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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: 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.
Souhan: Santana's awful outing raises doubts about role with Twins

Souhan: Santana's awful outing raises doubts about role with Twins

Ervin Santana couldn't muster the composure of his younger teammates, calling into question his postseason worthiness and future role with the Twins.
Souhan: Coming off best year, Santana exudes confidence

Souhan: Coming off best year, Santana exudes confidence

The Twins will need his leadership and savvy to finally dispatch the Yankees, the franchise that ruined so many of their Octobers.
Souhan: Whether he likes it or not, Dozier is Twins' MVP

Souhan: Whether he likes it or not, Dozier is Twins' MVP

Brian Dozier would rather not get caught up in team award talk, but the Twins' leadoff hitter is the MVP in the clubhouse and on the field.
Souhan: Three underrated players anchor Twins' rise to playoffs

Souhan: Three underrated players anchor Twins' rise to playoffs

To do what the Twins did this season, they needed a few key players to outperform expectations. Eddie Rosario, Jorge Polanco and Eduardo Escobar have.
Souhan: Whalen helps orchestrate one more victory at the Barn

Souhan: Whalen helps orchestrate one more victory at the Barn

In what could have been her last game at Williams Arena, former Gophers' women's basketball player Lindsay Whalen scored 14 points and gave an all-out effort so many have come to expect over the years.
Souhan: Trump's words brought the sports world together for a day

Souhan: Trump's words brought the sports world together for a day

What Colin Kaepernick began with a knee, President Trump accelerated with a speech that turned pro sports into an awkward bastion of protests.
Souhan: Hitch a ride on the Vikings' quarterback carousel

Souhan: Hitch a ride on the Vikings' quarterback carousel

With Sam Bradford missing a second straight game this week, the Vikings at best are facing a season of week-to-week doubt at the most important position in sports.
Souhan: Through the years, Vikings have suffered quarterback curse

Souhan: Through the years, Vikings have suffered quarterback curse

Since Fran Tarkenton retired, the Vikings have been scrambling like Sir Francis to fill the position.
Souhan: Vikings should have gambled on Kaepernick as backup

Souhan: Vikings should have gambled on Kaepernick as backup

Given Sam Bradford's injury history, Vikings GM Rick Spielman should have again behaved ambitiously and acquired the best quarterback available to him: Colin Kaepernick.
Souhan: Latest update on Sano doesn't provide much optimism

Souhan: Latest update on Sano doesn't provide much optimism

Miguel Sano entered the clubhouse Thursday with his leg wrapped, carrying a large, black walking boot. His status for the rest of the season, including the playoffs, sounded in doubt.
Souhan: Taking Grandma's advice, Augustus explodes for 24 points

Souhan: Taking Grandma's advice, Augustus explodes for 24 points

When Seimone Augustus told her grandmother that she'd had set a career high in assists, Sarah Augustus replied, "Yeah, that's great — but shoot the ball."
Souhan: 'Slingin' Sam' opens up the Vikings passing game

Souhan: 'Slingin' Sam' opens up the Vikings passing game

If Sam Bradford remains healthy and plays this well, Teddy Bridgewater's comeback will result in him becoming a backup, or playing for another team.
Souhan: Peterson, Moss were great enough

Souhan: Peterson, Moss were great enough

Like so many of the best athletes to perform in Minnesota, neither can claim to be the greatest ever, yet both were uniquely great.
Souhan: Logical to assume Spielman has to produce a winner to keep his job

Souhan: Logical to assume Spielman has to produce a winner to keep his job

The Vikings have been patient with lack of playoff success over GM Rick Spielman's 12 years. But how long will that last?
Souhan: When Fleck abandons 'elite,' he's a man with title plans

Souhan: When Fleck abandons 'elite,' he's a man with title plans

The Gophers' amped-up football coach didn't use one of his favorite words at Tuesday's weekly news conference, and for once sounded more like a planner than a marketer.
Souhan: When it comes to the NFL, many of us are 'football hypocrites'

Souhan: When it comes to the NFL, many of us are 'football hypocrites'

Millions of fans cringe at violent hits in the NFL, especially those aimed at or caused by heads, without losing interest in favorite teams.
Souhan: Championship expectations make Lynx more tense than loose

Souhan: Championship expectations make Lynx more tense than loose

They won 80 percent of their games this season and remain loaded with talent and experience. With an aging roster, this could be their last best chance to win one more title.

