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Jim Souhan

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Jim Souhan writes four columns and week and writes posts to the blog Souhan on Sports on Startribune.com. He can also be heard on 1500ESPN on Sunday from 10-noon and weekdays at 2:05 p.m.
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Souhan: Twins can soon make noise in a different kind of American League

Souhan: Twins can soon make noise in a different kind of American League

The Royals’ rise to AL power, without the benefit of or reliance upon payroll or power, demonstrates that the path to the World Series is smoother than it has been in decades.
Souhan: Guard D'Angelo Russell is best option for Wolves' pick

Souhan: Guard D'Angelo Russell is best option for Wolves' pick

Let’s break new ground. Let’s use a sentence never before uttered or written. The Minnesota Timberwolves can’t screw this up.
Souhan: Give Twins prospects a chance to figure it out

Souhan: Give Twins prospects a chance to figure it out

If Thursday’s playoff-quality victory proved anything, it would be that the Twins would be wise to continue investing faith and time in their best young players.
Souhan: Buxton makes the run from hype to hope

Souhan: Buxton makes the run from hype to hope

In just three games with the Twins, Byron Buxton already has flashed his rare, pure-athlete talent.
Souhan: Twins official scorer goes by the book, yet is a nonconformist

Souhan: Twins official scorer goes by the book, yet is a nonconformist

Stew Thornley is stereotypical baseball geek, except when sky diving, bear wrestling, writing books about obscure topics or visiting Hall of Famers’ grave sites.
Souhan: Zimmer's style refreshing

Souhan: Zimmer's style refreshing

“I fly by the seat of my pants,'' Mike Zimmer says. And that's working.
Souhan: Profitable sports drive universities, including Minnesota

Souhan: Profitable sports drive universities, including Minnesota

The University of Minnesota isn’t specifically discriminating against female athletes. The school is discriminating against unprofitable sports.
Souhan: Mauer's woes masked by Twins' surprise start

Souhan: Mauer's woes masked by Twins' surprise start

Joe Mauer’s OPS ranks behind Brian Dozier, Torii Hunter, Trevor Plouffe, Eddie Rosario, Oswaldo Arcia and Eduardo Nunez.
Souhan: Twins' Pelfrey displaying that look of an ace

Souhan: Twins' Pelfrey displaying that look of an ace

“I don’t know if fans wanted to see me in the rotation, the way the last two years have gone,” Mike Pelfrey said. “But I knew how the ball was coming out of my hand this spring.”
Souhan: For young fans, myth of Triple Crown becomes reality

Souhan: For young fans, myth of Triple Crown becomes reality

The last time a horse won racing’s Triple Crown, ESPN didn’t even mention it. Because ESPN did not yet exist.
Souhan: NFL's elders fought for fair treatment

Souhan: NFL's elders fought for fair treatment

The NFL’s treatment of player health, which has ranged from cynical to criminal, has become exposed in recent years, and marginally improved.
Souhan: News conference stops an avalanche of blunders by Peterson

Souhan: News conference stops an avalanche of blunders by Peterson

If there are 12 steps to public recovery, Adrian Peterson might have taken a couple in one bound. So is it now time to turn the page to football, and only football?
Souhan: Winning Twins clubhouse is dance party central

Souhan: Winning Twins clubhouse is dance party central

After a victory, the Twins repair to their clubhouse, turn on the fog and light machines, and demand that the star of the game dance in the middle of the floor.
Souhan: Perkins’ rare stumble showcases his worth

Souhan: Perkins’ rare stumble showcases his worth

Twins closer Glen Perkins is so normal, it’s easy to forget he’s unique.
Souhan: Little logic to Peterson's self-pitying whine

Souhan: Little logic to Peterson's self-pitying whine

Adrian Peterson has a point when it comes to NFL contracts. There are players who have been harmed, but he is not the guy to be a martyr.
Brian Dozier learns 'Ignitor' role from his manager

Brian Dozier learns 'Ignitor' role from his manager

Brian Dozier might currently be the best second baseman in the American League, and he credits Paul Molitor with more than making him an effective leadoff hitter.
Souhan: Winning roster, well-stocked farm clubs give Ryan options

Souhan: Winning roster, well-stocked farm clubs give Ryan options

With a loaded farm system and a winning big-league team, Twins General Manager Terry Ryan will soon have a rare problem: too many worthwhile players.
Souhan: All these years later, Moss still draws a crowd

