March Madness Dispatch
After spending Thursday in St. Paul at the Big Ten, we now can give an accurate assessment of the atmosphere of both tourneys.
The atmosphere at the NCHC seems far more college-like than their counterpart in the Capitol City. More rah-rah-ish by fans of both schools during each contest, and the crowd was a lot more student-age and family-based.
In stark contrast from the Big Ten, where only the lousy school pep bands stood out, the Minnesota Wild home ice seemed robotic and corporate-like with endless in-game nonsense on the giant video-board.
However, as the two venues host college hockey this weekend, with its distinctive crowds, both sites still remain the same as far as diversity is concerned. Other than the arena hired hand, we still haven’t seen any Blacks in the stands.
Next: a brief chat with NCHC Commissioner Doug Fenton.
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Charles Hallman is a contributing reporter and award-winning sports columnist at the Minnesota Spokesman-Recorder.