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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: 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.
Souhan: As air gets colder, Vikings continue to warm as a contender

Souhan: As air gets colder, Vikings continue to warm as a contender

At the end of a tumultuous day in the NFL, the Vikings established that they can win predictably and professionally, in prime time and under pressure.
Souhan: Hunter's 'wild child' upbringing made him NFL-ready

Souhan: Hunter's 'wild child' upbringing made him NFL-ready

The Vikings rookie defensive end played cricket and soccer in Jamaica before moving to Texas.
Souhan: Bridgewater overcomes bad games with dedication to next effort

Souhan: Bridgewater overcomes bad games with dedication to next effort

You can't dismiss Teddy Bridgewater after a bad game. He's too responsible and too dedicated to repeat his mistakes.
Souhan: For Terence Newman, 2015 is a vintage season

Souhan: For Terence Newman, 2015 is a vintage season

Terence Newman is the Vikings' 37-year-old cornerback and, surprisingly, one of their most important players.
Souhan: Bo Ryan shows what could be done at Minnesota

Souhan: Bo Ryan shows what could be done at Minnesota

Ryan's hiring was a function of savvy, not power or money. He is a symbol of hope to Minnesota because there is no reason the Gophers can't eventually find their own Bo
Souhan: Ten wins or bust — here the Vikings sit

Souhan: Ten wins or bust — here the Vikings sit

Do they control their destiny? That's a little metaphysical. Can they control making the playoffs? Yes. In fact, nothing less should be acceptable for the folks at Winter Park.
Newton's law: Wolves GM will not be outworked

Newton's law: Wolves GM will not be outworked

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: Vikings show growth, resilience in playing with NFL's best

Souhan: Vikings show growth, resilience in playing with NFL's best

A victory would have been the most impressive of the season, by far. As a loss, it remained their most impressive performance.
Souhan: Vikings loss to Arizona shouldn't be devastating

Souhan: Vikings loss to Arizona shouldn't be devastating

The odds aren't in the Vikings' favor Thursday night, but there's no need to overreact. Losing to Arizona won't be disastrous, unless injuries keep mounting.
Souhan: Bridgewater won't throw caution, or completions, to the wind

Souhan: Bridgewater won't throw caution, or completions, to the wind

Teddy Bridgewater's caution has helped the Vikings beat lesser teams. It has also hurt them on the big stage. You don't beat good teams with five-yard passes.
Souhan: Gophers volleyball primed for NCAA tournament run

Souhan: Gophers volleyball primed for NCAA tournament run

One season after missing the NCAA tournament for the first time since 1998, the Gophers rank fourth in the nation in the coaches' poll and have their highest seed ever as play begins.
Souhan: Vikings' Anthony Barr is already a star

Souhan: Vikings' Anthony Barr is already a star

Sunday, in the Vikings' 20-10 victory at Atlanta, Barr made plays deep in Atlanta's backfield, far downfield, in the flat and far down the sideline.
Souhan: Vikings' receiver splurge falls incomplete

Souhan: Vikings' receiver splurge falls incomplete

A very close look indicates that Mike Wallace is a costly bust.
Souhan: Vikings fail under the bright lights

Souhan: Vikings fail under the bright lights

This year's Vikings are a lot like their new stadium: impressive in silhouette, scarred and incomplete under bright lights.
Souhan: Packers' reign in NFC North could be slipping

Souhan: Packers' reign in NFC North could be slipping

The current Vikings hierarchy feels and looks more stable than any they have had since Bud Grant's first retirement.
Souhan: Munnerlyn enjoying bounceback season

Souhan: Munnerlyn enjoying bounceback season

Much-improved Munnerlyn learned the hard way in first season as Viking
Souhan: Adrian Peterson is still the Vikings' MVP

Souhan: Adrian Peterson is still the Vikings' MVP

With 26 carries for 203 yards, Adrian Peterson provided a reminder Sunday he is the straw that stirs the Vikings drink
Souhan: Zimmer is winning the style game with Vikings

Souhan: Zimmer is winning the style game with Vikings

Mike Zimmer is plain-spoken and football-savvy, and his players and Vikings fans have taken to him
Souhan: Warriors, Curry know they're the show - and play like it

Souhan: Warriors, Curry know they're the show - and play like it

In a league where resting starters has become commonplace, Stephen Curry and the Warriors have chosen to relentlessly pursue excellence.
Souhan: Rejuvenation of Koivu is holding Wild together

Souhan: Rejuvenation of Koivu is holding Wild together

Mikko Koivu leads the team in points, is easily the Wild's best faceoff man and is producing at a pace that recalls his best seasons -- from 2008 to 2011.
Souhan: Vikings make themselves matter as schedule toughens

Souhan: Vikings make themselves matter as schedule toughens

They are built to play close, low-scoring games, and they might be built to make their fans watch their games and the scoreboard at the same time.
Souhan: Lucky Vikings have to prove they are good

Souhan: Lucky Vikings have to prove they are good

The Vikings are 5-2 but have yet to beat a good team. Enter, bizarrely, the St. Louis Rams.
Souhan: Gophers' officials have no choice but to audition Claeys

Souhan: Gophers' officials have no choice but to audition Claeys

Instead of panicking over interim coach Tracy Claeys' mistake last week vs. Michigan, let's see how he reacts to it.
Souhan: Duo is using boxing to help kids find the right direction in life

Souhan: Duo is using boxing to help kids find the right direction in life

Retired cop Victor Mills met local businessman Ryan Burnet through boxing. Last summer, they began driving kids to a local gym, then decided to make a change that could alter many lives, including theirs.
Souhan: Diggs proves again he's savvy beyond his years

