Some interesting numbers about our big game last year:
- $158,586,934 – total SBLII handle in Nevada
- $1,170,432 – amount won by Nevada sports books on SBLII
- $4.76 billion – amount the AGA estimates was bet on SBLII (legally and illegally)
With the legal landscape changing this year, things should be way crazier for Rams-Patriots. I love that the Westgate SuperBook has 442 different prop bets for SBLIII. I mean, how do you even come up with a spread for Phil Mickelson fourth-round bogeys at the Phoenix Open versus Josh Reynolds receptions?
h/t to Marc Meltzer (and good luck to my tech friends in Atlanta)Originally published by DK on January 28, 2019 at 2:03 pm
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It’s almost gone againOriginally published by DK on January 16, 2019 at 6:44 pm
So far, anywaysOriginally published by DK on December 30, 2018 at 5:13 pm
Almost ready…Originally published by DK on December 16, 2018 at 9:49 am
Yesterday I had my appointment with the neurosurgeons who needed to approve my return to work. Happy to report that I’ve been cleared to return next week. I really didn’t think it would happen that soon, but I’m super excited to be back in time for the final two regular season Vikings home games (and hopefully at least one playoff game before diving into Final Four prep). Big thanks to everyone at work who stepped in to help while I’ve been out – I’m looking forward to getting back out there. And thanks again to everyone who has facilitated and supported my recovery.
SKOL!Originally published by DK on December 5, 2018 at 2:10 pm
A little tardy on the latest update, but all is well. I survived a four hour therapy appointment and apparently did well enough that my speech therapist thinks I don’t need to continue with that track any longer. I had my long-awaited appointment with the ophthalmologist and received a pair of “magic glasses” that have greatly reduced the need for future eye patch use. They have optical film from 3M (see above) that utilizes prism technology to correct my double vision. My left eye is slightly crossed, but this stuff really helps correct that (and it’s so nice to have both eyes open all the time). The extra good news is that there is nothing wrong with either eye – the double vision is caused by the nerves that control the muscles that direct each eye and the doctor is optimistic that this will eventually correct itself. I will also be starting therapy next week to work specifically on eye exercises to help this process along.
In other HCMC appointment news, I met with an awesome neurologist who showed me the “before” and “after” CT scans of my brain from the day of the incident and from when they discharged me from the ICU. It was really cool technology and the way she explained it made it crystal clear how serious the situation was on October 8th (and how much improvement there was after three weeks). Have I mentioned how big a fan I am of the staff at HCMC? I’ll return there again on Friday for another CT scan that will hopefully continue the trend. That will also be Colleen’s last full day with me, as she returns to work on Monday. After that, my next big appointment will be on December 4th, when I meet with the lead neurosurgeon to discuss continued recovery plans and possibly a return to work date.
We saw both Charlie Parr and Hippo Campus at the Palace Theater with no issues from the lights or sound levels (the infamous Palace talkers are another story). On the advice of my friend TG, I picked up a pair of Vibes earplugs, which seemed to work well at the Hippo Campus show (and dampened the discussions of the people sitting near me). Saw one Wild win (Ottawa) and one Wild loss (Arizona) at the X with my uncle, also with no sensory overload issues. Stopped by the stadium for the start of the very loud Packers game, but found it totally manageable. Left that game before halftime to beat the train rush, but had a great time seeing people and delivering thank you cards.
With the Thanksgiving holiday, it was a busy week for seeing family and friends. Had lunch one day with a friend at Dark Horse and went over to the Inver Grove Heights AMC to see Ralph Breaks the Internet (which we both liked). We took my mother-in-law out on Thanksgiving Day for lunch at the original Buca di Beppo in St. Paul, then had a more traditional dinner at my aunt and uncle’s house in the Mac-Groveland area.
This will be my last “weekly update.” Truly thankful for you all – thanks for reading!
