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home : columns : columns June 25, 2016

4/3/2013 11:53:00 AM
Chilly opener made warmer, thanks to Wiens

Joel Alvstad
Sports Editor

The Twins opened the season on a chilly afternoon Monday. Temperatures in the low 30s and a wind chill in the low 20s made it feel more like November than April.
But apparently the Detroit Tigers were kept warm, thanks to a Minnesota company with Windom ties.
WSI began 23 years ago in a kitchen in Windom by founder Joel Wiens. Today, it is based in Eagan and distributes apparel to numerous professional and collegiate teams, with a specialty on cold weather gear.
Among the apparel being used by the Tigers were thermal headbands, socks, undershirts and pants, designed to generate heat as they absorb moisture.
Wiens was apparently on hand at Target Field Monday to talk to reporters about the products and their use by the Tigers.
Brackets busted
One thing that I've liked to do with my kids the last few years is we have our own "in-house" NCAA Tournament pool.
And, once again, the kids are going to get the better of the Old Man. Sadly, I could have told you it would happen after the first weekend of the tournament.
You see, I fill out a few different bracket sheets each year, as I'm in a couple of different pools. I try to juggle things up between them, in hopes of "hedging my bets."
Since the one with my kids doesn't involve any money, I tend to pick more upsets. I also tend to throw out there the teams I think could win it all but have serious reservations about.
As it turns out, my concerns this year were warranted.
On my sheet with the kids, I picked a championship game of Georgetown winning over Gonzaga. I liked how Georgetown was playing. They were red hot coming into the tournament and had the potential to win it all. And Gonzaga was the top-ranked team in the country going into the tourney.
As it turns out, Georgetown fell victim to the tourney's biggest Cinderella ever, getting knocked out by 15th-seeded Florida Gulf Coast in the first round.
And Gonzaga couldn't live up to its hype as a high seed, getting bounced in the second round by Wichita State.
So much for Dad winning the family pool this year.

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