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On this date in 1987, umpires helped the Twins win Game 7 vs. Cardinals

A female caller who had read what I wrote about Minnesota sports teams being victimized by bad officiating calls over the years — including Game 5 of the WNBA Finals — left a voicemail Monday reminding me that Vikings coaching legend Bud Grant was often fond of saying the calls even out over the years.

It was shocking to hear a Minnesota fan say such a thing, but I have it saved for posterity.

As if proving this caller’s point, on Tuesday Twins Daily posted a video of highlights from Game 7 of the 1987 World Series — a 4-2 Twins victory over the Cardinals that happened exactly 29 years ago. There were a ton of botched calls from that game — the vast majority of which helped the Twins.

Does anybody really remember this? Or at least remember it in the same way they remember Drew Pearson or Phil Cuzzi? Maybe things do really even out, and we tend to forget the ones that went our way?

In any event, here’s the compilation:

Randy Moss, in dress shoes, makes FG that Cardinals and Seahawks missed

I wrote extensively about the Cardinals and Seahawks both missing field goals from inside 30 yards in overtime of Sunday night’s game. The longer was 28. The shorter was 24. So Monday, former Vikings wide receiver Randy Moss showed the world just how easy it is to make a field goal of that length. True, he didn’t have the pressure of all those fans watching him with a game on the line. But he was in dress shoes, so

It’s good! If you’ve ever messed around kicking field goals, you know 28 is a very reasonable distance. But 30? That’s asking a lot, if you ask me.

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