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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: Emotion-choked night ends in loss, but lingering hope for Gophers

Souhan: Emotion-choked night ends in loss, but lingering hope for Gophers

The Gophers' women's basketball team this season ranks third in the nation in scoring, behind only UConn and Baylor.
Souhan: Saunders' passion, diligence personified in Wolves' Towns

Souhan: Saunders' passion, diligence personified in Wolves' Towns

Above all, Flip Saunders was a basketball fan who wanted to bring all of Minnesota's basketball fans along on the bandwagon that he planned to build with the Wolves. Drafting Karl-Anthony Towns was the start.
Souhan: Andrew Wiggins needs to realize bored is a bad look

Souhan: Andrew Wiggins needs to realize bored is a bad look

This would be the kind of game that lights fires in competitors' bellies and eyes. James Harden showed that. Meanwhile, Andrew Wiggins played like he was full of asbestos.
Souhan: It's nice to talk and care about the NBA in February

Souhan: It's nice to talk and care about the NBA in February

What matters in our marketplace is that the Timberwolves have a chance to become the No. 1 sporting attraction in Minnesota for the next couple of months.
Souhan: Twins front office needs to take bolder steps in remaking roster

Souhan: Twins front office needs to take bolder steps in remaking roster

The Twins are smart to be cautious with their signings, but at some point you have to take a step to get ahead of the competition.
Souhan: Good but not good enough. Can the Wild do anything to help itself?

Souhan: Good but not good enough. Can the Wild do anything to help itself?

In the real world, the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over and hoping for a different result. In sports, insanity sometimes pays dividends.
Souhan: Eagles winning Super Bowl means no more excuses for Vikings

Souhan: Eagles winning Super Bowl means no more excuses for Vikings

What the Eagles accomplished will place more pressure on the rest of the NFL's coaches and general managers because the team wasn't deterred by key injuries or a coaching change.
Souhan: Even in defeat, Brady adds to his legend

Souhan: Even in defeat, Brady adds to his legend

Tom Brady on Sunday passed for a Super Bowl-record 505 yards at the age of 40, with a recently-healed right hand and his most talented receiver in the locker room because of a head injury.
Souhan: With Moss and Owens, Hall of Fame may need to wing for divas

Souhan: With Moss and Owens, Hall of Fame may need to wing for divas

Randy Moss and Terrell Owens deserve their calls to the Pro Football Hall of Fame. But we can simultaneously acknowledge their greatness and their flaws.
Souhan: Butler exemplifies Belichick's knack for using right player, right time

Souhan: Butler exemplifies Belichick's knack for using right player, right time

Malcolm Butler, once an undrafted free agent, is expected to play in a third Super Bowl in his fourth NFL season Sunday at U.S. Bank Stadium.
Souhan: Cousins available? Perhaps Vikings should make a bold move

Souhan: Cousins available? Perhaps Vikings should make a bold move

The question is simple: Would Kirk Cousins be a better choice than Case Keenum or Teddy Bridgewater? The next question: If so, can they afford him?
Souhan: Goodell's catch-rule fiasco is a joke without a punchline

Souhan: Goodell's catch-rule fiasco is a joke without a punchline

Most of Roger Goodell's tenure as NFL Commissioner has been consumed with fighting illogical or unwinnable battles, trying to preside over the league rather than run it.
Souhan: No 'distraction.' Two Eagles show athletes can fight for causes

Souhan: No 'distraction.' Two Eagles show athletes can fight for causes

Malcolm Jenkins and Chris Long are proof that players can get involved in social issues. As Long puts it: "Distraction is code for 'I don't agree with what you're talking about.' "
Souhan: Super Bowl makes a public spectacle of itself

Souhan: Super Bowl makes a public spectacle of itself

Nancy Kerrigan shouted questions. A reporter asked Bill Belichick what made this Super Bowl different. "It's in Minnesota,'' he deadpanned. The game's hype, with off-the-wall characters and plenty of odd questions, arrived at the X in full force.
Souhan: Super Bowl visitors, you'll be fine here as long as you don't die

Souhan: Super Bowl visitors, you'll be fine here as long as you don't die

Such a casualty would be highly inconvenient because our corporate overlords are trying to use Super Bowl week to prove that people can come to Minneapolis in February and not freeze to death.
Souhan: At Minnesota's Super Bowl party, who's the guest of 'honor'?

