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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: 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.

Several deserving candidates omitted from Twins Hall of Fame

The Twins are holding induction ceremonies for the team's Hall of Fame this weekend for the first time since 2013. Chuck Knoblauch's ceremony was canceled…
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.

Boxers' paths split after Rome gold

The death of Muhammad Ali on June 3 caused many of us to look back on the timeline of his career. The first real attention…
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.

Reusse: O.J. charmed on and off field

The phenomenal five-part documentary on Orenthal James Simpson produced by ESPN's "30 for 30" crew piqued an interest in all things O.J. Included was the…

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.
Reusse: Dancing after victories? These Twins have no shame

Reusse: Dancing after victories? These Twins have no shame

Why are the players, the on-field staff, the baseball department and the business operation not completely and apologetically embarrassed by the pathetic product they are offering this season?
Reusse: Reaching out to meet Ali was unforgettable for Harvey Mackay

Reusse: Reaching out to meet Ali was unforgettable for Harvey Mackay

Harvey Mackay and his family were in Centennial Olympic Stadium on July 19, 1996, for the Opening Ceremony of the Atlanta Games when Muhammad Ali lit the flame. It was a moment that fueled Mackay's drive to meet Ali.

'Secret' league led to MLB's arrival in the Twin Cities

In November 1958, prominent New York lawyer William Shea announced plans to form a new league — the Continental League — that would either be absorbed as whole by Major League Baseball or compete with MLB.
Reusse: Vonn's foundation seeks to support, inspire girls

Reusse: Vonn's foundation seeks to support, inspire girls

Olympian Lindsey Vonn was back in the Twin Cities, the home of her youth, Friday to host an event sponsored by the Lindsey Vonn Foundation. The foundation is less than a year old, and it raises funds for athletic programs and esteem-building for girls.
Reusse: Search for Twins' All-Star starts and ends with Nunez

Reusse: Search for Twins' All-Star starts and ends with Nunez

Amidst the Twins' gloom, Eduardo Nunez has been the most consistent hitter available to manager Paul Molitor. The choice to represent the Twins in the All-Star game is an easy one.

NFL, Roger Goodell know how to handle criticism

The way I envision it, the greatest concern for Commissioner Roger Goodell as he arrived at the NFL offices in Manhattan on Tuesday was to…
Reusse: Gophers' Robinson should resign; Twins' Allen battles familiar demon

Reusse: Gophers' Robinson should resign; Twins' Allen battles familiar demon

Columnist Patrick Reusse writes: "News of the wrestling Xanax ring made me wince. News on Thursday that Neil Allen had been arrested early that morning on DWI suspicion made me ill."
Reusse: Twins make getting swept part of their stupefying routine

Reusse: Twins make getting swept part of their stupefying routine

The 2016 Twins were swept in three three-game series to open the season, and then in three more three-game series over the next 22 games. It hasn't gotten better since.
Reusse: Twins of 1981 were unwatchable, but better than these 2016 yahoos

Reusse: Twins of 1981 were unwatchable, but better than these 2016 yahoos

The opinion here long has been that the most-unwatchable team in Twins history was the 1981 collection. But at least there were two positive elements to that season: A new manager and a players' strike.

Curry's strength impresses Tucker

Trent Tucker was the best long-range shooter any of us has seen play basketball for the Gophers. Those bombs weren't credited as threes when Tucker…
Reusse: Gophers baseball bounces back to claim Big Ten crown

Reusse: Gophers baseball bounces back to claim Big Ten crown

The Gophers, ninth-place finishers in the Big Ten in 2015, took care of business Friday and got some help to eventually hoist the hardware.
Reusse: Twins' status in pro market is falling fast

Reusse: Twins' status in pro market is falling fast

The Twins are now a bad joke in a Twin Cities professional sports market that in August will become more competitive than at any time in our history.

Patrick Reusse: Link between two Pitino recruits, travel agency stinks

The litany of failures for Richard Pitino as the Gophers men's basketball coach has been repeated since his program was ripped publicly by university President…
Reusse: Pitino's program 'profoundly' disappointing? Maybe one day

Reusse: Pitino's program 'profoundly' disappointing? Maybe one day

All of a sudden, the Gophers men's basketball coach has plenty to say.
Reusse: New Wild coach Boudreau has built-in fans in Eden Prairie

Reusse: New Wild coach Boudreau has built-in fans in Eden Prairie

Hockey moms have a tendency to rely on one another. Margaret Ann Erwin and Crystal Boudreau became good friends, and so did their families, when they were living outside of Washington, D.C., years ago.
Reusse: Fans sure got their Kicks on the old Met's asphalt

