Dunkin’ Deuces :: 9/18 Edition

Dunkin’ Deuces is your daily morning cup of links to all things MN Sports.  Check out the links below:

Minnesota Vikings

Jared Allen to battle former Viking practice squad player Sunday

Minneapolis Star Tribune – Kent Youngblood – ‎Sep 16, 2011‎
One battle to keep your eyes on Sunday is Vikings defensive end Jared Allen vs. Tampa Bay left tackle Donald Penn. Penn has Vikings roots. He was signed as an undrafted free agent in 2006 and began that season on the team’s practice squad before being

Vikings’ McNabb Has Something to Prove

New York Times – Pat Borzi – ‎17 hours ago‎
EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. — Impressionable and eager to learn, the Minnesota Vikings rookie quarterback Christian Ponder gravitated to the veteran Donovan McNabb almost as soon as McNabb dropped his bags at training camp.

Vikings offense will be under scrutiny Sunday

FS North – Brian Hall – ‎16 hours ago‎
EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. — The debuts of the Minnesota Vikings’ new offensive coordinator and quarterback were underwhelming and caused Minnesota to go into self-scouting mode this week. Coordinator Bill Musgrave’s offense accounted for a

Musgrave says Vikings offense will take more shots

NBCSports.com – Mike Florio – ‎Sep 17, 2011‎
With the new Vikings offense looking suspiciously like the old one (pre-Favre), new Vikings offensive coordinator Bill Musgrave says that change is coming. Specifically, the Vikings will take more shots down the field in the passing game.

Minnesota Gophers

Gophers coach gets a reward for fortitude

Minneapolis Star Tribune – Myron P. Medcalf – ‎10 hours ago‎
After spending five nights in the hospital this week, Jerry Kill got his first victory as Gophers coach. Jeff Tanner (74) congratulated coach Jerry Kill on the field after the Minnesota Gophers defeated the Miami (OH) RedHawks 29-23 on September 17,

Victory relieves anxiety that enveloped Gophers

Minneapolis Star Tribune (blog) – ‎10 hours ago‎
There was an unmistakable air of anxiety around the Gophers‘ football program all week, one part worry about the coach and one part trepidation about the team’s 0-2 start. So you couldn’t miss the relief in the players’ voices as they tried to describe

Blog: Bennett’s blocked punt proves big

Gophersports.com (blog) – Ryan Maus – ‎10 hours ago‎
By Justine Buerkle Before today’s game, head coach Jerry Kill told his Golden Gophers that they would need to block a punt, return a kick, or pull off a similar game-changing play

Victory is best medicine for Kill

Minneapolis Star Tribune – Phil Miller – ‎10 hours ago‎
The Gophers, fueled by the return of their still-recuperating coach, blocked a punt, unleashed their quarterback and made one game-saving defensive play at TCF Bank Stadium, just enough to hold on for a shaky-but-invigorating 29-23 victory over Miami

Reusse: Gray runs some distance toward quieting critics

Minneapolis Star Tribune – Patrick Reusse – ‎10 hours ago‎
On this victorious afternoon, his golden wheels never failed him. Gray finished with 25 carries for a net of 171 yards. He threw for only 17 of his 163 yards in the second half. The Gophers had 29 first downs total, and 16 in the second half.

Hartman: Mason likes what he sees in Gophers

Minneapolis Star Tribune – Sid Hartman – ‎11 hours ago‎
He helped get TCF Bank Stadium built but was never able to coach there despite having the best record of any Gophers coach in recent memory. Yes, the first chance that Mason had to work in the new stadium was as a color commentator on the Big Ten

Minnesota Twins

Joe Mauer’s Season Likely Over Due To Pneumonia

SB Nation Minnesota – Christopher Gates – ‎Sep 16, 2011‎
Sep 16, 2011 – What can charitably be described as a disappointing season for Minnesota Twins‘ catcher Joe Mauer has, officially, been brought to an end. Lavelle E. Neal III of the Minneapolis Star-Tribune is

Winning salary negotiations

Minneapolis / St. Paul Business Journal – ‎Sep 16, 2011‎
Minnesota Twins catcher Joe Mauer makes $23 million per year — the kind of money most people can only dream about. At $141195 per game, he earns in one afternoon roughly six times as much as the average Minnesotan makes in an entire year.

Mauer out again – this time for good

Minneapolis Star Tribune – ‎Sep 16, 2011‎
The Twins catcher has been diagnosed with mild pneumonia, the latest in a string of health issues that has hindered the former MVP and batting champion — and the club. He has been told by doctors that he needs two weeks of rest. The Twins have 14

Joe Mauer’s season is likely over because of mild pneumonia

Minneapolis Star Tribune (blog) – ‎Sep 16, 2011‎
That means Mauer probably has played his final game of the season for the Twins. And what a season it has been, Bilateral leg weakness. Illness. Trips to the Mayo Clinic. Sore body parts. Speculation about his toughness. St. Paul’s own has filled up

Joe Mauer, down for the count

Minneapolis Star Tribune – ‎Sep 16, 2011‎
June 2: Catches three innings — his first appearance behind the plate since April 12 — in an extended spring game at the Twins‘ Fort Myers minor league complex. June 17: Returns to the Twins lineup for the first time since April 12.
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