October 21, 2018

Minnesota Timberwolves 2018 Home Opener


Minnesota Timberwolves 2018 Home Opener
Todd Swank's Diary Entry for October 21, 2018


My job as an enterprise salesperson at Oracle has given me the opportunity to travel quite a bit lately.  I caught this shot of Minneapolis while flying by this week and thought it was pretty cool.


This week I had the chance to spend a couple of nights in lovely Omaha, Nebraska.  The weather was beautiful while I was there and the people I met were very friendly.  A couple of important things for me to have a good time while on the road.


Krazy Kory also covers Omaha for his job and we had the opportunity to have dinner together.  I always enjoy seeing Krazy Kory.


We bumped into the Main Sisters while we were out and about.  I found out that there were another 2 sisters who couldn't make it out that night, but it was quite the pleasure getting to meet these 6.


On Friday night, we had the good fortune to spend the night on the town with our friends, Jen and Dan Walters.  I saw some pictures of Dan from several years ago where he was wearing a Kangol and I complimented him on his good taste.  So Jen and Dan surprised us with some new head-wear for us to enjoy on our special night.  Needless to say I was thrilled with the fashion statement we were making.


Our destination was the home opener of the Minnesota Timberwolves.  They were taking on the Cleveland Cavaliers and we were excited to go down to the Target Center and cheer on the local team.


Jen and Dan had never been to an NBA game before.  Dan was absolutely tickled pink when he was invited to the administration office so he could receive a certificate for attending his first game. I'm sure he'll get that framed and hang it somewhere special.


There's been a lot of drama around the Wolves to start the season as one of their best players, Jimmy Butler, has decided he doesn't like to play with us any more and demanded to be traded.  He was crying for much of the game because fans were booing him.  We were able to catch this shot of him when the taunts were especially loud.



It was kind of ironic that we were playing against Kevin Love who was another one of our superstar players who decided he didn't like playing here any more and demanded to be traded to the Cavaliers.  He was probably pretty excited when that happened and Lebron James was on the team.  I'm not sure it's as much fun now that Lebron is a Laker.  I don't know why these players hate Minnesota so much.  We think it's a really nice place to live.


The rumor is that Jimmy Butler thinks our young stars like Andrew Wiggens don't put enough effort into honing their craft and he wants to play on a team where all the players put in the same level of effort he does.  I guess I can understand that feeling, but wonder why he can't be the kind of leader who inspires his teammates to want to work harder like he does?  It just seems like leaving isn't the right solution, but what do I know?

  
At least they were able to put their differences behind them on Friday night as the team rallied together to beat the Cavs by a score of 131 - 123.  Maybe that will help Jimmy want to stay with us.


We really liked the half time act where the nice lady rides around on a unicycle while flipping bowls on to her head with her foot.  We've seen her do it before, but it's still impressive nonetheless.  I just have no clue how someone figures out they have a skill like this.  Do you just sit at a table one day with a bunch of bowls and notice a unicycle laying nearby when the light-bulb goes off?


I keep thinking I'm not going to post our albino squirrels for awhile and then get a better picture than the week before.  This week, we had the two come into our yard and line-up more closely so I could get a better shot of them together.  They're good little nut collectors.