Reusse: Fans sure got their Kicks on the old Met's asphalt

Minnesotans had a fondness for partying in the Met Stadium parking lot before and after Vikings games. This was passed along by parents and older siblings to the 16-to-26 crowd that turned Minnesota Kicks soccer team into a 1970s phenomenon.
Reusse: Wild's Boudreau has history with colorful Fighting Saints

Reusse: Wild's Boudreau has history with colorful Fighting Saints

During his time with the Minnesota Fighting Saints of the old World Hockey Association, Wild coaching candidate Bruce Boudreau was introduced to a level of pranking that would have fit into the "Slap Shot" script.

NCAA's hypocrisy becomes ever clearer in UNC investigation

The hypocrisy that is the NCAA's investigative system never has been clearer than in the final allegations sent to North Carolina for its long-standing and…
Reusse: Mariucci schooling Canada in '56 still thrills

Reusse: Mariucci schooling Canada in '56 still thrills

Sunday will mark the 100th anniversary of John Mariucci's birth. In the 1956 Olympics - with 11 of 17 players from Minnesota - Mariucci's Team USA defeated Canada.

Pro teams dwarfing U's in public interest

The Big Ten's pending bonanza in television money for football and men's basketball figures to prevent financial difficulties for the Gophers athletic department. It's so…
Reusse: Canterbury Park hopes its gift to bettors gives back

Reusse: Canterbury Park hopes its gift to bettors gives back

Two weeks ago, Canterbury Park announced it would be making a significant cut in the share that the track takes from betting pools. The initiative drew nationwide publicity — and praise — from horse players and their organizations.
Reusse: NFL draft didn't always fascinate (or appall) us

Reusse: NFL draft didn't always fascinate (or appall) us

Once upon a time, the now-hyped NFL draft barely moved the needle on local sports pages.

High-profile hires here have been a rarity

We look at the hiring of the high-profile Tom Thibodeau as the coach of the Timberwolves as quite a departure for owner Glen Taylor, although…

Complaining about early exits? It could be worse

The Wild played on Friday night in Dallas with the end of its 15th season looming. A playoff exit would be the Wild's fourth first-round…
Reusse: Most Gophers' athletic teams thriving despite trauma with 'moneymakers'

Reusse: Most Gophers' athletic teams thriving despite trauma with 'moneymakers'

The Gophers' baseball team is ranked. So is softball. These teams are more representative of what has happened with University of Minnesota athletics in this school year than what occurred with the large teams.

Wild name better for present team than return to North Stars

The 23rd anniversary of the North Stars' final game passed without attention Friday. The conclusion of the franchise's 26-year stay in Minnesota came with a…
Reusse: Mitchell is let go, but not without a succession plan

Reusse: Mitchell is let go, but not without a succession plan

It would appear that Timberwolves owner Glen Taylor did not release Mitchell without having done proper homework on how to go big for a replacement.
Reusse: Winless record sends message: Don't buy into Twins

Reusse: Winless record sends message: Don't buy into Twins

There is nothing more off-putting in major professional sports than a bad baseball team. And that's what the Twins have looked like through the first week of the season.

'Linebacker High' fitting for Wayzata

Penn State had a tradition of tremendous linebackers dating to the late '60s, with future Pro Football Hall of Famer Jack Ham and two-time All-America…
Reusse: Gophers top starter Fiedler hits .415, too

Reusse: Gophers top starter Fiedler hits .415, too

Matt Fiedler is in good company, being compared to Dave Winfield and Brian Denman. He's the Gophers' top pitcher and bats third in the lineup.
Reusse: Not many young players master baseball

Reusse: Not many young players master baseball

There is no process in major professional team sports in North America that compares to becoming a competent big-league hitter.

Quality Twins bench comes at bargain

FORT MYERS, FLA. – The Boston Red Sox announced Friday that Travis Shaw would be the starting third baseman and Pablo Sandoval would be…
Reusse: It's really OK to like these Twins

Reusse: It's really OK to like these Twins

The contention here is it's the best lineup the Twins have had to offer since Justin Morneau was kneed in the head by Toronto's John McDonald as Morneau slid into second base on July 7, 2010.
Reusse: Young Miguel Sano has growing up to do

Reusse: Young Miguel Sano has growing up to do

Sano is always going to be able to hit, but right now, he's a 22-year-old kid rather than a 22-year-old professional ready to put in the work that would allow him to be an All-Star in his first full season.

