Quote of the Day
“There isn’t a chance in a trillion -- there’s no one with a political IQ over 3 who thinks that it’s possible.”
-- MSFC Finance Committee Chair Paul Thatcher, on the prospects that funds for a new Vikings stadium will be approved during the ’10 Minnesota legislative session (STAR TRIBUNE, 11/18).
The LPGA is eager to turn the calendar ahead to 2010, and it is getting a head start to ensure a smoother and more successful year. The tour today unveils its '10 schedule of 24 events, a number that signifies serious traction since organizational changes were made in July. The results show proof of LPGA Acting Commissioner Marty Evans’ hard work, as she has been able to repair relationships and put some wind in the tour’s sails. Evans says, “We have regained momentum and we're going in the right direction.” But many know the bottom line is the tour needs more stars to emerge, and the best news possible was Michelle Wie’s first tour win last weekend. Noted golf observer John Feinstein cautions the LPGA not to “start pushing her to do too much too soon.” But overall, aren’t these the types of challenges that new Commissioner Michael Whan welcomes when he begins his duties full time in January?
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Turn Up The Bright Lights
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If These Walls Could Talk
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Making A Buck
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Into The Lions' Den
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Moving The Needle
NFL asks Supreme Court to determine whether league and member clubs function as single entity.