Sports world, in Minnesota and beyond, reacts to death of Bud Grant
March 13, 2023
In the 24 hours since Minnesota learned of Bud Grant's death Saturday morning, reactions came in from all corners of the state and beyond. By Saturday evening, the middle of downtown was glowing purple, with some skyscrapers and buildings shining purple lights into the dark, snowy sky. In front of U.S. Bank Stadium, the giant screen read "In memory of Bud Grant" for passersby.
In downtown St. Paul, at the most Minnesota of events, the boys hockey state tournament, there was much talk of the most Minnesota of men.
"I used to see him once a year because we'd have a birthday lunch with Sid (Hartman). He was a special person," said hockey luminary Lou Nanne, wearing a purple tie by chance at the tourney at Xcel Energy Center on Saturday. "I loved his principles and the way he handled himself. Discipline was so important on his teams, and making sure the players were committed to staying together and winning games."