Best of

the Twin Cities

Best College Athlete

Jordan Murphy

Jordan Murphy, starting power forward for the Gophers men’s basketball team, entered his junior season known to Big Ten hoops fans, but without much national recognition. That changed throughout the 2017-18 season, as the San Antonio native made noise by winning the season’s first three Big Ten Player of the Week awards. He’d eventually tally 17 consecutive double-doubles, tying a collegiate record future NBA superstar Tim Duncan set in 1996-97. Murphy’s ascendance, particularly in scoring and rebounding, also warranted his being named a midseason top 25 player of the year, despite not making the preseason top 50. Unfortunately, the Gophers nosedived around midseason, losing nine games in a row at one point, but Murphy kept on balling. 

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 Vikings Player Case Keenum

Best Coach Mike Zimmer

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