Thursday, October 23, 2014

Football Trivia: Come Sail Away

A dive bar in South Minneapolis by the name of Schooner Tavern was the locale this week for 1500 ESPN's Thursday Football Trivia. It was one of those neighborhood bars where the patrons stop what they're doing and stare in a suspicious manner at any unfamiliar face that enters the joint.

Anyhow, there were 11 different teams/participants in the opening round written quiz. I, as usual, did very well with that portion, earning a #3 seed and a first round bye for the bracketed tournament.

In the quarterfinals, I took on a duo that called themselves "Bubbas." As usual, this is a "Family Feud" style tourney where one has to buzz in for an opportunity to answer first. This is a best 2 of 3.

Question one: Who was the first Super Bowl winning NFL team whose home stadium was a dome?

Brad (buzzing in first): New Orleans Saints. Incorrect. 
Bubbas: Seattle Seahawks. Incorrect.
Brad: St Louis Rams. Correct.

1-0, Brad.

Question two: Which Vikings QB holds the franchise record for single season passing yardage?

Brad (buzzing in first): Daunte Culpepper. Correct. 

Brad wins, 2-0.

On to the semifinals, where I would take on the #2 seed (and 18-time champion) Brendan Byrne. Mr. Byrne can be considered my nemesis, given I've defeated him only once in 8 or 9 tries (Oh, but how sweet was the one win!). 

The final four is also a best 2 of 3, but the questions are in category format, meaning there are multiple answers. This year has an interesting twist. The rule now is if each player gets one correct answer, it moves to sudden death. That means the first person to give a wrong answer loses the point. 

Question one: Hall of Fame QB Warren Moon played for.....

Brendan (quick with the trigger finger): Houston Oilers.

.......five different professional football teams in his career. Houston Oilers is one.  

Brad: Minnesota Vikings. Correct.
Brendan: Seattle Seahawks. Correct. 
Brad: Kansas City Chiefs. Correct
Brendan (thinking, thinking): Montreal? Incorrect (It was actually the Edmonton Eskimos of the CFL). 

1-0, Brad.

Question two: After Murray Warmath left as Gophers' football coach after 1971, the U of M has employed eight different permanent head coaches. Name them.

Brad (buzzing in first): Joe Salem. Correct.
Brendan: Glen Mason. Correct. 
Brad: Lou Holtz. Correct.
Brendan: Jerry Kill. Correct. 
Brad: John Gutekunst. Correct.
Brendan: Tim Brewster. Correct. 
Brad: Jim Wacker. Correct.
Brendan: Cal Stoll. Correct. 

Since we ran the table with each getting four correct, no point is awarded. Still 1-0, Brad.

Question three: There are 12 teams in college football's Mountain West division. Name them. 

Brendan (buzzing in first): Boise St. Correct.
Brad: Utah. Incorrect (Utah State is part of the conference though). 

1-1 tie. 

Question four: Of the top 25 NFL players in all-time receptions,.....

Brad (quick with the trigger finger): Jerry Rice. of those players are active (D'oh!). Name them. 

Jerry Rice is incorrect.  

Brendan: Steve Smith. Correct.

Brendan wins, 2-1. 

Brendan would defeat another Football Trivia regular, The Jermichaels, to win his 19th trivia championship in 2-1/2 seasons. 

Since I'll be getting out the vote next Thursday, I'll resume my quest for a multiple championship season on November 6. 

Until then.......


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Wednesday, October 22, 2014

It happened 25 years ago today

I was in my third year of college in October 1989 when the kidnapping of 11-year old Jacob Wetterling occurred.

From Wikipedia:

Jacob, his brother (Trevor), and (friend Aaron Larson) were cycling home from a convenience store on October 22, 1989, when a masked gunman came out of a driveway and ordered the boys to throw their bikes into a ditch and lie down on the ground. He then asked each boy his age. Jacob's brother was told to run toward a nearby wooded area and not look back or else he would be shot. Subsequently, the gunman asked to view the faces of both boys. He picked Jacob, and told his friend to run away and not look back otherwise he would shoot. The whereabouts of Jacob and the identity of the gunman remain unknown.

