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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: A grand exit might not be in the cards for Kevin Garnett

Souhan: A grand exit might not be in the cards for Kevin Garnett

If Kevin Garnett is not going to become a part-owner or assistant general manager or loud voice at the end of the bench, he has no role in the New Wolves Order.
Souhan: Vikings learn why Sam Bradford was a No. 1 overall pick

Souhan: Vikings learn why Sam Bradford was a No. 1 overall pick

In the victory over the Packers, he threw with accuracy, he threw deep with velocity and he threw with touch.
Souhan: One glimmering unveiling deserves another as Bradford steps into spotlight

Souhan: One glimmering unveiling deserves another as Bradford steps into spotlight

Signed just 15 days before the Vikings' home opener at their new stadium, Sam Bradford could not have been much more impressive under the circumstances. Or any circumstances.
Souhan: Bradford, Vikings can help each other

Souhan: Bradford, Vikings can help each other

Two years from now, Sam Bradford will either have proved he can lead a winning team, or he will be on his way to Ponder-osa.
Souhan: Griffen has grown into a quarterback's nightmare

Souhan: Griffen has grown into a quarterback's nightmare

Everson Griffen was inactive for his first five NFL games and raised concerns about his behavior as a young pro. Now? Griffen finds himself at the apex of his career.
Souhan: Finding a star receiver has become elusive for Vikings

Souhan: Finding a star receiver has become elusive for Vikings

If Stefon Diggs hadn't turned into a quality player in short order, the Vikings would be in deeper trouble at the position. Even with Diggs producing, the Vikings' real-world pecking order is worrisome.
Souhan: Walsh's struggles continue in opener

Souhan: Walsh's struggles continue in opener

General Manager Rick Spielman has to hope that one of his biggest mistakes won't become the in-game story line against the Packers.
Souhan: Vikings QB situation syncs with franchise history

Souhan: Vikings QB situation syncs with franchise history

The events of the past two weeks surrounding the Vikings - losing one top quarterback and trading for a former No. 1 - were shocking only if you expect normalcy.
Souhan: New Twins boss must have a nose for arms to fix this team

Souhan: New Twins boss must have a nose for arms to fix this team

The Twins rank last in the majors in team ERA (5.25) and last in starting pitching ERA (5.60). That must improve under the new front office structure.
Souhan: Rio Olympics far more captivating than frightening

Souhan: Rio Olympics far more captivating than frightening

You've heard about all of the problems that threatened or hampered the Games. Here are the things that went right:
Dynasty continues: Whalen's 17 points helps Team USA to another gold medal

Dynasty continues: Whalen's 17 points helps Team USA to another gold medal

The U.S. women are one of the most dominant teams in the modern history of sports with 49 consecutive wins and six Olympic golds in a row. They did not play a fourth quarter in Rio with the outcome in doubt.
U.S. men down Serbia, romp to third consecutive Olympic basketball gold

U.S. men down Serbia, romp to third consecutive Olympic basketball gold

New Wolves coach Tom Thibodeau's supporting vocals help orchestrate gold medal blowout.
Souhan: U.S. women's successes are a barometer of progress

Souhan: U.S. women's successes are a barometer of progress

Title IX isn't the sole reason for the Olympic dominance of U.S. women — many gymnasts and swimmers begin winning medals before they graduate from high school — but it has helped grow the ranks of female athletes, and has given girls incentive to pursue sports and athletic scholarships.
U.S. men's basketball team not dominant, but gold within reach

U.S. men's basketball team not dominant, but gold within reach

For a team that is undefeated, this tournament has been a relative struggle, but the coaching staff has found player combinations that have led to improved defensive performance.
Souhan: Sacrifices, bonds made U.S. women's basketball journey special

Souhan: Sacrifices, bonds made U.S. women's basketball journey special

Four Lynx players and their coach earned medals, and the tears and hugs made gold seem like anything but a foregone conclusion.
Core of USA women's basketball sets a lofty standard

Core of USA women's basketball sets a lofty standard

Consistent excellence is Team USA's hoops stamp. The Americans go for a sixth consecutive gold medal on Saturday.
U.S. outlasts Spain, holds Rubio scoreless, will play for gold

U.S. outlasts Spain, holds Rubio scoreless, will play for gold

The U.S. defense bottled up Ricky Rubio and Spain in winning Friday's semifinal matchup.

