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Tom Powers

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Saint Paul, MN, United States

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Past articles by Tom:

Tom Powers: Timberwolves now an NBA destination franchise

For many years, NBA general managers kept disgruntled players in line by threatening to trade them to the Minnesota Timberwolves. “Not happy with your playing time? I’ll bet they’d play you a lot i… → Read More

Tom Powers: Twins whiz kids briefly fooled by postseason fantasy

Tom Powers: The MN Twins have played better this season but never should have believed they were in a position to buy at the trade deadline. → Read More

Tom Powers: Mankato was fun while in lasted, and lasted longer than it probably should have

The MN Vikings are moving training camp to their own facility in Eagan next summer, an inevitable move for a bottom-line NFL franchise. → Read More

Tom Powers: Bartolo Colon deal proves Twins are still hungry

The MN Twins have a history of sending portly pitchers to the mound, so Bartolo Colon would fit right in. → Read More

Tom Powers: We are the champions (of the offseason)!

Tom Powers writes that this has been a very special summer for Minnesota pro sports teams. In fact, this is shaping up to be an Offseason Hall of Fame type summer with all the top-notch free agents and draft picks we've accumulated. We're champions of the world, at least until games start this fall. → Read More

Tom Powers: NHL goalies have outgrown their nets

Former MN Wild coach Jacques Lemaire was right, as usual. The NHL needs to make the nets bigger. → Read More

Tom Powers: Twins put Brainiac 500 to work on June draft

The MN Twins' new brain trust has a secret weapon in their quest to nail the top pick in the June amateur draft: the Brainiac 500. → Read More

Tom Powers: My surreal, dreamlike 1986 Stanley Cup final

In 1986, I fooled my Texas editors into letting me cover the Stanley Cup final between two Canadian teams. It was the experience of a lifetime. → Read More

Tom Powers: One way or the other, Vikings were headed for damage control

Here’s what I don’t get: If you’re going to have to spend time selling the public on the notion that your top draft pick, a running back, isn’t a criminal, why not just take Joe Mixon? Yes, I under… → Read More

Powers: Allen and the Yeobots are in the Wild’s heads – Twin Cities

The St. Louis Blues are in the Wild’s heads. They are in there dancing with the little squirrels and causing havoc. That does not bode well for the home team. The Blues are no match for the W… → Read More

Tom Powers: Twins finally have an opener to remember

It was a sweet Opening Day victory for the MN Twins on Monday at a venue where the bar has been set so low that the fans trip over it while entering the facility. → Read More

Tom Powers: Twins’ transition year won’t be pretty, but it’s necessary

New MN Twins boss Derek Falvey needs a season to really see what he has, and it might be painful for already worn-out fans. → Read More

Tom Powers: Wild have to avoid being TOO defensive

The other day during a basketball game, the TV color man announced that it was “gut check time” for the team that was trailing. After hearing that phrase hundreds of times over the years, I suddenl… → Read More

Tom Powers: Adrian out? I’ll believe it when it’s official

The Vikings' unwavering loyalty to Adrian Peterson has burned them once, but can Rick Spielman really say no to A.P.? → Read More

Tom Powers: Scrappy 2002-03 team still Wild’s best … for now

The 2002-03 MN Wild remain the gold standard of the expansion franchise, but this year's team has a real chance to supplant it. → Read More

Tom Powers: Wait, Minnesota has hosted a Super Bowl before?

Tom Powers: Wait, Minnesota has hosted a Super Bowl before? → Read More

Tom Powers: Wild’s Scott Stevens has gone from terrifying to tactical

There are times when Scott Stevens looks out from the Wild bench and feels a bit of the old anger welling up. That’s when some pipsqueak of a forward crowds the Minnesota goaltender, jabbing and bu… → Read More

Tom Powers: P.J. Fleck may have just hit career roadblock

New Gophers football coach P.J. Fleck came to town making a lot noise. That was a bit awkward as folks around here don’t want to attract any more attention to themselves. If he could just be quiet … → Read More

Tom Powers: Gophers should not be at Holiday Bowl

The Shame and Humiliation Tour moves to San Diego this week as your UMN Golden Gophers take on the Washington State Cougars in the Holiday Bowl in San Diego on Tuesday, December 27. → Read More

Tom Powers: Repugnant Gophers football situation does not bode well for Claeys – Twin Cities

Tracy Claeys’ decision to back his players’ threatened boycott of the Holiday Bowl is the equivalent of boarding a crowded New York City subway car and yelling: “Hey, can anyone break a hundred dol… → Read More