RICK LUBBERS: In one way, Minnesota Duluth rugby club team members know they’ll never replicate their highly successful 2013 campaign, which featured a Division II runner-up finish and a national title.
RICK LUBBERS: Mike LaBree is 53, but he possesses the fighter’s soul of a 33-year-old. That youthful vitality comes in handy whenever he steps inside the ring to spar with 26-year-old Al “The Haitian Temptation” Sands — especially whenever Sands lands jackhammer blows that have broken many of his peers.
RICK LUBBERS: Jessica Lindstrom averaged 21 points last season for the Superior girls basketball team while fighting through an array of defenses designed to slow her down. Can you imagine how many points the senior forward would score without hands in her face or defenders stuck to her like glue?
RICK LUBBERS: Tom Robillard’s infamous fortress of sports solitude now spills into the second portion of his two-stall garage, thanks to a deluge of memorabilia that poured into the Hermantown home that he shares with his wife.
The welcome mat says it all: “A house divided.” Dana Dallum and Jerry Heizler of Duluth met eight years ago and fell in love. Apparently Cupid does not follow the NFL, because their relationship has thrived despite their staunch loyalties to the Minnesota Vikings and Green Bay Packers.
RICK LUBBERS: During Jim Doyle’s stint as Wisconsin governor, he often visited the Superior Telegram office for editorial board meetings. Ever the multi-tasker, Doyle once temporarily put politics on hold to be the guest picker in the Telegram’s weekly NFL picks contest.
RICK LUBBERS: Besides being the best running back on the planet, Adrian Peterson is a math whiz: he’s comfortable with large numbers and can add them as quickly as he accumulates them on the football field.
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