By Michael Rand
Minnesota men’s hoops teams show a pulse: Mark Blount had 28, KG had 27 and the Wolves got a key rebound late by Trenton Hassell to defeat the Spurs in OT and even their record at 15-15; the Gophers men, meanwhile, defeated Purdue in their Big Ten home opener. It is possible to love basketball here again, even if for just one night.
Notre Dame exposed … again: We’re not about to pound the Irish for the wrong reasons (i.e. petty, personal ones) because there are plenty of chances to rip them for the right reasons. The Irish’s best win this year is, what, Penn State? A squeaker over UCLA? They played Michigan, USC and LSU and lost by a combined 73 points. The Sugar Bowl loss to LSU was a clear mismatch, and they’ve now lost nine consecutive bowl games. Over-rated (clap-clap, clap-clap-clap).
La Velle E. Neal III has a soccer problem: Our Twins beat writer absolutely loves soccer, and e-mailed this story about D.C. United getting close to signing Ruy, a Brazilian, to RandBall at an hour we’re not at liberty to discuss. Go to bed, La Velle. Who knows what blockbuster move the Twins have in store today.