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Friday, February 8, 2008

A Falling Star

What a sad night it was for the Wild...Nik Backstrom played amazing and looked like a brick wall that was not going to be able to be shaken...and then, the Stars scored in the third period. The announcers were talking about how it was a goalie's duel and that it would come down to the one who let a goal in that would lose it. Unfortunately, it was Nik.

I managed to flip channels between Twins and Wild last night so that I could catch some of Timmy's near no-no. I loved it, but it was also sad, because I got to see Jason Bartlett, who I am going to have to get used to not seeing once the season starts.

They showed the new Twins Territory commercial again last night on TV. I love it. It makes me laugh, especially with Tom Kelly making an appearance in the commercial. I can't wait until the other commercials are up and rolling on our TV's weekly! Only a little over a week now before our beloved Twins (pitchers and catchers) report to Spring Training! That means baseball season is getting even closer to starting. Now don't get me wrong, I enjoy having hockey in the off-season, but for some reason, I'm really missing my Twins and am anxoius for Twins season to start back up!

Tomorrow marks Hockey Day Minnesota on our calendars! I can't wait. It would have been better if I would have managed to score tickets to the Wild game against NY Islanders. I guess I'll just have to deal with watching them, and my goalie boyfriend for the Islanders (Rick DiPietro) on TV tomorrow instead of being there live.

Not much else to report. I'll try to get a new post up soon.

I'm going to give out a B.O.T.D (Boyfriend of the day) award for today. It goes to: Mikko Koivu, my Wild boyfriend. He's been doing amazing with the Wild lately, and I love seeing him on TV! GO MIKKO!

Wednesday, February 6, 2008

let's go Wild!

So after watching the Wild hockey game versus the Detriot Red Wings on FSN Detroit, I vow never to watch the away teams tv channel. They jinxed Nik Backstrom in the final period by saying that they were jinxing him and his record of being 27-0-0 when leading after two periods. I despise them right now, but that's besides the point.
The Wild played an amazing game last night, quite possibly their best game all season long. We put on pressure against the top-seated NHL team and kept them to only a pair of goals in regulation. I can't complain too much about the OT loss since it was an OT loss. We still got a point for the amazing effots made by the players.
Mikko, what am I going to do with my hockey boyfriend? He got two penalties last night, one for roughing. I kept telling him that there was no need for him to impress me, he already does. I thought for sure Brent Burns would pick a fight at some point in time in the game, but to my surprise the fued between him and one of the Red Wing players diminished. Sadly, this lack of fighting will result in Carmen being able to sit on the side lines this coming Saturday and WATCH a group of us play hockey, rather than play with us. Guess she's going to be playing babysitting duties instead of being able to kick some ass against some of our guy friends.

I'm torn for Thursday night of this week. The Wild are on at 7:00pm against the Stars, but then again they are re-airing the Twins Classic of Scott Baker's near no-no on FSN. What will I do?! I never got to see that game last season...some conflict, I try to block out those painful memories of missing Twins games, so I don't really recall what I was doing instead. If anyone has any good ideas as to what I can do or which game I should watch, please let me know! I'm willing to gather data and weigh my options.

Another note, only 53 days until Home Opener!

Okay, all for now kidies.

Monday, February 4, 2008

dearly departed

So only 55 days now until Home Opener and I'm so excited for that big day, I don't know what to do with myself. I have my tickets already purchased, which is a good thing...have you seen what's left? Not much other than a few single seats.

Carmen and I have decided that we are going to have a candlelight vigil when we take down our 6' Jason Bartlett growth chart poster. I'm simply crushed that he is no longer a Twins player and really don't like to have to think about not seeing him, only two days in the season. That's a sad day in itself. So it'll be like we are having a funeral for someone close to us that Sunday before. In leiu of flowers, memorials can be sent to the Twins Community Fund, in hopes of building players who might not actually ever get traded.

Twinsfest was amazing, but it was a little bit too much of a teaser. It got me out of my Hockey mode and kicked in the Baseball mode. I don't like it...it's far too early, and it makes me even more anxious than I really should be. A few hockey games from the Wild have at least started to shift my attention back to Hockey for now, but I'm sure it'll switch back quickly.
A few awards that I have for some of the players at Twinsfest are as follows.

Nicest Twins Player: Scott Baker and Kevin Slowey (they tied). They are both quite possibly the nicest guys I've ever met. Very humble and down to earth guys who you'd like to be friends with.



Best Smelling Twins Player: Joe Nathan, no contest here. It was pretty much amazing.


Best Up and Coming Twins Player: Mark Hamburger (yes this is his name. He is super cool and also is a native Minnesotan).


Funniest Twins Player: Nick Punto. He didn't think Carmen was serious when she asked if he liked Ho-Ho's or Ding Dongs better. Silly kid. In case you're interested, he likes Ding Dongs, but any and all will do.

Nicest Newbie: Adam Everett (he makes it hard for me to hate him...since he'll most likely be our new SS)

Okay that's all for now