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Kevin Stefanski had his Pat Shurmur moment in Dallas

When Kevin Stefanski first got his opportunity to call plays for the Minnesota Vikings late in the 2018 season, he noted that former offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur had been a great influence on his philosophies.…


Gophers make significant jump in College Football Playoff rankings

The Gophers didn’t make the top four in the College Football Playoff rankings but they did move to No. 8 on Tuesday when the committee issued its second set of rankings. That was a jump…


Twins skipper Rocco Baldelli named AL Manager of the Year

Rocco Baldelli is your 2019 AL Manager of the Year. Baldelli managed the Twins to 101 wins in his first season in Minnesota, including an incredible 55 road wins. Minnesota won the AL Central and…


Wetmore: Call me crazy but the Twins should be in on Yasmani Grandal

The Twins have a star catcher coming back next year in Mitch Garver. They also should have room to spend and are in need of bolstering their pitching staff if they want to compete with…


What’s next for the Vikings secondary?

Something happened on Sunday night that Minnesota Vikings have rarely seen in the Mike Zimmer era: An opposing quarterback clearing 350 yards passing. Per Pro-Football Reference, Dak Prescott’s 393-yard performance against the Vikings on Sunday…


This version of Andrew Wiggins might just be here to stay

Andrew Wiggins has taken a lot of criticism throughout the past few years. He’s been a player who has been frustrating to most because his natural talent is through the roof, but the on-court production…


By the numbers: The Vikings have a Super Bowl-caliber offense

When the Minnesota Vikings overhauled their offensive coaching staff by hiring Kevin Stefanski as offensive coordinator and Gary Kubiak as offensive adviser and then spent four straight draft picks on offense, it was clear they…


Report: Twins assistant ‘seen as likely favorite’ to become next Mets pitching coach

The Twins won 101 games and then the vultures began to circle. With a success story in 2019 that might have seemed out-of-nowhere to the industry, Twins coaches and staffers have become quite the hot…


Report: Nose tackle Linval Joseph undergoes surgery to repair meniscus, timing of return is uncertain

How long will the Vikings be without Linval Joseph? The nose tackle, who missed Sunday’s game in Dallas because of a knee injury, had an operation on his meniscus last week, according to the Star…


Zulgad: Dalvin over Zeke? Cook proves to be the superior running back on this night

The Vikings game against Dallas on Sunday night was billed as a marquee matchup of two of the NFL’s best young running backs. The likely expectation was that when it was finished the Cowboys’ Ezekiel…


Vikings defense struggled in Dallas but shined in big moments

To paraphrase Lizzo: Why was the Minnesota Vikings defense great only when they needed to be great? That’s the question Mike Zimmer will be asking himself as he breaks down the film of the Vikings’…


Cousins shows primetime narrative was never telling

If you have a television or the internet, you know all about Kirk Cousins’ primetime win-loss record. During every game, from every commentator you would hear how much the Minnesota Vikings’ quarterback has struggled in…


Stefanski’s A-plus gameplan pushes Vikings over Cowboys

After losing in Kansas City behind a poor showing from Kirk Cousins and Co., Minnesota Vikings offensive coordinator Kevin Stefanski dialed up a gem in Dallas, setting up the offense for a brilliant bounce-back performance…


Last Shots: Defense tightening up, a lid on the rim, and looking for KAT’s rhythm

MINNEAPOLIS – Seventeen quick thoughts for the 17 points scored off the bench in Minnesota’s 100-98 overtime loss to Denver on Sunday evening at Target Center. To say that there would be growing pains for…


Gophers enter top 10 in both Associated Press and coaches rankings

The Gophers football team moved to No. 7 in both the Associated Press (media) and USA Today coaches rankings after beating then-No. 4 Penn State on Saturday at TCF Bank Stadium. That is a climb…


Zulgad: Long time coming: This time there is no meltdown as Gophers upset No. 4 Penn State

MINNEAPOLIS — The air of anticipation among the 51,883 in TCF Bank Stadium on Saturday afternoon had turned to one of nervousness (nearing resignation) as Penn State’s Jahan Dotson took Sean Clifford’s pass 49 yards…


How the Vikings’ young receivers are conquering route running

EAGAN — During the Mike Zimmer era in Minnesota we have seen Stefon Diggs and Adam Thielen develop from players with little fanfare into two of the best receivers in the NFL. Now as the…


There’s no debate now: The Gophers are for real

MINNEAPOLIS – The Gophers entered the season with high expectations on the field. Many outside the program pegged them as a candidate to win nine games and make a run at the Big Ten West…


Change is here: Gophers upset No. 4 Penn State, earn signature win

MINNEAPOLIS — When P.J. Fleck was hired on Jan. 6, 2017, he had a simple message for Minnesota fans — “change is coming.” Just 1,037 days after making that statement, Fleck and his staff led…


Last shots: Wiggins continues to improve, and this might not be just a hot streak

MINNEAPOLIS – Twenty-two quick thoughts for Andrew Wiggins in his masterful 40-point performance in Minnesota’s 125-119 overtime victory over the Golden State Warriors on Friday night at Target Center. 1. On Friday night the Golden…


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