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Ex-Viking Case Keenum silences Denver critics (for now)

Ex-Viking Case Keenum silences Denver critics (for now)

Keenum posted a strong total QBR of 89.4 in a win Thursday. But overall the ex-Viking is near the bottom of the NFL in that metric.


Oh, for cute: Vikings players read 'Minnesota nice' tweets

Oh, for cute: Vikings players read 'Minnesota nice' tweets

Spend any amount of time on Twitter — even just 8 seconds or so — and you're likely to come across some extreme negativity. Some…


Wolves opener was entertaining, strange and ultimately meaningless

Minnesota Timberwolves forward Karl-Anthony Towns (32) reacts after he was called for his sixth foul during the second half of an NBA basketball game

The Wolves are trying to impossibly thread some sort of needle where they try to promote the enjoyment of Jimmy Butler while actively trying to accommodate his trade request.


Interesting Taylor nugget: Layden is handling Jimmy Butler trade now

Interesting Taylor nugget: Layden is handling Jimmy Butler trade now

If there has been a sense that Tom Thibodeau, in his role as president of basketball operations, was in charge of the Butler situation, that sense has changed now.


Let's appreciate Derrick Rose's honesty about the Timberwolves

Let's appreciate Derrick Rose's honesty about the Timberwolves

Rose was asked if the Wolves — who struggled through a 1-4 preseason with Butler sitting out — will be able to change their course when the real games start.


It's not the Skol clap, but the Cousins dance is big in Owatonna

It's not the Skol clap, but the Cousins dance is big in Owatonna

If imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, then Kirk Cousins has some big fans in Owatonna. Even if the Dead Arm Dance moves are pretty dorky.


Butler is embracing the role of villain with Wolves

Butler is embracing the role of villain with Wolves

RandBall writes: "The Timberwolves have done their best to make it seem like Butler’s first practice was not unusual, which is nonsense." Nor is it normal for him to encourage animosity from home fans.


What happens next with Butler? Here are five scenarios

Jimmy Butler

Given what we know about about Butler’s stated desire for a trade and his scorched earth return to practice, let's take a look at what could happen next.


In our biggest Border Battles, Wisconsin clearly has the advantage

In our biggest Border Battles, Wisconsin clearly has the advantage

In the five biggest sports in which Wisconsin and Minnesota teams compete against each other, Cheeseheads currently have an overwhelming edge in bragging rights.


Is it finally time for MLB to use technology to call balls and strikes?

Is it finally time for MLB to use technology to call balls and strikes?

The movement probably gained traction when the Yankees were eliminated by the Red Sox, and pitcher CC Sabathia called home plate umpire Angel Hernandez 'absolutely terrible.'


Butler's absence from Wolves still excused; here's why that's important

Butler's absence from Wolves still excused; here's why that's important

Per league rules, if Butler’s absence becomes unexcused, he has 30 days to report to the team.


By the numbers, or any standard, Cousins exceeding expectations

Minnesota Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins walked off the field at the end of the game. Minnesota beat Philadelphia by a final score of 23-21 ] CARLOS

His fumbles have been a source of concern, but everything else about Kirk Cousins' game has been on point through five games.


Lesson learned: Don't judge a Zimmer team after four games

Lesson learned: Don't judge a Zimmer team after four games

Mike Zimmer was in the midst of some pretty short answers during a press briefing when he latched onto a question about Xavier Rhodes’ penalties to deliver a message.


Twins GM Levine reportedly turned down chance to interview with Mets

Twins GM Levine reportedly turned down chance to interview with Mets

The Mets are a bigger mess than the Twins. They finished 77-85 this year and have a bottom-10 farm system right now while the Twins have top-10 talent on the horizon.


It's hard to overlook the misery of today's Minnesota sports fans

It's hard to overlook the misery of today's Minnesota sports fans

A ranking of the top 25 most miserable groups of fans in U.S. pro sports includes zero Minnesota teams. How is that even possible?


Derrick Rose turned 30 today, and his highlight reel is amazing

Derrick Rose turned 30 today, and his highlight reel is amazing

Before Derrick Rose was a minimum-contract guard trying to resurrect his career with the Wolves, he was pretty amazing. Take a look.


As Butler trade talks continue, appearance of leverage becomes key

Jimmy Butler

The most recent wave of national reporting, led by ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, is packed with Miami and Minnesota desperately clawing for leverage


Do Heat and Kings preseason lineups say anything about a Butler deal?

Do Heat and Kings preseason lineups say anything about a Butler deal?

Miami is reportedly Butler’s new preferred destination and has a good mix of assets to entice the Wolves, while Sacramento has salary cap room to aid a deal.


Among NBA execs, perception of Wolves has changed for the worse

Among NBA execs, perception of Wolves has changed for the worse

The Timberwolves were the darlings of the NBA’s annual anonymous survey of general managers a year ago. That's not the case anymore.


Why was Molitor fired as Twins manager? Don't blame analytics

Twins manager Paul Molitor was fired by the team on Tuesday.

When asked if the new Twins manager will need to embrace advanced numbers and analytics, Derek Falvey said yes. But he added: “I will say this: Paul in particular was incredibly open-minded to things.”