Minnesota Sports Fans Set for Best Weekend Ever

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Minnesota Sports Fans Set for Best Weekend Ever
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It doesn't get any better than this, eh?

After Brett Favre threw that game-winning touchdown pass to Greg Lewis against the San Francisco 49ers with two seconds left, I thought I had seen it all.

And that was only the beginning of the week.

The Golden Gophers open the Big Ten season at TCF Bank Stadium on Saturday against the Wisconsin Badgers, a team they have not beaten since 2003.

The Gophers not only play for pride, but they also battle the Badgers for Paul Bunyan's Axe, a trophy the two teams have fought for since 1948. While the Gophers lead the all-time series, 59-58-9 dating back to 1890, the Badgers lead the Axe series, 34-24-3. The game is sold out.

The puck drops for the Wild in the season opener in Columbus to take on the Blue Jackets. The Wild, who missed the playoffs last season at 40-33-9, have a new look to them.

This is the first time in franchise history the Wild have not had RW Marian Gaborik on the roster, coach Jacques Lemaire on the bench, or GM Doug Risebrough in the front office.

The Wild signed RW Martin Havlat to replace Gaborik, University of Minnesota grad Todd Richards to replace Lemaire, and Chuck Fletcher to replace Risebrough. When the Wild open the season at home at Exel Energy Center, the game will be their 289th consecutive sellout.

The Wild also have a new logo and new sweater designs this season.

The Twins, with the playoffs on the line, host the last regular season series in the Metrodome against the Kansas City Royals. The Twins are currently one game behind the Detroit Tigers with two games left.

In conjunction with the last game in the Metrodome, the Twins have brought the surviving members of the "All-Metrodome Team," bringing former Twins heros like Frank Viola, Kent Hrbek, Paul Molitor, Johan Santana, Gary Gaetti, Greg Gagne, and Rick Aguliera back to the Dome for one last hurrah. The remaining games are sold out.

After the Sunday Twins game at the Dome, the Vikings host the Green Bay Packers on Monday Night Football. It is always an exciting game when the Vikes and Pack play. There is an added twist however...Brett Favre will be on the Vikings sideline.

Favre has beaten 31 of 32 NFL teams during his career...the one team he hasn't beaten is the team he spent 16 years of his career with. The game is sold out.

The NBA training camp opened up this week, and the new look Timberwolves are ready to go.

With potential All-Star Al Jefferson healthy again after tearing his ACL last February, a new coach in Kurt Rambis and a new GM in David Kahn, the Wolves look to bury the woes of last year's 24-58 record. After unloading players like Randy Foye, Quentin Richardson, Mike Miller, Sebastian Telfair, Craig Smith, Etan Thomas, Ty Lawson, and Mark Madsen, David Kahn began to build his new regime. Tickets for the Wolves are still available.

On Saturday morning, the 27th running of the Twin Cities Marathon begins at the Metrodome, then winds around some lakes and along side the Mississippi River. The race proceeds up Summit Avenue, before ending at the state capital building in St. Paul.

 Over 200,000 people are expected to line the streets of Minneapolis/St. Paul on Saturday...not to mention the 51,000 people expected at TCF Bank Stadium for the Gopher Game...or the 55,000 people expected at the afternoon Twins game.

This weekend, Minneapolis is going to be the place to be.

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