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BEST VIKINGS PLAYER

Brett Favre

While picking the winner of this category wasn't as agonizing as watching the NFC title game against the Saints—having your toenails pulled out with a grapefruit knife might be less agonizing—the choice sure as hell wasn't easy. Adrian Peterson kept up his unreal "human cheat code" routine, Sidney Rice caught passes as if his hands were magnets, Percy Harvin's rookie campaign was electrifying, and Jared Allen had quarterbacks catching mulletphobia. But it was Favre, for all the hype and skepticism and shouts of "Judas!" from across the border, who pushed the Vikings from a great running/defensive team to a threat on all fronts. Racking up one of the best seasons any athlete has ever had at age 40 was almost enough—almost—to get the Vikings to the promised land. And if he makes that final decision not to return and try for that elusive second ring, hopefully he'll be remembered for those stunning moments—his four-touchdown game against the Packers, his 88 percent completion rate against the Seahawks, his long-time-coming 34-3 embarrassment of the Cowboys—than for his unfortunate final pass.

Best Vikings Player (2013) Adrian Peterson

Best Coach (2013) Leslie Frazier, Minnesota Vikings

Best Vikings Player (2012) Jared Allen

Best Vikings Player (2011) Adrian Peterson

BEST BEACH Hidden Beach

BEST BIKE TRAIL Lake Harriet, Minneapolis

BEST BOWLING ALLEY Park Tavern

BEST COACH Kurt Rambis

BEST COLLEGE ATHLETE Eric Decker, Gopher wide receiver

BEST GOLF DAY The Jewel Golf Club

BEST LYNX PLAYER Seimone Augustus

BEST PICNIC SPOT Meeker Island historic site

BEST PLACE TO DRINK BEFORE A TWINS GAME Cuzzy's

BEST PLACE TO ICE SKATE Lake of the Isles

BEST PLACE TO RUN Cedar Lake, Minneapolis

BEST PLACE TO SHOOT POOL Shooters

BEST PUBLIC GOLF COURSE Hidden Greens Golf Course

BEST PUBLIC NINE-HOLE GOLF COURSE Fort Snelling Golf Course

BEST SLEDDING Town and Country Club

BEST SWARM PLAYER Callum Crawford

BEST TIMBERWOLVES PLAYER Kevin Love

BEST TWINS PLAYER Joe Mauer

BEST URBAN HIKE Swede Hollow Park, St. Paul

BEST WILD PLAYER Mikko Koivu

BEST WINTER RESORT Lutsen

BEST YOGA CorePower Yoga