The Good, The Bad, and . . .

(Well, the ugly would be my 63-year old feet.) Last night seemed like the first Thursday in a long, long time where we didn’t have a home sporting event. So, the supervisor and I felt free to indulge in our usual date night routine – an evening at SAWA. Finestra was performing – and with key board, trumpet, bass, and guitar, delighted the patrons with light jazz and classics. Chef Matthew has thankfully made shepherd’s pie a regular menu item – so I fell off the diet wagon and indulged in a personal favorite. Ruthie had the chicken breast which she reported delightful. All washed down with a lively and fruity sirah whose name I have already forgotten (and it must be new because it’s not on their website).

But, the games. The Good: We left SAWA just as Dave was wrapping up coverage of the girls’ basket ball game on KXRA. He was interviewing player-of-the-game, Mo Eigen. We took that as a good sign concerning the result because Mo, a 5-foot senior guard, is part of the team’s good depth and must have had a lot of playing time. Yes, the Cards won at Brainerd, 71-51, improving their overall record to 13-2. But even more telling was that at one point in the game the Cards led 40-9 – as Dave and Bob Cuniff noted it is very unusual to be that dominant against a quality opponent on the road.  The defense must have been revved to full rpm’s!  [The photos herein are from the Trumm files for the Little Falls and DL games.]

[Sam wins a couple more opening tips.]

[The grandparents.]

The Bad. What you always dread for a team on a roll (well, for any team) – injury. Alli Haar received a high ankle sprain last night and did not play in the 2nd half. For sure she will miss the Saturday home game against Tech, and then likely it will be game by game. High ankle sprains can take a while for full recovery. Alli, of course, is a key cog in determining how far the team can go this year. Our road warriors have played 9 of their 1st 15 games on the road. Now we’ll get to see a lot more of them as 7 of their final 9 games are at home.

[Alli high-fiving.]

[Screeeechhh!  Lauren on “D.”]

[Joie.]

[Lauren and Sam.]

Our hockey girls traveled all the way to the Twin Cities to take on the North Metro Stars last night. As I recall, North Metro is a consortium to beat all consortiums – obviously a class AA team composed of players from Brooklyn Center, Brooklyn Park, Fridley, et al, in other words, from a population base just slightly smaller than the New York City metropolitan area. The Stars won 4-2, but our Cards out shot them 37-27 (though, as Coach Loch points out, that’s just a statistic) so they must have played well. With the schedule the team has played this year, they should be battle-hardened for the tournament.

A reminder to all fans within driving distance of Alexandria. Saturday is the big day – so pack a picnic basket and enjoy. At 3:00, the hockey girls host Bemidji, their last home game and senior night (afternoon?); at 5:00 the boys’ hockey team hosts 16-1-1 Bemidji, and at 7:30 the girls basketball team hosts St. Cloud Tech. This reporter will be following events from venue to venue, with back-up batteries on hand, and wondering where does nap time fit in.

Addendum:  Since the snowbirds seems to appreciate weather updates.  Thank goodness we’re not the East coast.  We haven’t had snow for about a week – with temps balmily in the 20’s.  Getting a dusting today making travel a tad slippery on the way to the gym (16-in-a-row this morning).  But here, in her own words, is a report from my sister Gretchen, a long-time resident of downtown Washington, D.C.:

Everyone around the country chuckles about when the first snowflake hits the ground out here — residents flip into the “panic mode.”  Panic with good reason, I might add. It’s not so much about the snow but what happens with the traffic in this area.  The latest storm happened two days ago.  I sounded the horn around the office to pack up and leave around 3:30 p.m. because sleet was beating against my window at work and lots of snow was expected to follow. I left work around 4:20 p.m. and took the subway back into town. The major force of the storm was supposed to hit around 5 p.m. — just the time I was back in D.C.  I had a treacherous walk back to our apt.  Slippery, icy, blinded by the snow sticking to my glasses, etc.  Cars were already blocking the intersections so there was gridlock everywhere. Also, cars which had parked in the underground parking garages were not able to poke their noses out into the traffic to exit because the drivers wouldn’t let them in.  Happens every time there is a major snow storm.
 
Today I am hearing at work the horror stories from the snow storm two days ago. Most of my co-workers didn’t come to work yesterday (nor did I — roads/sidewalks not cleared in D.C. so didn’t want to chance the walk back to the subway station in fear of falling.) It took one of my co-workers 5 hours to get home. Another one who lives right in VA, where we work, took 9 1/2 hours to get home. She left work around 4:00 p.m. and got home in the wee hours of the next morning. One co-worker had to abandon his car in a hotel parking lot.  There were over 100 cars abandoned on a major Parkway. Some left their cars in the middle of a lane which added more gridlock. Some, I’m sure, ran out of gas since they were sitting in traffic for hours. President Obama’s motorcade was stuck in traffic. He couldn’t helicopter back to the White House because of the weather so they headed back in his motorcade. It normally takes 20 mins. from Andrews A.F.B. to the White House but this time it took more than an hour. Today they are predicting more snow.  Ugh! Glad the weekend is almost here. G.

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The Journey Begins Thanks for joining me! This is the follow-up to the original, “alexandriacardinals.wordpress.com,” which overwhelmed the system’s ability to handle it any more. Thus, this is “Part 2.” As the original was initially described: 10-26-07-4 “It all began in a 5,000 watt radio station in Fresno, California” . . . wait a minute, that was Ted Baxter on the Mary Tyler Moore Show! Let’s see . . . oh yeah, it all began in 2003 when retirees, i.e., old people, in Alexandria, Minnesota, who had no desire to become snow birds, went looking for mid-winter entertainment here in the frozen tundra of West Central Minnesota. We discovered girls’ high school hockey, fell in love immediately, and it remains our favorite spectator sport to this day. Initially, and for several years, reports on these games were e-mailed to those who were actually snowbirds but wanted to keep abreast of things “back home.” It was ultimately decided a blog would be more efficient, and it evolved into a personal diary of many things that attracts tens of readers on occasion. It remains a source of personal mental therapy and has yet to elicit any lawsuits. ~ The Editor, May 9, 2014 p.s. The photo border around the blog is the Cardinal girls’ hockey team after just beating Breck for the state championship in 2008. It’s of the all-tournament team. The visible Breck player on the left is Milica McMillen, then an 8th-grader – she is now an All-American for the Gophers. The Roseau player in the stocking cap I believe is Mary Loken, who went on to play for UND; and the Cardinal player on the right, No. 3, is Abby Williams, the player we blame most for making us girls’ hockey fans who went on to play for Bemidji State. *********************************************************************************** Photos contained herein are available for personal use. All you have to do is double click on any of the photos and they will become full screen size. You can then save them into your personal “My Pictures” file. They make lovely parting or hostess gifts, or holiday gifts for such as Uncle Ernie who wants to see how his grand niece is doing on the hockey team. If any are sold for personal profit, however, to, for example, the Audubon Society, National Geographic, Sven’s Home Workshop Monthly, Curling By The Numbers, or the World Wrestling Federation, I only request that you make a donation to the charitable organization of your choice. You have two hours and fifteen minutes. Pencils ready? Begin! **********************************************************************************
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One Response to The Good, The Bad, and . . .

  1. tomobert63 says:

    Love the blog, I have it set up so I get an email whenever you post.
    When spring comes, you should get in a boat in the same spot you are standing on the ice and have your photo taken there.
    Love the Lake Darling header.
    Taryn

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