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Wednesday, September 26, 2001
A Look Back At Summer
The summer is turning to fall. The fall will softly give way to winter. So let's go back a few weeks, a few months and see where we have come from this year.

Back in July the Twins were the most exciting thing in Minnesota since they figured out how to make those lutefisk TV dinners! In or near first place and coming up with great pitching and timely hitting. After the All-Star break, the Twins went on a tumble. Last fall I thought the Twins would be a contender for the wild card, but no one thought Seattle would be this dominate, which opened the door for Oakland to grab the wild card spot. Anyway, nice job to the Twins!


After the Queens spent too much on a few and traded away anyone who would dare to stand up to Randy (God Almighty) Moss or Chris (on my knees) Carter, I decided to leave the NFL behind and find something else to do on weekends. So far, so good. Although friends of the purple have told me things are not going so good for the over-priced, under-matured boys from Winter Park. A lot of finger pointing, yelling, and closed locker rooms. Might it be there are too many super stars?

A recent Sports Illustrated article thought it might be fun, if a few NFL rules changed...like mulligans, "suckers walk," expansion teams playing only each other, etc. It sounded fun....and maybe thats what I can't find in pro sports anymore. Fun...yeah, like it's supposed to be.

Let's have some fun!

From the pie hole: Although I still have not seen a dominant volleyball or football team this fall, I have seen a few outstanding athletes.

Wow! Half-way though the fall sports season. The playofs are straight ahead! 167 days without nicotine! (Editors note: "Wow!")

Remember: Middle age is when you choose your cereal for the fiber, not the toy.

Dan can be contacted at dan@sportscow.com
Posted By Dan Skogen
Wednesday, September 19, 2001
Stunned
The events of September 11, 2001 left me stunned.

I have spent the last 30 years with some very distinct opinions about various political groups, philosophical differences and less than politically correct tolerances for things that are different.

It was with stunned silence, followed by definite anger, that I watched the terrible events unfold at the World Trade Center.

So this week I leave you with your thoughts...your prayers...your ability to deal with such trauma...in your own way...with your own God.

Know this. America has had her lip bloodied before. And one thing she understands is defending herself. Those responsible will run and hide, but this time America will persist and will smoke them out...where they will be punished.

I stand ready to support our President, our Congress, our leadership in whatever they ask me to do.

From the Pie Hole: As major league sports resume this week, let's not forget where we have been and where we are going. Perspective.

Remember: Laughing helps...It's like jogging on the inside.

Dan can be contacted at dan@sportscow.com
Posted By Dan Skogen
Wednesday, September 12, 2001
Enduro Racing and Deer Hunting
The 2001 Enduro race season came to a close last weekend at Wadena County Stadium. The five races this year drew just under 30 cars per race.

For those of you not familiar with enduro racing, it's a flat track race which goes 45 minutes in one direction then 45 minutes in the other direction. The car with the most laps at the end of the day wins.

Sunday, Sam Waln drove 126 laps to a first place finish. He was followed by Scott Braith with 123 laps and David Olson with 122 laps. For the year, unofficially, Scott Werk will win the season laps total with 553, followed by Scott Horn at 545 and Tim Mcknight at 488.

Meanwhile, John Edinger, a long time member of the Wadena Chapter of the Minnesota Deer Hunters Association, reminded me this week that Sunday, September 23rd has been set for the 2001 Forkhorn Field Day. It will be held at the Knob Hill Sportsman's Club and will run from 1:30-4:30 p.m.

The boys and girls must be card carrying Forkhorns or the son or daughter of a paid up MDHA member. Pre-registration is a must and that deadline is September 18th.

This is a nice opportunity for young hunters to compete in .22 10-shot target shooting, moving target shooting and trap shooting.
Entry forms for this event are available at Rick's Barber Shop in Wadena.

From the Pie Hole: I hear through the grapevine, that Randy Moss is having trouble getting along with his teammates. (Surprise, surprise.)

Looks like the Twins are going to play pretty well to finish out the year.

What a disappointing Vikings' effort last week.

Remember: Car sickness is the feeling you get when the monthly payment is due.

Dan can be contacted at dan@sportscow.com
Posted By Dan Skogen
Wednesday, September 5, 2001
Dan Goes To The Fair
SportsCow was about the only cow I didn't see on Sunday. Me and the Misses and the boy headed out for the Great Minnesota Get Together!

