Beyond the Sports Huddle: Mona on Minnesota

Beyond the Sports Huddle: Mona on Minnesota

by Dave Mona


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If it happened in Minnesota sports in the last forty years, Dave Mona was there. Working the sports beat for print and radio, covering the big stories and the ones others missed, rubbing shoulders with the stars and introducing the rookies, Mona is a longtime fixture on the sports scene. Join Dave Mona as he revisits a lifetime of vignettes, each one a window onto Minnesota’s sports world. As he recounts his days reporting on the Twins and the Gophers, sparring with Sid Hartman on their Sports Huddle radio program, and preparing his award-winning pregame vignettes for Gopher football, Mona takes readers behind the scenes to meet celebrities and characters like Hartman, Billy Martin, Rod Carew, Dave Moore, Halsey Hall, Molly Ivins, and many more. A wonderful story of life around the locker room, his book is also a portrait of a remarkable personality and a fascinating aspect of Minnesota’s cultural world.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780760332337
Publisher: MVP Books
Publication date: 08/15/2008
Edition description: First
Pages: 288
Product dimensions: 6.30(w) x 10.38(h) x 1.12(d)

About the Author

Dave Mona is a Minneapolis native with a diverse background in the media business. Before joining forces with Sid Hartman on the WCCO Sports Huddle in 1981, Dave spent time as the sports editor of the Minnesota Daily, as the Twins beat writer for The Minneapolis Tribune, and as the first editor of Dave Moore's Bedtime Nooz on WCCO-TV. Since 1998 he has been the color analyst on WCCO Radio's University of Minnesota football broadcasts, and in 2006 he won the AP and Edward R. Murrow writing awards for his pregame vignettes.Mona is the founder and current chairman of Weber Shandwick, the region's largest public relations firm. He is very active in community events and currently chairs the board of the Minnesota Vikings Children's Fund. He is the past national president of the 60,000-member University of Minnesota Alumni Association; past national president of the Council of Growing Companies; former chair of the Greater Minneapolis Chamber of Commerce; and recent chair of Meet Minneapolis, the convention and visitors’ association.

Table of Contents

Introduction     9
Growing Up in Minneapolis
First Impressions     12
To Look Sharp     18
Bat Boy of the Giants     21
Aaron to Zuverink     23
French Baseball     27
An Untimely Call     30
My Jordan Moment     45
Boxcar Learning     48
Making My Way in Journalism
He Wrote the Book     52
A Different Point of View     55
Return of the Autumn Warrior     58
Would You Like Me to Write a Sports Story?     61
Mays of Minneapolis     64
Days of Mays     67
The Bedtime Nooz     74
Election Night     81
My Friend the Serial Killer     88
100 Years from Now     94
Molly Ivins Teaches Us New Words     99
Baseball Cards: A Hard Sell     102
Nicollet Memories     109
On the Road with the Twins     119
Halsey Hall, Burning up the Airwaves     123
An R-Rated Fish Story     129
A Great Quote     131
The Killer Speaks     135
Who Does That Humphrey Think He Is?     141
A Salute and a Vote     147
The Huddle, and Beyond
It's the Sports Huddle with Sid and Dave     154
Inside the Sports Huddle     158
Oh, My!     162
Understanding Sid     165
Sidisms     168
Stadium Squabbles     174
WCCO, and a Modest Proposal for the Twins     179
How About You?     181
A Super Effort     185
Mike the Big Tipper     196
Fantasy Camp     199
Golf Club Wisdom     210
The Wizard of Westwood     212
From the Bench     220
Puckett's Neighborhood     222
Bob Feller vs. Michelle Tafoya     226
"I'll Have One of Me"     229
A Day with the Champ     230
The Fifty Greatest     232
A Fire Next Time     241
Nicknames     249
Naming Opportunities     252
Optimistic Canadian     255
Marginally True     259
Who Was Tracy Stallard? The Great Minnesota Sports Trivia Quiz     264
Acknowledgments     285
Index     287

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