Oh, Faceoff, how I have missed thee
FELDY: Back from a looooooong weekend at a waterpark/camping resort in Sconnie, where Toddler Feldy had a blast. I don't know about Mrs. Feldy, but I'm glad to be back in Minnesota, partly because it's not Sconnie and partly because, after chasing Toddler Feldy up and down the beach and waterslides for four days, getting back to work will feel more like a vacation than the vacation did!
So the summer is supposed to be the slow time for us in the Toy Department at the P-B, but it sure hasn't felt like that to any of us, except for Phersy, of course, who is refreshed after being gone for, I think, two consecutive months.
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As the racing reporter, last week was busy with the Freedom Series at Chateau Raceway, Deer Creek Speedway and Dodge County Speedway, followed by the Gopher 50 late model race at Deer Creek. The World of Outlaws Late Models came through for the Gopher and put on their usual outstanding show. Track officials estimated attendance at 3,500, and all of those paying customers got their money's worth with Darrell Lanigan winning the late models A Main (and a $10,000 bonus check for being a repeat winner), and Jason Cummins winning an exciting Modifieds feature at the finish line by a nose over Steve Wetzstein.
Things are even busier this week, with the Thunderbird Open at Dodge County on Wednesday, the IRA Sprint Cars at Deer Creek on Saturday, and the biggie -- the annual stop by the AMA Pro Motocross Series at Spring Creek MX Park near Millville. So for all you non-racing geeks who read Faceoff, pardon me if I slip into racing talk during The Daily 3's this week (which I think should have a name change to the 'Sometimes Daily' 3).
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What else is up? Phersy's guy Brock Lesnar pummeled Frank Mir, then went WWE on the crowd Saturday night in the UFC. I didn't see the fight, for the UFC heavyweight belt, at UFC 100 on Saturday, but Phersy did, so maybe he can weigh in on it, but from most of what I've read, Lesnar's actions weren't all that over-the-top. I do, however, get a kick out of the quote from UFC president Dana White, who said "Brock went so far over the top ... I can't even describe it." Dana White calling someone 'over-the-top?' Now that belongs in the WWE.
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If you haven't read it, here's a great piece from Star Tribune writer/columnist Jim Souhan , on Twins catcher Joe Mauer. I'll post it in The Daily 3, too, but it's so good, I wanted to link to it again. This is the type of behind-the-scenes article that might prompt people to actually payfor a newspaper. Unfortunately, we don't often have the time to commit to a piece like this in the P-B sports department. I know Souhan has plenty of critics as a columnist, but he was one of the best beat writers around when his job was solely to report on the Twins.
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Still no Brett Favre in purple, eh? With just more than two weeks until training camp opens, the good news is we're not going to have to listen to the speculation for much longer. I have a feeling I'll be watching his first practice as a Viking on July 31 in Mankato, but at this point, I honestly am tired of the talk. If he comes to the Vikes, he comes. If he doesn't, he doesn't. As a fan, I hope he does decide to play because as I've said before, a depth chart of Favre-Rosenfels-Booty/Jackson is far more appealing than a depth chart of Rosenfels-Jackson-Booty. As a reporter, I hope he suits up for the Vikes because I can't wait to see the media circus that takes place in Mankato. Are there enough hotel rooms in Mankato to handle a dozen ESPN reporters, Ed Werder's ego, and John Madden's tour-bus crew?