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February 10, 2011

Phersy and Feldy Show, Volume II

PHERSY: Welcome back folks ... and if you're back, I guess that's a good start. Here's the second edition of the Phersy and Feldy Show.

This week we've shorten it up a bit. We talk about the upcoming Hockey Day Minnesota, the Ice Hawks' struggles and then we get into a healthy helpling of NFL talk (labor stoppage, Metrodome roof, draft, yada, yada).

So enjoy (or at least try):




February 01, 2011

Welcome to the Phersy and Feldy show

PHERSY AND FELDY: OK Folks, so we're kicking off a new feature here at Faceoff. We're doing a podcast (OK, not really for your ipod, but it's an audio show featuring two of the ugliest guys you know). So, take a listen. This the very first episode of the Phersy and Feldy Show. For the most part, it's just going to be Feldy and Phersy kicking it freestyle on sports topics of the day/week.

Let us know what you think, what we can do better, what you want us to talk about for the next show ... whatever. This one is a little long (25 minutes) and we'll shorten it up for the next one. Just check it out. Let's do this:




January 13, 2010

Wednesday tidbits

PHERSY: Hey all, sorry Feldy and I have been so out of it lately. I've been swamped with covering The Clash, and I know Feldy has been in and out of town for family stuff and now he's back covering the high school hockey beat. But Feldy and I made a New Year's resolution ... we're going to attempt to post something new on Faceoff every week day. It's out goal ... not a promise, but it's what we're shooting for.

So, I figured I'd start things off with some random thoughts that are swirling around in my head ...

I heard this on KFAN earlier this week, so I can't take credit for it, but how amazing would it be if the Vikings brought in Jessica Simpson to sing the national anthem for Sunday's playoff game against the Cowboys? Honestly, I don't care how much it would cost. A million bucks? Done! It would be well worth it. I'd laugh for 30 straight minutes, and Tony Romo would be rattled before he threw his first pass. Priceless, I tell ya! ...

Speaking of the Vikings, is there any chance they lose this game? It's at the Dome! I know Romo and the Cowboys are considered red hot, but I just don't see them walking into the Metrodome and stealing this game. Anything is possible, but I think the Vikes are playing for the NFC crown next week. ...

I have to put this one on here, simply because Mrs. Phersy is infatiuated with this guy. When the Wild traded Benoit Pouliot to Montreal for Guillaume Latendresse, I was a bit skeptical. I was starting to like some of the things Pouliot was doing, and I wasn't ready to give up on him just yet. But man, I was way off. Latendresse has been fantastic. Really, I don't even know if Pouliot's ceiling was as high as what the Wild are already getting from Latendresse (here's a Strib story about him). The guy's a stud, and I'm glad he's in a Wild sweater. Plus, Mrs. Phersy thinks he's hot. ...

The Lynx recently traded for Lindsay Whalen, the former University of Minnesota star who got this state excited about women's basketball. Can she do it again? It's going to be an uphill battle, that's for sure. Despite having a top 3 pick in the WNBA lottery every year since the beginning of time, the Lynx still stink. And nobody is going to their games. Let's hope the trade for Whalen will at least generate some moderate interest. I guess the fact that I'm talking about it now shows just that ...

Your Rochester Ice Hawks had a rough weekend, dropping two out of three games. I was at The Clash all weekend, so I didn't get to see any of the games. I'll be chatting with coach Fatis later today, so I'm interested to hear what he has to say. I texted him Sunday night after they lost to the Lumberjacks, and I asked if the guys just didn't have the fire this weekend? Basically, he said the team had been holding the gas pedal down for more than a month straight and they let off of it Friday night against the Flying Aces. And once you let off, it's hard to find that pedal again. What are your thoughts Hawks fans? Good news is they have three more this weekend to figure something out! ...

The Timberwolves still stink. Enough said. ...

Guess what?! Feldy's favorite college hockey team, the University of Minnesota, is starting to play better. They've got a nice little winning stretch going. Are they better or are they just playing worse teams? Tough to say. I think we'll know more after this weekend, when the Gophers host North Dakota. ...

I will say I'm glad Feldy didn't do too much trash talking last weekend when the Sioux got lucky and took two from the Mavericks. I received a few nasty text messages, but that's it. So hats off to Feldy. This is always an odd weekend for me, when the Sioux and Gophers meet. Normally, I love to hate the Sioux, simply because of Feldy. I'm an MSU fan, so I generally dislike the Gophers, not to mention I'm not a big Don Lucia guy. So this weekend I'm torn ... I guess I'll root for a pair of ties.

On the local MMA front, there's plenty of news going on. Tommy Speer has accepted a fight in Canada against Ryan Ford (this is a big fight, because Ford is very, very good ... check him out on youtube). Also, Travis Wiuff successfully defended his IFC heavyweight title. Finally, there will be an amateur MMA show in Rochester (at the barn) on Jan. 30. I haven't heard any further details on this show, but I'll let you know when I hear something. ...

