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Jim Souhan

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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
Sean Mannion had another strong outing in his bid to be the Vikings’ backup quarterback, going 11-for-14 for 88 yards, one touchdown and one interce

Souhan: Zimmer praises Vikings offense after win — hey, it's a start

Let's search for hints, clues and annoyances from the Vikings' exhibition (the NFL hates that word) game at U.S. Bank Stadium on Sunday.
Jake Cave drove a ninth-inning, 3-0 pitch for a single. Controversy ensued.

North Score: Why don't we try writing down the 'unwritten rules'?

Are these unspoken agreements useful or would we be better off in general without them?
The Vikings saw enough potential in Kaare Vedvik that they gave up a fifth-round draft pick to acquire him. Vedvik could make his preseason debut Sund

Souhan: Vikings run themselves in circles trying to find dependable kicker

They have used up another fifth-round draft pick to land a guy who might or might not be the solution.
Simone Biles competed in the floor exercise at the 2019 U.S. gymnastics championships Sunday in Kansas City, Mo., where Biles won the all-around title

Souhan: Greatest of all time? Biles could be best of the best

Most debates about the greatest athlete of all time skew toward our most popular sports and most celebrated performers. But Simone Biles could be the greatest athlete ever.
Souhan: To coach Caruso and the Tommies: Consider vengeance

Souhan: To coach Caruso and the Tommies: Consider vengeance

The MIAC will be an easier place to win games and a lesser place to be an athlete once St. Thomas is gone. The Tommies shouldn't go out quietly
Twins manager Rocco Baldelli

Souhan: Twins fans worry themselves into the ground

You have questions about the Twins after the trade deadline? Jim Souhan has answers.
Twins closer Joe Nathan, in 2011

Souhan: 'Midwest's Mariano.' Nathan getting last word by joining Twins' Hall of Fame

Joe Nathan mastered that as the best closer in Twins history, and he said he will try to employ that skill Saturday when the team inducts him into its Hall of Fame.
Wild owner Craig Leipold introduced Paul Fenton as the Wild's GM during a press conference in May 2018.

Souhan: Owner Leipold's decision making now Wild's biggest problem

You can blame fired Wild GM Paul Fenton for a rare blend of incompetence and arrogance, but only after you blame the guy who knew him -- and hired him anyway.
Mike Zimmer spoke with his team at the end of practice during the first day of training camp earlier this week.

Souhan: Vikings' optimism reigns as camp begins. But so what?

What will matter for the 2019 Vikings is not what they say this summer, but what they show after a potential rough start or key injury this fall.
Twins relief pitcher Tyler Duffey crouched in disbelief

Souhan: Twins' bullpen has its moments, but criticism is misplaced

Can the Twins win big this year without making a trade to bolster their bullpen? The tested nerves of a Minnesota sports fan say no. History says yes.
The Twins' Ehire Adrianza ripped an RBI triple to score teammate Luis Arraez in the ninth inning and tie the score 6-6. The Twins went on to win 7-6 w

Souhan: Love baseball? You have to love what Adrianza's done for Twins

Claimed off waivers in February 2017, Ehire Adrianza joined the Twins as a stereotypical light-hitting utility infielder. But his game has grown substantially.
Shannon Stewart's contributions to the 2003 Twins included not only the spark that led them to their second consecutive division title, but also this

Souhan: As Twins know, the best trades are those a team never regrets

The Twins don't need to make a statement. They need to avoid regret.
Jeff Munneke

Souhan: After 31 years, Munneke keeps doing his best to sell underwhelming Wolves

As the vice president of fan experience, Jeff Munneke might have the toughest job in local sports, and he is one of the longest-tenured of Minnesota sports executives.
Twins second baseman Luis Arraez celebrates a walk in the ninth inning.

Souhan: There's a place in Twins lineup for Arraez

In eight pitches in Tuesday's game, Louis Arraez demonstrated how he has risen so quickly with the Twins and, perhaps, so permanently.
Odyssey Sims scored 15 points on Sunday night against Phoenix.

Souhan: What rebuilding? Sims leads overhauled Lynx into contention

If you haven't noticed, the Lynx are 10-7 without four star players who were with them last season: Maya Moore, Lindsay Whalen, Rebekkah Brunson and Seimone Augustus.
Jamal James (right) vs. Antonio DeMarcoPhoto by Jim Souhan, Star Tribune

Souhan: Is James title-fight material? He says yes

Jamal James, a welterweight from Minneapolis, on Saturday headlined another nationally televised card at the Armory. He defeated Antonio DeMarco in a unanimous decision.
Nelson Cruz (23) celebrated with his teammates in the dugout during a game against the Rays last month.

