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Sometimes You Just Have To Hang On

Mar 24, 2015 -- 6:03am

     The Minnesota Wild didn't play there best game last night...but they WON. With just 9 games left in the season every point is worth scratching and clawing for...and that is what they did last night.  Toronto is out of the playoffs and the Wild played against them as if they were nothing to worry about. Leading 2-0 in the third period the Wild forgot to continue pressing the action and with 5 mins to go Toronto scored to make it 2-1.  The last 5 mins were a struggle but they got the job done and snuck out of  Toronto with 2 pts.  It's the Islanders tonight...should be 2 more pts...then...not an easy game the rest of the season.  What a run it has been since the trade for Devn Dubnyk.  The trade may go down as the greatest trade in team history.

     See You On The Radio! Dan

Barry's Back So I have time to Blog

Mar 23, 2015 -- 5:54am

     Haven't blogged in over a week because Barry was on Vacation.  When Barry is gone I slide over into the Sports Desk...which means I spend the first hour of the day putting together 5 separate Sportscasts. 2 are for "The Fan" and Radio Mankato Stations that run in the morning...they are 1 minute long and usually are what is called a "Dry Read" or "Straight Read" meaning no sound bites. Those are pretty simple...4 to 5 stories with an open and close and you are done.  It has to be exactly Sixty seconds...but with computer editing you can take out all or parts of breaths and tighten up any gaps and make it work.  You usually go over a minute to be safe and then cut back from there.

     Then there are 3 two and a half minute long sportscasts...one runs at 7:17...the others at 8:31 and 9:31.  2:30 is a long time to just read sports stories and scores so those are filled with "Sound"...or "Actualities"  Most of the "Cuts" that we get come from The Minnesota News Network...Twins/Wild/Vikings/Gophers and Twolves. From time to time we have some local stuff....like a Maverick Hockey preview with Mike Sullivan.  You would think that it would take 2:30 secs. to record a 2:30 sec sportscast...and sometimes it does.  But other times you may stumble while reading...or a cut won't fire...or whatever. Again computer editing makes it easy to make the final product pretty good...but don't believe for a second it was as easy as it sounded.  

     After each sportscast is recorded it has to be saved in one computer and downloaded into a file in another computer...not heavy lifting mind you...but it all takes time.  So that in a nutshell is why the blog sits when I am filling in for the Bear.

     See You On The Radio ! Dan

65 Degrees????????????? It's March

Mar 10, 2015 -- 5:34am

     Steve Wollenhaus is forecasting 65 degrees for the high temperature today.  That doesn't seem possible.  Last thursday morning we had -11 degrees for the overnight low.  Less than a week later it will be 76 degrees WARMER.  LOVE IT.  Everyone seems in a better mood.  The problem is...we aren't going to stay this warm.  We will get more cold and more snow...frankly we need the snow.  The good thing is from now on...when it snows...it won't last.

     See You On The Radio! Dan

12 Hockey Games

Mar 09, 2015 -- 6:09am

     Friday thru Sunday I was able to get a bunch of work done at School...and also work on my taxes.  But this weekend was actually about HOCKEY.  My wife Anne and my Daughter Maddie and I were able to watch All or parts of TWELVE HOCKEY GAMES THIS WEEKEND.  What an awesome thing to behold. Not every team that I wanted to win...was able to win...but it was fantastic.  State tournament Semi Final and Championship games...Regular Season College Games and NHL games made it one of the best TV Viewing weekends in a long time.  

    See You On The Radio! Dan

I Blame myself

Mar 06, 2015 -- 7:38am

     St Thomas Academy had a 3 goal lead in yesterday's quarterfinals of the MSHSL State Boys Hockey AA Tournament...and they blew it...losing in O.T to Duluth East.  As you may know I picked the Cadets to WIN THE TOURNAMENT.  The McCargar jinx got them.

     Congrats to The Mankato East Cougars for their win over Marshall last night...I will NOT BE PICKING THEM TO WIN THE STATE TOURNAMENT.

      See You On The Radio! Dan

Hermann Town Is Going To Be A Tough Out

Mar 05, 2015 -- 5:41am

     Watching the State Boys Hockey Tournament Yesterday I saw Hermann Town take apart St Louis Park 8-0 in the Quarterfinals...and the Number #1 Ranked Team looked the part.  New Ulm lost 6-3 to number 2 Mahtomedi...and aquitted themselves well.  New Prague was shutout 4-0 and the Southern Mn teams will go another year without advancing to the semi-finals.

     AA is today...the BIG BOYS Tournament should be outstanding. St Thomas Academy...Hill Murray...Edina..Lakeville North...Bemidji...Duluth East...Eden Prairie and Blaine round out a STACKED FIELD.  How Does...Lakeville North against St Thomas Academy grab you for the finals on Saturday Night?  I'll take the Cadets in an upset to win it all.

     See You On The Radio! Dan

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