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Last 4:45am start this week

Posted Thursday, November 2nd, 2017 06:04 am GMT -6 in Schools,Sports,Work at 6:04 AM

MSHSL State Soccer Championship Day ⚽️

A turkey to close 🦃 🎳

Posted Thursday, October 19th, 2017 08:42 am GMT -6 in Family,Sports,Travel at 8:42 AM

Not bad for being rusty

Back at it

Posted Tuesday, August 1st, 2017 09:48 pm GMT -6 in Family,Sports at 9:48 PM

The Tuesday night $5 special with MK

Sunday with the Saints

Posted Sunday, July 23rd, 2017 04:57 pm GMT -6 in Baseball,Food,Sports at 4:57 PM

Mac and meat is my new favorite 

Stripes or solids?

Posted Wednesday, July 19th, 2017 09:13 pm GMT -6 in Family,Friends,Sports at 9:13 PM

Nice to finally play again

Finally tried this out

Posted Tuesday, July 18th, 2017 07:58 pm GMT -6 in Sports at 7:58 PM

Cheaper just to use your own, no?

Adam was busy

Posted Monday, July 17th, 2017 03:14 pm GMT -6 in Art,Pop Culture,Sports,Work at 3:14 PM

So much cool X Games art

It’s a wrap!

Posted Sunday, July 16th, 2017 06:31 pm GMT -6 in Friends,Sports,Work at 6:31 PM

X Games year one is in the books – learned so much

X Games Reflections

Posted Saturday, July 15th, 2017 03:06 pm GMT -6 in Sports,Work at 3:06 PM

Medtronic Plaza @ U.S. Bank Stadium

Not a bad view

Posted Friday, July 14th, 2017 11:20 pm GMT -6 in Sports,Work at 11:20 PM

The Big Air people aren’t right in the head

It’s almost showtime

Posted Wednesday, July 12th, 2017 12:58 pm GMT -6 in Pop Culture,Sports,Work at 12:58 PM

And I think we are mostly ready

Canoeing on Vermilion

Posted Monday, July 3rd, 2017 02:54 pm GMT -6 in Family,Sports,Travel at 2:54 PM

So much work, but well worth it

Bulldog racing, FTW

Posted Monday, May 29th, 2017 03:00 pm GMT -6 in Pets,Sports at 3:00 PM

Memorial Day @ Canterbury Park

Ray Lewis on the attack

Posted Tuesday, May 23rd, 2017 04:26 pm GMT -6 in Family,Schools,Sports at 4:26 PM

Finally got to see MK play lax (final game of the year), Shakopee South

Work it, Jim

Posted Tuesday, May 16th, 2017 11:11 pm GMT -6 in Baseball,Friends,Sports at 11:11 PM

Mr. Cunningham does such a great job for the Twins (and Wild)

Aerosmith at the Final Four

Posted Sunday, May 14th, 2017 11:00 pm GMT -6 in Concerts,Music,Sports,Travel at 11:00 PM

My job took me to Phoenix for the Final Four college basketball tournament this year (in anticipation of our stadium hosting in 2019), where I learned a lot about the preparation and logistics needed to put on this major event. With the first two semifinal games on Saturday and the finals on Monday night, I was able to sneak away on Sunday, April 1, to attend the Capital One JamFest.

The NCAA puts on a series of concerts over the weekend each year, but this was the only day I could go to the Arizona edition. This turned out great, as that day had the lineup I most wanted to see:

  • Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats
  • Blink 182
  • Macklemore & Ryan Lewis
  • Aerosmith

I’ve seen the Night Sweats and Macklemore before, but Aerosmith was on my bucket list (I think Blink 182 skipped my generation – don’t think I knew any of their songs, to be honest). Leon Bridges played the night before and made a quick cameo with Nathaniel Rateliff during S.O.B., which was cool (I’ve seen Leon a few times, but was still sad his set was during the semifinal games).

The local paper has a summary of the day here, which was highlighted by massive crowd control issues at Margaret T. Hance Park. Thankfully my NCAA credential got me in, because there was no way the police were letting in more than 20,000 people. I got there just as Night Sweats took the stage, positioning myself in front of the sound board and large lighting tower. I ended up getting pushed up farther and farther with each act, which included my first close-up encounter with a real mosh pit during the Blink set (waaaaay too intense for my tastes).

The concerts went on for seven and a half hours, which meant I nearly passed out from dehydration by the end. In hindsight, I was glad that I didn’t give up my spot, as watching Steven Tyler from about 15 feet away singing Dream On was a lifetime concert highlight for me (pictures after the jump). The openers sounded great, Blink was almost as energetic as their fan base, Macklemore put on a high-quality set reminiscent of his Minnesota State Fair show, while the Bad Boys of Boston really lived up to my high expectations (hard to believe those guys are all nearly 70).

