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Mustangs to the rescue

March 25, 2009 - Per Peterson
If you’re a sports nut in the area — one of those people, like me, who crave sports — you should personally thank the Southwest Minnesota State University men’s basketball team for the things they’ve done the past couple weeks leading up to Wednesday’s Elite Eight game against Cal Poly Pomona. What they are doing is not only fun to watch, it’s bridging the gap between the NFL season and the start of Twins baseball, and bridging it well I might add. The Mustangs are putting the madness in March madness. And besides Macie Michelson and the South Dakota State University women’s basketball team, which made a nice run to the NCAAs and nearly reached the Sweet 16, they’ve been the only ones. Go up one level to where the Gophers are and it hasn’t been a month to remember. The men’s basketball team, which had no right being in the field of 64/65 this year, lost its NCAA first-round game against Texas. The women’s team found a way to beat Notre Dame in its opening round game of the NCAA Tournament, then exhaled and were blasted by Texas A & M. The Gopher men’s hockey team didn’t even make it to its NCAA tournament. Embarrassing. The state of hockey my… With that lineup, there’s no way they shouldn’t have made it to the tournament. Maybe someday, coach Luccia will figure out he needs to recruit some big nasties instead of focusing solely on just kids who could score in high school, who quickly find out once they hit the ice for the Gophers that this ain’t Edina. Go up another notch to the pro level and you have the Wild, a snake-bitten team with a big star who doesn’t want to play in Minnesota anymore, a team that just lost its best player this season to injury, and a team led by a coach who for some reason can’t figure out defense doesn’t win championships in sports that are played on ice. Opening Day is on the horizon for the Twins, so the gap is closing, but without the Mustangs in the equation, we’d be left with squat.

 
 

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