Episode 97: The Look It Up Episode

This week, Brandon went to Las Vegas instead of calling in, leaving the rest of us to flounder through. We even resorted to actually looking up facts, for the first time in the history of the podcast, so listen to us type the following into Wikipedia:

  • Just how bad was Gopher basketball this year?
  • Why Devan Dubnyk maybe doesn’t need as much of a rest as some seem to think
  • The Smoot-Hawley Tariff Act
  • No, seriously, that was a thing we looked up
  • Our anti-Iowa and anti-Wisconsin NCAA tournament rooting interests
  • Northern Iowa, the Quinnipiac of the Midwest
  • Soccer? Soccer!

Come back soon, Brandon. We miss you.

Episode 96: Going Towards Vince Ferragamo

Brandon, Stu, and Jon head for Grumpy’s in Roseville to have a Bloody Mary and discuss:

  • What’s the best suburb?
  • Matt Cassel, Shaun Hill, Mike Wallace, Greg Jennings, and how much Clarence loves Rick Spielman (Clarence wasn’t there)
  • What can we find to be mad about, with the Twins?
  • Brandon is going to Vegas to watch hoops
  • New Minnesota soccer web site Northern Pitch, and how you should be reading it, and how it’s breaking news
  • Why Devan Dubnyk will never be the MVP but probably should be
  • Things are looking up for Minnesota hockey
  • Benjamin Booker, the best new music

It was a good brunch crowd. Why we didn’t invite Aaron Gleeman is beyond me.

Episode 91: I’ve Always Loved the Maritimes

Guess what? We had audio issues. Our recording app failed to record around 30 minutes of this podcast, leading to two large gaps in what were some spectacular #AskSportive answers from our good friend, national champion tweeter Zach Floyd (go follow him at @floyding).

We talked about the Wild and Wolves a little bit, but most of this episode was given over to your random questions. Which we, you know, lost some of.



Episode 90: I’m the Ball Gag, As You Know

Welcome to Ain’t Shit Goin’ On Week here at The Sportive. After decades of pure misery from Minnesota sports, our spirits have finally broken to the point that we can’t even muster the energy to complain anymore.

Instead we discuss advanced football stats, best practices on bribing children, crow-hopping cell phones and then we just start listing vacation spots we’d like to visit.

Look at what you’ve done to us, Minnesota. We are broken men.

Episode 89: Two Cool Dog Names

Our friend and pigskin expert Josh joins us to give a detailed review of the Vikings season and outlook for next year. Along the way we toss out our standard tangents, which include:

  • Laughing at the Packers loss
  • Bill Belicheck is a cheater and future murderer
  • Brandon’s pathetic ploy to stay young
  • Yet another battle on the righteousness of curly fries
  • #FarmTalk
  • A classic softball story

As meandering and inaccessible as you’ve come to expect, but a lot of fun.

Episode 88: Martin Luther Swamptown’s 95 Theses

Brandon wasn’t in town, but Michael Rand of the Star Tribune joined us instead. Among the topics:

  • New Wild goaltender Darryl Dawkins
  • Assigning 250% of the blame for the Wild being terrible
  • Gopher hoops finding new and ridiculous ways to lose
  • The utter happiness brought to us by Mo Williams
  • Bobby Bell on desk maintenance
  • Rick Spielman role-playing
  • Fixing Metro Transit: Lower cost, higher big-city feels!
  • Who are the best quotes in town?

It should also be known that Mike recorded this episode from his basement, while wearing a hoodie and holding a pug. #behindthesportive