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Jim Souhan

Columnist | Sports
Phone: 612-673-4503
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
Wild General Manager Bill Guerin spoke about his decision to fire head coach Bruce Boudreau

Souhan: Hired to fix Wild, Guerin begins repairs with two big moves

The question isn't why Bill Guerin this week traded away Jason Zucker and fired coach Bruce Boudreau; it's whether he waited too long.
Jason Zucker

Souhan: Feelings aside, Wild made good move in trading Zucker

Jason Zucker was a popular player here. But he underperformed, and the Wild made a good deal shipping him to Pittsburgh for winger Alex Galchenyuk, defense prospect Calen Addison and a first-round draft pick.
It is hard to expect the Red Sox to be able to keep up with the Yankees in 2020 after they dealt away 2018 AL MVP Mookie Betts in an effort to decreas

Souhan: Twins look even more like a World Series team, Red Sox even less

Baseball's sign-stealing scandal cost Boston manager Alex Cora, and its handling of negotiations with the Dodgers and Twins indicates that the organization lacks savvy and guts, too.
Timberwolves guard D'Angelo Russell shot around on the court before Saturday's game against the LA Clippers.

Souhan: Russell, a mixed bag, arrives ... and takes night off

D'Angelo Russell needs to be a fixture with the Timberwolves, not just a fit.
D'Angelo Russell, the newest Timberwolves player arrived at the Signature wing of MSP airport. He was greeted by Timberwolves President Gersson Rosas.

Souhan: Now it's up to Towns, Russell, Saunders to prove they're winners

This would be a good time for the Wolves to trade in the desperate hope of sure things for the hard work of sustainable plans.
Brusdar Graterol is on his way to Boston.

Souhan: For Twins fans, dealing Graterol what 'going for it' looks like

The risk: Brusdar Graterol will become a star and remind Twins fans forever of David Ortiz. The payoff: The 2020 Twins are a better team.
Gary Kubiak will become the Vikings offensive coordinator in his second season as an assistant under Mike Zimmer.

Souhan: Vikings' nepotism, cronyism just might work

Gary Kubiak, Andre Patterson and Adam Zimmer were promoted from within, maintaining the cohesion of the coaching staff.
Vikings great Chris Doleman rode in the 2015 Pro Football Hall of Fame Grand Parade in downtown Canton, Ohio, three years after his induction.

Souhan: Gone too soon, Doleman more than a tremendous football player

Like fine wine — and he did like fine wine — Chris Doleman aged well in his career. It's not fair that a good life didn't last long enough.
Timberwolves head coach Ryan Saunders

Souhan: Solutions, not search for scapegoat, need to be Wolves' focus

The Timberwolves are evolving in a painfully slow way. But screaming for the head of Ryan Saunders when he doesn't have the players to fit his system doesn't solve anything.
An emotional Willie Burton addressed the Williams Arena crowd on Sunday afternoon.

Souhan: Young Kobe was a work-in-progress under Willie Burton's watch

When Willie Burton played for the Philadelphia 76ers, he worked out regularly with Kobe Bryant, then a high school phenom at Lower Merion High in the Philadelphia suburbs.
Newly signed Twins slugger Josh Donaldson signed autographs during TwinsFest 2020 on Friday

Souhan: Reassembled Twins cast could be the best, despite shaky pitching

The Twins won 101 games last year, and they are a much better team right now than they were last January, or even last July.
Brothers Chris and Ethan Behrend of Sioux Falls attended a Twins playoff game against the Yankees. CEO Dave St. Peter knows that baseball needs to con

Souhan: Twins hope to boost attendance with family-friendly deals

If you want to be known as a family game, you have to have prices that appeal to families. The Twins are doing just that.
Katie Smith with the New York Liberty in 2016. When Smith’s head coaching contract was not renewed by the Liberty, Lynx coach Cheryl Reeve immediate

Souhan: New Lynx assistant Smith tasked with keeping Reeve calm

Cheryl Reeve said she used to be a buffer between the head coach and players, including Katie Smith, when she was a WNBA assistant. That'll be part of Smith's role with the Lynx.
Chiefs coach Andy Reid, left, and 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo will provide two of the story lines leading up to Super Bowl LIV.