Souhan: All these years later, Moss still draws a crowd

Minnesota fans are known for jeering departed athletes when they return. That is not what happened on Saturday afternoon at Ridgedale.
Souhan: If 'Fun is good,' opening a new ballpark's way better

Souhan: If 'Fun is good,' opening a new ballpark's way better

CHS Field is a work of art, and Saints owner Mike Veeck’s still a piece of work.
Souhan: Wolves' lottery victory more about morale than player

Souhan: Wolves' lottery victory more about morale than player

Receiving the top pick in the NBA draft is important not necessarily because of what it means for the roster as what it symbolizes for the franchise.
Souhan: Savvy Plouffe goes from stopgap to standout

Souhan: Savvy Plouffe goes from stopgap to standout

When Miguel Sano entered the Twins’ organization, Trevor Plouffe became labeled a placeholder. Now he’s contending with Brian Dozier to become known as the Twins’ best all-around player.
Souhan: A cool manager? Yes, that's Molitor

Souhan: A cool manager? Yes, that's Molitor

Under first-year manager Paul Molitor, the Twins are better than expected for unexpected reasons.
Souhan: A tale of two Twins deals, Mauer vs. Hunter

Souhan: A tale of two Twins deals, Mauer vs. Hunter

Joe Mauer or Torii Hunter. Who has been a better value?  The answer might surprise you.
Souhan: NHL winning a playoff mismatch against NBA

Souhan: NHL winning a playoff mismatch against NBA

The NBA’s clutch-and-grab tactics have hurt the sport while hockey has soared.
Souhan: Twins' 'future' not here yet, but trio hasn't let that delay winning

Souhan: Twins' 'future' not here yet, but trio hasn't let that delay winning

Three veteran voices have fueled unexpected success.
Souhan: Zimmer shows quiet confidence in Vikings

Souhan: Zimmer shows quiet confidence in Vikings

The atmosphere is “light years ahead” of last season.
Souhan: Wild's flaws get exposed by skilled Blackhawks

Souhan: Wild's flaws get exposed by skilled Blackhawks

The division alignment favored by Wild owner Craig Leipold could haunt him for a decade.
Souhan: Vanek's vanishing act a glaring flaw for Wild

Souhan: Vanek's vanishing act a glaring flaw for Wild

When the Wild needed to win the most, Thomas Vanek gave the least. Vanek isn’t the Wild’s only problem. He’s merely the most obvious.
Souhan: Missing-in-action Wild players need to reappear, and fast

Souhan: Missing-in-action Wild players need to reappear, and fast

The Wild needs more help from Thomas Vanek, Chris Stewart, Jason Pominville and Mikko Koivu
Souhan: Pominville needs to regain scoring touch

Souhan: Pominville needs to regain scoring touch

In Game 1, the Wild winger missed a crucial chance — the kind Chicago seems to convert.
Souhan: Wild's strengths fail at the worst time

Souhan: Wild's strengths fail at the worst time

The Wild’s usually-reliable defense handed Chicago three goals in the first period, and Devan Dubnyk whiffed on a long shot in the last minute of the second.
Souhan: Training secrets for Suter, Dubnyk? Milk and sleep

Souhan: Training secrets for Suter, Dubnyk? Milk and sleep

Wild players Ryan Suter and Devan Dubnyk use smarts and attitudes as boosts to their stamina.
Souhan: In modern draft, Spielman takes center stage

Souhan: In modern draft, Spielman takes center stage

Analyzing the Vikings GM’s moves is a sport in itself.
Souhan: Call to raise glasses set the tone for the day

Souhan: Call to raise glasses set the tone for the day

Zach Parise's two goals and Mike Yeo's pregame challenge were cause for celebration throughout the day.
Blues coach Hitchcock tries to explain momentum swings

Blues coach Hitchcock tries to explain momentum swings

Blues coach Ken Hitchcock says physical play causes game-to-game changes.
Souhan: Surprise pieces emerge to swing momentum back to Wild

Souhan: Surprise pieces emerge to swing momentum back to Wild

It was predictable that if the Wild was to win Game 5, goalie Devan Dubnyk would have to perform well. What surprised was the identity of his supporting cast.
Souhan: Blues coach Hitchcock has a few tricks up his sleeve

