247 10th Avenue S
This $2.7 Million home in the heart of downtown Minneapolis is ridiculous. [via Tom Q. Johnson]
Always been curious about this spot. Fantastic.
Yes, I used to do a Thanksgiving coloring contest on the old blog as well. I just can’t stop. The Strib’s Oh You Turkey Contest has really made a lasting impact on me.
“What’s art to me is based on a simple principle I read in a book a long time ago. It goes like this: Anything that doesn’t have to do with survival or procreation is art. The reference goes like this: Caveman is chasin’ the Cavewoman. He’s got procreation in mind. He’s just about to get to her, just about to grab her little tush. Suddenly they turn, and they see that there’s a mammoth comin’ out of the tree line, down into the clearing, dead straight for them. Suddenly his mind’s on survival. Mammoth comes hard-chargin’ right up to the edge of a cliff the guy and the gal duck out of the way, the beast plunges over the edge, a thousand feet straight vertical, down to his demise. And the caveman leans over the edge of the cliff, and gives him the finger.
- David Lee Roth
Saturday night, responding to an announcement made just two days earlier, nearly 2,000 people lined up around an out-of-the-way block in suburban Chanhassen, Minnesota, to catch Prince perform an intimate show at his Paisley Park studio. They were treated to a career-spanning funk blowout.
My feet still hurt. But it was worth it.
Hal McRae, George Brett, Steve Brye, and Gene Mauch—the Four Men at the Center of the 1976 American League Batting Title Controversy
On October 3, 1976, during the final inning of the last game of another disappointing season, the Minnesota Twins found themselves accused of blatant, on-the-field racism. Here’s how it played out.
The Kansas City Royals were hosting the Twins. As Kansas City came to bat in the bottom of the ninth, it was clear that one of two Royals players—Hal McRae or George Brett—was going to win the American League batting championship. McRae’s batting average stood at .33269. Brett was right behind at .33229. Their last at-bats against the Twins would determine who came out on top.
Brett was the first to come to the plate. He needed a hit to overtake McRae. When he lofted a routine fly to centerfield, it appeared he was out of luck. But then Twins outfielder Steve Brye misplayed the ball. It landed in front of him and bounced over his head. Brett raced around the bases for an inside-the-park home run. He now led McRae by a fraction of a point.
McRae congratulated his teammate at home plate. He now knew that he would have to get a hit to win the batting title. Unfortunately for him, he grounded out to short.
Brett won the batting title.
As McRae walked off the field, he tipped his cap to the cheering Kansas City fans. Then he turned to the Twins dugout and sent the visiting team a very clear message with his middle finger. He was certain that Twins manager Gene Mauch had instructed his players to make sure that Brett—a white player—won the title. “I know what happened,” he said after the game. “I know they let that ball fall on purpose.”
Brye adamantly denied that he intentionally misplayed the ball. Mauch seemed genuinely shaken. “This thing hurts me more than anything that has ever happened in my thirty-five years in baseball,” he said. The Twins’ Rod Carew, who finished third in the batting race, right behind Brett and McRae, called McRae’s accusations of racism “a bunch of crap.” Two years later, racially insensitive remarks by Twins owner Calvin Griffith helped convince Carew to seek a trade to another team.