April is supposed to be a month that signifies change in the American sports landscape. Some seasons are wrapping up (NHL and NBA regular seasons, NCAA basketball) while others are just beginning (MLB, basketball & hockey playoffs, the NFL draft, PGA majors). It's a time to simultaneously reflect on past accomplishments and strive for even greater heights.
Unfortunately for Minnesota sports fans, the month of April has become grimly routine. The latest iteration of April has brought yet another year of the following:
- Disappointed Vikings fans, busy with multiple mock drafts, trying to figure out how to fix their flawed franchise while praying that the front office doesn't pick the next Troy Williamson.
- Disappointed Twins fans, busy crossing their fingers that the bodies of Justin Morneau and Joe Mauer don't disintegrate again while dreading the moment that the other shoe eventually drops on their new season. Sometimes that shoe drops late (like in the 2009 and 2010 playoffs to the Yankees) and sometimes it drops early (like it apparently already has just four games into the 2012 season).
- Disappointed Wild fans, busy wondering when they're going to get that top-flight line that can consistently score and finally carry the team back into the NHL playoffs.
- Disappointed Gopher basketball and hockey fans, busy licking their wounds after another postseason exit that came at least a game or two too early.
- Disappointed Timberwolves fans, busy fantasizing about a world where the team doesn't flat out suck.
- Disappointed Lynx fans--wait a second, never mind! GO LYNX!!