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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: 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.
Souhan: 'Spring training' has value for Wolves' rookie Jones

Souhan: 'Spring training' has value for Wolves' rookie Jones

The Timberwolves' season has devolved into live scrimmages designed to coax their youngest players toward maturity. Tyus Jones is taking advantage.
Souhan: There's no need for Wild to wear down Dubnyk

Souhan: There's no need for Wild to wear down Dubnyk

Devan Dubnyk has played in 14 games since the beginning of February. He has given up three or more goals in nine of them. His struggles have been masked by the Wild's unprecedented scoring binge.
Souhan: A long journey for the puck, and the player who gave Wayzata its title

Souhan: A long journey for the puck, and the player who gave Wayzata its title

Wayzata's game-winning shot took its sweet time finding the net, but it was worth the wait.
Souhan: With amateurs at the helm, Gophers athletics in disarray

Souhan: With amateurs at the helm, Gophers athletics in disarray

Minnesota's athletic department is in disrepair, especially in positions of power, where key decisions are made and examples are set.
Souhan: Gophers basketball program can't shed failure and scandal

Souhan: Gophers basketball program can't shed failure and scandal

What is most amazing about the state of the Gophers basketball program is that the public seems to have become numb to both failure and scandal.
Souhan: LaTroy Hawkins didn't 'ride off into the sunset' for long

Souhan: LaTroy Hawkins didn't 'ride off into the sunset' for long

After his first workout with the Twins as a guest instructor, LaTroy Hawkins walked into the clubhouse looking shaken.
Souhan: Dozier comes to Twins' camp fitter, and wiser about the game

Souhan: Dozier comes to Twins' camp fitter, and wiser about the game

Always strong and athletic for a second baseman, Brian Dozier is noticeably leaner this spring.
Souhan: While some Twins plans fizzled, Escobar never did

Souhan: While some Twins plans fizzled, Escobar never did

Eduardo Escobar has proved in his four seasons with the Twins that he loves the game and his teammates, which is why he has become one of the most popular people in the organization.
Souhan: Byung Ho Park won't be Nishioka, part II for the Twins

Souhan: Byung Ho Park won't be Nishioka, part II for the Twins

Byung Ho Park is a first baseman and designated hitter. Tsuyoshi Nishioka was a middle infielder and that's not even the most important difference between the two.
Souhan: With Mauer's health, the outlook is always a bit blurry

Souhan: With Mauer's health, the outlook is always a bit blurry

Joe Mauer never satisfactorily explained the mysterious injuries that limited him to 82 games and three home runs in 2011. Now he's coming off the worst season of his career.
Souhan: Promising Twins lineup lacks hitters for traditional roles

Souhan: Promising Twins lineup lacks hitters for traditional roles

If Byron Buxton can produce as a leadoff hitter, the lineup would become much deeper, with much more speed at the top.
Souhan: Upbeat Meyer seeking to keep his pitches down for Twins

Souhan: Upbeat Meyer seeking to keep his pitches down for Twins

He is 26 now, and no baseball player who is 26 is considered promising. You are either valuable or not.
Souhan: It's really OK to be excited about the 2016 Twins

Souhan: It's really OK to be excited about the 2016 Twins

This is one time the local team is underrated. The 2016 Twins should be good, and they have a chance to be very good.
Souhan: Winning, not retiring, foremost on Twins GM Ryan's mind

Souhan: Winning, not retiring, foremost on Twins GM Ryan's mind

Terry Ryan sounds much more like someone thinking about heading to a World Series than a rocking chair. "We have our sights set on the division," he said. "We're not looking for moral victories."
Souhan: Rarely do pro athletes save their best for last

Souhan: Rarely do pro athletes save their best for last

It's easy to want Torii Hunter or Chad Greenway to play one more season, to hope that Kevin Garnett can make a difference. But the sports world rarely writes triumphant endings.
Souhan: For Newton, loss is understandable; lack of caring is not

Souhan: For Newton, loss is understandable; lack of caring is not

Newton did not lose the Super Bowl because he celebrates with a move known as the "Dab." He lost because the Broncos pressured him on 42.9 percent of his passes, the highest percentage of his career.
Souhan: What's next for Manning after grabbing elusive second ring?

Souhan: What's next for Manning after grabbing elusive second ring?

Seeing the sunset through the confetti after winning the Super Bowl, Peyton Manning looks primed for next chapter.
Souhan: Dungy, Favre headed to Hall with NFC Central roots

Souhan: Dungy, Favre headed to Hall with NFC Central roots

They sat next to each other on a podium after the announcement in San Francisco, and Dungy remembered Favre as an opponent and more.
Souhan: After long wait, Panthers' Rivera nears pinnacle

Souhan: After long wait, Panthers' Rivera nears pinnacle

This week in the Bay Area, Ron Rivera's Carolina Panthers have become one of the loosest of all Super Bowl teams.
Souhan: Broncos' Thomas will have a Super Bowl moment with Mom

Souhan: Broncos' Thomas will have a Super Bowl moment with Mom

Demaryius Thomas relishes in playing Sunday;s Super Bowl with his troubled mother in the stands.
Souhan: Key lessons of 2011 NFL draft on display in Super Bowl 50

