MINNEAPOLIS -- The star of opening day for the Minnesota Twins was pitcher Jose Berrios. The 24-year-old right-hander threw a gem against the Cleveland Indians at sold-out Target Field that had teammates and media ready to anoint him as the horse of Minnesota's starting rotation for years to come.
MINNEAPOLIS -- Rocco Baldelli managed his first real game for the Minnesota Twins on Wednesday, March 28. Wes Johnson, too, made his official big-league debut as the team's pitching coach. They were hired by the Twins' newish front office gurus Derek Falvey, the chief baseball officer, and Thad Levine, the general manager.
The athletic director at Southern Illinois and former Minnesota Gophers football coach Jerry Kill ripped current Gophers coach P.J. Fleck in a radio interview, saying Fleck is "about himself" and his "ego gets carried away." In an interview on Sirius XM College Sports, Kill aired a long list of grievances about Fleck, who was an assistant under Kill at Northern Illinois for two seasons. "He coached with me, but after that, you know, he changed a lot.
MINNEAPOLIS — The Minnesota Vikings are who we thought they were, which is to say a mediocre team that'll break your heart every day of the week and twice on Sundays for that matter. Yeah, Kirk Cousins is probably overpaid as a quarterback and he was part of the problem for this edition of the Vikings. But Cousins wasn't the only issue, and while fans will fixate on him, they best look at the head coach, the front office, the offensive line and a defense that comes up small in the biggest moments.
MINNEAPOLIS -- Mike Zimmer is getting all soft with his kickers, it appears. Sort of. He's all into forgiveness and second chances. Sort of. Earlier this season Zimmer was into punishment and revenge. Totally. Dan Bailey is thankful for the change, and so are his Minnesota Vikings teammates. But mostly Bailey, the Vikings kicker.
PELICAN RAPIDS, Minn. — A lake, even at 2 o'clock in the morning with not a whisper of wind and not another soul silly enough to be fishing in a boat, is almost never completely quiet. Loons, for example, are using their silly yodel to call back and forth even when the next sunrise is nearer than the previous sunset. Owls, not unexpectedly given their nocturnal nature, are hoot-hoot-hooting for most of the black night. And Canada geese. Who knew honkers honked to each other at 3:30 a.m.?
Michele Bachmann was being Michele Bachmann this week, firing up a crowd of Republicans in rural Minnesota with a speech blasting immigration and insinuating a Somali-American cop who shot a white Australian woman in Minneapolis might have done so for “cultural” reasons. Right-wingers, meet red meat. It was a Trump-like performance from the former Congresswoman from Minnesota’s 6th District. Twin Cities media who covered the event did their duty after the speech at the Waconia American Legion Club and asked Bachmann whether she was considering a run for governor in 2018.