We release two Minnesota Sports Ramble blogs a week, one on Tuesday (Minnesota Vikings related) and one on Thursday (Minnesota Wild and Minnesota Timberwolves related).
Our most recent content is featured below.
Slow and Go, but Also Some Wins for Wild (Minnesota Sports Ramble #7)
"The top line of Staal, Zucker, and Coyle have a lot of chemistry and have all seemed to find their games at the same time. It was also good to see Dubnyk have another solid game. The puck support was also a lot better than the first four games."
In our latest Wild edition, which is in our classic "Ramble style" bullet-point format, team analyst Peter Ripka comments on the their first wins, their lackluster losses, the play of the old vs. younger players on the roster, and more.
Shitshow: 2018 Minnesota Timberwolves Preview (Minnesota Sports Ramble #6)
"Wiggins sucks. He’s an outdated style volume scorer that really isn’t good at that. His max deal will be an albatross in the coming years. He’s also a bit better than he was allowed to be last year, and once Butler’s gone I expect him to improve with spacing and more touches. He still sucks."
For this sspecial Timberwolves opening night edition, Rambling On godking Erik Ritland asks resident Timberwolves expert Beartrap McManus his thoughts on the Jimmy Butler fiasco, Towns and Wiggins, Thibs, Glen Taylor, and the upcoming 2018 season.
Hey, at Least it Wasn't the Bills Game: Vikings/Cardinals (Minnesota Sports Ramble #5)
“In terms of overall yardage, Diggs and Thielen have a slight lead over some of the other more vaunted wide receiver duos in the league. Of course it’s not all about stats, but making clutch plays when it really matters, even putting your body on the line in order to get that extra couple yards to get a first down. They do these things each week. Diggs and Thielen can certainly count themselves among the league’s top three wide receiver duos.”
Vikings analyst and podcast co-host Mike Coenen discusses the Vikings 27-17 victory over the Cardinals, the good and bad of Kirk Cousins, the continuing upswing of the Vikings defense, and more.
Wild Start Season with a Whimper (Minnesota Sports Ramble #4)
"Despite their extended offseason, it looks like the Wild are still paying summer or preseason hockey. They're just not crisp, and they aren't moving the puck quickly. It's disconcerting."
The Wild began 2018 the way they played, and ended, 2017: with a blah. But like Wild analyst Peter Ripka notes, they got over 100 points last year, and still have the same core. What has gone wrong so far? What do they need to do to improve? Will Dubnyk continue his stellar play? Peter comments on all this and more in this weeks Wild edition of the Minnesota Sports Ramble blog.
Big Vikings Win in Philadelphia (Minnesota Sports Ramble #3)
"The Kirk Cousins of the Eagles game is the real Kirk Cousins. If he can get at least mediocre line play he will continue to be successful. He has some superstar (yes, superstar) weapons out there in Thielen and Diggs, which will go a long way when your O line is only mediocre."
Mike Coenen, Minnesota Vikings analyst and Sports Ramble podcast co-host, discusses what went right in the Vikings 23-21 win against the Eagles. Includes notes on Kirk Cousins' performance, the lack of running game, the defense suddenly coming alive, and what the Lions defeating the Packers means (and what it doesn't).
Minnesota Wild Preview: Pretty Much the Status Quo (Minnesota Sports Ramble #2)
"What fans don’t seem to remember is that this team has had back-to-back 100+ point seasons. This year, if they stay healthy and the kids improve, they should accomplish that again."
Who was the Wilds best player in 2017? How did they do in the offseason? Who needs to improve the most (and who will)? Find out all this, in addition to grades for each major player, in Wild analyst Peter Ripka's Wild season preview.
Not all that Bad: A Look at the 2018 Minnesota Vikings so Far (Minnesota Sports Ramble #1)
"Through the first four games the Vikings have not been a 12-4 caliber team. At 1-2-1 there is still time to right the ship, however. It is still early in the season. The pieces are there. They have to figure out what the problem is, particularly on defense. "
Vikings analyst (and Sports Ramble podcast co-host) Mike Coenen and Rambling On founder Erik Ritland assess the Vikings 2018 season so far. They also look ahead to what they have to do to be successful for the rest of the year.