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Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Things That Matter

Alex Micheletti, Sam Thompson
and Matthew O'Flaherty
We turned MavBlog over to a few of our interns this afternoon.  We asked the three of them to compile a short list of memories during their time here at Minnesota State.  

One of the interns, Sam Thompson (Clive, Iowa), is a sophomore member of the Minnesota State football team.  Alex Micheletti (Eagan, Minn.) is a junior majoring in sports managament and Matthew O'Flaherty (Wabasha, Minn.) is a junior in sports management.

Before heading off to class, Cole Kukowski (Jr., Lewiston, Minn.) also contributed. Here's what they came up with.

1.     The homecoming win against Winona State in front of a record breaking crowd at Blakeslee Stadium.

2.     The Black Out, White Out and Purple Out games during the 2010-2011 men’s basketball season. More than 1,000 students chanting I BELIEVE THAT WE WILL WIN. And they did.

3.     Eating at Buffalo Wild Wings every Wednesday night before a football game. Can’t go wrong with unlimited wings and fries for $10 for a college student.

4.     Road trip to Springfield, Mass., to watch the men’s basketball team play in the 2011 Elite Eight. 

5.     Watching the Mavericks earn the first home men’s hockey sweep in school history against the University of Minnesota.

6.     The first night in the dorms. 

7.     After the road victory against Winona State last year for men’s basketball, we attended a house party in Winona and shouted, “It’s great to be a Maverick”. Then we got kicked out. 

8.     The 27-26 win at Blakeslee against Augustana that was nationally televised on CBS sports.  Great crowd, great win.

9.     Eating gyro’s in Gage.

10.  Running to the north end at Blakeslee to ring the Victory Bell.

11.  Fire alarms going off in the middle of the night.  Not good during the winter months.

12.  Guys puking in the weight room after rope workout.

13.  Watching the 2010 Olympics on tv in the dorms and seeing David Backes rush down the left side of the rink and score against Norway.

14.  Snow football behind Gage.

15.  QBs getting down and dirty.  Jon Daniels blocking on a double reverse vs. Augustana.

16.  Unbelievable Jefferson Mason dunk in Taylor Center against Winona State.

17.   Always amazed by the activity in Myers Field House in the afternoon.  Athletes working hard, preparing for competition.  How does no one get hurt????

18.  Waking up on a Saturday morning, putting on our black maverick sweat suit and walking over to Gage to eat our pre-game meal. Hearing Coach Hoffner give us a speech about the band of brothers we are and how we need to protect and defend Blakeslee Stadium. The time we have for meeting and the time we have to tape our injuries. But most importantly I won’t forget the moments we have every Saturday walking over, hand in hand with my brothers, ready to do battle. 

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