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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 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.
Reusse: Benson gets another shot with the Twins

Reusse: Benson gets another shot with the Twins

Outfielder Joe Benson is back with the organization that signed him as a second-round draft choice out of Joliet (Ill.) Catholic Academy in 2006 - and waived him in 2013.
Reusse: Gophers hoops will be better? Sure, it can't get much worse

Reusse: Gophers hoops will be better? Sure, it can't get much worse

It's been a historically bad season, and no amount of optimism can change that.
Reusse: As always, Twins prospect Walker looking to connect

Reusse: As always, Twins prospect Walker looking to connect

Adam Brett Walker keeps moving up because of his monster power potential.
Reusse: Twins might have landed a keeper in hard-throwing Rosario

Reusse: Twins might have landed a keeper in hard-throwing Rosario

Randy Rosario said his fastball will be back to the 97 mph he was throwing before 2014 elbow surgery.

REUSSE RECALLS | Libations, legends and a good bit of luck

Super Bowls are full of surprises, some self-inflicted.
Reusse: Looking for the next pride of Upper Midwest baseball

Reusse: Looking for the next pride of Upper Midwest baseball

Could the next winner of baseball's Upper Midwest Player of the Year be a lifetime achievement award?
Reusse: Arcia working hard to regain spot on Opening Day roster

Reusse: Arcia working hard to regain spot on Opening Day roster

Oswaldo Arcia is coming off a down season as the Twins get ready for a new slate. "He had a terrible year in 2015,'' Terry Ryan said.
Reusse: South St. Paul honors Doug Woog with renamed arena

Reusse: South St. Paul honors Doug Woog with renamed arena

Doug Woog's connection to South St. Paul will be emblazoned at the hockey arena in town.
Reusse: Road to relevancy is quite a long one in NBA

Reusse: Road to relevancy is quite a long one in NBA

"It has been amazing to see what it takes to win," Timberwolves rookie and No. 1 overall draft pick Karl-Anthony Towns said.
Reusse: St. Thomas guard Shaeffer stays cool, calm under pressure

Reusse: St. Thomas guard Shaeffer stays cool, calm under pressure

The former Eden Prairie quarterback played summer basketball with Tyus Jones and competed against him in middle school.
Reusse: Wheeler helps extend Wild's home misery vs. lesser teams

Reusse: Wheeler helps extend Wild's home misery vs. lesser teams

Friday's 1-0 loss was the first shutout imposed on the Wild of the season, but certainly not the first stinker witnessed by a 2016 sellout crowd.
Reusse: Gophers' NFL quarterback heritage has asterisks

Reusse: Gophers' NFL quarterback heritage has asterisks

Has an ex-Gophers player ever been the starting quarterback in an NFL game? The answer is yes - sort of.
Reusse: Vikings role models are frozen in time

Reusse: Vikings role models are frozen in time

The role models and elements in the Vikings' seven outdoor playoff wins can be used to inspire the current team for Sunday's daunting challenge vs. the Seahawks.
Reusse: Patience wanes for Gophers men's basketball, Wolves

Reusse: Patience wanes for Gophers men's basketball, Wolves

Be patient? There has never been a more pathetic winter in the Twin Cities to be a basketball fan rather than a hockey fan than this one.
Reusse: Once pro wrestling got a hold of Al DeRusha, it never let go

Reusse: Once pro wrestling got a hold of Al DeRusha, it never let go

Now 80, he is as working as hard as he was as a child in St. Paul.
Reusse: How can Iowa have 4 strong D-I programs while Gophers struggle?

Reusse: How can Iowa have 4 strong D-I programs while Gophers struggle?

Thanks in part to state help, the university has found a way to succeed without a big-time athletic budget.
St. Thomas trumped by tradition in 49-35 loss to Mount Union

St. Thomas trumped by tradition in 49-35 loss to Mount Union

The Tommies jumped out early in the Stagg Bowl, but Mount Union was simply too tough to handle.

Speeding up offense gets Mount Union going

The Purple Raiders' hurry-up proved too tough to contain.
Reusse: Key to St. Thomas' chance in D-III title game in the trenches

Reusse: Key to St. Thomas' chance in D-III title game in the trenches

Never will the muscle that Dominic Truoccolo and Matt Christensen add to the Tommies' much-honored offensive line be more important than on Friday night against Mount Union.

Gameday preview: St. Thomas vs. Mount Union (Division III football championship)

The game begins at 6 p.m on ESPNU.
Reusse: Cracking Mount Union football no easy task for St. Thomas

Reusse: Cracking Mount Union football no easy task for St. Thomas

The Purple Raiders will be playing for the 19th time in 23 Stagg Bowls since the Division III championship moved to Salem, Va.

Chart: Mount Union vs. St. Thomas: Tale of the tape

A look at Friday's Division III national title matchup between Mount Union and St. Thomas

Chart: The Mount Union football dynasty

Mount Union football has been a national Division III power the past 25 years.
Reusse: Hockey legend Sonmor had storied career

Reusse: Hockey legend Sonmor had storied career

The tribute that we should all pay to Glen Sonmor is to never check the veracity of his greatest stories — only to enjoy them as his poems to the game of hockey.
Reusse: St. Thomas wins to again crash Stagg Bowl

Reusse: St. Thomas wins to again crash Stagg Bowl

St. Thomas got to the Division III football title game with a 38-17 mugging of another storied D-III program – the Linfield [Ore.] Wildcats.
Reusse: In Bridgewater vs. Culpepper, perception of personality matters to fans

Reusse: In Bridgewater vs. Culpepper, perception of personality matters to fans

Reusse writes: "The fact Minnesotans now chant 'Teddy, Teddy, Teddy' doesn't change in the least the covert racism that I sensed so strongly in the criticism of ­(former Vikings quarterback Daunte) Culpepper."
Reusse: Gophers' loss to SDSU dims luster of Sioux Falls visit

Reusse: Gophers' loss to SDSU dims luster of Sioux Falls visit

No doubt, the tickets are sold, although the excitement level of seeing the Gophers might have lost some steam in the 79-hour period from 2 p.m. Saturday to 9 p.m. Tuesday.
Reusse: St. Thomas' facilities alone enough to attract recruits

Reusse: St. Thomas' facilities alone enough to attract recruits

The university has an appealing combination of top facilities, top teams and top academics.
Reusse: Possible bowl bid for 5-7 Gophers? That's humiliating

Reusse: Possible bowl bid for 5-7 Gophers? That's humiliating

Everyone involved with the Gophers should be embarrassed — no, humiliated — to accept a "reward" for winning five of 12, for winning two of eight (over Illinois 2-6 and Purdue 1-7) in the Big Ten
Reusse: St. Thomas defense stands tall again against St. John's

Reusse: St. Thomas defense stands tall again against St. John's

Most of the attention has been focused on the Tommies offense: 56.5 points per game in their 11 victories before Saturday. But the defense is even better.
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