Well wasn't that fun. Twins in the playoff hunt and win 2 of 3 from the Royals. Gophers win their Big Ten opener on the road and the Vikings pull out a last second win, with a no-timeout drive that we have only seen in these parts when the defense is on the field. Let's take them one at a time.
Twins. Although the Royals are wretched again, they tend to be spoilers in late September so it was nice to see the Twins win 2 out of 3 games over the weekend. The Twins have been surging of late and have been beating the teams they needed to beat in order to stay in the race. In fact before Sunday's loss, the Twins had scored 7, 8, 8, 9, and 11 runs. It would have been nice to win yesterday but going into the four game series against Detroit only two out is something I will take (especially considering where they were about a month ago). Winning 3 of 4 against the Tigers is key. Even splitting the series does the Twins no favors.
Gophers. It was nice to play Northwestern where the last play of the game didn't break your heart so the weekend was great right there. Gophers beat a team on the road they needed to beat in order to considered a legitimate team. It wasn't pretty, but you had the feeling that the Gophers were in control the whole time, even when they went behind early in the 4th quarter. Plus it was nice to see the Gophers run game get into gear. This team isn't going to a major bowl, but it's heading in the right direction.
Vikings. What can you say? When the Vikings got the ball back with a minute remaining, I said well, this is exactly why they got Brett Favre. Like I said above, it was nice to see a last second drive for a win when our offense was on the field, not the defense. Although it was a win, and the 49ers are a pretty good team, this game also shows that the Vikings still have some work to do on both their offensive and defensive lines. Also Brett Favre can't throw 47 times regularly and expect the Vikings to win or have him last the entire season. A good win, but definitely room for improvement if the Vikings think they have a shot in late January.
The thing is, even though it was a great weekend, next weekend should be even greater. Hopefully the Twins do well in Detroit and the last three games at the Metrodome have meaning other than being the last indoor baseball games in Minnesota. The Gophers take on the Wisconsin BADgers at home with the first Big Ten game at TCF and the Vikings take on the Packers at the Metrodome on Monday. Brett Favre v. the Packers. All three games/series are winnable and will tell a lot about the future of all three teams. I can't wait.