Totally random ... I went to the movie "Up in the Air" for the second time yesterday. It's a great movie, and I highly recommend it. Mrs. Phersy loves it. I'm not sold on the ending, but it's still a fantastic movie, one of Clooney's best performances. ...

That's all for now. Watch for an Ice Hawks update later today if I can get in touch with coach Fatis.

January 01, 2010

P-B 2009 Sports Person of the Year is ...

FELDY: This one was almost a no-brainer once the name was brought up in our sports department.

It's a first for us, a female is our Sports Person of the Year for 2009, which I think is pretty cool. We never set out to pick a male or a female specifically, we just bounce a bunch of names and accomplishments around and do our best to settle on the person we feel is most deserving.

Past honorees include Ed Hruska, head of the Rochester Amateur Sports Commission (2006), Wabasha-Kellogg/U of M wrestler Zach Sanders (2007) and Century/U of M hockey goalie Alex Kangas (2008). 

If you subscribe to the P-B, you will be able to read the archived stories on those three by clicking on their names.

Now, onto 2009. We threw out a bunch of names, but the one we kept coming back to is a very deserving winner. The 2009 P-B-Sports Person of the Year is (drumroll ........................):

Maggie McNamara, the former volleyball standout at Zumbrota-Mazeppa, and the two-time NCAA Division II National Player of the Year, and two-time national champion, at Concordia-St. Paul. You can read Paul Christian's profile on McNamara by clicking on her name.

December 24, 2009

Merry Christmas and some updated hockey stats

FELDY: First off, the spreadsheet of former area hockey players in the pros, colleges and juniors has been updated. Here's a link to that.

Now, the important stuff: Merry Christmas to everyone in Faceoff land. Phersy is on a little vaca right now, in a place where he absolutely belongs. If we're lucky, he'll come back. If we're even luckier, he won't. ... Kidding!

Mrs. Feldy and I were out of town most of last week; took Toddler Feldy to the grandparents' place in North Dakota, where Santa was, um, kind enough to bring her a keyboard with a microphone and several other toys that I believe are made simply to annoy the bejeebers out of parents! Since Phersy's gone, I decided to come back and do some work, so I'll be updating Faceoff a little over the next two days, for any of you who also have to work on the holidays.

Anyhow, while in Grand Forks, I had the chane to watch some of a high school hockey tourney being played there. Apple Valley won the title, beating East Grand Forks, then the best two teams in North Dakota. It's really too bad that Valley isn't returning to the Kiwanis Festival this year. They're so much fun to watch. They have a big, strong freshman playing on the top line. Hudson Fasching has to be about 6-1 or 6-2 and I'd bet 180 or 190. He's the total package and will be a guy to keep an eye on.

Speaking of the Kiwanis, I'll post more later today or tomorrow, give you my picks (so those teams I pick can know in advance that they won't win) and some more info on the 16 teams coming to Graham Arena next week.

Again, wishing you all a very merry Christmas, and we hope Santa is good to all of you!

December 03, 2009

Bubbled up

FELDY: The bubble is up over the Rochester Regional Sports Stadium.

So scrounge up a couple-hundred dollars and you can play inside on the FieldTurf for an hour.

This will be a pretty cool addition to the Rochester sports landscape -- not just for high school sports, but for youth and recreational sports, as well. And I'm sure the RCTC baseball and softball teams will love having a warm place to practice in early spring. The bubble is scheduled to come down on May 1.

October 23, 2009

Another stupid criminal

FELDY: No, this has nothing to do with Jeff Reed or the idiot Gophers hockey fan who was a lot tougher off the ice than his team was on it.

We haven't had a stupid criminal story on here for a while, though. This one is actually more humorous than stupid, but we don't have a "humorous criminals" category on our blog.

This story pretty much speaks for itself, and if this guy would be willing to modify my La-Z-Boy, I'd probably take it for a spin around the block.

Now that I think about it, I wouldn't be surprised if this guy turns out to be a Sconnie.

October 07, 2009

A break from sports ... and maybe the best pic I've seen all year

FELDY: Face-off is the toy department of the P-B's bloggers section. We know that; we're comfortable with our tiny niche of the blogosphere. Every once in a while, Phersy and I actually read about non-sports related topics. This is one of those times.

I'll let the picture pretty much do the talking in this case. As the daddy to a 3-year-old girl, this one hit me in the tummy. Here it is, a little girl in Pennsylvania who didn't want her daddy to go off to Iraq for a year.

See and read for yourself right here.

And thank you to all the dads and moms (and all soldiers who don't have children) who leave their little ones behind to serve our great country.