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Brian Dozier can solve a Rubik’s Cube in two minutes

May 30, 2014, 12:16 PM EDT

In addition to being one of the best all-around players in baseball so far this season Twins second baseman Brian Dozier apparently goes around bragging about how he can solve a Rubik’s Cube in under two minutes.

Twins third baseman Trevor Plouffe called him on it and put Dozier to the test on video:

Josh Willingham making a cameo to say “good effort, though” made me laugh for some reason.

(As a kid I had a Rubik’s Cube and could never figure out how to solve it, so at some point I just removed all the stickers and stuck them back on to make it look like I solved it. I was a super fun kid.)

  1. Old Gator - May 30, 2014 at 12:19 PM

    Isn’t that how Captain Kirk won his war game when he was a cadet? Did Joe Biden teach you how to plagiarize?

  2. cur'68 - May 30, 2014 at 12:21 PM

    And that’s beats my record by ~30 years and counting…

    • [citation needed] fka COPO - May 30, 2014 at 4:08 PM

      Welcome back to civilization, or something…

  3. motobus - May 30, 2014 at 12:21 PM

    If you know how to solve a Rubik’s cube, then you know that doing it in two minutes is really not impressive at all.

    • Cris E - May 30, 2014 at 12:32 PM

      “Sir, a woman’s preaching is like a dog’s walking on his hind legs. It is not done well; but you are surprised to find it done at all.”
      from Boswell’s Life of Johnson

      (He’s unusual, not outstanding.)

    • Bryz - May 30, 2014 at 12:45 PM

      I think the point is that athletes are not regarded for being able to solve Rubik’s cubes, so the fact that one can indeed do it – along with the fact that many people, myself included, cannot solve them – is impressive to me.

      • motobus - May 30, 2014 at 12:56 PM

        You can spend thirty minutes to learn how to solve one (I’m really not embellishing this.) You’ll find that it’s actually surprisingly easy, and somewhat rewarding. Plus you can impress some bozos apparently.

  4. moogro - May 30, 2014 at 12:35 PM

    Then there is this:

    • nolanwiffle - May 30, 2014 at 1:42 PM

      I suppose that’s impressive. However, I was once able to remove and replace all the stickers on seven Rubik’s cubes, all in the time it took to watch a riveting episode of Deputy Dawg and down three bottles of pinot noir.

    • happytwinsfan - May 30, 2014 at 1:49 PM

      As I suspected. Dozier has way more money than me, is much better looking, and has about a half century of life more than me before him. It is therefore not possible that he is smarter than me.

  5. yahmule - May 30, 2014 at 1:17 PM

    I can’t solve one and some guy called me genius one time while I was out driving.

    • happytwinsfan - May 30, 2014 at 1:35 PM

      Same here, and the guy was so determined to communicate his admiration, that, worrying I couldn’t hear his vocalizations, supplemented with sign language.

      • dluxxx - May 30, 2014 at 3:42 PM

        You too? Did he only wave with 1 finger? I got that one!

  6. drsteller - May 30, 2014 at 1:57 PM

    Willingham is packing.

  7. musketmaniac - May 30, 2014 at 2:28 PM

    wow, almost time to pull the pants down and measure.

  8. musketmaniac - May 30, 2014 at 2:31 PM

    Motobus is correct, two minutes is slightly above average once you know how.

  9. seeinred87 - May 30, 2014 at 3:00 PM

    Solving a Rubik’s cube in under 2 minutes is surprisingly easy. You only need to memorize a few (as in 3 or 4) simple algorithms to do it.

    My brother can solve them in like 12-15 seconds. 2x2x2 cubes in like 5 or 6 seconds. That’s impressive

    • [citation needed] fka COPO - May 30, 2014 at 4:11 PM

      Not to make any of us feel any worse, but:

      Mats Valk of the Netherlands, who currently holds the world record for the fastest single solve in 5.55 seconds, came second in the 3×3 competition with an average time of 8.65 seconds, while Sebastian Weyer of Germany finished third with an average time of 8.86 seconds.

      Yikes…

  10. twinfan24 - May 30, 2014 at 7:38 PM

    I never peeled the stickers back in the day. I learned how to pry the pieces apart. Never had to worry about the stickers not being on straight, but the more you pry the pieces out, the looser it gets.

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