Rand: Here's what local pro teams are missing

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  • Updated: May 19, 2013 - 11:59 PM

The Wild made the playoffs this year after finishing a distant 12th in the Western Conference a year ago. The Vikings went from three to 10 wins and a playoff berth. The Twins lost at least 96 games each of the past two seasons; they will not lose as many this year, despite a disappointing home stand. The Wolves, as sad as this is, won more games (31) this past year than in any other season pre- or post-Kevin Garnett.

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bb72004May. 19, 1310:20 PM

This writer is delusional. I thought the Wild got their guys this past offseason and were going to be raising the Stanley Cup? Weren't the Twins going to be more competitive with a new stadium? Saying 31 wins is an improvement is true in winning % but what an embarrassment. What a terrible sports market.

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williamdrewMay. 19, 1311:12 PM

Everything the writer wrote is 100 percent true. The Vikings DO need better QB play. The Twins DO need a number 1 and number 2 pitcher. The Timberwolves DO need a SG, and the Wild DOES need a sniper. How is that delusional? The Twins said they would spend more money on players, which they have. And anyone who knows about teams named the Mets and Cubs knows money doesn't equal winning.

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VikeupnorthMay. 20, 13 8:32 AM

This article is right on, but additionally, I'm not sold on the Vikings coaching staff.. and I'm on the fence regarding Mike Yeo's ability to put a game plan in place designed to put points up on the board.

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fanmnsportsMay. 20, 1310:53 AM

I agree and any true Minnesota fan knows this is 100% accurate. Every knows we still have players that are regarded the top 5 to 10 in their respective leagues. My questions is: Why don't we start looking at the coaching staffs? Gardy's time is done! he brought us many central titles but never a post season series win. If we are rebuilding the Twins lets start with a young coaching staff too. Yeo has the most talent out of the 4 major sports and barely made the playoffs only to get creamed in 5 games by the Hawks. He should be on a very short leash next year! Adleman is good and should get one more chance because of all the injuries the Wolves had. Frasier has lots of talent but is too high on a guy that hasn't proved himself at qb, just like Childress did. Why don't we start looking at the coaches instead of the talent we have?

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caferevMay. 20, 1312:43 PM

Good piece, Michael. Very good. I would offer two things: Terry Ryan will have to quit neglecting this pitching staff and go out an get an ace (and perhaps a #2). Secondly, the Wild could greatly help their cause if they adopted the possession game of Chicago, Detroit, or Boston in lieu of the dump and chase game they claim everyone else plays; anyone watching these playoffs can see a huge difference in the games of the Hawks, Wings, and Bruins in how they constantly send waves of forwards across the blue line WITH the puck on stick. It has to change, and then perhaps some of these guys will shine more (Heater, Zucker, and Coyle).

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kenw1952wMay. 20, 13 1:36 PM

williamdrewMay. 19, 1311:12 PM Everything the writer wrote is 100 percent true. The Vikings DO need better QB play. The Twins DO need a number 1 and number 2 pitcher. The Timberwolves DO need a SG, and the Wild DOES need a sniper. How is that delusional? The Twins said they would spend more money on players, which they have. And anyone who knows about teams named the Mets and Cubs knows money doesn't equal winning. .............@william, you my friend are delusional. The season before the Twins opened their new ballpark their team salary was approx. $120 Million.....this year it is $80Million. You keep drinking the Pohlad koolaid my friend.

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kenw1952wMay. 20, 13 1:39 PM

Here's the difference with Mn sports franchises. The Wild and Vikings both have ownership that is willing to spend money on players to win. The Wolves and Twins (in particular)only want to provide sports entertainment at the cheapest cost with the highest return on their investment.

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goalieguruMay. 21, 13 6:47 AM

I can't find much to argue with in this article. I'll say this, MN isn't an NBA or a basketball market in general. Sorry, it will take a back seat to the rest of the sports, hockey in particular since it's season is during the same time of the year. I don't blame the Wolves for taking an entertainment for the cheapest investment approach. Baseball, same thing. With no salary cap, a market of this size simply can't compete with NY, Bos, LA, or the other big NL cities. As far as the Vikings are concerned, I think the overhaul of the receiving corps will make Ponder much better this year. He isn't a superstar QB but he has the skills to be effective with decent receivers. The Vikings are going to be a lot better than most think they will this year. The Wild also need another big, puck lugging defensemen to compliment Suter. Brodin is looking like he will be a superstar but he's not a big guy and he's more of a pure defender at this point. The Wild also need a more veteran coach. I like Yeo and his overall demeanor but he doesn't have any credibility. I don't think his players really trust him 100%. You can't have that situation on any team in any sport. Players just won't perform at their peak.

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n8conoclastMay. 21, 1311:07 AM

The sad thing about this article is that every Minnesota sports team is missing THE MOST IMPORTANT player in its particular sport. An ace pitcher, a star QB, a goal scorer.... pretty tall order to find those, since they are the center of any good team!

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