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Take a tour of 13 new food options at Wild games this season

Posted by: Michael Rand Updated: October 1, 2013 - 2:49 PM

We had the rough task -- self-assigned -- of popping into the Taste of Minnesota Wild food event today at Xcel Energy Center.

Piggybacking a little off a successful similar promotion put on by the Twins in recent years, the Wild gathered media types and allowed them to have a look -- and taste -- of some new options inside the arena this season.

The rundown:

A chili cheese sausage, a Reuben sausage, loon sausage, brisket with mac & cheese, pork torta, plus the cheese and steak quesadillas are available on both the 100 and 200 levels to the general public.

The walleye BLT, jalapeno bacon burger and cowboy burger are on the 100 level in the Bud Light Fan Zone (formerly Iron Range Grill).

The chicken and green chili sausage, Midwest harvest salad, braised pork and chicken parmesan sandwich are available only on the club level.

We had a taste of the braised pork, chili cheese sausage, loon sausage (not made with real bits of loon) and the pork torta, and it was a delightful sampling.

Honestly, we have never gone to a Wild game thinking of the concessions. That might change this year.

Please also see the video above we shot with Jason Steidle, executive chef at Levy Restaurants, who helped overhaul the menu. He took us on a tour of the sausages (stop that!) which are from Husnik's in St. Paul.

TFD: Justin Bieber violates the absolute dumbest unwritten rule in sports

Posted by: Michael Rand Updated: July 10, 2013 - 5:59 PM

Per ESPN Chicago:

Justin Bieber unwittingly committed a hockey no-no by standing on the Chicago Blackhawks' logo in their dressing room at the United Center, where he performed Tuesday night.

The 19-year-old Bieber, from Canada and a known hockey fan, was posing for pictures with the Stanley Cup, which the Blackhawks won on June 24. There was also a personalized Blackhawks jersey with Bieber's name on it in the background. But what upset some Blackhawks fans on Twitter was a picture of the teen pop star standing on the team's Indian head logo while he was taking his own picture of the Cup.

The Blackhawks, like most NHL teams, have an unwritten rule that no one is permitted to step on their logo in the dressing room. The logo is often roped off throughout the playoffs.

Players have been known to scold people for accidentally or purposely stepping or standing on it.

This is one of the very few things we have in common with Biebs, aside from our all-leather wardrobe and uncomfortable large clan of tween admirers.

We had no idea about the "rule" one time in the Wild locker room and planted ourselves on the logo before being scolded. Dumbest unwritten rule in the history of unwritten rules.


The Ravens probably aren't tweeting about the crowd at Chicago's parade

Posted by: Michael Rand Updated: June 28, 2013 - 2:02 PM

The Baltimore Ravens found some amusing trouble recently when they tweeted about the "small" turnout for the Heat's victory parade, even though estimates said Miami had 400,000 people at the celebration -- twice as many as Baltimore for their Super Bowl parade. Here is a shot from Chicago's celebration for the Hawks. Safe to say there is no problem here.


TFD: Boston residents flocked to adult web site after Bruins' epic collapse

Posted by: Michael Rand Updated: June 25, 2013 - 4:37 PM

We wind up on a lot of e-mail lists, and somehow we wound up on a communications list from an adult web site. They must have the wrong idea about us.

In any event, we found the graphic they sent us amusing. So now we are sharing it with you. The upshot: Boston residents watched a lot of online pornography shortly after the end of the stunning Game 6 of the NHL finals last night. We will make no attempt to link the events, nor is this an endorsement of online pornography. Here is the graphic, sent to us by Pornhub:



Tuesday (Bruins meltdown and ultimate payback) edition: Wha' Happened?

Posted by: Michael Rand Updated: June 25, 2013 - 9:17 AM

We flipped on Game 6 of the Stanley Cup finals late in the third period last night. Boston had a 2-1 lead; by no means is that guaranteed to be safe, but our general thought was that the Bruins, at home, would cruise to the finish and force Game 7. We walked into the kitchen to put a few groceries away, and all of the sudden it was 2-2.

"Wow, cool! Overtime. Perfectly timed," we thought.

We re-watched the pretty tying goal, then walked back into the kitchen. Again, we heard a commotion and saw Chicago players celebrating. Were they showing the replay again?

"They scored another [redacted] goal!" we shouted.

And there it was: One of the most stunning, rapid-fire sports comebacks we can remember in a big game, particularly by a road team. A few minutes of real time later, and Chicago was hoisting the Stanley Cup.

Depending on where you sit, it is either one of the great clutch performances by the Blackhawks or one of the all-time chokes by Boston. We imagine most of the world will remember it as the latter -- particularly the good people of Toronto, who reveled the ultimate sports schadenfreude after their team coughed up Game 7 to Boston earlier in the playoffs in similarly stunning fashion.

We'll leave you with this image of today's front page of the Toronto Sun.






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