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Michael Rand

Digital sports editor | StarTribune.com
phone: 612-673-7564
Michael Rand is digital sports editor. He also writes the RandBall blog and oversees the sports section’s 2Day feature on Page 2.
Recent content from Michael Rand

Access Vikings Podcast: Training camp isn't what it used to be

Episode 4: Veteran Star Tribune NFL writer Mark Craig joins Digital Sports Editor Michael Rand and Vikings beat writer Matt Vensel to talk about this year's training camp battles and best moments from past camps they've covered.
Sunday Q&A: Curt Schilling, ESPN baseball analyst

Sunday Q&A: Curt Schilling, ESPN baseball analyst

The former MLB pitcher addressed his Kirby Puckett remark regarding Hall of Famers' character.

Access Vikings, the podcast: Training camp preview

Episode 1: Vikings beat writer Matt Vensel and Digital Sports Editor Michael Rand are joined by columnist Chip Scoggins as they preview the start of Vikings training camp by counting down the most important players on this year's team and debating which players have the most to gain or lose in 2015.
Rand: Development stages in local pro sports, rock bottom to rock stars

Rand: Development stages in local pro sports, rock bottom to rock stars

There are five stages of building a franchise, and the Twin Cities pro franchises represent all five of them.
Wolves land Apple Valley's Jones via trade

Wolves land Apple Valley's Jones via trade

The Timberwolves made a last-minute trade with Cleveland, dealing the 31st and 36th picks in the second round and a future second-round pick.
Sunday Q&A: Seimone Augustus, Lynx forward

Sunday Q&A: Seimone Augustus, Lynx forward

The longtime Lynx standout is part of a core of veterans hoping to lead the team to its third WNBA championship in five seasons.
Swarm lacrosse will leave Twin Cities market

Swarm lacrosse will leave Twin Cities market

The National Lacrosse League team will leave Xcel Energy Center and the Twin Cities. A new home for the Swarm has yet to be decided.
Wild will balance status quo with unknown this offseason

Wild will balance status quo with unknown this offseason

What can be done to improve on what has already been accomplished by the team?
Rand: Thinking happy thoughts from weekend

Rand: Thinking happy thoughts from weekend

Thoughts from a weekend of playoffs and optimism — two things that have been in short supply in Minnesota lately: After being pummeled 12-3 by…
Target Field's concessions lineup full of sluggers

Target Field's concessions lineup full of sluggers

As has become customary this time of year — and has also caught on with other local pro teams — the Twins offered the media a preview Tuesday of the new specialty food and drink items being offered up at Target Field this season.
MLS, from head to toe: A primer

MLS, from head to toe: A primer

Minnesota has been awarded rights to a Major League Soccer franchise, which begs the question from a lot of you, we imagine: What exactly is…
Minnesota soccer fans excited for promotion to MLS

Minnesota soccer fans excited for promotion to MLS

Major League Soccer, the top league in the U.S., is expected to announce Wednesday that Minnesota is getting an expansion franchise, most likely for the 2018 season.
Major League Soccer coming to Minnesota

Major League Soccer coming to Minnesota

The announcement was made Wednesday morning during a press conference at Target Field.
Rand: Wolves/Knicks a 'Battle of Who Could Care Less'

Rand: Wolves/Knicks a 'Battle of Who Could Care Less'

To get in the mood to write about Thursday’s Wolves vs. Knicks game, I dug back into my college music archives for a little Ben…
Cutting the cord: A sports fan's new breed of TV

Cutting the cord: A sports fan's new breed of TV

If you’re an avid TV sports viewer looking to “cut the cord” on pricey cable or satellite subscriptions, it’s possible — with a few trade-offs.
Rand: Stars align for Adrian Peterson to end up in Dallas

Rand: Stars align for Adrian Peterson to end up in Dallas

If we can think of the nuggets of information linking Adrian Peterson to a possible trade with the Cowboys as a line of dominoes waiting…
Rand: Peterson's trade value not high

Rand: Peterson's trade value not high

John Clayton of ESPN mused this week on 1500-AM radio that the best the Vikings could hope to get in a trade for Adrian Peterson…
Rand: Weekend revelations from around the Twin Cities

Rand: Weekend revelations from around the Twin Cities

Five thoughts from a few days in sports that had us thinking about Kevin Garnett and the various postseasons:
Rand: Cautionary tales of being cautious

Rand: Cautionary tales of being cautious

I’ve never run with the bulls in Pamplona, but there are enough stories out there to believe the annual event can be construed as a…
Sunday Q&A: Gophers running back David Cobb

Sunday Q&A: Gophers running back David Cobb

David Cobb can take a big step toward the NFL this week, when he takes part in the NFL scouting combine.

