What is Cold Omaha?
Cold Omaha is an online Minnesota sports and culture magazine. Tom Schreier, co-founder of the website, thought of the name while driving to (Lukewarm) Omaha, Neb. to visit a friend at Creighton Med School in the winter of 2014. The term was reportedly used by Senator Hubert H. Humphrey in a talk to the Minnesota House DFL Caucus in March of 1976.
“Great sports events are good for this community and are the best way to make Minnesota known to the rest of the country,” he is quoted as saying in Sid Hartman’s Great Minnesota Sports Moments when pushing for the state to fund the building of what would become the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome in 1982.
“Without professional sports, the Twin Cities would be just a cold Omaha. Don’t miss this opportunity to move forward.”
The actual origin of the phrase is disputed, and some feel the phrase is outdated given that Omaha is the home to the College World Series, a state-of-the-art hockey rink and college basketball arena and plenty of wealth due to its affiliation with Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway company.
The name of the website is less a statement about Omaha, and more commentary on the current state of sports in the Twin Cities, many of which have opened new facilities of their own recently. The old Hump has been replaced by U.S. Bank Stadium for the Vikings, a billion-dollar facility opening next year, and Target Field for the Twins in 2010. The Gopher football team got a new on-campus stadium as well, the Wild’s Xcel Energy Center looks and feels brand new despite being over 15 years old and the Target Center is undergoing renovation in the near future.
Despite all this, the Twin Cities have not had a championship among the four major professional sports teams in town since 1991. Only the Lynx, a WNBA dynasty, have brought championship-caliber play to Minnesota. Our goal here at Cold Omaha is to share with you the methods and practices each team is undertaking in order to change the fate of our hapless, but beloved, teams as well as share the stories of those who make the Minnesota sports world turn.
We hope that you enjoy our features, listen to our podcasts and join in our mission to try and keep Minnesota from feeling like a Cold Omaha in the depth of winter.