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Jim Souhan

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Location: Minneapolis
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Jim Souhan is a sports columnist for the Star Tribune. He has worked at the paper since 1990, previously covering the Twins and Vikings.

Souhan was Sports Editor of his high school paper at Vianney in St. Louis. He wrote and edited for the Missourian at the University of Missouri, where he earned a journalism degree with an emphasis on American literature.
Recent content from Jim Souhan
Marcus Carr had hoped to be a sophomore guard for Richard Pitino’s Gophers this season.

Souhan: Gophers' Carr is a victim of NCAA's hypocrisy

The NCAA making a random example of Marcus Carr, who has the same résumé as many athletes allowed to compete after transferring, does not set a precedent that will keep athletes from transferring in the future.
Wild General Manager Paul Fenton resisted coming in and making a series of trades, and 18 games into his first season, the team sits near the top of t

Souhan: Not making big deal has been a big deal in Wild's success

Give Bruce Boudreau depth, and he can do damage to opponents. He's rolling four quality lines that might not have existed had Paul Fenton made a splashy trade over the summer.
Head coach Cheryl Reeve and Lindsay Whalen talked Whalen was honored at the final regular-season Lynx home game.

Souhan: As stress of coaching U builds, Reeve says she's there for Whalen

Lindsay Whalen's coaching debut at the University of Minnesota on Friday night will be unique because her circumstances are almost as unimaginable as they are familiar.
Joe Mauer

Souhan: Let the Joe Mauer Hall of Fame debate begin

A look at Twins history reveals the difficulty and unpredictability of judging players whose careers were damaged by injuries.
Minnesota's Daniel Oturu rebounds against Omaha's Mitchell Hahn (44) and Matt Pile (40) during Tuesday's action at Williams Arena.

Souhan: Freshmen were the draw for Gophers in promising opener

In a program and an athletic department in desperate need of ticket sales and financial success, Richard Pitino isn't shying away from expectations.
Danielle Hunter celebrated after a sack in the third quarter.

Souhan: Hunter puts 'superhero' skills to good use against Lions

Defensive end Danielle Hunter blends the Hulk's bulk and Spiderman's agility, and you would probably like him when he's angry.
The Vikings have had strong personalities at wide receiver in the past — Anthony Carter, Cris Carter, Randy Moss — but Stefon Diggs and Adam Thiel

Souhan: Both Thielen, Diggs stand-up guys for Vikings

Last week vs. New Orleans, Adam Thielen fumbled in the red zone and Stefon Diggs stopped running a route leading to a pick-six. Both took responsibility in the moments after the game.
Jimmy Butler didn't play Wednesday night because of "general soreness."

Souhan: Butler has done enough harm; Wolves need to trade him now

Two nights after scorching the Lakers, Jimmy Butler sat in the locker room, lounging in jeans and whining about media coverage instead of playing.
Red Sox fan/actor Matt Damon and Dodgers fan/talk show host Jimmy Kimmel watched Game 5 of the World Series in Los Angeles, but today's MLB game has s

Souhan: Baseball can't wave off signs of self-inflicted ills

Baseball's problem is that it is going backward while the NFL is surviving some of its problems and solving others. Here are five proposals for changing the game.
Saints defense stopped Minnesota Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins (8) at the goal line in the fourth quarter at U.S. Bank Stadium Sunday October 28, 2

Souhan: Plenty of blame to go around after Vikings' lethargic loss

Last time the New Orleans Saints visited they aided and abetted the Minneapolis Miracle. This time, they facilitated Minnesota mediocrity.
Saints safety Marcus Williams' decision to duck his head and go for the big hit on Vikings receiver Stefon Diggs sparked what's now known as the Minne

Souhan: Vikings are in debt to Minneapolis Miracle architect

The true Minneapolis Miracle is that Vikings fans have mythologized a fluke play, caused by the most egregious missed tackle in recent NFL history, that led to an embarrassing blowout loss.
New Twins manager Rocco Baldelli was introduced to the media Thursday afternoon at Target Field.

Souhan: Analytics aside, Baldelli's prime task is salvaging Buxton, Sano

If the transition from Paul Molitor to Rocco Baldelli as Twins manager is to succeed, Rocco Baldelli will have to prove he can somehow improve key players who have faltered.
Vikings defensive end Everson Griffen worked out during practice, Wednesday

Souhan: What's the rush to get Griffen back on the field?

