Chip Scoggins: Lynx are diamonds in town full of cubic zirconia teams

Star Tribune writer Chip Scoggins describes the scene at Target Center Sunday where the Minnesota Lynx were handed their 2011 WNBA championship rings. In his words: "It reminded fans what a winner looks like."
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Star Tribune writer Chip Scoggins describes the scene at Target Center Sunday where the Minnesota Lynx were handed their 2011 WNBA championship rings. In his words: "It reminded fans what a winner looks like."

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