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Tom Thibodeau's reputation as a defensive mastermind has to be questioned, after watching this team fail far too often on that end of the floor.
With one signature, Kirk Cousins transformed from plucky overachiever unappreciated by his first employer into a franchise quarterback for a franchise that expects him to win a Super Bowl.
Many opinions surround the Vikings' decision to hand Kirk Cousins $84 million to take over as quarterback. But this is a franchise that desperately needed to take a chance.
Once quaint and antiquated, spring training has become highly professionalized, befitting a billion-dollar industry populated by millionaire employees.
There are a few players who -- by virtue of height, arm length, release point and athletic ability -- are always open. Karl-Anthony Towns is one of that elite group.
Derek Falvey and Thad Levine have aggressively built a deep, strong team without giving up a top prospect or a long-term contract. They have positioned the 2018 Twins to win without hamstringing any future teams.
The question is not whether Twins pitcher Jose Berrios will do all he can to succeed but whether, in baseball, maximum effort yields maximum results.
Embracing the power of one thought, Twins outfielder Byron Buxton hit .314 with a .912 OPS (on-base-plus-slugging percentage) from July 4 through the end of the regular season - and his hot numbers had company.
Twins Chief Baseball Officer Derek Falvey seems more curious than certain. He compared running a franchise to "drinking from a fire hose," yet he still sounds thirsty.
The second baseman said the prospect of free agency is "intriguing" to him.
Jamal James, 29, would feel comfortable in another era, but he's trying to usher in a new one for Minnesota boxing. He's ranked 13th in the world and eighth in the United States.
Some highly serious (wink, wink) suggestions on ways baseball could pick up the pace at the ballpark this season.
In the NFL, gambling on roster moves gets you fired. But so do bland moves, or any combination of aggressiveness and passiveness that doesn't lead to the playoffs.
Even if the Twins head North with their current roster, they will have strengthened a good, young team by raiding a franchise they once resembled.
Jimmy Butler's absence in the Wolves lineup is damaging, but it could have been much worse.
Jimmy Butler admits he's pushing through some fatigue but the Wolves need him healthy and energetic to qualify for the playoffs for the first time since 2004.
The Gophers' women's basketball team this season ranks third in the nation in scoring, behind only UConn and Baylor.
Above all, Flip Saunders was a basketball fan who wanted to bring all of Minnesota's basketball fans along on the bandwagon that he planned to build with the Wolves. Drafting Karl-Anthony Towns was the start.
This would be the kind of game that lights fires in competitors' bellies and eyes. James Harden showed that. Meanwhile, Andrew Wiggins played like he was full of asbestos.
What matters in our marketplace is that the Timberwolves have a chance to become the No. 1 sporting attraction in Minnesota for the next couple of months.
The Twins are smart to be cautious with their signings, but at some point you have to take a step to get ahead of the competition.
In the real world, the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over and hoping for a different result. In sports, insanity sometimes pays dividends.
What the Eagles accomplished will place more pressure on the rest of the NFL's coaches and general managers because the team wasn't deterred by key injuries or a coaching change.
Tom Brady on Sunday passed for a Super Bowl-record 505 yards at the age of 40, with a recently-healed right hand and his most talented receiver in the locker room because of a head injury.
Randy Moss and Terrell Owens deserve their calls to the Pro Football Hall of Fame. But we can simultaneously acknowledge their greatness and their flaws.
Malcolm Butler, once an undrafted free agent, is expected to play in a third Super Bowl in his fourth NFL season Sunday at U.S. Bank Stadium.
The question is simple: Would Kirk Cousins be a better choice than Case Keenum or Teddy Bridgewater? The next question: If so, can they afford him?
Most of Roger Goodell's tenure as NFL Commissioner has been consumed with fighting illogical or unwinnable battles, trying to preside over the league rather than run it.
Malcolm Jenkins and Chris Long are proof that players can get involved in social issues. As Long puts it: "Distraction is code for 'I don't agree with what you're talking about.' "
Nancy Kerrigan shouted questions. A reporter asked Bill Belichick what made this Super Bowl different. "It's in Minnesota,'' he deadpanned. The game's hype, with off-the-wall characters and plenty of odd questions, arrived at the X in full force.
Such a casualty would be highly inconvenient because our corporate overlords are trying to use Super Bowl week to prove that people can come to Minneapolis in February and not freeze to death.
Minnesota this week will host one team that the nation loves to hate and one fan base that deserves to be hated.
Former Vikings quarterback Joe Kapp is coming to Minnesota for Super Bowl week. He's eager to see old teammates ... and a renowned neurosurgeon.
That the Vikings could have become the first team to play a Super Bowl at home became the dominant theme of their season. That story line obscured a more important truth.
Losing big games and seeking more at quarterback. These are your Vikings.
When you become the first team ever to win a playoff game with a 61-yard touchdown pass as time expires in regulation you are playing with house money and gifted emotion.
The Vikings offensive line has become a driving force on a 14-victory team, and Joe Berger, a sixth-round draft pick out of a small school in the Upper Peninsula, has made something of himself.
