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The R.S.S. Feed: Dec. 8, 2008

by Ryan Stanzel / Minnesota Wild
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Dec. 8, 2008

1:30 p.m. CST


Just a quick RSS Feed entry before we watch three-to-six inches of snow fall in St. Paul. That’s in addition to an inch or two yesterday. Fun times in the Upper Midwest.

Today’s practice lasted around 50 minutes -- a lot of skating toward the end ( J. Lemaire). Channel 45’s Wild Country taped some segments with some players afterwards. In addition, Wild.com captured some Wild players talking about their favorite holiday moments. They’ll do the same again tomorrow, so stay tuned to Wild TV later in the month for the results.

Both papers and one TV station were at practice this morning. It’s a busy morning in the Twin Cities for sports, in case you hadn’t heard.

Almost everyone skated, but Marek Zidlicky and Andrew Brunette were given the day off for some rest.

The Wild players departed, but will be back downtown for Wild About Children at Pazzaluna tonight. Tomorrow, practice is a bit early at 10:30 a.m.

I will probably head home a bit early today in hopes of avoiding the people trying to remember how to drive in the snow (I’m great, of course!) and I’ll work on game notes from there.

Also, before I forget ... Kurtis Foster is on WCCO Radio tonight at 9:35 p.m.

Mailbag time:

Q: Ryan,

After watching the Wild @ Nashville on 12/6, it struck me that the crowd sounded like a student section at a WCHA college hockey game. While it was fun as a college fan, I don't think that some of those chants have much of a place in professional hockey. I've only been to games at Xcel Energy Center ... is this behavior common for NHL fans?

Al from Nisswa, MN

A: Thanks for the note, Al. That’s the first opposing building I’ve been in to hear that. We were deep in the heart of SEC country, and it did remind me a bit like college football or basketball, which is obviously pretty big in those parts. One of my favorite, and slightly less offensive, is in some ACC and SEC college basketball arenas, when the opponent’s starting lineup is introduced -- the student section puts newspapers up to their faces and pretends to read them (or in the case of my beloved Duke Blue Devils, they are likely actually reading the paper).

Q: Hey Ryan,
 
I love the blog.  I read it every day and have taken a great interest in the behind-the-scenes action of the Minnesota Wild. Question 1) This is not a Wild-related question as much as it is an Xcel Energy Center Question:  A couple friends and I have wondered, if you look at the press box from say Section 115, there is a room that is completely glassed in on the far left with a bunch of computers in it.  What goes on in there?  Is that were they control advertisements around the area?  Music?  Also my second question: I was at TSO Sunday afternoon and noticed someone busy at work in the press box, roughly, I believe, where your seat is?  Was that you pretending to work while actually enjoying the free show?  Haha. Keep up the great work.  
 
Michael from Woodbury MN/River Falls WI

A: Michael, thanks for reading and for the kind words. That glass area is the control room, where the video and audio generates, correct. Secondly, I was also at TSO, but in an actual seat. I try to stay out of the press box if I don’t have to be there! A fantastic show … hope you enjoyed.

Also, thanks to Katie from Rochester, Ben from Denver and Barry from Waterloo, Ont., for their e-mails in the last day or so. I’ll be back after practice Tuesday to check in before the team leaves for Phoenix on Wednesday morning.
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