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Robert J. Erickson

Robert J. Erickson has 19 articles published.

A curse lifted, a fan base relieved: Stefon Diggs’ miracle catch

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Elation. No other word can so aptly describe the feeling from players and fans alike after what they had just witnessed. When all signs pointed to the opposite, the Minnesota Vikings pulled off a miracle. Vikings fans have been constantly reminded of the failures that have haunted the team in the past. Blair Walsh’s playoff miss against the Seahawks in 2015 is a fresh sting, one that created such a ripple in the faith of the Vikings fan base. Losing heartbreaking NFC championship games in 1998, 2000, and 2009 to prevent a trip to the Super Bowl had already shredded the hope of many fans before. And that’s only recently – the Vikings also have four Super Bowl losses in their back pocket. That’s why Sunday’s miraculous moment was so unbelievable – it truly shouldn’t have happened to this franchise. Facing insurmountable odds, Case Keenum and the Vikings offense lined…

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NCHC TV re-introduced as streaming service for most games

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Following the streaming path being blazed by sports media outlets across the country, the NCHC has re-introduced and revamped the smartphone application, NCHC TV. The program also has the capability to stream all NCHC games live to computers, Roku’s, and Apple TVs. There are multiple different price points offered to acquire the service. For all access to all NCHC games over the course of the year, the price is $109.95, plus tax. There are also an array of other options available, including a $26.95 monthly pass as well as cheaper team-specific packages. These packages also include all locked content on the NCHC website. Available in the App Store and the Google Play Store, NCHC TV will upload post-game press conferences, pre-game interviews, in addition to other behind the scenes content. This will all be watchable on demand, on the website or on the app. The app is also an effective…

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There’s always next year, right? The 2016-17 Timberwolves season recap

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In a league where you need superstars to win, the outlook was bleak for the Minnesota Timberwolves around 2012. With Kevin Love wanting out (and not being a superstar anyway), no one was really sure when that coveted star would be possible. The Wolves have busted more times in the draft than most teams, including one of the worst slip-ups in NBA history, choosing both Ricky Rubio AND Jonny Flynn over some dude named Steph Curry. Luckily, with the late, great Flip Saunders at the helm, the Wolves traded Love to the Cavaliers for a package that included college star Andrew Wiggins. The very next year, the Timberwolves had the #1 overall pick in the draft, and they chose Karl-Anthony Towns. These two players have both excelled greatly in their short time in the NBA, and heading into the 2016-17 season, hopes were high for the Wolves. After Saunders’ tragic…

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DAMN, Kendrick: The decorated Compton rapper drops another classic

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Following up a Grammy-winning, critically-acclaimed rap album with another classic is an extremely tough task, but with the release of his fourth album, DAMN, Kendrick Lamar did just that. After breaking ground with his first album, Section 8.0, Kendrick cemented his place as an elite rapper with the legendary album Good Kid, M.A.A.D City in late 2012. In early 2015, he released To Pimp a Butterfly – an album that many people consider one of the best in rap history, and critics thought there was no way he could bounce back with an album nearly as good. After Kendrick released the loose track “The Heart Part IV” to generate some hype, he released a single from the album, “HUMBLE”, through an incredible video that stacked the excitement for his new album. “HUMBLE” quickly found its way to the top of the Billboard Hot 100 charts, and it left Kendrick’s fans starving for more. On Thursday,…

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Northstar could potentially be brought to St. Cloud

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For Twin Cities residents who attend St. Cloud State University, getting home to their permanent residence can be a tough task – especially for those who don’t have a car. Many have their parents or other relatives make unnecessary trips back and forth, and some have to beg peers and offer high sums of money. The current method to get back to the Twin Cities is to catch a bus in St. Cloud at the transit center downtown, take that bus to Big Lake, wait for the train to show up, and have the train take you to Minneapolis, stopping at Target Field. Since there’s only one time on Friday and Saturday morning this option is available, students often have obligations during these times and it’s difficult to make something work out with public transportation. Many over the years have clamored for an extension of the Northstar line to St.…

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Hockey Day Minnesota 2018 To Be Held in Saint Cloud

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There are many names to describe the great state of Minnesota – the land of 10,000 lakes, the North Star State, L’Etoile du Nord – but perhaps none exemplify our passion more than one name: The State of Hockey. Every year, Minnesotans come together on one day in mid-January to celebrate the beautiful game. Beginning in 2007, an event dubbed, “Hockey Day Minnesota” has been an annual tradition where a unique outdoor location is picked, a rink is built on said location, and high school teams face off on the rink in front of a crowd. The games are also broadcast on Fox Sports North, along with the Gophers and Wild games that are usually scheduled on Hockey Day. On April 19, the Minnesota Wild, along with Fox Sports North and Minnesota Hockey, announced the location for the 2018 iteration of Hockey Day: our very own Saint Cloud. “Hockey Day…

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Joey Bada$$: the young rapper speaks his mind

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With the very tense political and social climate in America today, many artists have taken the initiative to base their work on amplifying their injustices and those of their people. With the release of his third studio album, All-Amerikkkan Bada$$, New York rapper Joey Bada$$ put together an album that exemplifies that theme in a way where most others haven’t been able to. On his previous albums, Joey’s style has been a hard-hitting, 90’s style of rap, with a flow that was very hard and emotional. On All-Amerikkkan Bada$$, he changes this up. Not only does he come in with a lot of melodic singing on “For My People,” “Temptation,” and the hit single “Devastated,” but he shows off his classic New York influence on “Rockabye Baby,” “Super Predator,” and “Ring the Alarm.” Joey’s main theme on this album is his view on the current climate for African-Americans in the…

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Belko Experiment: Not for the faint of heart – or anyone

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After seeing the trailer for, “The Belko Experiment” I was definitely expecting some dark and/or gory moments. The movie portrays a government office in the middle of nowhere, where the workers get too-good-to-be-true benefits, and they all have a “tracking device” in their head. However, nothing could have prepared me for the gore I witnessed. The film’s plot takes shape through a voice over the loudspeaker in their 80- person office building, telling the workers that if 30 of them aren’t dead within the next hour, 60 of them will be dead. The workers all laugh as if it’s a complete joke, until large, metal doors that are unbreakable come down over every window and door in the building, trapping the workers inside. At first, everyone besides a few believe that this has to be an elaborate hack or prank. That is – until the killing starts. The first death…

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Kendrick Lamar’s new album: what we know and what to expect

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After releasing the EP untitled unmastered in early 2016, rap and music fans alike have been starving for new music by the king of the rap game – Kendrick Lamar. And, in a surprise, he has recently released two amazing singles, and has announced an album that will be released on April 7. On March 23, the rap industry was shook up, as Kendrick Lamar dropped a new track out of nowhere. That morning, Kendrick had deleted all of his prior Instagram posts, and he uploaded a single image with the Roman numeral “IV”, which many thought signified that his fourth album would be coming. Instead, that night, Kendrick dropped a new track titled, “The Heart Part Four.” This song was one of Kendrick’s most unique that he has ever released. The song starts off with an easy-going, pop type of vibe. After the first chorus, the beat switches to…

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