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Patrick Reusse

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Patrick Reusse is a sports columnist who writes two to three columns per week. He also can be heard on AM-1500 KSTP from 3 to 6 p.m. weekdays.
Recent content from Patrick Reusse
Flickertail State? North Dakota could be called the Football State, too

Flickertail State? North Dakota could be called the Football State, too

North Dakota State looking for its sixth title in a row, but UND is also making its first appearance in the FCS playoffs.
Reusse: Wolves, Twins would benefit from a swap of coaching styles

Reusse: Wolves, Twins would benefit from a swap of coaching styles

How's this for a radical plan: Owners Jim Pohlad and Glen Taylor should trade manager and head coach of their respective teams.
In making 2016 Turkey of the Year selection, it's go bigly or go home

In making 2016 Turkey of the Year selection, it's go bigly or go home

For now, we take our break for the 2016 Turkey Banquet, and proudly unveil the guest list. Gobble, gobble.

For Gophers at their best, volleyball

The Gophers had Michigan State looking completely discombobulated at the end of the second set of their volleyball match on Friday night at a packed…
Reusse: Final stretch means no coasting for Gophers volleyball

Reusse: Final stretch means no coasting for Gophers volleyball

The Gophers, ranked No. 2, needed five sets to beat No. 13 Michigan State on Friday. Next up to finish the season is No. 18 Michigan followed by Nebraska (No. 1) and Wisconsin (No. 3).
Reusse: A new palace for prep football and some old memories

Reusse: A new palace for prep football and some old memories

Thursday's first day for prep football in the Vikings' new $1 billion U.S. Bank Stadium showed plenty of offense, and a thriller at the end.

Stress of success shows in Vikings coach Mike Zimmer

I'm guessing the Vikings get it straightened out at Washington on Sunday, and coach Mike Zimmer will regain his adulation from the local sporting public.That…
Reusse: First glimpse this season of Pitino's Gophers is a much-improved outfit

Reusse: First glimpse this season of Pitino's Gophers is a much-improved outfit

Friday night, coach Richard Pitino's fourth team was impressive in all the areas in which it was dreadful in the 8-23 catastrophe that was his third.
Pat Reusse is an angry white guy, and he explains why

Pat Reusse is an angry white guy, and he explains why

I don't know why those other millions of white guys who went to the polls Tuesday are angry, but I have some very good reasons for my own.

'Those birds' from Grand Meadow remain Nine-Man target

Karen Ferrian was attending St. Cloud State and had a few dates with Kaare Sanness. "She called home and said, 'I met this football player,'…
Reusse: Ex-Twin Randy Bush gets third World Series thrill

Reusse: Ex-Twin Randy Bush gets third World Series thrill

After two wins with the Twins as a player, Randy Bush is now a World Series champion as a member of the the front office with the Cubs.
Reusse: Circumstances show Vikings pushed Turner out his job

Reusse: Circumstances show Vikings pushed Turner out his job

There was only one way to interpret Pat Shurmur agreeing to a nothing job on Mike Zimmer's staff as tight ends coach. He was the offensive coordinator in waiting.

History alone hamstrings these Timberwolves

I'm a supporter of the popular theory that it takes three exceptional players to form a true contender for an NBA championship,The Wolves appear to…
Reusse: Gophers rowing team has no room for a 'softy'

Reusse: Gophers rowing team has no room for a 'softy'

The Gophers rowing team is a confluence of brute strength and team will with the unique practice backdrop of the Mighty Mississippi.
Reusse: Carl Willis was one of unsung heroes of 1991 World Series

Reusse: Carl Willis was one of unsung heroes of 1991 World Series

The Twins were 2-9 when Carl Willis was notified of his call-up. Over the next two months, the Twins went 42-18, including a 15-game winning streak as part of a 21-2 stretch.
Reusse: Competence not anticipated from pro wrestling referees

Reusse: Competence not anticipated from pro wrestling referees

Championship Week continues in the Twin Cities on Saturday night, when the most treasured hardware in Steel Domain Wrestling will be distributed. I'm guessing Lynx coach Cheryl Reeve will not be in attendance at American Legion Post 435 in Richfield.
Reusse: Hiring of Falvey shows stodgy Twins ready to embrace change

Reusse: Hiring of Falvey shows stodgy Twins ready to embrace change

The Twins were attracted to Derek Falvey by his ability to gain trust with baseball lifers such as Cleveland manager Terry Francona. The Twins believe he is a planner and a communicator -- the the organization needs both.

