PLUS THREE

Winter's Big Three that's hard to enjoy:

Gophers basketball (men): No. 12 nationally in Week 4, now a disaster rivaling 2015-16. Richard Pitino's Big Ten record stands at 30-56 (.349).

Timberwolves: The return to the playoffs after a 13-season absence won't last more than six games for these road wimps.

Wild: The fans give 'em too much love. Time to go back to North Stars days and to start booing empty power plays with gusto.