Wild looking to make home improvements

Star Tribune Sports - Mon, 02/02/2015 - 14:08
After a big road sweep, the Wild's next task is to get its house in order at home, where it is 2-4-4 in its past 10 games. "We have to get better at home," coach Mike Yeo said.
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Bevell's career will thrive, but about that play call ...

Star Tribune Sports - Mon, 02/02/2015 - 12:43
Former Vikings offensive coordinator and now heart-aching Seahawks offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell will go on to become an NFL head coach within a couple of years. His body of work from Brett Favre to Russell Wilson is too strong to suggest that one play — even one that resulted in a game-losing interception on the goal line in the closing seconds of the Super Bowl — will overshadow years of progress, success and last year’s Super Bowl victory. However, my memories of watching Super Bowls goes back to at least Super Bowl VII. I remember this because it was the first bet I ever lost. I’m still ticked that Don Shula’s 17-0 season cost me 50 cents. That was a lot of dough for a 7-year-old to give his uncle in 1972. Anyway, I can’t recall a worse play call in a moment as critical as what happened last night in the Super Bowl. We all know and have discussed extensively what we saw. The Seahawks had second-and-goal from the Patriots 1-yard line. Twenty-six seconds left, one timeout and trailing by four points. Belichick didn’t call a timeout to preserve some time for Tom Brady to attempt a game-tying field goal drive had the Seahawks scored. That forced Bevell, head coach Pete Carroll and the Seahawks to think quickly about their play call on second down. Carroll said he made the decision to throw the ball. “I said ‘Throw the ball,’” he said. “So we went to the play we thought would give us a chance to get in the end zone.” Bevell said he made the actual play call and noted, when asked, that Carroll obviously has the power to change it. I never like going down the road of criticizing a play call that doesn’t work. But in this case, even if this one had worked out, I still would have been amazed by how unnecessary the risk was considering the running back who was on the field. Marshawn Lynch probably was the highest percentage, at that moment, in the history of football play-calling percentages. Bevell said the intent of the decision to throw was to use as much time as possible while still being able to use all four downs in the process. Boy, did he and Pete overthink that one. “I mean, shoot, it didn’t turn out the way I hoped it would, and of course I am sitting here saying, ‘Could I do something different?’” Bevell said. “There are 20 different things going through my mind about what I could do. I might see who could run it. Doesn’t mean that’s a score on that play, but we were just making sure that we were conscious of the time. We were making sure that we weren’t leaving much time for them as well. But we wanted to make sure that we got all of our options on the play.” Bevell also said the thought in throwing the ball there was that “you’re thinking it’s either a touchdown or an incompletion.” Somewhere, Woody Hayes ain’t smiling. The old Ohio State coach used to say three things can happen when you throw the ball and two of them aren’t good. The decision to throw would have been improved had it been a quick rollout with the ridiculously slippery Russell Wilson. But a slant pass in a tight box of defenders? Wilson said he was comfortable with the call, even though the ball was picked. Carroll said he was confident. Bevell said the same thing. But perhaps the most honest quote to come out of yesterday’s post-game interviews was this quote from Seahawks cornerback Tharold Simon when asked what he thought at the end of the game: “I thought we were going to win the game,” he said. “Then when they threw the ball and he picked it off, I was like, ‘How do you throw the ball when you’ve got Marshawn Lynch?’ You could run the ball, but it’s the game of football. We all make simple mistakes. Now we know what we have to do next time.”
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Rubio on return tonight in Dallas: "If it feels good, I'll be back."

Star Tribune Sports - Mon, 02/02/2015 - 12:33
Ricky Rubio participated in this morning's shootaround in Dallas and said he'll play tonight IF his ankle feels right after pre-game warmups.
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Minnesota one of the best shooting teams at home; one of the worst on the road

Star Tribune Sports - Mon, 02/02/2015 - 12:13
Stats show the Gophers have struggled to be even close to the same offensive team away from Williams Arena.
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Rubio weighs return tonight at Dallas

Star Tribune Sports - Mon, 02/02/2015 - 11:55
Before Monday morning's shootaround, Ricky Rubio discusses his expected return against Dallas.
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Vikings on Twitter react to wild Super Bowl finish

Star Tribune Sports - Mon, 02/02/2015 - 11:49
Like you, Vikings players watched the Super Bowl last night. And like you, they couldn’t believe what they had just seen when the Seahawks threw the ball from the 1-yard line late in the game. In case I assumed incorrectly that you had watched the game, here’s a quick recap of the frantic finish. The Patriots were clinging to a 28-24 lead in the final minute and the Seahawks were on the verge of a go-ahead touchdown. On second down, the Seahawks, coordinated by former Vikings offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell, asked quarterback Russell Wilson to throw a quick slant instead of handing the ball to running back Marshawn Lynch. Patriots rookie cornerback Malcolm Butler made an incredible individual effort to jump the route and intercept Wilson to seal the victory. Anyway, here is a sampling of how some of the Vikings on Twitter felt about that play call: No way they stoping #BeastMode — jerome felton (@jfelton45) February 2, 2015 WOW…………………… — Greg Jennings (@GregJennings) February 2, 2015 wow — Anthony Barr (@itheeayb) February 2, 2015 Just run the ball!!! — Josh Robinson (@JROB_2one) February 2, 2015 I do not understand that call to throw the ball..wow! — Corey Wootton (@CoreyWootton) February 2, 2015 Bad play call smh — Captain Munnerlyn (@captain_41) February 2, 2015 Nice play Rook! — Josh Robinson (@JROB_2one) February 2, 2015 Smh I still can’t believe they threw the ball — jerome felton (@jfelton45) February 2, 2015 That has to go down as the worst play call in Super Bowl history, hands down!! — jerome felton (@jfelton45) February 2, 2015 On that note congrats to the NE Patriots!!!! Great game!! — jerome felton (@jfelton45) February 2, 2015 It appears we have a consensus here.
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Gophers putting the final touches on their recruiting class; key decision looms Wednesday

Star Tribune Sports - Mon, 02/02/2015 - 11:47
Jamal Milan, a defensive tackle from Chicago, will choose between Minnnesota, Illinois and Indiana on Wednesday.
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Big Ten hands down one-game suspension for hit on Gophers' top goal-scorer Connor Reilly

Star Tribune Sports - Mon, 02/02/2015 - 11:45
Wisconsin's Corbin McGuire will miss one game after kneeing Connor Reilly on Saturday night.
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Brady named MVP after 28-24 Super Bowl victory over Seahawks

Star Tribune Sports - Mon, 02/02/2015 - 06:57
Honor is his third, tying him with Joe Montana.
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Kevin Williams' big play was all for naught

Star Tribune Sports - Mon, 02/02/2015 - 00:07
Former Viking’s stop could have been game-winner .
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Jim Souhan: Unlikeliest of players was almost a Super Bowl MVP

Star Tribune Sports - Sun, 02/01/2015 - 23:44
Malcolm Butler went from a skinny safety from a Division II school to a Patriots legend in one moment.
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