Souhan: At Minnesota's Super Bowl party, who's the guest of 'honor'?

Minnesota this week will host one team that the nation loves to hate and one fan base that deserves to be hated.
Souhan: Like many, former Vikings quarterback Kapp paid a price

Souhan: Like many, former Vikings quarterback Kapp paid a price

Former Vikings quarterback Joe Kapp is coming to Minnesota for Super Bowl week. He's eager to see old teammates ... and a renowned neurosurgeon.
Souhan: Something happened on the way to the Super Bowl

Souhan: Something happened on the way to the Super Bowl

That the Vikings could have become the first team to play a Super Bowl at home became the dominant theme of their season. That story line obscured a more important truth.
Souhan: This Vikings season was going to be different, until it wasn't

Souhan: This Vikings season was going to be different, until it wasn't

Losing big games and seeking more at quarterback. These are your Vikings.
Souhan: After all this, Vikings can't lose this game ... right?

Souhan: After all this, Vikings can't lose this game ... right?

When you become the first team ever to win a playoff game with a 61-yard touchdown pass as time expires in regulation you are playing with house money and gifted emotion.
Souhan: From the UP to 13 years in the NFL, Berger's built quite a career

Souhan: From the UP to 13 years in the NFL, Berger's built quite a career

The Vikings offensive line has become a driving force on a 14-victory team, and Joe Berger, a sixth-round draft pick out of a small school in the Upper Peninsula, has made something of himself.
Souhan: Quicker thinking made Diggs the Vikings' hero on Sunday

Souhan: Quicker thinking made Diggs the Vikings' hero on Sunday

Stefon Diggs said he "took a picture,'' a mental sketch, of the Saints defense before he turned back to await Keenum's pass.
Souhan: For once, Vikings are on right side of a miracle

Souhan: For once, Vikings are on right side of a miracle

Sunday at U.S. Bank Stadium, the Minnesota Vikings gave us the Minneapolis Miracle, a play without precedent in 56 years of franchise history.

Souhan: Vikings' last playoff game against the Saints was an all-timer

Vikings fans may want to forget, but there are so many reasons to remember that 2010 NFC Championship Game.
Souhan: Johnson's world football tour finds home with Vikings

Souhan: Johnson's world football tour finds home with Vikings

After a football life that started in Mississippi and migrated around the globe, he has found trust at the other end of the big river.
Souhan: Vikings helped create the monsters that became Brees and the Saints

Souhan: Vikings helped create the monsters that became Brees and the Saints

If not for what now appears to be a bizarre set of circumstances and decisions made by a seemingly random group of current and former NFL figures, Drew Brees never would have played in the NFC.
Souhan: Vikings-Saints matchup could have anything and everything

Souhan: Vikings-Saints matchup could have anything and everything

Vikings vs. Saints will provide the marquee matchup of the weekend, and the winner likely will be favored to play in the Super Bowl. Things will be much different than when the teams met in Week 1 of the season.
Souhan: Tremors from Vikings rattle across NFC North

Souhan: Tremors from Vikings rattle across NFC North

The Vikings are the reason there are no NFC North teams playing this weekend, and their dominance of what promised to be an intriguing division race has altered their opponents' plans, maybe even prompted mistakes.
Souhan: Wentz injury makes Vikings true No. 1 seed in NFC

Souhan: Wentz injury makes Vikings true No. 1 seed in NFC

Philadelphia earned the NFC's top seed but without former North Dakota State star Carson Wentz at quarterback, the Eagles are at the bottom of the playoff field.
Souhan: Vikings have become the team to beat in NFC

