Bob Wilber grew up aspiring to follow in his father’s baseball footsteps, and while he was able to secure a full college scholarship and later spend parts of six years in professional ball, as a player, coach, and scout, his mother’s writing, communications, and public relations skills were what eventually defined his career. After a successful and adventurous sports-marketing trek through the sports-apparel business, agency work, and professional indoor soccer, he saw his first drag race as he closed in on his 40th birthday. Little did he know that he’d go on to spend 20 consecutive years as a team manager and PR representative for Del Worsham and then Tim Wilkerson, two of the most popular Funny Car drivers on the NHRA tour. At the conclusion of the 2015 season, Bob ended his drag racing run in order to take on an important personal assignment. Over the course of 2016 he wrote his autobiography, entitled “Bats, Balls, & Burnouts” and submitted it to the publisher in early February. It was released in late May, 2017 and is available on Amazon.com and other major online book retailers, in both printed and digital formats.

Just Your Basic Whirlwind
Jul 11, 2019   //   by bwilber

I knew there were plenty of good reasons to take last week off, in terms of this blog. Not the least of which was that it was July 4th and there were more important things to care about. And, without really thinking about it a week ago, I believe I subconsciously understood that there would be a lot more material to mine if I skipped a week. Oh boy was there!

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Happy 4th! Let’s Take A Blog Week Off
Jul 5, 2019   //   by bwilber

There are certain weeks when it seems unreasonable to hit the Thursday target for a new weekly blog. Thanksgiving week instantly comes to mind, as do other floating holidays that happen to land on Thursday any given year. In 2019, Independence Day just happened to be one of those holidays, and in respect for such an important national event, we’ll skip the blog. Happy 4th of July, everyone. See you next week!

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Weather (Or Not) And Other Nonsense
Jun 27, 2019   //   by bwilber

Here we are on June 27 and I think I can classify the local Minnesota weather to this point as “quite nice” especially in comparison to other parts of the country. I have a lot of friends in Missouri, Illinois, Indiana, and Ohio and from what I’m consistently hearing they’ve just been getting pounded by heavy rain for the whole month, if not longer. Up here in the Land of 10,000 Lakes, we’ve had it easy. Not a lot of rain, and when we’ve had some it has generally come down as if there’s a giant watering can up above. Small drops coming down gently. The flowers have loved it.

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Another Lap Around The Sun With “The Game”
Jun 20, 2019   //   by bwilber

Yesterday was my birthday. My 63rd birthday, for the record, although that number seems made up and random to me. I mean, it can’t really be my age, right? When I close my eyes and picture myself I’m about 35, I think. That’s probably why I am quite often rudely stunned when I look in the mirror in the morning. The concept and the reality are often quite different.

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The Cup. My Town. My Memories.
Jun 13, 2019   //   by bwilber

It only took something like 52 years. In the fall of 1967, just after the St. Louis Cardinals cemented themselves as the sports anchor for a great sports city by winning the World Series (over the Boston Red Sox, by the way) the St. Louis Blues took the ice at the old (and classic) St. Louis Arena. They were part of a six-team expansion of the historic but quaint National Hockey League. It wasn’t a bad plan by the NHL. Expansion teams are almost always terrible, so if six new teams were added to double the size of the league, why not put them all in one division together. Parity is better than disparity.

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