If you missed last Saturday's NARN First Team interview with Minnesota's finest and least cynical sports chronicler Ross Bernstein (yes Saint Paul, less cynical than Barreiro) you can now listen to it in its entirely here. Once again, we had a lot of fun with Ross discussing his latest book (Sixty Years & Sixty Heroes: A Celebration of Minnesota Sports), the current state of Minnesota sports, what the heck happened to Gopher football (this was before Saturday night's fiasco), his knack for getting book forwards from the biggest of names, and what we watched on television as kids on Sunday mornings (wrestling) and Friday and Saturday nights (further research has since revealed that in fact "The Dukes of Hazzard" was on Friday nights while the "Love Boat"--"Fantasy Island" twofer was Saturdays).
It was nice to get away from the doom and gloom of politics and the economy to talk sports with a local guy who is an unabashed fan of the games and Minnesota's teams. His enthusiasm is infectious and you can't help but like and admire a man who has turned his love of sports and the state into a career. I can't think of a better Christmas gift for the Minnesota sports fan in your life than a copy of his new book.