2day's 2 Cents: Somewhat shady, for sports deals

A Star Tribune editor presented a strange challenge/wish earlier this week: that Friday’s Page 2 feature would somehow play off the movie release of “Fifty…
Rand: A lot can happen in just one week

Rand: A lot can happen in just one week

The Super Bowl was last Sunday in Arizona. On Monday, hundreds of members of the sports media presumably filtered out of the Phoenix area. And…
Rand: Filling the air with Deflategate, the NFL's latest scandal

Rand: Filling the air with Deflategate, the NFL's latest scandal

We’re now less than a week from the kickoff of the Super Bowl, which means we are also now more than a week into the…
Sunday Q&A with Jonny Steele, Minnesota United midfielder

Sunday Q&A with Jonny Steele, Minnesota United midfielder

The success of United FC drew him here.
Rand: Big-losing Minnesota teams post a winning weekend

Rand: Big-losing Minnesota teams post a winning weekend

Less than a week ago in this space, we spent a great deal of time lamenting the misfortunes of four local teams. During a stretch…
Rand: Twin Cities sports scene starved for a winners

Rand: Twin Cities sports scene starved for a winners

Oh, for the optimism of the preseason again. Only a few months ago, the Wild was an up-and-coming team that had fans dreaming of deep…
Rand: Pick a conspiracy, any conspiracy, in NFL playoffs

Rand: Pick a conspiracy, any conspiracy, in NFL playoffs

It’s a great time to be a sports conspiracy theorist. Really, there’s never a bad time for it, but the NFL … oh, this league…
Rand: There's got to be a limit on what is reviewable

Rand: There's got to be a limit on what is reviewable

If 2014 in sports was all about trying to “get it right” (to borrow the phrase used repeatedly by the Vikings addressing the Adrian Peterson…
Rand: Stuart Scott made sure sports were fun

Rand: Stuart Scott made sure sports were fun

News Sunday of Stuart Scott’s death — only 49 years old, after a seven-year bout with cancer — led to many wonderful tributes to his…
Our 10 predictions for Minnesota sports in 2015

Our 10 predictions for Minnesota sports in 2015

Knowing what we know — and that ain't much — here's what we expect in the world of Minnesota sports in 2015.
Top 10 Minnesota sports moments of 2014

Top 10 Minnesota sports moments of 2014

From eye-popping plays to personalities causing a ruckus, 2014 was full of sports stories worth talking about.
Rand: Some stories turn out just as predicted

Rand: Some stories turn out just as predicted

One of the great joys of sports is the unpredictability they provide. Sometimes, though, off-field stories unfold in a manner that follows a predicted narrative…
Rand: Buffalo becomes NFC North's nemesis

Rand: Buffalo becomes NFC North's nemesis

There is no real shame, at least on the surface, of losing to an NFL team with an 8-6 record. What we are about to…
First look: Renderings of Vikings stadium outfitted for Major League Soccer

First look: Renderings of Vikings stadium outfitted for Major League Soccer

The Vikings on Tuesday evening showed off renderings of their new stadium outfitted for a Major League Soccer franchise.
A fitting day for Bud Grant Way

A fitting day for Bud Grant Way

The first day of December, with the temperature hovering in single digits, wouldn’t have been an apt setting for many outdoor news conferences, but for…
Wisconsin clarifies where Paul Bunyan's Axe will be Saturday

Wisconsin clarifies where Paul Bunyan's Axe will be Saturday

Wisconsin’s Andersen, before clarifying, said the winning team won’t find its prize until it gets to the locker room.
Rand: The long and the short of recent coaching searches

Rand: The long and the short of recent coaching searches

Four high-profile Minnesota men’s sports teams have conducted coaching/managerial searches since the start of 2013. Here is a quick look back at all of them:…
Sid Hartman nears 70 years as Minneapolis sports writer

Sid Hartman nears 70 years as Minneapolis sports writer

On Saturday, the Star Tribune will pay tribute to columnist Sid Hartman with a full-page advertisement to celebrate 70 years as a Minneapolis sportswriter.
Rand: Plenty ties Gophers hoops, Wolves together

