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Journal Writing Project - What’s a Championship? We’re from Minnesota!

By Cody Hendrickson

Fri, Nov 30th, 2012
Posted in All Journal Student Writing Project

By Cody Hendrickson

I am one of the biggest sports fanatics that you will find. I could watch/play them all day long. Whether it is cheering on all of Fillmore Central’s teams, watching College Game Day, or sitting on the couch watching NFL Sunday, I could do it all, all day long and that is why I plan to continue my education into the world of sports as well. I plan on attending Bemidji State University to major in Sports Management with a minor in Mass Communications. This will allow me to continue my passion for sports in a wide variety of ways including being a General Manager of a major sports team, and we all know that the ultimate goal is to win a championship, but with us being from Minnesota, most people can’t remember the last major sports title. So, in this week’s article I’ll recap Minnesota sports.

The Minnesota Twins’ last World Series title was in 1991, with another one four years earlier in 1987. The Twins showed promise in the early 2000s but failed to get past the ALCS and now amidst a rebuilding project that is almost five years in the making, the Twins show very little promise to bring another championship back to Minnesota. Hopefully Target Field is good enough for Minnesota fans, because if the Twins keep performing at this level it may be the team’s final stadium.

The Minnesota Vikings have made it to the Super Bowl four times since the modern era going 0-4 in those games. They showed promise with Denny Green’s team in 1998 before falling to the Falcons in the NFC Championship game, thanks to Gary Anderson’s right foot. They again brought hope to Minnesota in 2009 with a miraculous season led by Brett Favre but yet again lost in the NFC Championship game. Like the Twins, the Vikings have been a rebuilding team for the past few years, and will continue to be one until Christian Ponder becomes a consistent NFL starter, or the Vikings draft an elite quarterback, along with keeping Adrian Peterson in the purple and gold.

The Minnesota Timberwolves have been rebuilding for awhile. They had a streak of seven straight playoff seasons and reached the Western Conference Finals in 2004, but lost to the Lakers. The Wolves have been in a slide ever since they traded Kevin Garnett to Boston in exchange for Al Jefferson. The team has showed promise over the last two years with Kevin Love and Ricky Rubio, but with power houses like Oklahoma City, Miami, and New York, the Wolves aren’t very likely to win a championship in the near future.

Minnesota has plenty of teams to cheer for however. The Minnesota Lynx did win the WNBA title just a year ago and you can always cheer for your Golden Gophers, even though you know they will disappoint you at some point like they always do. Minnesota is a great place for a sports fan. It may not get the attention like New York or a Los Angeles, but we have everything you need in the sporting world. In the end it is about winning championships, but just be thankful you have the opportunity to cheer on your favorite teams. I mean it could be worse, we could be from Iowa. If you want to see some of my other thoughts follow me on Twitter: @CoachCody_09

Cody Hendrickson is a student at Fillmore Central High School. He is one of 8 area students participating in the Journal Writing Project, now in its fourteenth year.

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