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Archibald verbally commits to UNO

Brainerd's Josh Archibald has verbally committed to play hockey for the University of Nebraska-Omaha next season. Archibald is simply one of the best ever to play for Brainerd. He has a howitzer for a shot, can outskate virtually any opponent and is a physical player. Entering Tuesday's game against St. Cloud Apollo he ranks fourth in Warrior career scoring with 129 points. His 55 points this season are only 11 behind the single-season program record of 66 points by Jerr Johnson.

If Josh isn't playing in the NHL someday I'm going to be shocked.

Sports Question of the week

Let's hear some educated guesses as to which legendary NFL franchise wins Super Bowl XLV Feb. 6 in Arlington, Texas.

I'm not sure which direction I'm going yet. I like the Green Bay Packers' offense on the turf and Aaron Rodgers is playing the best at the quarterback position right now. But Big Ben does just enough to win and his two Super Bowl rings proves he can win in big games.

Both defenses are tremendous and similar since Dom Capers worked for both franchises.

Congrats Ron and Dave

Congrats to veteran Brainerd Warriors coaches Ron Stolski and Dave Maras for being nominated and/or receiving an award from their respective sports.

Bert finally gets circled

Former Twin Bert Blyleven finally received word today that he has been elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame after an undeserving wait. Bert compiled lights-out stats, which many of today's pitchers will never come close to matching — 287 wins, 60 shutouts, 242 complete games, 3,701 strikeouts. He only won 20 games once in a 22-year career, which is what many voters apparently held against him. His election was long overdue.

And with the 12th pick in this year's draft...

One good thing has already happened this new year — the Minnesota Vikings have stopped embarrassing themselves.

At least on the field.

Many things need to be fixed before the start of the next season, whenever that may be.
The first thing is changing Leslie Frazier’s title from interim head coach to head coach. That happened Monday so a pat on the back to the Wilf franchise for getting one thing right so far.

Vikings should go with Jumpin' Joe

Now that the Vikings have placed backup QB Tarvaris Jackson on IR (out for the year) I hope Brett Favre is also done for the year (and career). With a 5-8 record, three games left, and Favre hopefully done after this year, put Joe Webb at QB and let's see what he can do. Can he be any worse inept than a healthy Tarvaris or an injured Favre, who just might get suspended by the NFL for the last 3 games for allegedly sending inappropriate texts and/or photos in 2008 to a former Jets game host. Let's see what Jumpin' Joe can do and draft or trade for the rights to Cam Newton.

Waste of time or true delight

There is a reason the word fan is in fanatic. And other than Justin Bieber or Lady Gaga fans, no group of people are more fanatical than sports fans.
Painted chests, rusted, 30-year old Winnebagos decked out in team colors and flags, the use of “we” when referring to the person’s favorite team are prime diagnosis for sports fanatics. More proof of the lunacy are the questions they ask themselves.

Heisman Trophy

I voted for Cam Newton of Auburn for the Heisman Trophy. I don't recall being as torn as to who to vote for as this year. Newton is the nation's top college football player but comes with baggage. His father was accused of working with the owner of a scouting service to receive up to $180,000 for his son to play for Mississippi State while the quarterback was being recruited out of junior college in 2009. The NCAA cleared Cam, saying neither he nor Auburn knew anything about the alleged payment.

Jerry Kill

I wish new Gophers football coach Jerry Kill the best. He has a monumental rebuilding job ahead of him. Under Tim Brewster "Gopher Nation" became "Gopher Township." I'm happy Jerry didn't echo a few phrases that his predecessors did, like "Geezo-beezo" or "My corpuscles are jumping and my heart is pumping" or "We're going to win Big Ten championships sooner rather than later." Kill seems like a down-home, down-to-earth, home-spun country boy and came off genuinely humble. He needs to ditch that mustache but I do admire his haircut!