Every once in a while, I see a clip on ESPN with some kid, plucked from the obscurity of Kidville, trying to sing the National Anthem and forgetting the words. Usually there’s a warm moment, however, when some big NBA superstar (I think I saw Don Casey of the Timberwolves do this in the one Wolves game I could stomach watching this year) will put his arm around the kid and help him/her through it, usually to the large applause of the crowd, appreciative of the effort and embarrassed for the kid from Kidville.

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SF2460, the Gophers stadium bill, just passed the Senate on a 34-32 vote. I’ll have the roll call on Votetracker in a few minutes.(It’s a very high-tech process, I take a picture of the TV screen showing the Senate tote board and then load it up into Photoshop and squint my way to figuring out the vote. Hi tech, eh?)

Update 2:04pm The Senate has just passed the Twins and Vikings bill (the one with light rail and transportation projects in it and a metro-wide sales tax referendum) 34-32.

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