Rand: Plenty ties Gophers hoops, Wolves together

The connections between the Timberwolves and the Gophers men’s basketball team are mounting, and it’s not just because both teams seem to be about the…
Rand: 2014 Vikings looking awfully familiar

Rand: 2014 Vikings looking awfully familiar

Tuesday marks the one-year anniversary of Josh Freeman’s one and only start at quarterback with the Vikings. It was a desperate move in a desperate…
MLS meets with Vikings and United, which adds powerful help

MLS meets with Vikings and United, which adds powerful help

Twins owner Jim Pohlad sat down with United owner William McGuire, who also reportedly has Glen Taylor as part of group, ratcheting up competition for a major league franchise.
Rand: No refunds in baseball for big-name busts

Rand: No refunds in baseball for big-name busts

It is said that fortune favors the bold. If you printed out that expression and mailed it to members of the Tigers and A’s front…
Sunday Q&A: Wolves rookie Zach LaVine

Sunday Q&A: Wolves rookie Zach LaVine

When the Timberwolves chose Zach LaVine with the No. 13 pick in the NBA draft, it was with the idea that he could be a…
For Hazeltine, all eyes on the 2016 Ryder Cup

For Hazeltine, all eyes on the 2016 Ryder Cup

While most of the golf world was focused on Scotland on Sunday as the European Ryder Cup team polished off the U.S. squad, a contingent…
Rand: Wolves, Twins welcoming eras of change

Rand: Wolves, Twins welcoming eras of change

Timberwolves media day, an opportunity to interview players before the start of training camp, ended shortly before 2 p.m. Monday. An hour later and a…
Sunday Q&A: MLB Network's John Smoltz

Sunday Q&A: MLB Network's John Smoltz

John Smoltz amassed 213 victories and 154 saves in a 20-year MLB career spent mostly with Atlanta. These days, he works for MLB Network and…
Rand: Adrian Peterson ... voices raised

Rand: Adrian Peterson ... voices raised

The Adrian Peterson saga, and most notably Monday’s decision by the Vikings to allow him to play next weekend after sitting out this past weekend…
Sunday Q&A: Ryan Santoso, Gophers kicker

Sunday Q&A: Ryan Santoso, Gophers kicker

Ryan Santoso arrived on the University of Minnesota campus last year as a 280-pound kicker and somewhat of a novelty because of his size and…
Rand: Add up the clues, and you'll see Love as a Cavalier

Rand: Add up the clues, and you'll see Love as a Cavalier

The signs certainly are pointing to the Wolves trading Kevin Love to Cleveland.
Fight is on for adding Twin Cities pro soccer franchise

Fight is on for adding Twin Cities pro soccer franchise

Two local groups headed by powerful businessmen that are vying for a Major League Soccer franchise in the Twin Cities will share the stage in a unique doubleheader Saturday at TCF Bank Stadium.
FanFest underway at convention center

FanFest underway at convention center

The Major League Baseball All-Star festivities in Minneapolis have officially started. Fan Fest, which runs from Friday through Tuesday at the Minneapolis Convention Center, opened…
Sunday Q&A with Ernie Johnson: Twins' fall matched by pitching ills

Sunday Q&A with Ernie Johnson: Twins' fall matched by pitching ills

The Turner Broadcasting veteran is back at Target Field for the first time since the 2010 postseason.
Rand: Vanek, Heatley mirror images at time of acquisition

Rand: Vanek, Heatley mirror images at time of acquisition

The eventual success or failure of Thomas Vanek with the Wild has nothing to do with how Dany Heatley performed here. They are different people…
Rand: New Green Line passes sports fan's test

Rand: New Green Line passes sports fan's test

The true benefits of the new Metro Green Line, the light rail connecting downtown Minneapolis and downtown St. Paul, will develop over time thanks to…
It's on: The World (Cup) comes to Brazil

It's on: The World (Cup) comes to Brazil

The World Cup begins Thursday in Brazil and features eight groups of four teams each.
Rand: Somewhere, there's a silver lining in cancelled Minneapolis marathon

Rand: Somewhere, there's a silver lining in cancelled Minneapolis marathon

I’ve attempted and completed four marathons in my life. Each one has followed pretty much the same blueprint: a gradual buildup of mileage over a…
Rand: Twins' cleanup mess, Wolves' Joerger mess and thoughts on Love

