26 JulMayor Ness Please Don’t Leave

As the paper reported all the candidates filing to run for Mayor I am not very excited about the list. With that in mind I hope it’s not too late for Mayor Ness to maybe reconsider and put his name in the running for mayor of this great city.

This city is too big to have someone with no or hardly any political experience running it. Even though Emily Larson and Howie Hanson have some city council experience it is nothing like the experience Mayor Ness had before he was mayor. I hope through the whole process these two candidates, who I would consider the front runners, will do their part and convince me to vote for them.

But with that in mind I will do my part to perhaps convince Mayor Ness to do four more years! We need him to run this city and keep it on the right track. I haven’t agreed with all his decisions but I would consider his 8 years in office very successful. I know the population of Duluth hasn’t grown like he had hoped and planned but I like his ability to make the tough decisions when they arise despite the popularity of said decision. I like his leadership, I like his love for this city, and I like his experience.

Even though Mayor Ness is a bit too liberal for me at times, I would be happiest if he would run again. I believe he would have no problems getting reelected for a third term. Maybe we can start a write in campaign.

Mayor Ness please don’t go!

18 JulVikings Have Promise for 2015

As the season comes closer with every passing day, I continue to be very optimistic about the Vikings chances to return to the post season.

Vikings fans have several things to look forward to this season.

1. AP is back. I personally thought he would be traded but glad the Vikings did not trade him just to trade him. I know he may not be well liked for his personal life but there is no question he is one of the best pure running backs in the league. With AP in the backfield this makes the Vikings better already.

2. No sophomore slump for Teddy. Teddy had a good rookie season without AP so how could he not be better this season with AP in the backfield. Teddy has a new option to throw to with Mike Wallace and with the return of all the other WR minus Greg Jennings, he has many weapons. WR position has improved this off season.

3. Great defensive additions through the draft. I love the pick of Trea Waynes. I watched him play a couple of times at Michigan State and the Vikings desperately needed another CB. I like what Coach Zimmer is doing wit his defense and this move only improves the defense. Our CB can now cover the other good WR in the division.

4. Last the coaching staff is coming back and had even more time this year to get the proper people they want to play the positions. Coach Zimmer is a no nonsense guy that is making this team into a contender. I like what he is doing.

I am excited for the Vikings to open the season at San Francisco!

15 JulEarly Morning Golf is Best

I am impressed with the working being done by The Billy Casper team at Lester Park Golf Course. Living only 10 minutes away I would consider it my home course. I would also say I really love to play the front 9 since most days I only have time to only play 9. My favorite time to play is at 5:30 in the morning. I am not a huge fan of hearing my alarm go off that early but once I am up and moving around I am sure glad I did get up.

I have seen improvement to the course and purchasing the Skyline Pass has given me extra motivation to get out on the course to take advantage of the deals the pass provides. During the month of June golfing early in the morning was only 5 dollars and 10 dollars the rest of the day.

With the small improvements I have seen already I can’t wait to see what the future holds for Lester Park Golf Course.

22 JunMemo to Youth & AAU Basketball Coaches: Defense

I just spent an entire Saturday reffing AAU Basketball games. It was 8 games in all and as a former High School Basketball Coach turned official I have to post some observations over the course of the next couple of days. First and foremost I must write about the defense I see or lack there of. I don’t know what coaches are doing with their practice time but it certainly isn’t teaching help defense. So here are the top three things summer and youth coaches should start teaching their players about help defense.

Number 1: Using your arms, reaching in, and hacking someone is NOT defense. The teams I see now days at all levels don’t move their feet to stay in front of their player. Players seem to be lazy and just want to hold, hack and reach in to stop their player. It’s a foul every time and players just complain when I make the call. Coaches should start teaching players how to move their feet to stay in front of their players.

Number 2: What ever happened to players trying to take the charge? In the eight games I reffed I didn’t see one player try to take the charge. It’s one of the best help defensive moves you can make and coaches just don’t seem to know how to teach it. Players don’t want to take the contact and would rather let their opponent score. Coaches if you are teaching help defense let’s start getting these kids to know how to take a charge.

Number 3: Help Defense. I don’t think some coaches know what this is because again most kids when they try to help, reach in, hold and block their opponent when they aren’t in the right position. Players could also take a charge if they were in proper help position. Too many teams want to play zone defense (which is lazy) or the coach doesn’t know how to coach it.

And as an official, we get yelled at for calling fouls for reaching in, blocking and holding. It makes no sense to me. Coaches start utilizing practice time to teach proper help defense and your players will stay out of foul trouble.

22 AprWho Doesn’t Wanna Know Their Golf Handicap?

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Funny how the internet can bring everyone together in some way. I had the pleasure of emailing and speaking to Graham Gibbs on the phone about his company Golf Pipeline. Golf Pipeline provides golfers with a handicap tracking service, search local courses, read reviews on those courses, find other golfers in the area, and join a USGA club in your area.

Graham is very friendly individual who helped me get all set up on Golf Pipeline. I will be using this site as my handicap index this year. I have used other sites in the past but I find Golf Pipeline to be even more user friendly than others in the past and more affordable.

