St. Paul Pioneer Press
Get ready for the annual spring ritual of cheap beer, face-painting and calling in sick. The NFL draft is just a month away, so get those purple jerseys out of mothballs and scrub out a large barrel for the cheese dip. We know the draft is just a month away because we already are seeing TV advertisements for it. The league and the networks have begun the official countdown for three days of spills, chills and middle-aged white guys handing envelopes to the commissioner. The draft is a whopping three days long only because the NFL hasn’t figured out how to make it four days long. But that’s coming.
Zach Parise knows what a big winning streak can do for a team in the playoffs. In Parise’s rookie year, the New Jersey Devils won their final 11 games of the regular season and swept New York Rangers in the first round of the 2006 playoffs.
Tommy Milone won the competition to be the Twins’ fifth starting pitcher, but satisfaction for the left-hander means never having to look over his shoulder again. Earning the job is one thing in Minnesota. Maintaining it has proven tenuous among the litany of pitchers in recent years who have failed to provide security in the rotation.
Before driving south on I-35 to begin his professional hockey career, Zach Palmquist had one last piece of business to take care of. A sports economics exam from 6-9 p.m. Monday at Minnesota State Mankato was the only thing standing between his transition from college kid to professional athlete.
Breaking down what pitcher Blaine Boyer does best, Twins general manager Terry Ryan offered a checklist. “He throws strikes,” Ryan began. “He’s got an assortment of pitches. He can slow it down. He can spin it. He’s calm. He’s not afraid. He doesn’t panic.”
Something happened on the way to Babatunde Aiyegbusi’s attempt to follow in the footsteps of Marcin Gortat. He got tired of being called for fouls. The 6-foot-9, 351-pound Aiyegbusi used to play basketball in his native Poland, which produced Washington Wizards center Gortat. Then, late in the past decade, he ran into a guy on the street.
The Vikings hope that after 10 years and 11 days, they really did find a replacement for Randy Moss. On March 2, 2005, Minnesota traded the controversial wide receiver to Oakland after he caught passes for more than 1,000 yards in six of his seven seasons with the team. How many 1,000-yard receiving seasons have the Vikings had since?
The Wild can taste a playoff berth with 12 days of home cooking and five meaty games looming at Xcel Energy Center. That reads like a recipe for success considering the stakes and how remarkably balanced and proficient Minnesota has been during its team-record 10-game road winning streak.
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