Our MN Twinkies were just beginning theirs spring training when we were in Fort Myers back in February. Hammond Stadium is about a 15 min drive from where my parents stay so my Dad took E and I there one morning to see spring training in action…
Good thing my Little Man is too young to know just how badly our team stinks this year! lol
While the Vikings are undefeated in Europe, it would be great if they could win one in the US tonight!
Just about every Sunday you will find a nice gathering of my neighbors (give or take a few friends and family!) hanging out in one garage or another, watching Vikings and other NFL games throughout the day and night. We try to potluck when possible so that everyone is contributing something or another.
The Vikings haven’t done too well this year, as of today we have a 3-5 record on the season (thank goodness for a win vs the Az Cardinals!) It is always more fun when they’re winning, but we all seem to have a good time whether they win or lose.
A few weeks ago when the Vikings played the Packers, a few of our neighbors who happen to be Packers fans came out in their cheese-head gear to throw a little green and yellow into the purple mix. The youngest fans seen here……
And the lovely ladies in Purple (of course!) Please excuse our appearance. Purple is mandatory but showering is optional on Sundays!
Shannon made pumpkin bread and Jess made Chocolate and Caramel Apple Galette. OMG YUM!
We are really lucky to have so many great neighbors who love to get together :)
This past Thursday was the NFL Opener….. Vikings at the Saints. Unfortunately we lost,14-9. Hopefully the rest of the season gets better! We tend to watch the games with all our neighbors who play Fantasy Football in a League together. Its awesome to watch on the big screen our neighbors have and have dinner together. This night we had beef roast sandwiches with potatoes and carrots on the side.
Most of us wore Purple Pride all day……
Terrible, blurry pic but Denise looks so cute even though she was not wearing purple. Maybe if she had, we would’ve won? Nah, didn’t think so but it never hurts!
Looking forward to Vikings kicking some butt this year!!
Do any of you play Fantasy Football at all? Does your significant other?
I have never actually played (especially since I have admitted I enjoy football more for the social aspect) but this year I watched two groups of guys get together to do their Fantasy Football Draft and got to learn which players to watch for this season. The competition throughout the year makes football much more exciting to watch, and I don’t just mean the Vikings! I guess it could also mean that the entire Sunday/Monday is spent watching the NFL…… which is sometimes more than I can take.
What are your thoughts about Fantasy Football? Does it add to the excitement? Does it ruin it for you if you drafted a crappy team?? Do big payoffs at the end motivate you to play or just the competition of it??
These days tickets to see the Twins at the brand-new-state-of-the-art Target Field are the hottest tickets in town. Luckily my brother Jeff is a season ticket holder and is very generous with taking friends and family to the game. Last week he took me, Brian, and our dad to an afternoon game to see the Twinkies play the Colorado Rockies. This was a Father’s Day gift to our dad. We had a great time! We first started with the buffet at the Metropolitan Club, where we sat outside to watch the first half of the game. I will do a review of this shortly.
Here is a panorama from Metropolitan Club. It is a HUGE image, stitched together with 6 or 7 shots. Click it to see it bigger on Flickr.
The second half of the game was spent from Jeff’s seats which are pretty bad-ass.
Panorama from Jeff’s seats
This was my first Twins game in about 13 years and even though they lost and I find baseball extremely boring, it was stilla great experience to be out at the new Field with my fam! Thanks Jeff :)
Here are the complete “Purple and Gold” lyrics:
the veil of the sky draws open
the roar of the chariots touch down
we r the ones who have now come again
and walk upon water like solid ground
as we approach the throne we won’t bow down
this time we won’t b denied
raise every voice and let it b known
in the name of the purple and gold
we come in the name of the purple and gold
all of the odds r in r favor
no prediction 2 bold
we r the truth if the truth can b told
long reign the purple and gold
the eyes say ready 4 battle
no need 4 sword in hand
we r all amped up like a rock n roll band
ready 2 celebrate every score
ready 2 fight the elegant war
ready 2 hear the crowd roar
that’s what we came 4
and so much more
in the name of the purple and gold
r spirits may b tired
r bodies may b worn
but since this day is r destiny
r history – that’s y we must b
4ever strong as the wind that blows the Vikings’ horn
in the name of the purple and gold
This past Monday was a very special day at one of the schools I teach at. Last spring our school was selected by the Timberwolves' Fastbreak Foundation to receive a library makeover. Over the past few weeks several members of the Timberwolves office staff spent hours and hours at our school, painting the library and putting together the new shelving and then re-stocking the library books on the shelves. The walls are the blue, green and white of the Timberwolves plus we got giant wall decals with the current Timberwolves players. Everything looks amazing!
Monday was the big celebration, with the Timberwolves people (along with school district administration) coming out to help us celebrate. A couple of the Timberwolves players were supposed to be there also but
were running late from that morning's practice. They finally showed up
after it was over and signed a few autographs. The organization has promised to bring the
players back when they can come, but with the start of a brand-new
season, it may be awhile before that happens, we'll see.
