Vikings vs Saints Positional Breakdown

The last two weeks have felt like an eternity waiting for the Vikings first playoff game. Now, that the Divisional Round is upon us, as so to is the most anticipated Vikings games since, well let’s just not talk about it. This game versus the Saints might just be the Vikings toughest test on their road to the Super Bowl. So, let’s breakdown this much anticipated game, and see which team will have the advantage come Sunday afternoon.   Quarterback: Saints Much like every other NFL game, the quarterback matchup…

MINNESOTA PROFESSIONAL ATHLETE POWER RANKINGS: 1-5

Well we have finally arrived at the end of our list of the top pro athletes in Minnesota. All five of these athletes are extremely talented at what they do, and are arguably either the best player, or one of the best players, at their respective position. So without further ado, here are the top five professional athletes in Minnesota.   5. Karl-Anthony Towns | Timberwolves | C | @KarlTowns Before the start of every season, NBA GMs are polled to see which player they would most like to build a…

Minnesota Professional Athlete Power Rankings: 6-10

Over the past week we have been counting down the best 25 pro athletes in Minnesota. With such a great talent pool to choose from it was hard narrowing down this list, but here with are with part 4 of this series featuring players ranked 6th-10th. 10. Ryan Suter | Wild | D | @rsuter20 Since signing with Minnesota, before the 2012-2013 NHL season, Ryan Suter has been the backbone of the Minnesota Wild’s defense that ranks eighth in goals allowed over that time. Suter is currently on pace to lead…

Minnesota Professional Athlete Power Rankings: 11-15

Over the past week, I have been counting down the top 25 professional athletes in Minnesota. Here is part 3 featuring players ranked 11-15. 15. Jeff Teague | Timberwolves | PG | @Teague0   Another one of the big moves the Timberwolves made this summer was signing Jeff Teague to a 3-year contract after trading away Ricky Rubio. Teague has filled in nicely for Rubio as the team facilitator, as he is sixth in the NBA with 7.3 assists per game. Teague has also provided a big upgrade to the T-Wolves…

Minnesota Professional Athlete Power Rankings: 16-20

We are back with part 2 of the Minnesota Professional Athlete Power Rankings featuring players ranked 16-20. 20. Taj Gibson | Timberwolves| PF | @TajGibson22 Bolstering their defensive presence was the focus of the Timberwolves offseason after finishing last season 27th in defensive efficiency. One of the players they went out and got was veteran Taj Gibson. While Taj has been as expected defensively, the real surprise has been his contribution on the offensive end of the court. Gibson’s 56.9 effective field goal percentage is the highest in his career,…

Minnesota Professional Athlete Power Rankings: 21-25

Right now is an exciting time to be a Minnesota sports fan. There has been a real youth movement in recent years, and now Minnesotans are being rewarded with a crop of very good players to follow. So, I decided to rank the top 25 current players in Minnesota. Here is the first installment of this list, featuring players ranked 21 through 25.   25. Joe Mauer – Twins | 1B In the early part of his career, Joe Mauer would have been a mainstay at the top of this…

Twins ink Michael Pineda to a 2-Year Deal

The Twins made their first big move of the offseason this morning by signing 28-year-old, starting pitcher, Michael Pineda to a 2-year, $10 million deal, with possible incentives that could add an additional $3 million to his contract. This is an interesting move for the Twins, as Pineda is coming off Tommy John surgery this summer, and he will most likely not be available for the Twins in 2018. This will cause some reservations among Twins fans, but it is exactly the kind of low-risk, high-reward move that could pay…

Why the Twins Should Trade Away Their International Free Agent Money

All of the talk that has dominated this MLB offseason has revolved around which team will sign Japanese sensation Shohei Otani. This two-way star, whom I wrote about last winter, has an opportunity to make an immediate impact as both a pitcher and as a hitter for whichever MLB team he signs for. What makes this 23-year-old free agent so unique, besides his two-way talents, is the fact that he is still subject to MLB’s international free agency rules, as he is under the age of 25. This means that…

Patriots Release Video of Bill Belichick Breaking Down Game Film

Last week the Patriots dropped a video of Bill Belichick breaking down game film, which might be the greatest 6 minutes of content on the internet for us “All-22” football fans. This video is like getting to watch Babe Ruth play in his prime. As you watch you can literally feel your football IQ jump by 10 points. To make things better, Belichick is breaking down the special-teams film from the Patriots vs Broncos game a couple weeks ago, where the Pats made Denver look like a high school team.…

Twins Offseason Preview

Now that the World Series has ended, the MLB offseason is now officially underway. So now is a perfect time to take a look at some of the moves that the Twins can make this winter to put themselves right back in the playoff hunt in 2018. The obvious focus for the Twins this offseason should be the same as it has been for that past decade, GET BETTER PITCHING! The Departures Probably the best thing that the Twins have going for them is they are still a very young…