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TFD: 31 Minneapolis establishments are open until 4 a.m. on All-Star Game night

Posted by: Michael Rand Updated July 11th at 5:59pm

barmapWe’ve known for a while that Minneapolis bars/clubs/etc. could get a special license to stay open until the wee hours — 4 a.m., in this case — on the final night of All-Star festivities, which is the Tuesday, the night of the actual game itself. What we had not seen, until today, was a list of the places who had been granted those licenses. Colleague @onecolleen alerted us, however, to the full list of 31 establishments posted at The Business Journal. Hat tip to Colleen, and we’ll link you to the full list here. Among them: First Avenue, Kieran’s and five “adult entertainment” establishments. Click here for a google map that reporter Eric Roper made of the sites. Consider yourself warned/enthused about what’s going to happen in downtown Minneapolis in a few nights.

Kevin Love reportedly "intrigued" by Cavs and would commit there long-term

Posted by: Michael Rand Updated July 11th at 2:56pm

Well, it didn’t take long for the LeBron news to become official for Kevin Love’s camp to start leaking new information.

Per ESPN.com:

Minnesota Timberwolves forward Kevin Love is “intrigued” by the idea of being traded to the Cleveland Cavaliers and would commit long-term to the team, a source close to the situation told ESPN.com’s Marc Stein.

The Cavaliers have opened talks by offering guard Dion Waiters, forward Anthony Bennett and a first-round pick to the Timberwolves in exchange for Love, sources told ESPN The Magazine’s Chris Broussard.

That’s cute, Cleveland. Change Bennett to Andrew Wiggins, and we’re really getting somewhere. You can’t have it all. But if you had Love, Irving and LeBron, you would have the makings of a pretty sweet Big Three.

LeBron James picks Cavaliers; time for Kevin Love rumors to heat up

Posted by: Michael Rand Updated July 11th at 12:01pm

lebronsiThe big domino fell with a bang. LeBron James announced, in his own words and in an exclusive with SI.com, that he is returning to Cleveland after four years with the Heat.

An excerpt from the SI.com piece from LeBron, as told to Lee Jenkins:

When I left Cleveland, I was on a mission. I was seeking championships, and we won two. But Miami already knew that feeling. Our city hasn’t had that feeling in a long, long, long time. My goal is still to win as many titles as possible, no question. But what’s most important for me is bringing one trophy back to Northeast Ohio.

I always believed that I’d return to Cleveland and finish my career there. I just didn’t know when. After the season, free agency wasn’t even a thought. But I have two boys and my wife, Savannah, is pregnant with a girl. I started thinking about what it would be like to raise my family in my hometown. I looked at other teams, but I wasn’t going to leave Miami for anywhere except Cleveland. The more time passed, the more it felt right. This is what makes me happy.

One other very interesting thing from the piece:

I think I can help Kyrie Irving become one of the best point guards in our league. I think I can help elevate Tristan Thompson and Dion Waiters. And I can’t wait to reunite with Anderson Varejao, one of my favorite teammates.

As noted by NFL writer Ian Kenyon, there is no mention in there of Andrew Wiggins, this year’s No. 1 overall pick. We would also note that he didn’t mention Anthony Bennett, last year’s No. 1 overall pick.

If you are a conspiracy theorist, you can use that as a sign that talks between the Cavs and the Wolves over Kevin Love are legit, because any trade has to begin, at the very least, with Wiggins coming here. It could just be an omission. Or it could be calculated. Just a little strange in the midst of a very precise message that he would not mention the last two No. 1 overall picks.

In any event, now that this big news is out, Love trade talks — to the Cavs or otherwise — can really begin to heat up.

And yes, Ricky Rubio, this means LeBron is not coming to the Wolves.

Well he is not coming to Minnesota

TFD: Vikings reportedly received $187.7 million in national revenue last season

Posted by: Michael Rand Updated July 10th at 5:13pm

One nice thing about the Packers is that because they sell worthless stock to 360,000-plus duped shareholders, they are a public team — the only one in the NFL — and must disclose their financial records.

This allows us to know the national revenue they pull in — which is the same for all 32 teams. Per Darren Rovell:

The Packers said they received $187.7 million in national revenue, which is mostly derived from the league’s television rights. The Packers’ total represents 3.1 percent, or 1/32nd, of the overall pie.

Packers president and CEO Mark Murphy said the national revenue rose 4.3 percent from last year due in part to new carriage agreements with the NFL Network and additional revenue from Nike, the league’s official uniform provider.

So yes, the Vikings also made $187.7 million in revenue strictly from national sources. The Packers made $136.3 in local revenue; we don’t have the Vikings’ local number, but suffice to say: this reiterates that there is massive money in the NFL.

What if Twitter existed: Bud Grant's first season coaching the Vikings in 1967

Posted by: Michael Rand Updated July 10th at 2:49pm

randmid_1403705018_maddogIn case you missed last week’s series debut, we had this idea: create a series of posts based on events in the past and imagine how they might have “blown up Twitter,” as the kids like to say, if Twitter had been around then.

You gave us several very good suggestions for ground to cover. The next step was coming up with a format, and we decided on this: creating a cast of fictional mostly Minnesota-based Twitter characters, with fake tweets, to cover the event.

We decided a fun one would be the 1967 Vikings, who went 3-8-3 — yes three wins, eight losses, three ties — in Bud Grant’s first season as head coach. This absolutely would have happened. Don’t deny it:

Overreacting Vikings fan, Part I: Send this Grant guy back to Canada. #worthless

Overreacting Vikings fan, Part II: At least they got rid of Tarkenton before the year. That guy was a bum, too. #goodriddance

Jon Marthaler: This team is doomed. We’ll never make it to the playoffs, let alone the Super Bowl. I’m finished.

Sarcastic Vikings fan: I’ll always remember Nov. 5, 1967: I was at the only home game the Vikings won all season.

Guy who thinks he knows about football because he played in middle school: I don’t like the tackling angles Eller and Marshall are taking. Not sure these guys are going to pan out. #busts

Guy who tries to make it funny but you’re never sure if he’s also kind of creepy: Another tie?! I’m tired of kissing my sister! (Or am I?)

Understated negative guy: We played 14 games. We scored 10 points or fewer in 7 of them. I’m thinking that’s not good.

Amateur play-calling guy: Run on first down. Run on second down. Pass on third down. Punt. Repeat. #genius

NFL is not for me guy: Vikings? Who cares? The Gophers won the Big Ten. This is a college football town. #skiumah

Please feel free to add more in the comments.

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