Five things for the water cooler. Can any offices still afford water coolers? Local newspapers took another step toward irrelevance during this baseball spring training season by ending the practice of printing out-of-town spring training linescores. No matter. Sports is a commodity best covered with online sites. The Hardball Times is one of them and provides an interview today with a segment of a baseball team that never gets any publicity — the people in charge of generating publicity. Dustin Morse, the Twins’ manager of baseball communication reveals all. Takeaways: (1) He finds it difficult to talk about work with his family and (2) Part of his job involves finding beds players like. Insert your own joke here.
Speaking of baseball, cities are still considering building stadiums for professional baseball teams. Seriously. It’s still 1999 somewhere. Are fathers irrelevant now? Yes, heavy stuff, but it’s a question that must be asked in the wake of the survey that shows 40% of children are being born to single mothers. It’s not the teens that are accounting for this — it’s adult women 25 and over. Here’s the data. A year ago, by the way, Slate ran an interesting story that characterized this “as a national catastrope.”
The report also contains data on divorces, but Minnesota provides no data in this category. However, among our neighbors — South Dakota, North Dakota, Wisconsin, Iowa, as if you didn’t know — divorces are down pretty significantly. We interrupt this post for this update exclusively on News Cut. Sara Jane Olson’s clock radio has just gone off. Here’s some file footage of her trial 8 years ago to help tell the story. Now, then, where were we? I wrote a few days ago about the nature of forgiveness (bottom line: it’s hard), and a pastor up in New Hampshire is getting the “what for.” What for? Taking in a killer on parole. “Somebody’s cows getting out in the road, that’s the worst thing that happens,” a town selectman said. Well, until now.
Speaking of forgiveness, Smart Politics’ Eric Ostermeier writes that requests for it in the case of Olson — who we’re hearing now has just put an English muffin in the toaster — are unfounded. What can make you feel older than a M*A*S*H reunion special? A picture of Charles Manson at 70. It only barely surpasses Howard Hessman (WKRP) playing an elderly man on House. On the day the NCAA tournament starts — and stops for some teams — here’s a fascinating article on the behind-the-scenes strong-arming to protect the Final Four trademark.
This would be a great day to change your “you’ve got mail” sound effect to the U of M rouser. Here’s the audio file, which came from this page. If you’re the office contrarian, you want this file.
About the blogger
Bob Collins has been with Minnesota Public Radio since 1992, emigrating to Minnesota from Massachusetts. He was senior editor of news in the ’90s, ran MPR’s political unit, created the MPR News regional website, invented the popular Select A Candidate, started the two most popular blogs in the history of MPR and every day laments that his Minnesota Fantasy Legislature project never caught on.