Photo Gallery: Minnesota Friday

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While the weather is overcast, the temperature is pleasant. 

  • The Trojans went through an abbreviated practice without pads at a local high school.  Nothing on the field to report as the team looks relaxed, yet focused on tomorrow's task.
  • As you'll see in the photos, De La Salle High School has an idyllic Midwest feel and backdrop.  The small private school (600 students total) sits on an island between the Mississippi River and the Mississippi River (the river splits).  As a result, the team is called the Islanders.
  • The field is brand new, but the grass was a Charlie Weis special (see photo).  As Lane Kiffin predicted, the people are extremely friendly.
  • On one end of the field is a train track and a long train passed by during practice, while the other angles look out onto downtown Minneapolis.  It really was a cool background for the Trojans walk-thru.
  • At one point, a horse carriage strolled by, so needless to say, we're not in Los Angeles anymore (you can see it in the background of one of the pics).
  • After practice, I did a little sightseeing, so you can get a taste of the town.  I had never been here before, but it's similar to Cleveland in the way that the arenas and stadiums are on top of each other in the heart of the city.
  • The Target Center (home of the Timberwolves) is right across the street from Target Field (the brand new home of the Twins, which they were kind enough to let me walk in and snap some photos).  Both are also next to historic music club First Avenue, which was the setting for Prince's "Purple Rain."
  • The statues outside of Target Field are Kirby Puckett (my childhood favorite ballplayer) and Rod Carew (for you Angels' fans). 
  • As you'll see in one shot, the entire city is connected by elevated, covered walkways, so pedestrians do not have to brave the cold when the weather gets frightful.
  • Here's a look at a day in the land of 10,000 lakes...

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Hopefully you Trojan fans enjoyed your visit here!

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