Minnesota sports: Thirsty for success

  • Article by: KENT YOUNGBLOOD , Star Tribune
  • Updated: June 17, 2012 - 4:35 AM

L.A. is celebrating a Stanley Cup title. Miami and Oklahoma City are showing their colors in the NBA Finals. If only fans of struggling pro teams in the Twin Cities could get a piece of that action.

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la2309Jun. 16, 12 6:57 PM

I'll submit a couple of Gophers programs along with them because misery loves company.

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stoneageJun. 16, 12 9:24 PM

Now if we could get excited and passionate about something that really matters. I've never understood why people need this stuff to make them feel viable.

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bluedevil101Jun. 16, 12 9:40 PM

It's ridiculous an article like this appears when we've got the highest achievement gap in the nation in our state's classrooms. Sports is a zero compared to the achievement gap crisis.

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lindsaytJun. 16, 12 9:52 PM

We have possibly the best women's basketball team there's ever been and yet we get a whiny article about the men's inability to win playoffs. Sure, the article mentions the Lynx, but more like they're some pathetic also-ran. Basketball is big and these women are legit. Who can complain about our non-winning teams when there's serious, winning, professional basketball happening downtown all summer long? Give the women the credit they've earned.

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sternitzkyJun. 16, 1210:17 PM

As a MN girl living in WI I would love to see a MN team win it all in any sport!!

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rshacklefordJun. 16, 1211:23 PM

Obviously, the architects of the baseball stadium are to blame here. We need to raze the stadium and build a different one in order to make the team competitive. Just give Dayton a Twins jersey (preferably #12 just for laughs) and he'll open up the state's coffers.

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pgawtryJun. 16, 1211:36 PM

It's actually been pretty entertaining (read: more entertaining than at least 50% of Twins games and about 80% of them last year) to watch the Lynx roll over everyone else. Feels nice to break/set some records and win some games now and again. In this town, at this moment, women's sports > men's sports. Hopefully the Timberwolves can take a cue from the Lynx after they see the championship banner hanging in the rafters when they play this fall. It would behoove some of the players on these lowly men's teams to go watch the Lynx play and see how well they do (even if they're at least 20-30% better than their competition) and what playing well with execution and teamwork can get them. I know Rubio's been to some Lynx games - they show him on the scoreboard and everyone cheers for him - and now he's talking about how he thinks the Wolves can be the next big thing in the NBA. At least someone around here is inspired by seeing winners.

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ben1011Jun. 16, 1211:50 PM

Hello... LYNX!!!

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tmack24Jun. 17, 12 2:21 AM

It seems to me the area is caught up in a must have a new toy media driven madness. The new toy is a new ball park and new stadium. The media is driving this and the fans are addicted to it. The Twins have a new ball park...it so far has given back last place and no hope in the near future. The Gopher football team has a new stadium..same story. The Vikings refuse to share a stadium with the Gophers, and the fans are fine with that because the fans are eating up the media stories and following like sheep. The only winning team we have are the WNBA Champion Lynx, funny part is, they are not demanding a new arena, perhaps the media should take notes on that, just a thought.

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comment229Jun. 17, 12 4:48 AM

I get a kick out of some of the comments. This is Dayton's fault? Please. But one comment hinted at the entire problem. If this is the worst problem we have in Minnesota, the fact that our pro sports teams are not winning, we haven't got much to complain about. MN sports teams losing doesn't even make my top ten list of problems we have in this state. I wonder what Jesse Ventura would say about all this?

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