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Gophers football has carried a fatalistic persona for too long. A well-earned persona established through heartbreak, flops and outright nonsense. But now the program has energy it must sustain.
Wisconsin left no doubt which side boasts the superior team in the 129th meeting of border rivals
Perhaps it's hyperbole to label Saturday the most important game in program history, but the Gophers haven't played in the Rose Bowl since 1962, so this represents the biggest moment since the glory days.
Tanner Morgan manages the game efficiently but not in the insulting manner that the label suggests. He's a conductor who makes a balanced offense hum by maximizing its star power at skill positions.
Here's a hint: The Gophers players care little about their individual stats compared to team success.
It was failure at the worst possible moments at Kinnick Stadium, and the U did not look like a team that started off 9-0.
Fleck walked into his interview carrying a basket filled with binders that had the Gophers logo on the front cover and "Minnesota Gophers" on the spine. Then he laid out his coaching vision in a Fleckian TED Talk.
Coach P.J. Fleck hears the same adjective used by rival coaches and other outsiders to describe his offense: Simple. Fleck insists he is not annoyed by that opinion.
Largely ignored nationally before Saturday because of their strength of schedule, the Gophers stood up and made people take notice.
Tanner Morgan and Sean Clifford were promised only an opportunity to compete for starting jobs at their respective schools.
A legitimate big game under a national spotlight, which, for those new to Gophers football, happens every half-century or so. Or so it seems.
Looking to assign blame for Sunday's loss? In all four phases of the game at Kansas City, the Vikings fell short.
Matt Moore or Patrick Mahomes? That's a fairly significant question for the Chiefs hanging over Sunday's game with the Vikings. And one that likely won't be answered until 90 minutes before kickoff.
Timberwolves followers have witnessed coach Ryan Saunders in the role of good cop for years. But how he would handle moments calling for stern action was an unknown entering this season
By throttling Maryland, the Gophers checked another box to set up a Nov. 9 showdown with Penn State, the biggest home game for the program since Michigan came to town on a Friday night in 2003.
Apparently, reasonable people who love hockey and make an emotional investment in the Wild would cheer a terrible season if the tradeoff is the NHL's No. 1 draft pick.
Minnesota United's debut appearance in the Major League Soccer playoffs should be viewed as an opportunity lost. A new standard now guides every decision.
The Gophers had a ragged start offensively but were never in danger of joining Wisconsin's plight before sprinting away in the second half.
The Gophers are 9-1 since Joe Rossi took over as defensive coordinator last year, while Rutgers has been outscored 165-7 in four Big Ten games so far.
Vikings players deserve credit for feasting on an Eagles defense that had vulnerable areas, but offensive coordinator Kevin Stefanski's plan was a winner by being both creative and aggressive.
The Gophers stood up and stood tall in delivering a mature performance that felt like a fork in the road. Big game, important moment and they pounced like a tiger stalking prey.
In a bleak Twin Cities sports scene, the Gophers have a legitimate chance to start 8-0 and expand their following at a time when Minnesota sports fans could use a boost.
Jake Odorizzi supplied five solid innings that would have looked better if not for a defensive misplay and a solo home run that cleared the wall by inches.
The abundance of praise directed at the Gophers wide receiver corps the first month of the season was well-earned. Rodney Smith and Shannon Brooks proved Saturday they aren't too shabby themselves.
The University of St. Thomas made clear Friday that it intends to turn Division I in athletics, less than five months after being involuntarily removed from the Division III MIAC.
Mitch Garver's emergence as a power hitter ranks at the top of the surprise developments that propelled the Twins to their 101-victory season.
The problems begin, but don't end, with frazzled quarterback Kirk Cousins, now 5-27 against teams with a winning record.
The Gophers on Saturday ran a fast-break offense to perfection because their wide receiver corps is fantastic and Purdue's defense is the opposite of fantastic.
Twilight brings appreciation for the uniqueness of a family's bond to one program. Marion Barber, a star running back in the late 1970s, and his three sons have all been standouts in their own ways at the U.
Tyler Duffey's reclamation project is a testament to data-driven development under the Twins new front office and coaching staff led by pitching coach Wes Johnson.
The final regular-season game at Target Field served as a quintessential 2019 Twins game. Majestic home runs, lots of scoring and shaky starting pitching.
Work remains before the organization can spray beer as division champions, but this out-of-the-blue summer of bombas has served as a pivot point.
The Gophers football team has a bye this weekend, giving us time to reflect on an interesting — to say the least — 3-0 start.
In Green Bay, Kirk Cousins had a chance to alter the narrative attached to his Vikings tenure, that he wilts in big games. Instead, he reinforced that line of thinking.
Aaron Rodgers' "what down is it?" blunder on Sunday was dumb. Kirk Cousins' "what was he thinking?" fourth-quarter throw was dumber.
Should the Gophers apologize for winning or for being 3-0? No. But they should be concerned with how they got there.
If the Vikings are able to climb back into the NFL's top tier, they'll do so on the shoulders of their terrific defensive line.
Michael Pineda's feel-good comeback story screeched to a halt with news that he tested positive for a banned substance and will miss the rest of the season, playoffs included.