Souhan: Blues coach Hitchcock has a few tricks up his sleeve

Ken Hitchcock knows what to say and when to say it. The Blues coach has his team back in the series with the Wild.
Souhan: Ott's so-called physical tone is becoming cartoonish

Souhan: Ott's so-called physical tone is becoming cartoonish

When Ott actually had a chance to help his team with a third-period breakaway, he lost the puck, then fanned on a pass in the crease. He’s not a hockey player; he’s a rodeo clown.
Souhan: Wild is poised for big things — if it can win at home

Souhan: Wild is poised for big things — if it can win at home

You know the old hockey saying: It’s not a playoff series until someone patronizingly pats you on the head. Steve Ott did so to Jason…
Souhan: Buxton deserves a look to fill Twins' hole in center

Souhan: Buxton deserves a look to fill Twins' hole in center

The Twins might have to consider rushing top prospect Byron Buxton to the majors to play center field.
Souhan: Hopeless Wolves season ends on a (yes) hopeful note

Souhan: Hopeless Wolves season ends on a (yes) hopeful note

Ugly as the Wolves have been, they are in an enviable position moving forward.
Souhan: Spieth-McIlroy rivalry is blooming as golf's next big thing

Souhan: Spieth-McIlroy rivalry is blooming as golf's next big thing

The public’s thirst for the next big thing is so unquenchable that often the thirst persists even before the previous big thing has departed.
Souhan: Spieth's Masters victory hints at much more in store

Souhan: Spieth's Masters victory hints at much more in store

For 72 holes, Jordan Spieth, 21, never lost grip on his first major title.
Spieth's pursuers post impressive scores behind him

Spieth's pursuers post impressive scores behind him

Mickelson, Rose shone but were relegated to Sunday sideshow.
Souhan: Spieth finds first travails but marches on

Souhan: Spieth finds first travails but marches on

Jordan Spieth survived his first double bogey of the Masters on the 17th hole before a nervy flop-shot on 18 left him four shots ahead.
Woods brings the noise, and his game, in a round of 68

Woods brings the noise, and his game, in a round of 68

Tiger Woods' putter wavered a bit Saturday, but not his intensity in a Masters third-round 68.
Souhan: Spieth shows off power of patience at Augusta

Souhan: Spieth shows off power of patience at Augusta

Jordan Spieth set a Masters record with bold strokes — and timely restraint
Mickelson, O'Meara, Woods lead surge of former champions

Mickelson, O'Meara, Woods lead surge of former champions

Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson and Mark O’Meara popped onto the Masters radar Friday with rounds in the 60s.
Souhan: Masters leader Spieth is nice, lucky and outstanding

Souhan: Masters leader Spieth is nice, lucky and outstanding

Jordan Spieth’s 64 might rattle other players if they didn’t like him so much.
Hoffman goes from autograph seeker to opening-round 67 at Masters

Hoffman goes from autograph seeker to opening-round 67 at Masters

Before his impressive round, Charley Hoffman secured some big-name signatures for charity.
Souhan: McIlroy gets glory without falling into celebrity trap

Souhan: McIlroy gets glory without falling into celebrity trap

Rory McIlroy has been able, unlike Tiger, to win majors but not be swallowed by fame.
Watson treats 'least-liked' title as chance to grow

Watson treats 'least-liked' title as chance to grow

Two-time Masters winner believes his demeanor has improved since rookie year.
Souhan: The march of time is finding Tiger, too

Souhan: The march of time is finding Tiger, too

Once the proud owner of a thousand-yard glare, a patented brand of athletic arrogance and an unparalleled résumé, Woods is becoming more human by the day. And that’s a terrible thing for the game.
Souhan: Few festivities, no runs in Molitor's managing debut

Souhan: Few festivities, no runs in Molitor's managing debut

Not much of interest happened Monday to commemorate Paul Molitor’s debut as Twins manager.
Souhan: Fun is back in 2015 Opening Day clubhouse

Souhan: Fun is back in 2015 Opening Day clubhouse

With the return of Torii Hunter and Eddie Guardado, the Twins’ clubhouse this spring was once again loud and funny.
Souhan: Improved rotation, quality starts key to Twins' revitalization

