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MINNEAPOLIS—Tom who? For that matter, Carson who? At least for now. In a Super Bowl in which it was expected the greatest quarterback in NFL history was going to outshine the career journeyman, it was the journeyman who outshined the GOAT. And pretty much everybody else, including Pink and Justin Timberlake. Nick Foles, welcome to immortality. Not only was he every bit the passer of Tom Brady on this day, Foles also showed he's the better receiver. "Just another game," Foles deadpanned afterward.
ST. PAUL—It only got a little weird during Carson Wentz's interview session at Super Bowl media day Monday, Jan. 29. Seated a few rows into the Xcel Energy Center's stands so he could rest his injured left knee, Wentz fielded questions from Fargo reporters and a handful of national types who spotted the Philadelphia Eagles quarterback among the zoo the NFL runs prior to the big game.
PHILADELPHIA—Carson Wentz isn't talking to the media while he rehabilitates his injured left knee, but that didn't stop the Philadelphia Eagles quarterback from celebrating a trip to the Super Bowl. Wentz was in the mass of bodies on the field and in the celebratory locker room afterward—using a cane for support—after the Eagles defeated the Minnesota Vikings 38-7 Sunday night, Jan. 21, in the NFC Championship game at Lincoln Financial Field. The Eagles are headed to Minneapolis for Super Bowl LII at U.S. Bank Stadium on Sunday, Feb. 4.
PHILADELPHIA—Miracles are fleeting, apparently, easily crushed by the weight of history and the overcooked expectations of a long-suffering fan base. That, and a better team. Give the Philadelphia Eagles credit. They outplayed the Minnesota Vikings in every aspect of the NFC Championship Sunday night, Jan. 21—and they waited until they had an insurmountable lead in the fourth quarter before leading their fans in a mocking Skol chant.
PHILADELPHIA—Minnesota Vikings quarterback Case Keenum had the most colorful line in the run-up to the NFC Championship game, delivered in a style as dry as a saltine cracker. "I know this is what you guys predicted back in the day, a Foles versus Keenum NFC Championship," Keenum said. "So good job to all you guys who predicted that."
MINNEAPOLIS — That was for Drew Pearson's Hail Mary. And Gary Anderson's wide left. And Brett Favre's interception. And Blair Walsh's shank. And the four Super Bowls. Of course, those four awful losses. That was for you, Minnesota Vikings fans. You got one. You finally got one. How does it feel?
MINNEAPOLIS — Adam Thielen didn't say anything to Teddy Bridgewater after the Minnesota Vikings quarterback saw his first NFL action in almost 16 months. It's not that the receiver from Detroit Lakes, Minn., didn't want to. It's that he couldn't. "I couldn't talk to him because I was too emotional," Thielen said in a jubilant Vikings locker room Sunday afternoon. "I would have lost it if I would have talked to him. I tried to just hold it in." Thielen sounded more choked up about the special moment than Bridgewater himself.
PELICAN RAPIDS, Minn. — How many food businesses have been started by the constant urging of friends and family using the words, "You should really sell these"? Too many, maybe. The path of entrepreneurship is likely littered with hundreds (thousands?) of delicious ideas that couldn't be mass marketed.
FARGO — If somebody in Cedar Falls, Iowa, wants to scare the stuffing out Eli Dunne on Halloween, they'll dress in a green and yellow football jersey with the No. 49 on it. The Northern Iowa quarterback will be seeing it in his nightmares for awhile anyway.
Charles Sisney killed his girlfriend in Sioux Falls in 1997, shooting her twice in the head before hiding her body by stuffing it in a plastic container and putting it in a storage shed. He's spending the rest of his life, without possibility of parole, in the South Dakota State Penitentiary.