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NFL teams can win Super Bowls without great quarterbacks, but it doesn't happen often. Given that history, the Vikings are in long-term trouble.
The Vikings are down. Most others are out. So even with Saturday night's loss, the Gophers still could become the preeminent sports team in the state of Minnesota.
Decisions made on Kirk Cousins, Dalvin Cook and Yannick Ngakoue aren't looking good. So it's fair to question if the current Vikings general manager and coach should be making decisions for the future.
Who deserves the blame for the Vikings' 1-5 record and seemingly dismal future? Here's a nomination for an unlikely candidate.
On Sunday vs. Atlanta, the Vikings produced the kind of performance that gets coaches fired and quarterbacks benched.
In a profession that at least pretends to value objectivity and professional distance, Sid Hartman was a fan who owned valuable real estate in the region's biggest newspaper.
There has to be room in sports for human intuition, and for leaders who know their players. Mike Zimmer's late-game decision in the Vikings' loss to Seattle last Sunday sparked a week's worth of second-guessing.
The pandemic has induced sports chaos anyway, so the midweek experiment might as well continue even if coaches crave routine and regimentation.
Two players rose above all others in the Florida bubbles: Breanna Stewart of the Seattle Storm and James. Both led their teams to championships. Both could at some point be regarded as the best to ever play the game.
GM Bill Guerin's moves so far have in common: He has rid the Wild of some of their best people and personalities without receiving much in return.
Many fans may again demand that the Twins fix all of their problems with one, flashy free agent signing. But the answer to this team's problems could reside within the organization.
Do not let the oddities of this short, strange season distract you from the fact this was the most embarrassing loss of the Twins' record-breaking postseason losing streak.
In dropping yet another postseason game, the Twins showed once again that the stage lights are too bright for their wide eyes when the games matter most.
The Twins' starting rotation, as underwhelming as it might seem to many fans, might be the deepest they have had entering a postseason since 1991.
Twins players acknowledged their division title and home playoff berth in muted fashion Sunday, intent on bringing about bigger and better celebrations in the days ahead.
Luis Arraez returned to the Twins lineup Saturday and gave it a spark, but other key players were still out.
At one point in the fourth quarter, Napheesa Collier blocked three shots by Seattle superstar Breanna Stewart in quick succession.
A lot of news to catch up on, including the very quick and sudden end to the Vikings season and the belated start of high school football.
If we were going to identify the most pivotal non-quarterback in Sunday's Vikings game at Indianapolis, it might be Yannick Ngakoue, the lone blue-chip defensive lineman.
Odyssey Sims gave birth to her son in April and planned not to play this season. She changed her mind, and changed the Lynx's prospects for success.
This is why the NFL lacks credibility: Anyone can mouth a phrase or paint a slogan.
The Vikings on Saturday made a huge investment in star running back Dalvin Cook, while Green Bay sent Aaron Rodgers mixed messages this offseason.
Quarterback play has never been better in the NFL, for a number of good and heartening reasons.
One of the reasons the Lynx boast so many possible WNBA award candidates is their ability to hang around the top of the league without their departed stars and their currently injured star — center Sylvia Fowles.
Somehow, Eddie Rosario went 2-for-4 with a home run and a walk and yet had a bad game because of other misadventures.
The Wolves' draft decisions have created something of a reverse curse in the NBA. Since Dallas won the NBA title in 2011, every NBA champion except once has featured a Wolves connection or benefited from a Wolves draft-day decision.
We might never see this team whole. But we might have already witnessed the most important bounce-back games of the season.
Without a normal offseason or training camp, and without preseason games, the Vikings will be trying to douse fires at a handful of key positions.
The Vikings aren't in the business of paying players what they "deserve." They are in the business of winning games while staying under the salary cap, and defensive end Yannick Ngakoue's arrival could mean the end of meaningful long-term negotiations with running back Dalvin Cook.
The power structure, for once, is paying it forward.
Black athletes have raised fists and boycotted anthems and broadcast their grief, but sadly they may never have mattered as much, in terms of social impact, as they did on Wednesday.
By admitting what they don't know and valuing input from employees at all levels, the Lynx's Cheryl Reeve and the Twins' Derek Falvey have built successful and progressive franchises in a complicated modern sports culture.
Cheryl Reeve's work as Lynx general manager the past two years has allowed her to survive as a coach in the post-Maya Moore franchise mode.
What Wild GM Bill Guerin does with Zach Parise and Devan Dubnyk this offseason will be telling, and perhaps pivotal for the team's future success.
As college football goes on hiatus, it's not hard to separate the adults from the children. Most of the latter are highly paid college football coaches.
As he returns to Minneapolis from Los Angeles with an interim World Boxing Association welterweight title, Jamal James is seeking "change as a society and a nation as a whole."
Matt Dumba stood alone in an arena and before the sports world, asking for equality and awareness, raising a fist to protest racism. His teammates and the NHL left him hanging.
