Posts Tagged ‘baseball’

"I’ve had a rough night and I hate the f***ing Eagles, man"

By now you’ve all heard about the Twins season coming to a painful end, but did you know the Eagles were in town last night?

Jon Bream of the Strib gives his baseball analogy filled review Eagles’ lifeless delivery a downer and subtitles it “The Eagles played a concert that could serve as a requiem for the Twins’ season”

Well his writing didn’t give the Strib readership the Peaceful Easy Feeling they were searching.

One commenter asks “Which concert are you talking about?” and states “I think Mr Bream needs to stick to Brittney & Ms Lohan. The concert I was at was awsome to say the least.” and then the readership confusion sets in as another reader says “What the? Jon, I don’t understand this story one bit. If you felt down about the Twins why take this type of story about the Eagles and poison it with random ramblings. I feel sorry for anyone that reads this crap.”

Suprisingly, aside from some disagreements with the review it’s been pretty civil for the Strib comment section.

Another commenter notes “Okay, I’m headed over to the sports section to see what they thought of the Eagles concert.”

One reader even pens a requiem for music critics.

Note to Strib: Eliminate paid critic and benefit from reader opinions.

The Eagles might very well lack the passion they had 30+ years ago…but look in the mirror, Jon Bream. Your writing is no less contrived and pretentious. Most readers would rather hear what actual Eagle fans have to say about their experience at the show. That’s what’s great about this forum, it renders you (Mr. Bream) obsolete. You’re just one opinion among many (no more qualifies or important than any other person in attendance at that concert. So, why the Strib feels the need to pay you, while there are so many readers and actual fans that can offer the same if not greater value in commentary for free is beyond me.

Ouch.

I guess the lesson here is that if you don’t like the Eagles, you can get out of the cab and walk.

For the record, I liked the review.

Read the Strib comments

New Twins Stadium Officially Named Target Field… zzzzzzzzzz

I’ve got nothing new to add to this conversation, but… really? Target Field? Which connects to the existing Target Center with the new Target Plaza? Seriously?!

I like Target as much as the next buppie. I don’t find this offensive in any way. I don’t even dislike it. It’s just boring as fuck. Calling it “savvy” is generous. Smart. Reasonable. Predictable. Feel-Good. All of those. But let’s not get too crazy.

One could argue plunking down again for naming rights constitutes a solid commitment to the community in which the Target Corporation is HQed. I’m still wondering on the status of their proposed move from downtown Minneapolis to a new Brooklyn Park corporate campus.

The best part is, after all the hubbub over the possible Land O’ Lakes Field naming based solely on domain ownership, someone else who’s not Target or the Twins already owns TargetField.com. Heh!

Roundup

This is Why I Love Minneapolis: “New initiatives (for people smarter than me to spearhead)” Many related to getting around, which Leif does a lot of.

Minnesota Lynx: Photos on Facebook from the Lynk Up and Get Down 2009 season ticket renewal campaign shoot. All the players and Prowl decked out in ’70s high fashion.

Perfect Porridge: “Social Information Hoarder: MIMA’s Data Overload Panel and Helpful Links” This is Greg and others presenting to the Minnesota Interactive Marketing Association.

Star Tribune: Data porn! (via s4xton)

About: “I-35 W Bridge: Before and After Exhibition Opens July 18”

Twin City Sidewalks: Sidewalk Closed Signs. Also see Bill’s new project, Twin Cities Streets for People, “where a team of Minnesota urbanists are going to try to keep tabs on what’s going on in the local urbanism scene.”

Eleventh Avenue South: Andy responds to criticism of his (perceived lack of) coverage of congressional candidates’ stand on GLBT issues (i.e., “Why don’t you light into Keith Ellison like you do Michele Bachmann?”).

Minnov8: Recapping PublicRadioCamp.

Minneapolis Issues Forum: “Minneapolis: getting power from our poop” … … … Heh.

See a baseball game played according to the rules from 1860 as part of the Minnesota’s sesquicentennial celebration. Saturday, 7/19, 11am, B.F. Nelson Park. (via NRP)

KFAI: Converting to digital and increasing power! (via Rhubarbarism)

Roundup

Eat them together: Today’s Midday broadcast on MPR was recorded during the Journalism That Matters conference. “Journalists, citizen journalists and members of the public recently got together at Minnesota Public Radio’s UBS Forum to discuss the evolving role of the public in reporting the news.” MPR/Public Insight Journalism’s Michael Caputo, who moderated the forum, comments on the competitive aspect of news.

Rhubarbarism has the best assessment of yesterday’s meta-story of the dispute between MinnPost‘s David Brauer and the Star Tribune‘s Jill Burcum and the rest of the media’s “coverage” of it. He has all the relevant links and appropriate context so just go there and read. I’ve got nothing to add.

The Saint Paul Saints will take the field wearing Zubaz at next Wednesday’s (7/16) game. So will their piggy mascot Boarak Obama and a monkey who will be performing various tasks around the park such as taking tickets.

Lazy Lightning wants to know why it took south metro cities so freaking long to decide they needed to cut fuel costs.

MPR’s Bleacher Bums blog has been branching out from baseball. (I did not intend for that sentence to be so alliterative.) They’ve profiled a number of Lynx players. Today’s installment is Seimone Augustus: Our Unknown Superstar.

Roundup

TC Daily Planet: Asks for reader comments on comment policy. i.e., We get shitty comments, too. What should we do about it so people don’t hate reading our stuff like they hate reading comments at the Star Tribune and Pioneer Press? (via @mn_newscouncil)

About Minneapolis/St. Paul: Get your kettlebell on. (I have to say I really love About’s practice of self-linking to boost their page views. Love it so much. Not.)

Least Dangerous Game: As cool as everyone thinks the Twitter hide and seek game is, not many people are actually playing. Aric’s going back to the drawing board.

mpls/doesbike: Bicycle Film Festival will include a scavenger race! (via mediation)

Hennepin County has a limited number of low cost rain barrels for sale. They’re going for something like $60. Usual price is more like $200. (via Mpls Issues Forum)

MPLS Mirror presents a very good case for why their citizen journalism effort is worthy of a donation. If you like what they do, help ’em out.

News Cut: 35W Bridge, yay! Wakota Bridge, boo!

Saints Baseball: The other All-Star Game has five local players in it.

The Bridge: Resident response to Grand Rounds missing link proposal public hearing.

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