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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
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.

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.
Reusse: NFL owners walking all over the players union, just look at Teddy

Reusse: NFL owners walking all over the players union, just look at Teddy

How the NFL classifies Teddy Bridgewater's service time in the league relative to his contract status isn't sitting right with some.
Reusse: In Jerry Jones-Roger Goodell match, is there anyone to root for?

Reusse: In Jerry Jones-Roger Goodell match, is there anyone to root for?

Ezekiel Elliott's suspension has set up a battle for supremacy between Dallas owner Jerry Jones and NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell. There is no winner.
Reusse: Grand slam again shows Dozier worth every cent to Twins

Reusse: Grand slam again shows Dozier worth every cent to Twins

Dozier does everything well in the field, including turn the double play. He can run. He has outstanding power. He's a complete player. This is the second consecutive season that he's the best player on the club, and possibly the third in a row.
Reusse: Baylor, Daulton each a classic, all-time competitor

Reusse: Baylor, Daulton each a classic, all-time competitor

Two all-time favorite World Series teams of mine lost two all-time competitors in a 24-hour period.
Reusse: Happenstance placed me in Ara Parseghian's path

Reusse: Happenstance placed me in Ara Parseghian's path

I never had a chance to cover a game coached by Parseghian. Even better, I had the good luck to watch his return to Notre Dame football on the practice field in April 1981.
At 3M Championship, hopes sparked for July 4th PGA Tour event in Blaine

At 3M Championship, hopes sparked for July 4th PGA Tour event in Blaine

It's too hot in D.C. for the nation's birthday? Certainly, Blaine would welcome that weekend on the PGA Tour schedule.
Reusse: 3M Championship's Janzen followed in idol's footsteps

Reusse: 3M Championship's Janzen followed in idol's footsteps

Lee Janzen watched Tom Watson chip in on the 17th hole on his way to winning the 1982 U.S. Open. Less than a decade later, he was paired in the U.S. Open with his idol.

Lee Janzen: Life on the Champions Tour

Improved putting has helped Janzen to three top-10 finishes on the Champions Tour this season.
Reusse: Former state star among elite receivers in Canadian Football League

Reusse: Former state star among elite receivers in Canadian Football League

Brandon Zylstra, a former star at Concordia-Moorhead and New London-Spicer High School, is among the top receivers in the Canadian Football League this season.

Bud Selig's career rode a 'Hurricane' wind

Bud Selig will be among the five new Hall of Famers to be inducted in Cooperstown, N.Y., on Sunday. The election to the Hall was…
Reusse: $13 away from never playing again, poker is Minnesota native's career

Reusse: $13 away from never playing again, poker is Minnesota native's career

When Danielle Andersen isn't spending time with her son Easton or her husband Kory, she can be found at the table in Nevada.
Reusse: Tom Kelly, where horsehide and horseflesh meet

Reusse: Tom Kelly, where horsehide and horseflesh meet

During the 1988 All-Star Game visit to Cincinnati, then-Twins manager Tom Kelly couldn't say no to checking out Secretariat.
Reusse: Statue of T.K. makes Twins manager look good, and he was

Reusse: Statue of T.K. makes Twins manager look good, and he was

Retiring former manager Tom Kelly's number 10 in 2012 wasn't enough. Now he has the eighth statue on the plaza outside Target Field.
Reusse: Granite puts boyhood love of Yankees on hold

Reusse: Granite puts boyhood love of Yankees on hold

Born on Staten Island, Twins' rookie Zack Granite grew up idolizing the Yankees' 1990s dynasty. He has a dog named "Jeter." But these days it's all about his opportunities with the Twins.

Reusse: Taxes from commoners prop up inaccessible Commons near U.S. Bank Stadium

The X Games needs a sign on the fence around the Commons: "No free stuff in the common area.''
Reusse: Latin America's dominance in MLB a relatively recent thing

Reusse: Latin America's dominance in MLB a relatively recent thing

Though there are just 10 Hall of Famers from Latin America. That number is going to double in the next decade, and continue to grow.
The summer game: Townball rules Sundays in central Minnesota

The summer game: Townball rules Sundays in central Minnesota

The 10-team Stearns County League forms a family, both in spirit and in reality, dating back more than 75 years in what is pretty much its original form.

