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Fox and acquaintance

Posted at 10:33 PM on January 21, 2007 by Bob Collins (7 Comments)

Sunday was a long day. First, I had to be on Fox & Friends Sunday morning at 7:50, which meant getting up around 5:30. Then I was onhand at the big open house for the new headquarters of Minnesota Public Radio. I hear about 2,000 people came through and that seems about right. George Linkert (Minnetonka Redress) and his family were there and I got to sign the first two autographs of my illustrious 30 (so far) year career (no, it wasn't for George). I should've worked on my autograph more.

And then I ended up by watching our beloved Patriots with my sons at their place (they've got an HDTV) in Maplewood. Alas, you can only keep Peyton Manning down for so long. And then home to finish up the waivers for this week. On Monday, I'll update the team pages.

From the looks of things, it'll be a much bigger point week. For one thing, there's a full work week for our "players." And, second, more bills are scheduled for hearings. I tried to figure out today how many points will win these leagues. Right now, I'm guessing around 5,000-7,000. The top team is a little over 300 right now. So it's early. Real early. Probably too early. It's 21-3 in the first quarter early.

I don't have any copy of the Fox gig but I did see on the boys' TiVo and it only confirmed my suspicion that they (the anchors) and I were speaking a different language. I knew what I was talking about. They didn't know what they were asking.

You can always tell when the people interviewing you know what they're talking about, and when they don't. It was clear that these two were only reading questions that someone wrote for them and whoever wrote them didn't really know what to ask.

"Could you do this for the presidential race," one of 'em asked (I couldn't see them as I was in a dark studio staring at a camera with no monitor), "there's lots of candidates running now."

"Well," I stammered, "It's actually being done in the form of "presidential shares," which is a game that treats the candidate as a commodity and their price rises and falls." But it was clear they had no idea what I was talking about and, of course, it was kinda dumb to ask about having the game be a presidential candidate game when they haven't yet asked how it's a Minnesota legislator game.

Then one of them said, "I hear you have a good story about one rep., a Jim Abeler, who filed a lot of bills to get a bunch of points." The proper thing to say here would've been, "what the heck are you talking about?" The only mention of Jim Abeler I'm aware of was in Pat Condon's AP article and it said no such thing.

But I went high road and faked an answer that basically said -- and this is accurate -- Rep. Abeler came out with some early points -- not bad for a Republican this session -- but we're in the "bunt single" stage of the season and a lot of points for bill filings isn't going a lot in the grand scheme of thing, for anyone.

"Right," the disembodied voice said.

And that was pretty much that. All in all, I'd rather have them ask me what I think about the Patriots going to the Super Bowl. But sometimes things just don't work out the way you'd like.

Now let's play ball....err... politics.


Comments (7)


Whether it be "real politics" or "fantasy", FOX appears to display the same consistent level of intelligence and insight.

Posted by mike simpkins | January 22, 2007 7:28 AM


Hmmm.... didn't consider getting an autograph. Just thinking about what it would be like to have one, and frame it on the wall. What would my friends say when they saw it?

"Ohmigosh! _YOU_ have an autograph from Bob Collins!?!? How much did you pay for it!" and I'd be, "Aw shucks, he signed it by mistake I think. When I was talking to him and trying to ask for it, I was shaking so bad, and stammerin' he probably thought I was a total goof, and felt bad for me. Did you know that he really _DOES_ have an aura of mystique about him!? It was so blinding I could barely see through the tears streaming down my face. I was so happy."

Anyway, fun to meet the commish and see the MPR diggs. Not exactly a stroller friendly place however.

Posted by gml4 | January 22, 2007 8:04 AM


Aw George I missed you. Mister Collins (hmmmm think I have to call him that, post-autographing, anyway) he was in fine form and he did sign autographs in case anyone thinks he was foolin'.

Although I didn't catch Fox & Friends, I'd like to - can anyone point me to online vid?

Posted by Julia Schrenkler | January 22, 2007 10:37 AM


Looks like someone at Fox did just enough research to find out (maybe from the Carriers' team page) Rep. Abeler filed 456 bills last session. He may be off to a slow start but watch out, the Carriers still lead both leagues with 87 bills filed so far. Go Carriers!

Posted by Doug Gray | January 22, 2007 12:54 PM


I don't think so. The one story I *have* told is that of Rep. Tom Tilberry, who was the #1 pick in the Maroon League this year and who then had his name on the first , I think, 9 bills of the session.

I think their producer leafed through this blog, and then got the name wrong or mixed up with the name in Pat Condon's article.

Posted by Bob Collins | January 22, 2007 3:34 PM


Hilarious reflection. Though I didn't see the piece, I can only imagine.

Posted by Douglas | January 22, 2007 5:38 PM


Something tells me if the producer leafs through this blog you won't be invited back real soon, but I've been wrong before. Lots.

Posted by Julia Schrenkler | January 24, 2007 8:51 AM