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Idea: The Vikings should retire Brett Favre's number this year before the Packers do

Star Tribune Sports - Mon, 04/27/2015 - 15:11
This is not my idea. Others had it before me, and specifically I’m stealing it from FSN’s Tyler Mason, who tweeted: #Packers announce Brett Favre’s name and retired No. 4 will be unveiled at Lambeau Field on Thanksgiving vs. Bears. — Paul Imig (@Paulimig) April 27, 2015 #Vikings should retire it the week earlier…when the Packers are in town. https://t.co/ITFdlaS31T — Tyler Mason (@FSNtylermason) April 27, 2015 I’m officially obsessed with this idea — not because it would ever happen and not even because the Vikings would or should consider retiring Favre’s jersey. It’s just that I relished the awkward relationship between many Packers fans and Favre that developed during his bitter divorce from the team and launched into a new stratosphere when he joined the Vikings after a year with the Jets. Ultimately, the correct and polite thing is for the sides to mend fences. Favre is an all-time Packers great, a fan favorite for so many years, and enough time has passed for both to forgive and forget. Unless … the Vikings creep in right before the Packers retire his jersey this year and — as Tyler suggests — retire his No. 4 in a ceremony in a game just four days earlier, when Green Bay is in town. Brett doesn’t even need to be there or acknowledge it, but you know he couldn’t stay away. They could have it in a parking lot for all I care. If you want to rekindle this bad blood and never let it die, here is your vehicle.
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Corey Crawford to start Game 1; Wild-Blackhawks projected lineups

Star Tribune Sports - Mon, 04/27/2015 - 15:05
The Wild and Blackhawks will start the second round ... at an unknown time on an unknown date.
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History behind the Vikings' 2015 draft picks: No. 76 overall

Star Tribune Sports - Mon, 04/27/2015 - 12:52
Heading into the draft, we are giving the recent history at each of the Vikings’ seven draft slots. We continue this series with pick No. 76, the third of the Vikings’ seven selections. Immediate expectations should be high for this pick. In the past four years, two of the 76th picks – Keenan Allen in San Diego and Will Rackley in Jacksonville – have started 14 games as a rookie. Last year’s 76th pick – Detroit center Travis Swanson – started five games and has now officially replaced longtime veteran Dominic Raiola. Before we look at the good, bad and ugly, here is a list of the last 10 players to go 76th overall: 2014: Travis Swanson, C, Lions 2013: Keenan Allen, WR, Chargers 2012: Brandon Brooks, G, Texans 2011: Will Rackley, G, Jaguars 2010: Chad Jones, DB, Giants 2009: DeAndre Levy, LB, Lions 2008: Brad Cottam, TE, Chiefs 2007: Jason Hill, WR, 49ers 2006: Anthony Schlegel, LB, Jets 2005: Karl Paymah, DB, Broncos The good… There are some choices. Allen helped prove that good receivers can come from beyond the first round when he had eight touchdowns and a 1,000-yard season as a rookie. Brooks has started 30 games the past two years. But the winner is Levy, who has started 82 of 89 games, including 10 as a rookie, and remains a starter for the Lions. The bad… Again, there are choices. Paymah started only seven games in his six-year career, although two of them came in 2009 while helping the Vikings reach the NFC title game. Cottam started eight games and lasted only two years with Kansas City before his career ended. Hill had only 78 catches in a seven-year career with three teams. But we’ll go with Schlegel, who made it only one year with the Jets. He played just one more year in Cincinnati and was done after five career starts. The ugly… Not really a choice here. Jones not only didn’t play for the Giants in 2010, he didn’t play for any NFL team. Ever. Having the Vikings ever picked 76th? Yes. Three times. Neither defensive back Bob Hall (1966) nor receiver Eddie Hackett (1971) ever played for the Vikings or the NFL. Linebacker Mike McGill (1968) played through the 1972 season. Best 76th pick in NFL history? There isn’t a Hall of Famer or an historically great player who jumps out. In fact, going back to the beginning of the draft in 1936, only two players picked 76th overall have gone on to make first-team All-Pro. And those two guys — Bills defensive end Ron Snidow, drafted in 1963, and Seahawks linebacker Fredd Young, drafted in 1984 – made first-team only once. Other choices are 49ers receiver John Taylor (1986) and quarterback Chris Chandler, who played 18 seasons for multiple teams and (look away, this is going to sting) upset the 15-1 Vikings in the NFC title game during the 1998 season. But our pick is running back Ahman Green. Unfortunately for the Seahawks, who picked him in 1998, Green’s four Pro Bowls and the majority of his 9,205 rushing yards and 60 touchdowns came in Green Bay. Big thanks to Pro Football Reference and their invaluable Draft Finder for making our work easy.
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Where does Minnesota stand with Malik Ellison now?

Star Tribune Sports - Mon, 04/27/2015 - 12:51
The Gophers once looked like the frontrunner. Now, it appears to be anyone's game.
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Monday (Resurgence of Joe Mauer) edition: Wha' Happened?

Star Tribune Sports - Mon, 04/27/2015 - 12:28
As Kennys Vargas, Danny Santana, Oswaldo Arcia and Brian Dozier — guys who fueled an offensive surge last year — struggle early, it’s Mauer who has carried a good part of this season's load.
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Figuring out the Twins (as fans and as the manager)

Star Tribune Sports - Mon, 04/27/2015 - 09:43
Three weeks into the season, the Twins are more interesting that you might have expected.
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Second-round preview: Wild vs. Chicago

Star Tribune Sports - Sun, 04/26/2015 - 22:46
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Blues brace for changes after third consecutive first-round exit

Star Tribune Sports - Sun, 04/26/2015 - 22:45
Their third first-round exit in a row is likely to bring about a few changes.
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It's a whole new world as Wild, Blackhawks meet again

Star Tribune Sports - Sun, 04/26/2015 - 22:24
This Wild-Blackhawks series will be a tight one, especially with Devan Dubnyk in goal.
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Call to raise glasses set the tone for the day

Star Tribune Sports - Sun, 04/26/2015 - 22:14
Zach Parise's two goals and Mike Yeo's pregame challenge were cause for celebration throughout the day.
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Wild knocks off division champ for second straight year, wins series at home for first time

Star Tribune Sports - Sun, 04/26/2015 - 22:14
The Wild beat the St. Louis Blues in six games to advance to play the Blackhawks in the playoffs for a third consecutive season
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Former Gophers running back rolls with NFL draft punches

Star Tribune Sports - Sun, 04/26/2015 - 21:50
Many draft analysts say David Cobb is an underrated prospect.
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Ex-Gophers star set to catch NFL dream, maybe as first-rounder

Star Tribune Sports - Sun, 04/26/2015 - 21:49
Tight end Maxx Williams is set for the NFL, first round or not.
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When Wild struggled, owner never considered firing Yeo

Star Tribune Sports - Sun, 04/26/2015 - 20:59
Craig Leipold believed illnesses and goaltending were the issues, not the coach, and he was right.
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Mauer's triple in 11th inning lifts Twins over Seattle

Star Tribune Sports - Sun, 04/26/2015 - 19:48
Mauer had three hits and drove in three, supporting a solid late-game effort by the Twins’ bullpen.
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Back from suspension, Kurt Busch wins at Richmond

Star Tribune Sports - Sun, 04/26/2015 - 19:39
Stewart-Haas driver dominates Sprint Cup to end 35-race winless streak.
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