To Cretin-Derham Hall, Tommies say thanks

The University of St. Thomas has won seven NCAA Division III national championships in team sports in the 2000s. The Tommies have received assistance with…
Reusse: Don't blame Twins if Nolasco wins job

Reusse: Don't blame Twins if Nolasco wins job

With Tyler Duffey struggling this spring and Jose Berrios sent to minor league camp, the stage is set for Ricky Nolasco.
Reusse: Trevor Plouffe puts all the trade talk to rest

Reusse: Trevor Plouffe puts all the trade talk to rest

After all those seasons hearing fans - and others - calling for a trade, Trevor Plouffe figures to bat fourth for a Twins team that hopes to be a contender.
Reusse: Big Papi looks back: '... the Twins treated me bad'

Reusse: Big Papi looks back: '... the Twins treated me bad'

David Ortiz opens up about his departure from Minnesota and his decision to retire after this season in Boston.

Twins mistakes take over the room

FORT MYERS, FLA. – A Minnesota reporter was visiting the Boston Red Sox spring complex last week in an attempt to interview David Ortiz.…
Reusse: Sano in the outfield? Big Papi doesn't like it at all

Reusse: Sano in the outfield? Big Papi doesn't like it at all

Red Sox veteran (and former Twins castoff) David Ortiz thinks Trevor Plouffe should be in right field, not Miguel Sano: "You're going to remember what I'm telling you and say, 'Big Papi was right.' ''
Reusse: Will the Sano/Buxton/Park plan pay off? Evidence still sketchy

Reusse: Will the Sano/Buxton/Park plan pay off? Evidence still sketchy

With big questions yet to be answered, Twins manager Paul Molitor has given Twins followers precious little to observe so far during spring training..
Reusse: After 55 years with franchise, just call Oliva 'Mr. Twin'

Reusse: After 55 years with franchise, just call Oliva 'Mr. Twin'

Tony Oliva was in the last group of ballplayers to leave Cuba legally to pursue a career in American baseball.
Reusse: Cubans' MLB blockade breaking up

Reusse: Cubans' MLB blockade breaking up

Tony Oliva was in the last group of Cuban baseball prospects to leave the country legally in April 1961. He has been associated with the Twins in some form for the 55 years since then.
Reusse: Hitting woes turn Pudge's son from outfielder into pitcher

Reusse: Hitting woes turn Pudge's son from outfielder into pitcher

Dereck Rodriguez throws his fastball in the low 90s and spins a good curveball, according to Brad Steil, Twins minor league director. He also has added a straight change — taught to him by his father, Ivan.
Reusse: Twins bullpen saved by Jepsen

Reusse: Twins bullpen saved by Jepsen

Kevin Jepsen posted a .98 ERA, one win, 10 saves and a .178 batting average in his last 28 appearances last season with the Twins. For that, the Twins traded two minor-league pitchers to the Rays.
10 years after Puckett's death, Gladden recalls 'best guy in the clubhouse'

10 years after Puckett's death, Gladden recalls 'best guy in the clubhouse'

Dan Gladden, Kirby Puckett's ex-outfield mate, shared fond memories this week, 10 years after Puckett died.

A couple of legends are in the making

FORT MYERS, FLA. – What is legendary?There are three varieties that touch sports in this country: national, regional and local.An individual must be preeminent…
Reusse: Nunez again will be a valuable presence on Twins bench

Reusse: Nunez again will be a valuable presence on Twins bench

The Twins need a guy who can play all over and hit. That's Eduardo Nunez.
Reusse: Ego and doubt aren't part of Claeys' makeup

Reusse: Ego and doubt aren't part of Claeys' makeup

People close to him say Tracy Claeys is the coach who truly means it when he says, "I only want players at Minnesota who fully want to be here."
Reusse: Michigan's one-time 'Red Baron' still gunning for goals

Reusse: Michigan's one-time 'Red Baron' still gunning for goals

Michigan was at the bottom of the Central Collegiate Hockey Association when athletic director Don Canham convinced Red Berenson to take over the program at his alma mater in 1984.
Reusse: Rutgers is worst Big Ten basketball team in a long, long time

Reusse: Rutgers is worst Big Ten basketball team in a long, long time

Richard Pitino's players seemed to take the court with the attitude that Rutgers would simply roll over and play comatose. It took a half, but they were right.

Reusse: Outside of Minnesota, it's no contest in NBA vs. NHL

Minnesotans have no idea of the NBA's national popularity in our outpost of hockey fondness.
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