Lynx To Bring Home First Championship to Minnesota?
Every Minnesota Fan has been dieing to see a professional team win a championship. It has been a long, I mean very long time since SOTA sports fans saw a victory parade being celebrated down-town Minneapolis, or even Saint Paul. Actually this coming fall will mark the 20-year anniversary of the 1991 World Series championship between the Atlanta Braves, and the Minnesota Twins, which was the last time Minnesota has had a championship.
Since 1991, Minnesota sports teams(Timberwolves,Wild,Twins,Vikings) have combined to go 0-6 in league championship games. The last one was last year when the Saints beat the Vikings in the NFC championship game. Its not like Minnesota teams are bad, just when the national spotlight shifts towards them; they choke. Like Gary Anderson missed field goal in 1998, or Jean-Sebastien Giguere completely shutting down the Wild in the 2002 Western Conference Championship series.
With the Twins falling deeper, and deeper into the cellar of the American
League, and both the Timberwolves, and the Vikings finishing last in their respected division's. One must ask; out of all of the five major sports leagues in the Twin Cities; who will bring home the next championship? The Lynx currently sit atop the standings in the WNBA, could the Lynx end this championship drought in Minnesota? But lets say the Lynx bring home the WNBA championship, will thousands pack Nicollet avenue for the parade? Or just move on like we all did after the Gophers won back-to-back NCAA hockey championships in 2002,2003.
The Twin Cites are not the only big sports cities in a championship drought. If you look at every city that has a team or teams that have been in their respected leagues longer then the (Vikings-1961, Twins-1961,Timberwolves-1989,Wild-2000), it will make every Minnesota fan sleep a little easier knowing we are not the only "cursed" sports market in America.
Seattle Washington has one lone league championship from 1979, and that team is not even there anymore, because the Seattle Supersonics moved to Oklahoma City in 2008. San Diego has never seen a championship brought to Southern California, both Chargers and Padres are combined 0-3 in league championships; and not to mention the San Diego Rockets moved to Houston in 1971 to become the Houston Rockets, before they could win a NBA championship for San Diego. If you take out Los Angeles Lakers, and the New York Yankees out of their respected cities then the two largest sports markets in America would have a combined two championships since 1991(1994 Stanley Cup Champion New York Rangers, 2002 World Series Champion Anaheim Angels).
Not every city can be like Boston where they have seen all four championship
trophies won in the last five years, a Super Bowl championship, World Series championship, a NBA championship over the Los Angeles Lakers in 2008, and Lord Stanley Cup celebration just a few weeks ago. So if this story does anything for you, it should make you realize that we are not alone in a championship drought. If this summer has told us anything about our sports teams, it says when one team fails, we all fail; but when we think everything is going bad the unthinkable happens, and the Minnesota Lynx brings hope that maybe sometime soon we will see another championship parade down on Nicollet avenue.