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Minnesota (really, really) needs something to cheer about

Posted at 10:11 PM on August 19, 2007 by David Zingler

The summer of 2007 may be remembered as the “Summer of Prozac” in Minnesota history. We’ve had the I-35 W bridge collapse tragedy and now, the severe flooding in the southeastern part of our state. There’s also been drought, oppressive heat and much political discontent.

These are the times we need our pro sports teams to step up and do their jobs: provide an enjoyable distraction that gives us something to get excited about.

Unless you’re attached intravenously to the Purple Kool-Aid, you know that 2007 version of the Vikings aren’t likely to finish .500. The Timberwolves meanwhile, recently traded their only player that anyone cares about, the Wild is solid, but boring and the Lynx just finished with the WNBA’s worst record.

Has anyone studied the Vixens prospects for ’07?

That leaves us with the Twins and, at 62-61; they’ve only made matters worse. Even with their deficiencies, the local nine has underachieved this season. It’s popular to bash Nick Punto, Rondell White, MN/DOT and especially, Terry Ryan, but there are two men who could turn this season around: Justin Morneau and Joe Mauer.

The M&M boys however, have taken a step backwards this season. Mauer has been a passive, injury prone .300 singles hitter and, while Morneau has good power numbers, his average is down nearly 40 points from his MVP season and he’s been anemic this month when his team has needed him most.

If the Twins are finally going to turn this season around it won’t be because of trade that Ryan makes, it will be on the backs of Morneau and Mauer.

Relax guys, there’s no pressure.

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