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Jim Souhan

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Jim Souhan writes four columns and week and writes posts to the blog Souhan on Sports on Startribune.com. He can also be heard on 1500ESPN on Sunday from 10-noon and weekdays at 2:05 p.m.
Recent content from Jim Souhan
Souhan: Little logic to Peterson's self-pitying whine

Souhan: Little logic to Peterson's self-pitying whine

Adrian Peterson has a point when it comes to NFL contracts. There are players who have been harmed, but he is not the guy to be a martyr.
Brian Dozier learns 'Ignitor' role from his manager

Brian Dozier learns 'Ignitor' role from his manager

Brian Dozier might currently be the best second baseman in the American League, and he credits Paul Molitor with more than making him an effective leadoff hitter.
Souhan: Winning roster, well-stocked farm clubs give Ryan options

Souhan: Winning roster, well-stocked farm clubs give Ryan options

With a loaded farm system and a winning big-league team, Twins General Manager Terry Ryan will soon have a rare problem: too many worthwhile players.
Souhan: All these years later, Moss still draws a crowd

Souhan: All these years later, Moss still draws a crowd

Minnesota fans are known for jeering departed athletes when they return. That is not what happened on Saturday afternoon at Ridgedale.
Souhan: If 'Fun is good,' opening a new ballpark's way better

Souhan: If 'Fun is good,' opening a new ballpark's way better

CHS Field is a work of art, and Saints owner Mike Veeck’s still a piece of work.
Souhan: Wolves' lottery victory more about morale than player

Souhan: Wolves' lottery victory more about morale than player

Receiving the top pick in the NBA draft is important not necessarily because of what it means for the roster as what it symbolizes for the franchise.
Souhan: Savvy Plouffe goes from stopgap to standout

Souhan: Savvy Plouffe goes from stopgap to standout

When Miguel Sano entered the Twins’ organization, Trevor Plouffe became labeled a placeholder. Now he’s contending with Brian Dozier to become known as the Twins’ best all-around player.
Souhan: A cool manager? Yes, that's Molitor

Souhan: A cool manager? Yes, that's Molitor

Under first-year manager Paul Molitor, the Twins are better than expected for unexpected reasons.
Souhan: A tale of two Twins deals, Mauer vs. Hunter

Souhan: A tale of two Twins deals, Mauer vs. Hunter

Joe Mauer or Torii Hunter. Who has been a better value?  The answer might surprise you.
Souhan: NHL winning a playoff mismatch against NBA

Souhan: NHL winning a playoff mismatch against NBA

The NBA’s clutch-and-grab tactics have hurt the sport while hockey has soared.
Souhan: Twins' 'future' not here yet, but trio hasn't let that delay winning

Souhan: Twins' 'future' not here yet, but trio hasn't let that delay winning

Three veteran voices have fueled unexpected success.
Souhan: Zimmer shows quiet confidence in Vikings

Souhan: Zimmer shows quiet confidence in Vikings

The atmosphere is “light years ahead” of last season.
Souhan: Wild's flaws get exposed by skilled Blackhawks

Souhan: Wild's flaws get exposed by skilled Blackhawks

The division alignment favored by Wild owner Craig Leipold could haunt him for a decade.
Souhan: Vanek's vanishing act a glaring flaw for Wild

Souhan: Vanek's vanishing act a glaring flaw for Wild

When the Wild needed to win the most, Thomas Vanek gave the least. Vanek isn’t the Wild’s only problem. He’s merely the most obvious.
Souhan: Missing-in-action Wild players need to reappear, and fast

Souhan: Missing-in-action Wild players need to reappear, and fast

The Wild needs more help from Thomas Vanek, Chris Stewart, Jason Pominville and Mikko Koivu
Souhan: Pominville needs to regain scoring touch

Souhan: Pominville needs to regain scoring touch

In Game 1, the Wild winger missed a crucial chance — the kind Chicago seems to convert.
Souhan: Wild's strengths fail at the worst time

Souhan: Wild's strengths fail at the worst time

The Wild’s usually-reliable defense handed Chicago three goals in the first period, and Devan Dubnyk whiffed on a long shot in the last minute of the second.
Souhan: Training secrets for Suter, Dubnyk? Milk and sleep

