Timberwolves Flash Seats Platform – where’s the free market?

If you haven’t heard, the Minnesota Timberwolves are 10-21. There are many reasons why, just check out any blog or sports website to learn more.

If you haven’t heard, the Minnesota Timberwolves are 29 out of 30 when it comes to NBA home attendance (https://www.espn.com/nba/attendance) this year. A key reason why is self-inflicted by Glen Taylor and the Timberwolves organization. Continue reading “Timberwolves Flash Seats Platform – where’s the free market?”

Timberwolves seasons tickets, time to buy?

The luxury of picking and choosing when to go. The luxury of avoiding ticket scalpers or aftermarket sites for the last time. The luxwolves-newsales-pricing-prices-large-160204ury of arriving and leaving when you choose. The luxury of being on the giving
end of “Hey, I’m going to be out of town. Want to catch the Wolves game?? The luxury of getting a sheet full of paper tickets each season…I mean a Flash Seats account?!?   Continue reading “Timberwolves seasons tickets, time to buy?”

To join a Twin Cities country club

200px-PinkArgyle_svgInterlachen Country Club.  Spring Hill Golf Club.  Windsong Farm Golf Club.  Woodhill Country Club.  Wayzata Country Club.  Edina Country Club.  Town & Country.  Somerset Country Club.  The list is large and plentiful if you find yourself living within the urban and suburban “prime” areas.  Facilities and golf courses that most only see partially from a road or sneak into the parking lot and turn around.  Many may look at with envy, jealously, disgust or indifference. Continue reading “To join a Twin Cities country club”

Minnesota access to most exclusive golf clubs in the U.S.

Late last week Minneapolis businessman, civic leader, philanthropist, politician and sports executive, Wheelock Whitney Jr. passed away. Wheelock was born in St. Cloud and grew up the son of a distinguished businessman, philanthropist, and politician – Wheelock Sr.WW jr

Wheelock Jr. made a career as an investment banker in Minneapolis and co-founded what today is Minnesota’s largest private equity firm – Norwest Equity Partners.  If you’re driving down Hennepin Avenue through MCTC, you will even see his named etched across their urban campus.  Generally a great citizen who helped advance many causes to help the Twin Cities grow and prosper. Continue reading “Minnesota access to most exclusive golf clubs in the U.S.”

Another local company gobbled up

Earlier today Abbott Laboratories announced the acquisition of Minnesota based St. Jude Medical for $25 Billion – which represents a 37% premium to St. Jude’s closing stock price on the day of the announcement.  If you’re a shareholder, congrats!!St._Jude_Medical_logo

This transaction was rumored almost over a year ago.  It allows both companies to create a leading position in the cardiovascular device market – holding either a #1 or #2 share position in many high growth device markets.  And in a position to long-term compete better with companies such as Medtronic and Boston Scientific – as healthcare on a number of fronts is going through continued broad based consolidation. Continue reading “Another local company gobbled up”

Prince memorialized in Uptown

On Thursday, Prince passed away – surfacing a wide range of memorials and tributes throughout the city.  From those outside of Paisley Park in Chanhassen to the lighting of bridges and skyscrapers in purple – all in honor of arguably one of the most famous residents of Minnesota.Prince

While on a drive through Uptown, I came across this beautiful mural being worked on yesterday and near completion today.  On the back end of Sencha Tea Bar, on the corner of 26th and Fremont – this stunning mural has surfaced.  A hidden mural that in coming time will be a talking point and potential local attraction. Continue reading “Prince memorialized in Uptown”

Welcome back Thibs

Well what do you know.  Timberwolves country club leader Glen Taylor for once, actually made the best, most logical move to fill his Thibs wolves coachcoaching and executive ranks.  Credit to him for doing it fast and paying up to land what is easily a Top 5 NBA coach in Tom Thibodeau (“Thibs”).  With both Coaching and President of Basketball Operations titles (and a 5 year, $40M contract), it will be up to Tom on whether he can mold the young Timberwolves core into bona-fide all stars – build out a roster that complements Karl Anthony Towns and Andrew Wiggins, and allows Ricky Rubio to play to his strengths (and hides his weaknesses). Continue reading “Welcome back Thibs”

Back to Back ROY’s for the Wolves – Who will be coaching them?

In the coming days, Karl Anthony Towns, Timberwolves rookie power forward, will unanimously be chosen as the NBA’s rookie of the year – the second straight year the Wolves will have won the award (Andrew Wiggins in 2015).  Karl Anthony Towns sweeped this years monthly Kia rookie awards in the Western Conference – following in the steps of Damian Lillard and Blake Griffin as others who’ve accomplished the feat in recent years.

Within a matter of a week, the tide seems to be turning for the Wolves.  Owner Glen Taylor has let veteran “country club” member Sam Mitchell go as head coach – a position he fell into due to the unfortunate death of Flip Saunders.  But even with some late season momentum, Sam Mitchell was not the right person for the job if you followed the Wolves throughout the whole season. Continue reading “Back to Back ROY’s for the Wolves – Who will be coaching them?”

The daily morning commute during the Hennepin / Lyndale construction

We are in the midst of spring weather, pasty white bodies being exposed to sun for the first time in six months, pothole swerve driving, and of course road construction.

If you have not noticed, the painfully anticipated Hennepin and Lyndale construction project has begun. My early takeaway?  The traffic cops at Lyndale and Franklin need a 101 in traffic flow management. Continue reading “The daily morning commute during the Hennepin / Lyndale construction”