It’s been a long week, wandering miles and miles around Mall of America or traveling through Minneapolis and St. Paul, watching how different folks are approaching the upcoming Super Bowl.
There are plenty of fans wearing jerseys of their favorite teams, predominantly the Patriots, Eagles and Vikings. It’s a fascinating opportunity to watch people, some of whom have stood out over the last week.
There was the guy wearing a Vikings’ jacket and a Packers’ hat, which should make him feel queasy and cause quite the headache.
The radio area at Mall of America was a show, even when it became apparent that a tiff between a pair of broadcasters was staged for publicity’s sake. It’s hard to imagine working in such cramped quarters, where you can hear just about every radio announcer while you try to form your own thoughts. It seemed very “Blakeslee-like,” but warmer or colder, depending on the season.
In the media work room, the cooks have hit most of the Minnesota staples, from tater tot hot dish to Juicy Lucys to macaroni salad. At least, that’s the word.
There’s been a parade of celebrities that have stopped by the media areas, from Tony Dungy to Al Michaels to Adam Thielen. That’s right, Adam Thielen is now a celebrity, especially considering the way he was welcomed earlier this week by the crowd at a national radio show. It’s hard to imagine the changes in his life over the least year, getting a multi-million dollar contract, becoming a starter on a Super-Bowl contender and catching a touchdown in the Pro Bowl.
But good things happen to good people.
The set-up for this Super Bowl has been spread around town, making sure each event was easily accessible. Yet, there was a lot of excitement centered at Mall of America and Nicollet Mall.
That zipline looked like fun, until there was video of one patron that stalled out about halfway across the Mississippi River. Officials said the rider was never in danger, but it seems that if you’re dangling 100 feet above a frozen river, on a thin wire, unable to move, you’ve found some danger.
As an adult, it’s a rare occasion that you want to be that far off the ground, without some type of floor under you.
A couple of folks that tried ice-fishing for the first time seemed to enjoy it. Of course, they sat in the shacks, heater blazing, with plenty of food and drink available. You quickly find out that you don’t always need to catch fish to have fun trying to do so.
Make them sit outside on a bucket, and the experience may have been vastly different.
It was pretty cold this week, but the outside concerts seemed to go on. Nothing like seeing your breath while singing along with Idina Menzel on “Let it Go.”
Minnesota has been a good host for the Super Bowl, and hopefully, you had a chance to experience some of the hoopla. This game isn’t coming back here for a long time, at least until they build a new stadium, which we know from experience that even if that process started now, with the building only two years old, wouldn’t get done in at least 20 years.
Chad Courrier is a Free Press staff writer. To contact him, call 507-344-6353, e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org or follow his Twitter feed @ChadCourrier.