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  1. 1. Justin Morneau, Minnesota Twins >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> 82 Twin Cities | Guestguide 2009
  2. 2. Twin Cities sports It’s no wonder why MInnesotans The Minnesota Twins brought major league are sports-crazy; the Twin Cities area is home to baseball to the Twin Cities after Calvin Griffith every major sport from basketball to soccer. No moved the Washington Senators to the area in matter what time of year or how pleasant or nasty 1960. Players like Harmen “The Killer” Killebrew the weather, fans will always be fired up and in a and pitcher Jim Kaat (both players top the Twins frenzy; in return, the teams and players give 110 all-time list with most home runs and most career percent on the playing field. Minnesota has been wins), showed that the Twins could shine by home to the best of legends and famous fresh becoming the American League champs and faces such as the late Kirby Puckett, hometown making it to their first World Series in 1965. But hero Joe Mauer of the Minnesota Twins and what the Twins lacked in the 1970s, they made Minnesota Vikings’ record-breaking running up for in stellar players. Tony Oliva and Rod Carew back Adrian Peterson. We’ve also seen some of (who won his seventh American League batting the greatest moments in sports history and have title in 1978) kept the Twins alive during the final hosted nationally known events such as the Super years the team played at Met Stadium. With the Bowl. With three professional arenas between the new Metrodome stadium in the 1980s came new two downtowns and a slew of entertaining pre- young players like Kent Hrbek, Gary Gaetti, Frank and post-game hangouts nearby, the Twin Cities Viola and fan-favorite Kirby Puckett to bring the is a prime spot to get your game on. Twins their first World Series win in 1987. new Venues have a horseshoe design, where Future Twins stadium fans walking on campus will be Minnesota sports are about to able to look inside the stadium. get even better, with two new The Minnesota Twins will start OppOsite page phOtO COurtesy Of MinnesOta twins sporting venues to be ready for their 2010 season in a new ball- action in the next two years. The park located in the Warehouse University of Minnesota Golden District of downtown Minneapolis. Gophers football team will start The new ballpark will seat fans their 2009 season at TCF Bank closer to the field than most other Stadium. The new stadium, ballparks and “Knotholes” in the located on the university’s cam- stadium will let fans take a peek at pus, will seat 50,000 fans and will the game without buying a ticket. Twin Cities | Guestguide 2009 83
  3. 3. Å Not only did he break three records during his rookie season, Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson received two Player of the Month and Rookie of the Year awards and was named the NFL’s Pro Bowl MVP in 2008. Ç The Minnesota Thunder faced David Beckham and the L.A. Galaxy in November 2007, attracting 20,123 fans, the largest soccer crowd in more than 25 years. Red, white and blue aren’t the only colors that fill the Metrodome; there’s purple and gold, too. Even though they haven’t gripped the top title yet, the Minnesota Vikings are considered one of the league’s top powerhouses each year. The phOtO abOve by riCk kOlOdziej; phOtO far left © COMpetitive iMage; OppOsite page phOtO © 2007 bruCe kluCkhOhn 1960s and ’70s marked four Super Bowl losses, and then in 1998, 2000 and 2003, the Vikings’ efforts led to National Foot- ball Conference title games. Past greats Fran Tarkenton and coach Bud Grant highlighted the team’s earlier success, while in more recent years the Vikes held their hopes in quarter- back Daunte Culpepper and wide receiver Randy Moss. Af- ter trades and drafts picks, the team has found exciting fresh talent, such as running back Adrian Peterson, who broke the NFL’s single-game rushing record during his rookie season in 2007. Head coach Brad Childress and the revamped Vikings’ team and staff hope to create a cohesive offense and defense to put the purple back in the playoffs. After the 26-year-strong North Stars hockey team left the Twin Cities for Dallas in 1993, Minnesota waited seven years before the NHL returned to the State of Hockey. In 2000, the Minnesota Wild made a name and home for itself at St. Paul’s Xcel Energy Center. By the team’s the third season, the Wild The team proved their dominance by becoming World made it to the playoffs and after the NHL cancelled the 2005 Champions again in 1991. With first baseman Justin Morneau season, they brought the bite back by making the playoffs (2006 American League MVP), pitcher Joe Nathan and other again in 2007 and 2008. In the top third of the NHL as far as promising new players, the Twins are still hitting it out of the season ticket base, season ticket holders fill more than 16,000 park; the team became Central Division champs in 2002, 2003, 2004 and 2006. And with the team anticipating the start the 2010 Ñ Before they became the Minnesota Wild, the team tossed around the names Minnesota Blue Ox, Minnesota season in a brand new outdoor stadium, the Twins are bound to Northern Lights, Minnesota Freeze, Minnesota White bring more great baseball moments to the Twin Cities. Bears and the Minnesota Voyageurs. 84 Twin Cities | Guestguide 2009
