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Best Vikings Player

Harrison Smith

Harrison Smith is the swaggering, hard-hitting, ball-hawking safety every great defense needs. After an injury-plagued 2013, he showcased his playmaking ability right off the bat in 2014 with a sack and an interception that he returned 81 yards for a touchdown in a week one victory. Star Bears wide receiver Brandon Marshall once called him the hardest hitting safety in the league, and his fiery demeanor spawned a multitude of nicknames: Bam, Dirty Harry, Tarzan (he used to have long hair at Notre Dame), and the Eraser. Smith's infectious aggression has gotten him in some trouble, like when he was ejected for pushing a ref in his rookie year. But as long as he keeps channeling it into taking out receivers, he should anchor the back line of what figures to be a solid Vikings defense for years to come.

Best Weekend Getaway Duluth

Best Twins Player Danny Santana

Best Coach Marlene Stollings

Best Place to Shoot Pool Al's Billiards in Roseville

Best Place to Ice Skate Roseville Skating Center

Best Place to People-Watch Twin Cities Pride

Best Place to Make Out Dowling Studio Lobby

Best Place to Meet Single Men (Gay) The Saloon

Best Place to Meet Single Men (Straight) Sneaky Pete's

Best Place to Meet Single Women (Lesbian) Kitty Cat Klub

Best Place to Meet Single Women (Straight) Sociable Cider Werks

Best Bowling Alley Ran-Ham Bowling Center

Best Place to Do Something for Free Firkin Fridays

Best Way to Stick It to the Man Cards Against Harassment

Best Place to Warm Up When It's Cold Outside The Tropics Trail at the Minnesota Zoo

Best Day Trip Hudson, Wisconsin

Best Local Landmark Mary Tyler Moore Statue

Best Hike Jay Cooke State Park

Best Dog Park Minnehaha Falls

Best Public Park Loring Park

Best Lake Lake Nokomis

Best Bike Trail Cedar Lake Regional Trail

Best Sign of Spring St. Paul Saints

Best Picnic Spot Boom Island Park

Best View Ridgway Parkway Park

Best Place to Jog Fort Snelling State Park

Best Disc Golf Course Hansen Park

Best Mini Golf Course The Links at Dred Scott

Best Place to Sled Como Park Golf Course

Best Place to Do Yoga Yoga Center of Minneapolis

Best Gym Planet Fitness

Best Sports Team Minnesota Wild

Best Sports Podcast The Sportive

Best Timberwolves Player Ricky Rubio

Best Lynx Player Janel McCarville

Best Wild Player Devin Dubnyk

Best College Athlete Rachel Ramsey

Best College Recruit Carter Coughlin