Here's a suggestion the next time that Vikings coach Mike Zimmer decides to change kickers: She's playing soccer at Allianz Field tonight.
One game into the Gophers football season we know this: Rashod Bateman is a special talent. And the rest of the offense has a lot of work to do.
The Gophers fielded one of the worst defenses in college football last season until a switch in defensive coordinators for the season's final four games.
Ten seasons in the books, well past the fresh scent stage, so we wondered whether that new heart has fulfilled its promise? Short answer: Mostly but not entirely.
After giving the rookie an intentional walk when his team played the Twins, Cleveland manager Terry Francona said Luis Arraez: "looks like a guy who's going to hit .330. He stands up there like Rod Carew. A little bit of Tony Gwynn."
Brusdar Graterol turns 21 next Monday. The Twins should give him one heck of a birthday gift at some point soon — a promotion to the big leagues.
The Wild has been steady since its inception. But the operation now seems in disarray. And it's hard to know or make sense of what their plan exactly is.
Offensive coordinator Kirk Ciarrocca had called Gophers coach P.J. Fleck hours earlier and told him that he was pretty sure he was leaving for another job. What happened and why?
Fans booed loudly after Kyle Gibson walked back-to-back hitters in the fifth inning before manager Rocco Baldelli removed him from the game.
Byron Buxton is a marvelous outfielder who makes spectacular catches that often save runs … and endanger his health. His durability has become a problem without an obvious solution.
Factoring returning talent and schedule, anything less than eight wins for the Gophers will be disappointing.
The running back is a difference-maker with special skills — speed, instincts, vision — that make the offense significantly more difficult to defend.
The NCAA created the transfer portal to give athletes more control of their situations and make the process more convenient and transparent.
Big crowd, postcard weather, wacky plays and a home run derby between two of the best teams in baseball. It was meaningful baseball, and the Twins rose to the moment.
Signs say it's a season of urgency following the bust that was 2018.
Twins fans have endured far too many summers of bad, boring baseball in order to finally experience what's happening right now. The team deserves a major move to ensure an even better chance of success.
As she takes over the top post at a Big Ten school, Joan Gabel knows that her legacy will be defined in some measure by what happens on the athletic side.
As superstars shuffle from team to team, the Wolves can't risk Karl-Anthony Towns becoming dismayed or tired of missing the playoffs -- and ultimately decide he'd rather play somewhere else.
The United States women's soccer team, which will try to win another Women's World Cup on Sunday, remains in a legal dispute over equal pay.
It took a fortuitous final triple bogey to keep some of the tournament's biggest names from missing the cut.
Welcome to Minnesota, Gersson Rosas and Paul Fenton. The start of free agency for the NBA and NHL left fans of the two local teams feeling a mixture of disappointment and anger. Perhaps some resignation, too.
In only his third full season in the starting rotation, Jose Berrios is everything the Twins hoped he would be. He could earn his second consecutive All-Star Game invitation Sunday.
The retired Twins star spoke from his heart as his No. 7 joined his childhood heroes.
Hitting mechanics involve a series of movements working in concert. Joe Mauer made the process look effortless.
We're seeing the player we've all heard about hypothetically for years starting to develop into a complete package. Maybe the lesson to take from Byron Buxton's 2019 season is about patience.
The Lynx will retire Lindsay Whalen's No. 13 on Saturday; the Twins are retiring Joe Mauer's No. 7 on June 15. Think about how many throughout Minnesota wore either No. 13 or No. 7 the past two decades.
The Twins' window of opportunity looks a lot different now than it did two months ago. If that window had a sign attached, it would read "Go For It."
Phil Esten knew that his alma mater was on shaky ground with the MIAC because that tension was part of the conversation when he sought the job.
Winning makes everyone happy and owning the best record in Major League Baseball creates a fun work environment. Behind the scenes, the Twins are a loose, confident group with a chemistry that reflects their on-field success.
The Gophers ousted two teams from the SEC, college softball's power conference , en route to the College World Series. And it's no fluke.
Odyssey Sims, traded to the Lynx from L.A., is ready for her fresh start with Minnesota. "I told Coach Reeve that I couldn't be in a better situation," she said.
Superstars run the NBA. They force trades. They make pacts to form super teams. They wield considerable power and influence, on and off the court.
The team has every right to trade or cut Rudolph if he doesn't waiver in his position. But Rudolph also has every right to say no to a pay cut — if the Vikings ask. Compromise is needed to solve the stalemate, by Rudolph and the team.
An injection of talent and new ideas has fueled the Twins to a hot start and one of the best records in MLB. It might be hard to pick just one, but let's try: Which new addition to the Twins has made the biggest impact in 2019?
Biomechanics, spin rate and launch angle represent the new frontier in baseball, and Twins pitching coach Wes Johnson has found a willing pupil, among others, in rejuvenated starter Martin Perez.
Karen Hohertz-Jacobs was more bookworm than athlete growing up. Forty years later, she carries a different story after a monumental running feat.
In an email obtained by the Star Tribune, Augsburg's Paul Pribbenow wrote that the athletic conference of Minnesota colleges "would have imploded" if that consensus hadn't been reached by the presidents of the member schools.