Souhan: Training secrets for Suter, Dubnyk? Milk and sleep

Wild players Ryan Suter and Devan Dubnyk use smarts and attitudes as boosts to their stamina.
Souhan: In modern draft, Spielman takes center stage

Souhan: In modern draft, Spielman takes center stage

Analyzing the Vikings GM’s moves is a sport in itself.
Souhan: Call to raise glasses set the tone for the day

Souhan: Call to raise glasses set the tone for the day

Zach Parise's two goals and Mike Yeo's pregame challenge were cause for celebration throughout the day.
Blues coach Hitchcock tries to explain momentum swings

Blues coach Hitchcock tries to explain momentum swings

Blues coach Ken Hitchcock says physical play causes game-to-game changes.
Souhan: Surprise pieces emerge to swing momentum back to Wild

Souhan: Surprise pieces emerge to swing momentum back to Wild

It was predictable that if the Wild was to win Game 5, goalie Devan Dubnyk would have to perform well. What surprised was the identity of his supporting cast.
Souhan: Blues coach Hitchcock has a few tricks up his sleeve

Souhan: Blues coach Hitchcock has a few tricks up his sleeve

Ken Hitchcock knows what to say and when to say it. The Blues coach has his team back in the series with the Wild.
Souhan: Ott's so-called physical tone is becoming cartoonish

Souhan: Ott's so-called physical tone is becoming cartoonish

When Ott actually had a chance to help his team with a third-period breakaway, he lost the puck, then fanned on a pass in the crease. He’s not a hockey player; he’s a rodeo clown.
Souhan: Wild is poised for big things — if it can win at home

Souhan: Wild is poised for big things — if it can win at home

You know the old hockey saying: It’s not a playoff series until someone patronizingly pats you on the head. Steve Ott did so to Jason…
Souhan: Buxton deserves a look to fill Twins' hole in center

Souhan: Buxton deserves a look to fill Twins' hole in center

The Twins might have to consider rushing top prospect Byron Buxton to the majors to play center field.
Souhan: Hopeless Wolves season ends on a (yes) hopeful note

Souhan: Hopeless Wolves season ends on a (yes) hopeful note

Ugly as the Wolves have been, they are in an enviable position moving forward.
Souhan: Spieth-McIlroy rivalry is blooming as golf's next big thing

Souhan: Spieth-McIlroy rivalry is blooming as golf's next big thing

The public’s thirst for the next big thing is so unquenchable that often the thirst persists even before the previous big thing has departed.
Souhan: Spieth's Masters victory hints at much more in store

Souhan: Spieth's Masters victory hints at much more in store

For 72 holes, Jordan Spieth, 21, never lost grip on his first major title.
Spieth's pursuers post impressive scores behind him

Spieth's pursuers post impressive scores behind him

Mickelson, Rose shone but were relegated to Sunday sideshow.
Souhan: Spieth finds first travails but marches on

Souhan: Spieth finds first travails but marches on

Jordan Spieth survived his first double bogey of the Masters on the 17th hole before a nervy flop-shot on 18 left him four shots ahead.
Woods brings the noise, and his game, in a round of 68

Woods brings the noise, and his game, in a round of 68

Tiger Woods' putter wavered a bit Saturday, but not his intensity in a Masters third-round 68.
Souhan: Spieth shows off power of patience at Augusta

Souhan: Spieth shows off power of patience at Augusta

Jordan Spieth set a Masters record with bold strokes — and timely restraint
Mickelson, O'Meara, Woods lead surge of former champions

Mickelson, O'Meara, Woods lead surge of former champions

Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson and Mark O’Meara popped onto the Masters radar Friday with rounds in the 60s.
Souhan: Masters leader Spieth is nice, lucky and outstanding

Souhan: Masters leader Spieth is nice, lucky and outstanding

Jordan Spieth’s 64 might rattle other players if they didn’t like him so much.
Hoffman goes from autograph seeker to opening-round 67 at Masters

Hoffman goes from autograph seeker to opening-round 67 at Masters

Before his impressive round, Charley Hoffman secured some big-name signatures for charity.
Souhan: McIlroy gets glory without falling into celebrity trap

Souhan: McIlroy gets glory without falling into celebrity trap

Rory McIlroy has been able, unlike Tiger, to win majors but not be swallowed by fame.
Watson treats 'least-liked' title as chance to grow