Souhan: Cruz's contributions to Twins go well beyond his statistics

The Twins should return to the playoffs this season. If they do, Nelson Cruz and the people who signed him should receive a large percentage of the credit.
Boxer Jamal James of Minneapolis, who trains at Circle of Discipline gym, is preparing for a match with Antonio DeMarco on Saturday that could help pr

Souhan: Minneapolis boxer hopes he's on verge of career-defining fight

Jamal James, 30, is closing in on a title fight that could change his life. But because this is boxing, there are no guarantees this will actually happen.
First-time PGA winner Matthew Wolff made an impression on fans Sunday at the inaugural 3M Open — and vice versa.

Souhan: Top two finishers give 3M Open instant credibility

Little more than an hour before Matthew Wolff rolled in his winning eagle, there were six players tied for the 3M Open lead and 14 players within two shots of it.
Matthew Wolff, who has a peculiar swing, teed off from the eighth hole Saturday as Tom Lehman watched the ball’s flight.

Souhan: 3M Open co-leaders got to top with different swings

To paraphrase golfers everywhere and Duke Ellington once upon a time: It's not how, it's how many; and you ain't got a thing if you ain't got your own swing.
Tom Lehman hugged his caddie after shoot a 4-under 67 in the first round of the 3M Open at TPC Twin Cities in Blaine. ] AARON LAVINSKY• aaron.lavins

Souhan: Lehman goes low on TPC Twin Cities course he redesigned

Thursday, in the first round, he shot a 67, leaving him tied for 18th. If he keeps playing like this, he'll face insider trading charges.
Jason Day

Souhan: Nice-guy Day seeking nicer results on PGA Tour

Jason Day hasn't won the PGA Tour in more than a year, and he missed the cut twice in majors in 2018. But, "my game is kind of starting to take a turn," he said on Wednesday."
Patrick Reed smiled as he scoped out the putting green on the 10 hole Tuesday.

Souhan: Reed's Ryder Cup pluck endeared him to Minnesota fans

At Hazeltine in 2016, Patrick Reed became Captain America, a player who elevated his game when playing for country and with countrymen.
Courting cooperation remains an important part of building an event for 3M Open director Hollis Cavner.

Cavner's team for 3M Open following Palmer's example

3M Open boss Hollis Cavner follows Arnold Palmer's model of kindness, with a penchant for relentless networking and old-fashioned hospitality.
Joel Goldstrand of Plymouth, noted golf course architect and former golf pro, pitched a local tour stop decades before the 3M Championship became the

Souhan: Longtime Minnesota pro sees state PGA stop become reality

Decades before the 3M Championship became the 3M Open, a local golfer stopped by 3M headquarters to pitch a local tournament. That golfer, Joel Goldstrand, deserves to be remembered, as well.
FC Cincinnati goalkeeper Spencer Richey was unable to stop a shot by Minnesota United midfielder Hassani Dotson

Souhan: Loons beat up on a club that's far from MLS-ready

The Loons put eight shots on goal against a clearly overmatched Cincinnati side on Saturday. Seven went in.
Twins third baseman Miguel Sano

Souhan: Fix Sano's swing, and he's back to being fearsome

Miguel Sano, 0-for-7 on Thursday, is desperately in need of a reset. But this is no time to give up on him. His primary problem is mechanical, and mechanics can be fixed.
The Twins' Jonathan Schoop celebrated his third-inning solo homer at Target Field on Tuesday, part of a 9-4 victory over Tampa Bay.

Souhan: A few losses doesn't mean Twins are anywhere near a slump

Their performance over the past two weeks doesn't qualify as a toe stub, much less a headlong tumble down the stairs.
Joe Mauer shook hands with then-Twins GM Bill Smith after signing an eight-year, $184 million contract as Mauer’s agent Ron Shapiro, left, looked on

Souhan: For Mauer, contract became an unjust burden

His inability to produce at a $184 million level in his later seasons drew much criticism from fans.
David Ortiz, in 2016.

Souhan: Love for 'special guy' Big Papi transcends borders

Former Twins player David Ortiz went on to enormous success with the Red Sox. Sunday night in Santo Domingo he was shot in the back and remembering happier times is not difficult for current players.
Faith Johnson Patterson led girls' basketball teams at Minneapolis North and DeLaSalle to state titles, but player and parent drama at her last two jo

Souhan: Why did a Hall of Fame prep basketball coach walk away from her sport?

