Best of

the Twin Cities

Best Sports Radio Personality

Paul Allen

When the Vikings lose, Paul Allen sounds near-suicidal. When they win? It's as though he's mainlining purple dopamine laced with uppers. KFAN's longtime 9-to-noon radio ace is the verbose avatar for the collective heart of Minnesota sports fans. Allen, an unabashed Vikes booster, invites listeners onto his "Therapeutic Davenport of Love" to wallow or rejoice, the results of which feel more like X's & O's-infused therapy sessions than talk radio. The game-day voice of the Vikes has surplus swagger, orchestrating his "Love Covenant" like a blue-eyed soul preacher with a deathly aversion to ending sentences with prepositions. When the geyser of true believer emotion runs out of joy and/or despair, Allen's program dovetails beautifully into the benign indifference of talker Dan "Common Man" Cole's idiosyncratic pro-grum. It's the best one-two combo since Carter and Moss.

Best Bike Trail Cedar Lake

Best Bowling Alley Town Hall Lanes

Best Coach Mike Zimmer

Best College Athlete Rachel Banham

Best College Recruit Amir Coffey, University of Minnesota basketball

Best Day Trip Spicer

Best Disc Golf Course Valley Disc Golf Course

Best Dog Park Battle Creek Dog Park

Best Gym The Aviary

Best Hike Wild River State Park

Best Lake Lake Phalen

Best Local Landmark Kenwood Water Tower

Best Lynx Player Maya Moore

Best Picnic Spot Como Park

Best Place to Do Something for Free Films at the Fitz

Best Place to Do Yoga CorePower Yoga

Best Place to Ice Skate Guidant John Rose Minnesota Oval

Best Place to Jog Hidden Falls Park

Best Place to Make Out Behind any dumpster

Best Place to Meet Single Men (Gay) 19 Bar

Best Place to Meet Single Men (Straight) Community Keg House

Best Place to Meet Single Women (Lesbian) The Town House

Best Place to Meet Single Women (Straight) Spring Street Tavern

Best Place to People-Watch Minnesota State Fair

Best Place to Play Boot Hockey Pearl Park

Best Place to Shoot Pool Jimmy's Pro Billiards

Best Place to Sled Columbia Golf Course

Best Place to Take Out-of-Town Guests Stillwater

Best Place to Warm Up When It's Cold Outside Sea Life Aquarium Minnesota

Best Public Park South Valley Park

Best Sign of Spring Sven Sundgaard's deltoids

Best Sports Highlight The All-Hockey Hair Team

Best Sports Team Minnesota Lynx

Best Sports Writer Aaron Gleeman

Best Timberwolves Player Karl-Anthony Towns

Best TV Sports Anchor Mark Rosen

Best Twins Player Miguel Sano

Best Vikings Player Harrison Smith

Best Weekend Getaway Duluth

Best Wild Player Charlie Coyle