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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.
Recent content from Jim Souhan
Souhan: Twins' Mauer does what he does best, reaching base seven times

Souhan: Twins' Mauer does what he does best, reaching base seven times

Try this sentence on for size: Joe Mauer made his first out of the game in the bottom of the 15th inning, 6 minutes, 23 seconds after the first pitch.
Souhan: Loons another viable Twin Cities sports option

Souhan: Loons another viable Twin Cities sports option

Given reason to cheer, fans at TCF Bank Stadium became impressively loud, and impressively organized.
Souhan: Showalter's Twins observations all might be on target

Souhan: Showalter's Twins observations all might be on target

Buck Showalter heaped praise on the Twins organization as a whole - and he just might be right on all his observations
Souhan: Zimmer would help Vikings by ditching workaholic thing

Souhan: Zimmer would help Vikings by ditching workaholic thing

What's most important for Mike Zimmer and the Vikings is for him to make it through the 2017 season with good health and a healthy attitude. The time to start is now.
Souhan: From prospect to pitcher, Berrios making the successful leap

Souhan: From prospect to pitcher, Berrios making the successful leap

Young Twins starter Jose Berrios has quality stuff and multiple pitches. And he has learned to dominate each level of the game once he becomes comfortable.
Souhan: Twins improved without solving many of their problems

Souhan: Twins improved without solving many of their problems

Statisticians might say the rise to first place is illusory and temporary, and they're probably right. But the view from the clubhouse is different.
Souhan: Fowles' play in Lynx opener impresses all but her coach

Souhan: Fowles' play in Lynx opener impresses all but her coach

One of the hallmarks of the Lynx during a decade of excellence has been a mind-set best described as optimistic realism. So coach Cheryl Reeve didn't spend her postgame news conference praising Fowles; instead she pushed the buttons of a player who will be crucial to her team this season.
Souhan: Wolves coach Thibodeau facing a long fix-it list

Souhan: Wolves coach Thibodeau facing a long fix-it list

With the NBA draft lottery set for Tuesday night, Tom Thibodeau's tenure in Minnesota is not in trouble but his reputation is in need of bolstering.
Souhan: With Cook and Floyd, Vikings again calculate risk, reward

Souhan: With Cook and Floyd, Vikings again calculate risk, reward

Despite spectacular exceptions, the Vikings have generally fared well when making these sorts of ventures.
Souhan: Minnesota rugby's 'first family' helping Hopkins girls soar

Souhan: Minnesota rugby's 'first family' helping Hopkins girls soar

Olympian Katie Johnson has helped coach Hopkins to the national high school club championships.

Santana vs. Sale: The duel becomes a dud

The expected pitchers' duel between Ervin Santana and Chris Sale didn't quite materialize as both starters were just slightly off their games.
Souhan: Best use of Santana for Twins is to keep him

Souhan: Best use of Santana for Twins is to keep him

Unless another team offers a young ace, the Twins should be happy to keep Santana, and other teams are very unlikely to offer a young ace.
Souhan: Fewer pitchers could solve baseball's pace of play problem

Souhan: Fewer pitchers could solve baseball's pace of play problem

Here's an idea: Legislate an 11-man pitching staff. You'll see fewer mid-inning interruptions, more rallies, more intriguing late-game pinch-hitting and an endgame that will be worth staying awake to see.
Souhan: Gibson's latest failure again highlights Berrios' importance

Souhan: Gibson's latest failure again highlights Berrios' importance

Jose Berrios will be the next young pitcher asked to rise to the top of the Twins' rotation, and Kyle Gibson's collapse heightens the pressure.
Souhan: Twins' vision of revival led by Sano, Buxton could be near

Souhan: Twins' vision of revival led by Sano, Buxton could be near

Tuesday's upper-deck home runs by Miguel Sano and Byron Buxton showed what those in the Twins organization have been waiting for since 2013.
Souhan: Peterson's Week 1 return is latest in Vikings' ongoing drama

