Those of you who know me well know that I’m not a fan of Fox announcer Joe Buck. It’s nothing personal, but I just don’t care for his work and it’s always somewhat bothered me that he seemingly slid right into his father’s footsteps. His father, the late Jack Buck, is one of my all-time favorites.
But last night Joe Buck said something that made me respect him a little more. And it actually came from borrowing a line that his father used 20 years and one day earlier when Kirby Puckett hit a game ending home run to beat the Atlanta Braves in Game 6 of the 1991 World Series at the Metrodome.
“And we’ll see you tomorrow night!” Twins fans and fans of baseball will never forget it.
So when Joe Buck had that phrase at his ready last night as the Cardinals ended the game with a home run, I got the chills. Right down my spine and my arms. It was equal parts classy and classic. An appropriate end to an unforgettable game. And a tip of the hat to one of the greats.
*20 years ago tonight I was sitting in the press box of the Metrodome watching the Minnesota Twins win Game 7 of the 1991 World Series.
*If you’ve ever been on the fence about going to a UND Women’s Hockey game, I suggest you go. We all know about the Lamoureux Twins but Coach Brian Idalski has assembled some very impressive talent to surround them. And they play hard. Very fun to watch.
*While the Twins have made a ton of roster mistakes the last couple of years, I happen to agree with allowing Joe Nathan to become a free agent.
*Would I care more about the NBA if the Timberwolves were any good?
*Reggie Tales shout out to Cassie in Maryland. She’s been busy following her newly adopted hockey team, the Washington Capitals.
I came across this interesting Fighting Sioux tailgating rig following the UND football game on Saturday. I wish I had come across it before the game…you know, when it had meat on it. Because just above the grill is a…grill. This Chevy cab has a grill under the hood and has a hitch so that it can be pulled behind another vehicle.
The sad part of this story is that I would understand the working components under this hood better than I would if there were an actual engine under there. If this vehicle sat in my driveway the hood would be open on it all the time and my neighbors would think I was a real “gear head.” All the while they would assume I was changing the plugs and looking at the tranny, but I’d really be grilling meat and giggling.
*Why do people rake their lawns before all their leaves fall?
*Apparently the world is ending tomorrow. In that case, I shouldn’t have to pay my cable bill. I could use that money for assorted meats and beverages during the next 24 hours.
*Starting Christian Ponder at quarterback is the right choice. But do not expect him to lead the Vikings to a winning record. The best he can do is convince Leslie Frazier the next coach not to draft Andrew Luck.
*If someone had told me a year ago that Nick Punto would be playing in the World Series this year I would have said the world was coming to an end. I’m not sure what’s more amazing: that he’s playing in the World Series or that he got a hit.
It’s important to stay on top of the Upper Midwest BBQ news. In fact, that’s what the majority of my day consists of. And we here at the Tales report the bad with the good.
My #1 favorite BBQ joint in the area, Backyard BBQ in Bemidji, has closed. It actually closed during the summer but some locals were holding out hope that it was going to reopen. But alas, it hasn’t. A real loss in the smoked meat world.
Second piece of bad BBQ news: The once promised “Dickey’s” BBQ restaurant has removed Grand Forks from its list of future locations. I’ve made several calls to the corporate office in Texas but still haven’t received a call back with an explanation or even a confirmation that we’ve been taken off their list. Fargo remains on their website, which is better than a kick in the pants, as my dad says.
Finally, some good news: Jake’s in Grand Forks has added a commercial smoker to its restaurant and will soon be offering a menu of BBQ options. Some friends and I had a sneak preview on Saturday night and we were in agreement that it’s going to be a good thing. A really good thing. The menu changes should be coming within a month.
I finally got the chance to see one of the more talked about bands in the Midwest, Hairball, this weekend. Hairball advertises itself as a “Bombastic celebration of arena rock.” And that they are. They could also be billed as an homage to all hair bands from the 1980’s.
Hairball is probably the best cover band going when it comes to the Van Halen, Alice Cooper, Kiss, Def Leppard, Motley Crue era. For two straight hours Saturday night (without a break) Hairball blew a very large crowd away with equal parts musical ability, flamboyance and of course, pyrotechnics. What self-respecting 80’s group would skip the opportunity to add fire to a show? And I’m pretty sure that I saw a real live snake at one point.
Hairball pulls off this monster show by rotating lead singers. While one singer is portraying Axl Rose of Guns ‘N Roses, the other is preparing for his next set as Vince Neil from Motley Crue. And so it goes. The lead singers trade off after about three songs and the rest of the band stays on stage and doesn’t skip a beat. Especially Happy, the guitarist for Hairball. He seems to be the leader of this three ring circus and lived up to his name.
A few of my personal favorites from the night were “Panama,” “No More Mr. Nice Guy,” and “Girls Girls Girls.”
A good time was had by all and I was especially excited today to regain my hearing.
*In theory, the Twins middle infield this year could have been JJ Hardy at shortstop and Nick Punto at second base. If Hardy hits 30 home runs and Punto plays solid defense and dives head first into first base I think we could all live with that.
*The newest, best food at the Ralph Engelstad Arena is the Ultimate Nachos. Well actually, the Ultimate Nachos themselves are not new but some of the toppings are. Among them are chicken and…wait for it…brisket. I had the brisket. Yes. Nachos with brisket on them. What a country.
*The new season of “The Office” has been surprisingly good. I felt like the series was running out of gas at the end of last year but the first month of the Michael-less shows has been very good.
*I probably won’t get around to watching “Modern Family” until it’s on Bravo in five years. That’s how busy I am.
*Reggie Tales shout out to Bill in Fort Collins. Longtime reader of the Tales.
I’m not going to the WNBA Minnesota Lynx parade today in Minneapolis, but if I was, I think I’d bring a nice lawn chair and set up shop
somewhere near the Foshay Tower. I’m not sure what street it’s on but I know that it’s downtown and that there is Key’s Cafe nearby that has pretty much the best breakfast foods in the world. So I’d set my chair up first on the sidewalk to save my spot. And hope that it would be there when I came back out after breakfast. I don’t think the good people of Minnesota would steal my $10 lawn chair.
During the parade I would wave at the players. I don’t really know any of them but Lindsey Whalen is the point guard and she has relatives that live in Grand Forks. I guess you could call me a casual fan. Last year three friends and I attended a Lynx game that had serious playoff implications. We were given free tickets in row nine at center court. Unfortunately we were unable to stay for the entire tilt because we had to be somewhere else.
From the “Too Good Not to Share” department: Remember our excitable friend that was involved in the automobile accident in Phoenix? Well, now his interview has been put to music. And, if possible, he somehow seems even crazier. Enjoy this and your weekend! Special thanks to Mike the Ops Director on this great find.