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YouTube TV subscribers are about to (really) lose Fox Sports North

YouTube TV subscribers are about to (really) lose Fox Sports North

Sling TV and DISH dropped the regional sports networks more than a year ago and haven’t added them back.


Vikings in middle of NFL's first big COVID situation. What now?

Vikings in middle of NFL's first big COVID situation. What now?

If your temptation after an 0-3 start for the Vikings was to ask, “What else could go wrong?” then Tuesday provided a bleak answer.


With Twins set to face Astros, it's time to renew your hate for cheaters

With Twins set to face Astros, it's time to renew your hate for cheaters

Way back about a decade ago -- actually, it was just earlier this year -- the hottest story line in sports was the cheating Houston Astros.


Jimmy Butler and Stefon Diggs: Kindred spirits who got away

The similarities between former Viking Stefon Diggs (now with the Bills) and former Wolf Jimmy Butler (now with the Heat) are striking.

I’m not here to pour salt in these wounds. Rather, I continue to be struck by just how similar Butler and Diggs are.


Would a lopsided loss mean Vikings' worst three-game start ever?

Would a lopsided loss mean Vikings' worst three-game start ever?

A win over the Titans would go a long way toward getting back on track. But a loss? At least through three games, it would put the 2020 Vikings in very unflattering company.


Those glorious Twins bathrobes: A gimmick worth cheering for

Those glorious Twins bathrobes: A gimmick worth cheering for

Josh Donaldson gave custom robes to his teammates — casual elegance as they enter quarantine heading into the postseason. One of the robes caused quite a stir during Tuesday's game.


Twins starting pitching set up for a World Series trip if ... (It's a big 'if')

Twins starting pitching set up for a World Series trip if ... (It's a big 'if')

Getting past the first round will be difficult — particularly if it’s against the Yankees, for both historical and practical reasons. But what if the Twins do?


Only TV viewers heard authentic fake booing of Carson Wentz

Only TV viewers heard authentic fake booing of Carson Wentz

Wentz didn’t know that real Eagles fans at home were hearing fake Eagles fans boo him, and real Eagles fans at home didn’t know that Wentz couldn’t hear the boos they were hearing. Huh?


Are the Vikings entering their once-every-decade plummet?

Are the Vikings entering their once-every-decade plummet?

The question wouldn’t be worth asking — at least not yet — if the Vikings’ first two losses of the season were more pedestrian, couldn’t-catch-a-break types of defeats.


Again? Chicago meltdown puts Twins on collision course with Yankees

Again? Chicago meltdown puts Twins on collision course with Yankees

At this point, it would take some significant movement over the final 10 days of games to dislodge a Twins-Yankees series in the first round of the playoffs.


What on earth are GM Bill Guerin and the Wild doing?

What on earth are GM Bill Guerin and the Wild doing?

Wednesday’s news that the Wild sent Eric Staal to Buffalo in exchange for Marcus Johansson was a head-scratching moment.


Has struggling closer Rogers been bad, unlucky or some of both?

Has struggling closer Rogers been bad, unlucky or some of both?

Twins fans who had grown accustomed to the pleasant comfort of Taylor Rogers entering a ballgame have been jolted in 2020 by a much different experience.


Rhodes struggles while Bridgewater, ex-Vikings have solid 2020 debuts

Rhodes struggles while Bridgewater, ex-Vikings have solid 2020 debuts

Pro Football Focus gave cornerback Xavier Rhodes a low mark in his Indianapolis debut, which included a touchdown play on which he was beaten badly. Here's a Week 1 recap.


Five other times we've panicked about Vikings defense under Zimmer

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Zimmer has enough of a track record and history with the Vikings defense that he can be allowed a mulligan and have the benefit of using Sunday's loss as a teachable moment.


End racism? Messaging from NFL, booing from fans shows challenge

End racism? Messaging from NFL, booing from fans shows challenge

The NFL should get some credit for the steps it has taken, but Thursday should remind us — as so much does these days — of how far we have left to go.


Boudreau: 'I don't want to end ... by being let go in February'

Boudreau: 'I don't want to end ... by being let go in February'

Ex-Wild coach Bruce Boudreau could probably make a good living by talking about hockey on TV, as he's been doing. But that's not where his heart is at.


Huge question: Can Vikings protect Cousins in obvious passing situations?

Huge question: Can Vikings protect Cousins in obvious passing situations?

With talent on both sides of the ball, how concerned should Vikings fans be about the one fundamental thing that likely will make or break their season?


Vikings position-by-position: A confidence breakdown

Vikings position-by-position: A confidence breakdown

The team looks good at linebacker and running back. But there are other position groups that don't inspire nearly as much confidence. Here's how RandBall feels about them.


Rand: In post-Bert Blyleven TV era, it's time for Justin Morneau to shine

Rand: In post-Bert Blyleven TV era, it's time for Justin Morneau to shine

In reality, the Twins' TV transition away from analyst Bert Blyleven started a long time before Wednesday, when a rather abrupt-seeming announcement in the afternoon…


In just one game, Byron Buxton restores hope (and calm) for Twins

In just one game, Byron Buxton restores hope (and calm) for Twins

With Buxton and others on the mend, the Twins are plenty good enough to make it to the finish line -- and perhaps beyond.