(0:40) We try and fail to talk ourselves off the ledge about Buxton, (14:20) review proposed rule changes from an interview with Rob Manfred, (40:30) a quick review of the ridiculous Bryan Colangelo saga, (44:30) Jon chooses his Stanley Cup allegiance and (49:50) our famous #dadlife bit, this week featuring coaching and potty training.
Stu and Jon get back on the podcast horse and talk about Thibs' desire to ruin the franchise, the NBA playoffs, the impossibility of the Vegas Golden Knights (and why we still hate them!), the Twins' impossible-to-name-roster, the Lynx, and the Loons. Plus: Surly updates so that Jon could buy some time to talk about the Loons!
Whole gang back for this one. (0:30) Mrs. Spielman joins us to break down the Vikings draft. (31:12) Wolves season in review: there all is aching. (41:15) Wild: 4 ideas to turn this thing around? (59:30) Twins: when will the pain go away?
(1:07:00) Brandon gets roasted for his pathetic reluctance to coach his kid's baseball team. He deserves it.
In this episode:
*The Wolves gave up 50 points in a quarter
*The Wild need to fire everyone
*The Twins can't do anything well
*The NFL Draft doesn't matter much when your team has the 30th pick
*The Loons have struggled (but Stu has some marketing copy to read)
*We're here for the Lynx
*Improbably, also the Windchill
Late-night emergency shortive: (1:00) the Wild loss and (11:45) the Wolves play-in-game win (ed: fact-check needed to confirm this is real life). Later (25:00 or so) a quick round-the-horn on the Twins and MLB.
A red-hot 45 minutes of emotional chatter, just for you.
Err'body in attendance for this one. Great ep, one of our best.
(1:15) the Polanco situaish and many unanswered 'roids questions | (15:00) we throw down odds on the new Gopher puck coach and requisite Big 10 bashing | (49:00) requesting a strategic tank from the Wild | (53:00) continued Thibs hate despite the team's record | (62:00) Vikings Concerns With ChikenFingerz69. What would he do as GM?
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We welcome anonymous twitter user "ChikenFingerz69" to the show and the results are [unintelligble mumbling]. Discussed: (1:30) why do we hate Kirk Cousins? | (19:45) - we also hate the Derrick Rose signing and Thibs and everything | (33:40) - a brief ode to Eric Staal | (46:50) - HS hockey rootability rankings | (56:10) - college hoops scandal nonsense + Jon's new book.
After a few minutes yelling at the clouds, we (9:45) try to list a single person on the US men's hockey squad, (15:30) discuss the Twins trade for Jackie Onassis, (35:00) sigh about the Wild trade options and (48:00) end with dad life questions about when after-work family time WON'T be the worst part of our lives. Shocking episode twist: Clarence couldn't make it.
(0:00) Super Bowl reactions + is the NFL going to be fun from now on? [Pause for laugh track] (24:30) Is gambling going to be legal soon? (34:30) Our world-famous MN sports boss rankings, and (53:05) we finish with Jon's half-hearted Olympics preview. Spoiler: we like curling and that's about it.
Brandon, Stu, and Jon gather around the table to talk about yet another Vikings NFC Championship Game loss, the future of the team, why we do this to ourselves, why bad things happen, etc. After an hour, we also move onto other topics:
56:07 – Prepared statement from Clarence about his Twitter suspension
1:05:23 – Timberwolves: Fun!
1:10:57 – Twins Torque Meter, and eulogizing Glen Perkins’ career
1:17:56 – UGH, FINE: Super Bowl picks
Stu, Jon, and Brandon recorded a good 90 minutes of audio, approximately 45 of which actually were recorded by everyone involved.
0:00 - Recapping what was lost in the first, never-to-be-heard half of the podcast
7:00 - The Wolves are suddenly amazing, Jeff Teague was hurt, let's blame him for everything
18:09 - Jon takes the floor to complain about Minnesota United, is shouted down
23:15 - Dad Life: You can't hope to be happy, only proud
Stu and B do a deep 90 at a mall bar. Half hour on the Vikes, 15 minutes on the Wolves and then (whoops 3 beers deep now) we talk sexual harassment, how to raise kids, 2017 in review, white dad guilt, Whole 30 and a whole other mess of stuff. We had a damn blast on this one. Enjoy?
(3:45) Vikings: it's going to end badly, but how? | (25:45) Twins Boy Geniuses check-in | (45:30) Clarence and Poochie demand hoops-related apologies. Neither receives one. | (1:01:00) RIP Wild and Gophers hoops followed by a curmudgeonly #dadlife Christmas-hating segment.
(2:00) Vikings. Why is Case good? Who will be the QB next year?
(36:00) Wolves. Why does this team frustrate us? Then we pledge allegiance to TEAM TYUS.
(45:00) That weird-ass Gophers 5-on-3 game and Fleck Era Year 1 review (we're optimistic!)
(62:00) Dadlife: Real or fake Christmas trees?
The boys aren't back in town, so Mandy and her husband Stu discuss the surprisingly important Vikings/Rams game, give advice to first-time parents, and wonder what People Magazine is up to with this Blake Shelton business.