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Minnesota Twins: Buyers or Sellers?

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The number 7 represents how many years it has been since the Twins have made the postseason. The number 7 represents how many games the Twins are behind the first place Cleveland Indians as of Sunday July 30, 2017. The Twins have been hovering around the .500 mark all season and right behind the Indians for first place in the Central Division. The Pitching rotation has been a major problem for the Twins over this postseason drought as they have struggled to put together a solid rotation through free agency or in the draft. However, this season Ervin Santana and Jose Berrios have been the heart of the Twins’ rotation and have been a major reason why the Twins are in the hunt for the post season. With the trade deadline coming up on Monday July 31st, 2017, the Minnesota Twins made some moves in which it looked they were…

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Super Bowl 51: Showdown in Texas

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The Atlanta Falcons will take the field against the New England Patriots Sunday February 5th in Houston, Texas. The Falcons (11-5) path to the Super Bowl was enjoyable at home in the Georgia Dome where they beat the Seattle Seahawks and Green Bay Packers. The Patriots (14-2) also enjoyed their home field advantage where they beat the Houston Texans and Pittsburgh Steelers. People planning to watch the Super Bowl this year should get their popcorn ready because this game has the chance to be one of the higher scoring Super Bowls in history. The Falcons and Patriots have been the two most explosive offenses during the 2016-17 season. The Falcons averaged 33 points a game during the regular season and averaged 40 points a game during the playoffs. The Patriots averaged 27 points a game during the regular season and 35 points a game during the playoffs. Leading these two…

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Mid-season Fantasy Football review

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“Playoffs? Don’t talk about playoffs. Are you kidding me? Playoffs? I just hope we win a game,” said Jim Mora in one of the most memorable rants during a press conference while coaching for the Colts. Many fantasy owners are feeling this way as we approach the playoffs for Fantasy Football. People are fighting for their spots and just wanting to take it one week at a time. Or maybe you are an owner who is 0-9, 1-8, and 2-7 who is just looking for a win to stop being the laughing stock of your league. It has been a crazy season this year where we have seen major injuries to big name players in the NFL, especially in the running back position. Then, if the injuries didn’t drive you crazy, it was that first round draft pick who you thought was guaranteed to have a big year (like Todd…

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Fantasy Football: First quarter review

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The first quarter of the NFL season is now in the books. We have seen some crazy performances from players on the young season, while others have been bitten by the injury bug. During week four of the season we were treated to one of the most spectacular performances you will see in your life between the dynamic duo of Matt Ryan and Julio Jones. Ryan threw for over 500 yards while 300 of those yards went to wide receiver Jones. Larry Fitzgerald has found the fountain of youth in the desert of Arizona as the 33 year old veteran continues to make his mark in the NFL. The injury bug has hit some of the biggest names in the NFL in Adrian Peterson, Dez Bryant, Doug Martin and Eric Decker. For fantasy football owners, it is time to reflect on what they could have done differently to avoid the…

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Fantasy Football Week Six: Start ‘Em Sit ‘Em

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Teams on a bye week: Minnesota Vikings and Tampa Bay Buccaneers Quarterback Start Carson Palmer, Cardinals: Palmer looks on track to start in week six after missing week five with a concussion. He has a matchup against the Jets which maybe a break-out game for Palmer who has struggled on the year. But the Jets have been horrible in defending the pass this season. The Jets defense gave up four touchdown passes to Ben Roethlisberger in week five. Palmer will look to get the ball vertical and makes Palmer a top 10 play this week for the quarterback position in fantasy football. Start Brian Hoyer, Bears: Hoyer has been a surprise for fantasy owners as he has played outstanding the last three weeks. He has thrown for over 300 yards in each of his last three starts. He has a match-up against the Jaguars which makes Hoyer a very strong start…

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Dave Baker brings tourism and hospitality to St. Cloud

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Dave Baker, who is a Republican Representative of the 17B District, came to St. Cloud State to discuss the MN tourism and hospitality industry. The event took place in the Alumni Room in the Atwood Memorial Center and was sponsored by the Geography and planning, Public Affairs and School of Travel and Tourism Club. Before Mr. Baker ran for office he was running different businesses in the Willmar and Spicer area of Minnesota. For 15 years he has been owner and operator for four different business. His first business began in 1999. “In 1999, I started my first business at Northern Inn hotel in Spicer.” Baker said. “A small hotel that started with 35 rooms” Baker said. The hard work by Baker helped him continue to grow in the hospitality business where he has able to start three other businesses in the Willmar and Spicer. He has Melvin’s and the…

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Thibodeau brings hope to Timberwolves

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It was a tough season for the Minnesota Timberwolves as the team lost their head coach, Flip Saunders, to cancer at the beginning of the season. Sam Mitchell took over as the interim head coach. Mitchell would lead the team to a 29-53 record and finished 13 overall in the Western Conference. The team would finish fifth in the Northwest Division that includes Oklahoma City Thunder and the Portland Trail Blazers.  For the twelfth year in a row, the Timberwolves missed the playoffs. The Timberwolves owner, Glen Taylor, decided not to hire Sam Mitchell as the head coach but looked to hire a coach that has proven himself in the league. Timberwolves have been at the bottom of the NBA for a long time but finally has some talented players that could make Minnesota relevant again with the right coach. The Minnesota Timberwolves hired Tom Thibodeau Wednesday, April 20 as…

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Fantasy Football Week 11: Start ‘Em Sit ‘Em

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Week 10 in fantasy football was a week full of surprises and disappointments. Week 10 showed that in any given week a player will outperform their expectation and others will underperform their expectation. Week 10 was another wild week in fantasy football that caused many owners to say “Come on Man.” Surprise Performances from week 10: Jeremy Langford (Bears) 29 points, Kirk Cousins (Redskins) 28 points, Ben Roethlisberger (Steelers) 27 points, Jay Cutler (Bears) 24 points, Matt Jones (Redskins) 24 points and Brent Celek (Eagles) 13 points according to standard ESPN scoring. Week 11 is the last week that fantasy football owners will have to deal with the bye weeks. However, it is the last tough week worrying about finding replacements for your starters. It has been a wild season so far in fantasy football and it should continue. Expect to have players who will have huge games while others…

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