Stefon Diggs said he "took a picture,'' a mental sketch, of the Saints defense before he turned back to await Keenum's pass.
Sunday at U.S. Bank Stadium, the Minnesota Vikings gave us the Minneapolis Miracle, a play without precedent in 56 years of franchise history.
Vikings fans may want to forget, but there are so many reasons to remember that 2010 NFC Championship Game.
After a football life that started in Mississippi and migrated around the globe, he has found trust at the other end of the big river.
If not for what now appears to be a bizarre set of circumstances and decisions made by a seemingly random group of current and former NFL figures, Drew Brees never would have played in the NFC.
Vikings vs. Saints will provide the marquee matchup of the weekend, and the winner likely will be favored to play in the Super Bowl. Things will be much different than when the teams met in Week 1 of the season.
The Vikings are the reason there are no NFC North teams playing this weekend, and their dominance of what promised to be an intriguing division race has altered their opponents' plans, maybe even prompted mistakes.
Philadelphia earned the NFC's top seed but without former North Dakota State star Carson Wentz at quarterback, the Eagles are at the bottom of the playoff field.
Since the Vikings lost at Carolina, the defense has allowed just one offensive touchdown. Sunday, the Bears' offense produced zero points.
The Vikings' quarterback hierarchy for the remainder of this season is set. The quarterback hierarchy for the future remains muddled, and probably will be determined by Case Keenum's playoff performance.
During the Wolves' past two home games, fans began chanting "M-V-P" as Jimmy Butler shot free throws. It won't happen, but that's closer to the truth than anyone could have guessed three months ago.
If there is a downside in terms of the entertainment value of this season, it's that the Vikings are making their surge to the finish line seem clinical.
Saturday's game would provide the Vikings better playoff preparation if Aaron Rodgers were under center for the Packers.
Before, during and after Timberwolves games there's plenty of animated action - especially from coach Tom Thibodeau.
"Now that we're in, we've got to keep winning," receiver Adam Thielen said after the Vikings assured themselves of a home playoff game.
If the Vikings win their last three games, this would become the second team in franchise history to reach 13 victories.
A lousy Cincinnati Bengals team will face one of the NFL's best success stories. Which means that one or two cheap shots from a cheap team could ruin the Vikings' season.
If offensive tackle Riley Reiff can't return soon or perform well in the playoffs, his ankle injury could wind up being more devastating than Sam Bradford's or Dalvin Cook's.
A look at the key departures, and what their absences have allowed for the Vikings in this above-average season.
Tre Jones scored 39 points, but Minnehaha Academy sophomore Jalen Suggs led a team effort that resulted in the smaller school's youth-filled lineup beating the top team in Class 4A.
Throughout the summer and again during the Vikings' bye week, coach Mike Zimmer preached the importance of situational football. That was on display Sunday in Atlanta.
Like Jeff Hostetler in 1990, Case Keenumis turning his first shot to play with a good team into a season that will land him a large contract.
Baseball hasn't featured a superstar who both pitched and played the field since Babe Ruth was with the Red Sox.
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The Timberwolves are 12-9. There is nothing wrong with their record. That does not mean there is nothing wrong. And what happens if all of the coach's yelling doesn't work?
He is the highest-ranking black executive working on the business side of an NFL team and the league's first black COO.
Now that Case Keenum has led the Vikings to seven straight victories coach Mike Zimmer can't play games with his most important position, not even to appease Teddy Bridgewater.
Brian Robison not only started his own foundation, he and his wife, Jayme, do the grunt work to make the charity work.
Why are defenses not swamping Adam Thielen with double teams and complex coverages? "It's almost like guys don't believe it,'' Vikings cornerback Terence Newman said. Well, believe it. Thielen is a star.
If you thought Minnesota had turned a corner by scoring 54 points against Nebraska, you were wrong. If you think P.J. Fleck has no chance to win because of one bad game, you're dangerously jumping to conclusions.
If Derek Falvey and Thad Levine had fired Paul Molitor, Tuesday would have become one of the more embarrassing days in Twins history.
Teddy Bridgewater remains the Vikings' best hope for the future. Now all coach Mike Zimmer has to decide is when the future will resume.
To date the Vikings' 5-2 record is far more impressive than their pedigree. They haven't beaten a team that currently has a winning record since opening night.
The Timberwolves and Gophers basketball have an opportunity to seize this market, to activate basketball fans who have lain dormant, waiting for a reason to drive into Minneapolis on a cold night.
More will be required from the Vikings quarterback over the next two months, and in the playoffs. Which is why the Vikings are again asking, 'How good can Teddy be?'
The Wolves' dramatic improvement is because of dramatic change. You could argue that four of the team's top six players this season are veteran newcomers.
Here are the lessons this Series would have taught us if we had been able to stay awake for it.
The Vikings have yet to prove they are an outstanding team, but they have proven they are a competitive team in an NFL season that features no dominant teams. And there's more drama ahead.
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