Crunch, the Timberwolves mascot was also along for the fun and even helped act out the book that was read aloud, The True Story of the Three Little Pigs. It was great!!
After the celebration Crunch insisted he have his picture with me. Too bad I was in the middle of saying something when this photo was taken, I look like a big dorkis.
If you'd like to read the Timberwolves article about the project, read here.
Thank you Minnesota Timberwolves!!!!
A few weeks ago the Minnesota Vikings played the Green Bay Packers on Monday Night Football. This rivalry has always been a BFD, but never more so than now, with ex-packer star Brett Favre playing quarterback for the Vikes!!
In honor of this big game, my brother Jeff decided to a throw a football party termed "Farvapalooza". (He loves to name his parties…remember Porkapalooza from last summer?) What a hit both the game and party were! Jeff made 28 lbs of pork shoulder, which he smoked and then pulled to make sandwiches. Great stuff! There were around 30 people at the party and every last bite of the pork disappeared before the end of the evening!
One of the coolest new things that Jeff has bought this past summer (and this boy loves toys and gadgets!) is an outdoor movie theater. Giant Blow-up screen, hi-def mounted projector (removable) and mounted outdoor speakers! This photo was taken before it got dark out, so you can't see the images on the screen as clearly, but you can see the giant screen itself.
Here is a better view of the screen when it started to get dark out. Gotta love how the broadcasters always use Madden Football game to do their pre-game predictions, etc!
And apparently this hat makes me look younger because a few of Jeff's friends (pictured below) mistakenly thought I was Jeff's YOUNGER sister!! That made me feel great because I am actually 4 years older than Jeff! They are now my new best friends! lol. I thought they were so cute, she is a Vikings fan and he is a Packers fan. They wore their respective jerseys and also brought along their Vikings/Packers reversible blanket!!
Jeff was jealous of my cool new hat and decided to steal it from me for a minute…. (notice he is wearing Twins gear instead of Vikings??!! The following day was the Twins best game of the year!) Another classic Jeff pose…..
Vikings are now 6-0 baby!!!
I went to the Timberwolves game today. I framed this shot so that both the basket and the mural on the floor can be seen together. From this perspective it looks as though the basket is just a foot off the ground, but they are really several feet apart!
Went down to the Target Center with some friends today and watched the Timberwolves beat the NJ Nets 108-99. Its been awhile since I've been to a TWolves game…….it was cool but boy do I miss KG!
We also saw construction on the new home of the Minnesota Twins, Target Field. The Twinkies will open up the 2010 Season at this new outdoor park. Looks like it will be pretty sweet!
I know its already old news, but despite the fact that I (along with my niece Bianca below) and thousands of other Vikes fans got all decked out in Purple Pride this past Sunday for the first round of the NFL playoffs, the $%&$*()&* Vikings lost to the Eagles. Not really a surprise since they are so good at letting us down year after stinking year, but it is nice to have hope sometimes. Better luck next year!
Sunday was also the 22nd Annual Sauer Family Foosball Tournament. We have the tourney every year at the celebration of my dad, aunt and uncle's Famous Birthday.
Guess who I was randomly paired with this year? Michelle! And we did NOT make it to the championship round like I did last year. Oh no we didn't. In fact, our team was shut out this year :(
The prize is the coveted Toilet Bowl Trophy, which the winner proudly displays in their home for the year of their Championship. Each year it is repainted by the previous year's winners. Here is the 2009 design:
It was a fun time and I think it is so cool that our family has such a unique tradition!
Quick sidenote! Coincidentally the title of this post sounds a lot like the title of my friend Ang's blog: Football, Sushi and the Pursuit of Happiness. She is one super cool MN chick and has a fun blog to read :)
The inspiration for my title is that the Vikings won the football game on Sunday against the NY Giants (yes it was at the very last second that they scored a field goal to go 20-19, but whatever. Skol Vikings!). After watching the game I ended up going downtown for all-you-can eat sushi at Ichiban. Delish. I just love spicy tuna rolls and salmon with avocado! After dinner I took a short walk downtown and saw this cool building lit up with Vikings colors so I stopped to take a couple of photos.
Now if only the Vikes could keep up this momentum…..
And maybe I should learn how to make my own sushi?
I have blogged about sports a few time before as TFT (sports fans and sports heroes) and now I have yet another one to ponder! A friend of me was telling me recently about her kindergarten-aged son who has just started wrestling. It had me taken aback somewhat to think about little kids wrestling, mostly because of all the contact and the potential to get hurt. Kids are even playing football as early as 1st grade (as one little kid recently told me). MN is also a huge hockey state and many people start their kids skating at age 3. I also know of many little girls who start dancing at age 2!!! It sure seems like kids are starting sports younger and younger these days! I have to admit that by the age of 4 my mom also had me enrolled in a ton of sports; we belonged to the YMCA and she sure took advantage of every possible sport we could participate in (as long as we were willing!) I played soccer, gymnastics, floor hockey, and t-ball.
