https://www.startribune.com/from-play-ball-to-play-bally-s-sinclair-betting-on-legal-gambling-to-boost-viewership/573452881/Originally published by DK on December 22, 2020 at 11:03 am
Very happy to have this available again (even with a mask) 😷Originally published by DK on December 21, 2020 at 10:03 pm
…but they are warm, convenient, free and no one else in my building uses them for exercise.Originally published by DK on December 15, 2020 at 10:51 pm
Got my money’s worth on that oneOriginally published by DK on December 6, 2020 at 7:43 pm
My latest research rabbit hole started when my friend Brad told me the Montgomery National Golf Course website said MNGC was one of architect Joel Goldstrand’s best designs. We’ve played a lot of rounds on Goldstrand courses over the years and I was curious to 1) know what he was up to now and 2) come up with a list of my personal favorite Goldstrand courses. Jim Souhan helped me out with the first part by interviewing him last year before the 3M Open.
Now in his 80s, the Plymouth resident has designed or renovated more than 100 golf courses during his career in several states (the majority in Minnesota). He also had an impressive playing career, winning a Minnesota state high school title in 1957, two NCAA titles at the University of Houston, the Minnesota State Open in 1973 and 1985, a tie for 12th at the U.S. Open at Hazeltine and an appearance at the 1971 Masters (82-77-MC). He was a pro at Minneapolis Golf Club for 16 years and won the Minnesota Section PGA Golf Professional of the Year award in 1979.
I haven’t played all of his courses, but here are my favorites (in rough order):
- Ridges at Sand Creek – also a part of my Minnesota 7, this gets the top slot mainly because I’ve played it the most.
- Superior National (Canyon 9) – technically now a Brauer course, the Canyon 9 has some amazingly photogenic holes (above).
- The Pines – Fred Boos (RIP) knew what he was doing when this grandfather of Brainerd courses opened in 1990.
- Eagle Valley – the City of Woodbury has a very nice muni layout thanks to Joel.
- Cannon Golf Club – not a lot of original Goldstrand left (second nine, but Garrett Gill re-did four holes in 2006).
- Links at Northfork – haven’t played here a lot, but lots of people rave about it.
- Fox Hollow – last time I played here, I got paired up with Pepe Willie. Love the green in the middle of the Crow River.
The Golf Advisor website has a comprehensive list of Goldstrand courses, while RJ Smiley at Tee Times Magazine has a fun story about Minnesota architects (Goldstrand ties with Don Herfort for biggest impact on Minnesota golf history). Explore Minnesota Golf also published a short video interview with Goldstrand back in 2010. I think Joe Bissen should head over to Plymouth with a note pad and tape recorder – a Goldstrand book would be awesome!Originally published by DK on November 30, 2020 at 9:01 pm
Miss the treadmill (never thought I’d say those words)Originally published by DK on November 21, 2020 at 6:19 pm
Ferda, boysOriginally published by DK on September 28, 2020 at 10:28 pm
Move streak hit 150 days this weekOriginally published by DK on September 13, 2020 at 9:48 pm
Too bad there won’t be a fourthOriginally published by DK on July 27, 2020 at 4:34 pm
All three ringsOriginally published by DK on July 7, 2020 at 8:30 am
Free canoe for resort guests (still)Originally published by DK on July 3, 2020 at 6:41 pm
Access to the Rayette workout room has finally returnedOriginally published by DK on June 27, 2020 at 12:08 am
I’ve loved Shadow Creek since the first time I played it and I’ve played it over 100 times but can’t say I’ve mastered it…Originally published by DK on June 4, 2020 at 10:55 pm
I don’t think that is in the brochureOriginally published by DK on May 19, 2020 at 9:18 pm
The “UK DK” posted this interesting graphic a while back that I recently found while cleaning up my desktop. It amazes me how many different recommendations there are out there to get in better shape, but this one makes a lot of sense to me. My old plan was to run a gazillion miles a month and eat whatever I wanted, but that’s not in the cards these days. I am currently on a one month move streak and have greatly reduced my sugar intake, which has started a trend in the right direction weight-wise. Haven’t started in with the new kettle bell yet because of some back pain, but hope to add that to the mix soon…Originally published by DK on May 14, 2020 at 4:37 pm
https://www.isitcanceledyet.com/Originally published by DK on March 11, 2020 at 5:06 pm
Marketing geniuses, I tells yaOriginally published by DK on November 21, 2019 at 11:07 am
Blow that horn, Steve JordanOriginally published by DK on October 24, 2019 at 8:27 pm
I’m not sure there is a better place in the entire world to reflect on life than in a boat on Lake Vermilion…Originally published by DK on October 23, 2019 at 1:15 pm
John Avenson bringing the heatOriginally published by DK on September 18, 2019 at 6:34 pm
Way to go Saints – that was amazing!Originally published by DK on September 11, 2019 at 12:01 am
By ice and by airOriginally published by DK on September 5, 2019 at 7:29 pm
The Saint Paul Saints have always been the masters of promotion. When they posted a link to a “Media Member for the Day” event, I grabbed the August 27th game against the Chicago Dogs and patiently waited. With only a handful of regular season games left, tonight was the night. I walked across the street from our house and picked up my pass from the box office, entered the VIP/Media entrance on Broadway and walked up to my perch behind home plate.
