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Updated: November 22nd, 2013 2:46pm
Mackey: Border battle historically close between Minnesota, Wisconsin

Mackey: Border battle historically close between Minnesota, Wisconsin

by Phil Mackey
1500ESPN.com

With two huge border-battle games set for this weekend, now seems like a good time to do a little resume comparison between Minnesota and Wisconsin sports teams.

The question to answer: Which state has a better overall team sports resume? Minnesota or Wisconsin?

The criteria are simple. Well, actually, criterion - as in one measurement: Championships. Forget about NCAA appearances, forget about conference championships and deep playoff runs. We're counting championships and only championships.

And this committee of one is counting championships from seven team sports: NFL, NBA, MLB, and Division 1-A college football, basketball and hockey. The NHL is technically included in this list too, but there are no titles to speak of.

NFL

Wisconsin = 13 NFL or Super Bowl titles from Green Bay Packers ('29, '30, '31, '36, '39, '44, '61, '62, '65, '66, '67, '96, 2010).
Minnesota = 0 titles from Vikings.

MLB

Wisconsin = 1 World Series title from Milwaukee Braves (1957)... None from Brewers.
Minnesota = 2 World Series titles from Twins ('87, '91).

NBA

Wisconsin = 1 NBA title from Milwaukee Bucks (1971)... None from Milwaukee Hawks.
Minnesota = 5 NBA titles from Minneapolis Lakers ('49, '50, '52, '53, '54)... None from Timberwolves.

College football

Wisconsin = 0 national titles from Badgers.
Minnesota = 7 national titles from Gophers (1904, '34, '35, '36, '40, '41, '60).

College basketball

Wisconsin = 1 national title from Badgers (1941)... 1 title from Marquette (1977).
Minnesota = 0 national titles from Gophers.

College hockey

Wisconsin = 6 national titles from Badgers ('73, '77, '81, '83, '90, '06).
Minnesota = 5 national titles from Gophers ('74, '76, '79, '02, '03)... 1 title from Minnesota-Duluth (2011).

Final title count

Wisconsin = 23
Minnesota = 20

If we counted the WNBA (2 titles for Minnesota), college baseball (3) and college wrestling (3), Minnesota would be in business. 

Phil Mackey is a columnist for 1500ESPN.com. He co-hosts "Mackey & Judd" from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. weekdays on 1500 ESPN Twin Cities.
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