Baseball's pace drives baseball lover to hockey

Major League Baseball provided 17 games of wild-card sudden death and Division Series in the first 10 days (Oct.4-13) of this postseason. There was plenty…
Reusse: Misfits Rutgers, Maryland are so wrong for the Big Ten

Reusse: Misfits Rutgers, Maryland are so wrong for the Big Ten

Penn State brought a geographical challenge but also football pizazz to the Big Ten when it arrived in 1993. Nebraska was a fantastic addition in 2011. Maryland and Rutgers? Not so much.
Reusse: Tom Reid is always good for a smile and a story

Reusse: Tom Reid is always good for a smile and a story

The Wild will start its 16th season Thursday night in St. Louis, and so will Tom Reid as an analyst for its games on the radio.

Patrick Plus

The San Francisco Giants' return to the postseason was a Twitter topic last week. Someone pointed out the Giants almost moved from New York to…
Reusse: Reed, McIlroy made this a Ryder Cup fit for the King

Reusse: Reed, McIlroy made this a Ryder Cup fit for the King

Their singles match Sunday was respectful and magnificent. It was the best four hours I've ever seen in golf.
Reusse: On Day 2, Team USA stifles Europe's burst of momentum at Ryder Cup

Reusse: On Day 2, Team USA stifles Europe's burst of momentum at Ryder Cup

Breaking up the Spanish Armada didn't work out well for European captain Darren Clarke on Saturday afternoon.
Fans given time to 'prepare' for Danny Willett

Fans given time to 'prepare' for Danny Willett

A member of the Willett entourage told a British radio broadcaster: "It wasn't terrible with the fans for Danny, but it wasn't good.''

Saturday pairings: Europe's Clarke sticks with what works

Rory McIlroy and rookie Thomas Pieters will lead off after being a winning combination Friday afternoon.
Reusse: Sorry, Ryder Cup crowds, you just can't hate Europe

Reusse: Sorry, Ryder Cup crowds, you just can't hate Europe

We're not playing the Soviet Union here. We're not even playing Putin's Russia, which would be a contest worth all of the red, white and blue toggery and "USA, USA'' chants at Hazeltine National.
Danny Willett the target of some Ryder Cup fans - but he expected that

Danny Willett the target of some Ryder Cup fans - but he expected that

"I don't think anyone ever came to America, any of the European lads, and thought it was going to be a walk in the park," Danny Willett said of fans' reactions after his brother's essay bashing Americans.
Reusse: U.S. Ryder Cup team 'best ever?' Yes, but ...

Reusse: U.S. Ryder Cup team 'best ever?' Yes, but ...

The talent the United States is bringing to this 12-player, 28-match competition is astounding. There's only one way the Yanks are going to lose this time to Europe -- and that's if they choke.
Reusse: Ballesteros lifted muted Ryder Cup to a zany level

Reusse: Ballesteros lifted muted Ryder Cup to a zany level

Jack Nicklaus had watched Ballesteros, a 19-year-old Spaniard, go into the final round of a 1976 British Open two strokes behind Johnny Miller. He saw this kid's aura of greatness and decided that Seve could bring some life to the dull Ryder Cup.
Reusse: Palmer became just 'Arnie' to his many fans

Reusse: Palmer became just 'Arnie' to his many fans

At the Ryder Cup this week, everyone — American or Euro — will talk of Arnold Palmer's importance to the game at which they now play for hundreds of millions.
Reusse: Familiar style carries Tommies past St. John's 33-21

Reusse: Familiar style carries Tommies past St. John's 33-21

Standout Jordan Roberts was sidelined with a bad knee, but the ground game remained strong for the Tommies.

Patrick Plus: Matt Asiata's time arrives again ... and again

Matt Asiata was standing on a sideline at the Vikings fieldhouse Thursday, after the team had finished a special teams drill. A reporter asked: "Who…
Reusse: Wily Walter Bush knew his hockey, and Minnesota benefited

Reusse: Wily Walter Bush knew his hockey, and Minnesota benefited

"Walter Bush was the most universally liked guy you were ever going to find in our sport," Lou Nanne said.
Reusse: Taking a cue from past, Vikings build linebacker corps to be feared

Reusse: Taking a cue from past, Vikings build linebacker corps to be feared

Anthony Barr and Eric Kendricks bring to mind the linebackers of Vikings past.

Patrick Plus: Talkin' country is why Minnesotans love Jerry Kill

Jerry Kill has been in the Twin Cities this weekend to promote his book, "Chasing Dreams: Living My Life One Yard at a Time.'' Kill's…
Reusse: Bethel had so many plays, and so little rest

Reusse: Bethel had so many plays, and so little rest

A hundred plays, 35 first downs and 738 yards were not enough for the Royals to open with a victory last week.
Reusse: Robinson's admirable hardheadedness was his downfall

Reusse: Robinson's admirable hardheadedness was his downfall

J Robinson controlled Minnesota's wrestling program for 30 years, and thought he would control the situation that ultimately led to his termination.

