Sports Section Episode 10: NFL Oddities & Don’t Diss KAT [PODCAST]

(Quick note from Sam: we’re thrilled to now be hosting The Sports Section on Bat Flip Sports! We’ve had a great time getting this podcast off the ground and are very thankful to the guys here for letting us join their team. Give us a listen…I think you’ll like what you hear.) This week, we engage in the necessary Vikings quarterback ruminations and debate the midseason NFL coach of the year. We also discuss the curious Greg-Olsen-as-a-broadcaster dispute, and Jerry Jones going rogue against Roger Goodell. Also: It’s Case Keenum!…

We Are All Luke Kunin and Can’t Quit the Wild

The Minnesota Wild play tonight in Philadelphia, the last of a four-game road trip that has been confusing, embarrassing, inspiring, head scratching and hopeful. Yes, all those things. Simultaneously. The Wild season outlook changes by the hour. We know as much about this team as we did last week, which, frankly, is nothing. The previous games on this East Coast roadie saw an uninspired loss to Boston (3-5), a game where they outplayed Toronto yet still lost (2-4) followed by, as you would totally expect in the second half of…

One Month In – Who, What, Where are the Minnesota Wild?

Nino Niederreiter

Each month I download the Minnesota Wild wallpaper featuring a Wild player with that month’s schedule and “This is OUR ICE” sans hashtag embossed in the background. October’s featured player was Mikko Koivu. This month features new pops Jason Zucker, my personal prediction for the Wild’s leading point scorer when it’s all said and done this season. I do this for a few reasons. I like green. NHL.com is atrocious and virtually unusable. Since the most recent iOS update my phone is also unusable, meaning the Wild NHL app also…

Finnish Hands – WARNING – Graphic Content Inside

Koivu

Three games into a nine-game home stand, the Minnesota Wild Hockey Club righted the ship after wins against the New York Fishsticks (6-4) and Pittsburgh Flightless Birds (2-1). The season isn’t over, the Stanley Cup is back on, we aren’t Loserville USA and Parise isn’t the real captain. I’ll come back to that in a second. Against the Isles, Minnesota staked out an early three goal lead in the first then traded goal for goal throughout the second and third. This game also included two shorthanded goals, including rookie Luke…

Our Best Player Will Save The Season – No, Our Other Best Player

Dubnyk

In the spirit of “those who can’t play, write”, I’ve used this space for the banishment of Ryan Suter and Jared Spurgeon to the far-flung regions of Hallock. I threw unmitigated amounts of shade at Matt Dumba because he forgets he plays defense sometimes, and by that I mean a lot. I pleaded for Zach Parise to think of the children and rest his very expensive body for the sake of the Commonwealth.  During all my demands the Wild surprised everyone – well, mainly me because I didn’t take a…

D-D-D-D Equals Disastrous

Jonas Brodin

My plan was to write and dissect both Wild games Sunday morning, but after last night’s 4-3 loss against Winnipeg and facing a Donut Connection vs. Tim Horton’s crisis earlier this morning, I realize I need to talk about Matt Dumba. Boarding the way back to November 2014 when we knew him as Dumba55, Young Mathew provided a particularly atrocious defensive effort against the Montreal Canadiens.  Patrolling the blue line with the puck on his stick and looking to bring it deeper into the offensive zone, he pinched against an…

The Waiting; Installment #248 Why the NHL Hates Minnesota

Jared Spurgeon Goal

Good news; the Wild successfully iced a NHL team for their home opener Saturday night against the vaunted Blue Jackets of Columbus. The Iowa Wild North even put up four goals, including one from injury call up Landon Ferraro. Forward Tyler Ennis, new off-season arrival from Buffalo, allowed us to temporarily forget the population of Pominville and tallied two power play goals. Bad news; Chris Stewart didn’t score a goal and lost ground in the Hart race. Worse than that, after Ennis’ second goal gave the Wild a 4-2 lead…

What Are Nice Things? Wild Win 5-2 In Chicago, Lose An Entire Forward Line

  I procrastinated on doing a Minnesota Wild season preview and after two cringe-worthy games on the road against league powerhouses Detroit (2-4 loss) and Carolina (4-5 OT), I figured I’d just ignore those first two games and start my Wild season last night in Chicago. Friday morning arrives and I still don’t have a season preview. That’s okay. I figured I’m safe for two reasons. First, the NHL did their annual snow job on the Wild with a skimpy October schedule (Wild fans can’t even enjoy the #IsItOctoberYet sensation…