Technically a visit to Minnesota's principal city includes additional "must" stops in its capital twin city St. Paul and those are not to be overlooked. But a recent trip revealed there's plenty to see in Minneapolis and nearby suburbs without even crossing the mighty Mississippi.
I am not naive enough to think that new words can be spoken like magical incantations to suddenly change the culture and mentality that has long defined the NFL. However, old words will certainly guarantee the status quo.
Atlanta handed New Orleans its fifth straight home loss with a 30-14 win in the Big Easy, which it has been for opposing road teams of late. The Falcons set up a winner takes all showdown with the Panthers next week and eliminated the Saints from playoff contention.
When the Colts trailed 21-7 in the third quarter; Indy had just an 11 percent chance of winning. Andrew Luck threw a one-yard touchdown pass to T.Y. Hilton with 32 seconds left to rally Indianapolis to a 25-24 victory.
St. Louis upset San Francisco as 10 point underdogs. The Rams forced Colin Kaepernick to fumble on a quarterback sneak at the goal line on the second to last play of the game. Before the fumble the 49ers were 87 percent likely to win the game.
For the second week in a row Detroit has rallied for a win. The Lions trailed 21-0 at the half and were just six percent likely to win after the first two quarters.
I worry about the culture of professional football and how it has infused so many of us with the ability to look the other way and shrug when crimes occur.
Sexism. A culture of violence. Untrustworthy leadership. Runaway wealth inequality. An indifference to workers' health. Employees who are above the law. Hush-hush financing. Multimillion-dollar tax breaks. We're not talking about America's top corporations. We're talking about the NFL.
Our mindset must change on discipline and the manner in which our children are disciplined when behaving badly.
It is never acceptable to beat a little kid bloody with a weapon, because that is always child abuse. I can't believe it's 2014 and I have to spell that out for people.
All leaders at some point in their career are faced with a sword they must either pick up and use to continue the great fight, or instead, recognize their reign is over, smile, give thanks for the opportunity of service, and fearlessly succumb for the greater good.
Violence, on and off the field...
Kluwe has drawn a great deal of attention to a subject far too neglected by this country. His book, "Beautifully Unique Sparkleponies" sure has candor, and was great fun to read. However, I take issue with his latest Deadspin piece.
It's not known if Tyrese's mother knew about Joey Patterson's police record, but she left her tiny son in Patterson's care earlier this month. Now, the boy is dead and Patterson, 27, is charged with aggravated assault on an infant.
There's a lesson here the LGBT community has got to learn. If we're to truly gain equality and understanding in sports, it's time to accept a new reality in sports: The NFL doesn't care if an athlete is gay.
If these are just football matters, why are we seeing all the headlines about these men being cut for supporting gays and lesbians? It's simple: Because people still want to believe that the NFL hates gay people.