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Souhan: Bravo to Lynx coach Reeve

One my pet peeves about Minnesota media is that there are so many in our ranks who will ask the soft, easy, question in an attempt to either ingratiate themselves to a coach or player, or because they're simply afraid to ask anything pointed.

So I applaud Cheryl Reeve. When the Lynx coach was asked soft questions about her team's gutty comeback in a Game 1 loss in the WNBA Finals, she didn't take the easy way out. She didn't praise her players. She pointed out that if they hadn't played like they were lost in the first quarter, they actually could have won the game.

Reeve called the moral victory, good-try attitude ``Loserville.''

And she's right.

She was also right when she said that it is a professional athlete's job to compete, that they shouldn't be rewarded or congratulated for making an effort during a comeback.

Again, she nailed it.

Minnesota needs more sports thinkers of her ilk.

Now, as a coach, she has to do a better job of getting her team to play well early in Game 2. Kent Youngblood and I are at The Barn tonight and will have coverage on startribune.com and in the morning paper.

You can also hear my show, SouhanUncensored, with Scott Yelle at The Mix Sports Radio facebook page or at MNSPN.com.


Souhan: Troll Patrol (Keenum, Sano and taking a knee)

Welcome to the first semi-regular edition of Troll Patrol, in which I respond to criticism of my latest columns.

Topic: Case Keenum excels

I was wrong about Keenum's ability to beat the Bucs, and surprised at just how well he played.

That doesn't mean he is a better quarterback than Colin Kaepernick, or that future success should be assumed.

Keenum has played well in two-and three-game stretches before. He has never performed well for an entire season. What might give him a chance to succeed here where he has failed before is that the Vikings have a strong defense, two excellent receivers, a top-notch tight end and a talented back. But I'll have to see a good, full month before I alter my overall opinion of him as a starter.

At least we can say he's better than Shaun Hill. He did beat an NFL team with his arm.

Topic: Sano's leg

On Aug. 19, I wrote that Twins sources were concerned about Miguel Sano's ability to recover from a leg injury and remain a third baseman long-term because of his weight. He's listed at 260 and I was told he's playing at 285. And that was a conservative estimate. I had one person tell me he was at 290, and they would like him to be at 250.

Somehow, this became conflated into me calling him fat or lazy (both incorrect). Wrong. It was an accurate report that has proven correct. The Twins had hoped he would return in 10 days. Today is Sept. 26 and Sano is not close to returning, and if he did return in the postseason it may only be as a pinch-hitter. Sano even said, on the record, that he was primarily concerned with being healthy next spring.

His weight didn't cause the injury. I never said it did. His weight is complicating his recovery, which was the point all along.

Topic: Other knees

Colin Kaepernick was not protesting military veterans or soldiers. This is a willful misrepresentation. He was protesting police brutality and social injustice. You don't have to like him or what he did, but anyone saying he was protesting the military is both wrong and not to be trusted.


We've covered these topics on my show, and other sport-specific topics on shows with Michael Russo, Jon Krawczynski, Roy Smalley, VikingUpdate publisher Tim Yotter and preps guru John Millea. All of the shows are at The Mix Sports Radio facebook page and MNSPN.com.