For the Twins to avoid losing 100 games, they need to finish the season with 46 wins or more. That's what it has come down to: will they go down in history as one of the worst teams in franchise history?
The Timberwolves hope to sell more tickets to teenage girls next summer, which they would if Ricky Rubio leaves Spain. He has to make a decision by July 1. The Wolves seem convinced that he'll be here. But will they ultimately be right?
Reality: Tubby is having a bad year coaching. It's hard to remember any key play out of a timeout even appearing as if it had a chance to succeed, which is fine if he just once would accept some blame.
One Twins' pitcher is making headlines even before he's due to report to Fort Myers by Thursday. Two reports last week suggested that Francisco Liriano is not in the team's long-term plans. If a trade is inevitable, the Twins should be very deliberate in their talks with other organizations.
Seven first-round picks, and an Al Jefferson trade later, the Wolves are back to where they were in 2008. With the trade deadline six weeks away, and a ton of cap room, what will Wolves president of basketball operations David Kahn accomplish, if anything?
Here's what needs to be accomplished in the Vikings' three remaining games: losses. Finishing 5-11 will allow the Vikings to capture the highest possible draft position. In a draft with upper-echelon quarterbacks, this is a necessity.
Joel Maturi's legacy is on the line with this football coaching hire. Will he bleep it up, or land a "Tubby Smith" candidate? The best guess is that he'll land somewhere in the middle. His choice should be Air Force's Troy Calhoun who could turn into a "Tubby Smith."
Middle Tennessee State should be embarrassed. How did they lose to the Gophers? Head coach Tim Brewster told us that this was his most athletic team to date, and that the program was "light years" ahead of when he took it over. Wrong, and wrong. It's now a matter of when, not if, he'll be relieved of his duties. In a way, I feel sorry for him.
When your players skip out on "Hail Minnesota" at the end of the game; when the TCF Bank Stadium crowd for three straight appearances -- remember the vitriol from the Illinois & South Dakota State games -- turns extremely ugly on the coach and the program; it's time for a change.
The pressure is on Twins' starters Scott Baker and Kevin Slowey big-time the rest of the season. But even if they are good enough to help the Twins reach the postseason, more is expected. Winning a playoff series is the difference between this year being a success or not.
Baseball's non-waiver trade deadline is six weeks away, meaning Twins general manager Bill Smith should be dialing the 206 area code a lot. That is the home for the Seattle Mariners, and more specifically, All-Star pitcher Cliff Lee.
The Twins scored the fifth-most runs in baseball last year ... and their lineup appears to be better. Pitcher Scott Baker and MVP Joe Mauer won't start the season on the disabled list. Reliever Pat Neshek is back. Even with no real closer, the Twins seem poised for a repeat run as A.L. Central champs. We get a breakdown of the team from Jonah Keri, one of the foremost experts around.
Adam Weber is 14-24 as the Gophers' starting quarterback. But he also earned second-team All-Big Ten honors in 2008 and has shown flashes of brilliance. He has a chance to go down in school history as perhaps the best signal-caller ever. But a sparkling senior season is necessary.