Watson treats 'least-liked' title as chance to grow

Two-time Masters winner believes his demeanor has improved since rookie year.
Souhan: The march of time is finding Tiger, too

Souhan: The march of time is finding Tiger, too

Once the proud owner of a thousand-yard glare, a patented brand of athletic arrogance and an unparalleled résumé, Woods is becoming more human by the day. And that’s a terrible thing for the game.
Souhan: Few festivities, no runs in Molitor's managing debut

Souhan: Few festivities, no runs in Molitor's managing debut

Not much of interest happened Monday to commemorate Paul Molitor’s debut as Twins manager.
Souhan: Fun is back in 2015 Opening Day clubhouse

Souhan: Fun is back in 2015 Opening Day clubhouse

With the return of Torii Hunter and Eddie Guardado, the Twins’ clubhouse this spring was once again loud and funny.
Souhan: Improved rotation, quality starts key to Twins' revitalization

Souhan: Improved rotation, quality starts key to Twins' revitalization

Archaic, often-ridiculed metrics like “quality starts” can be far more important than any advanced metrics for a tam like the Twins.
Souhan: Woodbury teen set for natonal swing at Augusta event

Souhan: Woodbury teen set for natonal swing at Augusta event

A bright career likely awaits Woodbury’s Aayushi Sarkar, 13, and it starts Sunday with an event at Augusta National.
Souhan: The MLS will be a nice fit in Minneapolis

Souhan: The MLS will be a nice fit in Minneapolis

Even for those raised on meat-and-potato American sports, big-time soccer in downtown Minneapolis will be a welcome entree in a city that offers almost everything else.
Souhan: The MLS will be a nice fit in Minneapolis

Souhan: The MLS will be a nice fit in Minneapolis

Minneapolis’ evolving population mix seems an ideal fit for MLS
Souhan: Enough of Peterson and the camel he rode in on

Souhan: Enough of Peterson and the camel he rode in on

Once universally beloved in Minnesota, Vikings running back Adrian Peterson has jumped the shark with his recent behavior.
Souhan: Vikings are gambling Wallace won't be another diva

Souhan: Vikings are gambling Wallace won't be another diva

The Vikings are gambling that Mike Wallace won’t be another diva receiver.
Souhan: U goalie Leveille stops pucks, calms nerves

Souhan: U goalie Leveille stops pucks, calms nerves

The junior from Ontario made 19 saves to improve to 28-3-3 as the Gophers won their third NCAA title in four seasons.
Souhan: Dubnyk a midseason deal that worked wonders

Souhan: Dubnyk a midseason deal that worked wonders

Devan Dubnyk isn’t just glove-saving a season. He’s becoming a first star of Minnesota sports history.
Souhan: Borland neither a quitter nor a hero after retirement

Souhan: Borland neither a quitter nor a hero after retirement

Chris Borland made a mature decision. He rejected the lure of money and fame in favor of health.
Souhan: Tournament will be latest referendum on Calipari

Souhan: Tournament will be latest referendum on Calipari

John Calipari has much to gain — and just as much to lose — in Kentucky’s quest for an undefeated season and a national title.
Souhan: 4-peat DeLaSalle nearly ready for a new test

Souhan: 4-peat DeLaSalle nearly ready for a new test

DeLaSalle’s latest championship shows it’s on the verge of needing a new challenge.
Souhan: Twins baseball ties trio of fun-loving buddies together

Souhan: Twins baseball ties trio of fun-loving buddies together

Baseball trades, and Twitter, have brought an unlikely trio together.
Souhan: After blur of dealing, eyes turn to Peterson, Murray

Souhan: After blur of dealing, eyes turn to Peterson, Murray

While the Vikings were playing pull-tabs, other teams were acquiring second mortgages to play roulette in Vegas.
Souhan: Twins should name Meyer their No. 5 starter

Souhan: Twins should name Meyer their No. 5 starter

Meyer, who will make his first spring appearance Monday against the Pirates, is either the Twins’ top pitching prospect or the oldest of their top pitching prospects. He might have the best stuff of any starter in camp.
Back from injuries, Twins prospect Buxton is whole again