Golf Pipeline has provided a unique promo code that would give golfers in this area a 50% discount to the 1 Year handicap price of $18.00. A USGA handicap through the Minnesota Golf Association costs $40/year, so golfers would save $31.00 the first year and $22.00 every year thereafter. Just go to Golfpipeline.com and here is the unique promo code for golfers to use to get 50% off the first 1-Year USGA handicap: GP50%OFF2015

I recommend using Golf Pipeline and if you create an account be sure to look me up.

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31 MarThe Loss of a Parent

I am in need of a book that will help with some loss and grief. Any good suggestions? Please leave them in the comments. Thanks for your help.

04 MarDuluth Needs A Friday Football Feast

Had a fun time watching the Powertrip Morning show at Grandmas Sports Garden

Had a fun time watching the Powertrip Morning show at Grandmas Sports Garden

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I absolutely love listening to KFAN FM 100.3 out of Minneapolis and was a loyal listener here in Duluth on AM 1490. As of Monday I can now listen to KFAN on FM 92.1. I was super excited for the news and hearing the KFAN crew in FM is one of the best parts of my day.

To kick off KFAN in FM the KFAN Powertrip morning show with Cory Cove, Chris Hawkey, Meatsauce Paul Lambert, and Ben Lieber all madethe trek up north to broadcast live from Grandmas Sports Garden. When I arrived at 7:30 AM the place was packed. This clearly shows the popularity of KFAN in this market.

With the clear popularity of KFAN up north I now want and beg for a Friday Football Feast at Buffalo Wild Wings in Duluth next football season. Paul Allen and Paul Charchian need to be here.

I implore all the loyal KFAN listeners in the Duluth area to email, tweet and Facebook message Paul Allen, Paul Charchian and anyone else you think could make this a reality.

Let’s get KFAN Nine to Noon Production with Paul Allen to Duluth!!!

26 FebGovernor Dayton Really?

The Shannon Miller situation has made its way down to St. Paul and on the Governors desk. He spent some time and recruited some other Democrats to draft a letter to the Chancellor at UMD demanding further explanation as to why her contract is not being renewed.

To steal a bit from Saturday Night Live, Really Governor Dayton? With all the troubles facing this state and all the budget problems and all the issues with public education you decide to stick your nose into this situation? Really? How many other female coaches who lost their job in this state did you draft a letter for? Why don’t you figure out some ways to not cut State funding for the city of Duluth instead, just a thought.

Her contract is not being renewed, that’s it. It is allowed despite what others may think. It happens all the time with those people who work under contract. And again I ask, why do people think she should make as much money as the Men’s hockey coach? Please give me some reasons!

25 FebSee You Later AP

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I think the time has come to say fare well to Adrian Peterson. As a loyal Vikings fan he has made it pretty clear he does not want to come back to the Vikings and I say don’t let the door hit you on the way out.

This whole situation stems from his own actions and the Vikings paid pretty much his whole salary last season for playing 1 game, the organization tried to put him back on the field which fueled controversy, and now he wants to say the Vikings were not loyal. That is a bunch of crap.

Through this whole process AP has proved to the public he is clearly NOT a very smart man and he doesn’t demonstrate good morals in my opinion. He is not worth the headache and he certainly is not worth 13 million dollars next year. The Vikings need to get rid of him and start fresh and use that money in other ways to improve this team for next season.

Good bye AP and I am not sad to say that.

04 JanReaction to Coach Shannon Miller Situation

I had some time to think. I had some time to ponder and now since I have calmed down I would like to share my reaction to the Shannon Miller situation.

First, I really appreciated a blog post by Bruce Ciskie from December 18, 2014 in which he did some research on the record of the UMD Women’s Hockey team against the elite programs over the past 4 years. I have attached a link to this blog post. His post and the programs lack of success is indeed a good reason for not renewing a contract.

Second, as a life long Duluth resident and follower of UMD athletics, I have seen much loyalty of the university to it’s coaches over my lifetime. Example, Dale Race, Gary Holquist, Jim Malosky, Scott Hanna, Mike Sertich, Greg Cane, and Jim Boos. You could even include Coach Miller on this list. My point being despite the success or lack of success of a specific team, the university has not had many coaching changes over the past couple decades because of firings or not renewing contracts. Even though we haven’t heard very much about it and probably never will, is Coach Miller getting along with the administration or her colleagues? I would suggest by the actions of the university in this case probably not. If you don’t get the approval of your bosses, you probably will be heading out the door. And is Coach Miller even spending time at the university in the first place? Can we ever find Coach Miller in her office?

Last, what kind of salary will Coach Miller accept? I know she said she would and waited to have discussions about a pay cut which never happened, but why not be more open about it? Please also explain why you think you deserve a salary like Scott Sandelin? Your success in the last four years is not very good. There is no way in my mind Coach Miller should have the highest paid salary in the nation. And also please explain what you mean when you reference Title IX in regards to salary. In my mind there is no correlation between male and female coaches salaries and Title IX. But it all boils down to what you will accept Coach Miller which I am sure you will never share. If your bosses don’t want to meet with you that should say something.

I can’t wait to see how this unfolds and see if Coach Miller will be more specific or keep making broad general statements.

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