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Are You Game? Spring, the harbinger of great things to come


Fri, Mar 14th, 2003
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Happy Saint Patrick’s Day to you and what a sports week it has been. Jim Harrick gets the boot in Georgia, as UGA’s NCAA and SEC Hopes slip past their fingers. The Twins are looking like last year’s ALCS squad. First with College Basketball. "What’s up"? Georgia is out of post-season play and is done for the season. Coach Jim Harrick has been suspended with pay, and his son, Assistant Coach Jim Harrick Jr., has been fired by the University for allegations of paying a $300 phone-bill for ex-Bulldog Point Guard Tony Cole. Harrick, who has coached at Pepperdine, UCLA, Rhode Island, and Georgia, all to NCAA births (and a championship with UCLA in `95), has been plagued by allegations of misconduct his entire college coaching career. Also in College Hoops, St. Bonaventure (NY) has “quit” their season. After losing their spot in the A-10 and NCAA Tourneys because of an ineligible college transfer, the Bonnies’ players decided to forgo the remaining two games (including senior day) because of it. The players have been labeled quitters, but most of the blame has fallen on the school President, who has been fired, and Coach Jan Van Breda-Koff who has been suspended pending an investigation. Our middling Gophers are in a hole and NIT bound, their most recent loss to Northwestern in the Big Ten Tournament the proverbial ‘nail in the coffin’. Don’t look for them to go too far in the NIT either. This is a team of high expectations and inconsistent performance. Apart from wins against Georgia and Georgia Tech at home, Minnesota’s 16 wins are padded with cream puff victories from the beginning of the season. Ah, Saint Patrick’s Day. Only two weeks until opening day. The Twins look good as of yet, but so many teams have gone out of spring training optimistic only to end their regular season in dismal straights (see Red Sox 1914-present). Don’t get me wrong, the Twins are no flash in the pan, but there is no reason to be giddy (see Red Sox fans 1914-present). They may not even win their division. Most "outsiders" ("outsiders"-n- a non-Minnesotan) believe the Chicago White Sox will win the division with their new arms, Bartolo Colon and Billy Koch. Quoting Rodney Dangerfield, "…we get no respect!" But the last laugh may be on us. The Twinkies are showing that they mean to stay one of the premier teams in the league with their recent acquisition of Kenny Rogers (no, not the singer) to replace the aili .....
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Township Roads: Almost the right word

Fri, Mar 7th, 2003
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When our second son, Matt, was just a little guy, he went on a school field trip. They were gone for the day to the Twin Cities. We didn’t know the trip itinerary so we quizzed him about his activities when he got home. We asked him what he had seen. ..... 
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Journal Writing Project: Andy Wolter

Fri, Mar 7th, 2003
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You’ll never figure everything out. That’s life, no matter how much you hope and plan, there is nothing to guarantee anything will ever work. I guess that’s what makes life worth living, the fact you will never figure everything out, and the fact tha ..... 
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Journal Writing Project: Jamie Rose Howe

Fri, Feb 28th, 2003
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Eighteen years I have experienced life here on this planet. In this world there is hunger, wealth, poverty, divorce, terrorism, hate, and love. I’ve experienced eighteen years of it, of pure...life. And as I approach graduation, it gets more and more ..... 
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At Home in the Woods: For the birds

Fri, Feb 28th, 2003
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One morning in early February, I saw a sharp-shinned hawk perched on one of our bird feeders. The sharp-shinned is a small agile woodland hawk whose favorite food is small birds. The feeder birds immediately disappeared into the nearby bushes. [Read the Rest]

The Commute: Katie’s Swim

Fri, Feb 21st, 2003
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Like so many people, I’m grappling with a certain amount of anxiety these days about the world situation. By the time this is published, our country could be at war. More locally, we worry about a state budget over four billion dollars in the red. Wh ..... 
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