5 reasons to open your eyes and quit ignoring the Lynx


Of the four major sports in this town, there are only two teams within them that are consistent winners.

One of those has won an NCAA record 51 games in a row, and back-to-back national titles. The other is on the verge of their second WNBA Championship in three years.

If there were to be a third team in the mix, it would be the Gopher Men's Hockey team, but apologies to Don Lucia and Co. for not making our cut, this is still a bit too fresh.

If you're sick of watching teams lose, there are options right in front of your eyes, and one of them is playing tomorrow night at Target Center.

Here's five reasons to stop what you're doing, go get a ticket or at the least flip your TV to ESPN, and watch this powerhouse that is the Minnesota Lynx get within one game of a WNBA crown tomorrow night.

1.Explosive offense:The Lynx have led the WNBA in scoring two of the past three seasons, putting up almost 86 per game last year and nearly 83 per outing this year.

Every player on the floor, and some on the bench, can fill it up, and they have one of the best floor generals in the league leading them to battle every night, Lindsey Whalen.

2. Heroes of the city:If you think back just 10 short years ago, you'll remember a duo that took the state by storm as they led the U of M to the final four, and if you know your history, you'll know it wasn't on the men's side of things.

Whalen and Janel McCarville are everything to this state when it comes to women's basketball, turning around the U of M program and now doing the same with the Lynx. Having them back home couldn't have worked out any better for Minnesota, or the women's basketball community.

OK, maybe one thing: Having them here 10 years earlier in a Lynx uniform, right out of college.

3.Relatability:Professional athletes can often come off pretentious, over the top, and unlike us commoners.

What did the Lynx do on their off days after beating the Phoenix Mercury to reach the WNBA Finals? Have a Grand Theft Auto V party. They're normal people, like you and us.

4.Consistency:Look around. The Wolves haven't made the playoffs since 2003-04, the Twins have lost 90+ games three years in a row, the Vikings have made the postseason three times in eight years, and the Wild have done the same just once in five years.

It took the Lynx a long time to get to this point, but they are a consistent winner with consistent performers. Maya Moore was the runner-up in MVP voting this year, Lindsey Whalen was first-team All-WNBA, Seimone Augustus took down second team honors, and they do it every year, going 80-22 over the last three regular seasons.

5. The right formula:If you love the Timberwolves, you don't have to look far to see what they're hoping to pattern themselves after this year.

Last night at the Lynx game, Wolves guard Ricky Rubio sat courtside, and when interviewed, said he loved to see the kind of basketball the Lynx play. Kevin Love said earlier that night that he wants the Wolves to have the kind of attitude that their Target Center companions do.

In an even greater show of support, Love and Rubio bought 500 tickets to tomorrow's game to be give away to fans.

Basketball stars like them are behind Lindsey Whalen and Co., what's stopping you?

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