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Are You Game?


Fri, Nov 30th, 2001
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Monday, November 19, 2001

The NBA season is fully underway. You’d have to live under a rock not to have seen MJ, his Airness, firing away for the Wizards. After all, TNT and NBC plan on having the lowly Wizards on the tube whenever possible; they’ll be on twice this week. ESPN has even been doing a shot by shot analysis of Michael’s every move, as if they were the European paparazzi following a reincarnated Princess Di around.

Why we should be interested in watching this ugly spectacle is beyond me. But I regress. Welcome back Michael, but your Wizards are bonafide lousy.

How about them T-Wolves. Off to a 6 and 0 start before the Cavs edged them 107-104 last week. You would think that if you score 104 points you should win...but, well, this is the NBA where more arms get iced every night than in Major League Baseball. Apart from the Bucks, who the Lobos Minnesotas took downtown in Milwaukee by 16 a week ago, the Wolfies haven’t really been tested.

Give credit to Coach Flip Saunders for taking advantage of the new rule allowing zone defenses, which is anti-big man (as in stopping Shaq). This will help teams without a real center (like the T-Wolves).

I like the Wolves a lot, with Joe Smith coming back after a year in Detroit. This allows Kevin Garnett to move to small forward and clears Wally Sczerbiak to move to shooting guard. The benefits of this are already obvious.

Another team off to a good start is the Sacremento Kings even though their go-to man, Chris Webber is hurt. The addition of Michael Bibby improves their guard play and gives them one more scoring threat. His replacement of Jason Williams, the human turnover machine, gives the Kings more consistent floor play all around.

More on hoops next time.

• The Vikings are hold-your- nose disgusting. They just might not win another game this year. They play the Giants tonight. Remember that 41-0 licking last year in the NFC Championship game. Well, after being crushed by Tampa Bay and the Eagles the past two games, things don’t look good. The only thing going for the Queenies is that they play well in the Metrodome where they shoe-horn 60,000+ larynx-killing crazies yelling-at-the-top-of-their-lungs into the Dome. And that, sports fans, is the only positive thing the Vikes have going for them tonight. Their playoff chances are about as good as done.

How about them Bears. Da Bears. Da Bears. Who would have thunk it. Could they win t .....
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Neither Snow nor Rain nor Dark of Night

Fri, Nov 30th, 2001
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Monday, November 26, 2001

On my usual late morning walk down our Big Woods road, I cross the bridge over the South Fork, pass the road to Jaymour Larson's old place, round the big curve and am nearing the tall post that once supported Pancake ..... 
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Return of the Eagles

Fri, Nov 30th, 2001
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By John LevellMonday, November 12, 2001

Despite the unseasonably warm temperatures of early November 2001, Bald Eagles can again be seen soaring over the Root River Bluffs of the Lanesboro region. Their arrival, as much a ..... 
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Is It Really Winter?

Fri, Nov 30th, 2001
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Virginia CooperMonday, December 3, 2001

As I sit down to write this column, I wonder if there is really anything left to say about gardening. This morning we all awoke to see a covering of white. It was quite lovely, but sad, as it does herald ..... 
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My Guarantee To You

Fri, Nov 30th, 2001
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Monday, December 3, 2001

I just got up off the kitchen floor. Our five-year-old dishwasher needed my attention. About two weeks ago it started running water out its door. Maybe it was trying to tell us that the kitchen floor needed scrubbing. ..... 
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Noodle Soup

Fri, Nov 30th, 2001
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Monday, November 26, 2001

“Food is the communication between the person cooking and the people eating,” I heard Julia Childs say on a TV program the other day.

I suppose Thanksgiving is the classic example of this axiom: a bronzed tur ..... 
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To the Editor,

I was growing up at a time when it looked like Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. might one day have a run at the presidency. He had this to say about conflict:

Darkness cannot drive
out darkness;
Only light can do that.< ..... 
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