This week's column is dedicated William "Bill" George Dundas, of Orr. Mr. Dundas passed away last Friday at his son's home in Mountain Iron.

In 1950, Mr. Dundas enlisted in the Naval Cadet Program in Pensacola, Fla., where he became a helicopter pilot and attained the rank of lieutenant junior grade. He also served during the Korean Conflict.

Thank you for serving, Mr. Dundas. Rest in peace and may God bless you, sir.

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I hope everybody had a great week. Let's talk sports.

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The Good

To the Minnesota Lynx for winning the WNBA title last week.

Minnesota sports fans finally have something to cheer about. The Lynx completed the sweep of the Atlanta Dream in the best-of-five series to capture their first title in franchise history.

Minnesota alumni Lindsey Whalen finished with seven points, five rebounds, and one assist. The Lynx title marks the first championship any major Minnesota sports franchise has won since the Minnesota Twins won the World Series in 1991.

Great job, Lynx. Keep it going next season.

Finally, I do not want anybody to say that I don't keep my word. I told you last week that the Vikings would move up in the column if they could just win a game. What did the Vikes do on Sunday? They won a game.

Adrian Peterson ran for three first-quarter touchdowns to build a lead large enough even Minnesota couldn't lose it, and the Vikings finally earned their first victory Sunday by beating the Cardinals 34-10.

Great job, Vikings. I don't want to rain on your parade, so all I'll say is good luck on Sunday night.

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The Bad

How about that Gophers football team?

The University of Minnesota football team has its bye week this week. The 1-5 Gophers will host 5-1 Nebraska a week from Saturday.

The nationally-ranked Cornhuskers are also idle this weekend.

Of course, certain sports know-it-alls will tell you that you need to give a coach about four or five years to get his own recruits there.

Do your homework, people. Not counting current head coach Jerry Kill, the Gophers have employed six head coaches since 1979: Joe Salem, Lou Holtz, John Gutekunst, Jim Wacker, Glen Mason and Tim Brewster. Only one of them, Mason, ended his stay with a record above .500. Mason was 64-57.

It is tough to recruit in Minnesota as long as you play in the Big Ten.

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The Ugly

Did anyone read this? Needless to say, this isn't going to sit well with Red Sox Nation.

The starting rotation, specifically Jon Lester, Josh Beckett, John Lackey and occasionally Clay Buchholz have been accused of regularly drinking beer and eating fast-food fried chicken while playing video games in the clubhouse during games.

From the Boston.com article: "Drinking beer in the Sox clubhouse is permissible. So is ordering take-out chicken and biscuits. Playing video games on one of the clubhouse's flat-screen televisions is OK, too. But for the Sox pitching trio to do all three during games, rather than show solidarity with their teammates in the dugout, violated an unwritten rule that players support each other, especially in times of crisis.

"Sources said Beckett, Lester, and Lackey, who were joined at times by Buchholz, began the practice late in 2010. The pitchers not only continued the routine this year, sources said, but they joined a number of teammates in cutting back on their exercise regimens despite appeals from the team's strength and conditioning coach Dave Page.

‘It' s hard for a guy making $80,000 to tell a $15 million pitcher he needs to get off his butt and do some work,'' one source said.

"For Beckett, Lester, and Lackey, the consequences were apparent as their body fat appeared to increase and pitching skills eroded. When the team needed them in September, they posted a combined 2-7 record with a 6.45 earned run average, the Sox losing 11 of their 15 starts."

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The Good, the Bad, & the Ugly Trivia Challenge

The question last week was, "On Jan. 30, 1983, the Washington Redskins beat Miami, 27-17 to win the Super Bowl. Everybody remembers John Riggins running for 166 yards and a TD on his way to the game MVP. But, who had the second highest rushing total for the Redskins in the game?"

Fifteen readers knew that Alvin Garrett rushed for 44 yards on one carry to be the second leading rusher for the Redskins in the game.

Correct answers were sent in by Louie Chad, Tom LaZella, Dan Berg, Buffy Spolar, Scott Messer, Jim Luke, Greg Miller, Ken Hill, Craig Gilbert, Shirley Leoni, Dale Pionk, Cory Heitzman, Clarence Cadeau, Stewart Wahlsten, and Robin Cronk.

The names were put on paper and Dale Pionk's name was picked out of a very classy Nike hat. Your glass is on the way, Dale.

A special thank you goes out to Connie Dunstan for donating the prize.

This week you are playing for another gift card from Holiday Station Stores. The prize is donated by Holiday North station manager Teffeny Smith.

Give this two-part question one a try, folks.

"Who was the first relief pitcher ever selected to appear in an All-Star game and what year was he selected to the team?"

You have until Saturday night to send in your guess.

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"Etch It in Sand" Picks of the Week

Last week I liked Oregon over California in college football Thursday, Notre Dame over Air Force in college football on Saturday, and Arizona over Minnesota in the NFL on Sunday.

That was a 2-1 week for me.

This week I like Detroit over Texas in baseball today, Ohio State over undefeated Illinois in college football on Saturday, and Chicago over the Vikings in the NFL on Sunday. Etch it in sand.

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Great Sports Quote of the week

"A team is where a boy can prove his courage on his own. A gang is where a coward goes to hide." - Mickey Mantle

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That will do it for this week. Remember, don't sweat the small stuff, it's only sports.

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Jimmy Laine can be reached at jimlaine@mad.scientist.com.

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