Rejoining his teammates at the Vikings' training facility might be good for Everson Griffen. Everything else — practicing, playing, taking even light hits to the head — sounds inadvisable.
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Souhan: Sure as his hands, 'humble dude' Thielen makes NFL history

Adam Thielen left MetLife Stadium with another milestone and a cut mouth, courtesy of a shoulder to the chin.
Josh Freeman played in only one more NFL game after starting for the Vikings on a Monday night in the Meadowlands in 2013.

Souhan: Vikings' QB situation hit rock bottom 5 years ago at Meadowlands

On Oct. 21, 2013 the Vikings chose to start the recently acquired Josh Freeman, who had been cut by Tampa Bay, over Christian Ponder and Matt Cassel in a Monday night game against the Giants at MetLife Stadium
If the Timberwolves can move Jimmy Butler and gain reasonable talent, yet another team soap opera will end and Karl-Anthony Towns can assume leadershi

Souhan: Get rid of Butler and let Towns take control on the floor

Once Jimmy Butler is gone, the Wolves won't be rebuilding from scratch. Karl-Anthony Towns is one of the best young players in the league, who soon should make the word "young" an unnecessary qualifier.
Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Adam Thielen (19) scored a third quarter touchdown over Arizona Cardinals linebacker Josh Bynes (57) at U.S. Bank Stad

Souhan: Playing like a broken record, Thielen thrives in spotlight

Adam Thielen is making history while writing one of the greatest Minnesota sports stories of all time, prompting a new question: Who does he compare to historically?
Arizona quarterback Josh Rosen was one of four rookie QBs to win last Sunday, beating San Francisco.

Souhan: There's nothing 'soft' about Vikings' next two opponents

The Vikings' next two games could be as important and revealing as any two on the schedule.
Souhan: Winner? Leader? Tough guy? For Butler it's no, no and no

Souhan: Winner? Leader? Tough guy? For Butler it's no, no and no

Jimmy Butler calls himself a winner while trying to force a trade from a talented playoff team to a horrible one. It's part of being Jimmy Two-Face.
There was a time, back in 2006, when the futures of quarterbacks Drew Brees and Daunte Culpepper was inextricably linked. It all worked out well for B

Souhan: Dolphins, others paid for doubting Brees

In 2006, the Dolphins chose to trade for Vikings quarterback Daunte Culpepper instead of signing Drew Brees. Which was a good move -- for Brees and the Saints.
Linval Joseph returned a fumble 64 yards for a touchdown in the second quarter, showing great speed for a 6-4, 329-pound man.

Souhan: Joseph possesses large body but shows off larger skills

Linval Joseph is 6-4 and 329 pounds. Sunday, when a football floated in his direction, he reacted not as a living stereotype of a full-figured lineman, but in the way any world-class athlete would.
Adam Thielen

Souhan: Vikings' Thielen is a well-grounded rising star

In a league full of spectacular receivers and prolific offenses, Adam Thielen ranks second in catches, yards and yards per game. Like Joe Mauer, he deflects praise.
Chief Baseball Officer Derek Falvey right, and Senior Vice President, General Manager Thad Levine talked about former Twins manger Paul Molitor who wa

Souhan: 'Falvine' didn't really tell us why they fired Molitor

Paul Molitor was fired for several reasons, and none of them would have sounded great if Derek Falvey and Thad Levine had been direct in their answers.
Teammates welcomed the Twins' Joe Mauer back into the dugout after he caught one pitch in the ninth inning.

Souhan: Mauer stars in what should be the perfect ending

Joe Mauer could come back, could play a role, but he will never play one as poignant as the one he helped write Sunday

Souhan: Royals could teach Twins a lesson in patience

Without the benefit of a new stadium or large payroll, the Royals came within a few pitches of winning two straight World Series titles. It takes patience - and organizational leadership.
Rams quarterback Jared Goff attempted a pass in the fourth quarter.

Souhan: Vikings have yet to show they can stop anybody

This was a mismatch, and given that the Vikings defense is supposed to be the strength of the team, that is a bad sign.
Minnesota Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer

Souhan: Vikings' season already tinged with tragedy, troubles

There are already ominous signs that this season could be more like 2010, when the Vikings got their coach fired, than 2009, when they came within an eyelash from playing in a Super Bowl.
Gophers quarterback Zack Annexstad, left, struggled in his first Big Ten road start, going 14-for-32 for 169 yards, a TD and two picks.

Souhan: After lopsided loss, time is now for Annexstad to showcase poise

Freshman QB Zack Annexstad is leading a Gophers team that raised expectations in the first three games, and Saturday was blown out by Maryland.
P. J. Fleck was all smiles after Minnesota's wide receiver Tyler Johnson's touchdown during the third quarter as Minnesota took on Miami (Ohio) last S

Souhan: The time to judge P.J. Fleck begins now

The Gophers coach excels at connecting with talented teenagers. Whether he's a good Big Ten coach is yet to be determined, but the determining can fairly start Saturday when his young team opens conference play.
Jimmy Butler did much for the Wolves in his first year in Minnesota, but it remains to be seen if there will be a Year 2.