Souhan: Peterson's Week 1 return is latest in Vikings' ongoing drama

The Vikings are the local champions of sports drama. And as Vikings history proves, "dramatic" is not synonymous with "successful."
Souhan: Wild GM's moves were logical yet fruitless

Souhan: Wild GM's moves were logical yet fruitless

Chuck Fletcher has much for which to answer, but most of his recent mistakes or misjudgments stemmed from managing an inflexible roster.
Souhan: Wild, again, not good enough when it matters

Souhan: Wild, again, not good enough when it matters

Since owner Craig Leipold spent about $200 million on two premier players, his team is 2-5 in playoff series and has not advanced beyond the second round.
Souhan: Elimination game doesn't morph into a head game for Dubnyk

Souhan: Elimination game doesn't morph into a head game for Dubnyk

Devan Dubnyk on Wednesday produced his first shutout since Dec. 20 and was the better goalie in part because of his controlled performance in a critical spot.
Souhan: The Wild can make it a series vs. Blues if it heeds this advice

Souhan: The Wild can make it a series vs. Blues if it heeds this advice

We watch sports to be surprised. Here are 10 ways the Wild belatedly can make this a competitive series and stop whining about "puck luck."
Souhan: Three losses in, it's time: Show us something, Wild

Souhan: Three losses in, it's time: Show us something, Wild

Treating Game 4 like Game 7 is one suggestion. Another is to realize what's happening is not working.
Wild hasn't been in position to get its best shots vs. Blues

Wild hasn't been in position to get its best shots vs. Blues

St. Louis' strategy has limited quality, not quantity chances.
Souhan: For Wild, doubts creeping in thanks to Yeo, Blues

Souhan: For Wild, doubts creeping in thanks to Yeo, Blues

Former Wild coach Mike Yeo is coaching the Blues this series almost as if he knows the Wild's flaws.
Souhan: Shooting's fine, but Wild needs scorers to step up

Souhan: Shooting's fine, but Wild needs scorers to step up

Sometimes in hockey shots are viewed as a sign of dominance. But, as Game 1 showed for the Wild, dominating puck possession and shot totals means nothing if you can't score.
Souhan: Round 1 goes to the Blues' Allen in matchup of goalies

Souhan: Round 1 goes to the Blues' Allen in matchup of goalies

The Wild entered the opening-round playoff series with the better goalie in Devan Dubnyk but St. Louis brought Jake Allen, the hotter goalie who was on full display in Game 1.
Souhan: Boudreau's postseason failures have earned him doubts

Souhan: Boudreau's postseason failures have earned him doubts

In his first season, Bruce Boudreau has led the Wild to a team record for points. But in the past, Boudreau's teams have not won in the playoffs when it matters most.
Souhan: Garcia just the latest golf champion who rose to the occasion

Souhan: Garcia just the latest golf champion who rose to the occasion

This week, Sergio Garcia handled major championship pressure better than he ever had before, altering his persona in America from talented whiner to matured achiever.
Souhan: Suddenly, Sergio no longer is best golfer without a major

Souhan: Suddenly, Sergio no longer is best golfer without a major

Sergio Garcia had argued that he was a different person than the player known for choking away majors and complaining about Augusta National. He proved that all week.
Spieth falters, calls his round 'a bit bizarre'

Spieth falters, calls his round 'a bit bizarre'

He closed with a 75 at the Masters after being poised to challenge.
Spieth trails by 2, ready to 'go for broke' in Masters final round

Spieth trails by 2, ready to 'go for broke' in Masters final round

The 2015 winner, in the Sunday hunt again, is a reachable two shots back.
Souhan: Star-filled Masters leaderboard should lead to special Sunday

Souhan: Star-filled Masters leaderboard should lead to special Sunday

The leaderboard at the Masters has a Ryder Cup-look to it, with Europeans Justin Rose and Sergio Garcia just ahead of Americans Rickie Fowler, Jordan Spieth and Ryan Moore.
Souhan: With Masters lead, Garcia must battle demons and the field

