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Jim Souhan

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Jim Souhan can be found on Twitter at @Souhanstrib. His podcasts can be heard at MalePatternPodcasts.com.
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Souhan: From bleachers to bunkers, Hazeltine preps for Ryder Cup

Souhan: From bleachers to bunkers, Hazeltine preps for Ryder Cup

As Minnesota's first Ryder Cup is scheduled for Sept. 30 through Oct. 2, Hazeltine National in Chaska is prepping and primping all over the grounds.

Souhan: Being a hometown guy not an asset for interim GM Antony

Minnesotans don't actually want Minnesotans involved with their sports teams. They want Minnesotans involved with their sports teams who make them feel good.
Souhan: U.S. Bank Stadium upgrades Minneapolis' aura

Souhan: U.S. Bank Stadium upgrades Minneapolis' aura

There might not be another place in the world with so many beautiful arenas located so closely together, not with the addition of U.S. Bank Stadium.
Souhan: Does Pohlad have enough savvy to hire the right GM?

Souhan: Does Pohlad have enough savvy to hire the right GM?

The Twins are in need of a full-time GM now that Terry Ryan has been fired. This is the hire that will define Jim Pohlad's tenure as the Twins' primary boss.
Souhan: 'There is a reason Twins employees wept on Monday'

Souhan: 'There is a reason Twins employees wept on Monday'

The Twins' firing of Terry Ryan feels shocking, but only because of his personality and the organization's longstanding commitment to loyalty among its most visible employees.
Souhan: Whether Twins languish or rise rests a lot on Gibson's arm

Souhan: Whether Twins languish or rise rests a lot on Gibson's arm

Of all the starting pitchers capable of taking charge of the Twins rotation, Kyle Gibson has the best pedigree.
Souhan: Retiring Vikings linebacker Greenway remains happy camper

Souhan: Retiring Vikings linebacker Greenway remains happy camper

For the eighth consecutive summer, Chad Greenway played touch football, ran drills and participated in other events at a life skills day camp in Hutchinson.
Souhan: Vikings, Turner need to get Patterson the ball

Souhan: Vikings, Turner need to get Patterson the ball

The relationship - or lack thereof - between Norv Turner and Cordarrelle Patterson is a fascinating dynamic.
Souhan: Lessons of NBA free agency aren't lost on Timberwolves

Souhan: Lessons of NBA free agency aren't lost on Timberwolves

Amid the big moves, Minnesota did well by staying out of the fray.
Souhan: Bloomington guitar-maker's link to Prince passes to Colts owner

Souhan: Bloomington guitar-maker's link to Prince passes to Colts owner

Jim Irsay, owner of the Indianapolis Colts, collects famous guitars. Last week, he paid $137,500 in an auction to buy a guitar that at least looks a lot like the yellow version of Prince's "Cloud" guitar.
Souhan: Buddy Ryan's abrupt, unapologetic manner will be missed

Souhan: Buddy Ryan's abrupt, unapologetic manner will be missed

In the 1980s and '90s, football fans often couldn't wait to open the morning newspaper to see what Buddy Ryan had said, or done. The blunt former coach died Tuesday.
Souhan: Gifted Byron Buxton deserves Twins' long leash of old

Souhan: Gifted Byron Buxton deserves Twins' long leash of old

The team should practice patience with their top prospect, just like they did with Torii Hunter.
Souhan: Rubio hasn't proven worthy of leading Wolves' resurgence

Souhan: Rubio hasn't proven worthy of leading Wolves' resurgence

Tom Thibodeau's selection of Kris Dunn means he doesn't want to rely on a point guard who never seemed to be as good as he was projected to be, and who never seemed to elevate his team.
Souhan: Thibodeau's first Wolves draft pick eschews obvious for intriguing

Souhan: Thibodeau's first Wolves draft pick eschews obvious for intriguing

Oklahoma's Buddy Hield was the safe, even obvious, pick. Kentucky's Jamal Murray was the safe upside pick. Kris Dunn was a less obvious fit but that doesn't mean he wasn't the right guy.
Souhan: Johnson's Open victory a good sign for Americans at Hazeltine

