The “Mini-sota Expectation Theory”

A brand new experiment has been tested for the sports around the state of Minnesota this past year. I’m talking about a little thing called the “Mini-sota Expectation Theory”


With the Twins failing to make the playoffs the past six seasons, there isn’t much going on around this time in the state of Minnesota from May to September, sports wise. Minnesota sport fans have spent the last couple of years in hibernation until the Minnesota Vikings begin its season. This year has been different though.

After a break up in a relationship, sometimes people have a rebound reaction. They tend to find someone else who is not as good looking. That is what the Twins have acted as for many Twin fans.

The Minnesota Wild broke many hearts this season after losing in the first round, but the Twins have been many fan’s rebound for the dog days of summer.

Minnesotans actually have something to watch as the Twins are only a half game out of a playoff spot. Although it’s been a bumpy season for the Twins, fans should never be upset about this year. They should be ecstatic.

After boasting a 59-103 record last year, there was no type of expectation for this season. Have Minnesota fans not learned a certain trend that’s been taking place this last year? It’s called the “Mini-sota Expectation Theory.”

In Minnesota, when expectations are extremely high for any sports team in Minnesota, they fail, but when expectations are low, they overachieve to new heights.

Example one: The University of Minnesota Men’s Basketball team went 8-23 in the 2015-16 season. For obvious reasons, fans didn’t expect too much the following year. The Golden Gophers finished the season 23-8 and made it to the NCAA Tournament this year.

Example two: In the 2015-16 season, the Minnesota Wild snuck into the playoffs as an 8 seed with a 38-33-11 record. After firing its coach, and losing some key players, next season was a mystery and expectations were small. The Wild finished the 2017 season second in the west, with a 49-25-8 and broke multiple franchise records.

Example three: The Minnesota Timberwolves have had multiple lottery picks over the last few years drafting stud after stud. In the 2016-17 season, the Wolves were finally projected to earn a playoff berth. Expectations were extremely high for the young and talented team led by defensive minded Head Coach Tom Thibodeau. The Wolves finished the season in 13th place in the West with a 31-51 record and missed the playoffs.

If that’s not an indication that fans should calm down with its expectations and enjoy what the Twins are doing than I don’t know what is.

Next time the Twins lose five in a row or win five in row, don’t sweat it. Just pretend you’re the ugly guy dating the beautiful model. Enjoy the ride, and remember, always keep those expectations low.

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  1. Right on the money once again. So I guess the key is that we have low expectations for the Vikings and see what happens. Great read.


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