FATHER KNOWS LAST The Rivalry is Over
The North Dakota State Bison continued their run in the NCAA Division I FCS playoffs by defeating the Montana State Bobcats in Bozeman this afternoon. Many of us are excited by the Bisons success in t... Posted on 12/4/10 at 11:47 PM
As I considered topics for my next-to-last column for the Herald until next fall, a theme that kept popping up was change or even a lack thereof. What certainly is lacking is a change from winter weather to spring that would then leapfrog us into glorious summer.
Last week I received an email from pet search service Petfinder.com about a cocker spaniel mix dog available right here in Grand Forks, shockingly enough. Within a day, I was the proud owner of a female spaniel mix. In memory of Ole, I named this dog Lena..
Let me start this off by saying that in my playing days in NCAA Division III hockey, I was a goalie. So in any game I watch, at any level of play, I pay particular attention to goaltending on both ends of the rink.
I would guess that not a lot of casual college hockey fans, especially those not located on the East Coast, know much about Jack Parker.
The 68-year-old Parker, head coach of his Alma Mater Boston University the last 40 years, announced his retirement this week, effective when this season ends.
I came to a full understanding of what a true sports fan is the other day as I underwent the second colonoscopy of my life — and hopefully my last.
A true fan is one who stays loyal to his team, win or lose, a champion or not.
I’ve known Marcus Fuller, who reports on University of Minnesota men’s basketball for the St. Paul Pioneer Press, for about 10 years, from when he was an intern on the Grand Forks Herald sports staff.
I’ve known radio sportscaster Paul Ralston for a number of years as well, as he worked his way up the ranks locally.
This week, both of them used the “choke” word in their coverage of college basketball teams.
They held a funeral in Northfield, Minn., on Tuesday and it broke my heart that icy roads prevented me from being there. The service was for Tom Porter, 83, who was my football and hockey coach at St. Olaf College in Northfield.
Will someone please send Minnesota Gophers hockey coach Don Lucia a pair of dancing shoes and a reminder that it takes two to tango? How else can one explain Lucia’s sidestepping, one-man mission to destroy college hockey’s greatest rivalry.
It’s been about 35 years since I last laced on a pair of skates and played some hockey. So after I drove from Grand Forks on Wednesday to my lake cabin near Bemidji, I was shocked to find the makings of a hockey rink in my front yard.
Every gold medal won by the U.S. in hockey — in the Olympic Games or the World Junior — has had at least one player, coach or father of a future gold medalist from UND connected to it. And this year, UND rookie Rocco Grimaldi is skating for the U.S., a good omen indeed.
One of the presents my granddaughter Katie gave me for Christmas was a wooden sign that reads, “A day at the lake is worth a month in town.” The sign is now attached to the back of my Lake Beltrami cabin.
I sit in front of my computer a few nights before Christmas, trying to write my weekly sports-related column for this newspaper. On this night, it all seems to useless, so senseless, so not needed in light of the horrific massacre of 26 people, 20 of them young kids, in Newtown, Conn.
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