Don't get me wrong here, Minnesota is an American hockey hotbed. People here love their hockey like few other states in the union, but lately I've been getting a little sick and tired of our need to proclaim Minnesota as the greatest lover of hockey in all the world.
It all started with the whole "State of Hockey" thing. Sure, that's a cute little motto we got here and I like the logo. Even the song they sing before each home game is ok by me; it's full of schmaltz and vinegar, but what the hell right? So we like our hockey here, that should be the end of the story.
Well, apparently that's not enough for the brain wizards at Fox Sports. Next Saturday, January 20th, has been proclaimed "Hockey Day Minnesota", a cheap copy of the enormously successful "Hockey Day in Canada" that's been going on for years. On Saturday they're going to show 3 hockey games in a row on FSN: a high school game played on a bay up north, the Gopher game and the Wild-Stars game to wrap the day.
Please don't take this the wrong way. I will stand and applaud any time they decide to show 3 consecutive hockey games on TV, that's a great thing. But to imply that no one loves their hockey like we do here is ridiculous and embarrassing. Rant over.