At Best Wild Week Ever, we’ve run into more than a few chronic party poopers on an almost weekly basis. Jarome Iginla and Joe Sakic tend to be the most common offenders. These guys are the two sitting off to the side of the dance floor, making fun of everybody else. Geoff Sanderson was also on the list of guys you don’t want to get stuck talking to, but ever since he started playing in Philly, he’s been a bit more tolerable.
Although Iginla, Sakic and Sanderson were not allowed inside the BWWE New Year’s extraordinary crack-a-lackin’ bash, we still had to deal with a couple of uninvited crashers like Jeff O’Neill and Dominik Hasek. Still, we didn’t let their complaining about the free food, and spilling wine on the white carpet affect us having the Best Wild Week Ever in the Best darn Wild Year Ever.
Tuesday, December 26, 2006
I never like to start the week off on the wrong foot, but I have to express my mild disappointment regarding last week’s Battle Beast contest. We did not receive a single photo submission of a BWWE reader holding a Battle Beast figurine. That means one of two things: 1) Battle Beasts really weren’t as cool as I thought they were, or still think they are, or 2) Very few people read this column, and those that do are too cool to keep figurines that peaked in the late 1980’s.
Whatever y’all. I will be keeping that 2006-07 Team Yearbook all to myself, and I will look at it every night. So there!
As for the Wild, it certainly would have been nice to kick off the final week of 2006 with the first-ever Wild win at the Air Canada Centre. When Kurtis Foster, Brian Rolston and Wes Walz scored, the good vibes were flowing. With the score tied at 3-3 and the two teams headed to overtime (where the Wild refuses to lose). But Toronto’s O’Neill knocked in a rebound with 2:18 to play to win it for the Maple Leafs.
I never had O’Neill pegged as a chronic party pooper, but he is no longer invited to any Best Wild Week Ever celebrations. He just ruins the fun atmosphere we try to create.
Wednesday, December 27, 2006
| If this guy walks toward you at a party, go the other way immediately if not sooner. |
A road win would have been more than welcome in Detroit on Wednesday, considering the Wild hasn’t won in its last nine games away from Xcel Energy Center coming into the matchup with the Red Wings. But giving up a goal 16 seconds into the game and spotting the Red Wings three goals is not the way to “get ‘er done.” Pavol Demitra eventually did score once on Hasek
, but he shut the door the rest of the way.
Hasek is over 40 years old, so you know he’s the type of next-door neighbor that’s going to call the police at 9:30 PM on December 31, looking for some type of noise violation.
Thursday, December 28, 2006
I’ll even admit that things looked pretty bleak by Thursday, and this New Year’s party was looking like one where all of the boys were on one side of the room, afraid to talk to any of the girls on the other side.
When a party takes this kind of shape, it’s necessary to jazz things up with a fun game like Wild Monopoly, Cranium, Taboo or a Sportsmanship Essay Contest among Minnesota Youth hockey players. We opted for the latter, and we’re glad we did.
The Wild and Minnesota hockey received more than 200 outstanding submissions for this contest, and three were declared finalists. Dominic Nardini, of White Bear Lake; Shelby Iverson, of Alexandria and Otto Haeg of Wayzata won the chance for their community to host a Wild intra-squad scrimmage during next year’s preseason.
The winners will be announced on January 20, better known as Hockey Day Minnesota.
Friday, December 29, 2006
As Wayne Campbell and Garth Algar said, “It’s Friday night, it’s time to party. I’m Wayne Campbell, with me as always is Garth.”
| Referees ruled that Wes Walz would have had both feet in bounds had he not been pushed by Jason Chimera. Thus, the catch is good, first down Minnesota. |
Party on Wayne! Party on Garth! And party on Wild fans, because your team returned home, where it just does not lose games (at least not since December 1 when Old Man Hasek was in town). The Wild hosted the Columbus Blue Jackets and after falling behind 2-0, the boys powered up. Rolston scored two power play goals, and Pavol Demitra added another man advantage tally.
That meant another overtime, where Walz ran one in for his first touchdown of the season. After a video review, it was determined that Walz broke the plane with the puck and Walz celebrated with the “Mike Eruzione run-on-your-skates-with-arms-raised” celebration. Always a classic.
Saturday, December 30, 2006
Fresh off a three-assist performance, Foster made an autograph appearance at Davanni’s in Woodbury. And why wouldn’t he? Everybody knows that a party is not a party if pizza is not involved. Fortunately, Davanni’s makes a mean pizza pie and Foster is like a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle (another favorite toy in the 80’s), gaining even more power by devouring pizza. I’m betting he’s in line for another multi-point night on Sunday.
Sunday, December 31, 2006
The Wild closed out the Best Wild Year Ever by hosting darn near the best team ever. The Anaheim Ducks, losers of just six regulation games all season, came a-callin’ on Sunday.
Teemu Selanne, playing his 1,000th game, did his best to annoy everyone by scoring two goals and talking endlessly about his recent purchase of an armoire. But Pierre-Marc Bouchard scored two goals of his own, followed by one by Rolston, a winner by Mark Parrish and of course, two assists by Foster.
That’s how you close out the Best Wild Week Ever, but because it’s the holidays, we’ll give you one extra day to celebrate.
Monday, January 1, 2007
HAPPY NEW YEAR! Especially if you’re not the coach of a local college football team. To start the New Year off right, let’s find out…
…Who Had The Best Wild Week Ever?
| Nobody is better to invite to a party than Kurtis Foster. He’ll assist in any way possible. |
With a nickname like “Bananaz,” you know you’re going to want a guy like Foster around for any party. He shows up and he delivers the goods like he did last week. He scored a goal and five assists on the ice. Off the ice, he made the lone player appearance on Saturday.
Although he’s a defenseman, Foster can be my wingman at a party anytime.