Minneapolis shines in the moment

For a lot of people, the NCAA men’s basketball tournament is just a pregame show for the annual highlight reel, “One Shining Moment.”

So, here:

You did just fine, Minneapolis. But, for the record, we didn’t have the market cornered on “nice.” The out-of-towners from Alabama, Texas, Virginia and Michigan were gregarious and mostly a pleasure to have around.

  • RBHolb

    The tournament brought a lot of congestion to downtown Minneapolis, but overall, I would say it was a good event. It was certainly less frenetic than the Super Bowl (the National Guard was not patrolling the streets, and ordinary proles were allowed to ride the trains).

    • I think every other car was a Lyft/Uber car.

    • All I heard from downtown peeps was the extra trash and folks walking around drinking…

      • There was a party in town so it’s hardly surprising. It was nice to reminded what “outgoing and friendly” actually is.

        • Agreed.

          No burning cars this time.

          /After the Twins won in 1987 everyone just walked around Minneapolis and high-fived whoever they saw…it was so…Minnesotan.

      • RBHolb

        It was still a very laid-back event.

        If the choice is between another Final Four and another Super Bowl, I know which one I’m voting for.

        • That’s cool.

          I’d go for a Stanley Cup final or another World Series…

          • RBHolb

            I suppose the America’s Cup and Kentucky Derby are out of the question.

          • Joseph

            We could do the America’s Cup in Duluth though! 😀

        • Jack

          I know, I know – you are voting for the war zone/Super Bowl….. 😉

        • Jack Ungerleider

          Anything but another national political convention.

  • lusophone

    I guess I haven’t seen a championship game in some time, because I had never heard that song before. It sounded so corny. Apparently it’s a thing.

    • X.A. Smith

      It’s one of the worst traditions in American sports.

  • Steve

    I am sure the visitors had a wonderful time. But whoever designed the traffic rerouting needs to be fired. It took me an extra hour each day to get into and out of downtown. I had heard that Nicollet Mall would be closed, but where? There was no advance warning about where traffic would be rerouted. Blocking main thoroughfares in a downtown major city is just bad planning. And why were the detours still in place Tuesday morning?

    • The traffic jams on I-94 WB near the 11th street exit were ridiculous. Fortunately, if people took the 7th Street exit you could zip right into downtown.

  • X.A. Smith

    The song, “One Shining Moment” is terrible.

  • Barton

    Was disappointed to come into work this morning and see that the stuff is still not completely removed from Nicollet Mall.