Souhan: With Masters lead, Garcia must battle demons and the field

Sergio Garcia, who has never won a major and is no stranger to comments and controversy in his professional career, is in a four-way tie for the lead after Round 2 at the Masters.
Ryder Cup star Pieters keeps task simple at Masters

Ryder Cup star Pieters keeps task simple at Masters

Thomas Pieters, a novice at majors, hasn't buckled under the Augusta aura.
Memories of Palmer endure at Augusta National

Memories of Palmer endure at Augusta National

In a touching early-morning ceremony at the Masters, friends and patrons recalled Arnold Palmer's popularity and kindness.
Spieth says he's ready to 'tear up' Augusta in return to the Masters

Spieth says he's ready to 'tear up' Augusta in return to the Masters

Spieth's Masters record is both stunning and disappointing. At 23, he can choose to be proud or regretful. The way he talks about that success and failure is interesting.
Souhan: Golfers teed off over rules adjudicating in majors

Souhan: Golfers teed off over rules adjudicating in majors

It's Masters week, which means the world's best golfers are all in one place. And most sound disgusted by the way the rules of the game are enforced.
Souhan: New catcher Castro can take Twins' win and frame it

Souhan: New catcher Castro can take Twins' win and frame it

On his first Opening Day at Target Field, Jason Castro collected the Twins' first hit, drew a walk and lined a two-run single during a five-run seventh. He was also behind the plate for Ervin Santana's two-hit gem.
Souhan: Hope roams in the Twins' outfield

Souhan: Hope roams in the Twins' outfield

Byron Buxton, Max Kepler and Eddie Rosario could give the Twins their best fielding outfield since Kirby Puckett, Dan Gladden and Shane Mack were mastering the Metrodome's idiosyncrasies.
Souhan: Twins' new bosses inherit the worst and hope for the best

Souhan: Twins' new bosses inherit the worst and hope for the best

There is no better job in sports than taking over a broken franchise. Mathematically and aesthetically, Derek Falvine's new team can't get worse.
Souhan: Twins new bosses show their own 'March Madness' by cutting Park

Souhan: Twins new bosses show their own 'March Madness' by cutting Park

It seems highly unlikely that a 13th pitcher will help produce a Twins victory this month, and ByungHo Park earned his shot to show what he can do in the major leagues.
Souhan: Wild threaten to start playoffs with higher seeding, lower expectations

Souhan: Wild threaten to start playoffs with higher seeding, lower expectations

No matter how the Wild wants to phrase it, the team's spoken goal has changed from winning the division to eking out an occasional point.

Souhan: Observations from spring training, a week from Opening Day

One man's takeaways from Florida spring training.
Souhan: Cuddyer enjoying life as a former baseball player

Souhan: Cuddyer enjoying life as a former baseball player

Always a friendly presence, former Twins outfielder Michael Cuddyer this spring is more relaxed than he has ever been in a baseball clubhouse. "It's great," he said of the retired life.
Souhan: About to turn 34, Mauer comes to a career crossroad

Souhan: About to turn 34, Mauer comes to a career crossroad

As of 2013, Joe Mauer remained on pace to finish his career as one of the greatest-hitting catchers in baseball. He'll enter 2017 as a light-hitting first baseman with, perhaps, the end of his career in sight.
Souhan: Buxton ready to show this will be his year

Souhan: Buxton ready to show this will be his year

When a top prospect struggles, everyone in the organization wants to help, leading to a cacophony of advice. "You're going to have to fail to learn how to succeed," Byron Buxton said.
Souhan: After trade talk, Dozier wants to take game to another level

Souhan: After trade talk, Dozier wants to take game to another level

When the new Twins bosses discussed trades of second baseman Brian Dozier this winter, Dozier sought refuge at a rural cabin two hours from his Mississippi home.
Souhan: NFL free agency means different fates for different folks

