"Yah, you betcha!" "Oh, fer gosh sake." "Awwww jeez." For better or worse, these are sayings that are associated with Minnesota. Although you'd probably have to go to your 80-year-old grandmother's church basement mixer to hear those in regular conversation uttered without a drop of irony. W ... More >>
Yesterday, the Minnesota State High School League held a hearing on the draft "Participation of Transgender Students" policy board members are set to vote on as soon as today.As we wrote about in the context of an anti-transgender ad the Star Tribune ran last Sunday, the draft policy is controversia ... More >>
Today, President Obama comes to Minneapolis for an overnight trip. It's his second trip to the Land of 10,000 Lakes this year. (Check out our humorous post about the first here.)He'll be at a private fundraiser hosted by Sam and Sylvia Kaplan tonight, and tomorrow, the president will deliver a speec ... More >>
Ads on NBA jerseys seem to be inevitable, but so far the league has resisted pressure to follow the path of European soccer.SEE ALSO: Vikings QB problem, summed up in one jersey That's not the case in the WNBA, where today the Lynx became the sixth team to emblazon its jerseys with an advertiser's l ... More >>
Earlier this month, Michele Kelm-Helgen, chair of the Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority, told us "there's discussions going on with the MLS about getting an franchise here but nothing that's finalized." The idea, of course, is that an MLS team could play its home games at the new Vikings stadium ... More >>
Adorned with LED lights, the Lowry Avenue Bridge in north Minneapolis is capable of lighting up in all sorts of cool colors in commemoration of all sorts of events. But which ones are significant enough to warrant the ligh-show treatment?SEE ALSO: Hennepin County Sheriff Rich Stanek thinks pot makes ... More >>
The Date Report's Kelsea Stahler ranks Adrian Peterson as the second-sexiest NFL player in her list of the most attractive American footballers. A screengrab including her explanation is at the top of this post.Here's how Stahler explained her overall methodology:[I]t's only fair we appreciate their ... More >>
Last night, the Minnesota Lynx finished off an overmatched Atlanta Dream team to sweep the WNBA finals, capping off a perfect postseason where they won all seven of their games, most of them by comfortable margins.SEE ALSO: Seimone Augustus kissed during game, says Taurasi "wanted some of my delicio ... More >>
Last night, the Minnesota Lynx treated the Target Center faithful to the best pro sports performance Minnesota has seen since Brett Favre eviscerated the Dallas Cowboys in the playoffs in early 2010.Behind the strength of an unstoppable Lindsay Whalen-led offense, the Lynx crushed the Phoenix Mercur ... More >>
Seven years after they met at an All-American showcase for high school players in California, Minnesota Lynx player Monica Wright and Kevin Durant are engaged, according to numerous reports.Durant, a three-time NBA scoring champion for the Oklahoma City Thunder, was spotted in May sitting courtside ... More >>
-- Update at bottom --The Minnesota Mist are the Twin Cities' newest professional sports franchise. The team, owned by former Lynx player Tamara Moore, is part of something called the Bikini Basketball League (see update below), and over the weekend they played their debut game against the Los ... More >>
Sports, sports, sports -- is your whole life just sports?SEE ALSO: Former Viking Ray Edwards's last two boxing matches have been unintentionally hilarious [VIDEOS] Well, if it is, you're living in one of the right places. According to a study put together by Nerd Wallet, Minneapolis is the county's ... More >>
In the Sports Illustrated piece in which he became the first major-sport male pro athlete to come out of the closet, NBA big man Jason Collins describes the gradual process by which he came to terms with his homosexuality. "When I was younger I dated women," Collins writes. "I even got engaged. I th ... More >>
Are you a fan of women's basketball? No? Well, what if the players wore bikinis on the court?SEE ALSO: Cheryl Reeve, Lynx coach, goes berserk during Finals game, throws jacket at assistant [VIDEO] Former Minnesota Lynx player Tamara Moore is hoping the answer to that latter question is, "Yes, I'll d ... More >>
