Monday (Don't get too high or low with Bridgewater) edition: Wha' Happened?

Star Tribune Sports - Mon, 12/08/2014 - 12:45
One of Vikings QB Teddy Bridgewater’s most impressive traits is an ability to keep an even keel. There are times for fiery demonstrations, to be sure, but a composed quarterback more often than not is going to reflect well on a team. Let’s take a cue, then, from Teddy when judging Teddy: don’t get too high with the highs, don’t get too low with the lows. Criticism of Bridgewater when he missed some throws and looked tentative in games this season was warranted but probably overboard. So, too, is the notion that Bridgewater has “turned a corner” after a workmanlike performance against the Panthers and a very good performance against the Jets. He’s a young quarterback prone to ups and downs. He’s shown signs that he could be an above-average starting QB for years to come. He’s shown signs that he might never reach that echelon. The signs lately have been better, and that’s encouraging. In his past six starts, Bridgewater has led the Vikings to a 4-2 record while completing 62.4 percent of his passes, with nine TDs, just three INTs and a 91.0 passer rating. In a handful of those games, he’s feasted on subpar pass defenses. His next two games will be on the road against two pretty good pass defenses (Detroit and Miami). In those games, Bridgewater’s numbers might dip down again. We’re guessing Teddy will still have the same demeanor regardless of how those games turn out. It’s not that he won’t care, but his nature is to remain in the middle. We could probably take a lesson from Bridgewater when evaluating Bridgewater.
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Cancer claims Twin Cities wrestler's dad months after hug from son's fallen rival

Star Tribune Sports - Mon, 12/08/2014 - 10:52
“The world lost a great man, a great friend to all who knew him and one of the greatest fathers to walk the face of the earth,” reads the Facebook announcement posted Sunday by the wrestling team at St. Michael-Albertville High School.
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Scoggins: First playoff bracket brings controversy, as expected

Star Tribune Sports - Sun, 12/07/2014 - 22:49
Four is the perfect number of teams to make people scream and hyperventilate. Eight is the perfect number for a real playoff.
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First pick, first touchdown: Hodges gets Vikings off to fast start

Star Tribune Sports - Sun, 12/07/2014 - 22:12
Backup linebacker Gerald Hodges read the slant perfectly for his first career interception.
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Happy New Year: Gophers get Jan. 1 date in Citrus Bowl against Missouri

Star Tribune Sports - Sun, 12/07/2014 - 21:49
With help of CFB playoff math, Jerry Kill’s Gophers landed their first Jan. 1 bowl game since 1962.
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Gophers' Carlos Morris: Confident, if not yet polished

Star Tribune Sports - Sun, 12/07/2014 - 21:27
Junior transfer shows his knack for defense and blowing by anyone, even as he learns the U’s game.
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Hartman: Bridgewater might have turned corner

Star Tribune Sports - Sun, 12/07/2014 - 21:18
The rookie quarterback audibled on the game-winning screen play.
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It's decision day for Twins greats

Star Tribune Sports - Sun, 12/07/2014 - 20:49
Tony Oliva, Jim Kaat and Luis Tiant are part of the Golden Era vote.
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Wild is striving to rise above wild-card bubble

Star Tribune Sports - Sun, 12/07/2014 - 20:36
Team must “make a push” to reach top tier, Parise says.
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Gophers women's basketball team tops Butler in overtime

Star Tribune Sports - Sun, 12/07/2014 - 20:28
U guard Rachel Banham scored 35 points and broke a school record for three-point baskets.
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