The 2017 Gophers Football Team Took a Step Back — Where Do They Go From Here?

November 25, 2017 0 Comments
The 2017 Gophers Football Team Took a Step Back — Where Do They Go From Here?

On January 1, 1962, No. 6 Minnesota defeated No. 16 UCLA 21-3 in the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California. On November 25, 2017, the Golden Gophers fell 31-0 to No. 5 ranked Wisconsin at TCF Bank Stadium to end their season with a 5-7 mark.   That means it’s been 56 years since the Gophers […]

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Meet the new Wolves, same as the old Wolves

October 20, 2017 0 Comments
Meet the new Wolves, same as the old Wolves

It was supposed to be different. Then why did it feel exactly the same? The Minnesota Timberwolves haven’t faced expectations like those heaped upon them for the 2017-2018 season since Kevin Garnett, Sam Cassell and Latrell Sprewell came together for a Western Conference finals run in 2004. With Jimmy Butler, Jeff Teague, Taj Gibson, and […]

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In Troubling Times, Sports are a Welcome Distraction

July 19, 2016 0 Comments
In Troubling Times, Sports are a Welcome Distraction

“Welcome to the toy department.”   Early in my professional journalism career, a fellow sportswriter at my first newspaper job compared the happenings of the sports department to the aisles of Toys-R-Us. I laughed at first, but then got defensive. The sports department can deal with important topics I reasoned with myself. Ownership, management, player […]

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Goodhue climbs to state basketball summit

March 19, 2016 0 Comments
Goodhue climbs to state basketball summit

The Minnesota State High School League held its inaugural boys state basketball tournament in 1913, a full six months before Goodhue Public Schools opened its doors in the fall of the same year. The school would field its first boys basketball team in 1929. The Wildcat boys spent the next 85 seasons falling short of appearing […]

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How Great is Norv Turner — really?

October 7, 2015 0 Comments
How Great is Norv Turner — really?

The Vikings enter week five of the NFL season with their bye week, and the team can be given an average grade for its performance so far this season. A 2-2 record, two home wins, and two road losses (including an embarrassing opening week performance at San Francisco. The 49ers have lost three in a […]

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Vikings Expected to Make a Leap in 2015?

August 2, 2015 0 Comments
Vikings Expected to Make a Leap in 2015?

The Vikings opened training camp last week and already are being pegged as one of a half-dozen “teams to watch” this season. The good vibrations started in June, when Sports Illustrated’s Peter King tabbed the Vikings 6th in his NFL Power Rankings entering the season.   Wrote King, “6. Minnesota (7-9). This is reliant on […]

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Current Timberwolves Uprising Reminiscent of 1996

June 28, 2015 0 Comments
Current Timberwolves Uprising Reminiscent of 1996

Nearly 20 years ago, in the franchises eighth season of existence, the Minnesota Timberwolves experienced its first real taste of success. Order had been restored with the sale of the team to Glen Taylor a few years earlier, and Kevin McHale and Flip Saunders were in the early stages of rebuilding a roster that never […]

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For Twins, Sum is Greater than its Parts

May 24, 2015 0 Comments
For Twins, Sum is Greater than its Parts

Raise your hand if you had the Twins pegged for six wins above .500 in late May. No really, go ahead. Raise your hand. No one? No one is raising their hand right now?   As of this morning, the Twins record stands at 24-18, and are on pace for 93 wins. Not bad for […]

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In Land of Losers, Wild Buck Trend

April 19, 2015 0 Comments
In Land of Losers, Wild Buck Trend

The annual sports calendar resets every September with the beginning of the NFL season. The boys of fall kickoff the Big Four (NFL, NBA, NHL, and MLB) season schedules. Our friends to the north in Minneapolis and St. Paul reside in one of only 12 metropolises in the country that can enjoy following a team […]

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Can Twins avoid another 90 loss season?

March 29, 2015 0 Comments
Can Twins avoid another 90 loss season?

The Twins are putting the final touches on spring training, with the season opener at Detroit on Monday, April 6 quickly approaching. A few roster spots are yet to be determined, but for the most part, the pieces are in place.   And what exactly will those pieces look like? And will they be enough […]

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