The Twins and Lynx played into October this year. Both made the postseason, with the Lynx winning their customary odd-year title.

The Vikings were already playing by then, grinding away to a 2-2 start before winning eight straight for a 10-2 record.

The Wild started right around that time, and despite some struggles Minnesota finds itself with a 13-10-3 record. The NHL says that's a winning record, so we will too.

The Wolves debuted in mid-October. They, too, have had some ups and downs but they also have a winning record at this moment.

Gophers men's basketball? Winning record and a top-15 ranking. Gophers women's basketball? Off to a surprising 8-1 start. Gophers volleyball? Just advanced to the NCAA Sweet 16.

That's a lot of success. I can't recall another time when all five of those pro teams were either coming off winning seasons or had winning records in December.

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