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Last Man Standing -- Vikings Head Into Bye Week 5-0

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After five weeks, the only undefeated team left in the entire landscape of professional football is the Minnesota Vikings. Starting quarterback, gone. Starting, Hall of Fame running back, gone. Starting left tackle, gone. Starting right tackle, gone. Despite all that, 5-0. At this point it's old news to talk about the greatness of the Vikings defense. Five weeks into the season, they are on a historic pace of shutting opposing offenses down. The Vikings defense has better defensive statistics through five weeks than the heralded, 1985 Chicago Bears defense. Let that sink in for a moment. ...

Vikings Put Giants to Sleep -- Rise to 4-0

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The Minnesota Vikings are 4-0. The last time they were 4-0... well, I can't talk about that because it brings up too much pain (cough, 2009). The NFL has surely taken notice of the Mike Zimmer led Vikings, one of the three remaining unbeaten teams. At this moment, they are undoubtedly one of the top three teams in the entire league -- I think the Broncos are best until they prove otherwise...

Kryptonite Crushes Superman -- Vikings Smother Conference Champs

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In the past two weeks, the Minnesota Vikings faced off against the past two NFL league MVPs. In the past two weeks, the Vikings defense has made both look pedestrian. The Vikings made the pair look like Cleveland Brown quarterbacks. These two quarterbacks are on their way to the HOF (if Cam stays on his current trajectory of greatness), and both looked disheveled, intimated and confused versus the Vikings defense. The two quarterbacks combined for two rushing touchdowns, one passing touchdown, four interceptions, three fumbles and were sacked a total of 13 times. This. Defense. Is....

Stefon Diggs Shines on National Stage -- Vikings Beat Green Bay Packers

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Even if you aren't a football fan, it was no secret the Minnesota Vikings and Green Bay Packers squared off in a heated divisional matchup last night in Minneapolis. Not only was this an important game for both teams (and their respective fan bases), but this was the big U.S. Bank Stadium unveiling to the football world. Oh, and on top of that, the Vikings started a quarterback, Sam Bradford, who was on a different team two weeks ago. Even with all that considered, the biggest moments last night were Stefon Diggs emerging as a star in the NFL. Diggs helped the hometown Minnesota Vikings edge the Green Bay Packers...

Star Quarterback’s Leg Shattered and "The Old Man" Shapes History -- Vikings Fans Need to Take a Deep Breath

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It was a warm, sunny day that suddenly turned gloomy and morose in the snap of a football. The understudy watched in horror as the medical staff tended to the fallen player’s broken and dislocated leg. Then the staff gingerly loaded the star quarterback on to a stretcher and off to the hospital with sirens blaring. When the players gathered in the huddle, they were still numb from the injury and he broke the ice by asking:
“All right, anyone know any dirty jokes?”
They all laughed at the back-up quarterback, Earl...

Twins Drop 10th Straight, Eye Franchise Losing Streak and Single Season Loss Records

2016 minnesota twins - losing streak - 10 losses - al central Rewind time 17 months. End of March. 2015. It'd been a rough four year stretch at 1 Twins Way entering the 2015 campaign. Since finishing 94-68 and making the playoffs in 2010, the Twins had lost 90+ games in each of the next four years, becoming all too familiar with the cellar in the AL Central Division — they finished in last three out of those four seasons. Enter Hall of Famer (and former Twin/Gopher great) Paul Molitor, who took over as the Twins' manager...

A Look Back at Terry Ryan's Tenure With the Minnesota Twins

terry ryan - twins - fired - 2016 Last week saw the shocking announcement that Minnesota Twins General Manager Terry Ryan had been fired from his duties with the organization. While at the helm as GM from 1995-2007 and then from 2012-2016, he saw the Twins to four American League Central Division Championships, finished second and third place twice each, finished fourth four times and finished in last place five times. This season, the Twins appear to be headed to another last place finish which cemented Ryan’s fate. When I look at Ryan’s tenure as GM, I see plenty of good, as well as plenty of bad. Let’s take a look at some of the good...

American League Batting Title Named After Twins Hall of Famer

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Before the All Star Game at Petco Park in San Diego, it was announced the American League Batting Title was to be named in honor of former Twins great and seven-time American League Batting title holder Rod Carew. Carew, who had 3,053 hits with a .328 batting average in a career that spanned from 1967-1985 with the Twins and Angels, was honored before the game along with former San Diego Padre and eight time National League batting champion, Tony Gwynn, who died in 2014 from cancer.
“It surprised the heck out of me,” Carew, who had suffered a heart attack last November, was quoted in an article...

Twins Reliever Perkins Out the Remainder of 2016

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Last week, the Minnesota Twins received the worst injury news of the season. It was announced that left-handed reliever Glen Perkins, who had been out since early April, was going to have season-ending surgery on his left shoulder to repair a torn labrum. Up until that point, the Twins had been optimistic that Perkins would be back on the mound this season.
 “We were hoping to rehab it, but it didn’t work. So now, surgically, we’ll get this taken care of and hopefully everything will go well and we can get him ready for spring training,” Twins General Manager Terry...