Best of

the Twin Cities

Best Heckler

Michael "Sammy" Samuelson

A fixture at Twins and Gopher basketball games for over three decades, Michael "Sammy" Samuelson is diminutive, but his size belies his fireplug personality. Even more impressive, Samuelson lost an arm to cancer years ago and is fighting both a failing kidney and blood cancer, but that doesn't keep him from harassing opposing teams and underperforming local athletes with the gusto of a man twice his size and in full health. Easily able to shout down a New York Yankee from the upper deck, Samuelson also relies on his wits to conjure up such bizarre gibes as "Gerald Laird, war criminal!" (an apparent affront to the Tigers' backup catcher, who shares a last name with Richard Nixon's former secretary of defense). Thanks to his enterprising nature, Sammy gloms tickets on the cheap in nearly every section. Look for him this year, or better still, listen to his impressive heckles, and join him in the fun.

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 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 Vikings Player Jared Allen

Best Weekend Getaway The Wisconsin Dells

Best Wild Player Dany Heatley

Best Yoga Studio Yoga Center of Minneapolis