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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 noon to 4 p.m. weekdays.
Recent content from Patrick Reusse
Reusse: Let Sano concentrate on being the Twins' DH

Reusse: Let Sano concentrate on being the Twins' DH

If the rookie slugger can hit, that’s all Twins need from him this year.
Reusse: On character alone, Wolves nailed it with Towns

Reusse: On character alone, Wolves nailed it with Towns

The Kentucky center made a better first impression than any young player introduced to Twin Cities media in recent memory.
Reusse: Wolves first draft had hype, surprise choice in Pooh

Reusse: Wolves first draft had hype, surprise choice in Pooh

The contention here is we must go back to the Timberwolves’ origins to equal the number of words written and spoken prior to this week’s NBA draft in the Twin Cities’ mainstream media.
Reusse: Twins outfield goes from horror show to highlights

Reusse: Twins outfield goes from horror show to highlights

The home team’s outfield play in Target Field has gone from a five-year liability to an asset.
Reusse: Buxton runs into the reality of big-league pitching

Reusse: Buxton runs into the reality of big-league pitching

Patience should be exercised, even with hyped Twins rookie Byron Buxton.
Reusse: St. Paul's 'Dr. Fan' waits for A-Rod 3,000-hit milestone

Reusse: St. Paul's 'Dr. Fan' waits for A-Rod 3,000-hit milestone

As 'Dr. Fan', Seth Hawkins has been in the ballpark to see the past 20 big-leaguers achieve 3,000 hits
Reusse: Providence benefits from ex-Twin Tapani's coaching

Reusse: Providence benefits from ex-Twin Tapani's coaching

Former Twins pitcher Kevin Tapani is in his third season coaching at the suburban private school, which will play in the Class 2A state baseball tournament.
Reusse: As Brewers show, it's too early for Twins' giddiness

Reusse: As Brewers show, it's too early for Twins' giddiness

The Twins have issues to address and two-thirds of the season still to play.
Reusse: LeBron blossomed into living legend

Reusse: LeBron blossomed into living legend

Once small and scrawny, LeBron James grew into dominant force. He is now 30 and ready to start his sixth NBA Finals.
Reusse: Silence would be golden for Peterson

Reusse: Silence would be golden for Peterson

Today, the more outrage that you can aim toward Adrian Peterson, the more applause you are likely to receive from Vikings fans.
Reusse: Twins heap admiration, agitation on Escobar in equal doses

Reusse: Twins heap admiration, agitation on Escobar in equal doses

A popular figure in the clubhouse, the Twins' Eduardo Escobar also takes his share of grief from teammates.
Reusse: Gophers' 'multis' part of achieving track cult

Reusse: Gophers' 'multis' part of achieving track cult

Gophers track program boasts two of Big Ten’s rarest breed.
Reusse's summer of baseball: From Spamtown Challenge to Target Field

Reusse's summer of baseball: From Spamtown Challenge to Target Field

Patrick Reusse's Minnesota baseball sampler starts with five games over the long Memorial Day weekend. Here's where to go and what to watch.
Reusse: Fasching, McKenzie follow legends at St. John's

Reusse: Fasching, McKenzie follow legends at St. John's

Two with deep St. John’s roots are following coaching legends.
Reusse: St. Cloud State takes 51-3 record, No. 1 ranking into regional

Reusse: St. Cloud State takes 51-3 record, No. 1 ranking into regional

The Huskies opened with a 23-game winning streak. They are now on a 21-game winning streak, including four games in last weekend's conference tournament.
Reusse: Letterman devoted show to Killebrew, a night out to Minnesota visitor

Reusse: Letterman devoted show to Killebrew, a night out to Minnesota visitor

Soon-to-be-retired TV host David Letterman gave a Minnesota visitor a memorable birthday.
Letterman: 'Top 10 ways to mispronounce Kirby Puckett'

Letterman: 'Top 10 ways to mispronounce Kirby Puckett'

As the final episode of the “Late Show with David Letterman” draws closer, it seemed like a good time to look back at the former Twins great reading the Top 10 list on May 9, 1997.
Reusse: Twins reliever Thompson tells his hair-raising tale

Reusse: Twins reliever Thompson tells his hair-raising tale

Aaron Thompson skipped the barber and has become a strong bullpen force.
Reusse: Interest in boxing booms after a big fight — for little while

