digital sports editor Howard Sinker used to cover the Twins and now shares season tickets with friends in Section 219 of Target Field. He blogs about baseball from the perspective of a long-time fan who loves the game, doesn’t always believe the hype and likes hearing what others think. Howard sometimes talks about sports with Cathy Wurzer on MPR's Morning Edition.

35 games without a win -- and then... (A North Stars story)

Posted by: Howard Sinker under Twins fans, Twins postseason Updated: May 27, 2010 - 9:19 AM

There is precedent in Minnesota for this Yankees nonsense, and it's an excuse to show one of the best hockey videos of all time.

Going into Boston on Feb. 26, 1981, the Minnesota North Stars had a 34-game winless streak at the Boston Garden -- 0-27-7.

That night, coach Glen Sonmor came up with an, uhhhh, interesting strategy.

The fun started 7 seconds in the game.

This video includes an 85-second introduction into the night's events and then gets down to business. (Skip to the 1:25 mark if you already know the story and just want to witness the execution.)

For the record, the North Stars lost that game too.

A couple of months later, though, here's what happened when they faced the Bruins in the playoffs.

Also for the record, Section 219 does not advocate hockey-style violence as a means of solving baseball-style problems.

But it's time to think of something.



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