It wasn't intended, but this blog took a long break as the result of new duties here at the Herald. And, of course, there is that matter of vacation days, some of which were used to help move No. 3 son to Berkeley, Calif., where a number of residents appear to be still living in the 1960s.
Anyway, it's time to get going again.
Besides, where else can anyone find a site that (for now) continually allows comments that bash the Sioux and Bison.
With that, here are a few thoughts and comments to help jump-start this blog:
- While on the Left Coast, I got the chance to watch Minnesota's season-turning game. The Twins were up 12-2 against a pathetic Oakland team and wound up losing. There were no more than 5,000 fans at the game, many of them laughing their tails off as they left the stadium.
- The local race season has been a bummer because of the summer's miserable weather. Seven of 16 scheduled shows have been rained out. Rainouts don't cost fans but they take their toll on the RCS owners, whose fixed costs can't be recovered without cars on the track or fans in the stands.
- It's been a relatively quiet summer at UND. Sorry to see Scott Swygman not get the opportunity to call Sioux men's basketball games for the upcoming season. Spent a lot of time on the road with Swyg over the years.
- Watched first UND football practice today. It's obvious that UND's recruiting is changing as the Sioux transition to Division I. There appears to be more size and athleticism among UND's incoming freshmen.
- Defense will be UND's strength early. But losing lineman Nate Wayne to a season-ending injury doesn't help.
- Sioux quarterback Jake Landry has a rocket for a right arm. He threw some bullets during Thursday's practice.
- Landry comes into fall camp at 6-3, 210 pounds while backup Brent Goska enters at 6-3, 209 pounds.
- With UND not playing at home until early October, any guesses as to how the Sioux will draw this season?
- Finally, former Sioux women's basketball standout Kierah Kimbrough is wrapping up her internship here at the Herald in the next few days before she heads overseas to play pro basketball in the Netherlands.