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Ramblings... 07/15/2014

by Dan Gunderson

Local - Hawley's Ben Ellefson Is The Future... I Hope

Ben Ellefson recently verbally committed to the North Dakota State University football team. This is big for the Bison since Ellefson was being pursued by Air Force, New Mexico and Wyoming. All FBS schools and one has a coach who knows this area pretty well.

What makes Ellefson special is his combination of size (6'4" 223 lbs.) and athleticism. My hope is that he comes into NDSU, works on his speed and strength and becomes something NDSU hasn't had in awhile: A dual threat tight end.

NDSU's offensive scheme requires the tight end to act as an extra blocker. It rarely requires you to catch a pass. I would love to see Ellefson become one of those tight ends that does both at a high level. He seems to have great hands but let us remember, he is doing most of his damage against Class AA Minnesota teams. Little different going up against FCS level linebackers and safeties.

Ellefson will garner a lot of attention from Bison fans considering he is from the region. I hope he will be given more attention for his playing time in a couple years. I think dual threat tight ends are the most dangerous players on offense when used correctly. That is why I hope Ben Ellefson is the future for the Bison offense.

Regional - MLB All-Star Game

Maybe it is the kid in me but I love the Major League Baseball All-Star Game. I could write about the negative concept of having it determine home-field advantage in the World Series, but I'll leave that for another time.

To me, the All-Star Game is cool. I know I would say that word hundreds of times if I ever went to the event. Cool. Like Snoopy wearing sunglasses cool. All the best players and the greats of the game from years past, just hanging out, talking baseball.

It makes me feel like I'm watching a sandlot game. Just a bunch of guys playing some baseball on a Tuesday night in the state of Minnesota. I can guarantee you that I'll be watching this one from start to finish.

National - LeBron James Is Going Back Home

LeBron James going back to the Cleveland Cavaliers probably drew more attention from casual sports fans than his previous team being undressed by the San Antonio Spurs in the NBA Finals.

It was a week that proved the power that James not only has on a couple teams, but an entire league. Players were waiting to see what James did before they signed with whatever team was offering. The NBA is the only league where a player is the league. James will prove that once the season starts as well.

I like the move by James from a career standpoint because the Cavs are a younger team and can provide more talent around James than the Heat could have. The days of "one player, one team" careers are rare, so I don't get all bent out of shape when players jump from team to team.

We will see how far the Cavs go this season. If they make the trade they should and bring in Kevin Love, I see the NBA Finals in their future. If they don't, I see them going no further than the Eastern Conference Finals.

You can follow Daniel "Pinto" Gunderson on Twitter at @pintoKFGO or friend him on Facebook. You can hear him on his weekly sports talk show on 740 The Fan and 740thefan.com called Fan Sports Saturday from 8-10 a.m. Pinto is a radio producer and talk show host within the Midwest Communications-Fargo company.