Tiger Woods has captured another green jacket at The Masters. It's the first time since 2005 that Woods has won at Augusta National, and his first major championship in 11 years.
Because we, as Minnesotans, love us some us, let's take a look at what Minnesota's world looked like in April 2005. We'll start with the Twins, who were in the early stages of the season and off to a nice start.
On April 14, 2005, they improved to 6-3 on the season at something called the Metrodome. Brad Radke picked up the win and Lew Ford wen't 3-for-3 with a home run and three RBI. Here's what the lineup looked like.
- Shannon Stewart, LF
- Juan Castro, SS
- Torii Hunter, DH
- Matt LeCroy, 1B
- Lew Ford, CF
- Jacque Jones, RF
- Michael Cuddyer, 3B
- Mike Redmond, C
- Luis Rivas, 2B
The Twins ended up missing the playoffs that season for the first time since 2001, ending a run of three consecutive division titles.
Meanwhile, on the hardwood, things were unraveling for the Timberwolves who were just a season removed from a run to the Western Conference Finals. Kevin McHale fired Flip Saunders mid-season and took over as the head coach after a 25-26 start. They played pretty well down the stretch, finishing 44-38.
Latrell Sprewell ended up retiring despite being offered a contract extension, Sam Cassell was traded to the Clippers a few month later and Kevin Garnett would play two more seasons in Minnesota but never returned to the postseason.
Garnett was also interviewed on TNT where he broke down in tears over the frustrating year.
For the Vikings, they were getting ready for the 2005 NFL Draft. After trading Randy Moss for the 7th overall pick and Napoleon Harris, the Vikings had two picks in the first round.
With 7th overall selection, the Vikings selected Moss' replacement: wide receiver Troy Williamson. Lord. And with the 18th pick, they took defensive end Erasmus James out of the University of Wisconsin.
Williamson couldn't catch a football if his life depended on it and James started just 12 games in three seasons and was traded to Washington in 2008.
Adding insult to injury, the Green Bay Packers selected Aaron Rodgers with the 24th overall pick. So not only did 23 teams pass on him, but the Vikings passed on him twice. In fairness, Daunte Culpepper was runner-up for NFL MVP in 2004 and the Vikings didn't feel they needed a quarterback, so it was fitting that Culpepper shredded his knee in Week 8 of 2005 and never played for Minnesota again.
Finally, if you're having trouble remembering what the Wild did, that's because the season never happened. The 2004-05 season resulted in a lockout and was the first time since 1919 that there wasn't a Stanley Cup champion.
So there you have it, the Twins were in the early stages of a season, the Timberwolves began a 13-year playoff drought, the Vikings took two epic draft busts while passing on one of the greatest quarterbacks of all time and the Wild weren't even allowed to play.
Considering this post was inspired by Woods, 2005 was pretty par for the course in Minnesota sports.