Souhan: Past, present story lines raise interest in 49ers-Chiefs

There's plenty of local angles and trends to gnaw on for the next two weeks as Super Bowl LIV approaches. Pat and Patrick Mahomes, for example.
James Wade talked with Cheryl Reeve when Wade was a Lynx assistant in 2017. He now is the head coach for Chicago.

Souhan: Reeve committed to grooming other women to be WNBA head coaches

Lynx coach Cheryl Reeve is thrilled with the WNBA's new CBA, which will raise the pay of players. She believes this could be a tipping point for women's sports and rights.
Miguel Sano, who agreed to a three-year contract with a team option for a fourth, talked with reporters at a press conference.

Souhan: Sano's contract is big — to match his personality

After signing a three-year, $30 million extension with the Twins, Miguel Sano wants to boost his statistics as well.
Josh Donaldson

Souhan: Twins pull off the improbable, improve a record-breaking lineup

A Twins team that set the MLB mark for homers in 2019 added more firepower in Josh Donaldson.
Vikings coach Mike Zimmer’s defensive problems are highlighted by the position in which he has invested most — cornerback. Xavier Rhodes (right, d

Souhan: Zimmer has something to prove with defense next season

For all of his regular-season accomplishments, coach Mike Zimmer will enter 2020 needing to prove that he can win with a new defense.
Kirk Cousins was pressured by San Francisco 49ers defensive end Arik Armstead before he sacked Cousins during the second quarter.

Souhan: Cousins the playmaker? That QB left behind in New Orleans

The Vikings are a pretty good team. Kirk Cousins is a pretty good quarterback. That combination isn't likely to bring a Super Bowl title to Minnesota.
Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins handed the ball off to Dalvin Cook in overtime Sunday in New Orleans. The Vikings offense has been at its best this s

Souhan: 2019 Vikings rewarded for sticking to their plan

Their commitment to the run has put less of a burden on Kirk Cousins and enabled the defense to avoid getting worn down.
Vikings fullback C.J. Ham (left) introduced his mother, Tina, to tailback Dalvin Cook before a game Dec. 8 at U.S. Bank Stadium. Ham’s wife, Stephan

Souhan: Star and 'bodyguard.' Cook not shy about crediting Ham

As running back Dalvin Cook emerged as the key to the Vikings offense this season, fullback C.J. Ham took on more and more responsibility for making things run well.
Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins made a pass down field in the second quarter.

Souhan: From now on, never say never when talking about Cousins

In his first playoff game in with the Vikings, Kirk Cousins rose to the challenge in a hostile environment.
Vikings President Mark Wilf issued a statement of confidence in GM Rick Spielman and head coach Mike Zimmer on Friday

Souhan: Stakes are high for Vikings — and we're not just talking playoffs

The question Vikings ownership will face if the Vikings lose Sunday is: What do you do with a leadership team that succeeds in the regular season but not the playoffs?
A musician played in New Orleans’ French Quarter in July. You can find music of all sorts being played just about anywhere in Louisiana’s largest

Souhan: Minneapolis and New Orleans are different cities with similar passions for football

Football connects the Mississippi River's bookend cities.
The Vikings can simulate the deafening din of the Mercedes-Benz Superdome at practice, but they will have trouble replicating the wizardry of Saints q

Souhan: Vikings drew their worst possible opening opponent in Saints

Drew Brees-led New Orleans has a passing game that can shred apart a struggling secondary.
Minnesota Vikings running back Mike Boone (23) was tackled in the end zone for a safety by Chicago Bears inside linebacker Nick Kwiatkoski (44) in the

Souhan: Even with Vikings' loss, Bears clearly the team in decline

The best thing that happened to the Vikings this season was that the Bears imploded.
Minnesota Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins (8) reacted after watching a replay of a holding penalty that negated a long touchdown pass to Bisi Johnson

Souhan: Cousins flubs yet another chance to beat Monday night jinx

Unless Kirk Cousins can change the way he plays in important games, what happened on Monday night will be remembered as a prequel to another Vikings playoff failure.
Vikings defensive line coach Andre Patterson spoke with Jaleel Johnson during a July training camp practice.

