Author Archives: Jon

The Sportive, Episode 72: NFL or what?

On this week’s Sportive, we talked mostly NFL – including the Vikings’ win, our sleeper team (the Bills), and whether we should be watching the NFL at all.

United back in win column – and back atop standings

Minnesota’s win over Fort Lauderdale, combined with San Antonio’s loss at Carolina, was enough to put United back on top of the combined NASL standings

United needs to find that scoring magic

Minnesota has been creating chances; they just have been unable to finish.

The Sportive, Episode 70 and 71

Jesse Lund of Twinkie Town stopped by for Episode 70 of the podcast.

Then, on Episode 71, we recorded a two-part Vikings preview.

Podcasts: like blog posts for your ears.

Minnesota Update: Mukwelle Akale leads USA U-18 team to tournament victory

Minneapolis native Akale, who signed with Villareal earlier this year, was named Player of the Tournament and scored the only goal in the championship game.

Hopeless United steal point against ten-man Cosmos

Minnesota had a man advantage for all but the first few minutes of the game, yet were dominated by the New York Cosmos, who was unlucky not to come away with a win instead of a 1-1 draw.

The Sportive, Episode 69: Dave is back

Local Gopher football expert / Minnesota sports cynic / brother Dave Marthaler was back on the podcast this week. We talked Gopher football for an hour. This, after I’d failed to record about half an hour of talking.

The Sportive, Episode 68: Five Men and a Baby

This week on the podcast, old friends Michael Rand and Rocket stopped by Sportive HQ. Brandon was there. Stu showed up too. Eventually we had five people around the table, a new record; only Clarence missed out. We recorded a podcast while we were there.

Watch Christian Ramirez score perhaps the NASL’s goal of the season

Minnesota beat Indy 5-1, but all anyone could talk about after the match was Christian Ramirez’s bicycle-kick goal.

Minnesota, San Antonio, and New York begin to separate from the NASL pack

The standings at the season’s midpoint show what we already knew from the teams’ ambitions – three teams are playing a different game in the NASL.