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the Twin Cities

Best Vikings Player

Jared Allen

Thank god for Jared Allen. When the guy isn't writing cookbooks, he's the heart and soul of the Vikings defense. Much like Adrian Peterson was to the offense before going out with an injured knee, Allen was the one undeniable star on defense, a relentless competitor with a sixth sense for finding the ball. Of course, what old Rodeo really seems to enjoy most is going after the passer, which explains why he came within half a sack of breaking the all-time season sack record — and that was in spite of the Vikings' conservative play-calling and otherwise weak pass rush. Case in point: Late in the year it looked as if Allen had burned out, but once coach Leslie Frazier let him loose, he picked up three and a half sacks in the last game of the season. Watching Allen tear up the league was almost enough to make you forget that whole Donovan McNabb fiasco. Almost.

Best Vikings Player (2013) Adrian Peterson

Best Coach (2013) Leslie Frazier, Minnesota Vikings

Best Vikings Player (2011) Adrian Peterson

BEST VIKINGS PLAYER (2010) Brett Favre

Best Bike Shop Penn Cycle & Fitness

Best Bike Trail Minnehaha Trail

Best Bowling Alley Flaherty's Arden Bowl

Best Boxer Caleb Truax

Best Coach Cheryl Reeve

Best College Athlete Nick Bjugstad

Best Day Trip Interstate State Park

Best Golfer Tom Lehman

Best Gym YWCA of Minneapolis

Best Heckler Michael "Sammy" Samuelson

Best Hike Superior Hiking Trail

Best Ice Skating The Depot Rink

Best Lynx Player Seimone Augustus

Best Minnesota Twins Addition Corey Provus

Best Park Como Park

Best Personal Trainer Damien Rochon-Washington

Best Picnic Spot Hidden Falls Regional Park

Best place to Run West River Parkway

Best Place to Watch a Meteor Shower Wesley Park

Best Pool Hall Shooters

Best Public Golf Course Willingers Golf Club

Best Race Big Gay Race

Best Sid Hartman Moment Joe Mauer's first press conference after 2011 return

Best Sledding College Park

Best Timberwolves Player Kevin Love

Best Twins Player Glen Perkins

Best Unofficial Twins Souvenir Andy Sturdevant's "Minneapolis-Based Baseball Team" scorecards

Best Urban Hike Downtown St. Paul

Best Weekend Getaway The Wisconsin Dells

Best Wild Player Dany Heatley

Best Yoga Studio Yoga Center of Minneapolis