player in 1972, Terry has been a dedicated, loyal and respected member of the Minnesota Twins family,” Twins owner and CEO Jim Pohlad said.  “Terry has been a gifted leader of the baseball department for over eighteen seasons. It is impossible to overstate his contribution to our game, our team and the Upper Midwest … Continue reading Twins fire Terry Ryan; Rob Antony promoted

Q&A with Twins Closer Brandon Kintzler

Jepsen in the 8th, Perkins in the 9th. That’s how it was supposed to go in the Twins bullpen this season. Of course, almost nothing has gone as planned for the local squad in 2016. The All Star break is here and dreams of a winning season died months ago. Glen Perkins meanwhile, is out for the year after shoulder surgery and Kevin Jepsen was designated for assignment earlier this month. Crisis yields opportunity however, and Brandon Kintzler is capitalizing on the chaos. The nearly 32-year-old (August 1) reliever was inked to minor league deal last December, began the season … Continue reading Q&A with Twins Closer Brandon Kintzler

Brian Dozier Unfiltered

When you approach Brian Dozier these days, you can feel the internal struggle waging within. Beneath his affable, friendly exterior burns a proud competitor who seethes about his team’s first half ineptitude and the role he played in it. The eternal optimist meanwhile, provides a sunny searchlight scanning for meaning and purpose in what could easily be written off as a lost season. DZ: Your bat has been hot the last month, you’ve got to be feeling good about that. DOZIER: Yeah, I feel good at the plate. I am getting good pitches to hit…I think the biggest thing is … Continue reading Brian Dozier Unfiltered