That Faith Johnson Patterson isn't coaching is an indictment of high school sports and society. "I think things have changed drastically in terms of parent involvement," she said.
Amy Capitola, of Robbinsdale, held up a Lindsay Whalen sign before the start of Saturday's game against the Los Angeles Sparks. She's been a season ti

Souhan: Want to support Whalen? Buy a ticket to women's sports

In the Twin Cities sports market, the average male fan spends more time complaining about his favorite team than recognizing Minnesota as a bastion of women's sports success.
Eddie Rosario celebrated his solo home run with teammate Jonathan Schoop on May 23.

Souhan: Twins' early success proves you can't please every fan

The Twins' success this season is not pleasing everyone in the fan base - nor will it.
Kevin Warren with fans at a Vikings game in 2017.

Souhan: Warren a good choice to take on hypocrisy of college sports

Kevin Warren accomplished all that he could with the Vikings as their chief operating officer. Now he's off the lead the Big Ten, which should not be his destination job.
The Loons, in Pride Game garb, celebrated a goal by Kevin Molino (7), his first of 2019. Trouble is, those the Loons expect to score didn’t.

Souhan: Heath criticizes defense when offense was problem in loss

The crowd was loud, the sun was shining and the play was intense, and all that wound up mattering was that Minnesota United didn't take advantage of scoring chances.
In 2015, Torii Hunter’s MLB career was winding down and Byron Buxton’s was just beginning. Four years later, Buxton is retracing Hunter’s gracef

Souhan: It's like 2006 all over again with these Twins

For the last 104 games of the season, the 2006 Twins played better than any Twins team since the 1991 World Series champion, and the 2019 Twins are playing just as well.
A young child is carried from the stands after being injured by a foul ball off the bat of Chicago Cubs' Albert Almora Jr. during the fourth inning of

Souhan: Twins to look at need for even more protection from foul balls

Twins officials said that Target Field uses more netting than is required by Major League Baseball, and that they will reevaluate the need for more fan protection.
Twins starting pitcher Devin Smeltzer

Souhan: Cancer survivor Smeltzer calm but says 'it's hard to keep it together'

Rookie pitcher Devin Smeltzer looked composed right up until he met his wife, Brianne, outside the Twins clubhouse after the game. That's when the tears started.
Twins hitting coach James Rowson insists the team's increase in home runs is a result of the players' experience, talent and work habits.

Souhan: Hitting coach Rowson is man behind Twins' offensive surge

James Rowson and assistant hitting coach Rudy Hernandez are at the heart, or at least the calluses, of the Twins' transformation into a feared slugging lineup.
The Lynx Napheesa Collier drove to the net during the first quarter

Souhan: Lynx draft picks stand out in debut for team in transition

First-round draft pick Napheesa Collier logged big minutes Saturday in the Lynx season opener, and connected well with fellow rookie Jessica Shepard.
Joe Mauer retired after last season, and with his salary off the books the Twins have compiled powerful pieces to the lineup.

Souhan: Mauer is Twins' 2019 MVP - Most Valuable Pensioner

Joe Mauer's retirement - and money off the books - is not the only key development in the Twins' emergence as one of baseball's best teams, but it might be the most important.
Brooks Koepka has won four of the past eight majors he has competed in, a run of dominance that deserves admiration.

Souhan: PGA champ Koepka will likely bring best-in-world label to Blaine

Brooks Koepka chafes at some criticisms and invents others — "In my own head," he said — to inspire himself. He'll be bringing a power game, fist pumps and more to the 3M Open in July.
After beginning as a Twins intern in 1990 at the age of 23, Dave St. Peter was named president in 2002 and added the title of CEO in 2016.

St. Peter has seen so much change, looks forward to more

In an industry defined by change and with a team that has become willing to fire even its most beloved figures, St. Peter is the rare sports executive who survives franchise slumps.
Brooks Koepka kissed the Wanamaker Trophy after repeating as winner of the PGA Championship on Sunday. He held off a late charge by Dustin Johnson for

Souhan: Koepka holds on to win PGA after winds and fans turn unfriendly

Brooks Koepka survived a stretch of four bogeys on the back nine Sunday to win the PGA Championship by two shots over Dustin Johnson and six shots over the rest of the field.
Erik van Rooyen and caddie Alex Gaugert — both former Gophers golfers — tried to stick to the book during a wind-blown final round of the PGA Cham

Two former Gophers end memorable week with top-10 PGA finish

Erik van Rooyen tied for eighth place in the PGA Championship with former Gophers teammate Alex Gaugert caddying for him.
Jazz Janewattananond, of Thailand, reacts after putting on the 15th green during the third round of the PGA Championship golf tournament, Saturday, Ma

Souhan: Jazz Janewattananond forges unlikely gallery at PGA

Everyone else is playing for second with the way Brooks Koepka is playing at the PGA Championship. But that would be quite an accomplishment for someone like Jazz Janewattananond.
Harold Varner III (above), paired Saturday with former college rival and ex-Gopher Erik van Rooyen, made Sunday’s final duo.

