Hello all, the Ritland Rambler here once again. This week I’ll be taking a look at three local stories from the week behind us. What about, you might ask? Well, food, sports, and more sports. Dig.

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Ward 6, from their website.

East Side!

This month the Pioneer Press held a bracket-style tournament for the public’s favorite St. Paul eat street. To my surprise the two that I frequent most – Selby Avenue and Payne Avenue – became the last two standing, beating out powerhouses like University and Grand Avenue. I’m proud that Payne, located on my East Side of St. Paul, ended up winning. The publicity for all the neighborhoods and their shops is a good thing, though. If you’ve never checked out Payne Avenue the staff at Curious North are huge fans of Ward 6, which boasts a prime (all local) beer selection and fresh, high quality food.

The Adrian Peterson kerfuffle

This week Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson’s attorney Ben Dogra told the team that he doesn’t think they’re the right fit for his client anymore. Peterson has made every bad PR move possible since it was discovered that he beat his four year old son with a switch. He’s consistently come off like a whiney asshole, claiming that Minnesotans and the media didn’t treat him well.

I was against the public’s raving and drooling manhunt in the wake of his misdeeds but things were finally starting to calm down. He could have taken responsibility for his actions and accepted his punishment gracefully. Instead he is being a crybaby, and I hope the team responds by either trading him for something good (at least a first round pick) or forcing him to stay whether he likes it or not. To get nothing for him, or next to nothing, would be giving in to his immaturity and stupidity.

Your future Stanley Cup champions…

Before the Wild traded for goalie Devan Dubnyk I, like many in the Minnesota media, wrote the team off. Nobody – and I mean nobody – saw the impact that Dubnyk would have coming. He was a second string goalie and was never that good. That he singlehandedly resurrected the team is something of a miracle (and fitting considering that we’re coming up on Easter). Although they aren’t guaranteed a playoff spot yet, their late-season surge is exactly the sort of thing that teams ride to the promised land. Just sayin’.