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The Minneapolis Miracle

The stage was set for more agonizingly predictable, Vikings-induced heartache. Down 23-24 and stuck at their own 39-yard line, the Vikes had 10 seconds to beat the New Orleans Saints in the NFC divisional playoff game at U.S. Bank Stadium. A desperate field goal attempt seemed most likely, but that’d require at least 20 yards and a convincing prayer. Case Keenum and Stefon Diggs had other plans. Keenum calmly dropped back and launched the ball to Diggs, who snatched it from the sky and jetted his way to a walk-off touchdown. “IT’S A MINNEAPOLIS MIRACLE!!!” bellowed radio announcer Paul Allen, sorta hijacking the branding of the 2000 Music City Miracle, but we’ll forgive him—the euphoria of the moment was downright dizzying. Miracles were in short supply during the NFC Championship Game, however, when the Philadelphia Eagles dismantled the Vikings. Still, for a fleeting, transcendent blip in time, nothing topped being a Minnesota sports fan. 

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 College Athlete Jordan Murphy

Best Sports Fan Millie Wall

Best Sporting Event MIAC hockey

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