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Tuesday, January 27, 2004
Minnesota Is Back!
I spent Monday on the seat of a tractor, moving tons of snow. Meanwhile, snowmobiles of all colors of the rainbow went zipping back and forth in the ditches of 260th street like we never missed a beat.

It was not bitterly cold and we all had a purpose. Some to move snow, some to fire up those sleds for the first time in nearly three years, some to plow roads and parking lots.

I realize that by the time April showers bring May flowers, we may be sick and tired of the snow and cold. But as I piled banks of snow against the cattle shed, watched the snowmobiles fly by and listened as the birds hovered around the feeders, it was nice to see Minnesota return to winter.

It was a long time coming and was good for me...good for the area...good for the state.

This weekend...cross county skiing!

Minnesota sports: The Twins didn't have enough horses this year, the Vikings and the Gophers football programs started strong and stumbled. This winter, I am excited about the Gophers Womens' basketball team and the Timberwolves. I expect both to finish strong. Gophers Men? A little young and undisciplined...should get better. Gophers hockey teams and wrestlers will be fine. I really think the Wild are not only hurt, but short handed. Last year probably was a fluke and this year they are swimming up hill.

Locally, the cream of the crop is starting to rise to the top. The next two weeks will go along way toward conference titles and #1 seeds in the upcoming tournaments.

But now it's winter time...let's get out and enjoy it!
Posted By Dan Skogen
Monday, January 19, 2004
Superbowl XXXVIII Is Set
Well, I missed on both the championship games this past weekend.

New England stuffed the Colts to win the AFC Title. Then Carolina shocked the nation with a 14-3 win over Philadelphia. A win that was more lopsided than the final score. Carolina has surprised a lot of NFL fans with their physical defense and slow, plodding offense that uses the clock and gets the job done.

I am sure the oddsmakers will give New England the big advantage February 1st in Houston, but with the way the Panthers have played...never say never.

Meanwhile, congratulations to the Bertha-Hewitt community, dchool and all the volunteers that pulled off a wonderful fundraiser Saturday afternoon.

Anna Kleen has become a member of the Timberwolves' "Junior Rollers", which is a group of wheelchair basketball athletes that tours the country and will now compete in the nationals out east.

The whole community came together for a meal, a wonderful story from paralympian Judy Siegle and some fun wheelchair basketball.

The Timberwolves defeated the Bertha-Hewitt girls' basketball team, the boys' team and a team from the faculty and community. These young athletes also gave a skills demonstration and played a 4-on-4 game so we could see what the real game looked like.

What a courageous group, who have already taken huge steps to overcome what life has thrown down in front of them. Good luck and thanks for letting me a part of a great day in Bertha.
Posted By Dan Skogen
Tuesday, January 13, 2004
Conservatives Lose Big in NFL Playoffs
After a great wild card weekend in the NFL playoffs, the remaining teams came out with another outstanding weekend of playoff football.

I, however, went .500 trying to pick the winners, as two home teams fell.

One theme seemed to ring true...get conservative...get beat!

The Rams had a chance to shoot for the moon late in their game with Carolina, settled instead for a tying field goal and lost in overtime.

Then Green Bay, on a fourth-and-one, decided rather than go for the first down, gave the ball back to the Eagles, who go on to get a field goal and a win in overtime.

Looks like the NFL has developed parity. Anyone can beat anyone...even on the road.

Get a team down, get a team back-peddling and you better go for the jugular.

Over in the AFC we saw how really bad the Kansas City defense is as Manning and the Colts picked them apart.

Three games to go...I hope they are just as entertaining.

AFC- I pick Indianapolis to stop New England.
NFC- Philadelphia will end the Carolina run.

The "Scarecrow" {Dennis Green} is back to the buffet table as the head eater for Arizona. This alone may bring me back to an avid NFL fan...just to see what this idiot will do next.

The Park Rapids Area boys basketball program celebrated a win over Wadena-Deer Creek last week when Brady Zubke and Jason Schmidt both went over the 1,000 point mark in their careers. Also, Michelle Honek topped 1,000 points last week in a Staples-Motley win over Crosby-Ironton.

I have really enjoyed watching these three outstanding athletes over the past years. They work hard on their skills and compliment their teammates' play. Congratulations!
Posted By Dan Skogen
Tuesday, January 6, 2004
NFL Playoffs-Round 2
The National Football League was surprisingly entertaining last week as the Wildcard weekend was played. I actually picked three of the games correctly. There was something for everyone...big plays on both sides of the ball.

Carolina looked better than I thought they would as they rolled over Dallas 29-10. This one saw Stephen Davis rush for over 100 yards, while Steve Smith and Muhsin Muhammad both had over 100 yards receiving. Carolina will head for St. Louis on Saturday.

In the other NFC game, Green Bay got a 52 yard interception return for a touchdown from Al [big hair] Harris for a 33-27 overtime win over Seattle. The Packers head for Philadelphia Sunday.

Over in the AFC, Tennessee fought past Baltimore 20-17 as the Titans were the only road team to win. In this one Eddie George rushed for 88 yards with a dislocated shoulder! And "old man" Gary Anderson popped a 46 yard field goal with :29 seconds to play to give Tennessee the win. The Titans head for New England this weekend for divisional play.

The final game of the weekend was the softest with Indianapolis dominating Denver 41-10. Manning fired five touchdowns in this one, and Indianapolis will go to Kansas City this week.

After going three out of four last week I have to take all the home teams this week. These teams are at home, fairly healthy and rested. Best chance for an upset is Indy at KC and Carolina at St. Louis. But I look for the home teams, Kansas City, New England, St. Louis, and Philadelphia to move on.

Meanwhile who is the national champions in college football? I give it to LSU. The BCS is not perfect, but it is a step closer to a real playoff. Are there others deserving? Sure. But in my opinion this is a step in the right direction. I still think a playoff between the top eight or even the top 16 is a possibility and alot of money can be made from that format too!

Gopher Gals looking good!

Gopher Guys don't play much defense!

Locally I do have to tip my hat to the Wadena-Deer Creek boys' hockey team. Scott Woods has this team unbeaten so far this year, and putting up some big numbers.

Also the Park Rapids Panthers girls' basketball program has started the year unbeaten. They will really get tested in the next couple of weeks. John Schumacher has his Panthers playing very well. I saw them for a half against Thief River Falls. They play defense and can transition the ball in a hurry.

Hey we are a month away from the start of some of the winter sports playoffs. It's another exciting time. Be safe as you travel up and down the road. Keep up with the local schedules here on the SportsCow.com Get out and see and support some of these area teams.

You won't be disappointed!
Posted By Dan Skogen
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