The pain and anguish of one's son/daughter passing away is a parent's worst nightmare. However, the emotional pain of Jerry & Patty Wetterling (Jacob's mom and dad) is likely compounded by the fact they have no earthly idea what has become of their son. Since I've pretty much followed this story from the beginning, I don't recall one instance where a substantive lead has cropped up. I pray that the Wetterlings are able to have some semblance of closure one day.

In the mean time, Jacob's best friend Aaron continues to struggle with survivor's guilt. See his heart wrenching account of that fateful evening (as well as what life's been like the past 25 years) in raw interview footage shared by Fox 9 news.

You can also see the actual news footage of the interview here.



Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Quick Hits: Volume CIII

-The gay mafia continues the shakedown.

The Idaho case involves Donald and Evelyn Knapp, both ordained ministers, who run Hitching Post Wedding Chapel. Officials from Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, told the couple that because the city has a non-discrimination statute that includes sexual orientation and gender identity, and because the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals struck down Idaho’s constitutional amendment defining marriage as the union of a man and a woman, the couple would have to officiate at same-sex weddings in their own chapel.

The non-discrimination statute applies to all “public accommodations,” and the city views the chapel as a public accommodation.

On Friday, a same-sex couple asked to be married by the Knapps, and the Knapps politely declined. The Knapps now face a 180-day jail term and $1,000 fine for each day they decline to celebrate the same-sex wedding.

A week of honoring their faith and declining to perform the ceremony could cost the couple three and a half years in jail and $7,000 in fines.

The thing that is most perplexing is why an aspiring married couple would insist on receiving services from people who don't support their union. Over the past decade, more and more Americans began to accept the "live and let live" mantra and thus no longer protested the idea of gays marrying. So why is it that when the gays seemingly get what they want (i.e. the "freedom to marry"), why must they turn it into a cudgel against those who politely reject such an exercise?

This isn't the first story of its kind either. It further validates Erick Erickson's assertion from 19 months ago that, despite opposing gay marriage but not caring if it's legal, you will be made to care.

- How desperate are the Democrats to hang on to their U.S. Senate majority? They're citing blunders made by GOP Senate 2012!!

Of course, it doesn't help the Dems when they're desperately trying to distance themselves from President Obama yet he continually inserts himself in the fray.

- So Monica Lewinsky joined Twitter on Monday.

Ms. Lewinsky posted her first tweet just ahead of a speech she was to given at Forbes' inaugural "Under 30 Summit" in Philadelphia.

In her speech, Lewinsky spoke of her advocacy to stop "cyberbullying." of which she claimed she was the first victim upon the 1998 revelation of her affair with then President Bill Clinton. While I felt awful for Ms. Lewinsky and how the affair basically ruined her life due to the public shaming, I don't believe she should be 100% absolved of responsibility. Given Lewinsky was a young woman in her early 20s when the affair began, I find it difficult to believe she didn't realize the moral repugnance of having relations with another woman's husband. Now do I believe she deserves to have her life in complete shambles as a result? No. In fact I'm rooting for her to use her awful circumstances to make a positive impact in the lives of others.

While it's a noble cause Lewinsky is undertaking, it would be even more so had she not portrayed herself a helpless victim.


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Monday, October 20, 2014

Boxscore of the Week (Postseason edition)

Game 4 of the 2006 ALCS featuring the Oakland A's and the Detroit Tigers.


Last week the San Francisco Giants clinched the NL pennant on a walk off home run. The last time that happened was the aforementioned Game 4 of the 2006 ALCS. 



Sunday, October 19, 2014

Keepin' it retrospective from the get go.....

T-minus 16 days until Election Day, so there will be a fair amount of political talk on The Closer this afternoon. As usual, I will be on the air from 1:00 until 3:00 pm Central Time. 

Right at 1:00, Republican candidate for MN Auditor Randy Gilbert will join the program. He will discuss his campaign and make the case as to why he should unseat two term incumbent Rebecca Otto. 

Then at 2:30, Stacey Stout, GOP candidate in MN House District 43A, will check in. Truth be told, I had Stacey booked on the program even before the DFL's photoshopped hit piece on her was mailed out. We may spend a minute or two on that, but we specifically want to focus on her campaign and why she should absolutely be elected in November. 