Pairing of van Rooyen and Varner makes run at PGA Championship

Varner shot a 67 to move into a tie for second, seven shots behind Brooks Koepka. Van Rooyen, the former Gopher golfer, shot an even-par 70 and is tied for 12th.
Brooks Koepka, left, and Tiger Woods played in the same group for the first two rounds of the PGA Championship at Bethpage Black in Farmingdale, N.Y.

Souhan: Focused Koepka burying PGA field in record-setting fashion

After two of the most nonchalantly exceptional rounds in major history (an opening 63 and a second-round 65), Brooks Koepka will take a seven-shot lead into the weekend.
Erik Van Rooyen of South Africa, a former Gophers golfer, shot a second-round 68 Friday to move into a tie for 10th at the PGA Championship at Bethpag

Former Gopher van Rooyen moves up leaderboard at PGA Championship

Erik van Rooyen trails the leader, Brooks Koepka, by 10 shots. Affable and confident, he's not conceding. "The goal is to win," he said. "... We're not just here to sign up and have a great experience."
Brooks Koepka watched his tee shot off the 15th hole during the first round of the PGA Championship on Thursday at Bethpage Black.

Souhan: Confident Koepka shoots course record 63 to open PGA

Earlier this week, Brooks Koepka dismissed the chances of all but about 40 of his competitors. Thursday, he might have cut his serious competition to a handful.
Former champ Y.E. Yang hit off the 12th tee during the first round of the PGA Championship.

It's Minn-East-sota here in New York at Bethpage Black

Several with state ties are at Bethpage Black, including golfers Alex Beach and Troy Merritt.
Alex Beach, 29 and an assistant club pro on the East Coast, played his way into his second PGA Championship this week.

Souhan: Minnesota native hopes to make his mark at PGA

Alex Beach -- born in Eden Prairie, former student at Stillwater High, now as assistant club pro on the East Coast -- wants to prove he can be a touring pro with his play in the PGA Championship this week.
Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson

Souhan: Three big-name golfers looked at as heroes are really not

Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson and John Daly are as talented a golf threesome as you'll find. They also could combine to fill out the Seven Deadly Sins punch-card.
The pairing of Wlid coach Bruce Boudreau and GM Paul Fenton did not produce a playoff appearance in its first season.

Souhan: Wild GM Fenton's first year on job doesn't inspire confidence

In Paul Fenton's first season as GM, the Wild missed the playoffs for the first time in seven seasons and made a series of trades that ranged from awful to questionable.
New Twins pitching coach Wes Johnson during spring training.

Souhan: Twins' exhaustive research delivers ideal mix of coaches, players

While previous regimes deserve credit for amassing young talent, the current Twins front office had an offseason for the ages, one belying the difficulty of roster management.
Developing Andrew Wiggins’ potential is essential to the Timberwolves’ future success.

Souhan: Salvaging Wiggins, or upping his value, challenge for Rosas

Gersson Rosas indicated Monday that he would prefer to improve Andrew Wiggins rather than trade him.
At age 35, the Lynx’s Seimone Augustus is the 11th-leading scorer in WNBA history.

Souhan: The Lynx are forever Seimone

As the Lynx begin training camp Sunday, Seimone Augustus is entering her 14th season, all in Minnesota, having won four titles and established herself as one of the greatest players in league history.
Gersson Rosas

Souhan: Logical hiring of Rosas is potential home run for Wolves

Gersson Rosas is too experienced not to recognize the Wolves' systemic problems. He may also be perceptive enough to recognize the franchise's advantages
The Timberwolves face the prospect of a new basketball boss, who could be hired any day.

Souhan: Wolves handling search for new boss wisely - for once

Unlike past searches that have turned out less than ideal for the Timberwolves, they have interviewed intriguing and even qualified candidates to be president of basketball operations.
Minnesota United fans sing “Wonderwall” as they celebrated the team’s first home victory at new Allianz Field. The Loons’ 1-0 victory over D.C

Souhan: Ibarra reminds Loons fans of what he can bring to team

The Minnesota United star from the team's pre-MLS days provided a spark when he entered in the second half.
Craig Kimbrel remains on the market.