Reusse: Interest in boxing booms after a big fight — for little while

Many will want to try their hand(s) at boxing at area gyms, but most won’t last long — it’s a hard sport
Reusse: No sold souls here: Wild good enough to snare its own Cup

Reusse: No sold souls here: Wild good enough to snare its own Cup

Unlike in “Damn Yankees,” this team needs no devilish pact to achieve its goal.
Gagne was one of wrestling's original stars

Gagne was one of wrestling's original stars

Verne Gagne was a Marine, a two-time NCAA champion, and played football for the Gophers, and he earned fame as a professional wrestler. He died Monday at age 89.
Reusse: Fêting old-time rasslin' and an old-time rassler

Reusse: Fêting old-time rasslin' and an old-time rassler

Larry Hennig will have stories to tell when he is honored next week in Las Vegas.
Feb. 20, 2009: Famed wrestler Gagne linked to death of man, 97

Feb. 20, 2009: Famed wrestler Gagne linked to death of man, 97

Wrestling legend Verne Gagne, 82, reportedly fought with a 97-year-old man who later died. Both men had dementia.
Reusse: Kill's vision paying dividends for Gophers

Reusse: Kill's vision paying dividends for Gophers

Jerry Kill, the Gophers' humble-beginnings football coach, has his team on the rise.
Thanks to Wild run, pro hockey's glory years are back in Minn.

Thanks to Wild run, pro hockey's glory years are back in Minn.

Minnesota hockey fans loved the North Stars, but the Wild’s swelling popularity is endearing and enduring.
Reusse: Eliason ended career as a forgotten Gopher

Reusse: Eliason ended career as a forgotten Gopher

Elliott Eliason, the 6-11 center, went from being a frequent Gophers contributor to rarely seen under Richard Pitino.
Reusse: Garnett trade a hoax in Wolves' latest losing season

Reusse: Garnett trade a hoax in Wolves' latest losing season

The return of Kevin Garnett to the lineup on Feb. 25 has gone from an epic celebration to an epic charade.
Reusse: When Twins went to bullpen, Royals began licking their chops

Reusse: When Twins went to bullpen, Royals began licking their chops

“I don’t know what we played,” Torii Hunter said. “Bad News Bears baseball.”
Reusse: Best home opener had jeers as well as cheers

Reusse: Best home opener had jeers as well as cheers

It's a day to celebrate. Jeers and cheers both accepted.
Reusse: Celebrating Minnesota's 5 best pro hockey teams

Reusse: Celebrating Minnesota's 5 best pro hockey teams

In honor of the 40th year of pro hockey in the state, here’s a look at Minnesota’s top five teams.
Reusse: Santana's half-season ban puts Twins in deep trouble

Reusse: Santana's half-season ban puts Twins in deep trouble

Free agent pitcher shows he’s lying fraud.
Reusse: It truly is a Grand Old Game again

Reusse: It truly is a Grand Old Game again

With the help of Madison Bumgarner, baseball is on its way back after years on the wayside
Reusse: Blais has Omaha in college hockey heaven

Reusse: Blais has Omaha in college hockey heaven

The city of Omaha has a genuine fever for Mavericks hockey, guided by Dean Blais.
Reusse: Twins have headache-inducing options in the outfield

Reusse: Twins have headache-inducing options in the outfield

Two-thirds of the Twins outfield - center and left - are yet to be decided as spring training rounds to a close in Florida.
Reusse: Vavra's experience helps him as Molitor's right-hand man

Reusse: Vavra's experience helps him as Molitor's right-hand man

Though Ron Gardenhire is gone, Joe Vavra returns to the Twins' big-league staff this season with new manager Paul Molitor.
Reusse: MLB has come a long way since 2005 congressional hearing

Reusse: MLB has come a long way since 2005 congressional hearing

The sport has evolved in the 10 years since its steroid-based Congressional hearing.
Reusse: Newman-like versatility is an asset for Escobar

Reusse: Newman-like versatility is an asset for Escobar

If Eduardo Escobar is going to be in the lineup regularly, it’s likely to be as a designated hitter.
Reusse: Hamburger has had a tough grind while climbing baseball ladder

