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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: 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.
Souhan: Finally, a Wild team good enough to avoid January swoon

Souhan: Finally, a Wild team good enough to avoid January swoon

Four of the past five seasons, the Wild has hit a January skid. That hasn't happened yet this season, and by the looks of the team on Thursday night it might not happen at all.
Souhan: 'Old timer' Pitino rides ebb, flow of Gophers basketball job

Souhan: 'Old timer' Pitino rides ebb, flow of Gophers basketball job

Minnesota could have fired Richard Pitino last spring. Instead, he is getting a chance to show off coaching chops with his first impressive recruiting class.
Souhan: 'What's-his-face' Springs provides more than zero off U bench

Souhan: 'What's-his-face' Springs provides more than zero off U bench

In praising Gophers guard Nate Mason, Ohio State coach Thad Matta noted that Mason's ballhandling created openings for Akeem Springs. Although he didn't know Springs' name.
Souhan: You have to go back to Holtz for this kind of Gophers hire

Souhan: You have to go back to Holtz for this kind of Gophers hire

Lou Holtz had the key people associated with the program convinced that he wanted to live in Minnesota forever, which is the same vibe radiating from P.J. Fleck.
Souhan: Rubio obstructs Wolves' progress

Souhan: Rubio obstructs Wolves' progress

Ricky Rubio knew that coming into a promising season with a new coach he could prove himself valuable either to the Timberwolves or other NBA teams. He has damaged his value in both cases.
Souhan: Next challenge for the Wild is navigating January

Souhan: Next challenge for the Wild is navigating January

Though coach Bruce Boudreau wasn't here for past collapses in the year's first month, he has a group of players who know too well their own history.
Souhan: Like many before him, Adrian may exit the Minnesota way

Souhan: Like many before him, Adrian may exit the Minnesota way

Many renowned Minnesota sports careers have ended with hurt feelings and without fanfare.
Souhan: Zimmer's offseason job? Re-establish himself as a leader

Souhan: Zimmer's offseason job? Re-establish himself as a leader

The Vikings coach must take a look in the mirror when looking ahead to what has to change in 2017.
Ryder Cup director Jeff Hintz's drive thrilled the state

Ryder Cup director Jeff Hintz's drive thrilled the state

Jeff Hintz's vision as director made for a 2016 Ryder Cup that won't soon be forgotten.
Souhan: Zimmer's prized defensive backs defy him in bitter defeat

Souhan: Zimmer's prized defensive backs defy him in bitter defeat

The Vikings' annual trip to Wisconsin eliminated them from playoff contention and for the first time exposed fissures in relationships between coach Mike Zimmer and key players.
Souhan: Vikings head to Lambeau with Rodgers, Pack apparently in control

Souhan: Vikings head to Lambeau with Rodgers, Pack apparently in control

During his team's late-season surge, Aaron Rodgers has reasserted himself as the best and most important player in the NFC North, if not in all of football.
Souhan: Wild's on the rise because of Boudreau, Dubnyk and Staal

Souhan: Wild's on the rise because of Boudreau, Dubnyk and Staal

Devan Dubnyk's goaltending and Bruce Boudreau's inclination to use four lines have emphasized the roster's strengths and Eric Staal has compensated for Zach Parise's struggles
Souhan: No defense for the way Vikings drubbed by Colts' offense

Souhan: No defense for the way Vikings drubbed by Colts' offense

Behind an offensive line that had been as battered and ineffective as the Vikings', Andrew Luck was not sacked once Sunday. The Vikings allowed 411 yards, 27 first downs and didn't force a turnover.
Souhan: Too many failures to count in U's latest scandal

Souhan: Too many failures to count in U's latest scandal

The Gophers football team threatened to boycott the Holiday Bowl, but it should have been the other way around.
Souhan: Offensive coordinators are still being 'Schnelkered'

Souhan: Offensive coordinators are still being 'Schnelkered'

Bob Schnelker enjoyed a long and eventful career in football. He also became a pioneer. He helped blaze the trail for offensive coordinators as blame receptacles of blame.
Souhan: Zimmer puts it all on the line, just as Vikings do for him

Souhan: Zimmer puts it all on the line, just as Vikings do for him

Mike Zimmer isn't just being tough by coaching after multiple eye surgeries. He's upholding his end of his unwritten contract with the players.
Souhan: Is this 2012 all over again for the Vikings? Not really

Souhan: Is this 2012 all over again for the Vikings? Not really

At 6-6, the comparison is mathematically logical but otherwise suspect.
Souhan: Spurs coach shows off 'Good Pop' in Minnesota visit

Souhan: Spurs coach shows off 'Good Pop' in Minnesota visit

Gregg Popovich on Tuesday night was funny and thoughtful, nothing like the persona he often shows off during TV interviews.
Souhan: Expanding College Football Playoff would limit guesswork

Souhan: Expanding College Football Playoff would limit guesswork

After decades of denying the intelligence of a playoff, college football finally adopted one a few years ago. It worked so well they expanded it from two to four teams. In this case, more is better, and even more would be much better.
Souhan: U volleyball makes Pavilion the place to be

Souhan: U volleyball makes Pavilion the place to be

And the top-ranked Gophers have more to come after their impressive victories to begin the NCAA tournament.
Souhan: Treadwell among the Vikings missing

Souhan: Treadwell among the Vikings missing

Problem: Dallas is 11-1 with a first-round rookie running back and a fourth-round rookie quarterback. Laquon Treadwell, the Vikings' top pick, has one catch this season.
Souhan: Cowboys blueprint: Win a lot to cover up bad decisions

