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Reusse: Wolves and Savage remain key to land of 10,000 playoff disappointments


The Lynx provided material in those games with four WNBA titles during the Maya Moore era that lasted from 2011 to 2018. The WNBA is a 12-team league with a current 36-game schedule that is not played in the traditional basketball season.

Minnesota United FC, also known as the Loons, draw large crowds to Allianz Field in the St. Paul’s Midway area. In the earnest hope of a home win so they can sing a post-match tune from a disassembled English rock band, wide-eyed youngsters will sometimes ask a nearby fan, “Are we in advance ?

An online search of the 2022 international rankings in domestic soccer leagues found Major League Soccer to be No. 12, just behind Turkey.

The desire to cling to those Lynx titles to refute mentions of Minnesota’s extreme drought in major professional leagues (1991 World Series), or to say “Don’t forget the Loons”, when mentioning our men’s teams big league…

Yes, trying to change the landscape is understandable, since the four that determine whether you’re a full-service metropolis or not continue to disappoint us that way.

The Vikings are kings, by a bigger margin than ever as baseball continues its downfall. I would still put the Twins in battle for second yardage with the Wild and the Timberwolves fourth, although winning for a few hours there in April.

What they’ve all developed in this first quarter of the 21st century is the ability to make Minnesota sports fans and stadium builders cringe at what’s on offer in their greatest moments.

There has now been a double whammy from the winter/spring boys Wolves and Wild, which began April 21 at Target Center and ended precisely three weeks later Thursday night at St. Louis.

The issue here isn’t fierce losing battles between two teams playing with full resolution.

I never considered the Vikings’ upset overtime loss to Atlanta in the January 1999 NFC title game an annoyance – just one that got away against a visiting team that played very well.

That was not the case with Wolves in April. Never before has an NBA team lost more than once in a series while holding a double-digit fourth quarter lead. Wolves have done it three times.

The first of these was the aforementioned game on April 21, Game 3 at Target Center, when they led by 26 points in the first half, let it slide to single digits, then pushed it back to 25. in the third quarter.

In a long life as a sports watcher, I have never seen anything like it.

Star Karl-Anthony Towns was a negative factor in three of six games; D’Angelo Russell, the $30 million point guard, was worse than that, dropping five out of six.

The only excuse for Wolves was that they were underdogs Memphis and Ja Morant.

The Wild got -150 favorites (3 to 2) against St. Louis in sports betting. They led the series 2-1. The Blues were playing Game 4 at home, but with four injured defenders when the game was decided.

The Wild lost that one. The Wild played Game 5 at home, allowed the final four goals – three in the third by Vladimir Tarasenko – and lost 5-2.

Did Dean Evason’s club respond with a fiery last fight? Not close. Blues 5-1.

I received this view from a Twitter regular on Friday: “Wild gave up on games. Wolves just played stupid.”

Yes, wolves.

The original thought was that this no-show problem started in January 2001, with the Vikings’ 41-0 loss to the New York Giants in the NFC title game.

On closer examination:

The 2002 upstart Twins upset the Oakland A’s in a series of splits and ruined the “Moneyball” ending. The incredible Wild of 2003 had an upset run to the Western Conference Finals. The 2004 Timberwolves did the same, following the fanatic lead of Kevin Garnett through a stunning second-round series against Sacramento.

So the trend started in 2005. Since then, what do we have of our male majors?

A moment that still shines: Brett Favre trying to fight the Vikings in the 2010 Super Bowl.

The miracle of Minneapolis in January 2018? No — not when it was followed by a farcical no-show in Philadelphia in the NFC title game.

An all-sports record of 18 consecutive playoff losses by the Twins, beginning in Game 2 of a Divisional Series in 2004. A third all-time NBA streak of 13 consecutive years (2005-2017) for not having reached the Wolves playoffs.

And now the Wild, ignominiously exited without winning a series for the sixth time in a row – two series short of the half-as-talented but relentless outfit led by the incomparable Jacques Lemaire in 2003.

Timberwolves and Wild, Spring 2022. They may be remembered as our Bashed Brothers.

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