Craig Brischke won the men’s Tapemark Charity Pro-Am yesterday at Southview Country Club in West St. Paul. Martha Nause won the women’s championship. This was the 41st year of Tapemark charity golf raising funds for local charities benefitting the developmentally and learning disabled.
Former Timberwolves and Gophers coach Bill Musselman might have had two of his protégés coaching in the NBA Finals this year. Scott Brooks, who played for Musselman’s expansion Wolves, is head coach of the Oklahoma City team that plays in the finals starting tomorrow night against Miami. The Heat might not have won the Eastern Conference playoffs if Chicago point guard Derrick Rose, perhaps the NBA’s most valuable player, had not been injured in late April and unable to play since then. The Bulls head coach is Tom Thibodeaux, a former Musselman assistant on the first Wolves team.
Other Musselman “alumni” who are or have been NBA head coaches include ex-Wolves players Tyrone Corbin (current Utah coach), Sidney Lowe (former Wolves coach) and Sam Mitchell (former Toronto coach). Musselman’s son Eric Musselman has been head coach for Golden State and Sacramento, while Flip Saunders, who played for the elder Musselman with the Gophers, had NBA head coaching jobs with the Wolves, Detroit and Washington.
Don’t forget Roy Terwilliger when congratulating public figures who helped make state legislative approval of the Vikings stadium bill a reality. Terwilliger was chairman of the Metropolitan Sports Facilities Commission from 2002-2010. Before that he was a state senator representing Edina and Eden Prairie who was involved with stadium support for the Vikings, Twins and Gophers.
His stadium support dating back to the 1990s made an important contribution to all three teams. When Terwilliger left the senate in 2002 he didn’t know that his stadium expertise would lead to an appointment as MSFC chair by then-governor Tim Pawlenty. “I had a four-foot high stack of (stadium) stuff that I threw out, and then had to replace,” Terwilliger told Sports Headliners.
Terwilliger didn’t predict whether the new downtown Vikings stadium will have a retractable roof. He said opening up the facility to the elements changes the required design of various stadium components including concession areas. A retractable roof would have cost at least an additional $25 million back in 2010, he said.
Happy birthday to former Gophers two-time All-American tackle Bobby Bell who turns 72 on Sunday.
Vikings cornerback Chris Cook has changed his uniform number from 31 to 20.
The Twins chose 43 players in last week’s First-Year Player draft and only seven of them list cold weather communities for hometowns. Those figures are another example of where the best baseball players come from, and provide insight as to why northern college teams like the Gophers aren’t the national powers they once were. Minnesota won national championships in 1956, 1960 and 1964.
The Twins chose 24 pitchers and 19 position players—six catchers, five infielders and eight outfielders. No Minnesotans were among the 43 players drafted but the Twins did choose two Wisconsin natives, right fielder Adam Walker from Milwaukee and Brad Schreiber of Menasha.
A groundbreaking ceremony for the new Gophers baseball stadium will be held at 1:30 p.m. today. Speakers are expected to include former Gophers and Twins star Paul Molitor.
The Twins, who won two of three games against the Cubs Friday through yesterday, have been winners in seven of their last nine games versus that National League franchise. The Twins are 73-41 in Interleague play since 2006.
Twins pitcher Scott Diamond, who won on Saturday, is 3-0 in four starts this season at Target Field with a 1.03 ERA. He hasn’t allowed an earned run in 13 consecutive innings. His season record is 5-1 with a 1.61 ERA.
Twins third baseman Trevor Plouffe is batting .387 with three doubles, four home runs, seven runs scored and nine RBI in eight games this month.
The Minnesota Minute Men, in cooperation with the Twins Community Fund, will announce the 2012 high school Play Ball! Mr. Baseball and Ms. Softball Award winners at a banquet next Sunday at Jax Café in Minneapolis. Baseball coach Richard Seltz (Austin) and softball coach Neil Johnson (Shakopee) will be honored with Lifetime Achievement awards for dedication to their sports and time served helping youth athletes achieve goals. www.minnesotaminutemen.com