Twins/Vikings/Wild/Wolves Championship appearance drought tracker

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Obviously the Wild and Wolves ain't gonna get it done.

Hey, maybe it will be the Twins once again??
 

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Obviously the Wild and Wolves ain't gonna get it done.

Hey, maybe it will be the Twins once again??
538 gives the Wild a 6% chance to make the Stanley Cup Final. That seems about right.

They also give the Wolves a 4% chance to make the NBA Finals. That seems overly optimistic, IMO, given their current player availability.
 

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538 gives the Wild a 6% chance to make the Stanley Cup Final. That seems about right.

They also give the Wolves a 4% chance to make the NBA Finals. That seems overly optimistic, IMO, given their current player availability.
This feels like impossibly easy money if there's a way to bet on this in Vegas. You'd wager a lot to win a little, probably, but it's practically certain what's going to happen in both cases.
 

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This feels like impossibly easy money if there's a way to bet on this in Vegas. You'd wager a lot to win a little, probably, but it's practically certain what's going to happen in both cases.
You could wager on every team but Minnesota to Win the Conference. That would require 7 wagers in the NHL & 8 for the NBA.

Probably tough to turn a profit.
 





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I also believe this is now 40 combined playoff appearances without a championship game/series appearance since Twins ‘91.
 

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I also believe this is now 40 combined playoff appearances without a championship game/series appearance since Twins ‘91.
No matter how you slice this statistically, it's really...something.
 




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Not only that, it's that many seasons without a Championship game appearance I believe.
 

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It's getting so that not getting out of the 1st Round for any Minnesota franchise is becoming a thing. Last was Vikings in the 2019 Playoffs (Jan 2020).

Hopefully the Wild can at least delay the Championship tracker to at least May.
 




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On top of that, there have only been 7 appearances by a Minnesota team in the SEMIFINALS since the last title.

Vikings NFC Champ 98, 01, 09, 18
Twins ALCS 02
Wild WCF 03
Wolves WCF 05
Never thought I'd say this but thank God the Vikings have been around to give that hope once a decade.
 

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Except for the Wild, wonder what the Free Agent signings vs. Free Agent losses and forced trades are for the Twins, Vikings and Timberwolves?
 

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On top of that, there have only been 7 appearances by a Minnesota team in the SEMIFINALS since the last title.

Vikings NFC Champ 98, 01, 09, 18
Twins ALCS 02
Wild WCF 03
Wolves WCF 05
Wolves were actually '04.
 

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And we are no closer to this nonsense ending than we were when the thread started.

Go Minnesota Sports!!
I mean, theoretically closer time-wise based on the theory that this will end some day, but that's only a theory; it's never been tested. But yes, no closer possibilities/potential-wise. The closest we've been has been the Vikes in '98 and '09, which were both a whisker away from the Super Bowl. None of our current teams are anywhere near as good as those two Viking teams. Those shape up as the high water marks as far as the eye can see. As Sundance said, "Maybe this is the garden spot in all of Bolivia."
 

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Seattle has to be close, in a sense. Yeah I know, Seahawks have three Super Bowl appearances and a win, which is everything.

But if you look at their championship game appearances, and just note that they won those instead of find a way to lose them, then in that feeble sense they’re “similar” to the Vikings.


Mariners were good in the 90’s with Randy Johnson and Ken Griffey Jr. Haven’t done much since?

Sonics were so bad they folded.

Kraken are new, no idea what will happen.

They have a major public state flagship university in the core urban area that doesn’t contend for championships in football or basketball.
 

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Seattle has to be close, in a sense. Yeah I know, Seahawks have three Super Bowl appearances and a win, which is everything.

But if you look at their championship game appearances, and just note that they won those instead of find a way to lose them, then in that feeble sense they’re “similar” to the Vikings.


Mariners were good in the 90’s with Randy Johnson and Ken Griffey Jr. Haven’t done much since?

Sonics were so bad they folded.

Kraken are new, no idea what will happen.

They have a major public state flagship university in the core urban area that doesn’t contend for championships in football or basketball.
Seattle is an interesting comp. M's are bearing down on 50 years of existence without an American League pennant.

The Sonics weren't really bad, nor did they fold. The moved to Oklahoma City (after Kevin Durant's rookie season) because they couldn't get a new arena and a different ownership group swooped in.
 


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Its actually entertaining. Laughing at the ineptitude. At some point one can only laugh.

On the other hand this is an unbreakable record that Minnesota will hold for the rest of time.

Something to be proud of.
 


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And Vikings should be ‘00 and ‘17, not ‘01 and ‘18.
NFL is always confusing as the playoffs (generally) have been in the next calendar year after the regular season, but yes should be the '98, '00, '09 & '17 seasons for the Vikes. The NFC Championship defeats all came the following January.

Side note, the last time they did go the Super Bowl, the NFC Championship in which they beat the Rams was played on 12/26/76. Had it wrapped up by the of December.

Now with the season not starting until after Labor Day, Regular Season expanded from 14 games to 16 then 17 plus a Bye Week, it was played this year on 1/29/23. I would imagine in the near future the AFC/NFC Championship games will take place in February.

On top of that, there have only been 7 appearances by a Minnesota team in the SEMIFINALS since the last title.

Vikings NFC Champ 98, 01, 09, 18
Twins ALCS 02
Wild WCF 03
Wolves WCF 05
 

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Point taken re: years.

Still, the broader point remains that Minnesota sports teams only have 7 semifinal appearances in the last 32 years, 4 of which came in a 4 year stretch in the early 2000s.
 

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Whomever this guy is Tweeted out some interesting numbers, while trying to steal Gopherhole's thunder.

He did neglect the North Stars which brings the overall total to 118 combined seasons. Additionally they went 3-4 in the Playoffs.

For perspective, the North Stars moved out of the Twin Cities Metro area 30 years ago. However, they only have 3 fewer Playoff victories than the Twins since 1991 when both advanced to their respective Championship series. Uffda.


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On top of that, there have only been 7 appearances by a Minnesota team in the SEMIFINALS since the last title.

Vikings NFC Champ 98, 01, 09, 18
Twins ALCS 02
Wild WCF 03
Wolves WCF 05
1998-2005 were the good old days. We just didn't know it....
 

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Point taken re: years.

Still, the broader point remains that Minnesota sports teams only have 7 semifinal appearances in the last 32 years, 4 of which came in a 4 year stretch in the early 2000s.
We call those the good old days.
 







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