What are your thoughts on kids starting sports so early? Is it okay as long as they want to play? Do you consider some sports more appropriate than others at a younger age?? How old were you when you started playing sports?
Other TFT posts this week:
Sports are a very big deal in the U.S., wouldn't you say? Football, Baseball, Basketball, Hockey, Boxing, Golf, Tennis, Soccer, etc. Billions of $$$$ are spent on sports every year. There are the die-hard fans who buy season tickets every year, no matter how their team is doing. These fans will support their teams even when the going gets tough. There are also the fans that love their team and watch every chance they can get, attending games a couple of times a year. There are also fans who will watch a few games here or there, but do not invest a lot into the teams or sports in general. And then there are the fair-weathered fans. These are the fans who only come out of the woodwork when the local team is doing hot, then they jump on the Bandwagon. Of course their are also people who couldn't care less about Sports.
Several members of my HUGE family are very BIG sports fans on both my mom and dad's sides, and my dad and brothers are also die-hard sports fans. Once upon a time I was a big fan also……
We'll start with the Twins. When my dad was the CEO of Schweigert Foods, we had incredible season tickets for the Twins, front row on 1st base. I attended a ton of games as a kid, including the winning World Series Game 7 in both 1987 and 1991 when the Minnesota Twins won the World Series. I was a huge fan of the Twins back in the days of Kirby Puckett, Kent Hrbek, Gary Gaetti, Dan Gladden, etc. When Kirby retired due to his health, I pretty much quit following the Twins. I was deeply saddened when Kirby past away a few years ago.
I was also a HUGE Minnesota North Stars fan. Mike Modano and Curt Giles were my GUYS!! We also had season tickets to the Stars and I was fortunate to attend several playoff and Stanley Cup finals games. Then stupid Norm Green moved the team to Dallas. 10 years later or so, the NHL came back to MN with a new team, the Wild. I made a conscious decision not to invest emotionally in the new team. I haven't followed hockey at all since.
I was also a huge Vikings fan back in the day and during the 1998 season (when we went 15-1) I had high hopes that they would go to the Superbowl and WIN. My heart broke in January 1999 when we lost that chance during the NFC Championship when we lost 27-30 to Atlanta. At that point I realized that I could no longer let the Vikings dominate my emotions. It just wasn't worth it. I quit watching the Vikings and have only watched a few games here and there ever since. Too me, football is all about socializing– I will cheer for the home team but I will not invest any emotion into it. And here I fooled my blogging buddyHelmet into believing I was a huge Vikings fan….he even gave me an award because of it!!! Ha!
Basketball is a different story. I love to watch it!! The Timberwolves were my team since the very first game they ever played…. I was lucky enough to attend their inaugural game in 1989 against the Chicago Bulls and Michael Jordon (courtside!). We had season tickets to the Twolves also, and then when Kevin Garnett joined the team in 1995, I was super excited to see where the team would go. I remained very loyal to the Twolves and especially to Kevin Garnett, who would become an incredible Superstar. My loyalty still remains with KG, even though he was traded last year to the Celtics, so I became a Celtics fan overnight. I was beyond ecstatic when the Celtics won the NBA Championship last year because I so badly wanted to see my man win! I still like the Twolves and hope they get better, but will continue to support them in the mean time.
As sad as it is to some, I now consider myself a fair-weather fan. I have very little emotional attachment to the teams or players (with few exceptions). I would be very happy if any of them had successful years, and I will admit I am the bandwagon type and would probably only show major support in the event that they make it into the playoffs.
Wow, I guess I had no idea where this post was going when I started it, but my questions for you today are:
What type of sports fan do you consider yourself? Who are your favorite teams to root for?
Other TFT posts this week:
One really great sport/hobby that has become quite popular in MN is Disk Golf. I have gone along with the guys for YEARS as they went disk golfing (to be a caddy and get exercise!), but I was too scared to try it out for myself until this year. I am not going to pretend that I am any good at it, but at least I am trying :)
My favorite course (the only one I've ever played! LOL) is at Lakewood Hills in WBL, behind the YMCA. It is only a 14-hole course, but has both rolling hills and holes throughout the woods. Like regular golf, there is a tee, but instead of aiming your disk at a "hole", there is a metal basket you need to get your disk into. Since it was so pretty a few days ago when I played, I brought my camera along to sneak in a few pics while we played.
Like I said, some of the holes are in the woods…..kind of looks like a setting for a Horror Movie…..would make a good place for a "Haunted Woods" Halloween event!
I love birch trees!
Does anyone else out there disk golf?????
I am ecstatic!!!!!!!!!
KG and the Celtics kicked the Lakers A$$ 131-92 to win the 2008 NBA Championship!!!
This was totally worth getting only 5 hours of sleep to see!!!!!!!!
Kevin was so emotional after the game…..made me cry a little too….tears of happiness!!!!!
My man finally got his ring!!!!!!!!!!