Souhan: Twins' Corrigan a Hall of Fame scout who can't quit the game

Larry Corrigan, who has continued to work after a stroke, was inducted into the Fort Myers Miracle Professional Scouts Hall of Fame and named Midwest Scout of the Year at baseball's winter meetings.
Souhan: Twins say hello to September, and a playoff race

Souhan: Twins say hello to September, and a playoff race

As August ends, this year's physically battered, emotionally buoyant Twins have a better record after 133 games than did the 1987 Twins, who won the World Series.
Souhan: Twins become the little team that should (make the playoffs)

Souhan: Twins become the little team that should (make the playoffs)

There will be meaningful games in Target Field in September and perhaps October. It is time to celebrate the Twins and the nature of unpredictable baseball.
Souhan: A few hopeful signs for Vikings amid the really bad ones

Souhan: A few hopeful signs for Vikings amid the really bad ones

What's disturbing about the Vikings' offensive problems is that they are identical to last season, when the team lost eight of its last 11 games. But at least quarterback Sam Bradford has earned the benefit of any doubt.
Souhan: Fan of Minnesota sports living in New Jersey feels pain of no titles

Souhan: Fan of Minnesota sports living in New Jersey feels pain of no titles

Stephen Strom from New Jersey has obsessed about Minnesota sports since the early 2000s.
Souhan: Mayweather needs to dominate McGregor for boxing's sake

Souhan: Mayweather needs to dominate McGregor for boxing's sake

Floyd May­weath­er is a heavy favorite and needs to be both dom­i­nant and flam­boy­ant Sat­ur­day when he takes on UFC front man Conor McGregor.
Souhan: NFL's mistreatment of Kaepernick amplifies his message

Souhan: NFL's mistreatment of Kaepernick amplifies his message

The NFL isn't just wrong about Kaepernick. It's wrong about the way in which it is wrong. This is mismanagement at its worst by commissioner Roger Goodell.
Souhan: Pounds sneak up on injured Sano as Twins get back in race

Souhan: Pounds sneak up on injured Sano as Twins get back in race

Miguel Sano, playing heavier than his listed weight of 260 pounds, needs to show some dietary discipline.
Souhan: Keeping or signing hometown stars hasn't always worked for Twins, Wild

Souhan: Keeping or signing hometown stars hasn't always worked for Twins, Wild

The risk in having home-state favorites end their careers here is wondering if the player wants to return home more because of comfort than ambition.
Souhan: Consistently awful Gibson needs to go after this season

Souhan: Consistently awful Gibson needs to go after this season

Criticizing Kyle Gibson's performance may seem redundant, but he showed again Thursday why his failure is so important to the Twins.
Souhan: Buxton finally finds success by copying Molitor at the plate

Souhan: Buxton finally finds success by copying Molitor at the plate

With his new approach and newfound confidence, Byron Buxton is back on track to become a five-tool star for the Twins.
Souhan: Vikings' reasons for hope keep limping off

Souhan: Vikings' reasons for hope keep limping off

Injuries derailed the Vikings' 2016 campaign. It's early, but the injuries are quickly adding up as a reason for concern.
Souhan: Wild signings signal young stars have risen

Souhan: Wild signings signal young stars have risen

If the next Wild team is to be anywhere near as successful as last year's during the regular season, Mikael Granlund and Nino Niederreiter will have to stop being promising and start being stars.
Souhan: New Twins bosses make the hard but rational choices

Souhan: New Twins bosses make the hard but rational choices

Derek Falvey and Thad Levine maintained perspective during a season that threatened to fool them as much as it did the public and players.
Souhan: Wolves shouldn't be tempted to add moody guard Irving

Souhan: Wolves shouldn't be tempted to add moody guard Irving

Irving is a proven winner who was at his best when he and James made the Cavaliers champions two years ago. His interest in the Wolves is a cause for celebration, but is it a call to action?
Souhan: Mysterious Bridgewater is the ultimate wild card for Vikings