Souhan: Hopkins family brings rugby's fun to Rio's poor

Dan and Jennie Johnson turned a family vacation into a chance to hold a fundraiser for children of the favelas, the infamous slums that hover above Rio.
Souhan: Bolt hits his home stretch with another gold

Souhan: Bolt hits his home stretch with another gold

With perhaps just a few precious strides left in an unmatched Olympic career, Usain Bolt on Thursday won his eighth gold medal
Rubio gets chance to impress Thibodeau in Rio

Rubio gets chance to impress Thibodeau in Rio

Timberwolves guard Ricky Rubio, playing for Spain in the Olympics, will face Tom Thibodeau, an assistant coach for Team USA, in the semifinals.
Whalen's mind focused on gold medal, not Rio distractions

Whalen's mind focused on gold medal, not Rio distractions

Lindsay Whalen dedicated herself to making the U.S. team. She was thrilled to compete in her first Olympics in London, and is no less thrilled to be on the current team that is dominating in Rio.
Team USA cruises into men's basketball semifinals with win over Argentina

Team USA cruises into men's basketball semifinals with win over Argentina

The Americans climbed out of an early hole with their work on defense.
Souhan: Appeal finally granted, Hassan Mead gets his place in 5,000-meter final

Souhan: Appeal finally granted, Hassan Mead gets his place in 5,000-meter final

After initially being denied, the former Minneapolis South and Gophers runner's appeal for a spot in the 5,000-meter finals was granted late Wednesday following a final-lap fall.
U.S. men's basketball barely winning, let alone dominating

U.S. men's basketball barely winning, let alone dominating

Defensive gaffes have plagued the gold medal favorites in Rio. The latest three-point victory came against a French team that played without star point guard Tony Parker.
Running third, ex-Gophers runner Hassan Mead falls in final lap of 5,000M

Running third, ex-Gophers runner Hassan Mead falls in final lap of 5,000M

Mead said he would file an appeal. If successful, that would get him into the finals of the event. The South High graduate was on pace with the top runners before the fall.
Emmanuel Matadi's journey continues in Rio

Emmanuel Matadi's journey continues in Rio

MSU Mankato track star, with mom watching, made his native country proud
Lynx center Fowles makes U.S. running game even better

Lynx center Fowles makes U.S. running game even better

What do you get the team that has everything? How about a 6-foot-5 center who comes off the bench and makes like Usain Bolt?
Souhan: Nothing's black and white in Rio (green, yes)

Souhan: Nothing's black and white in Rio (green, yes)

What's different about these Games is the way the "organizers'' react to problems. These are the "Don't Blame It On Rio'' Olympics.
Augustus' 100th game with USA Basketball brings joy, heartache

Augustus' 100th game with USA Basketball brings joy, heartache

Seimone Augustus, whose family in Baton Rouge, La., has been displaced by floods, helped the U.S. women set an Olympic record in her 100th game.
Souhan: 'A true warrior,' Usain Bolt wins third 100-meter gold

Souhan: 'A true warrior,' Usain Bolt wins third 100-meter gold

Usain Bolt's pursuit of records is like an Alfred Hitchcock murder. The suspense is not so much in the deed as in the possibility of what may happen.
Usain Bolt finally gets his time to strike in Rio

Usain Bolt finally gets his time to strike in Rio

While Usain Bolt preps for Sunday, Elaine Thompson headlined Saturday.
Souhan: Tale of two Simones expands the Olympic ideal

Souhan: Tale of two Simones expands the Olympic ideal

These Olympics, at least so far, belong to great moments for Simone Biles and Simone Manuel.
Souhan: Phelps wraps up Olympic career after extending his prime

Souhan: Phelps wraps up Olympic career after extending his prime

Phelps savors his career swan song, adding a silver to four Rio golds
Defense leads US to 30-point win over Canada

Defense leads US to 30-point win over Canada

What saved the Americans in the first half and allowed them to pull away in the second half to move to 4-0 in the Olympics was their intensity on defense.
Bolt out to place himself among all-time greats

Bolt out to place himself among all-time greats

Usain Bolt is not out to surpass Michael Phelps in number of medals but in the mark he leaves on the Games.
Souhan: Rower's exit shows when pursuing gold turns to grief

Souhan: Rower's exit shows when pursuing gold turns to grief

At what might have been the end of a successful decade of competing internationally, Minnesota rower Megan Kalmoe went out not with a roar but with a couple of tweets.
Phelps tops Lochte on a historic night in Rio

Phelps tops Lochte on a historic night in Rio

Michael Phelps sped away from the field Thursday to win gold in the 200-meter individual medley, giving him 22 Olympic gold medals. No other athlete has won more than nine.
Anthony fills central role as U.S. men's basketball survives a test

Anthony fills central role as U.S. men's basketball survives a test

Four-time Olympian Carmelo Anthony scored 31 points and set a U.S. Olympics scoring mark in Wednesday's victory over Australia.
Souhan: Bender experiences rugby, Olympic-style