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  5. 5. Rashad McCants Craig Smith phOtOs ClOCkwise frOM tOp left: 2006 nbae; jiM gallOp, target Center; COurtesy Of nba phOtOs; 2006 nbae, dave sherMan nbae phOtOs; COurtesy Of nba phOtOs Å After a slew of trades during the off-season, Rashad McCants has become a Timberwolves veteran and leader in only his third year in the NBA. Å Forward Craig Smith (a.k.a. Rhino) has been a dominating force for the Wolves. He was named to the 2006-2007 All-Rookie Team by the NBA and ended the 2008 season among the league leaders in field-goal shooting. Crunch Minnesota Timberwolves T he Minnesota Timberwolves have lost a handful of familiar faces but have also acquired the ripe talent of eager new players. After the 2007 draft, rookie Corey Brewer joined fellow Å Crunch, the Randy Foye young players Randy Foye, Craig Smith Wolves’ daring and Rashad McCants to form the new look mascot, entertains fans throughout the of the Wolves. Right before the season game with his wild began they partnered with the Boston antics and stunts. Celtics in a blockbuster trade that brought É By the end of his them Al Jefferson who has anchored the rookie year in 2007, Randy Foye was team’s unity and leadership. But amidst named December’s myriad changes on the court and behind T-Mobile Rookie the scenes, the Wolves have embarked a of the Month and played in the NBA journey to rebuild the franchise by taking a All-Star Game as step back and nurturing a young team that is part of the T-Mobile anxious to prove its power on the court. Rookie Challenge in Las Vegas. 86 Twin Cities | Guestguide 2009
  6. 6. of the Xcel’s 18,000 seats. Coached by Hall of Famer Jacques Lemaire, the Wild’s stick-wielding greats, such as Marian Gaborik, won’t let that fan enthu- siasm fall anytime soon. Basketball fans had to wait much longer than Minnesota’s hockey fans when the Minneapolis Lakers moved to sunny Los Angeles in 1960. Fans waited nearly 30 years, but in 1989, the Minnesota Timberwolves emerged at the Metrodome. Al- though the Wolves ended their first season 22-60, it was the best record among the NBA’s four new- est teams. The Wolves moved to the Target Center the following year, and in 1995 they felt a change in the wind when the team drafted forward Kevin Garnett. During his second season, KG brought the Wolves to the playoffs for the first time in the team’s history, and it wouldn’t be the last. In 2004, Garnett Å The Swarm, Minnesota’s professional lacrosse team, has made it to earned the league’s Most Valuable Player award, the playoffs threebe a fan favorite. to the Xcel Energy Center in 2005. They continue to times since coming helping the team reach the Western Conference fi- nals in the process. Last year, KG moved to the Boston Celt- Over the years, the University of Minnesota has had ics, and recent changes on and off the court have momen- some tough times competing with other Big Ten schools tarily cursed the Wolves in their playoff run. But starting a like Ohio State and Michigan—until now. Before the new season with a new team and outlook, they’re hoping to 2007 season, the Gophers hired Denver Broncos tight end make Minnesotans fanatic about basketball again. coach Tim Brewster and Kentucky basketball coach Tubby Our basketball talent doesn’t stop with the Wolves; we Smith to shake things up. With a new TCF Bank Stadium also boast the Lynx, top contenders in the WNBA. New to be ready for football action fall 2009 and the Gophers Head Coach Don Zierden, former assistant coach for the basketball team fresh from a visit to last year’s National Wolves, guides key contributors Nicole Ohlde and 2006 Invitation Tournament, Gophers fans definitely have great first overall pick Seimone Augustus. times ahead. Gg Ç Fans cheer on the University of Minnesota Golden Gopher football team, which will play in the new TCF Bank Stadium in 2009. phOtO at right COurtesy Of university Of MinnesOta; phOtO abOve © 2004 bruCe kluCkhOhn Twin Cities | Guestguide 2009 87