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Minnesota Twins Wildcard Playoffs
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From Losers to Believers: The Twins Transformed

Last year at this time the Minnesota Twins had lost over 100 games and would find themselves watching the October playoff magic from their TVs. This year, things have turned up for the Twins, who ended 85-77, placing 2nd in the American League Central. On Oct. 3 the Twins will face off against the New York Yankees in a single elimination game in the wild-card round. The odds are stacked against them – who under the former single team wild card system would not have made the playoffs. But the new rules from 2012 played into the Twins favor and they should do whatever they can with the opportunity. The Yankees, however, have a history of toppling the Twins playoff hopes year after year. In the last 15 seasons, the Twins and Yankees have faced off in 4 playoff series: 2002, 2003, 2009 and 2010. In each series the Yankees… Keep Reading

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Fantasy Football: Week 1 Stud or Dud?

The first week of fantasy football is complete and what a week it was. Week 1 provided us with many shockers and hair pulling performances. The biggest takeaway of week one was the disappointing show by big name players in the league. A high number of top drafted players laid an egg in week 1. So, let’s dive into the Fantasy Stud or Dud of Week 1. Week 1 Fantasy Stud Alex Smith, Chiefs: Smith is known as a time management quarterback who doesn’t risk throwing the ball downfield. Well, in Week 1 he decided to play like his opposing team’s quarterback, Tom Brady. Smith went off in week one throwing for 368 yards and four touchdowns. His performance was good enough to score 30 points and be the top-ranked quarterback in fantasy football. Matthew Stafford, Lions: Stafford started off slow in week 1 but picked it up in the… Keep Reading

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JJ Watt’s Foundation exceeds expectations

Hurricane Harvey hit Texas and Louisiana hard on August 25. It was the first major hurricane to hit the United States since Hurricane Wilma in 2005. The storm destroyed many people’s houses, businesses and lives. Many people were forced to leave their homes because of flooding. As the people left their home and evacuated to shelters, sports arenas and religious centers the supplies for the people ran low. The Evacuees were limited to bottled water and other essentials as stores didn’t have enough due to loosing supplies from the floods. Stepped in, JJ Watt defensive end for the Houston Texans, who started a relief fund in which he hoped to raise $200,000. Watt communicated with people through social media especially Twitter posting videos of updates and giving the people of Houston hope as they try to rebuild their city. From here on Watt became the voice for Houston, asking people… Keep Reading

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Minnesota Twins: Buyers or Sellers?

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… Keep Reading

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New Era, New Look (We Hope)

On April 11, The Minnesota Timberwolves revealed the new logo that will represent the team for the upcoming years. A slick representation of the old, the new, and the Minnesota. The team has been starving for an identity since Kevin Garnett was traded and since the Kevin Love debacle. Superstar Karl-Anthony Towns doesn’t deserve to drag along the rugged history of the last 13 years. He gets his own chance to make his own Timberwolves brand and build a team that can be great. It was time to move on from the 2000’s 3-D cartoonish look that many teams have shed thus far (Atlanta Hawks, Milwaukee Bucks, Sacramento Kings). But what this logo really should represent is an era where Karl-Anthony Towns, Andrew Wiggins, and Zach LaVine will take over, just like the Kevin Garnett takeover in 1996 when the second Timberwolves logo was revealed. It’s time to shed the longest… Keep Reading

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There’s always next year, right? The 2016-17 Timberwolves season recap

In a league where you need superstars to win, the outlook was bleak for the Minnesota Timberwolves around 2012. With Kevin Love wanting out (and not being a superstar anyway), no one was really sure when that coveted star would be possible. The Wolves have busted more times in the draft than most teams, including one of the worst slip-ups in NBA history, choosing both Ricky Rubio AND Jonny Flynn over some dude named Steph Curry. Luckily, with the late, great Flip Saunders at the helm, the Wolves traded Love to the Cavaliers for a package that included college star Andrew Wiggins. The very next year, the Timberwolves had the #1 overall pick in the draft, and they chose Karl-Anthony Towns. These two players have both excelled greatly in their short time in the NBA, and heading into the 2016-17 season, hopes were high for the Wolves. After Saunders’ tragic… Keep Reading

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2017 NFL Draft Projections

The new league year is upon us in the NFL, and that means one of the most coveted events of the year is right around the corner: the NFL Draft. 253 men are looking to see their dream of being in the NFL become a reality. All eyes are going to be on the first few picks of the 2017 Draft. Here is a preview of the first five mock selections: The Cleveland Browns have the first overall pick and are projected to select Myles Garrett, a defensive end from Texas A&M first overall. With the number two pick in the draft, the 49ers are expected to select defensive end out of Stanford, Solomon Thomas. The 49ers need players all across the board. Their top needs are a quarterback, outside linebacker, and lineman. The Chicago Bears hold the third spot in this year’s draft. In the offseason, they released veteran quarterback… Keep Reading

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Adrian Peterson rides into the purple sunset

Whether fans like it or not, the Vikings former star running back, Adrian Peterson will not be with the team in the 2017 season. This was confirmed in March when General Manager, Rick Spielman told the media, “with us signing [Latavius] Murray, Adrian will move on elsewhere.” Where Peterson will end up next season is still not certain as the 32- year-old running back has struggled to stay healthy in the second half of his career. It is fair to believe Peterson’s best years may be behind him, but as he departs the Vikings it’s worth looking back at how much he achieved with the team. In 2007, after a standout performance at Oklahoma, the Vikings drafted Peterson with the 7th overall pick in the NFL draft. The young running back was confident in himself despite having dealt with injuries in college. He would tell the Star Tribune at the… Keep Reading

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NBA’s All-Star weekend

All Star Weekend is something every basketball and or sports fan looks forward to every year. Yet this year we all who have watched have become witnesses to the decline in the quality we receive from the All Star game. With the recent increased attention and notoriety that the skills challenge, celebrity game, and three point contest have received, the dunk contest has suffered immensely. The three point contest has become the new dunk contest. All of the hype surrounds this one event as has for at least the last three years. Stars such as Steph Curry, Klay Thompson, Eric Gordon, James Harden, Kyrie Irving and more have made the three the new dunk. Everyone has fallen in love with the three point shot like never before. This year the three point contest did not disappoint. With big names such as Kyrie Irving and James Harden we received the show… Keep Reading

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