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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.
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Reusse: Gardy went to bat for Mientkiewicz to get him a job

Reusse: Gardy went to bat for Mientkiewicz to get him a job

Mientkiewicz was dropped as an always-winning manager in the minor leagues by the Twins' new regime last fall.
Reusse: Gardy appears healthy, happy as Tigers new manager

Reusse: Gardy appears healthy, happy as Tigers new manager

Former Twins manager Ron Gardenhire turned 60 four days after he was announced as Tigers manager last fall. His weight is down, his blood pressure is down, and he looks more energetic than exhausted.
Reusse: Twins keep Garver's bat over leadership of Gimenez

Reusse: Twins keep Garver's bat over leadership of Gimenez

The Twins will miss the clubhouse leadership of Chris Gimenez but believe they have the possibility of a breakout hitting catcher in Mitch Garver

Tom Brady still brilliant after eight Super Bowls

The 2001 New England Patriots had benefitted from the "tuck rule'' decision to defeat Oakland in the first round of the AFC playoffs, and then…
Reusse: Spring training is near, but baseball brass not big on big deals

Reusse: Spring training is near, but baseball brass not big on big deals

There is considerable angst among Major League Baseball union leaders, players and agents as the start of spring training beckons and high-profile free agents remain unsigned.
Reusse: Brady was brilliant for Patriots, but Belichick wasn't

Reusse: Brady was brilliant for Patriots, but Belichick wasn't

Tom Brady gave the best that a quarterback could offer while it appeared that his boss, Patriots coach Bill Belichick, had a bad night.
Even now, the regrets remain for Vikings ironman Jim Marshall

Even now, the regrets remain for Vikings ironman Jim Marshall

Jim Marshall, the ironman defensive end for the Vikings, sees four opportunities lost
Reusse: Everything, and nothing, has changed in the past 17 seasons in New England

Reusse: Everything, and nothing, has changed in the past 17 seasons in New England

Tom Brady, Bill Belichick and the Patriots are the most astounding example of a dynasty in the 50 years of full-blown Expansion Era of major league sports.
Reusse: For recovering addicts like Campbell, 'Sober Bowl' as satisfying as Super Bowl

Reusse: For recovering addicts like Campbell, 'Sober Bowl' as satisfying as Super Bowl

Earl Campbell, the Hall of Fame running back, has been sobver for nine years and was involved with the first Sober Bowl.
Reusse: Eagles fans have been angry ever since Van Brocklin left

Reusse: Eagles fans have been angry ever since Van Brocklin left

Coach Doug Pederson gets the third shot at the Eagles' first championship since the expansion Vikings hired away their MVP quarterback in 1961.

Having only one good eye didn't keep Al Frost from greatness at Hamline

Al Frost was 18 months old and toddled after his father throughout the house. On Easter Sunday morning, his dad was shaving and Al was…
Reusse: Welcome home to Super Bowl LII, Little Tommy Brady

Reusse: Welcome home to Super Bowl LII, Little Tommy Brady

Patriots quarterback Tom Brady is headed to U.S. Bank Stadium for the Super Bowl, much to the delight of family in Browerville.
Reusse: It's a Hall of Fame voter's prerogative to change mind

Reusse: It's a Hall of Fame voter's prerogative to change mind

As times change and more conversations are had, the look of Hall of Fame ballots can - and will - change.

Vikings' recent first-round draft picks a mixed bag

The Vikings last played in the NFC title game in January 2010. Defensive end Brian Robison will be the lone holdover to be playing for…
Reusse: Vikings in position to duplicate 1973 dominance

Reusse: Vikings in position to duplicate 1973 dominance

The Vikings put a 27-10 shellacking on the Cowboys in Dallas in 1973 en route to the Super Bowl. Don't be surprised if we see that again Sunday in Philadelphia.
Reusse: As young gunslinger at Purdue, Brees had Gophers' number

Reusse: As young gunslinger at Purdue, Brees had Gophers' number

The first start Drew Brees made in the Big Ten was as a sophomore vs. the Gophers on Oct. 3, 1998, at Purdue. Final: Boilermakers, 56-21.
Reusse: Twins front office bringing in the brainpower

Reusse: Twins front office bringing in the brainpower

The environment surrounding the Twins has changed dramatically since Derek Falvey took over the baseball operation from Terry Ryan.
Reusse: Eden Prairie's Connelly shows recruiters what they missed

Reusse: Eden Prairie's Connelly shows recruiters what they missed

Ryan Connelly was offered one scholarship out of high school at Eden Prairie. He walked on at Wisconsin, and last week played a big role in the Badgers' Orange Bowl victory over Miami.

