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Tuesday, February 26, 2002
When Writers Block Strikes
I looked at Kyle, my boss at SportsCow.com Monday and said, "Writer's block...give me some ideas."

Out of the corner of his eye he bluntly suggested, the Olympics, playoffs, NCAA...

O.K. I didn't think long enough or hard enough. Didn't I write aboyut that stuff earlier?

With each week spinning into the next I sometimes forget.

Yes the Olympics are over. I watched none. They did not hold my interests.

The high school playoffs are here and before they are over they will be fun!

NCAA Mens Basketball...the best tournament ever, starts in two weeks.

I will comment on these later.

Today, congratulations to Dorothy McIntrye, an associate director of the MSHSL has announced her resignation. She has been with the league for 32 years. She orginally was charged with making a place for girls athletics in Minnesota. Job well done.

Do I agree with all she has done or how she has arrived at some of her goals? No. But I tip my hat for her hard work to promote girls athletics!

Three former Wadena-Deer Creek wrestlers are headed to the Division II National Wrestling Championships in Kenosha, Wisconsin on March 8. They include Matt Strawser, Mike Richards and Jacob Anderson.

The "Diamond Duster" tells me that there will be some changes in amatuer baseball in central Minnesota. Clarissa moves from the Hi-10 to the Resorters League. Wolf Lake moves from the Hi-10 to the Lake and Pine League. Verndale moves from the Hi-10 to the Lake and Pine League. Deer Creek moves from the Countryside to the Hi-10 League.

This is what happens when one gets a little writers block. You start digging in the file cabinet and see what's available.

From the Pie Hole: Frazee, Wadena-Deer Creek, and Bertha-Hewitt/Verndale...great team wrestling lives here in central Minnesota.

Remember: Be different, stand out and work your butt off!
Posted By Dan Skogen
Friday, February 15, 2002
He Did What?!
It's the Olympics! I remember where I was during the "Miracle On Ice". I remember some of the emotion, the thrill of victory and agony of defeat. And now, not since I first tried to learn the rules of ice hockey or the periodic table of elements in chemistry, have I been this confused.

First of all, the Olympics already took huge steps backwards when they allow professional athletes to come to the games and dominate.

So what if other countries are doing it. The thing about going to the Olympics is to compete. Get a medal? That's a bonus! It's what created things like the Miracle On Ice.

Let the amatuers play the games.

Meanwhile back at my confusion...

Ross Powers, Danny Kass and JJ Thomas sweep the medals in the halfpipe!?

What the...hold the phone! What is a halfpipe and why at the Olympics of all places wouldn't we use a whole pipe? Where is the rest of the pipe? What do we put in the pipe? And why among all these athletes would we allow a pipe of any kind?

They have arrived...the body-pierced, euphorian, tree-hugging, beer nuts are dominating the Olympics. They say things at the press conference like dude, cool, ouch, sweet and other crap from South Park.

Oh, and now that I finally learned the difference between a slapshot and icing, cross-checking and a two-line pass, the crease, slot and the point...now I have to try and learn...are your ready.....air to fakie, alley-oop, backside, backside air, backside hand plant, bevel, blindside, bone, bonk, cab, Canadian bacon air, chicken salad air, corkscrew, cripple air, double grab, duckfoot, egg plant, flex, goofy-footed, hard boots, hoho, late, lip trick, mosquito air, nose, pop tart, roast beef air, tail poke, west cat, slob air, rolling down the windows and more!

Powers took the gold with a method air, frontside air, two McTwists, a stalefish, a 720 and a cab cork 270.

Some of it sounds like food I would actually eat! Some of it reminds of dating techniques from along time ago. Some of it sounds very adult! And some of it sound like a bunch of kids sitting around making up a language that adults will never figure out.

I guess I am officially old. I don't like new things at the Olympics. Bring back the good old days of Romans in the arena, naked as a J-bird wrestling or vaulting or running or...something. Sweet!

From the Piehole: Gopher fans break out your sweatshirts. The next two months should be very fun.

Remember: The secret to staying young is to live honestly, eat slowly, and lie about your age.

Dan can be contacted at dan@sportscow.com
Posted By Dan Skogen
Sunday, February 3, 2002
Time
You know things are picking up speed when last Wednesday I relized I had not presented an article for the week. Well, I guess I took a week off! How many great high school events can be going on at once?


The Wadena-Deer Creek girls' basketball team is certainly getting some huge efforts from their bench. Last Friday, with their win over Detroit Lakes, the Wolverines completed the first trip through the Mid-State Conference unbeaten. Injuries and illness certainly made it look like the Wolverines would stumble some, but they are playing so well as a team.

Dennis Kaatz the wrestling coach from W-DC spoke at Rotary last week. They certainly have focused to finish high this year.

Central Minnesota is being treated to some outstanding wrestling again this year...especially the effort we see from W-DC, Perham, Minnewaska Area, Bertha-Hewitt/Verndale, Frazee and others.

The Pillager Huskies boys' basketball team certainly looks strong. They seem to have taken the center stage as the team to beat in this area...very good balance and dicipline.

The Wadena Deer Creek Wolverine girls' hockey team heads for Roseau this week to open tournament play.

It's time to start planning on gasing up the car and heading out on tournament night to watch these area teams. Every year there are a few upsets, surprises and just mistakes. But that's what makes it fun. Support these young student athletes and their coaches...you'll take something from it too!

From the Pie Hole: Go Gophers!!!! The University has alot of games going right now! Minnesota's pro teams are letting us down. The Wild are done. The Wolves have a chance if they regroup soon.

Remember: Make the time because you'll never find the time!

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