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A fitting end?


Mon, Jan 10th, 2011
Posted in Sports



Usually, in sports, exclamations marks are put on (good) games, seasons, and even careers. My boyhood idol, Michael Jordan, had his, the shot on Bryon Russell of the Utah Jazz in the 1998 NBA Championship. It was his big final positive moment that most remember. But, I ask you, what do you do when the season hasn't just been bad, it's been decadently bad. What's the opposite of an exclamation mark? The Minnesota Vikings' year has been every bit of whatever punctuation mark describes that inscribable sentence ending. Do we deserve an ellipse (those three little dots)? We don't deserve a period. Maybe a question mark, but does anyone really want to start questioning the Vikings season, let alone want to hear the answers?

Just for kicks, let's recap all there is to question, shall we!

First, Favre essentially said he was done at the end of last season. His injured ankle from the championship game was bothering him. He reiterated he was done in the off-season. He didn't show up to training camp, not that we expected him to. At the time, he wasn't too far removed from ankle surgery. Then, Jared Allen, Ryan Longwell, and Steve Hutchinson went to Mississippi to get him.... that's never been done before...and presto, he was back, again...I mean for the second time...I mean for the third time...or is it the fourth? This guy has more comebacks then a decrepit, destitute, drug-addicted, professional wrestler! Of course, shortly after his arrival, Sydney Rice departed for the PUP list. For some reason, though, he suffered his hip injury in the NFC championship game in January, he put off surgery until late August. Then, there was our 1-2 start before the bye week. We weren't dead, but does the phrase tachycardia mean anything to anyone? We rebounded, for a week or two. After beating Dallas, we were 2-3. Woo-hoo! Then Green Bay and New England beat us. Somewhere in there, Randy Moss came...and then went thanks to Brad 'Chilly' (or how this player felt about him) Childress. Favre, of course, was some degree of hurt through all of this, and throwing interceptions. Word also surfaced he had possibly, likely, texted pictures of something else decrepit and destitute (while a New York Jet) to Jenn Sterger! Oh yea, our offensive line can't block. Bryant McKinnie is 6'8" 335 pounds, yet my 11-year-old niece fights harder than he does; but please nobody tell him Mr. McKinnie I said so! And if you go to Lanesboro schools, you probably shouldn't pick on .....
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Trende's picks-NFL playoffs

Mon, Jan 10th, 2011
Posted in Sports

Wild Card

6) Green Bay Packers over 3) Philadelphia Eagles

5) New Orleans Saints over 4) Seattle Seahawks

3) Indianapois Colts over 6) New York Jets

5) Baltimore Ravens over 4) Kansas City Chiefs

Divisional

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Lanesboro boys struggle then find redemption in St. Charles

Mon, Jan 10th, 2011
Posted in Sports

The Burro guys spent part of their break competing in the four-team St. Charles Holiday Tournament. Against the host Saints, Lanesboro fell behind early 7-0 and 11-1 on the way to trailing 24-15 at the half. In the second stanza, the Burros chipped ..... 
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R-P boys still undefeated

Mon, Jan 10th, 2011
Posted in Sports

Tom Vix's club improved its record to 6-0 with two regular season, holiday break, victories over Spring Grove (62-50) and a La Crescent (55-51). Against the Lions, an R-P signature thus far this season, the three-point shot, didn't fall. Bombers Nic ..... 
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R-P gals fall to undefeated, 7th ranked SG; 7 win La Crescent

Mon, Jan 10th, 2011
Posted in Sports

A young R-P girls' squad faced two formidable tasks in their pool play holiday tournament in La Crescent, the host squad Lancers and 8-0, 7th ranked Spring Grove. Against the Lions, the Trojans fell behind early and never got back into it. R-P made ..... 
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Player Profile: Connor Nagle sets record with most points

Sun, Jan 2nd, 2011
Posted in Sports

Another shining star, Connor Nagle is now the owner of Fillmore Central High School's basketball points' leader. Not just for the girls, but the entire school. She broke the girl's record early this year, and broke the school record on December 14th ..... 
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NFL Playoffs: CrAzY

Sun, Jan 2nd, 2011
Posted in Sports

This NFL season has been crazy. How many of you would have thought the Vikings wouldn't be the NFC North division champs this year as they were last year? I'd bet even fewer would have thought the Vikings would be dethroned, not by the Green Bay Pac ..... 
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St. Charles marches past Chatfield Boys

Sun, Jan 2nd, 2011
Posted in Sports

The Gophers dug themselves an early hole. St. Charles began the game with a 9-0 run. An 8-2 Chatfield run shortly thereafter tightened the score considerably, but even so, the Saints were in control the entire first half. Their 2-3 zone forced Chatfi ..... 
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Knight girls crown PEM

Sun, Jan 2nd, 2011
Posted in Sports

Not everything went right for Kingsland during their 61-35 rout of the PEM Bulldogs. The Knights made only 1 of 15 three-pointers. Aside from that, and a slow start, the game evolved nicely. Molly Greiner (averaging 19.5/game) hit 6 of her 12 shots, ..... 
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