Souhan: Cowboys blueprint: Win a lot to cover up bad decisions

When a team wins, we rush to give them the credit they "deserve," but sometimes success is a function of luck that is not necessarily the residue of design.
Souhan: Perfect asking too much, but Vikings can't afford less from Bradford

Souhan: Perfect asking too much, but Vikings can't afford less from Bradford

Sam Bradford's last pass flew where he wanted but landed in the wrong hands, like an online transaction that gets hacked.
Souhan: Vikings' Bradford has strong case as NFC North's best QB

Souhan: Vikings' Bradford has strong case as NFC North's best QB

Under the most difficult circumstances you could invent, Bradford has proved durable and accurate. He ranks third in the NFL in completion percentage and eighth in passer rating. He has withstood brutal hits and refused to leave the field.
Souhan: Shurmur spicing up a Vikings offense that needs it

Souhan: Shurmur spicing up a Vikings offense that needs it

Pat Shurmur is willing to try just about anything to fool an opponent. He proved that during the Vikings' 30-24 victory Sunday.
Souhan: Slow starts by Twins, Wolves show reality can beat hope

Souhan: Slow starts by Twins, Wolves show reality can beat hope

The Timberwolves, with talent even more precocious and accomplished than the Twins' top prospects, are looking more like an AAU team than one coached by a renowned defensive guru.
Souhan: Enamored by Walsh's leg, Vikings ignored his skittish mind

Souhan: Enamored by Walsh's leg, Vikings ignored his skittish mind

Kickers can go south at any time and for any reason, and few of them are markedly better than those you would sign off the street to replace them.
Souhan: Facing first crisis, it's up to Zimmer to break Vikings' fall

Souhan: Facing first crisis, it's up to Zimmer to break Vikings' fall

The Vikings have lost four straight seemingly winnable games, casting this season and the direction of Mike Zimmer's program into question.
Souhan: Zimmer's math skills gave Lions golden opportunity

Souhan: Zimmer's math skills gave Lions golden opportunity

Mike Zimmer's called timeout with 27 seconds remaining led to a Vikings touchdown, but left too much time for Detroit.
Souhan: LaVine jumped up with Wolves needing a win

Souhan: LaVine jumped up with Wolves needing a win

On a team featuring two expected superstars in Karl-Anthony Towns and Andrew Wiggins, Zach LaVine is capable on any given night of being the Wolves' most spectacular player.
Souhan: As season starts, Wolves offering something unfamiliar: Hope

Souhan: As season starts, Wolves offering something unfamiliar: Hope

Never have the Wolves built a team stocked so deep with star-quality young talent, or one that promises to be so sustainable.
Souhan: Bradford's return to Philadelphia filled with fumbling and failure

Souhan: Bradford's return to Philadelphia filled with fumbling and failure

He missed open receivers and showed poor pocket awareness. He looked spooked even when there were no ghosts. From the second half of the victory in Carolina up until kickoff on Sunday, Bradford had managed pressure well, beating blitzes with quick passes and decisions.
Souhan: Evidence says Spielman asked right questions about Bradford

Souhan: Evidence says Spielman asked right questions about Bradford

The front office held a mock draft of quarterbacks who might be available. That process helped steer a muddled, panic-inducing situation to an obvious solution. "Sam Bradford was the best quarterback out there," Spielman said.
Souhan: Missed call takes away from a night of incredible basketball

Souhan: Missed call takes away from a night of incredible basketball

Cheryl Reeve took a seat behind a microphone and lit into the officials, noting that a key Los Angeles basket came after the shot clock expired and the play was not reviewed.
Souhan: Do the Lynx really have anything more left to prove?

Souhan: Do the Lynx really have anything more left to prove?

Maybe this will be their last Finals together -- or maybe the last until next fall. "The beauty of it is it's not like the NBA, where some guys leave for money or to be in a better city," Seimone Augustus said.
Souhan: As NFL's big stars fade, so do TV ratings

Souhan: As NFL's big stars fade, so do TV ratings

Why are NFL ratings down? Maybe because the league isn't very good to watch.
Souhan: Gophers' offense should run through 'Carpool' of Smith, Brooks

Souhan: Gophers' offense should run through 'Carpool' of Smith, Brooks

The Gophers needed to run the ball well to win Saturday. Shannon Brooks and Rodney Smith ran well when given holes, and when they weren't given holes they sometimes ran even better.
Souhan: Moore stays positive, gives Lynx needed spark in Game 2

Souhan: Moore stays positive, gives Lynx needed spark in Game 2

Eyes up, shoulders back, Maya Moore offered another reminder of why she is one of the world's best players during the Lynx's 79-60 victory over Los Angeles.
Souhan: Thielen, Patterson step up for Vikings with Diggs injured

Souhan: Thielen, Patterson step up for Vikings with Diggs injured

The Vikings keep losing players and winning games as if one isn't related to the other, as if coaches can use some kind of magic app to bring X's and O's to life.
Souhan: Hazeltine produces a champion of a bigger, bolder kind

Souhan: Hazeltine produces a champion of a bigger, bolder kind

This weekend, Hazeltine National filled two voids on its résumé, as the Ryder Cup visited Minnesota for the first time, and a dominant champion, Patrick Reed, soaked the grounds with champagne.
Souhan: Shame on the rude and raunchy among America's golf partisans

Souhan: Shame on the rude and raunchy among America's golf partisans

Maybe Pete Willett wasn't so wrong after all. Partisanship has crossed the line into rudeness as fans at Hazeltine jeered the Euros as much as they cheered their own.
Souhan: Reed brings a Minnesota toughness to opening match

Souhan: Reed brings a Minnesota toughness to opening match

Patrick Reed has no connection to Minnesota, but he was the only player who started a morning match wearing short sleeves.
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