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After Wild loss to Blues, a question: When does playoff misery end?

Here's some context on the last dozen-plus years of playoff futility among the four major men’s professional teams in Minnesota.


The 25 biggest draft steals in Vikings history (Nos. 21-25)

This list encompasses several different eras of the draft and goes all the way back to the Vikings’ first draft in 1961.


After 52,129 tries, the Vikings (and other NFL teams) have a schedule

A recent story illustrates how hard it is these days to put together a satisfactory schedule.


Perfect three times: A St. Cloud bowler's rare 900 series

Most days, Brady Stearns heads to his day job as a manager at a St. Cloud Little Caesars Pizza. His customers there probably don’t know that on March 28, Stearns reached a bowling pinnacle: a 900 series.


Now down 3-1, Wild has much more history on its side

To be clear, the Wild still has a lot of work to do. But in the year of the comeback, I’m telling you there’s a chance.


Watch the two goals that -- for now -- saved the Wild's season

Goals by Charlie Coyle and Martin Hanzal lifted the Wild to a 2-0 victory Wednesday night.


Minnesotan didn't know she was competing; now she's a Boston Marathon champion

Chaska’s Michelle Love received a stunning bit of information Monday: the race she signed up for months ago, at the time just a demonstration event, had suddenly become a competition.


Here's the ideal Vikings schedule to avoid a disastrous season

The Vikings are entering a season that falls along a scheduling and timing pattern that has led to the firing of three of their last four head coaches. Can this be headed off?


Here's a Penguins fan's tattoo of ex-Gopher Phil Kessel riding on a hot dog

I thought the fan tattoo of Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers in a jock strap was going to be the most unusual professional athlete-related ink I…


Twins need more offense, but the roster solutions are complicated

Minnesota Twins' Byron Buxton warms up in the batters box in the first inning of a baseball game against the Kansas City Royals Thursday, April 6, 2017, in Minneapolis.

If the assumption going into this Twins season was that the offense would be decent-to-good while the pitching would be suspect, the opposite has held true through the first 13 games of the season.


Going meekly: Where would a Wild sweep rank among Minnesota playoff exits?

While it is impolite to write matter-of-factly about the near-dead, the Wild's play so far against St. Louis can start to be measured against the weakest exits of local sports teams.


Could the Vikings find first-round draft trade partner with Seattle?

In a bit of amusement that is also packed with some solid analysis, ESPN conducted an “all-trade” first-round NFL mock draft in which he proposes trades involving all 32 picks.


Barred from shooting game, TV station shows stick figure drawings

For every media-savvy P.J. Fleck, there is apparently a Bobby Petrino, the Louisville coach who banned cameras from his team's spring football game. Here's how one TV station compensated.


One shining moment: P.J. Fleck's one-game career in the NFL

On Jan. 2, 2005, the 2-13 San Francisco 49ers took on the 13-2 New England Patriots. It was the beginning and end of Fleck's pro football career.


Expensive veteran pitchers fueling Twins' success so far

Twins starter Ervin Santana

Ervin Santana, Phil Hughes and Hector Santiago have combined to throw 36 innings in six starts while allowing just nine total runs.


With the 6th, 7th or 8th pick in the NBA draft, the Timberwolves will ...

The Wolves will have about a 1 in 20 chance at the No. 1 pick and about a 1 in 5 chance of moving into the top three. But what about the likelier outcomes?


Playing Yeo and the Blues a huge test of patience for the Wild

Joel Edmundson (6) and Vladimir Tarasenko (91) after Edmundson shot the puck past Minnesota Wild goalie Devan Dubnyk to win the game in overtime. ] CARLOS GONZALEZ ï cgonzalez@startribune.com - April 12, 2017, St. Paul, MN, Xcel Energy Center, NHL, Stanley Cup Playoffs, Game 1, Minnesota Wild vs. St. Louis Blues

It requires patience to defeat a Yeo-coached team. These Blues, like the Wild of old, can survive by funneling shots to the perimeter and pouncing on counter-attacks.


Want to break a world record? Join the Harlem Globetrotters

Once you make it to the Globetrotters, the Guinness folks apparently come looking for you.


Say what? Vikings projected to go 6-10, finish last in division

Golden Tate (15) broke away from Harrison Smith (22) and made it to the end zone to score the winning touchdown in overtime. Detroit beat Minnesota by a final score of 22-16.

Even after considering the many caveats about how the numbers were crunched and that nothing is final, there is some harsh reality lurking in this critique of the Vikings.


Jack Morris: Mauer should consider changing his hitting approach

Minnesota Twins' Joe Mauer follows the flight of his double off Tampa Bay Rays relief pitcher Danny Farquhar during the fourth inning of a spring training baseball game Tuesday, March 28, 2017, in Fort Myers, Fla. Catching for the Rays is Derek Norris.

The former Twins pitcher wasn’t shy with some criticism when asked by talk show host Dan Barreiro about what the Twins have planned for Mauer this year.