Souhan: Vikings' 'Rushmen' are a tribute to defenders past and present

Coming off two dominant performances, The Rushmen on Monday night will face a unique challenge: A quarterback requiring caution, in Green Bay's Aaron Rodgers.

Souhan: It's time to hold Astros, Patriots accountable for cheating

The Astros won a World Series while cheating. The Patriots have won multiple Super Bowls while cheating. Here in Minnesota, we have the perfect precedent for punishing cheaters. Take away their trophies.
Gophers football coach P.J. Fleck shook hands with AD Mark Coyle following the victory over Illinois this season.

Souhan: Under Coyle, Gophers sports rising to 'amazing' level of success

It's truly a golden time for athletics at the University of Minnesota.
The Vikings built their offense around running back Dalvin Cook. Now he has two bad shoulders after being injured in the third quarter against the Cha

Souhan: In entertaining season, Vikings' narrative changes weekly

Every week has been a miniseries. They've featured sniping receivers, an apologizing quarterback, key injuries, a cornerback sideline tantrum, wrenching losses, redemptive victories -- and now a meaningful Border Battle.
The Vikings C.J. Ham checked on teammate Dalvin Cook, who was injured on a run in the third quarter.

Souhan: Vikings shroud Dalvin Cook's latest injury in mystery

Following their most lopsided victory of the season, the Vikings' smiles were paired with winces because of Cook's injury, the way expensive wine might pair with moldy cheese.
Bears linebacker Leonard Floyd went after a fumble in front of Vikings running back Dalvin Cook during one of the Vikings' failures on grass this seas

Souhan: The sod truth, Vikings struggle on grass

Since 1982, the Vikings' winning percentage on grass fields is .390 (66-104-2). That ranks them 25th among the 32 NFL franchises.
Not all offseason bonding exercises with pro sports teams prove successful, as the Timberwolves and Wild have demonstrated at times this year.

Souhan: Team bonding a sweet idea that hasn't shown much success

The Wolves and Wild engaged in relationship-building getaways during the offseason, but any success from such gatherings hasn't been visible to the ticket-buying public.
Wild captain Mikko Koivu gave his daughter a kiss as he was honored Tuesday night at Xcel Energy Center for having played 1,000 games.

Souhan: Wild honors cool-as-ice captain Koivu

Koivu is a Minnesota rarity because of the oddity of his career. He was good and durable enough to play in 1,000 games, and understated enough to avoid fame.
Vikings defensive end Danielle Hunter sacked Lions quarterback David Blough in the second quarter Sunday.

Souhan: For Danielle Hunter, flamboyance is in the statistics

The 25-year-old defensive end had three sacks in the first half on Sunday, making him the youngest player in NFL history to reach 50 sacks.
Vikings defensive tackle Linval Joseph (98) sighed as he and his fellow defenseman were unable to stop a Chicago Bears drive in the third quarter in S

Souhan: Where have you gone, Vikings defense?

The Vikings' defense is in decline because of some of their best and highest-paid players are on the downside of their careers or hampered by injuries.
San Francisco Giants pitcher Madison Bumgarner became a free agent after the season and the Twins are in the market.

Souhan: Twins' options to fill out rotation are plentiful

Signing Madison Bumgarner might be the easiest path for the Twins, but it also figures to be the most expensive.
Seahawks wide receiver David Moore caught a long touchdown pass after getting by Xavier Rhodes in the third quarter.

