Author Archives: Jon

Happy 8th Birthday, RandBall!

It’s the eighth birthday of RandBall! EIGHT! I don’t know how many people are aware of this, but when Michael started writing this blog, he was just fourteen years old. He has aged in blog years, and now, at age 52, spends his days complaining about millennials, watching the Big Ten Network, and telling people off on Twitter.

$200 million is the new $100 million

$200 million is the new $100 million, when it comes to MLB payroll.

Vikings, though later in arriving, make strong push for MLS team

The Minnesota Vikings have long been accused of not taking soccer seriously. Though the team had the foresight to insert some questionable Major League Soccer-specific language in the stadium bill, until earlier this year, the franchise was simply intent on planning their gleaming new stadium – first getting it passed at the Legislature, then getting it designed and kicking off construction. By that point, they’d managed to infuriate a large number of local soccer supporters, mostly for what appeared to be a resolute desire to ignore questions and pleas from the ever-burgeoning cadre of fans.

ESPN’s Taylor Twellman says MLS is a “no-brainer” for Minnesota

ESPN’s lead soccer analyst, who was born in Apple Valley, was excited about the possibility of the area getting an MLS franchise.

A few vital statistics for MLS expansion

If you assume that money is at the heart of this decision – and if it’s not, it would be a first for big-time sports – then the choice seems pretty straightforward.

The Sportive Episode 81: To the bar!

Stu and I recorded an episode in a bar on Saturday night, and it went perfectly on the first try. You can hear us and everything. Episode 81 doesn’t sound that bad, and I think we should be proud, for once.

United vs. Fort Lauderdale: Trying to make sense of the NASL semifinals

When the news covers a negative event, quite often you will hear a news anchor say, “So-and-so is searching for answers.” It’s a cliche that speaks to a truth about all of us. We know, intellectually, that life is not fair and doesn’t make sense… but we really, really want it to.

The Sportive, Episode 79: The (new) Paul Molitor Hall of Fame?

We recorded the podcast at Brandon’s house for the first time ever. It started with Twins and Wolves talk, then degenerated into a lot of yelling, in which I found out that everything I believe is wrong and also everyone else on the podcast thinks I might kill humans for sport. Fun one!

Minnesota United 0, New York Cosmos 0: Postgame notes and gamer

Christian Ramirez missed a penalty, and the Cosmos Curse continued for United.

United 1, Atlanta 0: Where we’ve been, and where we might go

Minnesota beat Atlanta 1-0, but your humble blogger spent most of the night taking in the sights.