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Are You Game? Super Bowl & more


Fri, Jan 31st, 2003
Posted in Columnists

Remember the Super Bowl triumph one week ago. Tampa was clearly the best team on the field. For Oakland fans the most offense on Super Bowl Sunday was the Bud commercial with the guy trying to score with a lobster crawling into his ear. Heck, even the Vikings scored 20 points on Tampa’s D this year.

Some might say that it was Tampa’s offense that won it, but what I say to them is “Tampa’s offense wouldn’t have scored so many points if Oakland’s offense had stayed on the field.” Both teams had their pre-game advantages; Oakland had the ringbearers Bill Romanow-ski, Rod Woodson, Jerry Rice, and Sam Adams, who had all won the big one before (Romo has 5, Rice has at least 3).

The Bucs were on a roll, their stingy defense allowed nada (except for the first drive of the game), while one of the worst offenses in the league, an offense whose running back Michael Pittman had less touchdowns this season than fingers on your right hand, was blowing away opponents. During the game, it was no contest.

Will Tampa repeat? Probably not, but that doesn’t matter. No longer are the Bucs “Paper Champions” (as the Steelers Lee Flowers called the Bucs), they’re the top dog and don’t need to prove anything. We know it wasn’t a fluke, because Tampa has been a perennial favorite to win the big one in the past, but has always choked under pressure. The Bucs have never had a decent Q.B. before. I mean Trent Dilfer? Shawn King? Sure Trent won it all with Baltimore in 2K, but, I mean, come on.

Wild

Besides Football, the Wild have paralyzed the hockey world with their shocking play. Marian Gaborick is the midseason winner of the Most Improved Player of the Year Award with his sharpshooting capabilities. Dewayne Rolson has stepped it up behind the crease in the absence of Manny Fernandez. Jacque Lamair has put together a team of has-beens, have-nots, and who-the-hecks and brought them around a young nucleus to create a team of the future. Will they win the Stanley Cup? Will Hades freeze over? Let’s hope so.

T’Wolves

The Timberwolves are in the same spot they’re usually in. Although this season is different, the ‘02-03’s Timberwolves have been playing without All- Star guard Wally Sczerbiak for most of the season and are still managing to fend of Yao Ming and the Rockets, the resurgent Jazz, and a stupefied Laker team. The T’Wolves .....
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Journal Writing Project: Eric M. Leitzen

Fri, Jan 31st, 2003
Posted in Columnists

What is wrong with us? How far will we stoop? It has often been thought that our society was governed solely by our outward physical appearance. Now it has been proven, beyond the shadow of a doubt.

During the Super Bowl, inclu ..... 
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Journal Writing Projec: Andy Wolter

Fri, Jan 24th, 2003
Posted in Columnists

I was wondering about the roots of the Internet a few days ago, and I found some good information. My internet research corresponded quite nicely with my lack of a Journal topic, just in case you were curious like me.

The idea o ..... 
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Township Roads: Cold Weather Reading

Fri, Jan 24th, 2003
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It was too cold, in my opinion, to work outside for long this weekend. The boys and I managed to stay warm for a couple hours while we split firewood. I’m sure we could have kept warm all afternoon had we been splitting with axes and a sledgehammer, ..... 
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Editorial Opinion : Leave no child behind

Fri, Jan 24th, 2003
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Governor Tom Pawlenty announced his choice for Education Secretary two weeks ago. New administration, new Education Secretary; new Education Secretary, new plan.

Cheri Pierson Yecke, I wish you the best of luck, but pardon me f ..... 
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The Commute: You go, baby

Fri, Jan 24th, 2003
Posted in Columnists

A year ago I vowed to get more physical exercise. I don't mind admitting I was somewhat impressed with myself for making this decision. In March, I had the chance to visit my doctor for an annual exam. His reading of my cholesterol levels moving in a ..... 
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Of People Places and Things: What would Jesus drive?

Fri, Jan 17th, 2003
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What would Jesus drive?   “To some, the question might seem amusing. But we take it seriously...”   So begins a recent advertisement from The Evangelical Environmental Network asking Christians to eva ..... 
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Journal Writing Project: Jamie Rose Howe

Fri, Jan 17th, 2003
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The other day I was sitting in class minding my own business when I overheard a student proclaiming to another student, “Why aren’t you normal? Can you be normal for just one day?” My mind quickly wandered from my studies and I concentrated on these ..... 
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