Souhan: Bender experiences rugby, Olympic-style

Minnesotan Garrett Bender and his U.S. teammates went toe-to-toe with the world's best rugby team Wednesday in Rio.
Souhan: Two games, three points. Rubio terrible in Rio

Souhan: Two games, three points. Rubio terrible in Rio

At a time when his long-term future with the Wolves is in doubt, Ricky Rubio is damaging Spain's chances at a third consecutive gold medal game with the U.S.
Team USA preps for unbeaten Australia

Team USA preps for unbeaten Australia

Australia isn't expected to beat the Americans, or necessarily stay close, but in this lopsided competition they are one of a few teams considered to have an outside chance of testing the U.S. when the teams play at 5 p.m. Wednesday.
Souhan: Brazil brings the sport, and the party, in beach volleyball

Souhan: Brazil brings the sport, and the party, in beach volleyball

A sport that seemed like a lark or a departure when it became an official Olympic sport in 1996 has become one of the best shows of every summer Games.
Perseverance puts former St. Cloud State football player on U.S. rugby roster

Perseverance puts former St. Cloud State football player on U.S. rugby roster

Garrett Bender kept fighting to make the rugby sevens team after an invitation to train fell through.
Jimmy Butler helps kick-start USA to rout of Venezuela

Jimmy Butler helps kick-start USA to rout of Venezuela

The Bulls star fired up his team following a ho-hum opening period.
Souhan: Lynx's Reeve enjoys break as 'bad guy' in role as assistant

Souhan: Lynx's Reeve enjoys break as 'bad guy' in role as assistant

After the U.S. women's basketball team's first practice in Rio, Lynx star Seimone Augustus told Cheryl Reeve to "grab the bags." How could a player haze her coach?
U.S. women put on dominating gymnastics performance

U.S. women put on dominating gymnastics performance

The U.S.held a remarkable 9.959-point lead over second-place China after Sunday's qualifying.
Lynx players take pride in returning to chase more Olympic gold

Lynx players take pride in returning to chase more Olympic gold

A lack of turnover is a source of pride for the U.S. women's basketball team, which opens its quest for another gold medal Sunday morning.
Souhan: Minnesota rugby family revels in an Olympic first

Souhan: Minnesota rugby family revels in an Olympic first

Before the IOC announced that women's rugby sevens would be added to the 2016 Games, Katie Johnson never thought she would have a chance to play in an Olympics.
Wolves coach Thibodeau reconnects with Bulls' Jimmy Butler in Rio

Wolves coach Thibodeau reconnects with Bulls' Jimmy Butler in Rio

The NBA players willing to venture to the Olympics have taken seriously their role as ambassadors for their game and their country.
Souhan: Despite its many flaws, Rio is a marvelous place to celebrate

Souhan: Despite its many flaws, Rio is a marvelous place to celebrate

The Olympics shouldn't be used to whitewash Rio's problems, but there's nothing wrong with enjoying the view. None of the warts scars the city's raw beauty.
Minnesota-born Kalmoe wants to end decade of rowing in gold

Minnesota-born Kalmoe wants to end decade of rowing in gold

Megan Kalmoe was born in Minneapolis, grew up in St. Croix Falls, Wis., emerged as a standout rower at the University of Washington
Souhan: Minneapolis chiropractor knows thrill of Olympic medals

Souhan: Minneapolis chiropractor knows thrill of Olympic medals

Dennis Koslowski used to brag that he hit the athletic trifecta. "I was slow, small and weak,'' he said. So how did he become an Olympic wrestler?
No youth rugby teams? Katie Johnson told her father: 'Then start some'

No youth rugby teams? Katie Johnson told her father: 'Then start some'

Not many Americans are born into rugby, but Katie Johnson's athletic future might have been decided when her father first saw Katie's mother.
Souhan: Ebner temporarily abandons NFL to pursue Olympic dream

Souhan: Ebner temporarily abandons NFL to pursue Olympic dream

Nate Ebner has worn three of the most celebrated logos in American sports, has won a Super Bowl ring and is a member of the first U.S. Olympic rugby team in 92 years.
Whether home or abroad, Lynx know all about finishing first

Whether home or abroad, Lynx know all about finishing first

Four Lynx players and one coach take their winning formula from the WNBA to the Rio Olympics.
First step for Minnesotan's bid for cycling medal: Embrace the pain

First step for Minnesotan's bid for cycling medal: Embrace the pain

For cyclist and Mounds View High graduate Kelly Catlin, the harder the knock, the stronger she gets.
Souhan: Are Vikings fans setting themselves up for disappointment?

Souhan: Are Vikings fans setting themselves up for disappointment?

To believe this Vikings team can become the first to ever improve on a season of 11 or more victories, you have to believe a number of things.
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.
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