Charles Barkley and Jim Nantz also made an appearance in between sets, along with about ten million Capital One promotions…


Showtime

Posted Monday, April 3rd, 2017 08:24 pm GMT -6 in Sports,Travel,Work at 8:24 PM

The road ends now

Almost time to dance

Posted Monday, April 3rd, 2017 05:28 pm GMT -6 in Schools,Sports,Work at 5:28 PM

Gonzaga vs. North Carolina @ 6pm local

This press box is so chill

Posted Saturday, April 1st, 2017 07:02 pm GMT -6 in Sports,Travel,Work at 7:02 PM

But it’s crazy out there

We are all from Spokane

Posted Saturday, April 1st, 2017 07:00 pm GMT -6 in Schools,Sports,Travel,Work at 7:00 PM

I do have a dog in this fight

90 minutes in traffic

Posted Saturday, April 1st, 2017 06:58 pm GMT -6 in Sports,Travel,Work at 6:58 PM

…then 15 minute security line

Courtside is intense

Posted Saturday, April 1st, 2017 02:56 pm GMT -6 in Sports,Technology,Travel at 2:56 PM

Looks like we need some wires in the middle of the field

The merch is on point

Posted Friday, March 31st, 2017 10:24 pm GMT -6 in Shopping,Sports,Travel,Work at 10:24 PM

One of my Final Four souvenirs (also got a hat)

End of the Road

Posted Thursday, March 30th, 2017 10:31 pm GMT -6 in Schools,Sports at 10:31 PM

And we’re not talking WELY

Drkulas Throwdown

Posted Saturday, March 11th, 2017 02:41 pm GMT -6 in Family,Sports at 2:41 PM

We’re watching you, MK

Saturday night Gophers

Posted Saturday, March 4th, 2017 07:41 pm GMT -6 in Sports,Work at 7:41 PM

We’ve got room for more – come on down

Still seems so weird

Posted Monday, February 27th, 2017 03:44 pm GMT -6 in Sports,Work at 3:44 PM

Baseball @ USBS

Only 300 to right

Posted Thursday, February 23rd, 2017 04:51 pm GMT -6 in Sports,Work at 4:51 PM

Turned out better than I thought (but still a bit hokey)

My best ever?

Posted Tuesday, February 21st, 2017 11:32 pm GMT -6 in Family,Sports at 11:32 PM

Might have had a 212 once, but I can’t remember for sure…

Saturday will be fun

Posted Thursday, February 16th, 2017 04:02 pm GMT -6 in Sports,Work at 4:02 PM

First SuperCross in the building 

162-160-156-146-126

Posted Wednesday, January 25th, 2017 02:38 pm GMT -6 in Family,Sports at 2:38 PM

Need to get better

She’s back in action

Posted Saturday, January 14th, 2017 03:16 pm GMT -6 in Family,Sports at 3:16 PM

MK bowling for Bloomington now

That new scoreboard though

Posted Monday, January 9th, 2017 11:33 pm GMT -6 in Business,Sports,Technology at 11:33 PM

Nice job on the remodel so far

Sweet 16 Bowling Party

Posted Sunday, January 8th, 2017 02:54 pm GMT -6 in Family,Food,Friends,Holidays,Sports at 2:54 PM

Thanks, Cedarvale

Should’ve started months ago

Posted Wednesday, December 28th, 2016 07:29 pm GMT -6 in Football,Friends,Sports,Work at 7:29 PM

Team member ultimate football (and field goal contest) 🏈

The sports graveyard

Posted Thursday, December 22nd, 2016 11:19 am GMT -6 in Golf,Shopping,Skiing,Sports at 11:19 AM

Flashbacks @ Goodwill

Wednesday at the Barn

Posted Wednesday, November 16th, 2016 07:44 pm GMT -6 in Friends,Schools,Sports at 7:44 PM

Gophers vs. The Mount

Super salty bowler

Posted Saturday, November 5th, 2016 03:48 pm GMT -6 in Family,Schools,Sports at 3:48 PM

No phone makes MK something, something

Another historic moment

Posted Monday, October 31st, 2016 07:57 am GMT -6 in Schools,Sports,Work at 7:57 AM

First MSHSL state championship game in the stadium (soccer semi between Andover & Stillwater)

Last race of the season

Posted Wednesday, October 26th, 2016 09:08 am GMT -6 in Family,Sports at 9:08 AM

MK in a relay, Farmington, MN

Time to hate the Swiss?

Posted Monday, October 24th, 2016 08:49 am GMT -6 in Sports,Work at 8:49 AM

USWNT vs. Switzerland @ U.S. Bank Stadium

Bowlin’ with my homie

Posted Friday, October 21st, 2016 06:29 pm GMT -6 in Family,Sports at 6:29 PM

2-2 against the bowling nerd

On to victory

Posted Friday, September 30th, 2016 01:09 pm GMT -6 in Family,Sports at 1:09 PM

Fishy vs. Shakopee @ FRMS

Interesting take on poutine

Posted Tuesday, September 20th, 2016 08:47 pm GMT -6 in Food,Sports at 8:47 PM

Really didn’t need this, but YOLO, right? Red Cow @ Target Field

Practically paying me to attend

Posted Tuesday, September 20th, 2016 06:43 pm GMT -6 in Food,Sports at 6:43 PM

Free hat, sweatshirt and $20 gift certificate 

Delta Club is *close*

Posted Monday, September 19th, 2016 02:28 am GMT -6 in Football,Sports,Work at 2:28 AM

Broken AP?

