2Day's Two Cents: Lynx rank among best in state history

  • Article by: MICHAEL RAND , Star Tribune
  • Updated: October 10, 2011 - 1:42 PM

How do the WNBA champions stack up with Minnesota's other top teams?

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northhillOct. 10, 11 6:48 AM

Let's give the Lynx the recognition they rightly deserve.This story,however, is going in the wrong direction. The 1960 Gopher football team and the 1969 Vikings deserve to be on this list too.Greatness is highly subjective.The 1991 Twins were not the 1927 Yankees but they were a great team; how can you say they're not?

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dnelson1dOct. 10, 11 8:30 AM

Clearly the best team ever is one not named here: the 1934 Gophers football team. Though there weren't polls until 1936, a number of organizations named national champions, and the majority of them chose the Gophers. Check this out: in 8 games, the Gophers outscored the opposition 270-38, including 4 shutouts. There was 1 close game, a 13-7 win at Pittsburgh. The 2nd closest was a 20-0 win over Nebraska. No other game was closer than 28 points. Complete and total domination, end of story.

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spatrickOct. 10, 11 8:52 AM

It seems really tacky at this point to make comparisons to Minnesota's past sports history. Just let it sink in and enjoy the moment, for goodness sake!

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nowilffareOct. 10, 11 8:54 AM

If the Lynx win a title and nobody is there to see it (or nobody cares to watch it) does it really happen?

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slmitchellOct. 10, 11 9:20 AM

History will look back on this team as legendary and a turning point for the WNBA. Plenty of people saw this championship take place, including nationally on ESPN. It's a feather in the cap on Minnesota sports. The fact that it was women instead of men should not even be an argument. There are plenty of bruises to support that. WNBA is a major league professional sport. This team was remarkable and deserves the respect it earned.

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slmitchellOct. 10, 11 9:26 AM

@northhill Yes the '69 Viking were dominating. It's too bad they are remember for the Super Bowl which was not the title game in those days. The last NFL championship before the merger with the AFL was the Minnesota Vikings. They scored 50 or more points a couple times that year, as I recall. The defense was the best ever. The '91 Twins didn't dominate even during the 15 game winning streak but they were very, very good. The '65 Twins were more dominating in my opinion.

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wyovikesfanOct. 10, 1110:03 AM

The McHale/Mychal Thompson Gopher team was pretty darned good too! Too bad they were on Probation!

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KayterOct. 10, 1110:17 AM

I am disappointed that the wrestling teams only made the honorable mention section (although that is a lot from the Strib since the wrestling coverage is virtually non-existent)- the 2001 National Champion Team won the tournament without a single individual national champion and all 10 of the wrestlers were All-American's (Placing 8th or better). That is a feat that will most likely never be accomplished by another team! But I do think that this championship by the Lynx is awesome! They didn't choke like the typical MN professional sport teams!

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djbod2Oct. 10, 1110:24 AM

To be the best ever, it has to be a clean sweep--best regular season record, and championship. Only the '41 Gophers and '11 Lynx qualify for that title. The '34 Gophers team mentioned above also sounds like a finalist. One of those three teams. So the 2010-2011 Lynx are the most dominant professional sports team in MN history.

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djbod2Oct. 10, 1110:28 AM

Note: The '91 Twins do not qualify--they did not finish with the best regular season record that year--the Pittsburgh Pirates had the best regular season record in '91.

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