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Minnesota Men's Sports Teams Are on a Combined 26-Game Losing Streak

Even for Minnesota this is getting ugly

Even for Minnesota this is getting ugly

All right, this is getting ridiculous. The Wild, Timberwolves, and Gopher men's basketball and hockey have combined to lose 26 consecutive games. Throw in Gopher football's loss in the Citrus Bowl on New Year's Day and it's 27 straight, with a combined 2-18 record in 2015.

Meanwhile Gophers women's basketball and hockey are both riding high, sporting records of 14-2 and 19-1-3, respectively. Maybe it's time to check out some women's games?

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To recap:

  • Early in the year three Timberwolves starters suffered what turned out to be long-term injuries, which basically ruined the season. Now the squad has lost 15 in a row and is on pace to post the worst record in franchise history.
  • The Gopher's men's basketball season started off with everyone worried young hotshot coach Richard Pitino might bail to a major program if he had a successful season. His team lost its first four Big 10 games and is already a long shot to make it to March Madness.
  • The Wild have lost five in a row and 11 of 13, rendering head coach Mike Yeo's shouting and swearing at practice last week good for nothing. The Wild are in last place in the division.
  • Gophers hockey has the most hope out of the four teams, but it's posted an uncharacteristic 3-6-1 record since getting shut out by the University of Minnesota Duluth at Mariucci Arena Nov. 14. The Gophers were swept by Michigan last weekend.
So why not take a look at what the women are doing?

The Gopher women's basketball team is the feel-good story of the Big 10 this year, rallying after star senior Rachel Banham blew out her knee Dec. 10. Last night the team barely lost its second game of the year to #12 Maryland, 77-73.

Meanwhile, Gopher women's hockey is rolling per usual, posting blowout victory after blowout victory on its way to avenging last year's 5-4 loss in the NCAA championship game, which deprived the program of its 3rd straight national title.

Otherwise you could check out the Minnesota Swarm. The state's professional lacrosse team is 1-1 right now, so that hasn't turned into a raging dumpster fire quite yet.

It's been a long winter, but try to keep in mind only five weeks remain until pitchers and catchers report to spring training, where hope always springs eternal.

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