Different, but similar, scenario for Vikings with Joe Kapp in 1970

The trauma being felt by Vikings fandom over Teddy Bridgewater's injury has only one comparable in team history. That would be the absence of Joe…
Reusse: Not enough tension leads to demise of 'The Sports Show' after 20 years

Reusse: Not enough tension leads to demise of 'The Sports Show' after 20 years

The Sports Show has been living on borrowed time since local media personality Dark Star died in 2012. The drama between Dark and the Star Tribune's Sid Hartman couldn't be replicated.

Great moments in 'The Sports Show' history

GREAT MOMENTS IN THE SPORTS SHOW HISTORY • Following the Winter Olympics of 1998, moderator Mike Max opened the show by asking Sid Hartman, “What did…
Reusse: Bridgewater's injury isn't part of Vikings' curse; it's just the NFL

Reusse: Bridgewater's injury isn't part of Vikings' curse; it's just the NFL

There's no curse here. A quarterback got hurt and will miss the season. It's the NFL. Rotten things happen to other teams too.

A guess at the Twins' 2017 starting rotation

This is the Twins' fifth implosion into complete ineptitude in the past six seasons. A common thread has been searching for discarded items in baseball's…
Reusse: For starters, at least U.S. Bank Stadium has air conditioning

Reusse: For starters, at least U.S. Bank Stadium has air conditioning

When the Metrodome opened in 1982 the first game brought on a huge wave - not a unified cheer but waving a hand, a program or anything that might help to create a breeze.
Reusse: Town ball hangs on in Murray County with the Buttermakers

Reusse: Town ball hangs on in Murray County with the Buttermakers

There is only one amateur team remaining in Murray County: the Hadley Buttermakers, representatives of the town of 60 people. They have reached back-to-back Class C state championships.

Soccer 'evangelist' wins one with MLS announcement

This was the extent of most Minnesotans' soccer knowledge on Nov. 25, 1975, when it was announced a local group had purchased the Denver Dynamos…
Reusse: Big-time soccer has arrived — again — in Minnesota

Reusse: Big-time soccer has arrived — again — in Minnesota

Minnesota United's move into MLS will have broader, wealthier support than the '70s Kicks
Reusse: Big challenge for Claeys is getting Gophers fans to buy in

Reusse: Big challenge for Claeys is getting Gophers fans to buy in

A weak home schedule and more competition than ever for a local fan's sports buck is working against coach Tracy Claeys and the Gophers football program.

Taj Ma Zygi is gouging Everyday Joes

I've been in sports journalism so long that I can't remember the feeling of zealous fandom. I know it was there in my teens for…
Reusse: St. John's baseball field gives Haugen coaching immortality

Reusse: St. John's baseball field gives Haugen coaching immortality

Jerry Haugen completed his 40th season as Johnnies' baseball coach this spring one win short of a trip to the Division III World Series. The school's new baseball field will be named after him.
Reusse: Polanco can't play shortstop? Twins fail to test theory

Reusse: Polanco can't play shortstop? Twins fail to test theory

The three games in a row Jorge Polanco started at shortstop for the Twins were three more than he started there for Class AAA Rochester. With a new front-office regime ahead, communication better improve.
Reusse: In the end, Durant's determination topped Jimenez's talent

Reusse: In the end, Durant's determination topped Jimenez's talent

Joe Durant admitted the missed chances with the Champions had led to "doubt creeping into my mind'' about being able to win again.
Reusse: Zimmer's no-respect angle is out of date

Reusse: Zimmer's no-respect angle is out of date

Apparently, Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer still believes players can be motivated by lying over what's being said about them
Reusse: Austin finds success then fades on Champions Tour

Reusse: Austin finds success then fades on Champions Tour

There was the weekend years ago when Woody Austin told anyone who'd listen that he was hitting the ball better than Tiger Woods. He really believed it.
Reusse: Saints' Mark Hamburger remains an independent thinker

Reusse: Saints' Mark Hamburger remains an independent thinker

Unless a big-league team offers a spot in the majors, Mark Hamburger is content to pitch for the Saints.

