PLUS THREE FROM PATRICK

Minnesota fans at their excited, it's-free best:

Oct. 12, 1987: 50,000 people were waiting in the Metrodome to welcome home the World Series-bound Twins.

June 17, 1991: Payne Stewart and Scott Simpson tied after 72 holes in the U.S. Open. The tickets from the Open were good for the Monday playoff, and 35,000 people showed up at Hazeltine.

Wednesday: The Wolves scrimmaged with first-rounders Karl-Anthony Towns and Tyus Jones. There's no charge and 15,000 people show up.