Souhan: Rhodes' blowup another reminder all isn't right with defense

After another woeful performance by cornerback Xavier Rhodes, and another big-game whiff from the Vikings defense, should Rhodes be gone for good?
Seahawks quarterback and MVP candidate Russell Wilson, a perpetual thorn in the Vikings’ side, doesn’t fit the mold of race and stature expected b

Souhan: History lesson on black quarterbacks is worth repeating

Time for a history lesson. Did you know that there was a point in NFL history when executives shied away from drafting, signing or developing black quarterbacks? It was 2018.
With the usual competitive year from the Vikings and the stunning success of the Gophers, 2019 is shaping up as the most successful football season in

Souhan: Gophers, Vikings doing stunning, historic things right now

Here's the usual: Vikings lose big games, Gophers don't reach them. But what we're seeing so far has the makings of the best football season in state history.
Gophers quarterback Tanner Morgan threw downfield in the second quarter at Northwestern.

Souhan: Tanner Morgan making history, but won't be the one to tell you

Tanner Morgan, who didn't practice until Wednesday because of concussion symptoms, threw four touchdown passes and now has a school-record 26 this season.
Gophers quarterback Tanner Morgan

Souhan: Development of Morgan at QB is promising sign for Gophers' future

P.J. Fleck speaks of "culture" and speaks in slogans, but the true opportunity for building a better program lies at the quarterback position. He's off to a pretty good start.
Chicago Bears coach Mike Ditka had some choice words for QB Jim Harbaugh after his fourth-quarter interception by the Vikings’ Todd Scott was return

Souhan: Huge comeback vs. Bears in '92 was a Vikings turning point

Sparked by a memorable comeback on Oct. 4, the Vikings finished 11-5 in 1992 and made the playoffs, setting themselves up for a decade of success that included two NFC championship games.
Minnesota Vikings' quarterback Kirk Cousins looked downfield for a pass in the first quarter.

Souhan: Cousins continues mending his reputation by leading comeback

This was not your basic comeback: Kirk Cousins threw three second-half touchdown passes as the Vikings pulled off a rally that was unique in the history of the NFL.
Browns defensive end Myles Garrett ripped off the helmet of Steelers quarterback Mason Rudolph and clobbered him on top of the head Thursday night, ea

Souhan: Vikings come down hard on Browns' Garrett for his outburst

Thursday night's brawl on national TV gives the NFL a black eye.
Gophers coach P.J. Fleck was swarmed by fans during a TV interview after beating Penn State.

Souhan: Gophers look the part of a football team ready for the big stage

The Gophers have won big games before. They have upset highly ranked teams and traditional powers before. What was different about their latest upset was that it didn't look like an upset.
Twins manager Rocco Baldelli was introduced to the media after accepting the job last fall.

Souhan: Interviewing wore down Baldelli; 101 wins refreshed him

Teams can be fooled by interviews, but what the Twins saw in Rocco Baldelli during those meetings after the 2018 season dovetailed with his résumé and what others said about him.
Minnesota Vikings middle linebacker Eric Kendricks (54) defends Cowboys wide receiver Michael Gallup (13) during the first half on Sunday's game.

Souhan: Tipped pass by Kendricks in final minute saves the day for Vikings

Eric Kendricks had spent Sunday night sifting through blockers and applying shoulders to one of football's best running backs. Now the Cowboys were isolating him on the biggest play of the game.
Vikings owner Zygi Wilf.

Souhan: Jerry Jones has nothing on the Wilfs and the Vikings

The Cowboys may be America's team, but the Vikings have their own impressive facilities and fan base.
Gophers football coach P.J. Fleck, left, and Vikings coach Mike Zimmer.