Souhan: Diggs proves again he's savvy beyond his years

For the third straight week, Stefon Diggs, a fifth-round draft pick who was inactive for the Vikings' first three games, might have made the difference between winning and losing.
Souhan: Fantasy football making NFL more popular than ever

Souhan: Fantasy football making NFL more popular than ever

Fans want to watch "their" players and scout "yours."
Souhan: Gophers continue to lose vs. toughest opponent: Inept administration

Souhan: Gophers continue to lose vs. toughest opponent: Inept administration

There are some who believe that Jerry Kill's health woes were exacerbated by the continuing mismanagement of athletics at the university.
Souhan: Be patient, Wolves fans, while the losses pile up

Souhan: Be patient, Wolves fans, while the losses pile up

Wolves are acquiring stars, but winning won't be easy.
Souhan: Retiring Hunter always put in the work to be a star

Souhan: Retiring Hunter always put in the work to be a star

To pay Torii Hunter the ultimate compliment, he always got it.
Souhan: Hit early and often, Teddy Bridgewater didn't back down

Souhan: Hit early and often, Teddy Bridgewater didn't back down

Bridgewater completed passes to 11 teammates and no opponents. It was his best game, and he'll have bruises to remember it by.
Souhan: Farewell to a garage shooter who embraced his years in Minnesota

Souhan: Farewell to a garage shooter who embraced his years in Minnesota

Flip Saunders' love of basketball, the Wolves and the Gophers was always abundantly clear.
Souhan: Peterson driven to chase career rushing record

Souhan: Peterson driven to chase career rushing record

At his traditional pace, the Vikings' Adrian Peterson will need five-plus representative, healthy seasons to pass NFL career rushing leader Emmitt Smith.
Souhan: Pominville offers Wild fans something to worry about

Souhan: Pominville offers Wild fans something to worry about

The Wild's Jason Pominville has scored 18 goals in his past 88 regular-season games.
Souhan: Gophers fans should beware of the 'signature victory'

Souhan: Gophers fans should beware of the 'signature victory'

For 30 years, the Gophers' biggest victories have provided reason to celebrate, but not to invest.
Souhan: Diggs' potential earns praise from veterans

Souhan: Diggs' potential earns praise from veterans

Adrian Peterson called Stefon Diggs "a game-changer,'' noting that Diggs' hands are almost as big as Peterson's famously powerful bear claws.
Souhan: Vikings need to win next five games vs. lowly teams

Souhan: Vikings need to win next five games vs. lowly teams

A hot streak now could lead to meaningful games later.
Souhan: Moore struggles in Game 5, but basks in Lynx's success

Souhan: Moore struggles in Game 5, but basks in Lynx's success

Maya Moore's shot was off Wednesday against Indiana, but the Lynx star happy to pass ball around in the WNBA championship-clinching victory.
Souhan: Twin Cities sports teams have leaders; time to embrace them

Souhan: Twin Cities sports teams have leaders; time to embrace them

In what has been a depressed sports market, there are leaders present and emerging. Maybe one will have a Kirby Puckett moment soon.
Souhan: Wild's third line packing first-rate punch

Souhan: Wild's third line packing first-rate punch

If Thomas Vanek and Charlie Coyle can find a way to produce the way they were supposed to, together, the Wild will be stronger.
Souhan: A solution to the Twins' Joe Mauer problem

Souhan: A solution to the Twins' Joe Mauer problem

Maybe the Twins can salvage something from Mauer's contract. This much is certain: Wherever they play him, he can't perform much worse.
Souhan: Tenacious Lynx needed Moore's finishing touch

Souhan: Tenacious Lynx needed Moore's finishing touch

The Lynx won with center Sylvia Fowles leading the way with 21 points and nine rebounds, even though it once again fell to Moore to take on the role of fourth-quarter finisher.
Peterson gets a breakaway TD but laments missed block

Peterson gets a breakaway TD but laments missed block

Adrian Peterson got his electric moment on a breakaway TD run but lamented a missed block on the last series.
Souhan: Bridgewater processes Vikings' loss thoughtfully

Souhan: Bridgewater processes Vikings' loss thoughtfully

Vikings QB Teddy Bridgewater was the last to address the media, measuring his words in carefully prepared clichés to avoid offending teammates or drawing attention to himself.
Souhan: Manning will have to settle for being NFL's best regular season QB ever

Souhan: Manning will have to settle for being NFL's best regular season QB ever

There is no question that Manning is the greatest regular-season quarterback of all time. There is also no question that he cannot be called anything more.
Souhan: This doesn't have to be goodbye for Hunter

Souhan: This doesn't have to be goodbye for Hunter

It would be easy for Torii Hunter to walk away at the end of a brilliant career, and it would be easy for the Twins to let him walk, but there is a deal to be made if both sides are flexible and trust one another.
Ryder Cup 2016: Getting ready for the rowdy

Ryder Cup 2016: Getting ready for the rowdy

In a year, Hazeltine National will host the world's only premier tournament where the first tee is a frat party, the players quake over something other than paychecks and golf feels like a three-day college football game.
Souhan: Peterson celebrates birth, and rebirth of his game

Souhan: Peterson celebrates birth, and rebirth of his game

Adrian Peterson's list of things to celebrate Sunday included the birth of a son and rebirth of his star power.
Souhan: Chargers' Rivers is good QB for Bridgewater to emulate

Souhan: Chargers' Rivers is good QB for Bridgewater to emulate

Would you be satisfied if Teddy Bridgewater becomes as good as Philip Rivers?
Souhan: Coaches working to help Dozier make an occasional right turn

Souhan: Coaches working to help Dozier make an occasional right turn

Tom Brunansky and Paul Molitor have urged Brian Dozier to smash the occasional line drive to right field, to take away the outside pitches with which opponents have teased him for months.
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