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Will the Vikings Win More Games in Their New Stadium?

NFL teams have made the playoffs just as frequently and won more Super Bowls during the last five years in their old stadiums as compared to the first five years in their new facilities.

House and Senate GOP Rooting for NL Victory in Tuesday's All-Star Game

Since 1950, gains of 5+ Republican seats in the U.S. Senate and 10+ seats in the House have always been preceded by a National League victory.

Minnesota Twins on Pace for Biggest Season-to-Season Plunge in Team History

If the Twins lose just two more games in 2011 they will notch their largest ever year-to-year decline in winning percentage.

Check Mate: Does Rick Perry Play Chess?

None of the last five Republican presidents were chess players, whereas eight of the last nine Democratic presidents played the game.

All-Star Special: Will Baseball Fans Be Obama's Secret Weapon in 2012?

The real cost of baseball tickets, souvenirs, hot dogs, and beer have all dropped since Barack Obama took office.

Minnesota Twins Historically Struggle on Memorial Day

Twins have just a .387 winning percentage in Memorial Day games since 1971

Arden Hills Would Be 2nd Smallest NFL City if Vikings Stadium Deal Passes

Only East Rutherford, New Jersey - home to New Meadowlands Stadium - has a smaller population than Arden Hills, Minnesota

NBA's Eastern Conference Records Worst Season During Six-Division Era

Eastern Conference teams compiled a record of 579 wins and 651 losses, or a .471 winning percentage

Minnesota: More Governors than Vikings Head Coaches Since 1961

Vikings rank fourth for the longest average coaching tenure in the NFL over the past 50 years; gubernatorial turnover in Gopher State is 25 percent higher than Vikings head coaches

History Suggests Leslie Frazier Unlikely to Lead Vikings to Winning Record in 2011

Only 5 of 41 head coaches in NFC Central Division history have notched a winning record in their first year with the team; only two have made the playoffs

From the Yankees to the Jets: Will the Vikings End Minnesota's New York Curse Tonight?

Vikings are just 1-7 against the Jets all time

Was Amy Klobuchar Snookered by Chuck Schumer?

Everything Minnesota fans do not want to know about the Twins-Yankees rivalry

Minnesota Twins Notch 5th Best Home Record for New MLB Stadiums in Modern Era

Twins' 53-28 record (.654) at home during the 2010 season is the fifth best home winning percentage among the 20 MLB franchises who have opened up new stadiums over the past 21 years

Twins Clinch, But Division Victory Not Unusual in Year 1 of New Stadium

More than one-third of baseball franchises win their division in first year of new stadium out of 20 teams since 1989; only two have finished in last place

Vikings' Latest Push for a Super Bowl Ring (and Stadium) Begins Thursday

Only seven eventual Super Bowl champions have lost their season opener

Labor Day Special: Is Jim Thome the Most Productive Player on the Minnesota Twins?

Thome leads the Twins in several offensive categories, at a bargain basement $1.5 million base salary

Brett Favre Returns: How Many Games Will the Vikings Win?

Favre has 85-50 career mark against this year's Vikings opponents, including a 68-31 record against them vis-à-vis the team's 2010 home/away schedule

The $32 Million Victory: Wins Not Coming Any Easier for High Payroll Minnesota Twins

Twins payroll increased 49 percent from $65 million in 2009 to $97 million in 2010 but team is on pace for just one more victory

Republicans Rejoice as National League Wins All-Star Game 3-1

GOP hopes Tuesday night's National League victory will once again foretell significant Republican gains in Congress this November

Congressional Republicans Pulling for National League Victory in All-Star Game

National League victory has preceded each of the nine election cycles with double-digit GOP gains in U.S. House since 1950

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Final Four Has Presidential Approval

By edging Michigan in the final seconds Sunday, the University of Kentucky guaranteed that one school in the Final Four this year would be located in a state that was not carried by President Barack Obama in 2012. (Connecticut, Florida, and Wisconsin had previously earned Final Four slots over the weekend). Across the 76 Final Fours since 1939, an average of 3.1 schools have been located in states won by the president's ticket during the previous election cycle. All four schools have come from states won by the president 29 times, with the most recent being the 2009 Final Four featuring Connecticut, Michigan State, North Carolina, and Villanova. On 30 occasions three Final Four schools have been located in states won by the president, with two schools 11 times and only one school six times (the most recent being 2012 with Kansas, Kentucky, Louisville, and Ohio State). There has never been a Men's NCAA Division I Final Four in which no schools were located in states carried by the president's ticket.


Three for the Road

A new Rasmussen Poll shows Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker in a dead heat with likely 2014 Democratic nominee Mary Burke. Walker is seeking to win his third consecutive election after prevailing in 2012's recall contest. Eight of his predecessors accomplished this feat: Republicans Lucius Fairchild (in 1869), Jeremiah Rusk (1886), Robert La Follette (1904), Emanuel Philipp (1918), John Blaine (1924), Walter Kohler (1954), Warren Knowles (1968), and Tommy Thompson (1994). Three others Badger State governors lost on their third campaign: Democrat George Peck (1894), Progressive Philip La Follette (1938), and Republican Julius Heil (1942). One died in office before having the opportunity to win a third contest (GOPer Walter Goodland in 1947) while another resigned beforehand (Democrat Patrick Lucey in 1977 to become Ambassador to Mexico). Overall Wisconsin gubernatorial incumbents have won 35 of 47 general election contests, or 74.5 percent of the time.


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