Souhan: Wolves, Jimmy Butler have reached the tipping point

NBA stars carry all the power, so the Wolves need to carefully explore all their difficult options.
Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins was not outplayed by Aaron Rodgers, a rare measure of equal production in this rivalry.

Souhan: In Cousins, Vikings have QB who could match Rodgers' efforts

In a rivalry defined for 25 years by the Green Bay Packers' stability at the most important position, Kirk Cousins went into Lambeau Field on Sunday and threw for 425 yards and four touchdowns.
Lions tackle Shaun Rogers sacked Brad Johnson

Souhan: Heroics can be painful but QBs live for the moment

NFL quarterbacks prove that football's toughest players are often those who receive, rather than deliver, punishment.
Aaron Rodgers missed practice again Thursday after injuring his knee in Week 1.

Souhan: Packers have a lot to lose if Rodgers plays Sunday

Here's how it should go down Sunday at Lambeau Field: If the Packers wonder whether Aaron Rodgers is healthy enough to play in Week 2, he's not healthy enough to play in Week 2.
Saints manager George Tsamis, center, and the team thanked the CHS Field crowd after their victory Wednesday. It was the Saints' last home game of the

Souhan: Veeck follows Saints from afar this championship series

With the team's founder away because of Hurricane Florence, the Saints earned a shutout to even up their series with Kansas City.
Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins scrambles for a first down late in the fourth quarter. He cam up short, but got the ball back when the 49ers jumped o

Souhan: Cousins' head-first dive was crazy, but won the locker room

New Vikings QB Kirk Cousins put his team above health with a fourth-quarter dive on third down, and fellow football players respect nothing more.

Grade the Vikings: How did the team do on offense, defense, special teams and coaching?

Use our weekly poll to grade the Vikings' performance against the 49ers.
Minnesota Vikings offensive coordinator John DeFilippo.

Souhan: Vikings OC DeFilippo has a certain swagger

John DeFilippo is eager to prove himself, and follow the path cut by Brian Billick and Pat Shurmur.
Miguel Sano, left, and Byron Buxton were the future of Twins baseball just a few seasons ago, but have ongoing struggles

Souhan: Twins need a winter of answers to a long summer of questions

We will learn nothing from a month devoid of baseball meaning. What could matter is this winter, especially for Byron Buxton and Miguel Sano.
Vikings coach Mike Zimmer

Souhan: With Vikings pieces in place, pressure now rests on Zimmer

Vikings coach Mike Zimmer is set up to win big, which means he is set up to be blamed if he doesn't. Vikings coaches have been here before.
Stefon Diggs put himself front and center during last season’s playoffs when he scored perhaps the most heralded touchdown in Vikings history. Indic

Souhan: This is Diggs' time to shine as most-talented, highest-paid receiver

Stefon Diggs signed a five-year contract valued at $72 million during training camp. He's 24, entering his prime with a quarterback eager to spin him the ball. This is Diggs' moment.
Defensive end Khalil Mack is headed to the Chicago Bears.

Souhan: Bears' trade for Mack throws another hurdle in front of Vikings

In the past few days, the Packers signed Aaron Rodgers, the Rams signed defensive end Aaron Donald and the Bears traded for Khalil Mack. The Vikings face them all this season.
Former Gophers receiver Eric Decker is proof that a Minnesota kid unheralded by national recruiting services can stay in Minnesota and use the program

Souhan: Decker shows that risks of football can be worth taking

Eric Decker is proof that an unheralded Minnesota kid can stay in Minnesota and use the Gophers program as a trampoline to the big time.
Vikings coach Mike Zimmer announced Sunday that starting center Pat Elflein would not practice this week but wouldn’t necessarily start the season o

Souhan: Elflein situation will not go away for Vikings

What we know is that the Vikings have to find a way to field a functional line, or a remarkably talented roster will be wasted.
Timberwolves head coach Tom Thibodeau cracked a smile during a game last season, a rarity.

Souhan: Thibodeau has relaxed, recharged himself over the summer

Wolves coach Tom Thibodeau seems to be known more for growling than winning but during a long conversation last week looked refreshed and sounded cheerful.
Oakland Athletics' Jed Lowrie

Souhan: A's here to destroy every losing argument by Twins fans

Oakland has built one of this season's elite teams without an easily described formula, but with a series of moves that at the time were underappreciated.
Boxer Jamal James got a smile out of Makilah Orr, 4, as he read Dr. Seuss to her at People Serving People in Minneapolis.