Souhan: NFL free agency means different fates for different folks

NFL free agency is rarely a vehicle for greatness. Instead of it being the foundation, it fixes the cracks.
Souhan: Gophers defense goes to great lengths to improve

Souhan: Gophers defense goes to great lengths to improve

With Reggie Lynch intimidating shooters near the basket and Amir Coffey hurling his long frame and arms at shooters on the perimeter, the Gophers' defense has improved immeasurably - and measurably.
Souhan: Yeo, Blues deliver a little fly in the ointment to Wild

Souhan: Yeo, Blues deliver a little fly in the ointment to Wild

Nearing the end of the best season in Wild history, the Xcel Energy Center sounded awfully quiet Tuesday night. The St. Louis Blues were in town with a coach named Yeo, and it doesn't take much to make Minnesota sports fans worry about curses and hexes, franchise history and old acquaintances.
Souhan: Fletcher wagered right amount in trade with Coyotes

Souhan: Fletcher wagered right amount in trade with Coyotes

The GM's fearlessness has built the best team in the Western Conference, and Sunday he again demonstrated that he doesn't know why anyone would bother putting yellow on a traffic light.
Souhan: Gophers' turnaround season is fun for Pitino, too

Souhan: Gophers' turnaround season is fun for Pitino, too

Richard Pitino presided over one of the worst seasons in Gophers basketball history last year. He initiated one of the most dramatic turnarounds in Gophers sports history this year.
Souhan: Rubio just the latest in long line of Wolves' point guard issues

Souhan: Rubio just the latest in long line of Wolves' point guard issues

The franchise history of point guards explains why the Timberwolves have ended all but one season without winning a playoff series.
Souhan: Old nemesis Blackhawks return, but Wild has new stature

Souhan: Old nemesis Blackhawks return, but Wild has new stature

For once, the Blackhawks won a game against Minnesota and could feel they proved something, because this is the best Wild team in history.
Souhan: Freshman Curry becomes newest big man on campus

Souhan: Freshman Curry becomes newest big man on campus

During the Gophers' 83-78 overtime victory over Michigan, Curry, the freshman from Memphis, borrowed Reggie Lynch's job and ran with it.
Souhan: Wolves feel King James' presence in loss

Souhan: Wolves feel King James' presence in loss

There remain athletes who can awe regardless of familiarity and LeBron James is one of them. In person he looks more powerful than he appears on any screen.
Souhan: Koivu's inspired play is no joking matter for Wild

Souhan: Koivu's inspired play is no joking matter for Wild

As earnest an athlete as you'll meet, Mikko Koivu isn't the kind of guy who's going to make you slap your knee but this season he has earned pats on the back.
Souhan: Twins offer constant reminder that things could be worse

Souhan: Twins offer constant reminder that things could be worse

As the least-anticipated Twins spring training in decades begins, let's count our blessings.
Souhan: Boudreau's brilliance with Wild channels two Twin Cities greats

Souhan: Boudreau's brilliance with Wild channels two Twin Cities greats

Boudreau has helped the Wild rise to the top of the Western Conference by blending the philosophies and habits of two of the most skilled coaches and managers in Twin Cities history, former Twins manager Tom Kelly and former Wild coach Jacques Lemaire.
Souhan: Minneapolis can't let itself get swallowed up by the Super Bowl

Souhan: Minneapolis can't let itself get swallowed up by the Super Bowl

The game and the spectacle surrounding the Super Bowl has grown like an internet startup since Minnesota last hosted the big game. Minneapolis has to prove that the Super Bowl isn't too big for it to handle.
Souhan: By allowing Brady to hang around, Falcons found wrong side of history

Souhan: By allowing Brady to hang around, Falcons found wrong side of history

No Falcons seemed angry on Sunday night. They murmured, packed and quickly left. It turns out the wrong side of history is a large and quiet room.
Patriots get rich on inexpensive talent tailor-made for their system