Souhan: Johnson's Open victory a good sign for Americans at Hazeltine

Johnson's major breakthrough at Oakmont is a wonderful sign for the United States' chances of a rare Ryder Cup victory.
Souhan: Take your stroke, USGA, but Open title is all Johnson's

Souhan: Take your stroke, USGA, but Open title is all Johnson's

Dustin Johnson is an aloof golfer who oozes athletic arrogance and married the daughter of a hockey legend. Sunday at the U.S. Open, Johnson's calm and the USGA's inanity actually made him a man of the people.
Lowry upset about final-round Open collapse

Lowry upset about final-round Open collapse

If the USGA hadn't commanded so much unwanted attention, the 2016 U.S. Open could have been remembered for how poorly Shane Lowry played on Sunday.
Souhan: Long day at U.S. Open leaves Lowry ahead of many lurkers

Souhan: Long day at U.S. Open leaves Lowry ahead of many lurkers

If Shane Lowry can't maintain his two-shot lead over the field, there will be dozens of players within reach of the lead in what has become a strange and fascinating tournament.
Day shoots 66, gets back into contention at U.S. Open

Day shoots 66, gets back into contention at U.S. Open

The world's top-ranked player shot a 66 and got to sleep in.
Souhan: Johnson leads again at a major; what will follow this time?

Souhan: Johnson leads again at a major; what will follow this time?

Dustin Johnson is the most intimidating player on the PGA Tour in terms of ball-striking and athletic ability, and perhaps the frailest under pressure.
Sergio Garcia at 2 under at U S. Open

Sergio Garcia at 2 under at U S. Open

He's a major contender again after a climactic his 50-foot par.
Souhan: Journeyman Landry leads after damp Day 1 at U.S. Open

Souhan: Journeyman Landry leads after damp Day 1 at U.S. Open

Andrew Landry, No. 624 in the World Golf Rankings, was one of only nine golfers to finish. But his 1-under par is good enough for the lead at the U.S. Open.
Unforgiving Oakmont pushing Spieth's buttons

Unforgiving Oakmont pushing Spieth's buttons

Jordan Spieth is at 1 over, as an amateur and fellow Texan sits in first place during a delayed Round 1.
Souhan: As Mickelson ages, U.S. Open becomes more elusive

Souhan: As Mickelson ages, U.S. Open becomes more elusive

Phil Mickelson, six times a runner-up in the U.S. Open, turns 46 on Thursday. Only one golfer older than 46 has won a major.
Souhan: The Open at Oakmont good for high scores, little fun

Souhan: The Open at Oakmont good for high scores, little fun

This week, Oakmont and the USGA seem intent on protecting par. The question is, why?
Souhan: Vikings are proving adept at choosing free agents

Souhan: Vikings are proving adept at choosing free agents

When pro teams sign free agents, they often get damaged, arrogant or selfish goods.Somehow, the Vikings and General Manager Rick Spielman have avoided these pitfalls.
Souhan: Time to forget the past and embrace Wolves bright future

Souhan: Time to forget the past and embrace Wolves bright future

Sure, the Wolves could have had Warriors' stars Steph Curry or Klay Thompson - maybe both. But given how things played out, they're just fine now without them.
Souhan: Stanley Cup finalist Phil Kessel's production belies perception

Souhan: Stanley Cup finalist Phil Kessel's production belies perception

There is a hockey player with local ties who has proved himself during the Stanley Cup playoffs to be durable and clutch, productive and adaptable, and if it surprises you that the player's name is Phil Kessel, you probably care more about reputations and memes than goals.
Souhan: With their Big Four, Lynx looking even better

Souhan: With their Big Four, Lynx looking even better

Not many teams can win titles and then improve, but that's what the Lynx did last summer by trading for center Sylvia Fowles.
Souhan: Making, breaking rules is Robinson's charm — and downfall

Souhan: Making, breaking rules is Robinson's charm — and downfall

The story that might bring down one of Minnesota's best coaches is uglier than anyone would have guessed, but J Robinson's handling of it is utterly predictable.
Souhan: Zimmer is winning us over because he's not trying to

Souhan: Zimmer is winning us over because he's not trying to

By not telling Vikings fans what they want to hear, coach Mike Zimmer has given them what they want to hear.
Souhan: With Twins' Perkins and Hughes, where is sense of urgency?