No media cover-up in troubling Miguel Sano situation

Betsy Bissen was a volunteer photographer for Twins Daily and was credentialed a few times per summer to shoot games at Target Field. The website…
Reusse: Muddled Big Ten basketball schedule a result of Delany's meddling

Reusse: Muddled Big Ten basketball schedule a result of Delany's meddling

Big Ten commissioner Jim Delany has been willing to throw the men's basketball schedule into full turmoil to continue the mirage that Rutgers has given the Big Ten legitimate entry into the New York market.
Reusse: Vikings' long-snapper temp knows perseverance, if not Kodiaks

Reusse: Vikings' long-snapper temp knows perseverance, if not Kodiaks

Despite an oft-repeated and not entirely correct story about his time among bears in Alaska, Jeff Overbaugh will be snapping in a true NFL game -- against the Chicago Bears -- for the first time.
Reusse: Northside Boxing Club provides food, fights to interested youth

Reusse: Northside Boxing Club provides food, fights to interested youth

The Minneapolis Fire Department had closed a firehouse on 33rd Avenue N. years ago and it was standing empty until restaurant owner Ryan Burnet came up with a plan.
Reusse: Tommies football steps up to support coach's wife after cancer diagnosis

Reusse: Tommies football steps up to support coach's wife after cancer diagnosis

Rachael Caruso recently was diagnosed with Stage 3 colorectal cancer.
Reusse: Coaching wouldn't cut Jerry Kill a break

Reusse: Coaching wouldn't cut Jerry Kill a break

The football addiction remains, and the former Gophers coach wouldn't object to a consulting job like he had at Kansas State.

Owners have made Marlins meaningless

Jeffrey Loria was the head of an ownership group that bought the Montreal Expos at a distressed price before the 2000 season. Legend has it,…
Reusse: Minutes? Wolves coach Thibodeau plays to win just like The Muss

Reusse: Minutes? Wolves coach Thibodeau plays to win just like The Muss

When you look across the history of Timberwolves, you can't avoid the connection between Thibodeau and Bill Musselman.
Reusse: Four-position Sirles provides Vikings needed versatility on the line

Reusse: Four-position Sirles provides Vikings needed versatility on the line

What any contending team in the NFL comes to appreciate on the offensive line is a reliable utility man. And at 6-6, 310-pounds, Jeremiah Sirles can play both guards and tackles.
Reusse: Morris makes 3-of-a-kind for St. Paul Hall of Famers

Reusse: Morris makes 3-of-a-kind for St. Paul Hall of Famers

Jack Morris' call to Cooperstown means he will join Dave Winfield and Paul Molitor as St. Paul players forever donned in bronze.

Taxed properly, Roger Goodell's raise is one for us all

The common practice for major league athletes is to pay taxes in the states that they are visiting to compete. This means that if the…
Reusse: Unsung stalwart of the Vikings' defense? That's Tom Johnson

Reusse: Unsung stalwart of the Vikings' defense? That's Tom Johnson

There were 255 players taken in the 2006 NFL draft and Tom Johnson was not among them but now is on on a defensive line made to win.
Reusse: Why wasn't Keenum drafted? An ex-Gophers player solves the mystery

Reusse: Why wasn't Keenum drafted? An ex-Gophers player solves the mystery

Tony Levine, a former Gophers wide receiver who coached at the University of Houston, said that pro scouts "tried to come up with every reason they could to ignore" Keenum's college statistics and success.
Gabe Green finds role at a new position for Tommies

Gabe Green finds role at a new position for Tommies

The former Southern Miss QB has made an impact this season as a St. Thomas wide receiver.
Reusse: Arriving from Puerto Rico, Gophers libero Rosado digs her role

Reusse: Arriving from Puerto Rico, Gophers libero Rosado digs her role

Last week was the first time that the entire family of Gophers star senior Dalianliz Rosaro was in Minnesota at the same time to see her play for the U.
Reusse: No blowout for St. Thomas, just a solid victory

Reusse: No blowout for St. Thomas, just a solid victory

Ahead 22-0, the Tommies wound up grateful for a 29-13 victory over Berry College in a D-III second-round playoff game.
Patrick Reusse's 2017 Turkey of the Year is ...

Patrick Reusse's 2017 Turkey of the Year is ...

It's time to welcome honored guests once again to the Turkey Banquet - the 40th edition of the time-honored tradition. Who takes home the Grand Gobbler this year?
Reusse: At age 78, Brainerd's Stolski still can't stop coaching football

Reusse: At age 78, Brainerd's Stolski still can't stop coaching football

Ron Stolski will bring his Brainerd Warriors to U.S. Bank Stadium on Saturday for the state semifinals. "He's incredible. He's a football poet," one of his friends explained.

