Best of

the Twin Cities

Best Vikings Player

Case Keenum

When Case Keenum joined the Vikings in early 2017, no one thought the stopgap journeyman would play, much less rise to embody the spirit of the team. Starting under center from Week 2 through the NFC Championship Game, Keenum played with determination and deference, putting together an utterly inspiring 3,547-yard, 22-touchdown season. Win after win, he bore the success with head-down humility, and his teammates followed suit. Keenum’s first—and, as it turns out, only—season in purple will ultimately be remembered as a heartbreaker. But that’s unfair to the legacy of a man who brought such unbridled optimism to the scorned, beleaguered ranks of Minnesota sports fans. Here’s hoping he summons that same magic for the Denver Broncos... provided they’re not playing the Vikes.

Readers’ Choice: Stefon Diggs

Best Sports Team Minnesota Lynx

Best Lynx Player Sylvia Fowles

Best Wild Player Eric Staal

Best Twins Player Byron Buxton

Best Timberwolves Player Jimmy Butler

Best Coach Mike Zimmer

Best College Athlete Jordan Murphy

Best Sports Fan Millie Wall

Best Sporting Event MIAC hockey

Best Sports Highlight The Minneapolis Miracle

Best Sportswriter Britt Robson

Best Sports Talk Radio Host Dan 'Common Man' Cole

Best TV Sportscaster Mark Rosen

Best TV Newsperson Jason Matheson

Best Columnist Jon Tevlin

Best TV Station Minneapolis Television Network

Best Radio Station KFAN

Best Radio Personality Cathy Wurzer

Best Podcast 'Gleeman & the Geek'

Best Website Wedge Live

Best Commercial Bauhaus Brew Labs

Best Instagram @maywaver

Best Tweeter @RandBallsStu

Best Viral Moment 'Stranger Things' dino hoodie

Best Local Girl/Boy Made Good Winona Ryder

Best Politicians Andrea Jenkins and Phillipe Cunningham

Best Power Couple Tom Weber and Peggy Flanagan

Best Local Landmark Hahn/Cock

Best Hipster Trend Booze in movie theaters

Best Place to People-Watch Stone Arch Bridge

Best Dressed Jahna Peloquin

Best Suburb Richfield

Best Construction Project Allianz Field

Best Road Pierce Butler Route

Best Way to Get Flipped the Bird Biking in the winter

Best Parking Lot Stillwater Veterans Memorial

Best Public Bathroom Walker Art Center

Best Sign of Spring Nice Rides deployed