Reusse: Hamburger has had a tough grind while climbing baseball ladder

Mark Hamburger sat out a 50-game suspension to start 2014, pitched well in Class AA, then in Class AAA, and is now in the Twins major league camp for the first time.
Reusse: Get used to 'UNW,' a new winner in town

Reusse: Get used to 'UNW,' a new winner in town

Twin Cities’ University of Northwestern is off to the D-III men’s Sweet Sixteen.
Reusse: Bad blood boils over for Wild and Avalanche

Reusse: Bad blood boils over for Wild and Avalanche

There were Colorado's Cody McLeod and Wild newcomer Chris Stewart engaging in fisticuffs 43 seconds into the game, as expected, and 17 minutes later, there was McLeod tipping in a puck to give the Avs a 1-0 lead, as not expected.
Reusse: World tour leads Gophers hockey product to coach at Hamline

Reusse: World tour leads Gophers hockey product to coach at Hamline

Cory Laylin has put a charge into Hamline hockey.
Reusse: Oft-traded Leopold ends up where he wanted to be

Reusse: Oft-traded Leopold ends up where he wanted to be

Jordan Leopold has endured a 12-season NHL career that has included eight trades.
Reusse: Ex-Staples player has MSU Moorhead rolling on the court

Reusse: Ex-Staples player has MSU Moorhead rolling on the court

With that town’s help, MSU Moorhead is 30-2.
Reusse: Grizzlies' Leuer one of many kids Garnett inspired to dream big

Reusse: Grizzlies' Leuer one of many kids Garnett inspired to dream big

Jon Leuer is a backup big man for the Memphis Grizzlies. He returns home to play the Timberwolves for the second time this month on…

Why is it called Rule 5?

WHY IS IT RULE 5?   This designation comes from the Official Professional Baseball Rules Book, issued by Major League Baseball. That is not to…

Chart: Notable Rule 5 draftees for the Twins

NOTABLE RULE 5 DRAFTEES FOR TWINS   Johan Santana, P, 1999: Won two Cy Young Awards for the Twins, and from 2003 to 2007 was…
Reusse: Can't rule out Rule 5 draftee Graham from making Twins bullpen

Reusse: Can't rule out Rule 5 draftee Graham from making Twins bullpen

J.R. Graham is a long shot to make the Twins, but he can throw in the upper ’90s, so he has a chance.
Reusse: Twins' Rosario shows promise, like Bostock as a rookie

Reusse: Twins' Rosario shows promise, like Bostock as a rookie

To one onlooker, Twins prospect Eddie Rosario brings back long-ago memories of Lyman Bostock.
Reusse: Twins minor leaguer has come far

Reusse: Twins minor leaguer has come far

Tim Shibuya is chasing the dream that started in the non-baseball hotbed of Wyoming.
Reusse: Former Twins GM got it right with renovations in Fort Myers

Reusse: Former Twins GM got it right with renovations in Fort Myers

Bill Smith oversaw the $48.5 million update of Hammond Stadium and the complex.
New Twins coach Allen is schooled in pitching, life

New Twins coach Allen is schooled in pitching, life

Neil Allen is a recovering alcoholic, a widower and in ways a rookie again at 57.
Reusse: Wimmers still hoping for a look from Twins

Reusse: Wimmers still hoping for a look from Twins

“When healthy” has been the story of Alex Wimmers’ career. He pitched more innings in his last two collegiate seasons than in five years as a pro.
From 2008: Ron Johnson a prep legend in the winner-take-all days

From 2008: Ron Johnson a prep legend in the winner-take-all days

Ron Johnson, who died Sunday, drew all kinds of accolades for his 33.8 scoring average in the 1955 and 1956 state tournaments. Columnist Patrick Reusse wrote about Johnson when his granddaughters played in the 2008 high school tournament,
Reusse: Hunter, Breuer know how to win over Minnesota fans

Reusse: Hunter, Breuer know how to win over Minnesota fans

The right attitude goes a long way, which Torii Hunter, Randy Breuer know well.

Reusse: All-Star Games just exercises in silliness

Baseball is the only one that can be taken seriously.
Reusse: Belichick, Brady subject to eternal evil: jealousy

Reusse: Belichick, Brady subject to eternal evil: jealousy

Bill Belichick and quarterback Tom Brady have formed the most dynamic tandem in NFL history for the New England Patriots. Their greatness has been met with jealousy.

