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SPORTS NUGGETS: New logo, new-look arena and a talented core create optimism for the Minnesota Timberwolves

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By Eric Nelson
April 12, 2017
GAMEDAY GOLD

MINNEAPOLIS – Sports Nuggets from the land of logos

• Playoff Drought:  Once again the Minnesota Timberwolves are absent from the NBA playoffs. This has become a spring tradition for the Wolves, who have missed the post-season since 2004 – the longest current drought in the Association. For the 13th straight off-season the Wolves will be selling hope and optimism to their incredibly patient fan base…

• New Look:  On Tuesday night at Target Center, the Timberwolves unveiled a cool new logo against Oklahoma City. Minnesota hyped the event for weeks and it generated plenty of buzz in the Twin Cities. The logo was a perfect distraction and took away the focus from another lost season. The circular logo – which includes an aurora green north star next to a howling wolf on a basketball backdrop – is cutting edge. Other colors include midnight blue, lake blue, moonlight grey and frost white…

New Timberwolves logo adorns the scoreboard at Target Center

Timberwolves unveil a new look

• New-look Arena:  The combination of a trendy logo, Target Center’s $150 million renovation, and young stars such as Andrew Wiggins and Karl-Anthony Towns, give Wolves fans reasons to be upbeat. But, ultimately this will come down to winning. Minnesota’s core of talent had better blossom asap and get this team back to the playoffs. Logos and renovated arenas can only take a franchise so far…

• Baseball Gem:  My favorite MLB ballpark is Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City. I was at the venue Monday when the A’s played the Royals in KC’s home opener. The 44 year old stadium has aged incredibly well. The facility – which underwent a $250 million makeover in 2009 and some more changes this past off-season – looks fabulous…

Kansas City's Kauffman Stadium

Home of the Royals

• Bells and Whistles:  The K still has signature waterfalls and a gigantic Crown Vision scoreboard in deep CF. There is plenty of info on the video board, including the type of pitch that was just thrown. The ballpark’s unique architectural design sets it apart from others. The arching upper deck has jutting points at both ends. The K is a spectacular setting for baseball..

• Tale of the Gate:  A crowd of 40,019 showed up to see Oakland shutout Kansas City 2-0. Fans arrived early and many participated in pre-game tailgating that would make some NFL teams jealous. Of course, Arrowhead Stadium is located just south of The K and is part of the Truman Sports Complex. Tailgating before Chiefs games at Arrowhead is legendary – thanks to a parking lot that has a huge footprint with acres of blacktop…

• Panoramic Views:  The K has plenty of postcard sights. It never gets old seeing the ballpark’s immaculate, emerald green grass, the waterfalls and crown-shaped scoreboard. Beyond the ballpark is I-70, a concrete ribbon criss-crossing Mid-America…

Kauffman Stadium, Kansas City, Missouri

Within “The K”

• Sounds Good:  Royals broadcaster Steve Physioc is one of the top play by play guys in MLB. Physioc does an outstanding job painting the picture over the radio airwaves with his knowledge and commanding voice…

• Texas Tango:  After losing 2-0 to Dallas FC last week, Minnesota United returns to the Lone Star State for a match in Houston on Saturday night. The Loons (1 win, 1 draw, 4 losses) have scored 10 goals this season – fourth most in MLS. The Dynamo (3-0-2) is undefeated at home this season, winning all three of its matches at BBVA Compass Stadium…

• Meteoric Rise:  I wonder how CBS broadcasters feel about Tony Romo being hired as the network’s number one analyst with no experience in the booth? Guys like Dan Fouts and Rich Gannon were bypassed for the position, despite having been part of CBS broadcasts for many years…

• Wild Party: The Minnesota Wild are hosting a free pre-game party on Friday before Game 2 of their Stanley Cup Playoff series against the St. Louis Blues. The event takes place at the Cleveland Circle parking lot near the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul…

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