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Wednesday February 25, 2015
An underrated Beatle, an NBA legend, a cartoon classic
The dark horse
There’s so much more to George Harrison than simply being ‘the quiet Beatle.’ Sure, he was well-spoken and had a strong spiritual and philosophical side. But he was also fun, funny, cynical, and, lest one forget, a formidable songwriter and a hell of a guitar player.
Had he not succumbed to lung cancer in 2001 Harrison would have turned 72 today. To celebrate we’ll be highlighting 10 of his best songs on the Rambling On Twitter account throughout the day. It’s a good cross-selection from his entire career and highlights some lesser-known gems.
Kevin Garnett returns to the Target Center tonight in his highly anticipated return to the Minnesota Timberwolves. For my thoughts on the importance of his return check out an article I recently posted on Minnesota culture blog Curious North.
Cynics be damned (as they almost always should be), this will be one of the most important events in Minnesota sports in 2015. Because it’s fun. It’s a throwback. To see an icon like Garnett with the young talent that will hopefully propel the Wolves into something will make watching the team interesting again. Some say the Minnesota sports media has played it up to be more important than it actually is. I say that they’re only reflecting the excitement of the fans and giving them what they want.
The kid in me
Disney announced that they’re re-booting classic ‘80s cartoon Duck Tales (oooh oooh!) in 2017. The new adventures of Scrooge McDuck and his nephews will air on their teen oriented Disney XD channel. It’s natural to be skeptical when something like this happens – for example, every update of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles has been terrible – but maybe the Disney folks will get this one right. Hopefully it’ll have lessons in it like the original series had and won’t just be a bunch of random nothingness like most kids shows are today.
Erik Ritland is a writer and musician from St. Paul, Minnesota. His blog and podcast Rambling On features commentary on music, sports, culture, and more. He is also a contributor for Minnesota culture blog Curious North. Support Erik's music via his Patreon account, reach him via email, or find him on Facebook and Twitter.