Dunkin’ Deuces :: 9/15 Edition

Minnesota Vikings

Vikings‘ defense to be challenged by big Bucs

Minneapolis Star Tribune – Dave Campbell – ‎15 hours ago‎
The Minnesota Vikings have a back-to-basics approach on defense this week. Tackling was a problem in the season-opening loss at San Diego, negating some of the solid pass coverage the Vikings applied downfield. Even the best tacklers like cornerback

Defense seeks consistency

Minneapolis Star Tribune – Myron P. Medcalf – ‎Sep 13, 2011‎
Minnesota Vikings defensive end Jared Allen reacts before an NFL preseason football game against the Houston Texans Thursday, Sept. 1, 2011, in Minneapolis. Photo: Andy King, Associated Press On paper, the Vikings defensive line competed at a

Stadium cost overruns could push Vikings‘ share to $500M

Minneapolis Star Tribune – ‎9 hours ago‎
The Minnesota Vikings may end up on the hook for a $500 million contribution to the proposed new stadium at Arden Hills. “If you look at the cost escalation for a project like this … I think it is fair to say they’ll be maybe close to half a billion

2 Ramsey County public hearings to address sales tax vote for new Minnesota

Pioneer Press – Frederick Melo – ‎4 hours ago‎
The public soon will get to weigh in on whether to weigh in on a new Minnesota Vikings stadium. During the next month, the Ramsey County Charter Commission will host two public hearings on proposed ballot language that would prevent

Dayton says larger contribution from Vikings needed for stadium

Minnesota Public Radio – Tim Pugmire – ‎13 hours ago‎
St. Paul, Minn. — The Minnesota Vikings will eventually have to kick in a half-billion dollars if they want a new stadium, Gov. Mark Dayton said. Dayton spoke about the proposed Arden Hills stadium at a lunchtime

Dayton Would Consider More Vikings Stadium Sites to Get Deal Done

KSTP.com – Scott Theisen – ‎10 hours ago‎
While the Vikings renewed their focus on building a stadium in Arden Hills, Gov. Dayton says he would consider a number of sites to get a deal done. Dayton says the next step for the Vikings and the state is a Met Council report on the cost of building

Golden Gophers

U coaches have been in Miami’s place, too

Minneapolis Star Tribune – Myron P. Medcalf – ‎9 hours ago‎
Northern Illinois knocked off a Big Ten foe — the Gophers — last year. That staff, now at the U, is trying to avoid a repeat. Photo: LG PATTERSON, Associated Press Gophers assistant football coaches Tracy Claeys and Matt Limegrover seem to agree on

Kill still in hospital, but expected for game

Minneapolis Star Tribune – Phil Miller – ‎9 hours ago‎
Gophers coach Jerry Kill has been briefed on his team’s practices and game plan for Saturday’s game with Miami (Ohio), defensive coordinator Tracy Claeys said Wednesday, in preparation for his return to the sidelines. Gophers coach Jerry Kill has been

Gophers Get Back To Work, But There’s A Lot Of It To Do

SB Nation Minnesota – Ted Glover – ‎10 hours ago‎
For all your Gophers and Big Ten info, make sure you head over to The Daily Gopher and Off Tackle Empire. Sep 14, 2011 – After Gophers coach Jerry Kill was taken off the field on a stretcher at the end of last


Minnesota Twins

Listless Twins lose again to KC, put up 0-fer on two-city road trip

Minneapolis Star Tribune – Joe Christensen – ‎9 hours ago‎
KANSAS CITY, MO. – The latest road trip from the stumbling, bumbling Twins produced these results: zero wins, five losses, 10 runs and seven errors. No wonder they’re in danger of losing 100 games for just the second time in their 51-year history.

Twins Look To Avoid Getting Swept By Royals

SB Nation Minnesota – Christopher Gates – ‎18 hours ago‎
The question for the Minnesota Twins as we approach the end of the 2011 season is transitioning from “can the Twins get out of last place in the American League Central” to “can the Twins avoid losing 100 games?” After 147 games, the Twins have a

Postgame: Pavano says Twins’ one-year regression ‘boggles the mind’

Minneapolis Star Tribune (blog) – Joe Christensen – ‎Sep 13, 2011‎
KANSAS CITY, MO. — The Twins’ offense is miserable beyond words right now, so let’s discuss Carl Pavano. He reached the 200-inning mark for the second straight year and fourth time in his career in tonight’s 4-0 loss to the Royals.

Minnesota Timberwolves

David Kahn’s greatest hits (and misses)

ESPN – ‎20 hours ago‎
David Sherman/NBAE/Getty Images The arrivals of Ricky Rubio and Rick Adelman (not pictured) will likely decide David Kahn’s future. While waiver wires across the NBA have been silenced by the standstill in CBA discussions, David Kahn and the

First Cup: Wednesday

ESPN (blog) – ‎Sep 14, 2011‎
Ray Richardson of the Pioneer Press: “Rick Adelman is about to step into perhaps the most daunting challenge of his 20-year coaching career in the NBA. If the league’s labor dispute is settled and the season saved, Adelman will have to restore

Wolves say they’re hiring Rick Adelman

ESPN – ‎Sep 13, 2011‎
AP MINNEAPOLIS — Even with a lockout firmly in place across the NBA, the Minnesota Timberwolves have still managed to land one of the biggest free agents on the market. The team announced on Tuesday that it has an agreement in principle with Rick
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