Feb 20, 2019


The Iowa Wild have gone to overtime each of the last five games:

  • Friday, Feb. 8: 5-4 overtime win vs. San Antonio
  • Saturday, Feb. 9: 3-2 overtime win vs. San Antonio
  • Saturday, Feb. 16: 5-4 shootout loss in Rockford
  • Sunday, Feb. 17: 2-1 overtime loss in Chicago
  • Tuesday, Feb. 19: 2-1 overtime loss vs. Texas

The AHL does not list any stats for most consecutive overtime games in their record book. However, the league does report that 29 overtime games in a single season is the record over the leagues’ 80+ year history. It’s occurred twice, including last season’s Rochester Americans (9-11 in overtime; 3-6 in shootouts).

With last night’s overtime contest, Iowa now sits at 20 games that have gone past regulation, which is the most in the league so far this season.

And with the Wild currently in a stretch of five games in seven days, nothing like some bonus hockey to further wear down the guys, I guess…

The good news is the team keeps accruing points. Right now, with 23 games left, the Wild sit in second place in the Central Division, three points out of first place and a seven-point cushion on the teams just outside the playoff picture.


After Friday night’s home game vs. the San Jose Barracuda, there’s a special post-game concert featuring the Dropkick Murphys.

That got Jacob Born and I talking the other day about some great concerts we’ve seen.  Now, I’m a bit older than him, so I’ve had a head start on my live music experiences.

Here’s a list, in no particular order, on some bands/artists I’ve seen:

  • 311 – my favorite band of all-time…I’ve seen them like 60+ times, starting back in the late 90s.  I’ve traveled all over to see them – multiple states and I’ve even seen them perform in Europe.  Great live performers, but obviously I’m biased!
  • The Police – Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia - 2007 on their reunion tour
  • Tom Petty – Wells Fargo Arena – June of 2017 - RIP to a great rock star
  • Green Day – Wells Fargo Arena – April of 2017 – just an awesome show
  • Bruce Springsteen – Toyota Center in Houston – circa 2010
  • Eric Clapton – Toyota Center in Houston – probably 2012 or so
  • Zac Brown Band – Houston Rodeo performance – around 2010 – I was slightly overserved!
  • The Wailers – seen them at a couple of festivals over the years – always a good time to sit outside and listen to some Bob Marley
  • Roger Waters – Toyota Center in Houston - May of 2012 – The Wall tour…just unreal!
  • 80/35 music festival the last handful of summers since we moved here – artists like Weezer, Cake, Charles Bradley, Wilco, Wu Tang Clan, Nas….boy, Des Moines has been spoiled over the years!
  • I’ve seen the “old school version” of the Van’s Warped Tour (not sure if Vans was even sponsoring it then – haha). 
  • Lollapalooza & the H.O.R.D.E. festivals – checked them out in the mid-90s in Camden, NJ (just outside of Philadelphia)
  • Some great hip-hop/rap shows I’ve seen:
    • The Roots (multiple times)
    • Jurassic 5 (multiple times)
    • Black Eyed Peas (multiple times, including this ne show at the University of Pennsylvania around 2001, which absolutely blew my mind – unreal break-dancing and just an awesome show/vibe)
    • Talib Kweli
    • Naughty By Nature

Boy, my mind is spinning right now – trying to remember some other shows and there are some I’ve decided to leave out so this blog doesn’t end up being 10,000 words! 

Alright, Jacob Born, I’m turning it over to you. List out some of the shows you’ve seen.  Keep in mind, I’m 39 and Born is 20-something.

Joe’s got a very solid list. I’m jealous of some of the names he’s been able to see over the years.

I’ve only been going to shows for the past seven years or so (my first concert was freshman year in college, which is a travesty) but these are the ones that are the most memorable. You’re definitely going to see a trend here and just like Joe’s, there’s no real order here.

  • A Day to Remember – Univ. of Chicago Arena – Sept. 2014 – ADTR is my favorite band and I’ve seen them four times, but seeing them on my birthday with my best friends was just the best
  • Neck Deep – Wooly’s – Oct. 2018 – One of the best pop-punk bands right now and State Champs (who opened for Fall Out Boy at Wells Fargo Arena the same night) played a surprise encore. It was nuts
  • Four Year Strong – Theatre of Living Arts, Philadelphia – Sept. 2017 – FYS played Rise or Die Trying from front to back, Seaway played a week before they released Vacation and Grayscale played a hometown show. The setlists for each band was incredible
  • Self-Help Fest Philly – Penn’s Landing – Sept. 2017 – Four days after the FYS show I went to Self-Help. Wage War, Falling In Reverse, Underoath and ADTR to close it out. Six-plus hours of music. So many mosh pits.
  • Van’s Warped Tour – Kansas City – July 2018 – The last full-length Warped Tour was also my first. Drove down to KC with the girlfriend and punk rock summer camp didn’t disappoint one bit. Even if I did nearly die of heat exhaustion.
  • Asking Alexandria – The Rave – Feb. 2016 – The first time back in Milwaukee since graduating college and I saw one of my favorite metal bands. Having Bullet for My Valentine open was just the cherry on top
  • Bullet for My Valentine – The Rave – May 2013 – One of my favorite bands growing up, caught a drumstick and Halestorm opened and even played some songs with Bullet. It was great.
  • Less Than Jake & Reel Big Fish – The Rave – Jan. 2015 – Less Than Jake is such a fun band, Reel Big Fish always brings it, and Authority Zero opening was great. Even got to drink with AZ at my buddy’s bar after the show
  • Fall Out Boy – Wells Fargo Center – Oct. 2017 – I don’t really care for the albums post Save Rock and Roll, but this concert brought me right back to middle school and it was fantastic
  • Rise Against – Summerfest – June 2014 – Got to the fairgrounds at 11. Gates opened at 12 and got front row. Rise Against didn’t come on until 10 p.m. Absolutely worth it.

I put Rise Against as my Summerfest band, but that festival is the best there is out there. I saw so many bands over the two 10-day festivals I went to. Twenty One Pilots, Drowning Pool, Silversun Pickups, Skillet, The Pretty Reckless, Ludacris, Nelly, Timeflies, Switchfoot, Five Finger Death Punch and so many more.

Oh yeah, and Dropkick Murphys. They were fantastic. Can’t wait to see them again on Friday.  

Nothing better than live music, my friends…

Enjoy the games this week and hopefully you enjoy the performance from the Dropkick Murphys after Friday’s game.

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