Souhan: Improved rotation, quality starts key to Twins' revitalization

Archaic, often-ridiculed metrics like “quality starts” can be far more important than any advanced metrics for a tam like the Twins.
Souhan: Woodbury teen set for natonal swing at Augusta event

Souhan: Woodbury teen set for natonal swing at Augusta event

A bright career likely awaits Woodbury’s Aayushi Sarkar, 13, and it starts Sunday with an event at Augusta National.
Souhan: The MLS will be a nice fit in Minneapolis

Souhan: The MLS will be a nice fit in Minneapolis

Even for those raised on meat-and-potato American sports, big-time soccer in downtown Minneapolis will be a welcome entree in a city that offers almost everything else.
Souhan: The MLS will be a nice fit in Minneapolis

Souhan: The MLS will be a nice fit in Minneapolis

Minneapolis’ evolving population mix seems an ideal fit for MLS
Souhan: Enough of Peterson and the camel he rode in on

Souhan: Enough of Peterson and the camel he rode in on

Once universally beloved in Minnesota, Vikings running back Adrian Peterson has jumped the shark with his recent behavior.
Souhan: Vikings are gambling Wallace won't be another diva

Souhan: Vikings are gambling Wallace won't be another diva

The Vikings are gambling that Mike Wallace won’t be another diva receiver.
Souhan: U goalie Leveille stops pucks, calms nerves

Souhan: U goalie Leveille stops pucks, calms nerves

The junior from Ontario made 19 saves to improve to 28-3-3 as the Gophers won their third NCAA title in four seasons.
Souhan: Dubnyk a midseason deal that worked wonders

Souhan: Dubnyk a midseason deal that worked wonders

Devan Dubnyk isn’t just glove-saving a season. He’s becoming a first star of Minnesota sports history.
Souhan: Borland neither a quitter nor a hero after retirement

Souhan: Borland neither a quitter nor a hero after retirement

Chris Borland made a mature decision. He rejected the lure of money and fame in favor of health.
Souhan: Tournament will be latest referendum on Calipari

Souhan: Tournament will be latest referendum on Calipari

John Calipari has much to gain — and just as much to lose — in Kentucky’s quest for an undefeated season and a national title.
Souhan: 4-peat DeLaSalle nearly ready for a new test

Souhan: 4-peat DeLaSalle nearly ready for a new test

DeLaSalle’s latest championship shows it’s on the verge of needing a new challenge.
Souhan: Twins baseball ties trio of fun-loving buddies together

Souhan: Twins baseball ties trio of fun-loving buddies together

Baseball trades, and Twitter, have brought an unlikely trio together.
Souhan: After blur of dealing, eyes turn to Peterson, Murray

Souhan: After blur of dealing, eyes turn to Peterson, Murray

While the Vikings were playing pull-tabs, other teams were acquiring second mortgages to play roulette in Vegas.
Souhan: Twins should name Meyer their No. 5 starter

Souhan: Twins should name Meyer their No. 5 starter

Meyer, who will make his first spring appearance Monday against the Pirates, is either the Twins’ top pitching prospect or the oldest of their top pitching prospects. He might have the best stuff of any starter in camp.
Back from injuries, Twins prospect Buxton is whole again

Back from injuries, Twins prospect Buxton is whole again

This spring is a reboot for Twins’ super prospect Byron Buxton, whose 2014 was derailed by injuries.
Souhan: Playoffs? Twins GM boldly sets that lofty goal

Souhan: Playoffs? Twins GM boldly sets that lofty goal

“There’s no reason for us not to be in that mix,” Terry Ryan said, ramping up the expectations.
Souhan: No frills on a day of firsts for Twins

Souhan: No frills on a day of firsts for Twins

New manager Paul Molitor and his Twins got to work.
Souhan: Perkins planning on front-office job with Twins

Souhan: Perkins planning on front-office job with Twins

Glen Perkins plans on having a role in the Twins front office when his pitching career ends.
Souhan: Hunter wants to catch youth's attention

Souhan: Hunter wants to catch youth's attention

It’s easy to say Torii Hunter returned because of the Twins’ past. He argues that his past informs the Twins’ future.
Souhan: What if everything went right for Timberwolves?

Souhan: What if everything went right for Timberwolves?

Let's contemplate what could happen if, for once, everything went right for the local NBA franchise, which has a years-long history of bad decisions and bad fortune.
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