Souhan: Mysterious Bridgewater is the ultimate wild card for Vikings

Teddy Bridgewater has repeatedly executed a trick play with the Vikings: He's more likable than accessible, eliciting affection without offering many glimpses into his soul.
Souhan: Married to Whalen, State Open champ Greve making a name for himself

Souhan: Married to Whalen, State Open champ Greve making a name for himself

Ben Greve added to the family trophy case he shares with fellow former Gophers athlete Lindsay Whalen by winning his second Minnesota State Open.
Souhan: Twins should remember that trades are no sure thing

Souhan: Twins should remember that trades are no sure thing

One hitting slump or a couple of bad pitching outings can make a trade a waste of time or a waste of a prospect.
Souhan: No reason to doubt Vikings can get to the playoffs

Souhan: No reason to doubt Vikings can get to the playoffs

With decent luck and health, there is little reason to doubt that this team should win 10 or 11 games and return to the playoffs.
Souhan: Players might get old, but reminiscing about 1987 World Series doesn't

Souhan: Players might get old, but reminiscing about 1987 World Series doesn't

The Twins are celebrating the 30th anniversary of their 1987 World Series championship this weekend. Thursday night, the boys of that long summer convened.

Twins' 30th anniversary of the 1987 World Series championship schedule of events

We’re gonna Party like it’s 1987 A series of events honoring the 30th anniversary for the 1987 World Series-winning Twins: Friday, 4:30 p.m.: Tom Kelly…
Souhan: Colon looms large as stopgap starter for Twins

Souhan: Colon looms large as stopgap starter for Twins

Bartolo Colon on Tuesday in his Twins debut didn't last long, and might not have staying power, but he was better than expected for four innings.
Souhan: X Games stir memories of Minnesota moments

Souhan: X Games stir memories of Minnesota moments

The X Games concluded on Sunday, and this week the Twins will celebrate the 30th anniversary of their 1987 title. Here's Jim Souhan's ranking of the Top 10 Minnesota sports moments over those years.
Souhan: Conquering fear is part of being X Games athlete

Souhan: Conquering fear is part of being X Games athlete

X Games pros must respect danger before flying in rarest of air.
Souhan: Want the Gophers to keep up? Get over the arena name changes

Souhan: Want the Gophers to keep up? Get over the arena name changes

You may not like it when Williams Arena is renamed "Sherwin'' Williams, or "The Dress Barn,'' but if the price is right and the funds help the basketball programs excel, what's in a name?
Souhan: Fans haven't responded to these Twins like they did in 2001

Souhan: Fans haven't responded to these Twins like they did in 2001

There's several reasons why the 2001 Twins became one of the most beloved teams in franchise history and the current edition hasn't quite captured their fan base's hearts in the same manner.
Souhan: Thibs the executive needs to help Thibs the coach turn Wolves into winners

Souhan: Thibs the executive needs to help Thibs the coach turn Wolves into winners

Wolves' basketball boss Tom Thibodeau must prove he can assemble a contender's roster
Souhan: With nod to 'Noah,' Lynx improving from beyond the arc

Souhan: With nod to 'Noah,' Lynx improving from beyond the arc

In this instance, "Noah" doesn't refer to two-by-two march but a procession of threes by the Lynx.
Twins' Byron Buxton growing up fast (March 2, 2014)

Twins' Byron Buxton growing up fast (March 2, 2014)

From humble beginnings in rural Georgia, Byron Buxton has turned into the Twins' best hope for a bright future.
Souhan: Wisconsin's U.S. Open course did little to stir emotions

Souhan: Wisconsin's U.S. Open course did little to stir emotions

The problem is that Erin Hills is not interesting. It doesn't challenge players off the tee, and it doesn't look interesting either from the gallery or the couch.
For Fowler and Thomas, the wait for a major title continues

For Fowler and Thomas, the wait for a major title continues

Both faded in pursuit of their first major crown.
Souhan: Powerful Koepka wins U.S. Open for first major championship

Souhan: Powerful Koepka wins U.S. Open for first major championship

Brooks Koepka went the lowest of the low with a final-round 67 to finish 16 under par as the Erin Open became the seventh consecutive major to produce a first-time major winner.
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