Saturday night in Los Angeles, Jamal James will fight for the WBA interim welterweight title. For years, James' slogan has been: "Where's my belt?" Now, finally, it is an uppercut away.
The only tangible value for athletes playing college football for free is to audition for the NFL, and Rashod Bateman already nailed his audition.
Last summer, when the Twins' bullpen was getting knocked around, the team started a flurry of moves that has paid off very well.
Six months ago, the NHL seemed a long shot to become a model for COVID protocols. In an upset, the NHL is now winning the dangerous game of responsibly returning to action.
Jose Berrios is a two-time All-Star, a maniacal worker, a career overachiever and the ace of a team coming off a 101-victory season. But he still has a lot to prove.
Even in the launch-angle era, there remains value in a leadoff hitter who wears down pitchers and gets on base. Last year, Arraez had the best on-base percentage of any Twins regular, at .399.
He's a Ryder Cup player ranked 17th in the world, but when it comes time to win, he's more choker than closer.
The world is loaded with excellent golfers, and it's a very close call who will win and why. Just ask Cameron Tringale.
Matthew Wolff, the defending 3M Open champion, is comfortable at TPC Twin Cities, and he's in contention again.
Learning the game of golf in a garage produced Tony Finau's remarkably compact yet powerful swing. It was on point Thursday, leading him to a 6-under 65.
Mitch Garver blended science, baseball analytics and common sense to devise an approach that produced 31 home runs in only 311 at-bats last year.
Quarantine has created the opportunity and isolation for new diversions as live sports slowly return to our lives.
This might seem like a strange time for optimism about the Wild as the NHL season heads toward a restart. But there are reasins to feel good about the team.
Will there be football this fall? Should there be football this fall? Is football at every level below the NFL going to be called off due to the pandemic?
The crack of the bat is supposed to be accompanied by cheers or gasps, not resolute silence. The final words spoken on the loudspeaker should not be "Attendance: Zero."
The measure of any large sports contract is not whether the owner can afford it, but whether it makes sense within the salary and payroll structure of that team and league.
There are examples everywhere of people trying to effect change.
Sports leagues should have ignored the welcome mat offered by the Sunshine State.
With ridiculous power and underrated pitching depth, the Twins were well-prepared to succeed over 162 games. As they begin workouts this weekend at Target Field, they may be even more formidable than they were a few months ago.
A universal designated hitter? Expanded rosters? Runners on second base to start extra innings? This MLB season could be loads more fun than the usual 162-game slog.
Nelson Cruz was a deserving winner, but the Lynx star gave up her career to dedicate her life to criminal justice reform, and should have won the award.
Among many Twins fans, the name Pohlad is synonymous with cheapness. As the team prepares for a long-delayed Opening Day, this is a good time to ask whether the family deserves the reputation.
It shouldn't need to be this way, but having Gregg Popovich, Steve Kerr and others speak out has made a difference in the month since the killing of George Floyd.
MLB owners didn't want a regular season longer than 60 games. They slow-played the negotiations until imposing a 60-game schedule, finalized Tuesday, became more a matter of necessity than a matter of choice.
If baseball owners prove they care about their sport and other things go right, we could be approaching the most saturated nine-month stretch of sports in American history.
It's time for Americans to choose: Do you care about citizens or symbols?
"Family" isn't a coaching cliché for Gophers women's basketball assistant Carly Thibault-DuDonis. Her father is in the WNBA and her husband is the head coach at Wisconsin-River Falls.
The made-for-TV charity event was gobbled up by fans craving any sort of live sports, but it was compelling enough with personalities, banter and insight to merit imitators.
Signing Colin Kaepernick would signal the Vikings care about social justice, and that the NFL acknowledges its wrongful blackballing of a talented quarterback. It would also make football sense.
If players and owners can't agree on salaries this year, it would be another blow to the game
Torii Hunter listened to veteran teammates and slowly learned. He progressed from a talented youngster who couldn't identify the spin of offspeed pitches to a slugger who crushed them.
For many white Americans, exposure to what it is like to be black in the United States often comes through black athletes and entertainers. We should listen to them.
Had the NHL stuck to the traditional 16-team bracket, the Wild would have been out. Instead, it will get to play a best-of-five series against Vancouver. Minnesota's players could have the edge.
Born in Bogota, Colombia, his family moved to Miami when he was 11. A friend saw Fuad Reveiz kicking a soccer ball and talked him into trying football.
But the former standout running back is worried about his mentoring program for at-risk kids and troubled by the NFL's apathy toward former players with needs.
Sportstuff won't return for Stanley Cup playoffs, but fans should try to enjoy the sport at least.
Sports coverage will never be as wild and personal as it was when an angry Wolves player walked into the media room and announced he was calling his own press conference.
If you're not angry about discrimination, you should be angry about so many teams breaking the golden rule of sports. They're not doing all they can to win.