Souhan: Big games bring big stakes for many on Gophers, Vikings

Neither game is do-or-die; both are do-or-doubt. These are the kinds of games that can make or mar reputations, especially at maximum-scrutiny positions.
Gophers football coach P.J. Fleck received a seven-year contract extension Tuesday. If Fleck wins big, his loyalty will be tested at some point, and s

Souhan: Fleck and the Gophers take a huge leap in relationship

Minnesota's paranoia of coaches departing for The Big City or The Bigger Program dates to Lou Holtz, who suckered the state into believing he was committed to the U in the 1980s.
Coming off two strong years, Hyun-Jin Ryu is one pitcher the Twins should target in free agency.

Souhan: Should Twins break up the BombaSquad for a top pitcher?

The Twins might have to trade to fill their needs. For all of their hitting talent, they have few players who have proved they belong in the middle of the order for a championship team.
Kalamazoo native Gregg Jennings, left, and mascot-headed Lee Corso both selected Western Michigan to defeat Buffalo in a NCAA college football game du

Souhan: C'mon, 'College GameDay': Gophers-Penn State is where you ought to be

This might be the biggest game ever to be played at TCF Bank Stadium and perhaps Minnesota's biggest game since Murray Warmath was coaching.
The NCAA Board of Governors took the first step Tuesday toward allowing athletes to cash in on their fame, voting unanimously to clear the way for the

Souhan: NCAA decision more about own profits than helping athletes

This news feels like progress because the NCAA has made so little before. The organization has gotten rich treating athletes like modern-day, jersey-wearing sharecroppers.
Wiggins celebrated his third straight three-pointer late in the fourth quarter.

Souhan: Wiggins remains an enigma, this time a heroic one

Sunday night, in the Timberwolves' home opener, Andrew Wiggins proved that the most appropriate unifying theory regarding his career is that he is an amenable enigma.
Ryan Saunders was retained by new Wolves boss Gersson Rosas despite his relative lack of experience as a head coach.

Souhan: Wolves following other teams' lead in making over organization

It's a direction that makes sense, even with the nonsensical word 'culture' attached to it.
Vikings defensive end Danielle Hunter (99) celebrated after sacking Washington quarterback Case Keenum in the first quarter.

Souhan: Promising second half awaiting Vikings after wild two months

After all the drama and suppressed controversy, the Vikings are on a winning streak, boast the third-best point differential in the NFL and are relatively healthy with nine more days to heal before visiting Kansas City.
The last time quarterback Case Keenum was in U.S. Bank Stadium, he connected with Stefon Diggs for one of the most memorable plays in Vikings history

Souhan: Vikings-Redskins game worthy of burying and praising cast of characters

Vikings fans, who should you cheer or jeer at U.S. Bank Stadium on Thursday night? Here's a roadmap.
Minnesota Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer celebrated their win with Minnesota Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins (8) at Ford Field.] Jerry Holt • Jerry

Souhan: You're seeing Cousins that Vikings hoped they were getting

Kirk Cousins on Sunday in Detroit was accurate, aggressive, mistake-free and sometimes spectacular. He was also clutch, which is a word he doesn't hear often.
The Vikings defense celebrates an interception in the Philadelphia Eagles' end zone in the fourth quarter

Souhan: Credit Vikings for keeping house in order

The Vikings did not did not let a little early-season adversity spiral out of control.
What if the Twins made a pitch for Gerrit Cole or Stephen Strasburg?

Souhan: Left brain, right brain battle over what Twins should do

Handing out major free agent contracts has been one sure way not to win the World Series in recent years. But imagine what a great pitching addition could do for a team that won 101 games this season.
Gophers head coach P.J. Fleck signaled to his team in the first half.

Souhan: Combining substance with style, you can't deny Fleck can coach

If you hate overt marketing and sloganeering, you may still not like Gophers coach P.J. Fleck. But Fleck knows his target audience, and has passed an eye test that speaks to his coaching skills.
Vikings wide receiver Stefon Diggs faked a pass in the third quarter as Eagles defenders Fletcher Cox and Nate Gerry (47) chased him.

