Minnesota Twins…Ugh

Memo to Major League Umpires:  The Minnesota Twins are are quite capable of losing games on their own.  They don’t need your help to accomplish that.  I find it odd that an umpire standing at third base can’t see a baseball bounce into the stands for a ground rule double.  I know it’s hard to watch the Twins play, but as an umpire you have to watch them play.

Nonetheless, this season has very quickly developed into a “adding injury to insult” type situation.  It seems as if every day brings news that another player is going on the disabled list.  And if the players being brought up from Triple A Rochester are any indication, the future is quite bleak.

It is so bad, that the everyday lineup for the Twins includes a guy playing shortstop who can’t make a throw to first base.  Remember when Chuck Knoblauch was traded to the Yankees and had difficulty making the throw from second base to first?  That was quite humorous in my book.  This?  Not so much.

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Random Thursday

*I talked to a couple of people that went to see “Hangover 2″ last night at the midnight showing.  They said they laughed but mostly decided that it was underwhelming.  I’m still going to see it so that I can judge for myself.  And to write a blog about it.

*Patrick Reusse in today’s Minneapolis Star Tribune captured my thoughts and observations of the Minnesota Twins perfectly.

*Boardwalk Bar and Grill in East Grand Forks has the best  Cajun Chicken sandwich in the Grand Cities.  Just don’t forget the fire extinguisher and some fireproof gloves.  It is very Cajun.

*Special Reggie Tales shout out to Julie, Jen, and Bryce.  All three share the distinct honor of being High School Graduates of the Class of 2011.  They are also my nieces and nephew.

*I have yet to swing the wrenches this year.  When I finally do, it’s going to be ugly.  More so than usual.

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Bridesmaids: Reviewed

“Bridesmaids” is the Judd Apatow movie that has been creating a lot of buzz on the street.  I’m about to add to that buzz.

It’s very good.

A couple friends of mine advised me to go see it, and prefaced their comments with, “It’s not a chick flick.”  I’m not sure why anyone would think that I would be opposed to seeing a so-called “chick flick,” but I digress.

Bridesmaids is very funny.  Not as funny as “The Hangover,” but it gives it a pretty good run for its money.  It stars Kristen Wiig and Maya Rudolph from Saturday Night Live fame.  And the receptionist from “The Office” and that blonde lady from “Reno 911.”  And the guy from “Mad Men” that all women think is the cat’s meow.  He actually plays a man that is more unlikeable than his character on “Mad Men,” if that’s possible.

“Bridesmaids” is the most aggressive and funny movie ever made about a group of women.  And spoiler alert:  one of the women in the movie is planning to get married.  Hilarity ensues.  But it’s not the normal wedding movie.  As a man, I suspect that what happens during “Bridesmaids” is secretly the way women talk to each other when men aren’t around.  I think it’s a glimpse into the catty world of female friendships.  Not only is this movie not a chick flick, it should be mandatory viewing for all men over the age of 18.

“Bridesmaids”

4.5 out of 5 stars.

Carmike 10

Medium popcorn and Diet Coke

The new seats at Carmike 10 are decent, but nothing to  write home about.

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JL Beers

JL Beers, West Fargo Location

With work underway on the JL Beers in Grand Forks, I decided that in the best interest of my readers and journalism, I would take time out of my busy schedule and do some investigative reporting at the West Fargo location of JL Beers.  You know…to get a feel for what we can expect in Grand Forks.  And because I was hungry.  Two birds, one stone.

Let’s just say that if there is any way for me to get a reserved parking space and bar stool at the new place in Forks, sign me up.  Now.  Because JLB is that good and it’s shockingly small, so both the space and the seat are going to be at a premium.  And the way that the Grand Cities responds to new joints opening up, you might want to consider getting in line right now.

