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Twin Cities Triumph

Is it too late to jump on the Minnesota bandwagon?

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It seems like every day, either the Vikings or the Twins does something more surprising than the day before.

As if not being one of the six undefeated NFL teams last week was good enough, Brett Favre had one of his many Monday Night Football classics, cruising over his old team, the Green Bay Packers. Favre finally got the revenge (even though he refused to use the word) he had been waiting for the past year and a half. Now the Vikings, with Favre and MVP-contending running back Adrian Peterson, look like the team to beat in the NFC.

As for the Twins, they took advantage of one biggest collapses of the decade by beating the Detroit Tigers Tuesday night in their final regular season game in the Metrodome. As for the game itself, the Twins came back from a 3-0 deficit to win in 12 innings in arguably the most exciting game of the season. The man behind the game-winning hit was not MVP candidate Joe Mauer, or even Michael Cuddyer or Nick Punto. Rather, it was second baseman Alexi Casilla, who claimed just his 17th RBI by knocking home Carlos Gomez for the win. Next season, the Twins will start a new era by playing baseball outdoors at Target Field in Minneapolis (they’ve been indoors since the Metrodome opened in 1982).

In just the ninth one-game playoff in MLB history, the Twins bounced back from last year’s loss to the Chicago White Sox (also in a one-game playoff). Although the Twins have unbelievable momentum behind them, they face a tough match-up against the New York Yankees this week. But if they can pull off yet another upset, they have a great shot at making it to the World Series.

As for the Vikings, they could be well on their way to the postseason (and if they can beat the New York Giants in the playoffs, who knows, possibly the Super Bowl). I know it’s early, but in the weak NFC, the Vikings have the ability to compete with the best.

The Twins have won it all twice. The Vikings have just one NFL championship to their name. Some might call there recent success luck, but either way, these twin teams are headed in a winning direction.