That's right, the rednecked farm boy who likes to stay close enough to home so that he can see it, took off last weekend and landed at the State Fair.

I had not been there in about 11 years. Not much has changed, but it has led me to believe that atractions like this and others, may save me from endless, mindless hours of NFL/NBA/NHL/MLB!

It's so easy to plop in front of the old boob toob and not move for hours...for sports, for sickening comedies...whatever. I have made myself a promise this fall. No baseball unless the Twins are in the hunt or the playoffs. No football. That is is NO pro football at all! It sickens me and I give up on it. I will watch some college football, but that certainly also needs to be rebuilt.

I will find other things to occupy my time. I might even start reading again.

See, the state fair made me remember that there is alot of stuff out there that I just have not taken the time to enjoy. From nail pierced ears to a meal on a stick...to hot grease dripping off my chin and elbows to all colors of hair...to all types of rides and attractions that will let you bump, twist, barf, spin, catapult, barf, dive, flip, glide, barf, laugh, scream, barf, anyway you get the picture.

I spent the day watching people...thousands of them interact with each other...too cool! These people paid $7 for months of great therapy.

Support high school athletics...it's still the most pure. After that fill your nights and weekends with things for your family and friends. Or how about something for yourself? The pro athletes won't miss you and after awhile you won't miss them. Don't let me kid you. I will watch some this fall. But I'm going to be more selective...not every play of every game matters. It's entertainment for God's sake. I learned something at the State Fair. I think I already knew it...I just got a great reminder.

From the Pie Hole: Last week a co-worker accused me of always picking on the black players when I wrote about the crap they would like us to believe. Guess what? You're reading too far between the lines. And if you read this on a regular basis and think I'm pushing the envelope....NOT! You may be one who needs to walk away from pro sports for awhile.

Remember: Isn't it nice that wrinkles don't hurt.

Editor's note: Kyle still likes football.

Dan can be contacted at dan@sportscow.com
Posted By Dan Skogen
Saturday, September 1, 2001
The State of Football
Hey...it's September! The little pieces of pigskin are flying through the air. What is the state of Minnesota football?

On the local level it's fine. A few schools have developed football programs that have set the bar at a higher level. But for the most part, teams from around Minnesota will take turns moving to the top of the heap....and that's good. That's probably how it should be at the high school level.

Then we have the other Minnesota football.

Let's start with the Gophers. The Gophers have been mediocre to bad for as long as I can remember. They spend millions on coaches, facilities, recruiting, etc., and what do they get? Nothing! Heathache! This week they got beat by the feared Rockets from Holy Toledo! Not a lucky hail mary win at the end....a good old fashioned butt-whupping!

Please...find out what's wrong with this program and fix it or join a Division III conference where scholarships and coaches don't cost so much. You can take buses to the games and the 6,000 fans that come to watch just want something to do on a nice Saturday afternoon.

The Gophers are BAD and I guesss that's just what the U ordered, because they seem to want to stay bad.

On to the Purple and Gold. After weeks of crying about salaries and attitudes; making predictions about stabbings and prison; and knowing they will break a heart or two this year....I have decided to let up.

After reading several other stories about this years NFL season, I have decided that the NFL and I just don't belong together anymore. I may watch some rainy or snowy Sunday afternoons, but let's not waste every weekend worrying about these spoiled little rich men.

When they do their job, they will drop to their knees and point to the sky. They will stand in the middle of the field spread eagle begging all the fans to shower them with praise. For what?! Doing their job! If we all stopped and waited for praise at work and then pouted when it did not come our way, we would all be looking for other work.

Hey, there you go! Don't like playing in the NFL? The fans, the owner, and the sponsors don't understand you? Get another job...say flipping burgers somewhere. The NFL and I have parted ways. This will be good for me...and they won't notice.

Minnesota football. Fun and real at the high school level. In big trouble elsewhere.

From the Piehole: Big black eye for the Little League World Series. Great message to our children. Way to go Wolf Lake at the State tourny.

Remember: Raising teenagers is like nailing Jell-O to a tree.

Dan can be contacted at dan@sportscow.com
Posted By Dan Skogen
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