When a Pickup Hockey Game Becomes a Son's Gift to His Dad

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Photo: Dean Jarvey
Amid the sweat, sunshine, and spongy puck snapshots, something happened.

There aren't enough dollars to pay for the gift I received last week. I suspect it will yield its residual bounties in memories over time, and when I'm in hospice care hopefully some decades down the road, I have a funny feeling it will revisit me in all its textured, multicolored glory as I breathe last.

For now, though, it remains fresh.

I feel kind of fruity just writing it, but I don't know how else to describe it: This past weekend I witnessed my son feel hockey for the first time. I watched him exert himself to exhaustion, joy percolating up through him as only can happen when playing this young man's game through a child's new eyes.

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Amanda Zahui B Is the Best Minnesota Sports Star You've Never Heard Of

Categories: Sports, U of M

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Screenshot of Minnesota Gophers on YouTube
The 6-5 sophomore from Stockholm is breaking records and taking names

It's time Minnesota sports fans got to know Amanda Zahui B. The 6-5 sophomore center from Stockholm, Sweden has been an absolute monster for Gophers women's basketball as it makes an unlikely push toward its first NCAA tournament berth in five years.

On February 17 she put up an eye-popping line of 39 points, 29 rebounds and four blocks, carrying the U of M to a victory over 13th-ranked Iowa. Four days later, it was 27 points, 27 rebounds and five blocks in a double overtime win over Michigan. After a down game at Nebraska (12 points, six rebounds), she returned to form yesterday, registering another 22 points, 21 rebounds and seven blocks in a Gophers loss at Iowa.

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The State High School Dance Competition Had Some Serious Drama

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MN Prep Photo
Who would've expected such cattiness at a high school dance competition?
When Faribault won the state high school high kick dance championship on Saturday the five other teams it competed against refused to line up for the awards ceremony.

Instead, they all held hands at the opposite end of the Target Center floor, silently protesting Faribault's routine, which anonymous tipsters say was plagiarized from a dance team in Utah.

As Deadspin noted, this is almost the exact plot of the American cinematic masterpiece Bring It On.

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Ex-Viking, Current Packer Letroy Guion Arrested with Gun, Big Pile of Weed and $190,000 Cash

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Starke Police Department
That's a lot of drugs and money
Former Viking Letroy Guion thought maybe the old "don't you know who I am" trick could get him out of a routine traffic stop in Starke, Fla. Tuesday night.

According to a report released by the Starke Police Department, the former Florida State football star tried the line while leaning out of his brand new Dodge Ram pickup truck with a "strong odor of marijuana" emanating from within.

The line didn't play, and it went south from there for Guion.

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Timberwolves Mock Kevin Love's Return With Hilarious Video

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Keith Allison, via Flickr
Kevin who?
Former Timberwolves star Kevin Love pouted his way out of town last summer, eventually leaving the losers in Minnesota to join LeBron James's new superteam in Cleveland.

This Saturday Love will return to Target Center for the first time since the acrimonious parting, and Timberwolves fans can't wait to boo the shit out of him. Even tickets for the cheapest nosebleeds are going for $50 on StubHub.

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The Biggest Threat to The State of Hockey Could Very Well Be Itself

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Photo courtesy of Fox Valley Values
Is Minnesota hockey guilty of hastening its own collapse?

The second part of "Game Misconduct," CPs' report on The State of Hockey comes out tomorrow.

Titled, "The Biggest Threat to The State of Hockey Could Very Well Be Itself," the story resumes where its predecessor left off: Inside Minnesota Made, the private, 75,000 square foot hockey palace in Edina, where Minnesotans come to groom their kids to be the next big thing.

Welcome to Minnesota's Youth Hockey Machine.

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You Can Buy a Jar of Historic Metrodome Garbage for Only $5

Categories: Sports, Twins

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"It's a nice conversation piece"
Looking for the perfect gift for the massive sports rube in your family? This weekend at TwinsFest Nick Vetter and Joel Bradley will be selling jars of "Domepourri" containing ground-up bits of the demolished Metrodome.

"It's a nice conversation piece and we think it will bring smiles to a lot of faces," said Vetter. "A lot of people have a lot of great memories from the Dome."

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Adorable Kid Reenacts Packers' Botched Onside Kick Recovery

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Screenshot via @TheCauldron
In a fourth quarter full of agonizing moments, Brandon Bostick's botched onside kick recovery stands out as the moment when everyone realized the Packers were probably screwed.

Now creative genius easlandj posted a reenactment with a small child that's more or less exactly what happened.

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Brent Lunde Nails $50,000 Shot During Intermission at UMD Hockey Game

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screenshot via AMSOIL Arena YouTube video
He made it look easy
At last Friday night's University of Minnesota Duluth men's hockey game, Brent Lunde signed up for a chance to compete in the intermission hockey shot challenge on a whim en route to the concession stand. An hour later he was $50,000 richer.

"At first I thought it was like a Subway shootout, like when people compete for a shot at a free sandwich," said his wife Erin. "Then when they said 50 grand, it was like, whoa."


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Game Misconduct: The Assault on the State of Hockey

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Photo by Benjamin Carter Grimes

Jared Bethune won't forget the first time he got destroyed.

The puck skidded into the corner. Bethune, a 17-year-old winger for the Prince George Cougars, was the first player in. The second was Mason Geertsen, a six-foot-four, 220-pound golem for the Vancouver Giants, three years Bethune's senior.

Geertsen led with a cross-check, driving the smaller kid into the boards.

Bethune lay motionless.

He gasped for air, his body contorted into an inhuman form.

"When I finally got up off the ice, he was talking smack," Bethune now says with a chuckle. "I gave it right back. I knew I belonged."

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