[caption id="attachment_21783" align="alignleft"]Britney Griner[/caption]Across many regions including these Twin Cities, the WNBA is establishing a root that is growing.
[caption id="attachment_21760" align="alignleft"]North High Polar Nathan Hampton # 28 [/caption]Football teams do not begin their official season playing only the first half.
On Aug. 29, however, just before the beginning of the second half of the game between the North Minneapolis High School Polars and St. Paul Como Park, a loud and heavy thunderstorm demanded the head official make the game … official. With North leading 14-0, on their home field, the game was called and the rains continued to fall in soaking fashion.
[caption id="attachment_21685" align="alignleft"]Serena Williams[/caption]Later in their careers, the great athletes in sports often rebuff suggestions of their eminent demise with “in your face” victories for the history books. Each additional Grand Slam tournament victory by Serena Williams brings her closer to the title of Greatest of All-Time a.k.a. “The G.O.A.T.” And be for certain, the rumors of Williams’ demise are greatly exaggerated (meaning don’t read that article I wrote a couple months ago).
[caption id="attachment_21639" align="alignleft"]Gopher Football coach Jerry Kill [/caption]The Minnesota Golden Gopher football team opened the 2014 season with a sound victory, just as they did last year.
The Vikings have Adrian Peterson.
The organization has a history of breaking hearts, but they have Adrian Peterson, so it ain’t all bad. Prognosticators have already revised their previous 2014 Vikings predictions, due to the impressive way the team has performed in the pre-season. But while most are being non-committal to say just how good the team might be, I’ll call out the Vikings to be one of the big surprises in the NFL this season – not surprise as in Super bowl surprise, but surprise like, go ahead and blow that Viking horn and enjoy a winning season kind of surprise.
[caption id="attachment_21507" align="alignleft"]Maya Moore[/caption]The Minnesota Lynx have a very special team of leaders.
This is the stuff that sports dynasties are made of. But the road leading to the Lynx third WNBA Championship is just the challenge that this historic group of ballers needs; because after all, championships, dynasties and their big shiny trophies shouldn’t come easy … and they don’t.
[caption id="attachment_21427" align="alignleft"]Viking fans are getting fuzzy over Teddy.[/caption]The Minnesota Vikings have a lot of new.
They’ve got new coaches, players, systems, playing facilities and so on. And while it’s hard to know what all this new stuff is going to do, we can always bank on the barbershop pundits to wax poetic, comical, sometimes even biblical, about everything … including the Vikings.
[caption id="attachment_21298" align="alignleft"]Andrew Wiggins (Photo credit: Bryan Horowitz / Creative Commons)[/caption]The Minnesota Timberwolves have a “handshake agreement” to trade star power forward Kevin Love to the Cleveland Cavaliers (yes the team with Lebron James) in exchange for this years’ #1 pick Andrew Wiggins from the University of Kansas. Also likely in the deal, are draft picks and a valuable young forward from the Philadelphia 76ers named Thaddeus Young. As with any big ticket trade, opinions vary, but it is always valuable to consider the obvious.
[caption id="attachment_21106" align="alignleft"]Derek Jeter (Photo credit: Keith Allison)[/caption]A green line painted on the sidewalk led baseball fans from FanFest events at the Minneapolis Convention Center, winding through Nicollet Mall, and ultimately landing visitors at the doorstep of Target Field for the 2014 Major League Baseball All-Star game.
[caption id="attachment_21062" align="alignleft"]Target Field Stadium[/caption]Twenty-nine franchises are not selected to host the Major League Baseball (MLB) All-Star game.