In the non-guest segments, I'll likely address the Minneapolis Star Tribune endorsing (surprise!) Governor Mark Dayton for reelection as well as other big news stories from this past week. 

So please give me call at (651) 289-4488 if you'd like to discuss any of the topics I plan on addressing. You can also text comments/questions to (651) 243-0390.

You can listen live in the Twin Cities at AM 1280 on your radio dial. In and out of the Minneapolis-St Paul area, you can listen to the program on the Internet by clicking this link, or check us out via iheart radio

Even though I have a face for radio, there is a UStream channel where you can watch the broadcast, if you so desire. Check it out here.  

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Until then.....



Friday, October 17, 2014

Football Trivia: Nuthin' But a "G" Thang

After taking last week off, I was back at it last evening for 1500 ESPN's Thursday Football Trivia. The locale this week was a quaint little bar called Mama G's, located in on the Maple Grove/Corcoran border.

In the opening portion I aced the written quiz, thus earning a #1 seed and a first round bye.

In the quarterfinals I faced a duo that went by the nickname "The Blood Farts" (Yeah, I know. Gross).

This round is Family Feud style where the first person to buzz in obviously gets first crack at answering. It was best 2 out of 3. 

Question one: When Brad Childress was hired as Vikings coach in 2006, who was his first defensive coordinator? 

Brad (buzzing in first): Leslie Frazier. Incorrect. 
BF: {no guess}
Brad: Mike Tomlin. Correct.

1-0, Brad. 

Question two: Two weeks ago, this running back passed Adrian Peterson for third place in career rushing yardage for an active player. Name him

Brad (buzzing in first): Chris Johnson? Incorrect. 
BF: Stephen Jackson. Incorrect
Brad: Marshawn Lynch. Incorrect.
BF: Frank Gore. Correct

1-1 tie

Questions three: Cumulatively, how many points have been scored in the NFL thus far this season? 

Each contestant was given a piece of paper and pen to write down their answer. We were given 60 seconds to come up with an answer. The team who comes closest to the correct total wins. 

I figured that there's an average of at least 40 points per game scored. So 40 in each of 16 games comes to 640 per week. There's been six weeks, so I guessed 3,800. 

Brad: 3,800
BF: 4,450

The answer is....


The BFs get the point and win 2-1. 

This duo would also go on to win the championship 3-2 after falling behind 2-0 in that final round. 

If Curt Schilling and his blood soaked sock were able to rally the Red Sox from down 3-0 in the 2004 ALCS then Thursday's football trivia winners apparently overcame bloody drawers. Kudos to them I guess. 


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Thursday, October 16, 2014

More DFL follies

While perusing Twitter over my lunch break Wednesday, I saw a tweet posted by Star Tribune reporter Rachel Stassen-Berger.

I know Kurt Daudt personally. And while he's in good shape for a guy in his early 40s, he certainly isn't that muscular. But even if one isn't familiar with Daudt, it seems pretty obvious to the naked eye that his head was Photoshopped on to someone else's body. But whose body?

Brian Cook of MN Action Network was quick with his investigative work.

That would actually be Conor McFadden, the eldest son of U.S. Senate candidate Mike McFadden, pictured with MN House candidate Stacey Stout.

Naturally my first question is why would the DFL do such a thing? After all, Daudt traditionally takes photos with GOP House candidates when he's out door knocking on their behalf. Like the one he took with Stout in late July.

I guess Daudt looks cordial and pleasant in that pic, which doesn't fit the DFL's "extremist" narrative. So perhaps putting Daudt's head on a thick body makes him look more brutish. Truth be told, I'm really not interested what goes on in the twisted minds of the left.

Since it appears Mark Dayton will be re-elected governor of MN (or will he?), the DFL is pulling out all the stops to keep the MN House in Dem hands as well. As such, they appear to be playing defense in districts where their incumbent is on shaky ground. That would include House District 43A (Mahtomedi, Willernie, Birchwood Village and parts of White Bear Lake & Maplewood), the district where Stout is running and lost by only six points in 2012 to current representative Peter Fischer.

As luck would have it, I already had Stacey Stout booked as a guest on my radio show for this Sunday at 2:30. I imagine this issue will come up, but it won't be the sole focus. The MN Legislature would be fortunate to have Stout, so tune in to hear a great candidate!


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