Souhan: With Twins' Perkins and Hughes, where is sense of urgency?

The friendship between Glen Perkins and Phil Hughes seemed a charming story, until it wasn't. Now their fragility is a pivotal problem for a besieged franchise.
Souhan: How to survive a summer of lost Twins baseball

Souhan: How to survive a summer of lost Twins baseball

As the Twins head toward a fifth 90-loss season in six years, and perhaps toward a franchise record for losses, here's an instructional guide on surviving.
Newton's law: Wolves GM will not be outworked (Dec. 13, 2015)

Newton's law: Wolves GM will not be outworked (Dec. 13, 2015)

Long before he became a high school star, a college champion, a professional player and executive, Milt Newton knew how to work for what he wanted.
Souhan: Ryan takes the heat, should be evaluated at end of season

Souhan: Ryan takes the heat, should be evaluated at end of season

The Pohlads should reassess GM Terry Ryan at the end of the season, and if the team remains inept he should take the fall. But the idea of him leaving the job in midseason is silly.
Souhan: No need for luck; Wolves' No. 5 pick could yield Hield

Souhan: No need for luck; Wolves' No. 5 pick could yield Hield

Unless the Wolves are blown away by a trade offer for the fifth pick next month, they should take polished Oklahoma senior Buddy Hield.
Souhan: Hunter left in nick of time

Souhan: Hunter left in nick of time

The good vibes he helped nuture with the Twins in 2015 did not last.
Souhan: University seizes the moment with hiring of Coyle

Souhan: University seizes the moment with hiring of Coyle

Credit the U for winding up with a solid group from which to chooseand for making a better hire than should have been expected from the people who brought you Norwood Teague, Tim Brewster and Richard Pitino.
Souhan: Wild GM Fletcher must do his job better so Boudreau can succeed

Souhan: Wild GM Fletcher must do his job better so Boudreau can succeed

It's Bruce Boudreau's job to get the most out of his new players. It should be Chuck Fletcher's job to deal with the existing problems that plague the team he built.
Souhan: Long-term deals are celebrated, but rarely pan out

Souhan: Long-term deals are celebrated, but rarely pan out

In the next few years, local teams will face expensive decisions on their current young stars. The problem with these deals is that humans are fragile and fickle.
Souhan: Lynx leading a Minnesota basketball resurgence

Souhan: Lynx leading a Minnesota basketball resurgence

A Lynx game is one of the more underappreciated sporting events in Minnesota, given the world-class talent on the court and how the players treat the fans.
Souhan: Twins' path to the cellar is paved with bad trades

Souhan: Twins' path to the cellar is paved with bad trades

During GM Terry Ryan's best years, he would turn players he didn't want into good players and prospects. Since 2008, he and former GM Bill Smith have turned valuable players into less valuable players.
Souhan: Mauer, minus the home runs, is looking like his old self

Souhan: Mauer, minus the home runs, is looking like his old self

Joe Mauer will never return to his form of 2009, when he hit home runs and won an MVP award. But he could still contend for a batting title.
Souhan: Quarterback stability gives Vikings chance to fill other needs

Souhan: Quarterback stability gives Vikings chance to fill other needs

By drafting Laquon Treadwell in the first round on Thursday night, the Vikings added the right kind of player at the right position.
Souhan: Wolves championship dreams seem doable, not laughable

Souhan: Wolves championship dreams seem doable, not laughable

It became evident during Tuesday's introductions of coach Tom Thibodeau and GM Scott Layden is that the Timberwolves have never had quite so much reason for optimism as they have now.
Souhan: Wild, known for comebacks, requires far too many