Brainerd football staff puts the grand in coaching

Ron Stolski is in his 56th season as a head coach in Minnesota high school football and in his 43rd season at Brainerd. Stolski is…
Reusse: St. John's has a nice, respectable receiver in Evan Clark

Reusse: St. John's has a nice, respectable receiver in Evan Clark

Evan Clark is a gentleman, and good receiver St. John's should make an effort to get more involved in the offense.

Bud Grant's credo about durability remains true today

Brian Dozier had an outstanding series in the field in late July, causing me to suggest on Twitter that he should be the leading candidate…
Reusse: Halladay's death stings players he influenced, including Twins' May

Reusse: Halladay's death stings players he influenced, including Twins' May

Trevor May was a high school pitcher in Washington when he was selected in the fourth round of the 2008 draft by the Philadelphia Phillies. Soon after, he was exposed to Roy Halladay.
Reusse: Lohman provides U volleyball with stability in the middle

Reusse: Lohman provides U volleyball with stability in the middle

The drives from Mankato paid off for the Gophers senior middle blocker.
Reusse: Workhorse pitchers key to both Twins World Series titles

Reusse: Workhorse pitchers key to both Twins World Series titles

Former manager Tom Kelly had the benefit of several stouthearted Twins pitchers and still had to work some magic to get through two championship battles.

Players, not owners, built the NFL of today

The Houston Astros played the third home World Series game in their 56 seasons as a franchise Friday night. The local personality selected to throw…
Reusse: 98-0 loss to playoff contender, St. Scholastica rebounds

Reusse: 98-0 loss to playoff contender, St. Scholastica rebounds

Eight weeks after making national news on the wrong side of a 98-0 loss to St. John's. St. Scholastica is two victories away from making the Division III playoffs out of the UMAC.
Reusse: Minus Butler's fire, Wolves slip into a deep chill

Reusse: Minus Butler's fire, Wolves slip into a deep chill

Based on Tuesday's unspirited performance, we now have strong evidence of how greatly the Wolves need Jimmy Butler for his play and his scowl.
Reusse: Make prep football teams earn spots in playoffs

Reusse: Make prep football teams earn spots in playoffs

The "every team gets a chance'' philosophy of playoff competition that permeates the MSHSL's tournament schedule should be dropped for football.
Reusse: Revamped Target Center stirs up hope for changes beyond cosmetic

Reusse: Revamped Target Center stirs up hope for changes beyond cosmetic

Fans were enthusiastic both by the revamped building and the revamped roster.
Reusse: 'Jim Pete,' ever the optimist, likes the Wolves

Reusse: 'Jim Pete,' ever the optimist, likes the Wolves

He is "Jim Pete" to Minnesota basketball fans, and for the past decade, he's been our version of Harry Caray with the Cubs or Bob Uecker with the Brewers through all of their losing seasons.

North Carolina's approach to NCAA charges might just work for Gophers

Jan Gangelhoff was 56 when she died from cancer in March 2005. This was unfortunate for Jan, family and friends, and perhaps in the wake…
Reusse: At least the NHL manages to keep its fans content

Reusse: At least the NHL manages to keep its fans content

It took Wild fans about five minutes to get over last season's playoff exit, and season-ticket holders renewed at a rate of 98 percent.
Reusse: P.J. Fleck is a master at lowering expectations

Reusse: P.J. Fleck is a master at lowering expectations

Beating Michigan State would be a monumental achievement for the Gophers, especially with their coach's constant woe-is-my-roster spiel in his campaign to lower expectations during his first year.
Reusse: Fickle fans quick to embrace local sports figures, even quicker to spurn them

Reusse: Fickle fans quick to embrace local sports figures, even quicker to spurn them

Five local sports figures that find themselves on the wrong side of public opinion, and wrongly.

Lynx now and Lakers then have parallels

There was mention made after the Lynx's latest title of the 10 championships now won by Minnesota pro basketball teams: six for the Minneapolis Lakers…
Reusse: Champion Lynx awaken the echoes at Williams Arena

Reusse: Champion Lynx awaken the echoes at Williams Arena

Wednesday's crowd was announced at 14,632, an absolute sellout, and they weren't lying like most teams and promoters lie about attendance. It was full to the back rows

College basketball's shady deals nothing new

UNLV won what remains its only NCAA men's basketball title in 1990 with a 103-73 victory over Duke. In the immediate aftermath, several of the…
Reusse: Escobar loving his 'Everyday' status for Twins

Reusse: Escobar loving his 'Everyday' status for Twins

Seven years after the Twins last postseason appearance, Eduardo Escobar is the second coming of "Everyday Eddie."
Reusse: Nothing more enjoyable in sports than unexpected success

Reusse: Nothing more enjoyable in sports than unexpected success

Mollie's Muggers reached an even 800 runs Wednesday, and are fourth in the major leagues behind the Astros, Yankees and Cubs in runs scored.
St. Thomas goes all the way to Chile for latest win over Johnnies

St. Thomas goes all the way to Chile for latest win over Johnnies

Bryan Steinsapir came to Minnesota in August 2014 from Santiago, Chile and on Saturday made two field goals for St. Thomas.

