March 12, 2023

Marching Through Winter


Marching Through Winter

Todd Swank's Diary Entry for March 12, 2023

This week, Minnesota had enough snow to move us up in the record books to the 8th snowiest winter since they started keeping records of such things.  It just feels like it's been going on forever.  We primarily stay inside our igloo, but occasionally feel the need to get outside and go for a walk.  It's rarely very pleasant when we do.

Blue is a master manipulator, always demanding to be taken on walks like some sort of furry dictator. I'm convinced he's trying to drag us out into the cold just to prove his dominance. He doesn't even flinch at the sight of snow, which makes me wonder if he's secretly plotting to take over the world with his icy powers. Or maybe he's just a sadistic pup who gets a kick out of watching me shiver.  That's probably it.

Since we haven't become completely depressed with our lengthy winter, we decided to add to the gloom by going to see another Minnesota Timberwolves game.  They're still in a position to go to the playoffs, but they constantly seem to lose games they really should be winning.

Target Center knows how to keep the audience warm when it's really cold outside.  The NFL banned fire related stunts in their stadiums, but somehow the NBA gets to keep doing it.  Maybe they don't care about their fans as much?  I'm not sure how that works.

When I bought these tickets, the Brooklyn Nets were considered a Premium Team, so I had to pay a bunch more money for the game than I did for other games.  I thought it would be worth it to see Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irwin play.  Then the Nets traded away Kevin and Kyrie and now have a bunch of players you've barely heard of before.  I'm sure the Timberwolves will be refunding me the premium price I paid for this game any day now.  Yeah, right.  At least I figured we'd get to watch the Wolves win a game.

It was a date night for Miss Sheri & I, so I thought I would surprise her by getting our picture up on the big screen.  She didn't seem nearly as excited about it as I thought she should have been.  

We were in good company for date night as it looks like the Timberwolves billionaire owner, Glen Taylor, was also there on a date with his wife.  I'm thinking we should double next time.

We were also excited to see Minnesota Vikings Head Coach, Kevin O'Connell, was at the game with his wife and kids.  Nice to see they're still hanging around in the Twin Cities after the NFL season is over rather than moving to a warmer climate.  They're one of us now!

One guy we weren't excited to see in the audience was Karl Anthony Towns.  He's been out injured since November and they still have no timetable for his return.  The team could really use him again as they try to improve their position for the playoffs.  Hopefully he comes back soon.

The Wolves started out the game strong and were leading at half time, but a really ugly 3rd quarter put the Nets way ahead.

Somehow the home team scratched their way back into it and forced overtime with a clutch three-pointer by Naz Reid at the buzzer.  Unfortunately, they couldn't maintain that momentum and lost the game by a score of 124 to 123.  Hopefully next time we'll get to see a win.

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