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Green Bay radio station edits song that references Minnesota Vikings

The rivalry between the Packers and Vikings dates all the way back to 1961, when the Vikings entered the league as an expansion team. It continues to this day and has evolved into a colorful back-and-forth of “my team is better than your team.” With the Packers’ home opener against the Vikings only three months away, the rivalry has recently been extended into Top 40 radio music....

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Slugging Together Again for the First Time

In Bernard Malamud’s classic metaphoric novel about baseball, The Natural, slugger Roy Hobbs is shot.  Years later Charles Krauthammer wrote of how “no one knows why Hobbs is shot.  It is fate, destiny, nemesis.  Perhaps the dawning of knowledge, the coming of sin.  Or more prosaically, the catastrophe that awaits everyone from a single false move, the wrong turn, fatal encounter.  Every life has such a moment.  What distinguishes us is whether – and how – we ever come back.” “Ladies and gentlemen: Batting for Boston, first baseman, Number 34 – and for Minnesota, first baseman, Number 27 – David Ortiz.” Slugging...

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Obit Hits and Errors

Quick.  Think of one of the biggest and best things you’ve ever done. Now, think of one of the biggest mistakes you’ve ever made? Of the two, which one do you think is more likely to wind up in the first sentence of your eventual obituary?  For your family’s sake I hope it’s the former rather than the latter.  But it probably will come down to how good your good was compared to how bad your bad was, at least as recalled by a journalist likely on deadline.  Or maybe an editor will combine the two. A tease on CNN’s website on Monday...

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Rest in Peace, Bart Starr

Green Bay Packer's quarterback Bart Starr passed away on Sunday, May 26th, 2019 at the age of 85. During his playing career, Starr won five NFL championships, including the first two Super Bowls ever played. His quarterback sneak into the end zone to defeat the Dallas Cowboys as time expired in the Ice Bowl is still one of the most iconic plays in NFL history. Starr's success on the field never changed his appreciation for the fans who allowed the Green Bay Packer's organization, which occupies the smallest market in all of pro-sports, to thrive. According to ESPN: "Strangers from all over...

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A Classically Liberal Take on Sports and Other Extracurricular Activities

Note: My apologies if the following seems a bit thick with name dropping.  But one of the wonderful things about being part of Center of the American Experiment for almost 30 years, and being involved in public affairs before then, is that I’ve met many remarkable men and women who have become friends, often quite close friends. A few days ago, online, I was watching writer Peter Wehner deliver a superb paper on character education under the auspices of the Hoover Institution and Fordham Institute.  He’s a senior fellow at the Ethics and Public Policy Center in Washington as well as...

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In The Tank (ep177) – Green New Deal Insanity, Panera Cares Fail, Stadium Subsidies

Hello! This week's episode of In the Tank deals with the green new deal insanity, the abject failure of Panera Cares, and stadium subsidies (hint, it's not great for MN). https://soundcloud.com/user-694711047/in-the-tank-ep177-green-new-deal-insanity-panera-cares-fail-stadium-subsidies...

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Minnesota Vikings Help Cover the Cost of Innagural Parties for Governor Walz

Governor Tim Walz capped off his first week in office with an inaugural party in Minneapolis on Saturday, treating thousands of Minnesotans to a night of food and performances meant to highlight the state’s diversity and strengths, according to the Star Tribune. That's all well and fine. Politicians have parties to thank supporters and volunteers after slogging through seemingly-endless campaign season, and as long as taxpayers are not paying for it, go for it. But if we don't pay for it, someone else does. According to the Star Tribune: The party capped a week of ceremony and celebration for the administration. After being sworn in...

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Bigger Boondoggle, MNLARS or Kirk Cousins?

The Minnesota Licensing and Registration System (MNLARS) was supposed to be the future for our state. Instead of long lines, bad waiting room music, and having to take time off work to run to the DVS, MNLARS promised all of these functions could be easily, and affordably, be transferred over to an efficient, secure, online service. Unfortunately, it hasn't worked out that way. MNLARS has gotten better since its disastrous roll-out in 2017, but it is hard to argue the service is worth the $93 million already paid out for the program. What's worse, officials from the Dayton Administration estimated the additional...

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My NFL Picks Were Hot Garbage This Season

I tried my hand at calling how the NFL season would play out before the season started. Turns out I should keep this day job because my picks were hot garbage. Let's take a look. AFC North: 1. Pittsburgh Steelers: The Killer Bees continue to dominate this division. 2. Cincinnati Bengals: They were bad last year, but the rest of the division is worse. 3. Cleveland Browns: The Browns take a big step forward this year. 4. Baltimore Ravens: Upgrades to the wide receiving core and a healthy offensive line could make this look silly, but they still have Joe Flacco at the helm. Actual Finish: Baltimore,...

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