Dunkin’ Deuces :: 9/19 Edition

Dunkin’ Deuces is your daily morning cup of links to all things MN Sports.  With all the great writers in the area, we bring you the links to one central page.  Check out the links below:

Minnesota Vikings

Hartman: Vikings offense can’t keep disappearing

Minneapolis Star Tribune – Sid Hartman – ‎6 hours ago‎
For the second week in a row, the Vikings stopped moving the ball after halftime, and it cost them again. Let’s face it: This Vikings defense is not the same without Kevin Williams, who was suspended for Sunday’s 24-20 loss to Tampa Bay,

Defense has its way early, then loses it

Minneapolis Star Tribune – Kent Youngblood – ‎7 hours ago‎
Bewilderment morphed into frustration for Vikings defenders as they struggled to explain how another second-half lead got away. Jared Allen (69) sacked Josh Freeman (5) in the first quarter. Vikings defensive end Jared Allen was trying to find a word

5 extra points

Minneapolis Star Tribune – ‎7 hours ago‎
The Vikings missed 13 tackles a week ago at San Diego, so it was a hot topic all week. Unofficially, via the naked press-box eye, I had them missing six tackles against the Buccaneers. And, just like last week, the third quarter was the worst the team

Play of the game

Minneapolis Star Tribune – ‎7 hours ago‎
Situation: Tampa Bay had first-and-10 at the Vikings 16 for the first play after the two-minute warning. The play: Bucs quarterback Josh Freeman, left, tried to hit tight end Kellen Winslow over the middle, but Vikings safety Tyrell Johnson read the

A 30-minute team in a 60-minute league

Minneapolis Star Tribune (blog) – ‎8 hours ago‎
Considering the Vikings have been outscored 41-3 in the second half, they’ve established themselves as a 30-minute team in a 60-minute league. And the amazing thing is it’s not because of turnovers. In fact, the only turnover the Vikings have in the

Vikings Fold in 2nd Loss, Fans Fired Up

FOX 9 News – ‎9 hours ago‎
MINNEAPOLIS – At the far end of an almost silent locker room, Chad Greenway sat at his stall, staring into his locker in stunned disbelief after the Minnesota Vikings let a 17-0 halftime lead slip away against Tampa Bay. “Almost just bewildered to the

Souhan: Vikings are in trouble

Minneapolis Star Tribune – Jim Souhan – ‎10 hours ago‎
The Vikings haven’t just begun the 2011 with two losses, they’ve blown two games with poisonous second-half performances that call into question the ability of their coaches to adapt during games, their offensive philosophy, their choice of veteran

Second-half mistakes doom Vikings

Minneapolis Star Tribune (blog) – Chip Scoggins – ‎10 hours ago‎
The Vikings had a stunning second-half collapse in their 24-20 loss to Tampa Bay on Sunday after doing so many things right in the first half. The Bucs deserve credit for pulling themselves together at halftime. I did a column on the drastic change in

Scoggins: ‘Youngry’ Bucs stay cool, win

Minneapolis Star Tribune – Chip Scoggins – ‎10 hours ago‎
Sounds simple, but the young Bucs took it to heart with a second-half performance that left the Vikings stunned and their fans irate. Like a kid on a teeter-totter, the Bucs went from the lowest of lows to the highest of highs to escape Mall of America

Okay, It’s Later, But I Still Don’t Understand

Daily Norseman – Christopher Gates – ‎11 hours ago‎
Alrighty, then. . .the grass has been cut, I have the Red Zone Channel on, and I’m getting constant reminders from Kevin Seifert’s FaceBook page of why I would rather lose as a fan of the Minnesota Vikings than win as a “fan” of any other team.

Vikings‘ 2011 season beginning to look a little like 2010

1500 ESPN Twin Cities – ‎11 hours ago‎
Tom Pelissero and Judd Zulgad of 1500 ESPN Twin Cities talk about the Minnesota Vikings‘ collapse in Sunday’s 24-20 loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and where things go from here. Full coverage of the Vikings is at 1500ESPN.com.

Comeback kid: Freeman, Buccaneers rally for 24-20 victory over Vikings on

Minneapolis Star Tribune – Dave Campbell – ‎12 hours ago‎
LeGarrette Blount’s 4-yard touchdown run with 31 seconds left sent the Buccaneers past the stunned Minnesota Vikings 24-20 on Sunday, completing another rally guided by Tampa Bay’s calm young quarterback. “He doesn’t blink,” coach Raheem Morris said.

Golden Gophers

Replay: Gophers 29, Miami (Ohio) 23

Minneapolis Star Tribune – ‎4 hours ago‎
The recap: Jerry Kill returned to the sidelines to watch his team deliver the first victory of his Gophers career — but only just barely. Minnesota gave up 126 yards of offense in the final 10 minutes, but safety Kim Royston knocked away a potential

New faces figure in Gophers‘ success

Minneapolis Star Tribune – ‎6 hours ago‎
A large chunk of the Gophers‘ offensive output has been provided by some unfamiliar sources. Maybe it’s fitting that the Gophers approached Saturday’s game against Miami not quite certain about who would coach the team. So far, the question of who will

Quick Hitters

Minnesota Daily – Samuel Gordon – ‎9 hours ago‎
-The Gophers defense recorded its first sack of the season Saturday. Freshman Michael Amaefula wrangled Miami quarterback Zac Dysert to the ground during his drop back after a play-action fake in the second quarter. -Redshirt freshman Donnell Kirkwood

Kill returns for Gophers‘ first win

Minnesota Daily – Anthony Kwan – ‎9 hours ago‎
Gophers head football coach Jerry Kill’s wife Rebecca embraces him after the game Saturday against Miami Red Hawks at TCF Bank Stadium. By Adam Richard MarQueis Gray scrambled across TCF Bank Stadium field Saturday and gave the Jerry Kill era a needed

SportsWire » Gophers » Wolfson: Improved defense, Royston’s play among Gophers

1500 ESPN – ‎15 hours ago‎
by Doogie Former coach Glen Mason’s Gophers legacy is snatching defeat in the unlikeliest of ways. Losses that made you say, “Holy (redacted) (redacted) (redacted), did that just (redacted) happen?” Think Houston in 1997, Indiana in 2000,


Minnesota Twins

Frustration all around for Twins

Minneapolis Star Tribune – Joe Christensen – ‎9 hours ago‎
Manager Ron Gardenhire and starting pitcher Carl Pavano each took blame Sunday after the Twins ran their latest losing streak to eight games. The Twins led 3-0 in the seventh, but Cleveland started a rally against Pavano and scored two runs on

Indians score 5 unearned runs in seventh, rally for 6-5 win over Twins

Minneapolis Star Tribune – ‎10 hours ago‎
Article by: AP MINNEAPOLIS – During a season in which the Minnesota Twins have found countless ways to lose, this might have been a new one. One poor throw in the seventh inning Sunday set the wheels in motion and Cleveland capitalized,
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