• Amanda Vanderbeek

    Amanda Vanderbeek

    Class of 2012
    Ely, MN
    Elementary education

    Amanda's Bio:
    I grew up in the Twin Cities, but now live up in Ely, MN near the BWCA, where my family has been for the last 7 years. I have three brothers, who I adore, and I enjoy fishing, playing basketball, and rough housing with them whenever I can. My mom has been a daycare provider since I was born, which served as inspiration for me to pursue a degree in Elementary education. I also love to paint, draw, and DANCE! I have been dancing for twenty years and am a dance instructor in Superior, WI....I can't imagine a life without it!

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In Other Sports News…

Aside from the unfortunate loss of the Vikings yesterday (p.s. WE STILL LOVE YOU AP!), the big news in sports for this morning is the end of the NHL lockout.  After nearly an entire year of being locked out of play, the players and coaches will be starting up a new year of hockey with approximately a 50 game season, starting as soon as next week.  That’s a quick turnover for players, requiring them to start training this week.

Now, not everyone is a fan of hockey, especially with all of the lockouts and drama that has come about in the league during the last ten years.  In terms of the national league, I will agree that I am not the biggest fan of how the policies and contracts are laid out for these players.  It’s all about greed and pushing the limits for salary and profit that can be made in a season by both players and coaches alike, which is the reason this lockout occurred in the first place.  However, I am a huge fan of the sport of hockey and really enjoy watching it on all levels.  From peewee leagues to bantam to watching the pros, I find the sport extremely fun to watch. 

The atmosphere of the NFL games, however, is perhaps my very favorite aspect of hockey.  The fans that attend hockey games are the best and always are there for a good time.  And at professional games, the fans that I am referring to are the hardcore ones.  The ones that sit up in the nose bleeds with a pitcher of beer and nachos and wear their lucky jerseys to every single game with their best buddies.  The ones that scream at the top of their lungs when their favorite team gets a goal and half the time scare the people around them in their excitement.  It’s all about enjoying the sport and enjoying the place they are in.   I love going to the Excel Center to watch the Wild play, smelling the delicious Davanni’s pizza cooking up in the 200s seating sections, and roaring all of the power up songs with those around me.  It’s a great feeling and almost therapeutic in some odd way.

For this blogger, I am excited that the sport is back up and on for a short season.  I feel that the league has a long way to go in solving its issues with obsessing over fame and greed, but I hope that in the end, they will see that the most important aspect of the league is the fans and the sport itself.  That is what should come first, and in their journey of finding that light at the end of the tunnel, the hardcore fans still salute the sport of hockey.

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