Souhan: Armed with support, James pursues boxing title bout

Minneapolis boxer Jamal James on Friday night returns to the Armory to face Mahonry Montes on a card that includes Minnesota's Caleb Truax and Celso Ramirez
Reigning WNBA MVP Sylvia Fowles collected 26 points and 14 rebounds against the Washington Mystics at Target Center on Sunday.

Souhan: With MVP Fowles on her game, Lynx won't be easy playoff foe

If Lindsay Whalen wasn't retiring, Sylvia Fowles would have been the center of attention at Target Center with a big game and record-setting performance.
Vikings defensive end Stephen Weatherly sacked Jaguars quarterback Blake Bortles during the second quarter Saturday at U.S. Bank Stadium.

Souhan: Jaguars should try to land Bridgewater as a replacement for Bortles

Blake Bortles' play Saturday again inspired no confidence to a team with championship aspirations.
Vikings strong safety Andrew Sendejo is known for his crushing blows on opposing ballcarriers, but new NFL rules are cracking down on certain hits to

Souhan: 'Make football violent again'? Sendejo's mindset needs to be knocked out

Football doesn't need to be more violent. The game is at its best when its best players are healthy. Safety Andrew Sendejo needs to get that message.
Twins shortstop Jorge Polanco threw water on teammate Mitch Garver after Garver's walkoff double beat the Indians earlier this season.

Souhan: Praise Twins front office for new approach

What this Twins season ultimately proved is that ownership was right when it brought in a front office to revamp the team's baseball operations and analytics.
Lynx players and coaches gathered with Lindsay Whalen Monday at her retirement press conference.

Souhan: We may never see the likes of Lindsay Whalen again

Will there ever be another basketball player, or any athlete, from Minnesota who so ideally combines greatness and so many other attributes?
On Sunday night, Lindsay Whalen -- the greatest women's basketball player in Minnesota history -- came off the bench for the first time since her firs

Souhan: Lynx starters take the floor, and Whalen stays behind

When Sunday's game started, Lindsay Whalen took a seat on the bench for the first time since the first game of her WNBA career..
George Tsamis threw batting practice to Saints players at CHS Field.

Souhan: Get up close and personal with Saints manager Tsamis

George Tsamis has seen it all: He pitched in the Little League World Series, pitched for the Twins and, these days, he pitches batting practice for the Saints.
Minnesota Vikings offensive lineman Nick Easton (62) during practice on August 2, 2018. Easton had neck surgery and will likely miss the rest of the s

Souhan: Functional offensive line might be enough for Vikings

Nick Easton's injury will prompt paranoia in a fan base that is always wary of the next disappointment. But is panic about the offensive line overblown?
Vikings defensive line coach Andre Patterson

Souhan: Well-traveled defensive line coach finds home with Vikings

Andre Patterson is the only coach on the Vikings staff who has worked for both Denny Green and Mike Zimmer, Red McCombs and the Wilfs. And he hopes his longevity continues.
Tom Lehman shot 69 Sunday in what might be his final professional round in Minnesota. He finished in a tie for 10th at the 3M Championship.

Souhan: Tom Lehman's next role is making Blaine course worthy of PGA

Tom Lehman will spend the next year overseeing an effort to turn TPC-Twin Cities from a course that produced low scores on the Champions Tour into one that needs to challenge golf's best players.
Johan Santana, inducted into the Twins Hall of Fame on Saturday, embodies franchise philosophy that was on display at this year's trading deadline.

Souhan: Twins front office did what it had to do at the deadline

Derek Falvey and Thad Levine continue to do what is logical and, in the Twins' organization, traditional.
Johan Santana in 2007.

Souhan: 'Honor means everything' as Johan Santana joins Twins Hall of Fame

Santana won two Cy Young Awards with the Twins, and credits coaches and teammates who mentored him during his years in Minnesota.
When discussions about the NFL's greatest receivers take place, the Vikings' Randy Moss, left, and the 49ers' Jerry Rice are always at or near the top

Souhan: Moss was greatness, wherever he ranks

Moss' fans have progressed from worrying whether he would enter the Hall of Fame on the first ballot to debating whether he ranks first among all receivers, including Jerry Rice (right).
Team Parker forward Maya Moore held up her trophy along with WNBA league president Lisa Michelle Borders

Souhan: Moore adds another trophy to her case

Maya Moore on Saturday became the first player from the host city to win a WNBA All-Star MVP award. She won her third, tying her with Lisa Leslie for most in league history.
Fans can take a powerful message, as well as memorabilia, away from Saturday’s game.

