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Wolves Now Have More Wins Than Vikings

With their thrilling, last-second, 113-111 victory over the Los Angeles Clippers on Wednesday night, the Minnesota Timberwolves earned their fourth victory of the 2010-2011 NBA season. This gives them more victories than the Minnesota Vikings have this NFL season, as the Vikings currently only have three victories.

Now, this probably doesn't sound like a big deal, and normally it wouldn't be ... unless, of course, you take into account how long it took for the same thing to occur last season.

Last year, the Minnesota Vikings took the field 18 times, and won 13 games. The Timberwolves took to the hardwood 82 times, and won but 15. With that in mind, here's the timeline for when each team reached their various victory plateaus. Keep in mind, the 2009 NFL season started on Sept. 10, 2009, while the 2009-2010 NBA season started on Oct. 28, 2009.

Vikings 2009-2010 Victories Timberwolves 2009-2010
Sept. 13, 2009 (1-0) 1st Victory Oct. 28, 2009 (1-0)
Sept. 20, 2009 (2-0) 2nd Victory Nov. 29, 2009 (2-15)
Sept. 27, 2009 (3-0) 3rd Victory Dec. 5, 2009 (3-17)
Oct. 5, 2009 (4-0) 4th Victory Dec. 14, 2009 (4-21)
Oct. 11, 2009 (5-0) 5th Victory Dec. 18, 2009 (5-22)
Oct 18, 2009 (6-0) 6th Victory Dec. 23, 2009 (6-24)
Nov. 1, 2009 (7-1) 7th Victory Dec. 26, 2009 (7-24)
Nov. 15, 2009 (8-1) 8th Victory Jan. 8, 2010 (8-29)
Nov. 22, 2009 (9-1) 9th Victory Jan. 18, 2010 (9-33)
Nov. 29, 2009 (10-1) 10th Victory Jan. 29, 2010 (10-38)
Dec. 13, 2009 (11-2) 11th Victory Jan. 31, 2010 (11-38)
Jan. 3, 2010 (12-4) 12th Victory Feb. 5, 2010 (12-38)
Jan. 17, 2010 (13-4) 13th Victory Feb. 6, 2010 (13-38)
-------- 14th Victory Feb. 23, 2010 (14-44)
-------- 15th Victory Mar. 31, 2010 (15-60)

Yes, the 2009-2010 Wolves had two separate occasions in 2010 where they went more than a full month between victories (between victories 1 and 2, and between victories 14 and 15).

Have to wonder if there will be an occasion this year when the Vikings will surpass the Timberwolves' win total. Given the direction that each team is going, it really doesn't seem likely.

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