Souhan: Wild, known for comebacks, requires far too many

The Wild's enervating comeback fell short, and while it is the nature of players to celebrate a comeback, what should be remembered is that they positioned themselves to require one.
Souhan: Wild's Koivu deserves to celebrate in playoffs for a change

Souhan: Wild's Koivu deserves to celebrate in playoffs for a change

His goal in Game 3 proved to be the winner, and on Friday he scored to send Game 5 to overtime and then ended it with a deflection of Ryan Suter's shot.
Souhan: It's a rarity when Koivu, Suter team up for a key goal

Souhan: It's a rarity when Koivu, Suter team up for a key goal

Mikko Koivu's postseason efforts have been marred by whiffs and near-misses. But Friday night he was the one pumping his fist and celebrating and skating toward teammate Ryan Suter.
Souhan: Wild owner Leipold says GM Fletcher 'not on any hot seat' and will return

Souhan: Wild owner Leipold says GM Fletcher 'not on any hot seat' and will return

The Wild managed only 87 points this year, making the playoffs as the eighth and final seed in the Western Conference and trails Dallas 3-1 in their series. But owner Craig Leipold is firm that GM Chuck Fletcher is not in trouble.
Souhan: One week into Wolves offseason, new era has begun

Souhan: One week into Wolves offseason, new era has begun

For once, the Wolves were in a no-lose position, and Tom Thibodeau was the best of good available options for a new head coach.
Souhan: Question now is whether Wild capable of winning streak

Souhan: Question now is whether Wild capable of winning streak

Whether because of embarrassment or Torchetti's forcefulness or some renewed sense of purpose, the Wild played 2½ periods of inspired hockey Monday.
Souhan: A team at risk, Wild is searching for its soul

Souhan: A team at risk, Wild is searching for its soul

Chuck Fletcher has committed serious money to underachievers. He has overrated his youngsters. On his current roster, it's hard to tell the checking lines from the scoring lines.
Souhan: Masters could raise caution flags for Ryder Cup at Hazeltine

Souhan: Masters could raise caution flags for Ryder Cup at Hazeltine

Of the nine players who finished tied for seventh or better at the Masters, four were from England and one was from Denmark.
Souhan: Spieth goes wire-to-unwired in Masters collapse

Souhan: Spieth goes wire-to-unwired in Masters collapse

The defending champ imploded with a quadruple bogey and then had to endure the aftermath instead of winning his second Masters by age 23, which had appeared to be the likely outcome.
Willett claims Masters victory after Spieth's fade

Willett claims Masters victory after Spieth's fade

Willett didn't three-putt or make a bogey in a pristine final round. On the 18th green he ripped off his white sweater as if mimicking Superman, revealing a green shirt.
Souhan: Langer defies age at the Masters

Souhan: Langer defies age at the Masters

Pushing age 60, Bernhard Langer is on the Sunday morning leaderboard for a Masters title he last won 23 years ago
Spieth stumbles on last 2 holes, lead at Masters is one

Spieth stumbles on last 2 holes, lead at Masters is one

Rivals see a chance after Spieth's hiccup shinks lead to 1
Souhan: Does PGA's future have room for a thinker like DeChambeau?

Souhan: Does PGA's future have room for a thinker like DeChambeau?

