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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: 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.
Souhan: After the taunting, Ryder Cup is golf with volume cranked up to 11

Souhan: After the taunting, Ryder Cup is golf with volume cranked up to 11

This week, Hazeltine National is playing host to one of the most emotional Ryder Cups ever. The golf should be good, too.
Souhan: McIlroy, Euros don't have to work at being relaxed, confident

Souhan: McIlroy, Euros don't have to work at being relaxed, confident

The 27-year-old from Northern Ireland has grown into a leader on the European team and has taken the lead in needling his opponents from the United States.
Souhan: Ryder Cups alter the game of golf and the players competing

Souhan: Ryder Cups alter the game of golf and the players competing

The Ryder Cup takes a couple dozen professional golfers who spend most of their time obsessed with swing thoughts, practice, money, sponsorships, money, majors and money, and changes the way their brains and hearts work for a week.
Souhan: Late-season push puts Ryan Moore on the big stage

Souhan: Late-season push puts Ryan Moore on the big stage

U.S. captain Davis Love III had little choice but to reward Moore for his excellent play over the past two months, especially when he pushed Euro star Rory McIlroy to four playoff holes to finish as the runner-up at the Tour Championship.

Ryan Moore fact box

Moore fileAge: 33Hometown: Puyallup, Wash.World ranking: 31Career victories: FiveMajor titles: None2016 season: Won the John Deere Classic on Aug. 14 in Silvis, Ill. Runner-up to…
Souhan: Golf analyst Chamblee's fearlessness makes him great at job

Souhan: Golf analyst Chamblee's fearlessness makes him great at job

Chamblee possesses expertise, but so do a thousand other golfers. What sets him apart from the average golf analyst, and from so many who fail to do the job properly while covering other sports, is fearlessness.
Souhan: Zimmer's coaching has attention - and respect - of Vikings

Souhan: Zimmer's coaching has attention - and respect - of Vikings

Mike Zimmer's straight talk and expertise have won over the Vikings locker room since he took over as head coach.
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.
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.
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