Souhan: Vikings have become the team to beat in NFC

Since the Vikings lost at Carolina, the defense has allowed just one offensive touchdown. Sunday, the Bears' offense produced zero points.
Souhan: Vikings still uncertain just what they have in Keenum

Souhan: Vikings still uncertain just what they have in Keenum

The Vikings' quarterback hierarchy for the remainder of this season is set. The quarterback hierarchy for the future remains muddled, and probably will be determined by Case Keenum's playoff performance.
Souhan: Butler rising to meet, exceed expectations with Wolves

Souhan: Butler rising to meet, exceed expectations with Wolves

During the Wolves' past two home games, fans began chanting "M-V-P" as Jimmy Butler shot free throws. It won't happen, but that's closer to the truth than anyone could have guessed three months ago.
Souhan: It wasn't a pretty Vikings victory, but who really cares?

Souhan: It wasn't a pretty Vikings victory, but who really cares?

If there is a downside in terms of the entertainment value of this season, it's that the Vikings are making their surge to the finish line seem clinical.
Souhan: Rodgers sitting out doesn't help Vikings' playoff prep

Souhan: Rodgers sitting out doesn't help Vikings' playoff prep

Saturday's game would provide the Vikings better playoff preparation if Aaron Rodgers were under center for the Packers.
Souhan: Wolves' body language in win over Portland was telling

Souhan: Wolves' body language in win over Portland was telling

Before, during and after Timberwolves games there's plenty of animated action - especially from coach Tom Thibodeau.
Souhan: Division title is just the first item on the Vikings' checklist

Souhan: Division title is just the first item on the Vikings' checklist

"Now that we're in, we've got to keep winning," receiver Adam Thielen said after the Vikings assured themselves of a home playoff game.
Souhan: With 13 wins possible, Vikings' success shouldn't be taken lightly

Souhan: With 13 wins possible, Vikings' success shouldn't be taken lightly

If the Vikings win their last three games, this would become the second team in franchise history to reach 13 victories.
Souhan: Vikings must be wary as nastiest team in NFL comes to town

Souhan: Vikings must be wary as nastiest team in NFL comes to town

A lousy Cincinnati Bengals team will face one of the NFL's best success stories. Which means that one or two cheap shots from a cheap team could ruin the Vikings' season.
Souhan: Offensive line issues mount as big plays dwindle for Vikings

Souhan: Offensive line issues mount as big plays dwindle for Vikings

If offensive tackle Riley Reiff can't return soon or perform well in the playoffs, his ankle injury could wind up being more devastating than Sam Bradford's or Dalvin Cook's.
Souhan: Vikings multiply success by key subtractions

Souhan: Vikings multiply success by key subtractions

A look at the key departures, and what their absences have allowed for the Vikings in this above-average season.
Souhan: Suggs, Minnehaha stop Jones, Apple Valley in hoops showcase

Souhan: Suggs, Minnehaha stop Jones, Apple Valley in hoops showcase

Tre Jones scored 39 points, but Minnehaha Academy sophomore Jalen Suggs led a team effort that resulted in the smaller school's youth-filled lineup beating the top team in Class 4A.
Souhan: Vikings have a handle on every situation

Souhan: Vikings have a handle on every situation

Throughout the summer and again during the Vikings' bye week, coach Mike Zimmer preached the importance of situational football. That was on display Sunday in Atlanta.
Souhan: Compare Keenum to Hostetler rather than Dilfer

Souhan: Compare Keenum to Hostetler rather than Dilfer

Like Jeff Hostetler in 1990, Case Keenumis turning his first shot to play with a good team into a season that will land him a large contract.
Souhan: Ohtani's arrival to major leagues could revolutionize baseball

Souhan: Ohtani's arrival to major leagues could revolutionize baseball

Baseball hasn't featured a superstar who both pitched and played the field since Babe Ruth was with the Red Sox.