Pats acting like All-Star wrestlers

Coach Bill Belichick and quarterback Tom Brady have formed the most dynamic tandem in NFL history for the New England Patriots. This hasn’t been St.…
Reusse writes about Tommy Mason (August 20, 2007)

Reusse writes about Tommy Mason (August 20, 2007)

Minnesota's first draft pick ever, Tommy Mason of Tulane in 1961, was a productive running back and a colorful character.
Reusse: U wrestler Storley embraces hard path to his goal

Reusse: U wrestler Storley embraces hard path to his goal

Logan Storley’s goal is an NCAA title. To earn it, the South Dakotan must navigate his way through a 174-pound class stacked with Big Ten talent.
May 14: Nelson's future once was bright (Patrick Reusse)

May 14: Nelson's future once was bright (Patrick Reusse)

Philip Nelson was going to be the cornerstone of a revived U football program. Now he’s facing assault charges and an uncertain fate.

Hockey Day in Minnesota games

High school boys: Luverne vs. St. Paul Johnson, 10 a.m., Holman Field,* St. Pau. High school boys: Hill-Murray vs. St. Thomas Academy, 1:30 p.m., Holman…
Reusse: Pride in St. Paul Johnson hockey lives on in transition era

Reusse: Pride in St. Paul Johnson hockey lives on in transition era

Former players still view his program as special, the Governors coach says.
Reusse: Gophers must trade 'bawling and crying' for toughness

Reusse: Gophers must trade 'bawling and crying' for toughness

With this much experience and with Nate Mason providing pizazz as a freshman for the Gophers, there’s no excuse for an 0-5 start in the Big Ten.
Reusse: Gophers women planting seeds for big crowds to return

Reusse: Gophers women planting seeds for big crowds to return

The Twin Cities sporting public was well-trained in the art of avoiding women’s basketball games at the University of Minnesota when Brenda Frese was hired…

Reusse: Tight-knit North Stars group kept J.P. Parise on his toes

Lou Nanne, Murray Oliver, Tom Reid and J.P. Parise became a green-and-gold version of the Four Musketeers.

Reusse: Wild's second honeymoon with ticket buyers is alive and well

The Wild has played 19 home games this season, with 19 announced over-capacity attendance figures.

Reusse: There's too much sweetness in the daily sports section

The media is way too complimentary in covering ‘our’ teams.

Reusse: Pitino era recalls the '70s and The Muzz

Richard Pitino walked into the club room at Williams Arena a couple of minutes before noon Monday. He was there to record his weekly, hourlong…
Patrick Reusse's 2014 Turkey of the Year is ... (Nov. 27)

Patrick Reusse's 2014 Turkey of the Year is ... (Nov. 27)

When will this Turkey be ready? It's been cooking a while and carved up plenty in the process. We present to you the 37th annual Turkey of the Year.
Willie Mays: An All-Star for all time (July 13)

Willie Mays: An All-Star for all time (July 13)

The Midsummer Classic was made for Willie Mays, who at age 83 remains passionate about baseball’s showcase.
Reusse: Former Bethel star terror on the field but a humanitarian off it

Reusse: Former Bethel star terror on the field but a humanitarian off it

Former Bethel football player Jesse Phenow is in Southeast Asia trying to help those in need.

Patrick Plus: Ex-Minneapolis North star builds solid football career at NDSU

Carlton Littlejohn and John Crockett lived on the North Side of Minneapolis and competed against one another in youth football. They are now fifth-year seniors at North Dakota State and headed again to play for the FCS national title next Saturday against Illinois State in Frisco, Texas.

Chart: About the Karen State

ABOUT THE KAREN STATE The Karen State is a long, narrow region in southeastern Myanmar (a k a Burma). The pronunciation is kuh-REN. The Karen…
Reusse: Ex-Gopher making nostalgic New Year's bowl trek

Reusse: Ex-Gopher making nostalgic New Year's bowl trek

Fifty-three years after playing in the Rose Bowl, Tom Loechler will get to see his beloved Gophers play in a New Year’s Day bowl game.
Reusse: Inner voice keeps Crockett running for NDSU

Reusse: Inner voice keeps Crockett running for NDSU

There always had been a voice in his ear, from the time John Crockett was a little kid growing up on the north side of Minneapolis, telling him not to sit still but to get moving, to go faster.
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