Pick up the Slack

By PATRICK SLACK Sports Editor patrick.slack@mcrecord.com The Minnesota Twins were coming off a brutal 63-99 season this winter that resulted in Terry Ryan being reinserted into the general manager role. Just one year prior, the Twins had won 94 games and the American League Central title in the first year played at Target Field. That [...]

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By PATRICK SLACK Sports Editor patrick.slack@mcrecord.com The contracts are huge. The expectations are going to be even greater. In one of the biggest free agency coups pulled off by a small-market team in professional sports history, the Minnesota Wild nabbed not one but both of this year’s available stars, Zach Parise and Ryan Suter, to [...]

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By PATRICK SLACK Sports Editor patrick.slack@mcrecord.com For Minnesota Wild fans, the only time period that has rivalled the excitement and nerves generated in the past 48 hours was probably the team’s run to the 2003 Western Conference finals. The franchise has succeeded financially due to a loyal, passionate fan base, but has struggled to elevate [...]

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By PATRICK SLACK Sports Editor patrick.slack@mcrecord.com After the opening week of April brought us the joy of the Masters, Final Four and opening week of the Major League Baseball season, this past week unfortunately highlighted part of the gloomier side of sports.   NBA stars ask for Olympics pay Gone are the days of simply [...]

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The early reports are in on the 2012 Minnesota Twins and to say it has been ugly would be to understate the situation. Sure, the action on the field has been bad. Very bad. And while baseball is a 162 game marathon of a season, coming off of a 99-loss campaign, the only real thing [...]

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The good news is that it can’t get any worse. Right? A season after losing 99 games, the Minnesota Twins look to bounce back to at least being a respectable team in 2012. The common thought that is for that to be a reality, there needs to be a return to form from Joe Mauer [...]

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By PATRICK SLACK Sports Editor patrick.slack@mcrecord.com Any question about how seriously the NFL commissioner’s office considered player bounties was answered in resounding fashion Wednesday. Commissioner Roger Goodell came down on the New Orleans Saints with all of the power he holds, handing out a year-long suspension to head coach Sean Payton, eight games to general [...]

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After perhaps the most underwhelming first day of the NCAA men’s basketball tournament in history, Friday delivered more than enough madness to make up for it. Only four tmes in the 27 years since the tournament expanded to 64 (and now 68) teams had a 15th-seeded team knocked off a No. 2. Friday, that happened [...]

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By PATRICK SLACK Sports Editor patrick.slack@mcrecord.com I’ve started a handful of posts in the past month only to delete them because I haven’t had time to do my thoughts justice. So today I decided the heck with that, I have to at least get something, anything up, so here’s my no-huddle blogging:   Saints bounty [...]

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