SNF on ice

Posted Monday, September 19th, 2016 02:26 am GMT -6 in Food,Football,Sports,Work at 2:26 AM

Kick-ass catering in the Delta 360 Club 

The loser presser

Posted Monday, September 19th, 2016 02:24 am GMT -6 in News,Sports,Work at 2:24 AM

Damn, that’s a lot of gear for the cheeseheads

Bowler (thug) life

Posted Saturday, September 17th, 2016 01:19 pm GMT -6 in Family,Schools,Sports at 1:19 PM

MK @ Mattie’s South St. Paul

On your mark

Posted Thursday, September 15th, 2016 07:53 pm GMT -6 in Family,Sports at 7:53 PM

MK @ AV meet

Obstructed view?

Posted Sunday, September 11th, 2016 01:53 pm GMT -6 in Sports at 1:53 PM

…or not. Again, people bitch about the Vikings for this, but it’s everywhere.

3 HRs for the Bulldozer

Posted Monday, September 5th, 2016 06:02 pm GMT -6 in Sports at 6:02 PM

One highlight to the season

Since 1899

Posted Monday, August 8th, 2016 07:13 pm GMT -6 in Sports,Work at 7:13 PM

The AC Milan locker room entrance

The other football

Posted Thursday, August 4th, 2016 01:47 am GMT -6 in Sports,Work at 1:47 AM

Heard it was a good match

The gates are open

Posted Thursday, August 4th, 2016 01:46 am GMT -6 in Sports,Work at 1:46 AM

What a night

Welcome, Chelsea

Posted Tuesday, August 2nd, 2016 07:23 pm GMT -6 in Sports,Work at 7:23 PM

VIP practice @ U.S. Bank Stadium 

Moving On Up – Welcome ESPN

Posted Wednesday, July 20th, 2016 01:14 pm GMT -6 in Links,Sports at 1:14 PM

http://xgames.espn.go.com/xgames/minneapolis/

X Marks the Spot

Posted Wednesday, July 20th, 2016 11:52 am GMT -6 in Sports,Work at 11:52 AM

Minneapolis 2017 & 2018

Minor league summer fun

Posted Sunday, June 26th, 2016 06:43 pm GMT -6 in Sports at 6:43 PM

Way different than Midway Stadium (first time here for a Saints game)

A suite upgrade

Posted Thursday, June 9th, 2016 08:19 pm GMT -6 in Food,Sports at 8:19 PM

Much easier to get these days

Skol from Cho Oyu

Posted Tuesday, June 7th, 2016 09:34 am GMT -6 in Football,Links,Sports at 9:34 AM

http://www.vikings.com/news/article-1/Vikings-Fan-Brings-Team-Flag-on-Climb-up-World%E2%80%99s-6th-Tallest-Mountain/280c5c1b-9282-4b1c-b6d3-5c7558c16295?campaign=sf28133126+sf28133126

Bowler fierce

Posted Sunday, May 29th, 2016 08:08 pm GMT -6 in Family,Sports at 8:08 PM

But still kicked her butt

Just like a Disney set

Posted Thursday, May 26th, 2016 09:28 pm GMT -6 in Sports at 9:28 PM

I’ll never tire of this view

Nice remodel

Posted Tuesday, May 24th, 2016 09:47 pm GMT -6 in Food,Sports at 9:47 PM

Minnie & Paul’s @ Target Field

U of M Night

Posted Tuesday, May 24th, 2016 08:38 pm GMT -6 in Family,Food,Sports at 8:38 PM

Twins v Royals with pizza and free hat

Lax Awards

Posted Sunday, May 22nd, 2016 04:50 pm GMT -6 in Family,Sports at 4:50 PM

MK and her squad @ Buck Hill

Final lax?

Posted Friday, May 20th, 2016 07:31 pm GMT -6 in Family,Sports at 7:31 PM

MK and EW @ BSM

V is for Victory

Posted Saturday, May 14th, 2016 05:13 pm GMT -6 in Family,Sports at 5:13 PM

7-6 lax win over Woodbury

What were the odds?

Posted Wednesday, May 11th, 2016 12:49 pm GMT -6 in Friends,Sports at 12:49 PM

21000 to one – Podolak one seat over

Jimmy working hard

Posted Wednesday, April 27th, 2016 08:44 am GMT -6 in Friends,Sports at 8:44 AM

Fun times at the Twins game

 

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