The Curse of the Twin Cities

In Minnesota, Sports, Vikings on June 3, 2013 at 4:30 AM

As a sports fan, I’ve got to ask, is Minnesota cursed? I ask this because since 1991 and Kirby Puckett’s World Series home run, they cannot seem to win anything big.

As a boy, I grew up rooting for the Minnesota teams. The Twins, Vikings, Gophers, all of them, and I do not know why. I wasn’t born or raised anywhere near Minnesota, nor have I been there, but it’s always been that way.

Let’s go over the evidence, shall we? Minnesota Vikings v. Dallas Cowboys and the “Hail Mary pass” that caused the Vikings to lose the Super Bowl. Now, anyone with a pair of eyes can tell you that the Minnesota receiver (whose name escapes me at the moment) was shoved, but the refs didn’t call Pass Interference on the play. Cursed. Also no instant replay…cursed. The other three times the Purple People Eaters where in the “Big Game? Choked and lost. They acquire Brent Favor (or Brett Favre for you nit familiar with the rivalry) and in the game that would’ve sent them to the Super Bowl what does he do? HE THROWS ACROSS HIS BODY FOR A GAME WINNING INTERCEPTION! Cursed.

The Minnesota Twins have won the World Series twice, once in 1987, and again in 1991. Ever since then, they fall apart around the All Star Break. Last year Morneau was out with a concussion and concussion symptoms; they tried to move Mauer from behind the bag; told Joe Nathan (the best closer currently in MLB) to pack it up after he he had Tommy Johns surgery. They’ve gotten to the playoffs twice in that time span, facing and losing to the New York Yankees every time. It makes a man wonder if they have a fear of championships. Like if Puckett’s ghost is preventing them from being any damn good…

The Minnesota Wild. They youngest team in the NHL, having come into the league in 2000. Now Minnesota is The State of Hockey, so you would expect at least one championship, right? Wrong! The North Stars left, and I believe it was to escape the curse, which they did when they won the Cup in 2004 just before the lockout. Now, the Wild have gotten to the Conference Finals and….CHOKED! This season saw a lockout, a shortened season, and the return of Minnesota-born Zach Parisé to the line up. He, Ryan Suter, Mikko Koivu, Danny Heatly, and Cal Clutterbuck would would make a great shift right? Knocked out of the first round of the Stanley Cup playoffs in five games. That gamer winner in OT was a great boost to the team, that sadly didn’t carry over to the next game. Of course they had a great line, but five guys does not a hockey team make, and the choked. I’m still questioning the fact that they let go of Marian Gaborik, but hey, money talks…

Noe before you fire off your comments damning me to sports hell, I will play Devil’s Advocate here. I realize that sports are tough and it takes a toll on your body. However, I do not get why every Minnesota team seems to fall apart at the end. The Vikings must have chosen the color purple because what other color will you turn if you’re choking for 50 years? The Twins won their World Series rings not jut on the bat of Kirby, but because they had good pitching. The Vikings had a great kicker in Mitch Burger; didn’t miss a kick all year. Missed the field goal and sent the Falcons to the Super Bowl! The Wild had a decent run thus year, I’ll admit. Parisé was fantastic on the ice, and I know that Chicago is a tough team; Patrick Kane is a beast who would fit in fine with Minnesota…however, the “Let’s buy everyone’s good players to form our team” Didn’t work for the Yankees for twelve years, so I’m not expecting a small market team to be able to copy that business model, nor should they. The Vikings had great players, and still do. In the “Purple People Eater” days, Jim Marshall was unstoppable, even if he did run the wrong way! Adrian Peterson is a great half-back, and would become the best if he could hold onto the ball a little better…and I’m going to leave Christian Ponder out of the discussion simply because he replaced Donovan McNabb just a few games into his first season, but will say when your team is in a big game, you play through the pain of a sore thumb, lord knows I’ve worked with bad knees and back for a while now!
I’ve sat through the agonizing theatre play known as Mauergate and can’t help that feel like the Twins want to tell us something. They decide to pull Joe Mauer from the Catcher spot and live him 90 feet to first; didn’t work. Then they decide to put him back behind the bag, but only sometimes. Now they alternate between DH and catcher. If he isn’t working, then (he has a no trade clause and a billjillion dollar contract) ask if he wants to play somewhere else, although the whole “I’m a Minnesota boy, born and raised; played for the University of Minnesota and live and love it here” speech that he gave would tell me otherwise…. Just figure out where to put him and we’ll see how it goes, OK,?

Well, wee will have to see how the the Vikings’ season plays and his the rest of the Twins season plays out. Maybe the Gophers can win Paul Bunyan’s Axe and make us all happy. As always, feel free free to comment on the topic, or if you want my unique slant on another topic. Thanks for reading!

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