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The R.S.S. Feed: Oct. 13, 2008

by Ryan Stanzel / Minnesota Wild
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Oct. 13, 2008

9:30 a.m.

Good morning, Wild fans, from a gloomy St. Paul. We have a long trip ahead of us, but on days like this, it’s exciting to look forward to the next six days in Atlanta, suburban Miami and Tampa.

Our flight is set for 1 p.m., which means I’ll be headed to the airport about noon.

Aaron Sickman is lucky enough to be headed to Minneapolis shortly for practice, along with Wild.com’s Jamie MacDonald. While they are there, I’ll be making copies of our flight and hotel manifests, along with other stuff needed for our trip. I’ll also pick up per diem from Shep Harder downstairs.

I am very lucky to have an umbrella in the office this morning as well, so when I carry all this stuff to my car I don’t get drenched. Special thanks to Becky Ross and all our friends at Fox Sports North for the goody bag last Friday, including the Fox Sports North Umbrella. Aaron and I were too busy to play in their golf tournament last week, so Becky dropped by a goody bag on Friday.

It’s a two-hour, 24-minute flight today to Atlanta. Our plane is due into Minneapolis/St. Paul at 10:30 a.m., so there is plenty of time for them to load the food and get ready for us. It’s one of our usual planes too, so we’ll have full access to outlets for laptops, etc., on the way to Atlanta.

I have some blog comments, which I’ll get to on the plane. Feel free to e-mail The R.S.S. Feed at rstanzel@wild.com.

Once we land tonight, we’ll get checked into our downtown hotel, and I’m hoping to meet an old buddy from my ECHL days for dinner and some Monday Night Football. This is an exciting trip for me, as my college roommate, Ryan, is driving down from Charlotte to spend tomorrow in Atlanta. Two Ryans, yeah that was fun when someone called on the phone and asked “Is Ryan there?”

One last thing before I go, and that’s today’s menu on the plane:
BBQ pork chops and BBQ salmon, plus our normal selection of sandwiches, salads and fruit and veggies.

12:55 p.m.

We're on board, just waiting on the last couple of bags from the equipment truck to be loaded.

All 41 of us on board, including FS North's Kevin Gorg in a brilliant orange sweater.

I'm soaked from a couple trips across the tarmac. But it's sunny and 82 in Atlanta. We'll talk to you from the Peach State soon.

1:07 p.m.

Oh, and Mikko Koivu will be on KFAN at 6:05 p.m. CDT.

2 p.m.

Greetings from just past (and 35,000 feet above) Decatur, Ill. I am one episode into House, M.D., Season 4, and I’m ready to answer some e-mail questions.

Q: Ryan,

My husband is one of the team facial plastic surgeons, so I have been on the periphery (and hope to stay there) for a while, quietly observing. 

I was looking ahead at the web site so I would at least know the players’ names before Saturday night's game.  I stumbled onto you blog.  I LOVE it !  I was reading it to my husband, who is always busy reading medical stuff.  Our oldest daughter is graduating form St. Thomas in broadcast journalism and public relations, and I have learned some stuff  about what you all do, even though I am also a medical person.    So I thought, I don't know who this guy is, but I'm sure “the suits” won't like this blog.  But you are still up and going strong!

Keep up the great info without the smoke and mirrors!

Best,
Linda

A: Linda, thanks for reading and for all the kind words. I’m happy to give a bit of behind the scenes information to the State of Hockey.

Q: What an awesome start to the new season. I live out near Boston so it was especially great! I am wondering where and how to find one of the MN Wild Foam Claws. Do they still make them? I would love to have one for the next Boston game that I will be at. Thanks!
-- Jeff from Massachusetts

A: Thanks for the note, Jeff. I’m happy to say that foam claws are still made. Someone from the Hockey Lodge will be contacting you shortly. Use that foam claw when the Wild comes to Boston in January!

I’d also like to say thanks to Scott from Atlanta for the e-mail welcoming us to Georgia.

Q: I enjoy reading your blogs and ask, “How do I get a job like yours?” Have a great trip. Looking forward to this week’s away games!
-- Sharon from St. Cloud

A: Thanks for reading and writing, Sharon. As is the case for most of us, it’s one part hard work, one part right place at the right time. In the meantime, check out our March schedule, if you’d like to switch places with me then…
 
3:07 p.m.

Lead flight attendant Cookie tells me that we’re 10 minutes from landing, and both buses are waiting for us. We have one bus for the players and team personnel, while the media gets its own bus.

Which means I’m going to shut down for the day.

Tonight I’m headed out for dinner and some New York Giants Night football. Tomorrow will be a fun day. We’ll go to Philips Arena at 10:15 a.m. for an 11:30 skate. Lunch back at the hotel for the players, while I grab lunch in the city with my old college roommate. The players also have a snack on gamedays -- beginning at 3 p.m., or whenever they wake up from their naps -- and we’ll depart for the arena at 4:45 p.m. It’s a 7 p.m. game, and we’ll depart immediately following for a flight to Ft. Lauderdale.

I’ll check in Tuesday morning unless something crazy happens tonight.
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