A decision made by game officials, coaches, and Minneapolis Public Schools athletic directors Reggie Perkins (Minneapolis Washburn) and Leo Lewis (Minneapolis North) not only ignited an outstanding football game — which North won by defeating Washburn 22-15 — but also provided a lifelong lesson to fans and players last Friday evening. More on that lesson later. The first … [Read more...]
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This is the 38th year for me covering the Vikings and the NFL, and never has there been a season with quite the built-in pressures and expectations for the Vikings as this season. Head Coach Mike Zimmer, now in his third season, already was rewarded with a contract extension. The Wilf brothers ownership really believes in his leadership. And with that you still have to … [Read more...]
To test your WNBA knowledge, here is our 20 in 20 quiz: Name the inaugural WNBA teams. Who was the first Black head coach in league history? Name the franchise or franchises whose first head coach was Black. Who is the first Black female team owner in the WNBA? Name the first W team owned by a non-NBA team owner. Name the first WNBA champion invited to the … [Read more...]
Many Blacks wore blue and purple at Sunday’s Minnesota Vikings preseason game at their new downtown stadium, but most of them were employees, not spectators. Could the cost factor be keeping many at bay? According to vividseats.com, the Vikings’ median ticket price for home games is $245, seventh highest in the National Football League, and that price could be higher, … [Read more...]
Diversity, as far as the Minnesota Twins are concerned, remains like a haystack needle. We are not social scientists, but we are eye-test experts. We easily recognize diversity or the lack thereof when we see it There is one non-U.S.-born Black player (Miguel Sano) and one Black coach (Butch Davis) on the team. Out of 164 persons in the Twins’ 2016 front office directory, … [Read more...]