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SI.com: Steve Rushin: In memory of the Metrodomeupdated: Wed Dec 15 2010 09:44:00

If you're not from there, you think the Midwest is composed of interchangeable parts. A CNN graphic last weekend showed heavy snow in "Minneapolis, Wisconsin." An ABC studio host told a freezing correspondent in Minnesota: "Sorry about that, Chicago!" When people ask if Marquette University is in Michigan, and I tell them my alma mater is in Milwaukee, they sometimes say: "What's the difference?"

Inside the collapsed Metrodomeupdated: Tue Dec 14 2010 20:32:00

Snow covers the field of the Metrodome in Minneapolis after wintry weather caused the ceiling to collapse.

Snowstorm socks the Midwest, moves eastupdated: Mon Dec 13 2010 18:24:00

From Minnesota to Illinois to even Georgia, there's no escaping the snow.

Storm strands motorists, air travelers and promises moreupdated: Mon Dec 13 2010 18:24:00

The main thrust of a raging storm that dumped snow in parts of the Midwest over the weekend moved north of the border Monday, but the United States will still feel some of its effects in the form of rain, snow or frigid temperatures.

SI.com: Steve Rushin: The best job ever -- my one-figure deal with the Minnesota Twinsupdated: Wed Sep 01 2010 11:52:00

Nearly every day for the past 20 years someone has told me, "You have the best job ever." And while sportswriting has never felt like hard labor -- except when I tried to interview Carlton Fisk -- it is not, nor will it ever be, the best job ever. The best job ever is the one I got at 13, called up in September to the big leagues, signed to a one-figure deal by the Minnesota Twins.

SI.com: Sky Andrecheck: Target Field won't likely provide that good ol' home-field advantageupdated: Fri Apr 16 2010 17:11:00

The Minnesota Twins opened their 2010 home season this week in a brand new ballpark. Target Field replaced the Metrodome, which had been home to the Twins for 28 years. By beating the Red Sox 5-2 on Monday, and winning two of three in the series, the Twins opened their new home with a good start. Still, many are wondering whether Target Field can match the advantage that the Metrodome provided the Twins.

SI.com: Tom Verducci: Baseball keeps connection to its past as domes change NFLupdated: Tue Feb 02 2010 12:49:00

Imagine that Major League Baseball instituted a new rule for the postseason. Only the home team may use signals to put on plays, such as from the third-base coach or dugout. What about the road team? Too bad. Just chalk it up to home-field advantage.

SI.com: Jim Trotter: Cowboys come up small when it mattersupdated: Sun Jan 17 2010 20:07:00

MINNEAPOLIS -- Jerry Jones' voice was as raw as the disappointment in the Cowboys' locker room after a 34-3 loss to the Vikings on Sunday in the Metrodome. A postseason of promise had been buried beneath three turnovers, two missed field goals and a suffocating Minnesota pass rush. It was enough to make onlookers wonder if Jones might re-evaluate the status of head coach Wade Phillips and the qualifications of quaterback Tony Romo, who appeared skittish in the pocket long before the Vikings pass rush took control.

SI.com: Ross Tucker: Dome-field advantage all about decibel levelsupdated: Fri Jan 15 2010 19:44:00

Even though dome teams historically don't fare all that well in the postseason, they still possess a significant advantage. The reason playoff home games are coveted is not because of travel or the familiarity of the field, as some would have you believe. It is all about the noise. And the noise level is more pronounced in domes, and in particular the Superdome and Metrodome, than any of the other venues in the NFL.

SI.com: Peter King: Brett Favre hopes his detractors understand now why he came backupdated: Mon Nov 09 2009 12:38:00

Football Insiders:Check out Stewart Mandel's College Football Overtime column.