Souhan: Kimbrel could offer the Twins the kind of relief they need

Though the Twins bullpen was fine Saturday, the group needs a boost, whether from free-agent Craig Kimbrel or someone like the promising Fernando Romero.
Vikings fans reacted after the team selected North Carolina State offensive lineman Garrett Bradbury with their first pick

Souhan: Spielman on right path; he should keep toeing the line

The Vikings' offensive line still isn't perfect, but first-round draft pick Garrett Bradbury is a step in the right direction
Christian Ponder

Souhan: Drafting for need? Remember lesson of picking Ponder

The lessons stemming from the Vikings' selection of Christian Ponder with the 12th pick in the 2011 draft should always echo in the halls of the front office.
If Tiger Woods, at 43 and coming off his 15th major championship after winning the Masters on Sunday, would chose to play in the inaugural 3M Open in

Souhan: Recharged Tiger would kick-start inaugural 3M Open

The chance to see Tiger Woods, at 43 and coming off his 15th major championship, would make the 3M Open in Blaine a can't-miss ticket for even casual golf fans.
After tapping in for bogey on the 18th green for a one-stroke victory, Tiger Woods let the emotions flow Sunday at Augusta National.

Souhan: After Masters win, Woods no longer just 'The YouTube Golfer'

Tiger Woods' children called him "The YouTube Golfer," because only on the internet could they find evidence of his greatness. "Prior to this comeback, they only knew that golf caused me pain," Woods said.
When it’s Tiger Woods, the applause meter knows no limits. Extended chants of “Tiger! Tiger!” rang out after Woods clinched his victory on Sunda

New generation of golfers (and fans) see a master at work

Young golfers played the sport because of Tiger Woods, and they adopted his habits: lifting weights, eating healthy, swinging hard and intimidating opponents. On Sunday, Woods finally beat the generation he helped create.
Tony Finau hits to the 13th hole during the third round for the Masters

Souhan: Finau finds himself in the Masters mix with Tiger

Tony Finau on Sunday will play in the last group at the Masters with Tiger Woods and reigning British Open champion Francesco Molinari. Woods is Finau's idol, the man who made him want to play golf.
Tiger Woods led his own electric charge at Augusta, where he enters the weekend one shot off the lead.

Souhan: Woods in the hunt after day of anomalies at the Masters

By the end of the second round of the Masters on Friday, five major winners from four countries who have captured the past three majors were tied for the lead at 7 under. And Tiger Woods was one shot behind.
Bryson DeChambeau crushed his drive on 18 at Augusta National, then made his sixth birdie on the back nine for a share of the Masters first-round lead

Souhan: Masters leaders could bring a (green) jacket to Minnesota

Bryson DeChambeau and Brooks Koepka shot 6-under-par 66s to share the first-round lead; Phil Mickelson shot a 67. All have committed to play in the inaugural 3M Open
Tiger Woods pulled out his famous driver during his Wednesday practice round for the Masters in Augusta, Ga.

Tiger hunting: 3M Open organizer pursuing Woods at Masters

Speaking under the famous oak tree in front of the Augusta National clubhouse, 3M Open tournament organizer Hollis Cavner said he's pursuing Woods for the Jule tournament in Blaine.
Rory McIlroy hasn’t won a major since 2014 and is on his 11th try to win the Masters — the only major he hasn’t won.

Souhan: A retooled McIlroy has sights set on rare feat at Masters

Rory McIlroy is trying to join Gene Sarazen, Ben Hogan, Jack Nicklaus, Gary Player and Tiger Woods as winners of the modern, career grand slam. He hasn't won a major since 2014.
Virginia's Kyle Guy was named Most Outstanding Player of the Final Four. The Cavaliers junior scored 24 points in 45 minutes on Monday night.

Souhan: Guy's journey. Death threats and haters to reveling in a title

Virginia's Kyle Guy wore his heart on his sleeve throughout the Final Four, and gave us a peek behind a conquering athlete who was "in a dark place" after his team was shocked in 2018.
Virginia's Mamadi Diakite drives against the defense of teammate Jayden Nixon during a practice session

Souhan: This Final Four match-up as sexy as a bruised elbow

The programs have little in common other than defensive systems rooted in the game's patriarchy and coaches who would rather give up a toe than a layup.
Texas Tech guard Matt Mooney (13), who played two seasons at the University of South Dakota, was an undersized and unselfish high school player who fi

Souhan: Distractions? Mooney had none in a big game at big arena

Matt Mooney, a veteran of the multiuse DakotaDome while with South Dakota, wasn't intimidated by the cavernous U.S. Bank Stadium
It's a funky Final Four but these teams are easy to like

It's a funky Final Four but these teams are easy to like

The teams in this year's Final Four are perfect for Minneapolis; they bring joy, surprise and the best of sports to our big stadium.
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