Working in an NFL stadium, our press box is only in use ten days a year (unless there is a Minneapolis Miracle). The Saints play fifty home games in the American Association of Independent Professional Baseball, plus the potential for best-of-five divisional and championship match-ups. With seven games left in the 2019 season, the Saints have a record of 59-34 and are 1.5 games back of Fargo-Moorhead, who clinched a playoff spot last night.
If they make the post-season, this will be the second year in a row. We went to all of the playoff games last year and were really surprised at how few people attended. The Saints lead the league in regular season attendance – in fact, they have double the attendance of the next closest team this year (363,109 versus 167,131 for Winnipeg). CHS Field (built in 2015 for $64.7 million by Ryan Companies) officially holds 7,210 fans, but the Saints average 8,069 people per game. My guess is that the huge corporate outing business that drives attendance during the year just isn’t there for the playoff games. If the Saints do make it to back-to-back playoffs, the dates this year would be:
- Divisional Playoff Games: 9/4, 9/5, 9/7 (9/8 & 9/9, if necessary)
- Championship Games: 9/11, 9/12, 9/14 (9/15 & 9/16, if necessary)
The division winner gets to choose which games they will host, with one team hosting the first two games and the other team hosting Game 3, as well as the final two games if they end up being needed.
So how does this press box compare to ours? The Vikings have spaces for 175 people in the main seating area and I would say you could squeeze in about six people at CHS. We both have high-speed WiFi and wired data ports available, a friendly press box announcer that reports stats as they happen and complimentary food and beverages. The press box at CHS sits between the TV broadcast booth on one side and the event production booth on the other. Of course, this is also where the peanuts get thrown down during the seventh inning stretch (looking forward to that).
Nothing against the Saints, but they really get caught up in the overall decline of local journalism. I can understand no Star Tribune or TV representation, but where is the Pioneer Press? Aside from the occasional Shooter mention, I don’t think you can even find a box score in the hometown paper. John Shipley did write a story during the All-Star festivities, but that was likely just because Joe Mauer and a bunch of Vikings played in the charity softball game.
Aside from that issue, the Saints definitely produce a great product in the crowded Twin Cities sports market. As a guy who grew up in Saint Paul going to games at Midway Stadium, the organization will always hold a special place in the history of the city. The new City of Baseball museum along the third base line is really well done and is a great addition to the building. CHS Field truly is a beautiful facility and GM Derek Sharrer runs a great operation.
Thanks for letting me visit!Originally published by DK on August 27, 2019 at 9:38 pm
They should all countOriginally published by DK on August 24, 2019 at 1:53 pm
That was quite a weekend, thoughOriginally published by DK on August 13, 2019 at 3:25 pm
Hopefully they do better than the Twins todayOriginally published by DK on August 11, 2019 at 5:11 pm
So long, X GamesOriginally published by DK on August 9, 2019 at 11:56 am
Spin you right round, baby, right roundOriginally published by DK on August 4, 2019 at 12:36 pm
Four in a row + indoor vertOriginally published by DK on August 1, 2019 at 9:28 pm
While I worked for a number of years in the casino business, my property never offered sports betting. As it now spreads across the United States, it is starting to make an impact with my current industry, professional sports venue management. I haven’t done a lot of research on this topic, but I feel like both sides aren’t fully prepared for all the potential side effects of a much larger pool of bettors.
Minnesota has always had a unique gaming environment among states and the various types of tribal compacts, so I don’t envision any immediate changes in the landscape. As it sweeps across the country, though, I imagine Minnesota will join at some point – too much money is involved to completely sit out. Minnesota tribes have understandably been reluctant to reopen the gaming agreements, but most of the larger ones already have ties to professional sports in one form or another.
