Sports junkies the state over appreciate Paul Allen for two reasons. First, you won't hear him waxing on minutiae outside his purview (read: no politics). He sticks to sports. Second, within that realm he's exceptionally versatile. Whether he's doing play-by-play for the Vikings, analyzing the Wolves' failures on FSN, or calling the horse race at Canterbury Park, Allen brings an informative lunch-pail approach to the craft.