If you think its become commonplace the past 10 years to see the Minnesota Twins or Vikings compete in the postseason, you’re right.
While these teams, with the addition of the Wild and Timberwolves, haven’t won any hardware since Black Jack’s 10-inning gem in 1991, since 2000, all these Minnesota squads have competed in the postseason 16 times, with at least one team advancing every year. And we don’t even have to lean too heavily on the watered-down NHL playoff system.
With 16 combined appearances, there have also been four conference finals losses (Wolves 2003, Wild 2002, Vikings 2001 and 2010).
You’d think 0-for-16 and 0-4 in the conference finals would eventually even itself out with at least one team busting through.
For all these franchises, Minnesota owns a 2-5 record (Twins 2-3, Vikings 0-4) in World Series and Super Bowls. Of course, if you toss in the Washington Senators years, that record falls to 2-8.
No matter how you slice it, the Twins 2-1 in the World Series, remains the only bright spot.
- Minnesota Vikings tight end Jim Kleinsasser is not only the longest-tenured Vikings player, but the longest-tenured on any Minnesota pro team. Kleinsasser’s first year was 1999. To date him even further, he caught his first pass from Randall Cunningham. The Carrington, N.D., native has one year remaining on his current three-year contract.
- As I posted on my Facebook account three weeks ago, it would be in the Twins best interest to be in the wild-card hunt just in case the Chicago White Sox turn the tables in the AL Central down the stretch. As of this morning, the Twins trail Tampa Bay by 2.5 games. At the time, the Twins had only a 1 game lead in the division.
- Fox Sports’ power rankings have the surging Twins No. 2 behind the New York Yankees and ahead of the Rays.
- The Twins have a slightly easier schedule than the White Sox to finish the season. Minnesota’s remaining opponents have a .464 winning percentage while the Sox have .491. Of all playoff contenders, only St. Louis has an easier schedule ahead, though the Cards trail by six games in the NL Central and are 5.5 GB in the wild-card race. Of course, you can toss strength of schedule out the window now with the expanded rosters coming into play.
- The lines for the underdog Vikings are anywhere between -3.5 and -5 against the Saints Thursday night.