Rand: Twins' cleanup mess, Wolves' Joerger mess and thoughts on Love

A few thoughts after ducking out of the sun for a while during a gorgeous Memorial Day weekend: • The cleanup hitter isn’t always a baseball…
Rand: Q-and-A with Lynx star Lindsay Whalen

Rand: Q-and-A with Lynx star Lindsay Whalen

" I feel like this year we have a good energy about us," Lynx point guard Lindsay Whalen told Michael Rand in a recent interview.
Rand: Some analysis is worth analyzing

Rand: Some analysis is worth analyzing

The NFL draft has come and gone, but that doesn’t mean we are at the end of the constant chatter or speculation. If only we…
Sunday Q & A: Vikings' Patterson follows Wild closely

Sunday Q & A: Vikings' Patterson follows Wild closely

At this time last year, Cordarrelle Patterson was a talented but raw football player who had just been drafted in the first round by the Vikings.
Rand: If only Twitter had been there

Rand: If only Twitter had been there

Before social media allowed so many of us to share opinions in real time, how did we respond to the highs and lows of sports?
Rand: Flirtations with success still sting for Minnesota fans

Rand: Flirtations with success still sting for Minnesota fans

There is a tendency for Minnesota sports fans to look back on the six-year period from the fall of 1998 through the summer of 2004…
Rand: Q&A with ESPN women's basketball bracketologist

Rand: Q&A with ESPN women's basketball bracketologist

Charlie Creme has been projecting the NCAA women’s basketball field for ESPN for more than a decade. The “bracketologist” spoke this week on the process…
Rand: A crucial week for local teams

Rand: A crucial week for local teams

Four weekend sports thoughts while frantically checking and confirming that the average temperatures in March really are supposed to be much better than this: 1…

Sudden ending for U.S. stuns Gophers women's hockey team

Many present Gophers players stared blankly at the TV for several moments, allowing the reality to sink in after Canada's triumph.
Man City, Olympiakos to play August 2 at the Bank, tickets on sale Saturday

Man City, Olympiakos to play August 2 at the Bank, tickets on sale Saturday

An International Champions Cup soccer match, featuring two of the premier teams in the world, is coming to TCF Bank Stadium this summer, a source confirmed Wednesday.
Rand: Freeze fans, no sudden moves

Rand: Freeze fans, no sudden moves

Three thoughts from the weekend that DON’T relate to the Super Bowl: • Washington QB Kirk Cousins is reportedly open to being traded, which is about…
Rochester's Butorac in Australian Open doubles final

Rochester's Butorac in Australian Open doubles final

Eric Butorac and partner Raven Klaasen of South Africa have made a stunning run through the men’s doubles field at the Australian Open.
Despite Twins' woes, Diamond Awards still a hit

Despite Twins' woes, Diamond Awards still a hit

Twins President Dave St. Peter, decked out for the ninth annual Diamond Awards held at Target Field on Thursday, said that when the event was…
Lynx, fans rejoice together over second WNBA title

Lynx, fans rejoice together over second WNBA title

Good times continued Friday for the Lynx when they returned home as champions.
Rand: Manning-Tebow debate seems silly now

Rand: Manning-Tebow debate seems silly now

As we advance through life, there are ample moments when we look back at history and wonder, “How on Earth was this ever a topic…
Rand: Twins' finish feels familiar? Well, yes and no

Rand: Twins' finish feels familiar? Well, yes and no

This season felt so much like last season for the Twins, right down to the identical 66-96 record both versions wound up having. But in…
Hawkeyes 'taking steps' toward peak

Hawkeyes 'taking steps' toward peak

Coach Kirk Ferentz wasn’t prepared to say his 4-1 team has arrived, but he left Minnesota satisfied at the progress he’s seen.
Rand: Easy criticism of Musgrave just feels right this time

Rand: Easy criticism of Musgrave just feels right this time

Wrapping up the weekend with a few thoughts on the Vikings and the NFL: • Picking on an offensive coordinator’s play-calling is among the lowest-hanging fruit…
Gophers firm up at middle linebacker

Gophers firm up at middle linebacker

Junior college transfer Damien Wilson and redshirt freshman Jack Lynn have been in a lengthy battle for playing time at middle linebacker. While…
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