Sports Section Episode 20: We Acquire Kirk Cousins and LeBron!

Kirk Cousins

Oh yes, that’s right, the boys are back and they have devised a plan not only to reel in prized free agent quarterback Kirk Cousins for the Vikings, but also send LeBron James to the Timberwolves for half of a season. You can thank the remarkable leadership of Chris for that one, though he still hasn’t come around on Teddy Bridgewater. Noah and Sam keep working on him. Also: What’s the Redskins’ angle? Is Cousins the best fit for the Vikings? If (gasp!) somehow he doesn’t end up in Minnesota,…

Minnesota Wild Bring Magic of Their Own on Hockey Day In Minnesota

A 5-2 Minnesota Wild win over the Tampa Bay Lightning on Hockey Day in Minnesota was a perfect time to remember I love hockey, and this morning was a good day to write hockey. I grew up in Minnesota and lived here for half of my years on this planet. I wanted to play for Herb Brooks’ Gophers when I was a kid; as an adult, I still cry at Miracle’s “Who do you play for?”  I hate Norm Green to this day for taking the NHL team with the…

Stars Still Shine In Minnesota’s Wild Jersey Evolution

Minnesotans love their hockey. And they love their hockey teams. Plural.   The Wild have been in business since 2000. But from 1967-93, the North Stars were Minnesota’s NHL entry. When the squads met in the playoffs for the first time, in 2016, Wild fans were still given to chants of “Norm sucks” — aimed at the North Stars’ owner, Norm Green, who took them to Texas to become the Dallas Stars.   To this day, the Wild carry a nod to their predecessors in the form of the North…

Sports Section Episode 16: Live From Florida [PODCAST]

This week, we come to you from our cabana in Clearwater Beach, Florida. We squeeze in some sports talk between R&R and tequila shots — topics include potential Vikings playoff opponents, whether Mike Zimmer should be coach of the year, and which NFL coaches will/should be fired. Plus…is this Sam Bradford thing real? Also: How bad was Case Keenum against the Packers? Harrison Smith and the Pro Bowl. The Wolves are on a tear. Jeff Teague is injured. Will a roster move be necessary? Jimmy Buckets and Towns are surging.…

Sports Section Episode 15: Vikings, Etc. with Austin Belisle! [PODCAST]

They said it couldn’t be done, but the boys secured a guest. This week we welcome Vikings Territory Editor in Chief Austin Belisle. Austin is California cool and classy as hell, and one of the brightest Vikings minds on the web. The guys get his opinion on a bevy of Vikings topics, plus Joe Buck and how annoyed he gets by Vikings Twitter. Then, they introduce a new segment: Explain Your Tweets. Also: What do we make of the NFC North title? Teddy comes back. The ideal Vikings quarterback situation…

Sports Section Episode 14: We Now Love Sirles [PODCAST]

The gentlemen discuss their newfound appreciation for Vikings offensive lineman Jeremiah Sirles, and also break down what went wrong in the first loss in two months. Noah explains why then NFL catch rules are dumb, and Chris freaks out about Andrew Wiggins again. Also: Are the Timberwolves clicking? Who’s the number one option on offense? The Dem wins in Alabama. Vikings playoff scenarios. Does Aaron Rodgers scare you? The Gophers get pounded and barely beat Drake (sort of the same thing). Jordan Murphy though. The Wild live for free hockey.…

Sports Section Episode 13: Sam’s (Unfortunately) Back! [PODCAST]

Unfortunately for everyone involved, Sam returns to steer the ship. The boys discuss the Vikings’ win over Atlanta, the continued defensive dominance, and where Case Keenum ranks in the NFL quarterback hierarchy. Also: The Wolves are 14-11. Why is this kind of depressing? What does Karl-Anthony Towns need to do better? Is this Thibodeau’s fault? The return of Marc Gasol to the podcast. Gophers hoops struggle with Nebraska. We give our prognosis of the squad thus far. Spurgeon is out and the Wild are confusing. What the hell are the…

Minnesota Wild Are Exactly Who Dennis Green Thought They Were

  Turkey day is over and the Minnesota Wild, with 25 points and a 11-10-3 record, find themselves two points out of a playoff spot behind the Chicago Blackhawks and Dallas Stars in the Central Division.  Hockey fans returned from annual food pilgrimages stuffed like Aunt Mary’s turkeys and this year the gluttony came with a bonus as the Minnesota Vikings vanquished the Detroit Lions on the single day of the year Detroit celebrates something. “Vanquished” is a generous term as that game was far too Minnesota for my liking,…

The Quarter Pole; How The Wild Things Are Playing

I’ve been away from most things Minnesota Wild hockey for about a week. I figure I was hardcore tuned in during October and that felt like passing a kidney stone, so I simply took some hard-earned PTO. I’d like to say Taylor Swift read my glowing review of her new album and hired me to watch her cats for an exorbitant amount of money, but that wouldn’t be true. I’m aware the Minnesota Wild continued playing in my absence and I did hear tell of maddening inconsistencies on a game-by-game…

Sports Section Episode 11: The Big Balls Episode [PODCAST]

This week, we start the show by discussing the Al Franken debacle and make Chris extremely uncomfortable in the process. We also pay homage to Mike Zimmer’s excellent quote about Case Keenum’s…um…mentality, and discuss how far the Vikings can realistically go in the playoffs. Also: A quick recap of the Vikings win over the Rams. What can be said about Adam Thielen that hasn’t been said already? We attempt to find something. Should Anthony Harris be starting? The Wolves have a winning record but it’s been weird. Can we get…