Politics might make Minnesotans scratch their heads but hockey they get.
One of these days we’re going to have to calculate the impact — if any — a hockey ad makes in Minnesota elections. Is it, for example, as big a boost as a Scandanavian name?
Gov. Mark Dayton his re-election ad today. Its theme is… you can probably guess.
Earlier this year, Mike McFadden, who’s running against Al Franken, produced a hockey-themed ad.
The hockey-ad record is spotty. The Senate race in 2008 between Norm Coleman and Franken was close as it gets. The experts didn’t think Coleman’s hockey ad hurt. But it was set in a bowling alley. Who knows? Maybe that was the difference.
Tim Pawlenty actually played hockey. So when he ran for president in 2012, he went for the hockey ad.
And he got smoked. Hockey is a regional game.
In the nick of time, a third season of “It’s Aaron” has debuted.
Packers (but let’s just ignore that fact for now, shall we?) quarterback Aaron Rodgers surprises people who do good work.
In the episode released over the weekend, he surprises a whole neighborhood to help a girl who lost her brother to cancer.
Always protect the dog, people!
“Miss Rev” is the official mascot of Texas A&M University. Here’s her official bio:
Reveille I came to Texas A&M in January 1931. A group of cadets hit a small black and white dog on their way back from Navasota. They picked up the dog and brought her back to school so they could care for her. The next morning, when “Reveille” was blown by a bugler, she started barking. She was named after this morning wakeup call. The following football season she was named the official mascot when she led the band onto the field during their half-time performance. When Reveille I died on January 18, 1944, she was given a formal military funeral on the gridiron of Kyle Field. She was then buried at the north entrance to the field, as all Reveilles are, facing the scoreboard so that she can always watch the Aggies outscore their opponent.
In today’s (Saturday’s) game against SMU, a receiver was barreling toward the old girl after an incomplete pass. That’s when a cadet threw the best block of the day in college football.
(h/t: Good Bull Hunting)
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