Originally written on State of Hockey News  |  Last updated 12/29/11
"You load sixteen tons what do you get, Another day older and deeper in debt, Saint Peter don't you call me 'cause I can't go, I owe my soul to the company store, If you see me coming better step aside, A lot of men didn't a lot of men died, One fist of iron the other of steel, If the right one don't get you then the left one will" this song simply called 16 Tons by folk singer Ford Tennessee Ernie captures the struggle that miners faced working in the Coal mines of Pennsylvania and West Virginia.  I guess with the Wild's 8-game losing skid I felt compelled to find something that sort of talked about the relentless grind of the regular season and how it can be grueling ordeal.  Certainly not as fraught with danger as coal miners experience, but certainly its an ordeal that tests a person's mental and physical endurance.  Last night the Wild had one of their better efforts, but were not rewarded with a victory but a 2-1 shootout loss.  Like coal miners, the Wild must find a way to pe...
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