Badgers Fans Outnumber Gophers Fans in Dinkytown, According to Facebook

Categories: Sports, U of M

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Mark Danielson, via Flickr
Just give it a few more solid seasons under Jerry Kill
The Wisconsin Badgers kept their claws on Paul Bunyan's Axe for more than a decade by beating the Gophers in football 11 straight times.

Painful, yes, and it may help explain this: The New York Times determined Dinkytown and its surrounding neighborhoods actually have more Badgers fans than Gophers fans by mapping Facebook likes by zip code.

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Minnesota Men's Sports Teams Are on a Combined 26-Game Losing Streak

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Brandon Grasley via Flickr
Even for Minnesota this is getting ugly
All right, this is getting ridiculous. The Wild, Timberwolves, and Gopher men's basketball and hockey have combined to lose 26 consecutive games. Throw in Gopher football's loss in the Citrus Bowl on New Year's Day and it's 27 straight, with a combined 2-18 record in 2015.

Meanwhile Gophers women's basketball and hockey are both riding high, sporting records of 14-2 and 19-1-3, respectively. Maybe it's time to check out some women's games?

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MN Swarm Donating Half of Next Month's Season Ticket Sales to Make-A-Wish MN

Categories: Charity, Sports

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Scott Pierson
Think Zygi would ever allow this?
The Minnesota Swarm announced today it will donate half of its new season ticket revenue between now and its next home game February 6 to Make-A-Wish Minnesota.

Season ticket packages for Minnesota's professional lacrosse team range from $207.50 to $790 for nine games, so that could end up being a decent amount of dough. Team officials say it sold about 2,850 season ticket packages before the season began.

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Video: Watch Wild Coach Mike Yeo Berate His Team at Practice

Categories: Sports, Wild

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screenshot of KSTP
Nothing like an old-fashioned, profanity-laced tirade to rally the troops
The Wild are in a tailspin. The team has lost eight of its last ten games and is now just one point away from last in the division. Underachieving vets (we're looking at you, Vanek and Koivu), injuries, and inconsistent goaltending have plagued a team with the highest expectations in franchise history.

The struggles have Mike Yeo, the youngest head coach in the NHL, feeling some heat. After a bad 4-3 overtime loss to San Jose, Yeo lost his shit during a lackluster practice. KSTP caught it on tape.

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[UPDATE] Ex-Timberwolves Stiff Darko Milicic Loses Professional Kickboxing Debut

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Screenshot, via TheMaless on YouTube
Not a great start to Darko's kickboxing career

One of the softest, most-overpaid (KAAAHHHNNN!) players in Timberwolves history lost his professional kickboxing debut in Russia yesterday.

Darko didn't look too bad in the first round of the fight, flashing more aggression than he ever did underneath the boards, but the fight was stopped early in the second round because of a deep cut on his shin.

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Minnesota Wild Plagued By Mumps Outbreak

Categories: Sports, Wild

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Today star Minnesota Wild defenseman Ryan Suter is set to return to action after missing two games due to a mumps infection. Suter is the fifth (!) Wild defenseman to get catch mumps this season.

What the heck are mumps? We reached out to Minnesota Department of Health epidemiologist Emily Banerjee to find out more.

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Gophers Football Tickets Are About to Get a Lot More Expensive

Categories: Sports, U of M

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Fees for season tickets will jump steadily over the next four years

Success comes with a price.

Fresh off of the most promising season of Gophers football in more than a decade, the University of Minnesota announced that the "scholarship fees" fans pay in order to buy season tickets will rise steadily over the next three years.

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Zygi Wilf Clearly Has the Best Shot At Bringing Major League Soccer to MN

Categories: Sports

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Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority

Zygi Wilf may be the most reviled man in Minnesota, but the fact is he represents the state's best shot at convincing Major League Soccer to expand here.

Lately lots of ink has been spilled over the battle between the two powerful groups of local bigwigs competing for the next Major League Soccer franchise, because frankly, it's an irresistible story.

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Crazy Endings in Two of the State High School Football Championship Games

Categories: Sports

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MN Prep Photo
Brinkman's game-winning throw
Two of Friday's state high school football championship games were decided by late-game gambles. One worked out, one did not.

Class 2A champion Holdingford won its first title since 1981 with a broken trick play on fourth down in double overtime, while Totino-Grace's failed two-point conversion with 1:39 left in the game gave Eden Prairie a one-point victory in Class 6A.

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Minneapolis Wins Bid for Final Four in 2019

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Meet Minneapolis
The team behind Minneapolis's winning bid celebrated on Friday

Last Friday the NCAA announced Minneapolis will host the Final Four in 2019.

The city's winning bid was titled "Winning Happens Here," a bit ironic for a city that literally has not won a major sports championship since 1991. (Sorry, Lynx fans.)

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