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Look away, Vikings fans: Sports Illustrated's predictions will make your purple blood boil

For Vikings fans, anger is now for sale on newsstands. For $4.99, you can buy the Sports Illustrated NFL preview issue that will make you scream before you get back to your purple-and-gold-painted van in the parking lot.

The SI that hit mailboxes and shelves late this week features these jabs:

  • A prediction that the Vikings lose their home opener, the first game in U.S. Bank Stadium – to the Packers.
  • A prediction that on a nationally televised Christmas Eve game, the Vikings will lose – to the Packers.
  • A prediction that Vikings make the playoffs but finish second in the NFC North – to the Packers.
  • A prediction that in the playoffs, the Vikings lose their first game – to the Packers.

 

Minnesota's least-favorite forecast since Oct. 30, 1991!

The magazine does have a nice write-up on Harrison Smith, and applauds the longevity of Adrian Peterson’s run, but Vikings fans will throw it across the room before they get to those words.

SI also basically ignores Teddy Bridgewater’s important season ahead, and has the team finishing 10-6, a step back from last year’s 11-5 North-winning season.

The Packers make the NFC title game, SI says, losing to the Cardinals. The magazine’s Super Bowl pick: Arizona over Pittsburgh.

SI once again put out an impressive, 90-plus page NFL preview, but if the Vikings are your team, you won’t like it.

Wolves, Lynx, Vikings show off new attractions

The Twin Cities sports market was busy showing off its new attractions Friday. 

At 9 a.m., Target Center activated its new massive scoreboard with the help of Timberwolves and Lynx CEO Ethan Casson and Wolves general manager Scott Layden. At the same time on the east end of downtown, U.S. Bank Stadium opened its massive glass doors for the first time.

The show and tell was just starting, though. At 10 a.m., the Vikings practiced on their new field for the first time. At noon, the media got a behind-the-scenes tour for game-day procedures. Then the At 1 p.m., Vikings unveiled the Vikings Voyage interactive experience and opened the team store. 

The Timberwolves and Lynx new scoreboard, the largest in the Upper Midwest, will be on display to the public for the first time Sunday when the Lynx host Seattle. And the Vikings will play their first game in the new stadium, also on Sunday, against the San Diego Chargers in the preseason meeting. 

If you’re a sports fan, the new scoreboard, which is Phase 1 of the stadium’s renovation, is worth a trip to Target Center this summer or winter. The Vikings Voyage interactive experience, somewhat of a museum and theme park combo, is also worth your time. 

Watch both of videos, the scoreboard activation and interactive experience, to get a glimpse of what you’ll see and experience. 

TV Listings

Local Schedule

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  • Twins at Toronto

    12:07 pm on FSN, 96.3-FM

  • Canterbury Park live racing

    6 pm

  • Saints at Lincoln

    6:35 pm on 1220-AM

  • Minnesota United FC at Miami FC

    7 pm on Ch. 29

  • San Diego at Vikings (preseason)

    12 pm on Ch. 9, 100.3/1130

  • Twins at Toronto

    12:07 pm on FSN, 96.3-FM

  • Canterbury Park live racing

    12:45 pm

  • Saints at Lincoln

    5:05 pm on 1220-AM

  • Seattle at Lynx

    6 pm on ESPN2, 106.1-FM

  • Twins at Cleveland

    6:10 pm on FSN, 96.3-FM

  • Twins at Cleveland

    6:10 pm on FSN, 96.3-FM

  • Winnipeg at Saints

    7:05 pm on 1220-AM

  • Twins at Cleveland

    6:10 pm on FSN, 96.3-FM

  • Minnesota United FC at Fort Lauderdale

    6:30 pm on CBSSN

  • Winnipeg at Saints

    7:05 pm on 1220-AM

  • Canterbury Park live racing

    6:30 pm

  • L.A. Rams at Vikings (preseason)

    7 pm on Ch. 9, 100.3/1130

  • Winnipeg at Saints

    7:05 pm

  • Chicago White Sox at Twins

    7:10 pm on FSN, 96.3-FM

  • Oregon State at Gophers football

    8 pm on BTN, 107.9-FM

  • Canterbury Park live racing

    6:30 pm

  • Washington at Lynx

    7 pm on 106.1-FM

  • Lincoln at Saints

    7:05 pm on 1220-AM

  • Chicago White Sox at Twins

    7:10 pm on FSN, 96.3-FM

Today's Scoreboard

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  • Colorado

    Washington

     

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  • Minnesota

    Toronto

     

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  • Chicago Cubs

    LA Dodgers

    3:05 PM

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  • Kansas City

    Boston

    6:10 PM

  • Seattle

    Chicago White Sox

    6:10 PM

  • LA Angels

    Detroit

    6:10 PM

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  • Tampa Bay

    Houston

    6:10 PM

  • San Diego

    Miami

    6:10 PM

  • Pittsburgh

    Milwaukee

    6:10 PM

  • Philadelphia

    NY Mets

    6:10 PM

  • Oakland

    St. Louis

    6:15 PM

  • Cleveland

    Texas

    7:05 PM

  • Cincinnati

    Arizona

    7:10 PM

  • Atlanta

    San Francisco

    8:05 PM

  • Kansas City

    Chicago

     

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  • Philadelphia

    Indianapolis

    6:00 PM

  • Detroit

    Baltimore

    6:00 PM

  • NY Giants

    NY Jets

    6:30 PM

  • Tennessee

    Oakland

    7:00 PM

    CBS

  • Los Angeles

    Denver

    8:00 PM

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No NHL games today

  • Sporting Kansas City

    Philadelphia

    6:00 PM

  • Chicago

    D.C.

    6:00 PM

  • San Jose

    Columbus

    6:30 PM

  • Montreal

    Toronto FC

    6:30 PM

  • FC Dallas

    Houston

    8:00 PM

  • Vancouver

    Los Angeles

    9:30 PM