Souhan: WNBA All-Star Game in Minneapolis should matter to all of us

The Lynx rank among the best of our sports ambassadors, and their play and popularity helped bring another big-time event to the Twin Cities - the WNBA All-Star Game.
Jim Thome

Souhan: Like Favre, Thome delivered as an elder arrival to Twin Cities

Brett Favre put on quite a show when he decided to come to Minnesota. So did Jim Thome.
The TCO Performance Center.

Souhan: Vikings have finest of facilities, can they be finest on field?

The Vikings' new TCO Performance Center is massive and spectacular with everything an NFL player could want. There are no excuses for the team not to perform at the highest level.
Brad Hand, a Chaska native, was traded from San Diego to the Indians on Thursday.

Souhan: With shrewd trade, Cleveland leaves Twins in the dust

By trading for All-Star closer and Minnesota native Brad Hand, along with rookie reliever Adam Cimber, Cleveland sacrificed an excellent catching prospect and provided a reminder that timing can be as important as talent.
Brian Dozier was greeted by Twins teammates after his walkoff grand slam Sunday. The Twins bosses indicated they would be in sell mode after a 1-8 roa

Souhan: Try for playoffs or move on to 2019? Twins can do both

As they showed last year, they are capable of contending even by subtracting from the team they have.
Miguel Sano, left, and Byron Buxton were the future of Twins baseball just a few seasons ago, but have ongoing struggles

Souhan: Twins must stay patient with Sano, Buxton

There is a sense of urgency around the Twins, the kind of urgency that could persuade a more jittery front office to rush Byron Buxton and Miguel Sano back to Target Field. But patience is required.
Serena Williams celebrates defeating Germany's Julia Gorges in their women's singles semifinals match at Wimbledon

Souhan: Serena Williams adds to greatness with Wimbledon run

Ten months after giving birth and recovering from a pulmonary embolism that required six weeks of bed rest, Serena Williams is in the Wimbledon final.
Former MLB star Rafael Palmeiro is playing with the Cleburne Railroaders at 53 years old as he attempts to return to the big leagues.

Souhan: At age 53, Palmeiro's redemption tour rolls through town

After 569 major league home runs and 3,020 career hits, Rafael Palmeiro is playing for the Cleburne Railroaders, who are in town facing the St. Paul Saints this week. But why?
As contributors to two of the most disappointing teams in the American League, (clockwise from top left) the Twins' Lance Lynn and Logan Morrison and

Souhan: Collusion? Free agents at Target Field make shambles of that argument

Baseball braintrusts spent most of the winter making suspicious people like me think they were engaging in collusion. Now they can claim to have been displaying intelligence.
World Cup fever has spread to the U.S., evidenced when customers at Brit’s Pub watched England defeat Sweden 2-0 in a quarterfinal Saturday. Leonard

Souhan: Pubs are the place to show deep World Cup allegiances

All along Nicollet Mall on Saturday morning, international soccer fans wore their national colors, sang and peaceably assembled to watch the World Cup, the tournament's drama transcending time zones.
Lynx forward Rebekkah Brunson (32) celebrated the team's 83-72 victory over the Los Angeles Sparks -- and becoming the WNBA's career leading rebounder

Souhan: Brunson grabs spotlight for herself on boards

Brunson already held a career record for team play, last year becoming the only WNBA player ever to have won five league titles. Thursday, she earned her greatest individual achievement in her 15th season.
For Twins starter Jake Odorizzi and the Twins, it's been an ugly half-season, combining injuries, a key drug suspension, demotions of vital players an

Souhan: It's almost time to write off Twins, but there is a sliver of hope

The team left spring training with justified optimism and has performed as if trying to revisit contraction.
Souhan: Wolves need to contend and keep paying customers entertained

Souhan: Wolves need to contend and keep paying customers entertained

The Wolves could learn something from other local franchises that have failed to win championships: There is value in relevance.
Anthony Barr or Stefon Diggs? It’s defense vs. offense at the base, but there’s more to consider for Vikings GM Rick Spielman.

Souhan: Vikings face decision on Barr and Diggs, so here's some advice

The Vikings' decision depends on what you value.
Once LeBron James decides where he wants to play next season, the rest of the top NBA free-agent dominos will start to fall. The Wolves, however, lack

Souhan: When NBA free agents go shopping, Wolves don't make many lists

While other teams await big names, for the Wolves, even with all of the talent on their roster, free agency remains something to fear.
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