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Cursed Timberwolves continue to monkey around

December 28, 2015 in Reflections & Columns

Written in 2003 By Bruce Strand Following the tribulations of the luckless Minnesota Timberwolves over the years, one wonders if we are watching a basketball team or the latest production of that old play "The Monkey's Paw." The Wolves are so cursed that even…

Anyway, they got the whole IX yards

November 15, 2015 in Reflections & Columns

By Bruce Strand, 2012   In this 40th anniversary year of Title IX, a stealthy little document that changed the landscape of American sports, the…

Wellstone, the proud wrestling dad

November 6, 2015 in Reflections & Columns

By Bruce Strand, 2002 Paul Wellstone’s enduring image, to me, won’t be the public servant or professor, but rather the passionate father of a wrestler.…

NBA lost its charm for one sports fan

November 6, 2015 in Reflections & Columns

By Bruce Strand, 2002 The NBA doesn’t need any advice from me, I admit that. The NBA’s top stars pocket 10 to 20 million bucks a year and last week’s Nielsen ratings had three Lakers-Kings games in the top eight shows for the week, so the league will…

A fond look back at haybarn basketball

November 6, 2015 in Reflections & Columns

By Bruce Strand, 2014 There’s not a lot of farms in this area, which means very few barns, which means most basketball players around here missed out on haybarn basketball. And that’s too bad. Pickup basketball is especially fun in haybarns two-thirds…

A winning coach couldn’t win over the fans

November 6, 2015 in Reflections & Columns

By Bruce Strand, 2002 Most Viking fans are elated that Dennis Green was ousted Friday, and while you should be careful what you wish for, because it might come true and make things worse, I think the team made the right move. Green was aloof. He was arrogant.…

Cash trumps fairness in section hockey rivalry between Elk River and Duluth East

November 6, 2015 in Reflections & Columns

By Bruce Strand, 2014 Fairness is normally an objective when section tournaments are set up. One exception is Section 7AA boys hockey, where perennial champion Duluth East enjoys a sweetheart deal at the expense of one its top challengers, the Elk River Elks.…

As blue as the purple can make us

November 6, 2015 in Reflections & Columns

By Bruce Strand, 2004 Okay, after a week to simmer down, some reflections on the Vikings’ ill-fated campaign of 2003: Since their inception in 1961 I’ve followed the Vikings every game of every season and can not recall a more traumatic loss than the Disaster…