Dream Team showed value of star power

The Timberwolves are in San Diego for a week of training camp. The most famous basketball unit in history also officially assembled in San Diego,…
Reusse: Road to Tommies ran through Dinkytown for QB Perra

Reusse: Road to Tommies ran through Dinkytown for QB Perra

The St. Thomas quarterback left the Gophers when Jerry Kill's health forced him to resign as head coach. "I could tell there wasn't much interest in me" when Tracy Claeys took over.
Reusse: After shooting for the stars, QB Erdmann settles in at St. John's

Reusse: After shooting for the stars, QB Erdmann settles in at St. John's

After a year at Penn State as a preferred walk-on, Jackson Erdmann gained the starting job at St. John's and threw 11 touchdown passes in three victories to open the 2016 season.

Oscar De La Hoya was always easy to root for

Oscar De La Hoya started Golden Boy Promotions in 2002. He was the main attraction in the early years, and was involved with two mega-promotions:…
Reusse: Before home-run heroics, Rosario helped by going off script

Reusse: Before home-run heroics, Rosario helped by going off script

Eddie Rosario on Wednesday night belted the game-winning home run but also scored on an unconventional sequence in the second inning.

Reusse: Hutchinson out to discover new prep football rivalries

Class 4A Hutchinson finds itself in the wide-ranging, 22-team North Central District, with one 6A team (Buffalo), 15 5A teams and six 4A teams.
Reusse: New age began with 'Monday Night Football,' and fed ESPN

Reusse: New age began with 'Monday Night Football,' and fed ESPN

The launch of "Monday Night Football" at the start of the 1970s eventually led to that of ESPN at the end of the decade: on Sept. 7, 1979.

Fan apathy a Target Center hallmark

Basketball was the first major league sport in the Twin Cities. The Minneapolis Lakers won six titles (one NBL, five NBA) from 1948 through 1954.…
Reusse: Falvey's smartest move? Bring back Molitor

Reusse: Falvey's smartest move? Bring back Molitor

Paul Molitor has rallied the Twins to their best baseball in August, after Derek Falvey and his brain trust seemed to give up by trading Jaime Garcia and Brandon Kintzler at the nonwaiver July 31 deadline.
Reusse: Compared to other new Gophers coaches, Fleck has it easy

Reusse: Compared to other new Gophers coaches, Fleck has it easy

Here's what the new coach has inherited: a fabulous new $170 million facility, full funding for assistants and recruiting and a nucleus of a 9-4 team coming off an upset bowl victory.

Minnetonka Millers take the long way to another state amateur baseball title

The State Amateur baseball tournament started in 1924. It went through several formats through the decades. By the 1960s, there were complaints about the unfair…
Reusse: John Gagliardi, ex-St. John's coach, still drawing up plays at 90

Reusse: John Gagliardi, ex-St. John's coach, still drawing up plays at 90

The St. John's season that starts next Saturday vs. St. Scholastica will be only the fifth since Gagliardi stopped coaching the Johnnies.
Remembering 1967: A big-time milestone for Twin Cities sports

Remembering 1967: A big-time milestone for Twin Cities sports

It wasn't easy, but Minnesota hit the big time 50 years ago as a sports market. The Gophers won a title. The North Stars and Bud Grant arrived. Pro basketball returned and the Twins nearly won a pennant.
Reusse: Dear Adrian, you won't be getting a Minnesota Nice welcome

Reusse: Dear Adrian, you won't be getting a Minnesota Nice welcome

You were a great­er ob­sta­cle to Vi­kings suc­cess when you were in the line­up than when you were out of it. You ruined Teddy Bridgewater's development, too. That's what people are saying, anyway.

NAIA stars steal the show in 1967 Pan Am Games auditions

The 50th anniversary of a phenomenal 1967 on the Minnesota sports scene is being celebrated in Sunday's Star Tribune. Beyond the happenings with the major…
Reusse: Gardy returns to Target Field as happy, healthy Arizona bench coach

Reusse: Gardy returns to Target Field as happy, healthy Arizona bench coach

Following prostate cancer surgery in April, former Twins manager Ron Gardenhire is with the Diamondbacks as a bench coach. It's the perfect weekend for Arizona to be here for a visit.
Reusse: Area's future might hold PGA Tour stop, more majors or both

Reusse: Area's future might hold PGA Tour stop, more majors or both

With the golf season now likely to end with the Tour Championship on Labor Day weekend starting in 2019, there are potential new markets (including the Twin Cities) looking for places to host on a crowded summer schedule.
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