About Shohei Ohtani

ABOUT SHOHEI OHTANI Star power: Ohtani is a 6-foot-4, 200-pound standout righthanded pitcher and lefthanded hitter for the Japanese League’s Nippon Ham Fighters. He has…
Souhan: Why is Thibodeau always yelling? There's no defense

Souhan: Why is Thibodeau always yelling? There's no defense

The Timberwolves are 12-9. There is nothing wrong with their record. That does not mean there is nothing wrong. And what happens if all of the coach's yelling doesn't work?
Kevin Warren, Vikings executive on the rise, knows no limits

Kevin Warren, Vikings executive on the rise, knows no limits

He is the highest-ranking black executive working on the business side of an NFL team and the league's first black COO.
Souhan: By now, you'd have to pry Vikings QB job away from Keenum

Souhan: By now, you'd have to pry Vikings QB job away from Keenum

Now that Case Keenum has led the Vikings to seven straight victories coach Mike Zimmer can't play games with his most important position, not even to appease Teddy Bridgewater.
Souhan: Thank Vikings' Robison for good work off the field

Souhan: Thank Vikings' Robison for good work off the field

Brian Robison not only started his own foundation, he and his wife, Jayme, do the grunt work to make the charity work.
Souhan: Overlooked no more, let's bust all myths about Thielen

Souhan: Overlooked no more, let's bust all myths about Thielen

Why are defenses not swamping Adam Thielen with double teams and complex coverages? "It's almost like guys don't believe it,'' Vikings cornerback Terence Newman said. Well, believe it. Thielen is a star.
Souhan: A bad Gophers' loss, yes, but don't jump to conclusions

Souhan: A bad Gophers' loss, yes, but don't jump to conclusions

If you thought Minnesota had turned a corner by scoring 54 points against Nebraska, you were wrong. If you think P.J. Fleck has no chance to win because of one bad game, you're dangerously jumping to conclusions.
Souhan: Twins almost had to explain why they let AL's top manager go

Souhan: Twins almost had to explain why they let AL's top manager go

If Derek Falvey and Thad Levine had fired Paul Molitor, Tuesday would have become one of the more embarrassing days in Twins history.
Souhan: Zimmer's 'got a plan' at QB; interpretation: Stay Teddy ready

Souhan: Zimmer's 'got a plan' at QB; interpretation: Stay Teddy ready

Teddy Bridgewater remains the Vikings' best hope for the future. Now all coach Mike Zimmer has to decide is when the future will resume.

Souhan: Starting Sunday, Vikings' road to the playoffs more treacherous

To date the Vikings' 5-2 record is far more impressive than their pedigree. They haven't beaten a team that currently has a winning record since opening night.

Souhan: Wolves, Gophers basketball could bring zing to humdrum sports market

The Timberwolves and Gophers basketball have an opportunity to seize this market, to activate basketball fans who have lain dormant, waiting for a reason to drive into Minneapolis on a cold night.
Souhan: Time for Vikings to give Bridgewater a test drive

Souhan: Time for Vikings to give Bridgewater a test drive

More will be required from the Vikings quarterback over the next two months, and in the playoffs. Which is why the Vikings are again asking, 'How good can Teddy be?'
Souhan: Wolves' veteran additions demonstrate professionalism

Souhan: Wolves' veteran additions demonstrate professionalism

The Wolves' dramatic improvement is because of dramatic change. You could argue that four of the team's top six players this season are veteran newcomers.
Souhan: Ten lessons we learned from the World Series

Souhan: Ten lessons we learned from the World Series

Here are the lessons this Series would have taught us if we had been able to stay awake for it.
Souhan: Super Bowl or bust? Just enjoy Vikings' season for what it is

Souhan: Super Bowl or bust? Just enjoy Vikings' season for what it is

The Vikings have yet to prove they are an outstanding team, but they have proven they are a competitive team in an NFL season that features no dominant teams. And there's more drama ahead.
Souhan: Shurmur's play-calling best thing to happen for Vikings

Souhan: Shurmur's play-calling best thing to happen for Vikings

Norv Turner was a renowned offensive coach, but the Vikings caught a break when he quit almost a year ago today.
Souhan: Historically inept Browns might be even worse than usual

Souhan: Historically inept Browns might be even worse than usual

The Browns are 0-7 this season. Their best player this decade, left tackle Joe Thomas, was lost for the season last week and their best young player, defensive end Myles Garrett, won't play because of a concussion.