On this Saturday visit to JLB in WF, I found the menu to be quite simple to operate and very easy to navigate.  Simply put, they serve hamburgers and beers.  Lots of different kinds of each.  Wanting to relive my Vancouver trip, I ordered a bacon cheeseburger with a fried egg on it.  And some fresh cut Cajun potato chips.  The waitress advised me to get some BBQ Ranch dipping sauce and that turned out to be the best bit of advice I’ve received since 1980, when my mom told me not to get a “perm,” even though everyone was getting one.  Thanks mom.  And thanks to the very adept waitress who worked the patio on this overcast Saturday.  Why the patio, you ask?  Because all 49 seats inside were taken.  As were the 16 seats outside.  I didn’t mind sitting outside.  The food was so good that I would have stood in the middle of traffic on the adjacent 13th Avenue to eat it.

 

Bacon Cheeseburger, Cajun Chips, BBQ Ranch Dipping Sauce. Not pictured: Diet Coke.

And remarkably, I received my food in about 10 minutes.  Win-win.

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Friday Photo

 

From L to R: Brady Mallory, Terry Dullum, Charley Johnson.

A strange thing happened Monday in the WDAZ newsroom.  And that’s a very bold statement because most days have some strange occurrence at a television station.

It was early in the afternoon when I noticed that our two veteran news anchors were wearing fairly similar green shirts.  As I arose from my office to give them grief, relative newcomer Brady Mallory happened upon the scene wearing…you guessed it…a shirt from the same shade of green family.

Not wanting to miss an opportunity for a blog I took a picture with my BlackBerry (you know, since I can’t make or receive any phone calls with it.  The switch from Alltel to AT&T has been so annoying and aggravating…but I digress.)

So there you have it.  Three guys wearing very similar colored shirts.  And they swear they didn’t call or text each other.  I have my doubts.  I think they were making some kind of statement.

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Random Thursday: World Ending Saturday Edition

*I’ve heard the world is ending on Saturday.  I assumed there would be more chaos and looting.

*I’m glad I got to see the Twins win two games in a row before the world ends on Saturday.

*I’m sad that I never got CJ’s hair cut before Saturday.

*I never did get a hot air balloon ride.

*I never did get to eat at the Olive Garden in Grand Forks.

*I have a lot of vacation days that I didn’t use.

*I wonder if the release date for “Hangover 2″ could be moved up?  Seems like a waste to make a movie that no one will ever see.  Now we know how Jennifer Lopez must feel.

*Reggie Tales shout out to Coley in Omaha.

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Harmon Killebrew

Before the steroid era took over Major League Baseball 10 years ago, Harmon Killebrew was one of the Top 5 home run hitters of all time.  Harmon’s death today makes me bitter towards the morons that juiced up to comical proportions and head sizes, and in doing so pushed Harmon down the list of all-time great sluggers, at least statistically.  If anything good comes of his passing, I hope at least people realize that Killebrew was a gentle giant with a powerful yet somehow graceful swing.  Outside the Minnesota Twins ballpark, Target Field, there are several statues of Twins greats.  The statue of Harmon is the most realistic one of the bunch.  He’s in full extension of what looks to be a just completed home run swing.

Touch ‘em all, Harmon.

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Random Thursday

*What’s more depressing?  The Minnesota Twins or the weather?

*I put my snow blower away for the year and took out my lawn mower.  Now I’m not so sure.

*Reggie Tales shout out to Shawn in Grand Forks, via Argyle.

*Bonus shout out to the guy that works at Wells Fargo and is a loyal reader.  Sorry I can’t remember your name!  A little help?

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Photo of the Year?

 

Local canine stares in disbelief.

If a picture is worth a thousand words, then file this one under “C” for classic.  I knew the dog park was closed but I wanted to see for myself how high the water was.  And as an interested party, Furry Sidekick asked if he could tag along.  Longtime readers of the Tales will recall that FSK remembers the route to the dog park quite well.  But what he saw upon arrival left him speechless.  And it left me scrambling for my camera.  FSK alternately stared at the sign which read “Dog Park Closed” and at the water covering his favorite hangout.

As we drove away, I couldn’t help but wonder if he had learned how to read.

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