The Bears' domination of the Vikings on national television was the icing on the cake to a loss-filled weekend for Minnesota sports.
The rundown is brutal:
- Bears 25, Vikings 20
- Blackhawks 3, Wild 1
- Grizzlies 100, Wolves 87
- Sabres 3, Wild 2
- Northwestern 24, Gophers 14 (football)
- Oklahoma State 23, Gophers 9 (wrestling)
Not only that, but the Gophers men's hockey team lost Friday night in overtime to a St. Lawrence team that boasted a 1-8 record entering the game.
Oh, and don't forget about Jimmy Butler hitting the game-winning 3-pointer to help the 76ers beat the Hornets.
Fortunately, Minnesota did have some winners, including the Gophers men's basketball team's 69-64 win over Texas A&M on Sunday night.
Lindsay Whalen's Gophers women's basketball also won, and moved up two spots to No. 23 in the new national polls on Monday.
The Gophers men's hockey team salvaged the weekend with a 3-0 win over St. Lawrence on Saturday, and the Gophers women's hockey team swept a weekend series against St. Cloud State to improve to 11-2-1 on the season.
Elsewhere in college hockey, the No. 1 UMD Bulldogs men's team split with Denver while Second-ranked St. Cloud State swept Bemidji State and third-ranked Minnesota State swept Ferris State.
Yes, the top three men's teams in the country are UMD, SCSU and MSU. It's good to be from the State of Hockey.
And let's not forget about the team that is arguably better at what it does than any other team in the state, regardless of sport: Gophers volleyball.
Minnesota volleyball pushed its win streak to 19 matches with road victories over Maryland and Ohio State. The No. 2-ranked Gophers are 24-2 on the season and won the Big Ten regular season championship.