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We've all had sports arguments before, whether it's with people at work, at your favorite watering hole, or even at a sporting event.  Sports arguments are rarely ever "settled," as the parties involved usually hold too firmly to their beliefs to be swayed by the person they're arguing against.  With a place with a sports tradition as rich as Minnesota's, it's only natural that many arguments arise there as well.

Well, Bob Sansevere. . .who many of you may recognize as a columnist for the St. Paul Pioneer Press, is apparently no different from any of the rest of us, and feels the need to make some of these arguments in the book The Best Minnesota Sports Arguments.  The title is part of a series that includes arguments from sports cities such as Chicago, Los Angeles, and New York.

(If you take a look at said series, you'll notice that there's no "Best Green Bay Sports Arguments."  I wonder why that is.  Wait, no I don't.)

Now, I've some issues with some of Bob Sansevere's writing in the past, some of which I've detailed on this very web site.  But I can honestly say that I enjoyed reading this book, and Mr. Sansevere DOES bring up some pretty good topics for discussion.  He doesn't get into long, sweeping missives on each issue or anything. . .the book weighs in at 288 pages, which leaves an average of less than three pages per argument. . .rather, he usually gets straight to the point he's trying to make about said argument, and presents his cases is a reasonable, well-thought out manner.

And don't let the cover of the book fool you.  Even though it bears the same colors as the Beloved Purple, this isn't exclusively a book about the Vikings.  It touches on football, basketball, baseball, hockey, outdoor sports, and many other issues as well.  There's a good chance that I'm even going to use some of the Vikings-related issues in the book as fodder for discussions during the long, dark tea time of the off-season.  A few examples of some of the topics presented:

Who is on Minnesota's hockey dream team?

What was the best trade ever by a Minnesota team?  (SPOILER:  Nobody with the last name of "Walker" was involved.)

Who was more impressive in the 1991 World Series. . .Kirby Puckett in Game 6 or Jack Morris in Game 7?

Overall, this is a book that every Minnesota sports fan would be well-served to add to their library.  If you need a stocking stuffer for the Minnesota Sports fan on your Christmas list, The Best Minnesota Sports Arguments is very likely to leave them quite happy.