Souhan: NFL wise to choose London in making its American football pitch

London combines the best of New York, Boston and San Francisco. You can question the logistics and logic behind the NFL's attempt to interest the U.K. in American football. You cannot question the NFL's taste.
Souhan: Keenum is the answer for Vikings now but he can't be later

Souhan: Keenum is the answer for Vikings now but he can't be later

Vikings QB Case Keenum has done his job by not losing games the defense was capable of winning on its own. The Vikings are averaging fewer than 20 points in games in which Keenum plays.
Souhan: Murray's big game latest sign of improved offensive line

Souhan: Murray's big game latest sign of improved offensive line

What the Vikings needed on Sunday was a between-the-tackles workhorse, and Murray rushed 18 times for 113 yards. The offensive line was a big part of the reason.
Souhan: Violent hits like Barr's on Rodgers hurt players, NFL

Souhan: Violent hits like Barr's on Rodgers hurt players, NFL

With one hit last week, Anthony Barr altered the balance of power in the NFC North. Let's not pretend that's a good thing, even if you're a Vikings fan.
Souhan: Passion for basketball unites Wolves' Thibodeau, Butler

Souhan: Passion for basketball unites Wolves' Thibodeau, Butler

A year after Tom Thibodeau's introduction to the Wolves' talented youngsters yielded a paltry 31 victories, his reunion with Jimmy Butler is supposed to redefine the franchise.
Souhan: Butler's arrival makes this the best roster in Wolves history

Souhan: Butler's arrival makes this the best roster in Wolves history

The last time the Wolves added a quality guard to a team that looked ready to win, Sam Cassell took them to the Western Conference finals. And Butler is a better player than Cassell ever was.
Souhan: Despite flawed quarterback options, Vikings control division

Souhan: Despite flawed quarterback options, Vikings control division

If Teddy Bridgewater is cleared to practice and looks like the team's best quarterback, the Vikings will face a torturous decision under radically revamped circumstances.
Souhan: There is great and there is Aaron Rodgers

Souhan: There is great and there is Aaron Rodgers

There are other quarterbacks with more accolades. But if you combine statistical analysis with the eye test, you can find a path to calling Aaron Rodgers the greatest quarterback in NFL history.
Souhan: Vikings, Packers rarely duck chance for end-zone celebrations

Souhan: Vikings, Packers rarely duck chance for end-zone celebrations

Chances are, you'll be reminded Sunday when the Packers visit the Vikings, that these franchises have been perpetrators and victims of some of the best celebrations in league history.
Souhan: Better acting job? Zimmer the Grump or Fleck the Salesman

Souhan: Better acting job? Zimmer the Grump or Fleck the Salesman

On the local football scene, there currently is no middle ground. Which do you prefer in a football coach?

Souhan: Without fantasy football, NFL watching based only on merit

There is one truth about the NFLthat has remained constant: Most of the games are mediocre but draw big audiences because of fantasy football.
Souhan: Moore transitions from star to Lynx's ultimate team player

Souhan: Moore transitions from star to Lynx's ultimate team player

During the past two seasons, Moore breathed new life into every sports cliché about togetherness.
Souhan: Decision to try to re-sign Molitor should have been easier

Souhan: Decision to try to re-sign Molitor should have been easier

Not only would the Twins have erred in firing him, they would have sent troubling signals about their standards.
Souhan: With no time to rebuild, here are 10 steps Twins must take to improve

Souhan: With no time to rebuild, here are 10 steps Twins must take to improve

Derek Falvey and Thad Levine arrived in Minnesota, inheriting tremendous young position players and low expectations. Now? Now they face expectations of winning.
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