SI.com: Ross Tucker: Poor coaching to blame for Packers' lossupdated: Wed Nov 04 2009 13:44:00

Lost amid the drama of Brett Favre's return to Lambeau Field on Sunday was that a very important game in the NFC North was lost almost exclusively because of poor coaching and game-planning by the Packers. The failure to have a better plan in place to help out young offensive tackles was inexcusable. Perhaps worse was the decision to continue kicking deep to Vikings return man Percy Harvin.

SI.com: Ben Reiter: Yankees force Twins into fatal mistakeupdated: Mon Oct 12 2009 01:12:00

MINNEAPOLIS --- About forty-five minutes after Mariano Rivera induced the weak groundout from Brendan Harris that ended this American League Division Series, a few Twins fans lingered in some hidden corner of the Metrodome, testing, for one last time, the stadium's acoustics. "Let's go, Twinkies!" they yelled, their voices echoing throughout the ballpark, well after workers had dug up home plate and had begun to pull the advertisements down from the outfield wall. It was the last time that those words will ever be shouted here.

SI.com: Joe Posnanski: Friendly Fenway, more Metrodome magicupdated: Sun Oct 11 2009 01:42:00

1. Boston's offense looked anemic in Anaheim, but the truth is that the Red Sox have had a mediocre offense on the road all year. They hit only .257 away from home this season -- 27 points worse than they hit at Fenway Park -- and their slugging percentage was 80 points lower. They scored three runs or fewer on the road 33 times and were 4-29 in those games. They had a losing record (39-42) overall on the road.

SI.com: Steve Aschburner: Twins clinch Central in epic fitting of park that won't dieupdated: Wed Oct 07 2009 02:56:00

Back in the day, the Thing That Wouldn't Leave was John Belushi, in a classic Saturday Night Live skit about a rude slob who plants himself on the neighbors' couch, raids their refrigerator, dials long-distance and sent his castmates into screams of mock terror. It was all done to -- da-dah-DAH! -- blaring sound effects and ominous voice-over, parodying those vintage '50s sci-fi trailers.

SI.com: Ben Reiter: Five Keys to Yankees-Twins Division Seriesupdated: Wed Oct 07 2009 01:25:00

NEW YORK -- Near the end of the Yankees' one-hour-and-45-minute workout on Tuesday, as workers swept and power-washed new Yankee Stadium's concourses in anticipation of its first-ever playoff game on Wednesday evening, a driving, drum-heavy rock song blared over the ballpark's P.A. system. Some quick Internet research revealed the song to be something called Uprising, by a band named Muse. "Rise up and take the power back," the singer bellowed melodramatically, while the Yanks shagged fly balls and took batting practice. "It's time the fat cats had a heart attack/ You know that their time's coming to an end/ We have to unify and watch our flag ascend."

SI.com: Ted Keith: Twins should finish off Tigers on Tuesdayupdated: Mon Oct 05 2009 13:07:00

With all due apologies to TNT -- the sister station to TBS that will broadcast Tuesday's one-game American League Central playoff game between the Tigers and Twins and the ensuing Division Series that awaits the winner -- we can say this about the mediocrity that has been the majors' weakest division the past two years: they know drama. For the first time in baseball history, a division or league will require an extra regular-season game to decide its champion for the second straight season. Unfortunately, these two races have been notable as much for the flaws of the teams that survived as for the pennant race excitement that they've produced. While the other seven postseason teams all finished with a win total north of 90, either the Twins or Tigers will sneak in with 87, the fewest by a division winner in three years. In fact, the two teams that will face off in what is really, truly the last regular season game at the Metrodome have arrived at Game 163 because they were so

SI.com: Ted Keith: Can Verlander's arm counter Twins' momentum to win AL Central?updated: Sun Oct 04 2009 10:23:00

As team sports go, the regular-season collapse is a phenomenon unique to baseball. After all, there isn't much sense getting too worked up over whether a team blew its chance to be the No. 8 seed in the NHL or NBA playoffs, or one of two wild cards in each conference in the NFL.

