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Patrick Reusse

Patrick Reusse has been covering sports in the Twin Cities since 1968.

December 31, 2019
Who would you rather have at quarterback: Wade Wilson of the '87 Vikings or Kirk Cousins of the '19 Purple?

Reusse: Comparing these Vikings with Purple upstarts from 1987 postseason

If there's a significant advantage for '87 Vikings, it would be the offensive line -- starting with Hall of Famer Gary Zimmerman at left tackle.
December 27, 2019
Heisman Trophy winner Joe Burrow was carried off the field by teammates after LSU defeated Alabama this season. His father was once an assistant coach

Reusse: When LSU's Burrow was 7, he made impression in Fargo

Coach Jimmy Burrow was part of Craig Bohl's first staff at North Dakota State, and his Nerf-ball-throwing son Joe often showed his burgeoning athletic skills around the football office.
December 3, 2019
Seahawks fans heckled Vikings coach Mike Zimmer as he took the field ahead of Monday night's game against the Seahawks in Seattle.

Reusse: Vikings need help, Fleck's sound bites, Twins free agency

Green Bay needs a second loss. Fleck is 100% responsible only in words, not in specifics. And the Twins should spend their money on the planet's most professional hitter.
November 22, 2019
Mikael Granlund was one of former Wild GM Paul Fenton's high-profile trades, going to the Predators. He hasn't broken through in Nashville, either, co

Reusse: Last season's series of trades hasn't been what's haunting the Wild

Fired GM Paul Fenton still gets bashed as easily at Xcel Energy Center as Tom Thibodeau does at Target Center. But there is one defense for the small return on Mikael Granlund, Charlie Coyle and Nino Niederreiter.
November 21, 2019

Backup minutes come and go for Dieng and Vonleh, the caddies for KAT

Vonleh was backup center at season's start. Dieng has gotten a share of that duty lately, and Vonleh had first two DNPs vs. Jazz.
November 18, 2019
Coach Bernie Bierman, middle, and the Gophers football team beat Michigan in November of 1934 to earn the Little Brown Jug trophy. Younger Gophers fan

Reusse: Wise Boomer willing to share Gophers football perspective with curious youth

There are a couple of notations required in the Gophers' best start (9-0) since 1904 narrative -- including Bernie Bierman's four national champions that only played eight games.
November 15, 2019
Jim Beattie in July 1968.

Jim Beattie, boxing's Kid Galahad: A Minnesota story that got away

Jim Beattie died this week at age 77. He was a 6-foot-9 heavyweight boxer and had one of the most interesting stories you could find among Minnesota athletes of the past 60 years.
November 8, 2019
Coach Murray Warmath

Reusse: Question haunts (old) Gophers fans: 'Do we have the hay in the barn?'

This battle of November unbeatens is contender for biggest Gophers' home game since No. 1 Iowa vs. No. 3 Minnesota in 1960. What's missing is an update on the hay.
October 31, 2019
Washington players celebrated after winning Game 6 on Tuesday, which lasted 3 hours, 37 minutes.

Reusse: Covering World Series was great, until it started lasting too long

Daily newspapers from MLB cities stopped covering the World Series with a reporter a number of years ago. And how can you blame them?
October 21, 2019
Reusse: Don't get any ideas. St. John's still perfect fit for MIAC

Reusse: Don't get any ideas. St. John's still perfect fit for MIAC

There are more coaches and much-improved facilities. But, unlike what's happened at St. Thomas, the informal attitude toward athletics hasn't changed much at St. John's over the last half-century.
October 15, 2019
Former Twins and now Nationals catcher Kurt Suzuki whooped it up after Washington beat St. Louis 7-4 on Tuesday night to win the National League Champ

Reusse: MLB has changed considerable Series history already in 21st Century

The Nationals' charge to the World Series crosses another long wait off the list for both a city and a franchise.
October 15, 2019
P.J. Fleck's Gophers are riding high with a 6-0 record, a No. 20 rating in the weekly Associated Press poll, and with a team that stands as a 28½-poi

