Name: Erik Thibault
Hometown: Stillwater, Minn
College: Minnesota State University, Mankato
Favorite team: Minnesota Wild
Favorite athlete: Ric Flair
Favorite KFAN Show: Bumper to Bumper with Dan Barreiro
Best sports memory: Hockey related ones: the Blake Wheeler Diving Goal Game at the 2007 WCHA Final Five and the infamous 2007 Stanley Cup Playoff Game Four Ducks vs Wild and the fans in Xcel Energy Center were never louder. Attending Gabby’s five-goal game and meeting Mikko Koivu while camping out for Wild tickets in 2010 were pretty cool too.
Best part about being an intern: Assisting in call screening and show content. Providing accurate information & statistics or screening interesting & thought-provoking callers gives me a sense of self-satisfaction
Worst part about being an intern: Answering phones during ticket giveaways.
Dream job in ten years: I’m open to anything. My two college degrees in business and mass communications leads my life down no distinct path.
Anything surprise you about the KFAN Personalities? I expected all personalities at The FAN to be self-absorbed, egotistical and unfriendly and I was completely off about my expectations.
Name: Barrett Anderson
Favorite KFAN Show: Paul Allen
Best sports memory: Our Wayzata/Minnetonka football game, my senior year.
Name: Isaac Wenzel
Hometown: West St. Paul, MN
College: Winona State University
Favorite Teams: Vikings, Timberwolves, Wild, the Twinkies and #TeamBringIt
Favorite Athletes: Ricky Rubio, Steve Nash, Dirk Nowitzki, Adrian Peterson and The Rock (yes, he counts).
Favorite KFAN Show: The Power Trip, Extreme Pro Wrestling Radio, The Common Man Progrum, Saturdays with Sauce
Best Sports Memory: Henry Sibley Boys Basketball winning in 2008 Section Finals for the first time in school history against Cretin Derham-Hall following a missed three pointer from current Arizona Cardinals Wide Receiver, Michael Floyd.
Best part about being an intern: Having the opportunity to work with and learn from such unbelievably talented people in this business. I honestly couldn’t be more grateful.
Worst part about being an intern:Not the biggest morning person, but working with the guys on The Power Trip makes it a heck of a lot easier to wake up so early.
Dream job in ten years: Honestly, working with The FAN or any of the sister stations in the cities would be a dream come true.
Anything surprise you about the KFAN Personalities? Most of the personalities were actually how I imagined them. That’s why they are so great at what they do – it’s second nature.
Name: Nick "McFly" McAndrews
Hometown: Chaska, MN
Favorite Teams: Minnesota Vikings
Favorite KFAN Show: The Power Trip, In the Zone
Best sports memory: Going to the Vikings game at TCF Bank Stadium against the Bears
By: Joe Perovich, KFAN Promotions Intern
It’s that annual story we all casually gloss over.
Organizations all across the NBA are scrambling to put the finishing touches on their 15-man rosters by the league-mandated 4pm Monday deadline.
Instead, the Minnesota Timberwolves have opted to act swiftly, embracing the “We find it’s always best to fire people at the end of the week” strategy that ‘The Bobs’ from the 1999 movie Office Space (generously?) employed.
The slew of cuts began on Friday, when 2013 second-round pick Lorenzo Brown and journeyman Othysus Jeffers were let go. When Saturday afternoon arrived, the Timberwolves new regime and Glen Taylor went about their business efficiently once again.
NBA veteran point guard A.J. Price and 2012’s No. 58 overall pick Robbie Hummel were informed that they had earned the final two spots on the Timberwolves opening night roster. This, of course, means that management has decided to buy-out the one year, guaranteed deal that center Chris Johnson received on June 8th of this year.
We’re conditioned to let these “end-of-bench” sort of moves pass us by without much thought or care, but last year’s injury-riddled season is the epitome of why these moves should at least warrant an ounce of a fan’s attention. Who were Mickaël Gelabele and Chris Johnson to us at this time last year? They weren’t even reserves on the opening day roster, as ailments mercilessly carried widespread through even that portion of the roster. The injury bug hovered above the entirety of the teams 2012-13 season, climaxing with Gelabele and Johnson, originally on 10-day contracts, combining for 13 starts and 66 games played by season’s end. The irony of the Timberwolves being snake-bitten by injuries ever since “The Mamba”/Rubio knee collision is almost too rich to ignore.
As much as we hope Robbie Hummel and A.J. Price will experience a share of triumphs during their time here, last season is examples why I think we would much rather prefer to not think about them all season. Historically, the final cuts aren’t without their notables. Just last season, first-round flameouts that took a part in final cuts: 2009 11th overall pick Terrence Williams, 2006 3rd overall pick Adam Morrison, 2010’s 29th overall pick Daniel Orton, 2009’s 6th overall pick Jonny Fly… lets move on.
And then there’s that tiny subsection of final roster successes that burst onto the scene out of nothingness. For example, the Houston Rockets organization might as well have gotten a truckload of coal shipped to their arena on Christmas Eve 2011. The day prior, they used their final cut to send relatively unknown guard Jeremy Lin packing, to free up cap space to sign center Samuel Dalembert.
Then Rocket, but current Timberwolves swingman Kevin Martin’s thoughts on the move when it was made? “That was our Christmas gift,” -Jonathan Feigen, Rockets Beat Reporter (12.25.2011)
Expect Kevin Martin to knock down more buckets than predictions this season.
By Barrett Anderson
This list contains 35 people the average female should know from today's sports world.
(This list is in NO specific order)
Follow Barrett on Twitter @KFANinterngal
Here is a montage we created at KFAN for the 2012/2013 Vikings season.
The season was highlighted by the return of Adrian Peterson from ACL surgery, the offense being carried by Percy Harvin for the first half and AP for the second half as well as the emergence of young players like Blair Walsh, Harrison Smith and Kyle Rudolph leading to a playoff berth versus the Green Bay Packers.
Fans of sports movies will appreciate the song that was chosen for the montage.
Thanks to PA for his great calls. It's much easier to put these together with great audio.
Erik "T-Bo" Thibault