Back from injuries, Twins prospect Buxton is whole again

This spring is a reboot for Twins’ super prospect Byron Buxton, whose 2014 was derailed by injuries.
Souhan: Playoffs? Twins GM boldly sets that lofty goal

Souhan: Playoffs? Twins GM boldly sets that lofty goal

“There’s no reason for us not to be in that mix,” Terry Ryan said, ramping up the expectations.
Souhan: No frills on a day of firsts for Twins

Souhan: No frills on a day of firsts for Twins

New manager Paul Molitor and his Twins got to work.
Souhan: Perkins planning on front-office job with Twins

Souhan: Perkins planning on front-office job with Twins

Glen Perkins plans on having a role in the Twins front office when his pitching career ends.
Souhan: Hunter wants to catch youth's attention

Souhan: Hunter wants to catch youth's attention

It’s easy to say Torii Hunter returned because of the Twins’ past. He argues that his past informs the Twins’ future.
Souhan: What if everything went right for Timberwolves?

Souhan: What if everything went right for Timberwolves?

Let's contemplate what could happen if, for once, everything went right for the local NBA franchise, which has a years-long history of bad decisions and bad fortune.
Souhan: Remember four-year rule when assessing local GMs

Souhan: Remember four-year rule when assessing local GMs

Decisions made years ago now resonate with Minnesota's pro teams.
Souhan: Woods has lost his game as well as intimidating aura

Souhan: Woods has lost his game as well as intimidating aura

Woods’ swing is badly broken; the same goes for his swagger.
Souhan: Pivec felt a special rebel kinship with UNLV's Tarkanian

Souhan: Pivec felt a special rebel kinship with UNLV's Tarkanian

Like Tark, Jay Pivec recruited underprivileged and sometimes troubled athletes and employed them in a fast, aggressive style.
Souhan: Wild GM discovers goalie again to save unraveling season

Souhan: Wild GM discovers goalie again to save unraveling season

Devan Dubnyk has become the rising tide that lifts all Wild employees.
Souhan: Ed Sabol reeled in the modern NFL

Souhan: Ed Sabol reeled in the modern NFL

Ed’s creation of NFL Films helped the sport become “America’s Pastime.”
Souhan: Yeo's leadership goes beyond symbolism

Souhan: Yeo's leadership goes beyond symbolism

The Wild coach’s January tirade grabbed attention, but it’s his calmness that has helped guide the team back to contention.
Souhan: Koskie has found his niche after a career in baseball

Souhan: Koskie has found his niche after a career in baseball

The former Twins star runs a fitness center and is coaching four sons.
Souhan: Rubio wizardry reason to watch at Target Center

Souhan: Rubio wizardry reason to watch at Target Center

Asked whether his team hit a “lull’’ when Ricky Rubio was on the sideline, Wolves coach Flip Saunders said, “Yeah, we had one for 46 games.’’
Souhan: Up close, Super Bowl isn't just glitz

Souhan: Up close, Super Bowl isn't just glitz

As someone who is heading to his 10th Super Bowl, I can assure you that human moments not necessarily captured by the thousands of cameras occur before and after the game.
Souhan: When legacies are made, one play can be the difference

Souhan: When legacies are made, one play can be the difference

The decisive series in Super Bowl XLIX showed us the fine line between legend and punchline.
Souhan: Unlikeliest player almost Super Bowl MVP

Souhan: Unlikeliest player almost Super Bowl MVP

It was an hour after he had made the play that decided Super Bowl XLIX, when Malcolm Butler had to ask a crowd to back up enough so he could take off his pants.
Chart: Jim Souhan's Super Bowl game balls

Chart: Jim Souhan's Super Bowl game balls

Tom Brady, New England QB Four touchdown passes, four Super Bowl championships, at his best in the fourth quarter, as usual. Malcolm Butler, New England…
Souhan: There really is a game after a week's worth of NFL sideshows

Souhan: There really is a game after a week's worth of NFL sideshows

When you pack two teams and fired-up fan bases into a city for Super Bowl week, you’re going to get the world’s worst-directed reality show.
Wilson owns statistical edge over Brady in brief career

Wilson owns statistical edge over Brady in brief career

Russell Wilson may be smaller in stature, but he’s built a credible statistical edge in his brief career.
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