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In a season full of optimism, only disappointment clouds the Timberwolves

Coming into this season, Minnesota Timberwolves fans everywhere salivated over the addition of new appointed head coach. Tom Thibodeau teamed up with three of the most promising young players in the NBA, Karl-Anthony Towns, Andrew Wiggins, and Zach LaVine. With a young team struggling to play defense, and Thibodeau being known for one of the best defensive coaches in the league, this seemed like a match made in heaven. However, it’s been anything but. The defense is still stalling, too many winnable games have been lost, rookie Kris Dunn hasn’t played up to Rookie of the Year standards as many hoped, and one of the three centerpieces, Zach LaVine, tore his ACL. It couldn’t be a rougher start for the Wolves. The start of the season started out very promising, yet very disappointing. Through the first 26 games, the Wolves lost 19 of those and 9 of those losses they… Keep Reading

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Super Bowl 51: Showdown in Texas

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… Keep Reading

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Fantasy Football Week Six: Start ‘Em Sit ‘Em

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… Keep Reading

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Review of the 2015-16 Vikings season

“Walsh’s kick is up and it’s…no good. He missed it. Are you kidding me? The season can’t end like that,” said Paul Allen during the Vikings’ playoff loss to the Seattle Seahawks. Many people would use the words “heartbreak”, “disappointment” and “unbelievable” to describe the Vikings’ season. Words like “excitement”, “hope”, “bright” are not used to describe this past season but they should be, as the Minnesota Vikings made huge improvements throughout the 2015-16 season. The Vikings finished the season with an 11-5 record which was a four game improvement from the year before where they finished 7-9 according to ESPN. The Vikings won the NFC North Division for the first time since 2009, according to ESPN and were the number three seed in the playoffs on the NFC side. The Vikings are a young team that showed a lot of heart and growing up this season. Just in his… Keep Reading

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The Oddball Out: the Silent Minority of the Non-Sports World

While the Super Bowl is only a few weeks away, fans are putting their final draft picks in, buying out entire snack isles at the grocery store and planning big family/ friend get-togethers to watch the most highly televised event of the year. Everyone will be viewing the NFL throw-down with high anticipation and excitement, except for me. Why, you might ask? I am one of the few heterosexual males who doesn’t like sports. If you are one of the few in the world who is like me, congrats, you’re not alone. If you are a large portion of the male population however, you may be slightly confused. I have never been into sports, ever. I played baseball as a child, but they always put me in center field, where I would just look at the birds in the sky and hope something exciting would happen. Since it was at… Keep Reading

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Huskies Women’s hockey on Record 6 Game Win Streak

The Saint Cloud State women’s hockey team (8-7-1, 4-7-1 WCHA) is in the midst of the program’s longest winning streak. The team is on pace to finish with the best record since the 2009-2010 team, which finished with an overall record of 15-14-8. The 2009-2010 team recorded multiple wins over top ten teams and are the last team to finish with double digits in the win category. This year’s team may not have any victories over top ten teams yet, but that doesn’t mean they aren’t as good if not better than the 2009-2010 squad. Senior goalie Katie Fitzgerald has been a major factor not only in the Huskies winning streak but in their success overall this season. Fitzgerald has been especially impressive during the last six games, holding opponents to 8 goals compared to 20 goals scored by the Huskies during the streak. Fitzgerald was recently rewarded for her hard… Keep Reading

Fantasy Football Week 11: Start ‘Em Sit ‘Em

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… Keep Reading

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Staying active at your desk job

Whether it’s a 9-5 desk job or a busy class schedule followed by studying at the library, a sedentary lifestyle can be a deadly one. The more hours an individual sits the greater likelihood of dying an earlier death regardless of how many hours spent exercising each day. The World Health Organization (WHO) reports that inactivity is the fourth biggest reason for death in the world. Breaks from sitting are needed, even if it’s for three minutes. Get up and get moving to help decrease the chances of developing heart disease. Don’t be afraid of what the boss might say. Workers who take three to five minute breaks every 60 to 90 minutes are more productive than those who don’t take a few minutes to be active. Below are some easy ways to get active in the office or at the library. Skip the elevator and escalator, take the stairs… Keep Reading

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Huskies Women’s Basketball Flattens Northland College

Wow, talk about a dominating performance. The St. Cloud State Huskies flattened Northern College at Halenbeck Hall on Saturday by a final of 81-46. To be honest, this article will be a little tough to write simply because there isn’t enough paper on the planet Earth to go through and describe, in detail, everything that the Huskies did well Saturday night against Northland College. In this exhibition game, the Huskies were pitted against a team that struggled to a 2-22 record the previous year (albeit with a first-year coach and a surprisingly young team) and it really showed in the first two quarters. The Huskies led the Jill’s 25-9 at the end of the first half. This was mostly a product of the Huskies defensive pressure and dominance on the backboards. St. Cloud State forced a total of 17 turnovers in the first two frames and held a 19-4 rebounding… Keep Reading

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