Archive for September, 2009


Trestman best man, so far – Winnipeg Free Press

Trestman best man, so far – Winnipeg Free Press

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…But There’s Always Plan B


Just in case I never get my money out my autographed Michael Vick rookie card, I have a back up plan. If St. Paul’s Michael Floyd continues to dominate college competition like he has, I believe he’ll be a Heisman finalist some day. When that happens, I’m going to auction his high school graduation party invite on Ebay. (And, yes, I’ve already told Michael’s parents I’m going to do this so don’t bug me about it.) There must be some obsessive Notre Dame fan who would pay a small fortune for it. Aside from his family, you had to be a really cool person to get invited to his party. This is a rare item indeed!



An Open Letter to Michael Vick

Dear Michael:

Thanks for giving me one of your autographed rookie cards back in 2001 at the rookie shoot in Orlando. I’m sure you remember me. But I’m really disappointed the value of your card has plummeted, from $1400 to about ten bucks and change now. I’m out some net worth here!

Dog fighting and the way you treated those animals is not cool. It was immoral. And you deserved to go to jail. Besides, you weren’t a very good criminal. Why didn’t you just give the money to one of your stupid homies, have the property put in their name instead of yours so you could maintain some sort of plausible deniability. I know “plausible deniability” is a big phrase for a guy who never completed college, but I think you get the idea.

I did buy your remorseful interview on 60 Minutes with James Brown. What sold me were your opening remarks about hearing the door slam behind you the magnitude of your decision-making finally hit you. It’s sad that for some people it takes getting to the bottom of the barrel before they realize they need to change their lives. I suppose we’ve all been there in some way, shape or form. Leonard Little resumed his career with the St. Louis Rams without much protest after killing a woman while driving intoxicated in 1998. He got only 90 days in jail. The difference between your situation and his is that a lot of people have driven while intoxicated — and made it home. They know deep down on another night they may have wound up like Leonard Little. But killing a dog? Most people can’t relate to that mind set.


Good luck on your second chance with the Eagles. Thanks, again, for the card.



Gophers Locker Room Reception

Reception 1
Thanks to Gophers Coach Brewster for allowing the sports marketing folks at the University of Minnesota to turn his team’s locker room into a bar/reception area Monday evening. Coach Brew was even kind enough to stop by to speak with corporate season ticket holders who came to see the new stadium — and his team’s spacious locker room at The Bank.

The Gophers locker room was quite impressive. I think it’s probably the size of a small ice hockey rink. (I’m not kidding.) And the photography that adorns the walls is superb. Actually, the University of Minnesota has always had good sports photography as long as I can remember. If you can’t get inside the Gopher’s locker room, check out the photos in the lobby at the Radisson University on the University’s East Bank or the Applebee’s inside and you’ll see what I mean.

Reception 2

Combined with Williams Arena, Mariucci Arena, the University Acquatic Center and the new TCF Bank Stadium, the University of Minnesota probably has some of the best sports facilities in the country. Of course, the sporting public expects you to win. That’s all!
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