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The best and worst of Minnesota's pro teams over the past 25 years:

Overall winning percentage: .488 (22nd)

Best year: 2003

In 1991, the Twins won the World Series and the North Stars reached the Stanley Cup Finals (despite a losing record during the seasons). But the best year for all-around excellence was 2003, when all four Minnesota teams finished above .500 (although the 9-7 Vikings blew a playoff spot in their final game).

Worst year: 1990

It's hard to do, but all four of Minnesota's teams finished with losing records: the Vikings went 6-10, the Twins went 74-88, the Timberwolves went 22-60 and the North Stars went 36-40-4.

Best moment: Sure, the Twins had won the World Series just four years earlier, but the 1-0, 10-inning win over Atlanta in Game 7 of the 1991 World Series is one of baseball's greatest games ever played, capping off perhaps the most exciting World Series ever played.

Worst moment: Gary Anderson, who hadn't missed a field all season, misses in the 1999 NFC Championship game and the 15-1 Vikings end up losing 30-27 to the Falcons in overtime.

Best team: 1998 Vikings (15-1)

Sure, the Twins won two World Series, but neither team was a "great team" -- both took advantage of the Twins' unique home-field advantage in the playoffs, going 8-0 in the Metrodome in the World Series. But the '98 Vikings were a great team, going 15-1, scoring an all-time record 556 points and losing two games by a total of six points.

Worst team: 1988 North Stars (19-48-13, 51 points)

Despite playing in the NHL's worst division (four of the five Norris Division teams finished with losing records), the North Stars had the NHL's worst record. They were last in goals scored and second-to-last in most goals allowed. Ugh.

Best individual season: Randy Moss, 2003

Yes, KG just won an MVP, Frank Viola once won a Cy Young and Randall Cunningham was spectacular in 1998 (34 TDs, 17 of which went to Moss) but Moss has long been the fuel that fires the Vikings offense. You can argue '98, when he scored 17 TDs and averaged 19.0 per catch, but I give the slight nod to last season, when he had 111 catches for 1,632 yards and 17 TDs.








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