Souhan: Cure for an uncommon 'cold?' A hot game for Diggs

Stefon Diggs had more receiving yards Sunday afternoon than in any other two games this season. "I have been waiting patiently, preparing," he said.
Stefon Diggs told reporters, “Yeah, I want to be in Minnesota,” and winked. Are there issues that losses would ignite?

Souhan: These next two Vikings games mean everything

If the Vikings lose their next two games, they will have to make up ground against such quarterbacks as Patrick Mahomes, Dak Prescott, Philip Rivers, Aaron Rodgers and Russell Wilson. That's a bit scary, given that they've already lost a game to Chase Daniel.
The Twins' most logical offseason move would be trading a position player for a starting pitcher. The best bargaining chip is outfielder Eddie Rosario

Souhan: Why Twins should consider trading Rosario

Rosario is talented, entertaining, clutch ... and tradable. Will the Twins deal their cleanup hitter for pitching this winter?
The Yankees' Gleyber Torres, right, celebrated with teammate Gary Sanchez after Torres belted a home run in the second inning of Game 3 on Monday nigh

Souhan: From Metrodome to Target Field, Twins' dubious record lingers

The playoff failures are a shared history now, from old Yankee Stadium to new, from Metrodome to Target Field, from Everyday Eddie Guardado to Any Pitch Will Do Eddie Rosario.
Vikings receiver Adam Thielen celebrated with Stefon Diggs after a touchdown in the third quarter.

Souhan: All is well (for now) after convincing victory over Giants

The Vikings proved that they could handle drama and beat a mediocre team with a rookie quarterback. But the fate of this season rests with how they'll do when things get tougher.
Twins second baseman Luis Arraez after striking out in the second inning Saturday.

Souhan: Twins' lineup of sluggers does little to rattle Yankees pitching

In two lopsided losses in the Bronx, the Twins lost by a combined score of 18-6, and in their 8-2 loss on Saturday at Yankee Stadium in Game 2, they were hardly competitive.
Twins starting pitcher Jose Berrios shouted into his glove as he left the mound in the third inning.

Souhan: Twins off their game in series opener, and pay the price

The Twins on Friday needed more innings from starter Jose Berrios and more resistance from the lineup. Instead, they produced one run after the third inning.
Twins players, including second baseman Luis Arraez, fielded grounders during a workout in the drizzle at Yankee Stadium on Thursday afternoon.

Souhan: Twins-Yankees a modern baseball matchup in a classic venue

Never before have two 100-victory teams met in baseball's playoffs while wielding so much power and so little pitching certainty.
Eddie Rosario, left, and Jorge Polanco — two Twins with postseason experience at Yankee Stadium — faced the media on Tuesday before facing the Yan

Souhan: Lots of reasons why these Twins shouldn't fear the Yankees

Are we supposed to believe that the 2019 Twins have no chance to beat the 2019 Yankees because a bunch of departed players failed to beat previous Yankee teams?
The arrival of Nelson Cruz this year helped Sano’s growth process, as the 39-year-old veteran slugger has served as a mentor to his fellow Dominican

'Grown up.' Sano finally becoming the player he was expected to be

Twins executives, managers, coaches and teammates had tried to lead Miguel Sano. Then a new teammate came along and Sano found the ideal leader in Nelson Cruz -- and Sano was ready to follow him.
T.C. Bear sat with Chrissie Olson and her 5-month-old daughter during a free "Postseason Push" party Thursday, which watched the Twins play the Tigers

A much different Twins team gets ready to recapture postseason magic

These powerful newbies could break Minnesota's streak of 13 playoff losses.
Twins starting pitcher Martin Perez reacts after issuing a walk to Aaron Judge in July at Target Field.

Souhan: Take it from the old guard and welcome Yankees in the playoffs

Current and former Twins believe there is no reason to fear their playoff matchup with the Yankees, but that belief is hardly supported by historical fact.