Thursday, November 16, 2006


That's today's theme. Let me elaborate.

KG costs too much. Look, he is worth every penny, but we cannot build a winning team around him in this league. Good players cost too much. We have to get ahold of a good rookie and keep him. I like Foye, but he is NOT that rookie. Craig Smith has a better shot at it. Honestly. We need a bruiser not (another) shooter. Caveat: if that shooter is named LeBron or Kobe.

Money is also the reason we did NOTHING in the offseason. We could have signed any number of good centers. We got Vin Baker. Vin. Baker.

But money can be a good thing, folks. I am getting paid for the advertisement to the side of this blog. That, I think, technically makes me a professional blogger. And, I am not getting paid by the click. I was paid in advance for running the ad for the year. It was quite a bit more money than I thought it was worth for my readership, too. But really, you guys are worth it. Check the link out if you need Timberwolves tickets. Target center tickets. T wolves tickets. Twolves tickets. OK, enough shilling.

And, I look MONEY now with my new glasses. That's right, I finally got glasses.

Here is me before glasses:

Here is me after glasses:

Clark Kent's got nothin' on me. And I look younger. And smarter. And more handsome. And... ok you get the idea. I have to point out I just took those pictures in the dark, of myself, holding the camera out in front like a tourist. So they aren't a true representation. And I am laughing at myself. But I like the glasses.


Saturday, November 11, 2006


is down right killing me tonight. I just got done with work, where between selling people snowboards and treadmills, and selling another of the items no one thought the store would sell (this time it was the "roboboxer"), I was stuck sharpening skates. I think, all totaled, I sharpened around 30 pairs of skates.

to sharpen a skate, you have to clamp it into a holder, level it, and then drag the blade over a spinning grinding wheel, over and over. That part is not so bad. In fact, I like that part. It feels good to do a good job, and have hockey players that have been skating all their lives tell me I did the best sharpening ever, seeing as I have never played hockey, and have only been ice skating a few times when I was 5.

No, the part that makes me curse the gods who invented skates and decided they needed to be sharp is the position of the grinding stones. They were made for someone about 5'5" to use. I am 6". That means I am bent over this worktable all day, focusing all my energy into a blade, and leaning into the work as a result.

And so I ache. And whine.


Thursday, November 02, 2006

NBA is back

Sorry, sex life, the NBA is back on TV. Just kidding. I'm married, I don't get it anymore, anyway.

Just a quick word about HDTV. For those of you tuning in over the "regular" TV, I am sorry. You truly do not know what you are missing. I bet you didn't know KG was black, or tall. No, really, he is. But seriously, folks, HD is amazing. The fuzzies are gone, and there is no ghosting when the players move all fast, as they are sometimes wont to do.

Now back to the game. A few things impressed me. First, KG is still around, and still smiling. He is also still very efficient. Not only missing just two shots all night, but the shot selection, and the timing. When we needed a lift (through three quarters), KG was there. I am going to savor every Twolves game as if it were his last. If we don't win, it just might be.

Huddy is moving well, too. I am not sure that's a good thing. He has never met a shot he didn't like, as the cliche goes, and when he's moving well he takes A LOT of them. Of course, he takes a lot of them when he is hobbled, too, so maybe this just means he will make a couple, here and there. Last night he did, and it pushed us to a win.

Marko at the two spot is much better. He can still bring the ball up, and wheel it around. But his spot up is pretty nice, and he can dribble drive when he needs to. He is also tall enough to create back to the basket, and keeping him in there means more fast breaks off turn overs. I like it.

The rookie Craig Smith is a big, big boy. He takes up a good chunk of real estate under the basket, and I have always said that's a good thing. Still, how great would it have been to have Paul Shirley on the squad? Seriously. I suppose we could call him when Vin Baker dies of old age (two weeks from now) I kid. Love ya, Vinny.

Overall, we were gellin like Magellan last night. Seven assists from Ricky? Am I reading that right? It's a long season, but we started it the right way.

An editorial aside: Ok, so I use "we" a lot, to mean, of course, the Timberwolves. Some of the more savvy readers might remember that I don't actually play for the Timberwolves. Thanks for paying attention. And reminding me. You know what, who asked you? But the "we" is the fan "we", I don't feel any ownership, and I rarely feel like I can even criticize them. I played the game at such a low level, I cannot even imagine what the worst of the NBA players are like. Truly, it is just easier to type "we" than to say "I feel the organization..." That's it, and that's all. So stop emailing me.

81 more to go.