It has been a long and winding road this week in the world of sports. From a transfer out to a transfer in to Lynx media day to getting an understanding of how Gophers coach Richard Pitino's vision looks.
Let's recap together shall we?
Let's start with the Lynx as they begin their "road to redemption"…not that they have a whole lot to redeem, I mean come on…they are back to back champs in the west and got beat in the championship last year by a hungry Indiana team.
Head coach Cheryl Reeve talked on draft night that this was going to be one of the tougher camps because of the amount of talent. Reeve talked at media day about the eight returning players (Seimone Augustus, Rebekkah Brunson, Amber Harris, Janel McCarville, Maya Moore, Devereaux Peters, Lindsay Whalen and Monica Wright) and spots nine through eleven being wide open. It is a battle between six players for three spots and four of the six are guards including first round pick Lindsey Moore.
The Lynx cut veteran forward Jessica Adair before the media session yesterday which might leave the door open for rookie Austrailian Rachel Jarry. The ‘x' factor may come in 6'6 center Shawnice Wilson who would bring a bigger physical presence along with McCarville and Harris.
The Lynx open their pre-season schedule this weekend with a 7:00 game in Bismark, North Dakota before returning home for a Tuesday afternoon affair against Connecticut.
Just shoot baby:
It is hard to believe that Gopher forward Joe Coleman would think there are better options for him out there from a basketball perspective, but the to-be junior asked for his release of his scholarship and was granted said request by head coach Richard Pitino. It didn't take the first year coach long to fill the void. Malik Smith who played for Pitino at FIU announced via Twitter that Minnesota was the destination giving the Gophers a sharp shooter from three-point range, something they clearly lacked a season ago.
With Coleman's exit the Gophers don't have a single Minnesotan on the roster for the first time in maybe forever. The former Mr. Basketball in the state will search elsewhere for a place to play and through no fault of his own, Coleman didn't ever seem to take that next step, which was the case for many of Tubby's players during his tenure in Minnesota.
With each passing minute, it is being more clear that the Gophers are going to play up and down basketball, defend extremely hard and shoot three's.
Get the laundry done:
After losing the series to the White Sox, the Twins welcome Boston to town for a three game set that might see more rain than not. The Twins are hovering right around the .500 mark which is better than most imagined. Joe Mauer is white hot entering the series with a 14 game hitting streak including multiple hits in seven of his last ten games.
Kluwe is a Raider:
It didn't take punter Chris Kluwe long to find a home. Oakland sniped the former Viking up and will kick for the Raiders next season.
Opening night at the track:
Live racing begins tonight at Canterbury Park in Shakopee. The track begins their first full season of racing under the new agreement with Mystic Lake casino. A nine race card begins at 6:35PM.