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The Sportive, Episode 88: It’s New!

Minnesota sports are still depressing, but at least there’s Mo Williams. Our good friend Michael Rand joined us to talk about what’s new this week.

The Sportive, Episode 87: It’s old!

In the hopes of getting off the mark in 2015, here’s a link to our last podcast, which was posted ten days ago.

We’re recording Episode 88 tonight. I’m sure it’ll be much less positive.

United’s MLS bid, though “secret,” is plain to see

We don’t know the specific details of Minnesota United’s push for MLS – but the bid’s strong underpinnings are there for anyone to see.

The Sportive, Episode 86: Plaid On Plaid

This week on the Sportive, Stu and Brandon and I talked about the Vikings (better than we thought, worse than average), the Twins (worse than I think, better if I realize this) and the Wild (worse than they should be, worse for our lives).

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.