As a technical venue manager, I’m curious as to what additional demands will be made on wireless networks, digital signage, cyber security and real-time statistical data feeds if sports betting is approved here. Not to mention physical changes to buildings if things like betting windows were ever to be added. I can easily imagine fans having sports betting apps on their phones, placing bets in their seats during a game and wanting to cash out winners immediately.
Lastly, I had another thought while watching the Twins lose their epic battle with the Yankees the other night. If human referees and umpires are still used in all leagues (which is likely), what extra security measures will be needed when they make bad calls? Will it influence how they make calls in the first place? It’s already a challenging environment with rowdy fans who have had too much to drink…Originally published by DK on July 28, 2019 at 8:24 pm
XGMN19 – now with e-sportsOriginally published by DK on July 28, 2019 at 5:11 pm
Originally published by DK on July 27, 2019 at 2:22 pm
Really didn’t know that is so close to Staples CenterOriginally published by DK on July 27, 2019 at 1:26 am
This market is so not like the othersOriginally published by DK on July 26, 2019 at 9:12 pm
Two nights of All Stars, now two nights to start the second halfOriginally published by DK on July 24, 2019 at 7:43 pm
So much CHS Field time this weekOriginally published by DK on July 23, 2019 at 6:21 pm
Now we just need a win over OaklandOriginally published by DK on July 21, 2019 at 1:01 pm
https://www.tmz.com/2019/07/17/pete-alonso-home-run-minnesota-474-feet-new-york-mets-mlb/Originally published by DK on July 17, 2019 at 7:38 pm
Weirdest rain delay everOriginally published by DK on July 17, 2019 at 12:44 pm
Fun night + Loons victory 1-0Originally published by DK on July 13, 2019 at 11:26 pm
That was some good TV sportsballOriginally published by DK on July 7, 2019 at 12:42 pm
From the handshake line to the booing of Bettman and the handoff of the trophyOriginally published by DK on June 13, 2019 at 7:36 am
http://www.espn.com/chalk/story/_/id/26740441/one-year-legal-us-sports-betting-learnedOriginally published by DK on May 14, 2019 at 4:40 pm
Congrats to Yagya and Atomic Data on some very smart workOriginally published by DK on May 10, 2019 at 1:53 pm
…but got to ride the whole river path today (before the rain)Originally published by DK on May 8, 2019 at 4:04 pm
I’m so out of shape – this month should help a lotOriginally published by DK on May 6, 2019 at 12:16 pm
Part I – protect the brainOriginally published by DK on April 27, 2019 at 3:12 pm
…don’t come homeOriginally published by DK on April 25, 2019 at 9:20 pm
Of course it needs to snow againOriginally published by DK on April 11, 2019 at 8:47 am
Yup, I’m still here (no trains until 4:13am)Originally published by DK on April 9, 2019 at 3:18 am
…ends here.Originally published by DK on April 8, 2019 at 3:11 pm
Bravo, TimberwolvesOriginally published by DK on April 6, 2019 at 3:06 pm
TRUTHOriginally published by DK on April 6, 2019 at 2:59 pm
IT Command will be the place to be the next three daysOriginally published by DK on April 4, 2019 at 9:30 pm
You never know what will happen at Target Center these daysOriginally published by DK on April 1, 2019 at 8:17 pm
Happy Baseball Opener everyone!Originally published by DK on March 28, 2019 at 1:36 pm
We are all just a bunch of meat sacks…Originally published by DK on March 27, 2019 at 8:32 pm
Every Minnesota team should do that for every gameOriginally published by DK on March 19, 2019 at 7:26 pm
Timberwolves vs. Golden State @ Target CenterOriginally published by DK on March 19, 2019 at 7:10 pm
I finally own a green hat to wear once a yearOriginally published by DK on March 17, 2019 at 3:25 pm
Originally published by DK on March 10, 2019 at 11:43 am
…and the countdown is onOriginally published by DK on March 6, 2019 at 10:38 pm
Return to this game will be a while, unfortunatelyOriginally published by DK on February 27, 2019 at 7:47 pm
In or out?Originally published by DK on February 26, 2019 at 7:23 am
Now that Monster Jam is over, it’s full on Final FourOriginally published by DK on February 17, 2019 at 6:40 pm
What a franchise, eh?Originally published by DK on February 15, 2019 at 10:06 am
Monster Jam returns SaturdayOriginally published by DK on February 11, 2019 at 2:16 pm
I thought I felt a little déjà vuOriginally published by DK on February 9, 2019 at 4:29 pm
Like the surface charge space, thoughOriginally published by DK on January 10, 2019 at 7:48 pm