February 25, 2008

Pawlenty brushes off talk that he could be the vice president

Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty put aside all talk of his chances to become John McCain's running mate, brushing aside CNN's questions on air, the Star Tribune reported. Pawlenty spoke well of Senator McCain however, saying that he feels he would be a good president, and also managed to toss some criticism of McCain's possible democratic counterpart, Barack Obama.

"One of the questions I’ll have, or the country will have for Sen. Obama, if he’s the candidate, is when he says, “Yes we can,? we also have to ask the rest of the question, which is “Do what?? When you go down the list of things that he’s proposing, I think it’s going to be quite expensive.?

Minnesota hasn't voted for a republican president since 1972, but Pawlenty said that the state may be turning around, or is at least moving more towards the republican side.

February 4, 2008

Sioux/Gophers rivalry heats up

Over the weekend, the rivalry between the Minnesota men's hockey team and the North Dakota men's team only got hotter.

With 160 minutes of penalties in the second game alone, it was apparent that rough play was the theme of the weekend. Minnesota lost the first game in an overtime loss and tied the second game, but appeared to win several on-ice fights, especially at the end of the second game. The Gophers' Tony Lucia, coach Don Lucia's son, was disqualified for fighting at the end of the overtime period on Saturday, while more players became involved in the brawl that ensued in the post-game handshakes.

But one more the more surprising incidents came from a coach instead of the players. Unhappy with a call, Sioux coach Dave Hakstol made an obscene gesture for the entire Fox Sports Network audience to see.

With no repercussions yet, Hakstol apologized publicly later on, in an email sent to media memebers the WCHA, and the referees, the Star Tribune reported.

With likely another meeting between these two teams, there is no doubt that tension will be out on the ice with the players. But one change, Hakstol told the Star Tribune, is that his actions will not be repeated.