Monday, February 27, 2012

Upcoming Xcel Energy Events

The Luke Bryan/Jason Aldean concert has come and gone, but don't worry - there are plenty of great events coming to the Xcel Energy Center! Take a peek:

Minnesota Wild
vs. LA Kings 2/28 @ 7pm
vs Colorado Avalanche 3/4 @ 6pm
vs Calgary Flames 3/11 @ 5pm
vs Dallas Stars 3/13 @ 7pm

Minnesota State High School Hockey
Class AA Quarterfinals 3/8 @ 11am & 6pm
Class AA Semifinals 3/9 @ 6pm
Class AA Championship 3/10 @ 4pm

Want to catch any of these great events? No problem, I know a guy.

Monday, February 20, 2012

Luke Bryan and Jason Aldean at the Xcel Energy Center

Luke Bryan. Jason Aldean. Wow.

I was fortunate enough to go to the Luke Bryan - Jason Aldean concert Friday night at the Xcel Energy Center. With songs like "All My Friends Say," "Drunk on You," "Country Girl (Shake it for Me)" by Luke Bryan and "Dirt Road Anthem," "Crazy Town," and "She's Country" blasted out by Aldean, you knew it would be a good show.

I don't think people really knew that it would be such a great show.

Luke Bryan was a charismatic performer that catered to the crowd in a way that Kenny Chesney would have. While Aldean wasn't as crowd-savvy, he definitely satisfied with a certain sexy cool behind his electric guitar and cowboy hat.

Bryan was as sexy as ever, almost stealing the show from Aldean for us younger gals. However, the show was perfect and I am again reminded of how much I love country!

Monday, February 13, 2012

Minnesota Wild Columbus Blue Jackets Game Review

R.J. Umberger scored a pair of goals, leading the Columbus Blue Jackets to a 3-1 win over the Minnesota Wild at the Xcel Energy Center. Ook... Wild, what is the game plan here? As you may recall, the Wild were at one point the leaders of the Western Conference. Take a look at the current standings:

1. Detroit
2. Vancouver
3. San Jose
4. St. Louis
5. Nashville
6. Chicago
7. Los Angeles
8. Phoenix
9. Calgary
10. Colorado
11. Dallas
12. Minnesota

This is completely not what Wild fans were hoping for.

Anyway, back to the game story. Devin Setoguchi scored for the Wild, while Niklas Backstrom earned 16 saves en route to the Wild's fourth straight loss.

Backstrom spoke out on the loss, "It sucks every time you lose. Winning is obviously more fun, but at least tonight we gave ourselves a chance to win." I hate to argue semantics, but losing 3-1 doesn't seem as though there was much of a chance. Maybe you had to be there?

Was anyone at the Wild Blue Jackets game that wants to fill me in? Leave a comment!

Minnesota Swarm at the Xcel Energy Center

It is rare we shed light on the happenings of the Swarm, Minnesota's Lacrosse team.

However, on Friday the Swarm took over the Xcel in a game where they overwhelmed the Edmonton Rush 10-9. Following the win, Evan Kirk made 46 saves in his National Lacrosse League debut to power the Swarm to a 9-6 win over the Rochester Knighthawks on Sunday!

Minnesota is now sitting at 3-2 after winning their second game in three days. The win over the Knighthawks snapped a five-game losing streak that Rochester had over Minnesota.

I've never been to a swarm game, but I have a coworker who finds the games to be a ton of fun and fan-friendly. Not to mention, she said the Swarm roster is quite attractive! I'm making it my goal to go and check a game out before the season wraps up... who know's, maybe I'll meet Mr. Lacrosse.

Monday, February 6, 2012

World's Toughest Rodeo at the Xcel Energy Center

The World's Toughest Rodeo was at the Xcel Energy Center this past weekend, bringing cowboys and cowgirls alike to town.

The cowboys were challenged by each other in bull riding, bareback, saddle bronc and barrel racing categories. For a building built to house ice, it certainly was a sight to see as the no-fringes, no-holds-barred entertainment graced the Xcel.

Unlike most rodeos, the World's Toughest asks cowboys to compete in multiple events, known as the "Cowboy Ironman."

Were you at the Xcel to enjoy the chap-clad ironboys? If so, let us know how it went!