October has got to be Kevin Love's least-favorite month at this point.FROM TUESDAY: Kevin Love is injured while sleeping On October 16, 2009, Love broke the fourth metacarpal bone in his left hand during a preseason game, causing him to miss the first 18 games of the season (the Wolves stood at a dr ... More >>
Lynx coach Cheryl Reeve went off the rails during the third quarter of last night's series-tying victory against the Indiana Fever.SEE ALSO: Kevin Love, JJ Barea physically separated during T-Wolves' 3rd straight loss [VIDEO]Upset about the referees swallowing their whistles during a Lindsay Whalen ... More >>
Lynx star Seimone Augustus claimed it ruined her Western Conference championship celebration. That seems a bit melodramatic, but still, you'd hope Roseville police officers have better things to do.SEE ALSO: Olympian Seimone Augustus on being an openly gay pro athlete [VIDEO]Yesterday morning, Augus ... More >>
Leaked document reveals the secrets of the GOP's coded language
SEE ALSO:-- Olympian Seimone Augustus on being an openly gay pro athlete [VIDEO]-- Fargo Forum reverses course, decides to publish gay marriage notices after backlashFrom the mouth of babes oft times comes gems, and this is one of those times.Carter Gustafson, 8 3/4, recently penned an awwwww-inspir ... More >>
SEE ALSO:- Best Lynx Player - 2012: Seimone AugustusAs the U.S. Olympic women's basketball team prepares to defend its 2008 gold against France on Saturday (3 p.m. CST), one of its players, MN Lynx star Seimone Augustus, bears another distinction.Of 10,000 international athletes competing in the Lon ... More >>
Minneapolis-St. Paul is the 13th "most lesbainish" metro in the country, according to Jezebel's first-ever ranking of lesbian hot spots.Jezebel doesn't explain the list's methodology, so take it for what it's worth, but the Twin Cities gets kudos for our abundance of piercing-laden bicycle chicks ... More >>
The Advocate ranks Salt Lake City as 2012's gayest.Last year, The Advocate got us all hot and bothered by heralding Minneapolis the Gayest City in America.We've apparently straightened up our act a little bit in the last year, as The Advocate's 2012 rankings has the Twin Cities slipping all the w ... More >>
Minnesota sports fans are finally getting some good news this year with the success of WNBA team the Lynx, who are playing in the finals for the first time in their franchise's history. The team are already up 1-0 over the Atlanta Dream (the finals are a best out of five competition), and will fa ... More >>
In an odd bit of symmetry, we learned that the Sugarhill Gang will be performing a halftime show at this Sunday's Lynx game just a few short hours after hearing of the death of Sugar Hill Records' Sylvia Robinson, whose most notable contribution to hip-hop was her production work on the Sugarhill ... More >>
A few ideas to better the event.
What restaurants does the newly-minted Lynx guard plan to hit up when she returns to town?
A former front-office guy in minor league baseball has assembled a database of more than 500 confirmed and validated Twitter accounts for pro and college athletes.
Minnesota's two American Idol finalists from the Fox reality show's last season will perform tonight at the Minnesota Lynx game.
The Wolves roused the faithful with a 104-79 drubbing of the Grizzlies. Playoffs anyone?
The rebounding battle was the telling stat in this game. When Eddie Jones pulls down the same amount of rebounds as Kevin Garnett, the Timberwolves are not going to win.
The critics may say the WNBA game lacks poetry. Stephen Burt is determined to give it some.
Nine days ago on this Balls! blog, my colleague Jim Walsh wrote a brief but spirited defense of Gophers' women's basketball coach Pam Borton, who was rocked by a slew of players leaving the squad after the season concluded last month. I kept meaning to join the commentary that followed, but was busy ... More >>
How Lindsay Whalen resurrected the Lady Gophers
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Without lesbian players and fans, there might be no women's pro basketball. But tell that to the WNBA.
Former Fillies center Tonyus Chavers watches from the sidelines as women's pro basketball hits the jackpot
What's this "women's game" business, anyway?
Maybe female athletes will never play like the men. But imagine what they could do.
After months of negotiations, the Minnesota Lynx enter their first season with a union, a contract, and a princely $25,000 minimum salary
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