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Mid-season analysis of the Vikings quarterback controversy
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The Case for Case Keenum – Vikings Quarterback Controversy

The Vikings enter bye week at 6-2 on top of their division and rolling through a four-game win streak. Despite this seemingly positive position the team is in halfway through the season, they face a big decision at the quarterback position upcoming. With four quarterbacks potentially on the roster when the team enters their week 10 matchup with the Redskins, moves are on the horizon. Sam Bradford, who played at a high level in the season-opening win over the Saints, has not been healthy since. In this regard, Bradford will likely either move to injured reserve for the remainder of the season, or backup Kyle Sloter will be moved to the practice squad (or cut altogether). Then there is the once-promising Teddy Bridgewater. After more than a year-long recovery process, Bridgewater is poised to return to the lineup in week 10. The Vikings coaching staff now need to determine if… Keep Reading

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Minnesota Timberwolves 2017-2018 Season Preview

On May 31, 2004, as Kevin Garnett and the rest of the Minnesota Timberwolves left the Staples Center after suffering a Game six Western Conference Finals loss to the star-studded Los Angeles Lakers, the team probably wasn’t imagining an upcoming 12-season playoff drought. However, that’s exactly what would follow that exciting Western Conference series, leaving the franchise with the longest active playoff drought in the NBA. This included an under-performing campaign last season, in which their young talent couldn’t win them more than 31 games. Nevertheless, the Wolves decided to throw all their chips onto the poker table, trading for Jimmy Butler on draft night and signing free agents Jeff Teague, Taj Gibson, and Jamal Crawford, among others. The bench, known for being one of the lowest-scoring in the league, has suddenly been revamped, with Crawford, Dieng or Gibson, and Aaron Brooks, along with experienced players like Tyus Jones and… Keep Reading

Analysis of who will win the NFC North
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Wide open NFC North: who will win?

As Vikings linebacker Anthony Barr tossed Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers to the ground during the Sunday, Oct. 15 game, the NFC North division title went up for grabs. Just a little over a third of the way through the season, an injury to the Packers key offensive star leaves the division race an uncertain future. Even the Chicago Bears who currently stand at 2-4 have a shot at the division. 10 games are left on the calendar and each team will look to make the most of them. VIKINGS: When the season began, many predicted that the Vikings posed the greatest threat to the Packers favorable chances of winning the division. The Vikings offense is nothing like it was a year ago. Not only is the offensive line entirely revamped, and for good reasons, but the team has struggled with injuries. Through it, they have persevered with backup quarterback Case… Keep Reading

SCSU Sports/Sports

Weekend Recap: Home cooking continues

Friday: In what is seeming to be a recurring theme for the #2/3 St. Cloud State Huskies, they would be working from behind early against the #13/15 Boston College Eagles’ first-ever trip to the Herb Brooks National Hockey Center. After falling behind in both games against Alaska-Fairbanks in the previous weekend, the Huskies would find themselves facing a 2-0 deficit in the second against the Eagles after a power play goal in the first from Logan Hutsko just six minutes into the first frame and another goal from Christopher Brown four minutes into the second period. The second goal finally woke the Huskies up as freshman forward Kevin Fitzgerald got St. Cloud on the board midway through the second period for the first collegiate goal of his career. Just a minute and a half later, sophomore forward Jack Poehling knotted his third goal of the season to tie things up at two… Keep Reading

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Husky football takes big win over Moorhead

After a record setting offensive explosion for quarterback Dwayne Lawhorn and the Huskies football team, it was back to business for the cardinal and black with another home game against Minnesota State University-Moorhead. Both offenses were stagnant in the first quarter before the Dragons would finally sniff out the end zone in the second quarter. Wide receiver Damon Gibson would find play dirty from one yard out to cap a 13 play, 67 yard drive. After the successful PAT, Moorhead would be leading 7-0. Lawhorn would masterfully lead the Huskies right down the field with a 13 play drive of his own of 77 yards keeping the ball for nearly half the quarter and answer with a touchdown throw to wide receiver Derek Kumerow to knot the game up at seven a piece. It would stay at seven all into halftime when St. Cloud State President Ashish Vaidya had an exciting… Keep Reading

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Late game magic from Poehling brothers lifts Huskies past Nanooks

In a high-scoring, back-and-forth game Saturday night against Alaska-Fairbanks, late goals from Ryan Poehling and Nick Poehling propelled the Huskies to a 5-4 overtime victory. Trailing by a goal late in the game, Ryan Poehling netted his first goal of the season to send the game into overtime, leading to the game-winning goal from his brother, Nick, just minutes in. The third Poehling brother, Jack, would get the assist on the game-winner. St. Cloud State head coach Bob Motzko pointed out how the Poehling brothers came up big for the Huskies when they needed to. Nick Poehling, who scored the game-winning goal for the Huskies, mentioned how the game was full of ups and downs. “Just a roller coaster of emotions… you feel like you’re on top of the world and then you crash down a little bit,” said Nick. Throughout the game, there were five lead changes, as well… Keep Reading

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Huskies win home-opener, improve to 2-0 on the season

After a sluggish start, the St. Cloud State University men’s hockey team rallied back, scoring five consecutive goals to beat Alaska-Fairbanks 6-3. In a game where many fans predicted a blowout win, SCSU found themselves down 3-0 late in the first period. The Huskies were able to bend without breaking, closing the gap on the Alaska-Fairbanks lead before taking the lead in the third period. Alaska-Fairbanks took an early lead, scoring at the 1:08 mark of the first period after Kylar Hope buried a rebound into the back of the net following a shot from teammate Colton Leiter. Minutes later, the Nanooks would expand on that lead, after Ryker Leer carried the puck into the Huskies zone and fired a shot from the top of the right-side circle, beating Smith high, blocker side. Down 2-0, the Huskies started to apply some pressure, creating some quality scoring chances on the power… Keep Reading

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Minnesota Wild 2017-2018 Season Preview

In over a month, Halloween will be upon us. This seems like a strange start to the season preview of the state professional hockey team, but it’s related; the scariest costume to a Minnesotan is someone dressing up as Jake Allen. While I still have nightmares of Jake Allen making save after save against the desperate offense of the Minnesota Wild, I can move on knowing that it’s a new season with new Wild expectations. Let’s start with some farewells; forwards Jason Pominville, Erik Haula, Jordan Schroeder and Alex Tuch and defenseman Marco Scandella are no longer members of the Wild. Pominville and Scandella, along with a third-round pick, were shipped off to Buffalo in exchange for forwards Tyler Ennis and Marcus Foligno and a fourth-round pick. Tuch was traded to the new expansion franchise Vegas Golden Knights in exchange for a conditional third round pick, while Haula was picked… Keep Reading

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NCHC TV re-introduced as streaming service for most games

Following the streaming path being blazed by sports media outlets across the country, the NCHC has re-introduced and revamped the smartphone application, NCHC TV. The program also has the capability to stream all NCHC games live to computers, Roku’s, and Apple TVs. There are multiple different price points offered to acquire the service. For all access to all NCHC games over the course of the year, the price is $109.95, plus tax. There are also an array of other options available, including a $26.95 monthly pass as well as cheaper team-specific packages. These packages also include all locked content on the NCHC website. Available in the App Store and the Google Play Store, NCHC TV will upload post-game press conferences, pre-game interviews, in addition to other behind the scenes content. This will all be watchable on demand, on the website or on the app. The app is also an effective… Keep Reading

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