Minneapolis, Eh

Minneapolis, Eh

I can cross Minneapolis of the list of places I've been, but I don't think I will be going back any time soon.  It didn't really impress me at all.

The Metrodome was a horrible place to watch a basketball game.  The seats we bought were absolutely horrible and they shouldn't even be allowed to sell them.  I'd rather watch the game at a bar.  I'm serious.  Luckily for us, my buddy had his face painted, so we snuck into the B.C. section and ended up having great seats for the entire game.  Look at where our real seats were.  That's a couple hundred of feet behind the basket.
The game was a tough one.  I said to my buddy in an email on Friday, "I think the key to the game for B.C. will be ball control.  They tend to get sloppy.  If they don't get sloppy and keep themselves composed then they have a shot."  Looking back on the game now I'd say careless turnovers and poor foul shooting cost them the game.  I haven't seen a replay of the walk they called on Williams at the end, but I was pretty livid at the time.  It looked as if he was being dragged to the ground.

There is simply no excuse for allowing a wide open layup with 3.5 seconds left.

The scene in the Metrodome was weird.  Villanova actually had a decent number of fans there, but their fans are horrible.  There was a very typical bunch of Nova fans behind us who were constantly worried that Allan Ray or Randy Foye wouldn't bring the ball over mid court in time.  They're trash talk was pathetic, yelling at the refs that "this is the Big East! not the ACC!"  Painful.

There was indeed a Troy Bell spotting.  He showed up a few minutes into the game, getting a decent ovation from the small B.C. crowd nearby, wearing a black tee shirt.  A fan near him threw Troy a superfan shirt and he promptly put it on.  Good guy that Troy Bell.  Also of note, he was with a young female who looked like she could have been in a Jay Z video.  At one point Troy moved to seats closer to the court and was seemingly harassed by security to jeers of "that's Troy Bell you asshole!"  Awesome.

Saturday was spent taking in some of the local beers.  I preferred the Bell's blonde (Michigan) over the Summitt pale ale.

Did I mention the Metrodome was horrible to watch a basketball game at?  Other than the poor facilities, the fact we screwed up and were staying at the Villanova hotel, oh, and the last second heart break.. it was a pretty kick ass time.  

Union emotional after Maurice Edu's season-ending injury

Union emotional after Maurice Edu's season-ending injury

CHESTER, Pa. — On the eve of his comeback after missing nearly 13 months with a left tibia stress fracture and other related injuries, Union midfielder Maurice Edu fractured his left fibula on Saturday, keeping him out for the 2016 playoffs and beyond.

“I was trying to take the shot on goal and my foot got stuck in the turf,” Edu said Sunday, in his blue Union-issued suit and supported by crutches. “My ankle rolled and twisted and it kind of snapped a little bit. I heard it crack, and a lot of pain from there. I got a scan afterward, and there was a break.”

There's no timetable his return.

Edu, 30, has spent over a calendar year fighting various injuries that have kept him out of game action. His trouble began on Sept. 30, 2015, when he played through the U.S. Open Cup final with a partially torn groin and sports hernia. It was during Edu’s recovery from those injuries that he developed a stress fracture.

"A little bit frustration. A lot of frustration, to be honest," he said. "But all I can do now is get back to work, focus on the positives and make sure that my situation isn’t a distraction from the team."

Edu’s teammates were equally devastated by the news. Edu, the Union captain when healthy, is popular and well-respected in the locker room.

"I feel so bad for him," said Alejandro Bedoya, who wore a dedication to Edu under his jersey on Sunday. "He’s one of my good friends, so I was looking forward to playing alongside him. I know how hard he’s worked to get back, and to see him go out like that, it’s heartbreaking. I’m sad for his loss and I hope he stays strong."

Edu, who has been with the Union since 2014, returned to training in July and played three conditioning appearances with the Union’s USL team, Bethlehem Steel FC. He was on the bench for the Union’s last three games and was set to make his first appearance in over a year against the New York Red Bulls on Sunday, a game the Union eventually lost, 2-0 (see game story).

"We’re gutted for Mo," Union manager Jim Curtin said. "He was slated to start today. It’s real upsetting because he’s worked so hard to get back on the field. It’s been a tough 2016 for him, but I know he’ll come back stronger."

While he was visibly shaken by recent injury, Edu is driven to return.

"What happened, happened," Edu said. "I have no control over that. The only thing I do have control over is my next steps from here, how I prepare myself mentally and emotionally and how I continue to support this group."

Watch: Malcolm Jenkins saves Jon Dorenbos, who can't work his magic with bow tie

Watch: Malcolm Jenkins saves Jon Dorenbos, who can't work his magic with bow tie

The magician himself needed help on this one.

His bow tie.

Hey, this is what teammates are for, right?

On Monday night, Eagles longsnapper and NBC's America's Got Talent star Jon Dorenbos emceed safety Malcolm Jenkins' third annual Blitz, Bow Ties and Bourbon charity event, which raises money for Philadelphia's youth and underserved communities.

Dorenbos, quite the wizard with his hands and card tricks, couldn't solve the bow tie.

“I had no clue,” Dorenbos said in an interview with CSN's John Clark. "In fact, this is the first bow tie I’ve ever worn.”

Jenkins had his back. Watch the Eagles' leader go to work and save Dorenbos in the video above.