Random Thursday

*My golf skills inflated handicap have been requested at the Warren Country Club tomorrow.

*I don’t really follow the NBA but somehow I’ve heard more about Dwight Howard this offseason than any other person in the world.

*Two words:  Irish Nachos.

*Reggie Tales shout out to Mitch in Horace.

Penn State Hockey

One of the driving forces behind a Big 10 Hockey Conference was the attractive television contract afforded by the Big 10 Television Network.  And the final piece to that puzzle was the announcement that Penn State was adding a hockey program.

Today it was announced that Penn State is being fined $60 million among other sanctions directed squarely at the football program.  The football program at Penn State is the “cash crop.”  So, I think a legitimate question is, “What does this mean for the fledgling hockey program for the Nittany Lions?”

College hockey is a very expensive venture.  I’m not so sure that trying to get a hockey program off the ground at this point is such a good idea.

I will be interested in hearing what Minnesota and Wisconsin will say about this development.  It’s not unreasonable to think that some dominoes might start falling.

Random Thursday

*My yard hasn’t required mowing for three weeks.  I think we might need some rain.

*I enjoy watching The British Open.

*Is it a bad sign when you start thinking on Tuesday that it’s been a long week?

*Reggie Tales shout out to Summer Sidekick who’s enjoying some well-deserved time off in Duluth.

*I have yet to swing the wrenches this summer.  Ultimately, I believe that to be a good thing.

Moonrise Kingdom: Reviewed

I think I’ve officially lost all faith in my abilities to pick movies I think I’ll like.  This past weekend I went to the can’t miss “Moonrise Kingdom” which has quietly opened across the nation in a limited number of theaters.  And according to the movie review website “Rotten Tomatoes,” 94% of the people who’ve seen it enjoyed it.

Well, I guess I’m part of the 6%.

Starring Bruce Willis, Bill Murray, Frances McDormand and bunch of kids, “Moonrise Kingdom” might be the quirkiest movie I’ve ever laid witness to.  And I like and appreciate “quirky.”  But this one takes the cake and the rest of the dessert table.  In fact, it is so quirky that it’s nonsensical.  For 90 minutes I scratched my head and looked at my watch and my cell phone, all the time wondering what the movie was supposed to be about.

I never did figure it out.  Because “Moonrise Kingdom” is one of those movies that just all of a sudden ends.  For that, I was happy.

I realize that I’m going to be in the minority on this, but I’m just being honest.  I get the feeling that this is going to be one of those deals where everyone feels compelled to say how great it was…just because everyone wants to feel like they’re part of some big movement.  Kind of like when Krispy Kreme came to Fargo and everyone raved about it, when, in fact, it was just a doughnut that was served warm.

Nonetheless, if you want to go to Moonrise Kingdom, you should go.  But I warned you.  It’s a movie about nothing.

Moonrise Kingdom

2 out of 5 stars

No popcorn, no pop



Random Thursday on Friday

*I’d like to be a roadie for the Zac Brown Band for one month.

*My summer movie hopes now rest on “Moonrise Kingdom.”  Bill Murray and a cast of thousands.

*I saw a story yesterday that mentioned that the Twins are considering trading Josh Willingham.  That sounds about right.  Minnesota hasn’t had a power hitting right handed batter since Kirby Puckett, so we’d better unload him now.

*Reggie Tales shout out to Mary Ann in New Brighton.


Adrian Peterson Incident

Let me preface my thoughts with this:  I am not blindly defending Adrian Peterson in regards to his incident last weekend at a bar in Houston.  But I do have a few questions that I would like to see answered.

*Peterson was arrested for “resisting arrest.”  What was he originally being arrested for?

*Wouldn’t a bar have several video cameras?  Seems like they might paint a pretty good picture of what actually happened.

*Three off duty Houston police officers were working as security at the club.  Were they in uniform?  Did they identify themselves as Houston police officers?

*Did Peterson struggle for extra yards when the police officers attempted to tackle him?  And did he fumble his drink?

Dickey’s Worth the Wait

Dickey’s BBQ opened in Grand Forks on June 21st.  Within minutes, there was a line out the door that spilled into the parking lot.  And it’s been that way pretty much since.

I was able to show remarkable restraint and waited exactly 24 hours before I made my first visit.  When Red Sox Daughter and Blonde Daughter and I took our place in line at 11:05 on Friday, we were the 15th, 16th, and 17th people in line.  But the wait was fairly short and well worth it.  We’d waited many years for smoked BBQ to come to town so fifteen more minutes wasn’t going to bother us too much.

There was an abundance of workers and everything seemed to move like clockwork inside the festive location which originally housed a Hardees, followed by one of my personal favorites, Mi Mexico.  The inside has undergone a rather large makeover to give it a southern feel.

I had the sliced brisket and ribs.  I expected them to be good.  They turned out to be even better than I had hoped.  As I write this, I’m about an 8 on the hunger scale, so I’m not going to go into too much more detail for fear that I will pass out.  But suffice it to say that I will be back.  In fact, I might move Dickey’s into the power rotation and slink in there once a week.

Owner Josh Becker and his staff are off to an incredible start.  Some of you might think that I’m on the payroll at Dickey’s, the way I go on and on about the joint.  I’m not, but I wish I was.

UPDATE:  While driving past Dickey’s yesterday the smell of BBQ wafted into my vehicle.  An immediate meat coma ensued and I nearly crashed.  I consider that the ultimate ploy in marketing.