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Who is Minnesota's most exciting athlete?

Posted at 10:11 AM on May 15, 2006 by David Zingler (5 Comments)

Randy Moss is long gone, Daunte Culpepper is yesterday’s news and Kevin Garnett is being held hostage. So, who is Minnesota’s most exciting athlete? Here are the criteria:

1. Must have some element of mystery and/or novelty.
2. Must have the ability/personality to dominate a game.
3. Must be able to get you out of your chair and into the air.

The Nominees
Seimone Augustus, Lynx
The case for: The #1 overall pick in April’s draft is already the Lynx best player and will be an All Star, barring injury, this year. She’s brand new to the scene and could put the Lynx on the map.
The case against: She plays for the Lynx, who have yet to carve a niche on the state’s pro sports scene.

Marian Gaborik, Wild
The case for: He’s the Wild’s “franchise player” and only real creative offensive threat.
The case against: His contract holdout and constant trade rumors have kept the fans from embracing him. Plus, the Wild play a boring style of hockey.

Torii Hunter, Twins
The case for: He’s got the personality and the penchant for the spectacular.
The case against: He’s probably in his last season in Minnesota and isn’t consistent enough with the bat.

Joe Mauer, Twins
The case for: He’s a hometown boy, a former #1 overall pick, has a squeaky clean image and the skills to live up to the hype.
The case against: While he’s been consistent and dependable, but not exciting.

Justin Morneau, Twins
The case for: His mammoth home runs will get you off your feet.
The case against: They have yet to happen on a consistent basis.

Koren Robinson, Vikings
The case for: Via the kick-off return or deep pass, he’s the Vikings most dangerous big play threat.
The case against: The above statement doesn’t have the meaning it used to.

Johan Santana, Twins
The case for: He’s baseball’s best pitcher and currently the best athlete in the state.
The case against: He’s a pitcher and only appears once every five days. He may leave you in awe, but are strikeouts exciting?

Darren Sharper, Vikings
The case for: He’s got charisma and can go 90+ yards after an INT.
The case against: He’s an aging, injury prone safety.

I am always a sucker for a fresh face, so I am going with Augustus. Playing for a franchise that has never had an identity, she has the best chance to make a significant, lasting impact. I would recommend making a trip to the Target Center this summer; Augustus will give you your $10 worth.

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The cord has been pulled

Posted at 2:44 PM on May 15, 2006 by Ben Tesch

Set your clocks for Friday. Gardenhire announced today that Liriano will temporarily join the rotation in Silva's spot, and Carlos will try to redicover his sinker by playing more often than once every five days. Get ready, Milwaukee.

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