• The Twins were sold for $44 million in 1984; Forbes Magazine put their value at $1.2 billion this month. The Twins were ranked No. 23 overall in value, and have the third-highest value in the American League Central behind the White Sox ($1.6 billion) and Detroit ($1.25 billion).
• Pro Football Focus ranks former Gopher Blake Cashman as the No. 4 off-the-ball linebacker in the draft on Thursday. “Cashman earned a 90.0-plus overall grade this pasts season and tested out as one of the most athletic linebackers in the class at the combine,” they wrote.
• PFF has Cashman going in the second round at No. 59 overall and former Gophers safety Jacob Huff going in the sixth round at No. 197 overall. PFF said that Huff ranked fifth in overall grade and coverage grade among FBS safeties entering the draft.
• Vikings General Manager Rick Spielman on how busy this time of year is for the team’s front office and coaching staff as they prepare for the draft: “It has been a grind, but it’s the most exciting time of the year. This is the time of the year you get the best chance to improve your football team.”
• Vikings Hall of Famer Alan Page’s Page Education Foundation was awarded $50,000 from the NFL Foundation’s Legends Impact Grant.
• Local groups trying to attract large sporting events to the Twin Cities are reported to be making an effort to get a 2025 Bowl Championship Series National Championship Game at U.S. Bank Stadium.
• Rest assured that tournament director Hollis Cavner spent a lot of his time at the Masters last weekend trying to attract top golfers for the inaugural 3M Open at the TPC Twin Cities in Blaine. That event will be held July 4-7. One of the local golfers who plays sparingly on the tour, Tim Herron, will definitely play in the tournament.