The 10 Best Suggestions for University of North Dakota's New Mascot

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What did North Dakota fans come up with, besides the 5,000+ suggestions to go back to Fighting Sioux?

The University of North Dakota can't use the nickname "Fighting Sioux" anymore. That battle has been fought, and Fighting Sioux supporters lost.

Since 2012 UND has been mascot-less, but that may not last much longer. Last fall UND created a Nickname Committee in charge of recommending a new moniker for the school.

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FSN Pulls the Plug on the Fox Sports North Girls, Ending Meaningless Eye Candy Concept

Categories: Media, Sports

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Say goodbye to Angie, Kendall, and Jennifer

By now Minnesota sports fans are well acquainted with the cute, young, perpetually smiling mugs of the Fox Sports North Girls.

They were the babes welcoming viewers back from commercial break: "You are now watching Fox Sports North," they said, striking a pose for caveman viewers who lust for a little sex appeal in between the beer commercials and slow-motion replays.

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Vikings Fans Among Worst in NFL at Using Correct Grammar, According to Study

Categories: Sports, Vikings

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Mike Madison
Vikings fans don't spell so good

Big surprise here: Vikings fans are awful at using correct grammar, spelling, and punctuation, even when compared to the illiterate mouthbreathers populating other NFL fan bases.

The Wall Street Journal used an automated proofreading service to check for writing errors in a sample of 150 comments that were at least 50 words long on stories posted in the news section of each NFL team's website. Commenters on Vikings.com averaged 11.4 mistakes per 100 words, good for seventh-worst out of 32 teams.

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Where to Watch the Mayweather-Pacquiao Fight in the Twin Cities

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Here's where you can catch Saturday's big fight

Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather Jr. are finally going to fight Saturday night.

Sure, it's about five years too late, but let's not dwell on the past. People are still seriously fired up. Fired up enough to plunk down $100 on pay-per-view.

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A Hater's Guide to the St. Louis Blues

Categories: Sports, Wild

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@Chasenpucks39
Miss Missouri 2014

Tonight the Wild have the misfortune of opening the Stanley Cup Playoffs against the Blues in St. Louis. Our boys are being sent to a place where candidates believe in legitimate rape, and Republicans launch whisper campaigns about rivals being -- gasp! -- secretly Jewish.

The Wild deserve hazard pay. St. Louis is a wretched city with a hockey team that's basically the Vikings of the NHL.

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Statistics Prove Minnesota Has the Worst Sports Teams in America

Categories: Sports

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Tony Nelson
Sad, but not surprising

The chronic failure of our state's sports teams ranks right up there with the weather as a safe, universally known discussion topic in Minnesota.

The Twin Cities is one of only 12 places in America that fields a team in all four major sports leagues. In case you haven't noticed, those teams haven't seen much success over the last decade.

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Minnesota Wild Playoff Run Will Most Likely Include More Ticket Scams, Say Police

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The quest for the Cup starts Wednesday. Police say hot tickets will likely mean more ticket scams.

Ahmed Dahir allegedly had a good racket going.

For months, the 28-year-old Burnsville man had reportedly been buying sporting events e-tickets through Ticketmaster with stolen plastic. Since it would be an hour or so before Ticketmaster flagged the illicit purchases, Dahir would already have them in his possession before anyone got wise and the ticket barcodes were invalidated.

What he did next is where the real capitalist component of the scam kicks in.

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Minneapolis Legislators Want to Take Away Tax Breaks on Super Bowl Tickets

Categories: Politics, Sports

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"Why should the rich people buying tickets not have to pay taxes?"

State Sen. Scott Dibble (D-Minneapolis) is done giving the NFL tax breaks. In fact, he wants some of the concessions the state gave the multibillion-dollar "nonprofit" back.

"They made what, 10, 11 billion dollars last year?" he asked. "The NFL already got all kinds of perks and wonderful things for themselves when they agreed to [bring the Super Bowl] here. I'm not sure it's a good idea to be giving any more tax breaks."

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How Did Minnesota Pay for Its Stadiums?

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A look back at the years of subsidies

New Major League Soccer team owner Bill McGuire plans to elevate his Minnesota United squad to the MLS in 2018, as long as a new outdoor stadium gets built in Minneapolis's North Loop neighborhood.

While we all wait to see how much public money McGuire will ask for to build the stadium, let's take a look back at how the other stadiums in the Twin Cities were financed.

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The Minnesota Twins Turned a Nice Profit Last Year and Are Worth More Than Ever

Categories: Sports, Twins

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The Twins ranked 18th out of the 30 teams in Major League Baseball

Yesterday Forbes published its annual estimate of every Major League Baseball team's net worth.

Altogether the league's 30 teams are collectively valued at $36 billion, a 48 percent increase from last year. It was the largest collective increase since Forbes started doing the rankings in 1998, and even the lowly Twins, coming off four straight losing seasons, saw a decent bump.

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