Jordan Spieth is trying to become the fourth player to win consecutive Masters. Rory McIlroy is trying to become the sixth player to win the career grand slam. Bryson DeChambeau might be more fascinating than either.
Schmitz misses cut at Masters but grabs every bit of gusto he can

Schmitz misses cut at Masters but grabs every bit of gusto he can

Farmington's Sammy Schmitz misses cut but vows to prolong stay at friendly Augusta
Defending Masters champ Spieth picks up where he left off

Defending Masters champ Spieth picks up where he left off

With one green jacket already, 22-year-old Jordan Spieth seems eager to make the Masters his own personal haberdashery.
Souhan: Mickelson still can play — and play with opponents' minds, too

Souhan: Mickelson still can play — and play with opponents' minds, too

There is one forty-something player in this year's Masters field who might be able to fend off time and youth. Just ask Phil Mickelson.
Schmitz ready for 'moving' rough at Augusta

Schmitz ready for 'moving' rough at Augusta

A big piece of advice for Masters newcomer Sammy Schmitz of Farmington: Large, moving crowds will line the fairways. So keep it straight.
Souhan: Golf is difficult, even for the world's best at the Masters

Souhan: Golf is difficult, even for the world's best at the Masters

Golf is hard when you're playing for fun on an empty course. Add galleries and TV cameras pressure and it can turn your mind into a funhouse.
Souhan: Little things add up to opening loss for Twins

Souhan: Little things add up to opening loss for Twins

The Twins lost in a fashion remindful of how many different ways baseball games can be won and lost during the longest season in American sports.
Souhan: Twins' leaders have good reason for confidence in 2016

Souhan: Twins' leaders have good reason for confidence in 2016

The best reason for optimism is that many of the Twins' best players last season didn't perform, or perform well, for more than a few months while the Twins won a surprising total of 83 games.
Souhan: Numbers game catches up quickly to Nolasco

Souhan: Numbers game catches up quickly to Nolasco

Signed to be the Twins' de facto ace, Ricky Nolasco has produced ERAs of 5.38 and 6.75 and is now their fifth starter.
That guy putting in his living room? He's playing in the Masters

That guy putting in his living room? He's playing in the Masters

More than 20 years after he introduced himself to the game of golf by stealing range balls from Fountain Valley Golf Course in Farmington, Sammy Schmitz is at Augusta National preparing to play in the Masters.
Souhan: 'Sam Mitchell speaks, and an entire franchise cringes'

Souhan: 'Sam Mitchell speaks, and an entire franchise cringes'

The Wolves' Sam Mitchell is the coaching version of curdled milk. He has complained about his plight and his team and even his training staff instead of realizing how lucky he is to get a chance to coach these players.
Souhan: Wild's switch to Torchetti behind the bench was the right move

Souhan: Wild's switch to Torchetti behind the bench was the right move

Since taking over for the fired Mike Yeo in February, John Torchetti has made bold moves with the Wild's lineup and is coaching without fear.
Souhan: Vikings' Sherels is for real — just ask his mentor

Souhan: Vikings' Sherels is for real — just ask his mentor

When the Vikings re-signed him last week, Sherels was set up to play a sixth season in the NFL. As Sherels' mentor, former Gophers great Darrell Thompson is not surprised.
Souhan: Two goals in 23 games - what's wrong with Parise?

Souhan: Two goals in 23 games - what's wrong with Parise?

At 31, Zach Parise is either in decline or injured. He is signed for nine more seasons after this one, and neither he nor the team seem happy about the direction they're moving together.
Souhan: Vikings learning from past mistakes on offensive line

Souhan: Vikings learning from past mistakes on offensive line

At offensive line, it's more important to be competent than exceptional. The Vikings' offseason moves give them a chance to be competent.
Souhan: In ripping Bridgewater, Wallace ignores his own flaws

Souhan: In ripping Bridgewater, Wallace ignores his own flaws

Tuesday, Minnesotans for the first time saw why the Dolphins were eager to trade Mike Wallace when he insulted Teddy Bridgewater after signing with Baltimore.
Souhan: Minnesotans still need a March Madness rooting interest

Souhan: Minnesotans still need a March Madness rooting interest

With the Gophers just missing the tournament, Minnesotans need to find teams to cheer. Here are some suggestions.
Souhan: Vikings shouldn't stop demands at Chicago Av. sign

Souhan: Vikings shouldn't stop demands at Chicago Av. sign

If we allow any references in our state to other NFC North teams, we will slide headfirst down the slippery slope toward sporting anarchy. Anarchy, I say.
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