Best of

the Twin Cities

Best Sports Team

Minnesota Twins

It’s easy to paint Minnesota as a scorched and desolate sports landscape, chock full of perpetually hard-luck teams slogging into oblivion. In 2019, in the months before sports and all things fun skidded to a halt, our state actually boasted some winners—the Outback Bowl-winning Gophers, the playoff-appearing Vikings, and the powerhouse prep Minnehaha Academy hoops squad. Most of all, we had the Minnesota Twins mashing dingers at record pace on the way to a 101-61 record. The Yankees reliably ruined everything in the playoffs, but Rocco Baldelli’s rookie season as skipper was the type of serotonin marathon local sports nuts had not experienced in recent memory.

Readers’ Choice: Minnesota Lynx

Best Way to Get Flipped the Bird Legally changing lanes

Best Local Person Made Good Chloe Radcliffe

Best Sports Talk Radio Host Paul 'Meatsauce' Lambert

Best Place to People-Watch Route 18 Metro Transit bus

Best TV Newsperson Ian Leonard

Best Construction Project Dayton's

Best Sign of Spring Way too many people on the basketball court

Best Parking Lot Sauna Village

Best Radio Station KFAI

Best Lynx Player Napheesa Collier

Best Sports Highlight Twins bash 3 HRs to reclaim record

Best Power Couple Ilhan Omar and Tim Mynett

Best Sports Fan The 2 people inside T.C. Bear

Best Viral Moment Lil Nas X inspires local tot

Best Twins Player Nelson Cruz

Best TikTok Creator Chris Udalla

Best Minnesota United Player Ike Opara

Best Vikings Player Danielle Hunter

Best Radio Personality Angela Davis

Best TV Station TPT

Best Wild Player Ryan Suter

Best TV Sportscaster Justin Morneau

Best Local Memes Fragile Canyons

Best Timberwolves Player Karl-Anthony Towns

Best College Athlete Rashod Bateman

Best Hipster Trend The Death of 'Hipster'

Best Public Bathroom Varsity Theater

Best Sportswriter Michael Rand

Best Podcast 'Wine & Crime'

Best Landmark Grain Belt Sign

Best Meme It’s a gay bar, Pamela

Best Tweeter @_jazzghost_

Best Road Minnehaha Parkway

Best Columnist Sam Cook

Best Instagram @Nklokphoto

Best Coach P.J. Fleck

Best Website Sahan Journal

Best Suburb Robbinsdale

Best Politician Mitra Jalali

Best Commercial Winona Ryder’s Super Bowl ad