Patriots get rich on inexpensive talent tailor-made for their system

Tom Brady and Bill Belichick are trying to win a fifth Super Bowl in 16 years. Nobody has won that many or contended for titles for so long, and it is bottom feeding that has allowed the Patriots to stay on top.
Souhan: Neutral observers have Super Bowl choice: naughty or nice

Souhan: Neutral observers have Super Bowl choice: naughty or nice

Super Bowl fans, you pick: The "Rise Up" Falcons or the locked-down Patriots.
Souhan: One play changed careers in Patriots' last Super Bowl

Souhan: One play changed careers in Patriots' last Super Bowl

In Super Bowl XLIX, little known Malcolm Butler made the interception at the goal line that gave the Patriots a 28-24 victory over Seattle
Falcons WR Jones isn't otherworldly, just the best NFL receiver

Falcons WR Jones isn't otherworldly, just the best NFL receiver

With his ego checked at the door, Julio Jones has become one of the NFL's top receivers.
Vikings' COO Kevin Warren follows father's footsteps as trailblazer

Vikings' COO Kevin Warren follows father's footsteps as trailblazer

Kevin Warren is following in his father's footsteps as a trailblazer for minorities.
Souhan: For now, he's Michael Floyd the New England backup

Souhan: For now, he's Michael Floyd the New England backup

Is former Cretin-Derham Hall receiver Michael Floyd the next player to make Patriots coach Bill Belichick look smarter than the rest of the NFL? That hasn't happened yet.
Souhan: Falcons coach turns bumper sticker slogans into Super Bowl arrival

Souhan: Falcons coach turns bumper sticker slogans into Super Bowl arrival

Like P.J. Fleck, Atlanta Falcons coach Dan Quinn sounds as if he's considering trademarking every sentence he speaks.
Souhan: Conservative approach by Vikings can land solid running back

Souhan: Conservative approach by Vikings can land solid running back

The Falcons and the Patriots sought balance and the ability to score rushing touchdowns near the goal line. Both succeeded without spending a first-round draft pick or multiple millions of dollars on a running back.
Souhan: Thibodeau's style working with young Wolves

Souhan: Thibodeau's style working with young Wolves

If Tom Thibodeau's players had tired of him, they wouldn't be showing improvement like they have over the past month.
Souhan: Bolder moves needed to buy hope in Twins' new regime

Souhan: Bolder moves needed to buy hope in Twins' new regime

At some point, Twins Chief Baseball Officer Derek Falvey and GM Thad Levine will have to prove they operate differently than former GM Terry Ryan.
Souhan: Signs point toward a dramatic Super Bowl

Souhan: Signs point toward a dramatic Super Bowl

The NFL could use a dramatic Super Bowl. Only two of this year's playoff games have been decided by fewer than two touchdowns.
Souhan: Let's hope for Brady vs. Rodgers in the Super Bowl

Souhan: Let's hope for Brady vs. Rodgers in the Super Bowl

Tom Brady and Aaron Rodgers could create one of the greatest quarterback matchups in Super Bowl history.
Souhan: Right moves give Badgers undeniable dominance over Gophers

Souhan: Right moves give Badgers undeniable dominance over Gophers

Gophers men's basketball needs a victory over Wisconsin to maintain the momentum for a promising season.
Souhan: Wild's Boudreau does what's needed to win — egos be darned

Souhan: Wild's Boudreau does what's needed to win — egos be darned

The primary flaw of coach Bruce Boudreau's predecessor, Mike Yeo, was that Yeo cared about making his bosses look good and about relationships with his key players.
Souhan: Don't look to Knoblauch deal as reason to trade Dozier

Souhan: Don't look to Knoblauch deal as reason to trade Dozier

The Twins' trade of Chuck Knoblauch to New York in 1998 isn't as analogous to a potential Brian Dozier trade now as you would think.
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