SI.com: Tom Verducci: Tigers-Twins winner faces stacked deck against Yankees in ALDSupdated: Tue Sep 29 2009 22:02:00

As close a race as is the American League Central, a winner already has emerged as the Tigers and Twins battle to the wire: it's the New York Yankees, the winner's Division Series opponent.

SI.com: Don Banks: Favre issues another reminderupdated: Tue Sep 29 2009 00:47:00

MINNEAPOLIS -- This is why they wanted him. This is why they went out and got him. For the kind of moment that came on Sunday, and the kind of play that seemingly only he can make. And no, I'm not talking about Greg Lewis in this case.

SI.com: Tom Verducci: The Twins' resiliency, Billy Butler's breakout season and moreupdated: Fri Sep 18 2009 13:02:00

1) The Twins have played the entire season in a narrow window of mediocrity. They never have been more than three games better than .500 and never worse than six games below .500. Their first baseman and their third baseman are hurt. But here they are with just 16 games left in the season and they still could be a division champion, especially with seven of those games against first-place Detroit, starting on Friday. Really, it's only by virtue of the lousy play of the Tigers that Minnesota has hung in the race.

SI.com: Steve Aschburner: Open-air Target Field will let baseball breathe in Minnesotaupdated: Sat Aug 22 2009 11:47:00

MINNEAPOLIS -- As you walk around what will become, in eight short months, the Minnesota Twins' custom-built home and the major league's newest ballpark, your glance keeps drifting upward and, as if Bedford Falls were one of the Twin Cities, you start to hear Jimmy Stewart pitching woo on a stroll past picket fences:

SI.com: Ross Tucker: Vikings missing key ingredientupdated: Fri Apr 10 2009 12:48:00

Lost amidst the buzz of the recent Jay Cutler-to-Chicago trade is the lack of an experienced starter at a critical position for the other top contending team in the NFC North. Yes, I am talking about the Minnesota Vikings but no, I am not focusing on the quarterback position like everyone else. The Vikings should be almost as concerned about their center as they are about the guy who will eventually take snaps from him.

SI.com: Steve Aschburner: Baker keeps Twins alive in wild division chaseupdated: Sun Sep 28 2008 21:41:00

MINNEAPOLIS -- Things I learned before, during and after the Twins' 6-0 victory over the Royals on Sunday at the Metrodome, the 162nd game of their regular season that feels more like No. 161 1/3:

SI.com: Steve Aschburner: Twins make lousy front-runnersupdated: Sun Sep 28 2008 00:07:00

Five things we learned from the Twins' 4-2 loss to the Royals on Saturday afternoon at the Metrodome, extending the AL Central anguish yet another day:

SI.com: Steve Aschburner: Twins sweep White Sox, regain first placeupdated: Fri Sep 26 2008 03:04:00

Reality eventually found its way into the Minnesota Twins' clubhouse late Thursday night but it took awhile, hanging back respectfully until giddiness had had its way.

SI.com: Steve Aschburner: Griffey not paying off for ChiSoxupdated: Thu Sep 25 2008 10:03:00

MINNEAPOLIS -- Stepping back into the batter's box this week at the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome for the first time since 2001, Ken Griffey Jr. has had moments that have felt decidedly like old times.

SI.com: Steve Aschburner: Twins-White Sox square off in week's Central showdownupdated: Tue Sep 23 2008 12:30:00

MINNEAPOLIS -- Neither the White Sox nor the Twins were supposed to be participating in a pennant race this season. It's an expectation to which both AL Central teams have spent the past month living down.

SI.com: Peter King: Rededicated Favre shines even without running gameupdated: Wed Oct 03 2007 14:17:00

Deanna Favre leaned over the railing after her husband's very big day at the Metrodome and asked: "Do you still have an MVP vote?''

Money Magazine: NEW ROUTES FOR ROAD RUNNERSupdated: Fri Feb 01 1991 00:01:00

Executives who jog don't have to break training on business trips or face unfamiliar terrain or inclement weather. The solution: indoor tracks. Here's a list of tracks near business centers in five...

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