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Are You Game?


Fri, Dec 28th, 2001
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Monday, November 19, 2001

The NBA season is fully underway. Youd 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; theyll be on twice this week. ESPN has even been doing a shot by shot analysis of Michaels 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 havent 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 dont 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

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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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Turtle Dreamtime

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By John LevellMonday, December 10, 2001

While long winter naps certainly seem appealing, a cold weather snooze lasting some five or six months is just a tad bit excessive. Factor in not a breath of fresh air or single bit ..... 
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All About Amaryllis

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Virginia CooperMonday, December 31, 2001

What can you say about these amazing flowers - except Wow! After last weeks' column on forcing bulbs for indoors, several neighbors have asked for more information on growing these gigantic beauties.
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The Sky Above the Ice Below

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By Wayne PikeMonday, December 31, 2001

Celebrating the turning of a page on the calendar seems like celebrating another sunset. We are happy to still be here to enjoy it, but we should feel that way every day. I guess if a person is looking fo ..... 
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What about Fillmore County?

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Monday, December 24, 2001

When I arrived at my office last Monday, there was a copy of the Sunday Winona Daily News waiting for me in the entry way. Under a front page story Published farm subsidies stir up debate, which listed the top 20 Wi ..... 
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