Best of

the Twin Cities

Best Coach

Mike Zimmer

Mike Zimmer has prepared his entire life for this. The no-nonsense defensive wizard got his first coaching gig in 1979, spent 20 years chess-mastering against NFL offenses, and finally earned a head coaching job when he inherited the 5-10-1 Vikings in 2014. He was 57. In four seasons, Zim has captured the NFC North crown twice, including during last year’s thrilling 13-3 surge to the NFL Championship Game. Most impressive? His 39-25 record with the Vikes was accomplished with youngster Teddy Bridgewater, the shattered remnants of Sam Bradford, and Case freakin’ Keenum helming the most important position in football. Zimmer will enter 2018 with free-agent prize Kirk Cousins at quarterback, electrifying second-year halfback Dalvin Cook, and the league’s nastiest defense. The retirement-age coach knows he has one final job to do.

Readers’ Choice: Mike Zimmer

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 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