The Cleveland Cavaliers ended Cleveland's 52-year championship drought by winning the 2016 NBA Finals, which was the longest of any market with at least three professional sports teams. In its place steps the greater-Minnesota area, which hasn't won a championship since the Minnesota Twins won the World Series back in 1991.
Among the four professional teams (Wild, Vikings, Twins and Timberwolves), the Minnesota Vikings have the most realistic chance to end the drought, and here's why.
The Twins and Wild aren't going anywhere anytime soon.
Right now, the Twins are the worst team in baseball with only 21 wins on the season. They're already 17 games behind the second wild card spot, and are on pace for their fifth losing season in six years.
The Minnesota Wild made the 2016 Stanley Cup Playoffs, but were handed an early exit by the hands of the Dallas Stars. Since breaking ground in the 2000-01 season, the Wild have made 11 postseason appearances but have only won a total of four of those series.
The Timberwolves are promising, but still too young.
The Minnesota Timberwolves have the potential to be a serious Western Conference contender down the road, but not in the immediate future. A young core of Karl-Anthony Towns, Andrew Wiggins and Zach LaVine is as promising as there is in the NBA, and will be joined by the No. 5 overall pick in the 2016 NBA Draft. They're currently at 70/1 Vegas odds to win the title next year, but are still coming off a 29-win season.
The Vikings have a reasonable chance at making the Super Bowl.
Right now, the Vikings are 18/1 Vegas odds to win Super Bowl LI, tied with the Arizona Cardinals and Dallas Cowboys. The defending NFC North champions are experiencing one of the quickest turnarounds in the NFL. After winning just five games in 2013, head coach Mike Zimmer stepped in and led the Vikings to a two-win improvement in 2014-15, and their first division title since 2009 last season.
In fact, they were a missed field goal away from beating the Seattle Seahawks and advancing to the NFC Divisional round.
On paper, the Vikings do have the tools to make a run for a championship. Quarterback Teddy Bridgewater will have another season of experience under his belt, and will have a young receiving duo of Stefon Diggs and Laquon Treadwell to throw to. The defense, which finished fifth in opponent scoring, returns their entire starting secondary as well as the key difference makers in their front seven.
Having 2016 rushing leader Adrian Peterson back for another season definitely doesn't hurt your chances either. Peterson, who's entering the season at a young 31, has been high on his team's Super Bowl chances this entire offseason.
The Vikings have never been the last ones standing by the end of the season, but they stand the best chance out of any team in Minnesota to break the now-longest title drought in professional sports.null