Mike Max’s News And Notes For October 18, 2011
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MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Football attendance, Vikings stadium and maybe a change in when hockey games are played. It’s all covered in this week’s news and notes from Mike Max.
The University of Minnesota athletic department is somewhat concerned that up to 30 percent of the fans on Saturday could be wearing Nebraska red at TCF Bank Stadium when the Gophers host the Cornhuskers. Some even purchased season tickets just to have seats for Saturday’s game.
Bethel (5-1) and St. Thomas (7-0) play in what looks to be the MIAC title game on Saturday in Arden Hills. They’re expecting at least 6,000 fans. As many or more than that could show up Wednesday night when Wayzata hosts Eden Prairie in the battle of the top two high school teams in the state. Simply put, it’s the game of the year.
The word is the Minnesota Vikings could have purchased information on the soil samples at Arden Hills from a company that did some work, but declined to do so.
Former Viking Robert Griffith is working in player personnel for Denny Green in the Ultimate Football League, and said his goal is to be a general manager in the NFL.
Not only has Royce White been named the Big 12 preseason Rookie of the Year, he’s gotten much bigger. He’s up to 270 pounds at Iowa State.
Hopkins point guard Syani Chambers has committed to play at Harvard. Apple Valley star point guard and sophomore Tyus Jones spent part of his summer working out against the Minnesota Lynx.
The Twins Luke Hughes will play winter ball in his home Australia. Rene Rivera is looking for a winter team because his lost its rights to a stadium.
Minnesota Lynx point guard Lindsay Whalen actually lost some money by playing through the championship game and missing part of her season in Prague, but a WNBA title was worth it.
When the Big-10 Hockey conference starts, look for more games during the week to create programming for the Big 10 Network.