Patrick Plus: This is how you save time in baseball

There are occasions when you wonder how the baseball commissioner's office can squeeze so many morons onto the committees it forms to govern the actual…
Reusse: Twins employees learned loyalty, baseball decorum from ex-GM Ryan

Reusse: Twins employees learned loyalty, baseball decorum from ex-GM Ryan

Wherever Terry Ryan ends up now that his time with the Twins is over, his loyalty to that organization will be unquestioned.
Reusse: Townball team quietly ends its 51-game losing streak

Reusse: Townball team quietly ends its 51-game losing streak

There might have been a late-night celebration at the Ranchero Supper Club, Webster's only bar, but it has been closed for a few weeks for remodeling.
Reusse: Carew bringing lots of heart to Hall of Fame this weekend

Reusse: Carew bringing lots of heart to Hall of Fame this weekend

Ten months after he seemed lost to a heart attack, Twins hitting great Rod Carew will be at the baseball Hall of Fame this weekend to welcome in its new members.

Boston Globe's Clif Keane was a sportswriter in a class by himself

John George Taylor Spink died on Dec. 7, 1962, at age 74. He had been the publisher of the Sporting News in St. Louis from…
Reusse: Dennis Green, a terrific coach, was just as crafty at the mic

Reusse: Dennis Green, a terrific coach, was just as crafty at the mic

What can be said without a doubt is that Denny Green was an outstanding NFL coach — second only to Bud Grant in the Vikings' archives.
Reusse: Firing Ryan purely a business decision for Twins

Reusse: Firing Ryan purely a business decision for Twins

Vital customers such as sponsors and suite holders, season-ticket holders and the public were clamoring for a change in Twins leadership, and owner Jim Pohlad decided to give it to them.
Reusse: Friday night's draw was Lynx basketball, not controversy

Reusse: Friday night's draw was Lynx basketball, not controversy

Yes, there were probably a few new attendees at Target Center for the Lynx game because players supported Black Lives Matter last week — with "few" being the key word.
Reusse: Twins have enough to envision competence next season

Reusse: Twins have enough to envision competence next season

Despite their poor showing in 2016 so far, the Twins appear to be auditioning for a future rather than throwing darts at a canvas with no target.

2008 champs reunite with Wolves

The first Final Four that I covered was in 1981 in Philadelphia. The championship game was delayed on Monday night, after President Reagan was shot…

Reusse: After 70 years in Minnesota, this is moment to feel shame

Historically, Minnesota sports has lacked racial diversity.
Reusse: A decade later, Kintzler is living his dream

Reusse: A decade later, Kintzler is living his dream

Brandon Kintzler was released by the Padres organization in 2006, believed to have no shot in the major leagues. Now, he's the Twins closer.
Reusse: Basketball legend John Kundla's ultimate underdog tale reaches 100

Reusse: Basketball legend John Kundla's ultimate underdog tale reaches 100

There has been an outpouring of media coverage as John Kundla has approached his 100th birthday on Sunday. He won six titles as the coach of the Minneapolis Lakers and played and coached for the Gophers.

Globetrotters offered Minneapolis Lakers a different rivalry than Rochester Royals

What's intriguing is that Rochester wasn't the rival that attracted the most attention and largest crowds for Kundla's Lakers. It was a series of games with the Harlem Globetrotters, then a team of serious basketball that added some comedy, rather than vice versa.
Reusse: Berrios gives Twins rotation hope, unlike Milone

Reusse: Berrios gives Twins rotation hope, unlike Milone

Why the Twins continue to trot out a 29-year-old marginal major leaguer to the mound defies logic.
Reusse: Perkins, Hughes were right to be wary about their health

Reusse: Perkins, Hughes were right to be wary about their health

Pitchers are athletes like none other, in that they are required to make their arms work in an unusual way thousands of times per year. And the public diagnosis of Glen Perkins and Phil Hughes as 'soft' was silly and misguided.
Reusse: Big-time local teams have sputtered; the rest have sparkled

Reusse: Big-time local teams have sputtered; the rest have sparkled

Don't look to the big four in this market if you want high achievement. Look to the "Next Four" instead.
Reusse: O.J. Simpson the athlete was a sight to behold

Reusse: O.J. Simpson the athlete was a sight to behold

O.J. Simpson's former college track and field teammate - who became a professor in the psychiatry department at the University of Minnesota - recalls Simpson's prowess.
Reusse: On Father's Day, Flip Saunders missed by 'best of friends' son Ryan

Reusse: On Father's Day, Flip Saunders missed by 'best of friends' son Ryan

This will be the first Father's Day for Ryan Saunders without his father Flip, whose relationship went far beyond a mutual devotion to basketball.

Dome-era losing gets Dome-era crowds

There was a strong indication of the disaster that looms for the Twins as a business on Friday night. The Boston Red Sox, a prime…
Reusse: In Big Papi's send-off, the joke's still on the Twins

Reusse: In Big Papi's send-off, the joke's still on the Twins

The years of "owning up'' from Minnesota's front office have not soothed the wounds left after David Ortiz departed the lineup for Boston.
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