The Wild lost 3-1 to Columbus at Xcel Energy Center on Monday, but during and after the game most people weren't talking about what was happening on the ice.
Rather, they were fixated on a fan seated directly behind the Wild's bench holding a sign that read: "HAHAHAHA PACKER FANS." The fan — 31-year-old Ryan Rhody of St. Paul — earned instant Internet fame and heard himself being talked about on ESPN's "SportsCenter." He was also kind enough to chat with us Tuesday to paint a fuller picture of his big night and big idea.
As you might imagine, Rhody is a big Vikings fan — and an equally big anti-Packers fan. "I hate the Packers fans more than anything. So I will do anything to chirp them in any way possible," Rhody said. "With the amount of texts and Facebook messages I got when they were [ahead on Sunday], this was my way to laugh right back at them."
So Rhody made the sign and headed to the game with his sister and parents. "I didn't tell anybody," he said. "I just pulled it out of my jacket right when the game started. And it just went nuts."