Sports Year in Review: BMTN's top stories you won't want to forget


Years from now, when you look back at Minnesota sports in 2014, what will stand out?

Adrian Peterson's legal troubles, the Kevin Love trade, the Wild's playoff run, the hiring of Mike Zimmer, the Dinkytown riots post-Gophers hockey loss ... Those stories were hard to miss, but there were less obvious ones that proved to be immensely popular too.

Here's a look at some of BringMeTheNews' most-clicked sports stories of 2014.

Jack Jablonski nets celebrity date for his high school prom

It was a productive year for Jack Jablonski, the former Benilde-St. Margaret's hockey player who was paralyzed in a hockey accident in 2011. Not only did the young man have his No. 13 retired by the school, he also took ESPN anchor Michelle Beadle to the prom.

10 best Minnesota high school mascots: Did your school make the cut?

Ranking the top 10 Minnesota high school mascots was a hit. Did you school make the cut? Here's a hint, quite a few of these mascots are mythical creatures.

Ex-Twin's wife graduates from college, 35 years after she quit to support him

Former Twins star Dan Gladden's wife, Janice, went back to Augsburg College to finish her degree last spring – 35 years after she walked away from college to help support Dan during his early playing days. Those baseball salaries weren't quite as high in the 1980s. (Photo by: Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Winona basketball player, 13, makes miracle shot – then repeats

A 13-year-old from Winona sank a full-court shot at the buzzer to win his youth basketball game. To prove it wasn't a fluke, Easton Gamoke recreated the shot while FOX 9's cameras were rolling.

Double play: Mauer's twins make Target Field debut

Joe Mauer and his wife had twin baby girls in July of 2013, but they stayed in the minor leagues for a brief stint before making their big-league debut at Target Field in early April. By the way, the little girls combined for only four fewer home runs than Mauer last season.

Report: Peterson likely to be reinstated; could play final 3 games

We had to include an Adrian Peterson story on this list because there were about 5,000 to choose from. Of them all, the report that he would likely be reinstated and possibly play the final three weeks of the season was the most popular. Obviously, that report didn't come to fruition, as Peterson remains in NFL purgatory. (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)

Wisconsin governor wrote 'Go Packers' on steel for Vikings stadium

Scott Walker is his name and governing the state of Wisconsin is his game. Another game he enjoyed playing was a prank on the Vikings, in which he wrote "Go Packers" on a steel beam headed to Minnesota for the new Vikings' stadium. Dirty move, Cheesehead.

Warroad native Oshie opens up about baby's birth defect

T.J. Oshie, a Warroad, Minnesota, native and star hockey player for the St. Louis Blues (and Team USA hero at the Sochi Olympics), was dealt a scary hand when his daughter was born with her intestines on the outside of her stomach. After surgery, according to ESPN, his daughter is making a full recovery.

This 2-year-old hockey fan is insane, adorable

The cute little bugger isn't even a Minnesotan, but because of his awesome reaction after the Pittsburgh Penguins scored a goal, we thought the State of Hockey would enjoy the story. See for yourself:

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Trevor May

Report: Trevor May leaving Twins to sign with Mets

The right-hander will sign a two-year deal to head to New York

Car crash

'Grim' milestone: Minnesota's traffic deaths reach 364, tying 2019 total

“With fewer vehicles on the road during the 2020 pandemic, the loss of life on Minnesota roads is beyond disappointing."

Devin Weiland

Charges: Albert Lea man, 21, fired around 90 shots at police, residents

Weiland was arrested after a standoff that lasted more than eight hours.

Body storage warehouse

Body storage warehouse 'ready if needed for COVID-19 fatality management'

The warehouse is currently storing PPE and testing supplies.


Signs come down at Giordano's restaurant in Uptown

It appears the restaurant has closed for good.

State Capitol.

Walz eyes COVID-19 relief package totaling $300-$600 million amid budget surplus

The state forecasted a budget surplus for the remainder of the biennium.

Bar beer

Walz non-committal on extension of restaurant, gym closures

He has suggested that the ban on mixing with people outside your household could continue over Christmas.

scratch lottery ticket

State lottery: Don't give scratch-offs as gifts to minors

The Minnesota Lottery participates in an annual responsible gambling campaign focusing on underage lottery play during the holidays.

Marijuana, cannabis

Minnesota adds 2 more qualifying conditions for medical marijuana

There will be 17 conditions that qualify people to obtain medical marijuana in Minnesota.

Matt Birk

Ex-Viking Matt Birk confirms interest in future run for governor

The next gubernatorial election in Minnesota is Nov. 8, 2022.

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Handsome Hog in St. Paul to close temporarily

Executive chef Justin Sutherland cited inaction by state and federal leaders during the COVID-19 pandemic.