Souhan: Key lessons of 2011 NFL draft on display in Super Bowl 50

Among other things, the 2011 NFL draft taught us reaching for the wrong quarterback is the most common and understandable mistake.
Souhan: Newton, Curry are MVP-caliber mutual admirers

Souhan: Newton, Curry are MVP-caliber mutual admirers

The star QB and the star guard share friendship, excellence.
Souhan: LaVine's emergence with Wolves will benefit Wiggins, Towns

Souhan: LaVine's emergence with Wolves will benefit Wiggins, Towns

Zach LaVine's rise could alter even the most optimistic outlooks about the Timberwolves. He could give them a third superstar.
Souhan: Fletcher has failed to deliver badly needed goal scorer to Wild

Souhan: Fletcher has failed to deliver badly needed goal scorer to Wild

Throughout his tenure, Chuck Fletcher has found quality defensemen. But he has spent most of his energy and resources on the never-ending search for a top-notch forward.
Souhan: Playoff games are a reminder that anyone can play hero

Souhan: Playoff games are a reminder that anyone can play hero

Owen Daniels is with this third team. He produced the Broncos' two touchdowns. Ted Ginn is with his fourth franchise. he produced the first big play in Carolina's victory.
Souhan: NFL playoffs is six degrees of Brad Johnson

Souhan: NFL playoffs is six degrees of Brad Johnson

Ex-Vikings QB Brad Johnson is one of those people who seems connected to everyone, everywhere, particularly this week as the AFC and NFC champions are crowned.
Souhan: Twins grasping at straws for lefthanded relief

Souhan: Twins grasping at straws for lefthanded relief

The Twins have waited so long to pursue bullpen help that a lot of the most recognizable names among remaining free agent relievers are all too familiar.
Souhan: Local boxers Williams, Kayongo are surviving and thriving

Souhan: Local boxers Williams, Kayongo are surviving and thriving

Both talk about world titles. But both men know that they already have won the fights of, and for, their lives outside of the boxing ring.
Souhan: In the surging Panthers, the Vikings have a model to follow

Souhan: In the surging Panthers, the Vikings have a model to follow

The Panthers look like what the Vikings could be with one caveat: Quarterbacks Teddy Bridgewater and Cam Newton are not alike.
Souhan: Gophers' King responds well after benching

Souhan: Gophers' King responds well after benching

On Saturday Joey King proved he had recovered fully from a benching, leading the Gophers in scoring with 18 points as they lost to a quality Indiana team.
Souhan: Mitchell and the Timberwolves aren't the right fit

Souhan: Mitchell and the Timberwolves aren't the right fit

As interim coach, Sam Mitchell has produced 12 victories and no sense of progress. Owner Glen Taylor could help matters by hiring Kevin McHale as Interim Coach Part II.
Souhan: Vikings are just a few tweaks from going even further

Souhan: Vikings are just a few tweaks from going even further

To win another NFC North title, and to repeat or improve on 11 victories in 2016, the front office and coaching staff will have to make improvements and alterations over the next seven months. Here are nine they should consider:
Souhan: That was cold! Must it always end this way for Vikings?

Souhan: That was cold! Must it always end this way for Vikings?

Vikings fans should have probably expected another disappointment - and certainly got it.
Souhan: Call this Vikings-Seattle game the 'Bud Grant Bowl of 2016'

Souhan: Call this Vikings-Seattle game the 'Bud Grant Bowl of 2016'

In Sunday's game between the Seahawks and Vikings, one coach is a longtime Grant disciple; the other may prove to be his long-awaited successor.
Souhan: Vikings-Seattle? Call it the Bud Grant Bowl of 2016

Souhan: Vikings-Seattle? Call it the Bud Grant Bowl of 2016

One coach is a long-time Grant disciple; the other might prove to be his long-awaited successor.
Souhan: Vikings-Seattle? Call it the Bud Grant Bowl of 2016

Souhan: Vikings-Seattle? Call it the Bud Grant Bowl of 2016

One coach is a long-time Grant disciple; the other might prove to be his long-awaited successor.
Souhan: Vikings' challenges include beating a great quarterback

Souhan: Vikings' challenges include beating a great quarterback

Those who don't rank Russell Wilson among the NFL's best haven't been watching
Souhan: Adopted Colombian celebrates lucky life by loving Vikings

Souhan: Adopted Colombian celebrates lucky life by loving Vikings

Rich Young has missed only three home games since 1998. He travels to all of their road games.
Souhan: Vikings' gift to Zimmer in second year is NFC North title

Souhan: Vikings' gift to Zimmer in second year is NFC North title

Mike Zimmer has been admired as a defensive coach for years. What he proved Sunday was that he is more than just that.
Souhan: It's Vikings vs. Packers for the NFC North

Souhan: It's Vikings vs. Packers for the NFC North

Vikings victory would flip envy meter in heated border rivalry
Souhan: Elder statesman Greenway savors one more shot at Packers

Souhan: Elder statesman Greenway savors one more shot at Packers

Chad Greenway, the Vikings' senior linebacker, is preparing for one of the most meaningful games of his career Sunday at Lambeau Field.
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