NFL-approved yard of SnickersOriginally published by DK on November 26, 2018 at 9:02 pm
Can’t wait to work againOriginally published by DK on November 25, 2018 at 8:32 pm
SKOL, VIKINGS ?Originally published by DK on October 25, 2018 at 4:26 pm
Press box can be a very productive spotOriginally published by DK on October 3, 2018 at 2:57 pm
Is the purple grape?Originally published by DK on September 28, 2018 at 12:50 pm
It was really nice having my bike (and clothes) to ride home after the game – perfect September weatherOriginally published by DK on September 23, 2018 at 6:48 pm
Vikes vs BillsOriginally published by DK on September 23, 2018 at 5:46 am
They haven’t taken these away yetOriginally published by DK on September 9, 2018 at 1:56 pm
Hello new football season ?Originally published by DK on September 7, 2018 at 1:43 pm
Still a cool effect, VikingsOriginally published by DK on August 24, 2018 at 7:29 pm
Don’t think I saw a Vikings game, but saw lots of Twins thereOriginally published by DK on August 16, 2018 at 12:04 pm
Nice job all the way aroundOriginally published by DK on August 3, 2018 at 7:42 pm
https://www.sportsvideo.org/2018/06/20/minnesota-vikings-unveil-spectacular-media-facilities-at-tco-performance-center/Originally published by DK on June 21, 2018 at 11:24 am
Hiawatha bike trailOriginally published by DK on May 7, 2018 at 1:57 pm
…the party’s overOriginally published by DK on April 29, 2018 at 11:52 pm
The big staff sale finally made it reasonableOriginally published by DK on March 7, 2018 at 12:44 pm
Now a full month in the rear-view mirror, Super Bowl LII is history. It’s hard to describe what it feels like to have this over and done – we’ve been talking and working towards that day for more than two years. I wrote a tweet about looking forward to the Monday after, but even that day had an early start and a full day of work breaking things down to prepare for the next event in the building.
People have asked me how it went, what would I do differently and how many celebrities I saw. My number one goal was to not be in the newspaper for the wrong reason, so mission accomplished in that regard. In fact, we did get some great press about crushing the WiFi record, so I’m very happy with that. The Super Bowl isn’t truly our event – the NFL runs and controls everything and we just assist as needed, so there wasn’t much I could really change. As for stars, I (politely) asked Peyton Manning to get out of my way, but that was about it.
The NFL uses many different companies to help put on the event and it was a pleasure working with all of them. In the technology realm, we worked with WBL Services of Seattle, owned by Bill Lipscomb. He and his team of nerds (lead by the super smart Nikos Mouat) were a huge help in supporting not only the stadium, but all of the activations around the metro. Todd Barnes and his team from Populous performed with a logistical calmness that would drive most people insane. I was also impressed with the graphics team from bluemedia, who created signage and displays all around town that looked beautiful.
In addition to all of these groups, we re-enlisted many of the people that helped design and build the stadium to come back for game day support. This included my favorite team of engineers from CenturyLink (Andy, Mark, Evan, Dennis and Greg) and the amazing group of WiFi experts at AmpThink, lead by Bill Anderson and Wesley Terry. Parsons, Cisco, Verizon and WIN also had small armies of support people ready to help if needed and the Department of Homeland Security had our back monitoring for network threats the entire time. And kudos to the NBC broadcast crew, who really turned out to be self-supporting the entire week.
