Oslo’s Secret

It’s quite possible that the good people of Oslo, Minnesota won’t appreciate me letting thousands hundreds of people in on their well kept secret, but here goes.

If you like good pizza, and you happen to be in the Oslo area, I suggest a trip to Johnny Bravoz in the heart of the city.  Homemade pizza at its best.  It is some of the best I’ve had in long while.

True story:  Six men from the Grand Cities took a trip to Oslo last night to check out the pizza that has quickly grown a cult following.  I was part of that group.  We had heard whispers of good pizza in Oslo, but we were skeptical.

We are now believers.  I won’t go into details because I’m getting kinda hungry just typing this, but suffice it to say that it was fresh and hot and plentiful.

Ps…we ordered three large pizzas.  We didn’t finish them.  A large pizza at Johnny Bravoz is roughly the size of a tire from a cement truck.

Pps…we noticed the sign on the door, “No whiners or cry babies.”  We agreed not to test that rule.

Typical Vikings

Any long suffering Vikings fan could have predicted last night’s debacle.  It was so typical that I was unable to yell or throw a single thing in my home.  I’ve actually become comfortably numb with games like that.  The one question I have, that no one has ever, ever answered for me, is:  How do performances like last night transcend from year to year, team to team, coach to coach, owner to owner, decade to decade?  How?

A guy I work with at the TV station, (I’ll call him Jeff, because that’s his name.  I’m not sure what he does here, but I once saw him change the combination locks on the back door of the building) asked me a couple weeks ago why I never blog about the Vikings.  I told him it was because they aren’t that good and that their bubble would soon burst.  Keep in mind, I’m a Vikings fan.  I realize that being realistic is not a normal trait for a Vikings fan.

I could spend hours detailing what’s wrong with this team.  But I won’t.  Suffice it to say that Christian Ponder is a below average quarterback in a league in which almost every team has an above average quarterback.  Also, if you take Percy Harvin out of the equation, Minnesota’s receivers are a joke.  It’s embarrassing.  Add in a punter that kicks the ball 31 yards and a coaching staff incapable of making in-game adjustments, and there you have it.

When the end of the season rolls around, and the Vikings are one win shy of the playoffs, remember this loss to a very talented and tough Tampa Bay team.  Wink.

Random Thursday

*Delmon Young is in the World Series.  Repeat that sentence three times.  You die a little bit each time you say it.

*Hats off to Jimmy From Accounting.  He was the only person I know who correctly predicted that the Giants would beat Justin Verlander and the Detroit Tigers last night.  Keep in mind, that JFA is currently preparing for what promises to be one of the busiest tax seasons ever.  The mere thought of him taking the time to think about baseball for even just a minute is impressive.

*Is it just me, or does FOX announcer Tim McCarver get crazier every year?

*I still haven’t seen “Argo,” but I’m being told that it’s award-worthy.

*Reggie Tales shout out to Kevin in Arlington.  Virginia, that is.

*Finally had Noodles and Company.  Mac and Cheese.  With meatballs.  Very, very good.

*For those of you keeping track, I have watched every episode of “Boardwalk Empire” and am now willing to discuss specific scenes and characters.

Vikings Game

I attended my first Vikings game since the 1998 NFC Championship game on Sunday.  Here are a few observations.

*Times have changed.  The entire scene is a circus.  The game itself is just part of the equation.

*I would estimate that the Vikings made $7 million in beer sales alone on Sunday.  And before any of you smart alecks insert a joke here, I didn’t contribute to that total.  I was actually trying to watch the game.

*When I watch football at home, I flip to another game during a commercial.  At the dome, you actually have to sit there and wait for the TV timeout to be over.  It seems like there are a lot of stoppages.

*The majority of the crowd participated in “doing the wave” at a crucial point in the second half.  While the Vikings had the ball.  I still haven’t figured that out yet.

*I saw a lot of Kleinsasser jerseys in the crowd.

*If someone asks you if you’d like to go to the VIP Tent before the game, say, “Yes.”  Nothing like Prime Rib on a Sunday morning.


Random Thursday

*How quickly will A-Rod request a trade once the season is over?  And what team would be interested?

*This Sunday,  for the first time since the 1998 NFC Championship Game, I will be attending a Vikings game in person.  The scars, they run deep.

*Reggie Tales shout out to Jen in Fargo.

*I was a little disappointed in the season premiere of “Always Sunny in Philadelphia” last Thursday.  I hope it’s better tonight.

*Mike Mayock is the most underrated color commentator in football.

The Yankees Want Instant Replay

Interesting.  Yankees manager Joe Girardi wants replay now.  But he didn’t want it in 2009.  In 2009, the Minnesota Twins were playing the Yankees in the ALDS.  In the 12th inning of a scoreless game, Joe Mauer hit a ball to left field that bounced off Melky Cabrera’s glove and landed six inches inside the line (above photo).  Left field umpire, Phil Cuzzi, was standing five feet from the play and ruled it ‘foul’.  Cuzzi, who remains one of the worst umpires in all of baseball, was the only person in the world who thought the ball was foul.  The Yankees went on to win the game 2-0.

I don’t recall Girardi whining about instant replay that night.  If you want instant replay, you want it across the board, not just when your team has a call go against them.

Mark my words:  Additional instant replay will be used by Major League Baseball by the start of next season.  And we will all know the reason why.

Random Thursday

*Watching the Yankees comeback against the Orioles last night brought up a lot of bad memories of Twins collapses in the playoffs in New York.

*Sometimes it’s hard to keep your vehicle clean in North Dakota.

*Reggie Tales shout out to Roger in Rochester.  You’re in good hands.  Actually, you’re in the best hands in the world.

*Consider “Argo” my next must see movie.  Those who’ve seen it say it’s even better than “The Town.”  I always thought Ben Affleck was a kind of a slacker.  Apparently not.

*True story:  I’ve never watched an entire episode of “Modern Family.”  I’m assured that it is quite funny.  And, as is usually the case, I’ll start watching it in three years and pretend like it’s brand new and tell everyone about it.

Random Thursday

*It was 80 degrees in Grand Forks on Sunday.  Today, we are under a winter storm warning and the snow is coming down sideways.  Sounds about right.

*I’m glad the Twins finished on such a nice note.  96 losses.  That’s hard to comprehend, yet somehow three games better than last year.

*My Minnesota Lynx are making a run at another title.  That’s all we do!  Title Town!

*Reggie Tales shout out to Gary in Wannaska.

*Two words:  Boardwalk Empire.