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Stefon Diggs for Gold: The Minneapolis Miracle

Stefon Diggs in the west end zone after topping the Saints on Sunday (Star Tribune)   MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. – On all fours in the west end zone, he needed a moment or two to catch his breath.   Not one of the 66,612 in U.S. Bank Stadium could blame him. After all, he did just … Continued

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Forever 40: Remembering Chris Street

An escape. They’re dramas. Plays. An act on the gridiron. A dance on the hardwood. Sports are so popular in today due to the world needing an outlet. A place to diverge our attention from the everyday life. Baseball, the national pastime. Football, the modern-day gladiators. Athletics are so popular due to their ability to … Continued

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Iowa Outclassed by Purdue on Chris Street Day

IOWA CITY, Ia. – Toughness. Intensity. Passion. Pride. All those adjectives can be used to describe the character and play of Chris Street, the former Hawkeye great who passed away 25 years ago in a car accident during his junior season. On Saturday, when the Iowa Hawkeyes hosted a top-3 ranked Purdue team and honored … Continued

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DAM: Dumb, Avoidable Mistake – A Government Shutdown

Mistake Levels There are mistakes – misguided or wrong judgement. Writing this piece at night was not the problem. Drinking coffee that keeps one up past 3 AM? That was misguided judgement. Then there are dumb mistakes. An example here is when NASA burned a $125 Million Mars orbiter vehicle thanks to not converting thrust … Continued

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Nick Saban Rides Backup Quarterback Tua Championship

  The 2018 National Championship game was at a tipping point at halftime, Georgia sat on a hard-fought 13-0 lead over Alabama. The Crimson Tide offense was struggling with Jalen Hurts under center. The Alabama offense had only mustered under 100 yards of total offense the entire first half, as Georgia more than doubled that … Continued

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Jewell, Jackson Represent Iowa In Collegiate Awards

IOWA CITY, IA- Coming off a disappointing 7-5 season, the Hawkeyes have been well-represented in the college football awards thanks to the superb play of Josey Jewell and Josh Jackson. While the 2017 season proved to be disheartening–a home loss to Purdue, a last-second loss to the #2 ranked Penn State Nittany Lions, and a … Continued

What the Lab Means to Us (And Should Mean to You)

As we all make our way through our lives, blindly groping for meaning and purpose amidst a confusing world, harsh, unjust, full of arbitrariness and randomness, struggling and yearning and fighting to win even a sliver of relief or a modicum of dignity, we are, to a man (and woman), left with only one truth, one intrinsic reality, one universal condition: life fucking sucks sometimes.

Moreover, life fucking sucks a lot of the time.  Seldom will things go the way you want to, and even if you get on a roll, good luck following you like a brainless and doe-eyed Weiner dog for years and years- ultimately you will die: death is the great leveler of odds and wrecker of point spreads.

And the worse part is that we’ve got it pretty good.  The only way to feel worse about yourself about feeling bad for yourself is to remember that your petty, privileged, ‘first-world’ problems are so petty, privileged, and ‘first-world’ as to be non-existent in the Grand Scale of Bullshit.  When you think about the amount of unmitigated suffering in the world, lives that begin in misery and end in agony, it puts your aforementioned cosmic malaise into perspective- and makes you feel like an asshole.  There’s just no relief!

But there is!  For here is The Lab: modern, hip, a safe haven for expression, for experimentation, for open and honest artistic endeavor.  For as long as you care to imbibe in its splendor, an hour, three, several, our beautiful Lab is here, blasting its braggadocio and earnestness for any who care to reap its benefits.  And benefits there are a-plenty; if you just dig on the vibes we give.

And so we, the DJs, enthusiasts, and creative entities of the Lab pledge thus:  we will not be bound by stupid fashions or expectations but those which we set for ourselves; we will not settle for anything that yields to destructive negativity; we will always strive to do what has not been done, with the goal of fostering an atmosphere and sound that is groovy and personal.  We are the alternative to The Alternative.

And failing all that, we’ll at least have some fun.  Or just make random noises for an hour.

This guy knows what we’re talking about.

Floreat Lab!