So what’s next? Personally, I’m going on vacation later this month with the whole family. Events like the Super Bowl require a ton of time away from home and come with a stress level that is not “super” beneficial for one’s health, so it will be good to get away and recharge. I’ll also pay a visit this month to Mercedes-Benz Stadium, the home of Super Bowl LIII. Their team was up here before our event and I’m looking forward to sharing stories (and seeing their cool new building). Everyone is now talking about the Final Four, but we have a whole lot of other work to do before then. Never a dull moment…Originally published by DK on March 6, 2018 at 2:39 pm
Way to rock it, ops departmentOriginally published by DK on February 16, 2018 at 10:52 pm
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JT, you forgot your signOriginally published by DK on February 8, 2018 at 2:46 pm
He’s the secret weaponOriginally published by DK on February 6, 2018 at 10:53 pm
Hey kids, line up here in front of the Johnnie WalkerOriginally published by DK on February 6, 2018 at 10:50 pm
https://www.today.com/video/this-year-s-super-bowl-stadium-flexes-its-high-tech-muscles-1153401411949Originally published by DK on February 6, 2018 at 2:36 pm
Step 1: open building. Step 2: host Super Bowl LIIOriginally published by DK on February 5, 2018 at 12:42 pm
Yup, the confetti was shaped like the trophyOriginally published by DK on February 5, 2018 at 10:42 am
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I don’t know, I thought the halftime show was pretty goodOriginally published by DK on February 5, 2018 at 2:54 am
This made me laughOriginally published by DK on February 5, 2018 at 2:52 am
http://mspmag.com/eat-and-drink/where-vikings-roam-the-players-favorite-restaurants/Originally published by DK on January 16, 2018 at 9:22 am
All of Minnesota, pretty muchOriginally published by DK on January 15, 2018 at 8:02 am
Proud to be a part of this teamOriginally published by DK on January 15, 2018 at 12:04 am
Mini SB helmets in the officeOriginally published by DK on January 14, 2018 at 12:07 am
The tents are going upOriginally published by DK on January 9, 2018 at 9:40 am
Congrats to the Vikings on winning the NFC North titleOriginally published by DK on December 17, 2017 at 6:49 pm
So. Much. Football.Originally published by DK on November 25, 2017 at 12:26 pm
Games 15 through 21Originally published by DK on November 24, 2017 at 12:42 pm
Doritos taco carts at the stadiumOriginally published by DK on November 8, 2017 at 5:21 pm
Something tells me these aren’t NFL approvedOriginally published by DK on October 28, 2017 at 4:46 pm
At least I think this was new…Originally published by DK on October 22, 2017 at 8:57 pm
I wish these were easier to winOriginally published by DK on October 19, 2017 at 8:39 am
Great to see this guy sub in at the last minuteOriginally published by DK on October 15, 2017 at 5:16 pm
Those clever marketersOriginally published by DK on October 10, 2017 at 9:04 pm
Lower Pentair gate, U.S. Bank StadiumOriginally published by DK on September 29, 2017 at 4:29 pm
Another nice win by the home teamOriginally published by DK on September 25, 2017 at 11:41 pm
Card tricks are hard when no one is there to hold them up…Originally published by DK on September 11, 2017 at 4:45 pm
Hidden in the visiting equipment roomOriginally published by DK on September 7, 2017 at 6:17 am
https://deadspin.com/why-your-team-sucks-2017-minnesota-vikings-1797851777?utm_medium=sharefromsite&utm_source=Deadspin_twitterOriginally published by DK on August 16, 2017 at 10:16 am
#77 – Gary LarsenOriginally published by DK on June 14, 2017 at 5:26 pm
That seems like way too manyOriginally published by DK on April 14, 2017 at 11:29 pm
That really says it all, doesn’t it?Originally published by DK on February 20, 2017 at 12:17 pm
Thanks for the invite JV (and SV)Originally published by DK on February 5, 2017 at 10:44 pm
Don’t want Atlanta to win *that* muchOriginally published by DK on February 2, 2017 at 1:41 pm
Super Bowl LI, Houston, TexasOriginally published by DK on January 31, 2017 at 9:53 pm
Super Bowl LI prep @ NRG StadiumOriginally published by DK on January 31, 2017 at 9:31 pm
Deep in the heart of Texas @ NRG StadiumOriginally published by DK on January 31, 2017 at 9:29 pm
It is home to the rodeo, after allOriginally published by DK on January 31, 2017 at 9:27 pm
The credentials cut down on the long walkOriginally published by DK on January 31, 2017 at 10:14 am
Can’t walk anywhere in this townOriginally published by DK on January 30, 2017 at 4:08 pm
Not many of this guy in the buildingOriginally published by DK on January 27, 2017 at 9:23 pm
Getting closer – a little farther each tryOriginally published by DK on January 23, 2017 at 8:50 am
New stuff at the Mall of AmericaOriginally published by DK on January 6, 2017 at 8:06 pm
It’s been a great first season (aside from the whole playoff thing)Originally published by DK on January 1, 2017 at 5:32 am