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Twin Cities Named Ninth-Best For Sports Fans

Minneapolis and St. Paul are great sports cities with great fans. We pretty much know that already. Now, the folks from AOL Real Estate have named the Twin Cities one of the best places in America for sports fans.

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AOL Real Estate used a few different criteria when attempting to find America's best sports cities, and you can see those criteria right here. What did they have to say about Minneapolis/St. Paul?

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Since the Twin Cities gained the NHL's Minnesota Wild in 2000, they have had a team representing each of the four major sports. The Wild have been average since they entered the league, have made the playoffs three times, and are in the hunt for a spot this year. In basketball, the Minnesota Timberwolves had a good streak between the 1990s and the early 2000s, but have been a weak team the last few years. The Minnesota Vikings have been above-average -- at least second in their NFL division in 10 of the last fourteen years. But this season was tough for the Vikings, who are still trying to find a consistent quarterback to compliment star running back Adrian Peterson. MLB's Minnesota Twins have had above .500 seasons all but twice in the past 10 years, and made the playoffs six times during that period.

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Of the ten cities on the list, nine of them had teams in all of the "big four" big league sports.

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Things have been a bit rough for us Minnesota sports fans over the course of the past 12 months or so, but at least somebody recognizes that this is still a great place to be a sports fan.

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Photographs by Micah Taylor, clairity, and Fibonacci Blue used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.