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Gopher Men Ready to Dance After Surprising Rebound Season

Xeroxed copies of brackets are pinned to cubicle walls across America in anticipation of the start of March's annual "Madness." Amateur office bookies are collecting five and ten dollar bills from last minute entrants, each of whom believes they can employ their personal method of bracketology to foresee the hidden upsets and ultimately "win the pool." March Madness is a tradition with which even the most casual hoops follower has become familiar, but this year the Big Dance could be a bit more dramatic for fans of college basketball located here in Minnesota. For the first time since 2013, there's a team from our state on the dance card. [caption...

"Flowetry in Motion" -- 2017 All Hockey Hair Team Announced

[caption id="attachment_1312823" align="aligncenter" width="500"] The king of flow - Jaomir Jagr.[/caption] In its seventh year of existence, the much-anticipated annual YouTube video that celebrates the unique hairstyles of Minnesota's best prep hockey players has turned... poetic. After a quick jab at the sitting POTUS's notorious hairstyle, our droll narrator (John King) channels the likes of Whitman, Wilde, Poe and Dylan to grace his viewers with a poem honoring the hair highlights of this past weekend's tourney, before taking us through his picks for this year's AHH team. Let's go to the videotape... ...

Russell Westbrook Eyes 55-Year Old Triple-Double Record

Last year, Golden State Warrior superstar Steph Curry launched an individual offensive display of historical significance, making 402 3-point field goals during the regular season while shooting a highly accurate 45.4% from behind the arc. This total bested the previous record (set by Curry the year before) by a remarkable 116 and really is a ridiculous outlier stat no matter how you look at it. While Curry's regular season exploits in 2015-16 were phenomenal enough for some little website in Minnesota to notice and write about it, another Western...

The Minnesota Vikings Can Still Make the Playoffs -- Here's How

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The Minnesota Vikings have a small chance of making the playoffs in 2016. The 7-7 Vikings, after starting off the season with so much promise, are barely hanging by their finger nails as far as their playoff hopes are concerned. In order for the Vikings to make it to the playoffs, the following things would have to happen. It all starts in Green Bay this Saturday against the Packers, who are currently 8-6. The Vikings would have to beat the Packers and also would have to beat the Chicago Bears the following Sunday at U.S. Bank Stadium. That’s not the only thing the Vikings would have to have happen. The...

Where Does the Twin Cities Fall in the National Sports Cities Rankings?

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Most of us Minnesotans follow at least one sport. We follow our favorite team(s) by several means like watching them on television, listening to them on the radio or following the team through our mobile devices. Some would rather attend a live sporting event in person to cheer on their favorite team(s). Recently, Wallet Hub published their 2016 rankings for the top sports cities in the U.S. They ranked 423 sports cities based upon several factors, including: number of sports bars, performance of the team(s) in that city and...

Movie Review -- Seeing 'Shut In'? Maybe Just Stay In… Instead

A film that sets up anticipation for thrills, but keeps its audience in a dull suspense for two-thirds of its performance, Shut In is certainly ambitious, but it falls prey to lack of commitment. The story follows Mary (Naomi Watts), a child psychologist recently widowed after her husband’s death in a horrific car accident -- she lives alone in an isolated New England home. The tragedy also leaves her teenage stepson, Stephen (Charlie Heaton) in a catatonic state; he is completely dependent on her and despite her withering condition, she willingly attends to him. Her situation becomes even more difficult...

Five Up, Four Down -- Vikings Lose on the Road Again

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The Minnesota Vikings are the third team in the entire history of the NFL to lose four straight games after starting off 5-0 -- the third team, ever. This loss to the Redskins was another painful one similar to the Lions home loss in that the Vikings had plenty of chances to win the game, but shot themselves in the foot enough times to eliminate a possibility of winning. They didn't completely blow it like the Lions matchup, but this was another heart-wrenching loss. Just earlier today it was announced, much to the pleasure of many frustrated Vikings fans, that Blair Walsh had been cut by the team. I held out hope...

A Much Deserved Loss -- Vikings Drop Third Straight

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The Vikings snatched defeat from the jaws of victory yesterday -- this home loss to the Lions was by far the worst of the three on the season. Aside from the chorus of mistakes and miscues, the Vikings hurt themselves in more ways than one yesterday. This is a third straight loss, a second straight divisional loss and second straight loss to a very beatable opponent. But unlike the other two losses, one where the Vikings were outplayed much of the contest and the other where they were outplayed the entire contest, this loss came from the aforementioned chorus of miscues. After 9 weeks, clearly this Vikings team is no where near as...

Twins Hire Young Talent for Front Office -- Who is Derek Falvey?

derek falvey - twins Back in the fall of 1986, the Minnesota Twins promoted 33 year-old Andy MacPhail to General Manager. MacPhail had been serving as Vice President of Player Personnel since August of 1985 with the Twins. He had been an executive in the Houston Astros organization early in his career and had previously worked in the Chicago Cubs organization as well. When the Twins were sold to Carl Pohlad back in 1984, then owner Calvin Griffith suggested to keep Howard Fox on as General Manager. Griffith had been the Twins GM since moving to Minnesota from Washington D.C back in 1961. This meant the front office was staffed by largely members and friends of the Griffith family. ...

Perfect No More -- Vikings Sink Themselves to First Loss

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The Minnesota Vikings have now experienced what every other team in the NFL has -- a loss. Calm down Vikings fans, it's only one game against a tough opponent on the road. And I will give credit where credit is due -- the Eagles came up with a solid game plan and played well enough to win the game. But in my eyes, this game is all about the purple shooting themselves in the foot, over and over. Like the Week 1 loss last year to the woeful San Francisco 49ers, this was an uncharacteristic game from this Vikings team. The obvious jumping off point is the atrocious play of the offensive line. We all knew this unit was the Vikings glaring weakness...