Reusse: 'Fleckian style' has taken over top levels of Minnesota's sports scene

The skeptics have been pushed aside and coach P.J. Fleck's change-your-best campaign has become the rage in Minnesota sports well beyond Gophers football.
October 5, 2019

Reusse: Rocco's Road Warriors uphold Twins' tradition of crumbling vs. Yankees

Twins achieve longest losing streak in postseason history. It was well-earned with lousy fielding and futile relief pitching.
September 23, 2019
Bert Blyleven threw a pitch against the Royals on Sept. 27, 1987, when the Twins won their final regular-season home game to clinch a share of their f

Reusse: Comparison to final home game in 1987 was temporary Sunday

Bert Blyleven pitched a complete game to beat Royals and send Twins on division-clinching road trip in 1987. Martin Perez ... well, he didn't.
September 20, 2019
Kyle Gibson yelled into his glove as teammates and manager Rocco Baldelli approached the mound to pull Gibson from the game following two walks with b

Reusse: Gibson's poor pitching leaves Twins' rotation an emaciated mess

Even Rocco Baldelli, the eternally positive manager, seemed to support the 'nibbler' theory on Gibson after Thursday's abomination.
September 20, 2019

Gibby drops out of picture and leaves Twins' rotation an emaciated mess

Even Rocco Baldelli, the eternally positive manager, seemed to support the 'nibbler' theory on Gibson after Thursday's abomination.
September 9, 2019
Minnesota Twins' Eddie Rosario bats against the Tampa Bay Rays in a baseball game Wednesday, June 26, 2019, in Minneapolis.

Reusse: Twins need Rosario to answer 'Eddie' chants with hot streak

Right now, it's time for Eddie to return to being Big Moment Man, the best hitter in the Twins' employ when he's swinging at pitches in the same zip code.
September 7, 2019
Twins right fielder LaMonte Wade Jr. dives for a ball that went for an RBI triple by Cleveland's Oscar Mercado

Reusse: Twins continue to offer poorer brand of play in their home yard

The best road team in the major leagues has now lost 9 of its last 13 in Target Field after Friday's loss to Cleveland.
August 27, 2019
John Stiegelmeier

Reusse: South Dakota State's 'Coach Stig' turns uncertainty into success

Coach John Stiegelmeier, who brings his SDSU team to face the Gophers on Thursday, has turned his program from a mediocre football presence in Division II to a national contender in FCS.
August 23, 2019

Reusse: Bennetts' deaths will have Cobbers filled with sadness for a long time

Football coach Terry Horan: Barry Bennett, a gentle giant, and Concordia's all-time greatest athlete.
August 12, 2019
Twins third base coach Tony Diaz talked with Eddie Rosario at Target Field earlier this season.

Reusse: Two bad days have earned coach Diaz place in Twins history

Red Sox and Cubs fans have Wavin' Wendell Kim to remember. And now the Twins have a third base coach on the way to becoming a legend of the wrong kind.
August 8, 2019
Cleveland Indians' Anthony Swarzak follows through on a pitch against the Chicago White Sox in the sixth inning of a baseball game Tuesday, April 14,

Reusse: After decade of travels, Swarzak has World Series shot with Atlanta

It was a decade ago that Anthony Swarzak made his debut for the Twins: the starting pitcher against the Brewers. There have been many stops since.
August 5, 2019
Randy Dobnak

Reusse: Another improbable minor league pitcher could help Twins

With Michael Pineda on the injured list and Martin Perez reeling, there's an opening for Devin Smeltzer ... and perhaps 24-year-old Randy Dobnak, who has also made an odd baseball journey.
August 3, 2019
Reusse: Handsome Harley could not afford to be well-liked by wrestling fans

Reusse: Handsome Harley could not afford to be well-liked by wrestling fans

Harley Race, a legend in AWA wrestling in this area as half of a villainous tag team with Larry Hennig, died Thursday at 76.
July 26, 2019
Reusse: Five weeks of freedom from NFL ends in grand style

Reusse: Five weeks of freedom from NFL ends in grand style

We've just finished a five-week period, from pro football's off-season workouts until the start of training camp, when the manufactured drama of the NFL gives way to the true drama of sports.