Twins' Kent Hrbek never got over all those All-Star snubs

Ervin Santana, Miguel Sano and late addition Brandon Kintzler will be in Miami as All-Stars, marking the 30th time the Twins have had multiple players…
Reusse: Twins' move for Colon a sign of desperation

Reusse: Twins' move for Colon a sign of desperation

Some people see Bartolo Colon's 8.14 ERA in 13 starts this season in Atlanta and ask why, and Twins boss Derek Falvey sees that and asks, "Why not?"
Reusse: Some striking similarities between these Twins and 2015 team

Reusse: Some striking similarities between these Twins and 2015 team

The Twins appear to have a better team on the field than when they hung into the wild-card race until the final weekend in 2015.
Reusse: Angels reliever Bedrosian born into Twins' family

Reusse: Angels reliever Bedrosian born into Twins' family

Cam Bedrosian was born in October 1991, just before the Twins and his father, Steve, won the World Series.

Reusse: Hot take on Wolves' Thibodeau turned cold in a hurry

  My best guess for columns that I’ve written that have been printed in Twin Cities dailies would be around 8,000. This would not include…
Reusse: 'Noon ball' legend lights it up until his final days

Reusse: 'Noon ball' legend lights it up until his final days

Tom Otterdahl died last week at age 72 Three days earlier, "Otts" had been playing in St. Paul's notorious Noon Ball basketball games in a grade school gym.
Reusse: Back in lineup, Rosario makes his point with three-homer outburst

Reusse: Back in lineup, Rosario makes his point with three-homer outburst

Eddie Rosario earned himself a spot on the bench with wild swings and misses. He was in the No. 9 spot Tuesday but redeemed himself in a big way.

MLS players leave mid-season, and call themselves a major league?

The World Baseball Classic was held for the fourth time this past March and continued to gain a higher level of attention. The United States…
Reusse: Golden Valley umpire makes her case to make the calls

Reusse: Golden Valley umpire makes her case to make the calls

Emma Charlesworth-Seiler flies to Tampa on June 24 and starts umpiring in the noon heat of a Florida Gulf Coast League summer on June 26.
Reusse: Ryder Cup lifted Hazeltine into golf mecca; with more to come

Reusse: Ryder Cup lifted Hazeltine into golf mecca; with more to come

Last fall's Ryder Cup raised the prestige of Hazeltine to the heights of great American golf courses. An announcement will be made Friday that it will be home to the 2019 KPMG Women's PGA Championship.

St. Cloud lost a character in Dick Rengel

Dark Star died five years ago on June 1. This remains a void in the life of his friends and radio listeners because the Darkman…
Reusse: Falvey, Twins must stay focused on building, not quick fixes

Reusse: Falvey, Twins must stay focused on building, not quick fixes

Instead of worrying about acquiring players at the trade deadline for this season, the Twins need to set their focus on the long-term rebuild.
Reusse: Twins' international signings have paid off, Nishioka notwithstanding

Reusse: Twins' international signings have paid off, Nishioka notwithstanding

Their heralded 2009 international signings of Miguel Sano, Max Kepler and Jorge Polanco now make up the core of the team.
Reusse: Ranking Gophers successes this season, from worst to first

Reusse: Ranking Gophers successes this season, from worst to first

Counting down 10 team sports, five for women athletes (basketball, hockey, volleyball, softball and soccer) and five for men (football, basketball, hockey, wrestling and baseball) at the U.
Reusse: 'Real MVP' not the same award as NBA MVP

Reusse: 'Real MVP' not the same award as NBA MVP

We get this in every sport: MVP information is announced with the playoffs fresh in mind, and there's a clamor that postseason stardom proved such-and-such was the "real MVP." Wrong.
Reusse: Zimmer's leadership of Vikings deserving of public's scrutiny

Reusse: Zimmer's leadership of Vikings deserving of public's scrutiny

Mike Zimmer came to Minnesota in 2014 perceived as a thick-skinned straight shooter. But he's shown to be the opposite.
Reusse: At 27, Motocross star Dungey can ride off into the sunset

Reusse: At 27, Motocross star Dungey can ride off into the sunset

A decade after bursting onto the Motocross scene, "I've lived my dream,'' Ryan Dungey said Wednesday. "I'm ready for a new chapter in life.''

'Brockmire' offers play-by-play a little risqué

The surprise success stories of the early portion of this baseball season have been Eric Thames, a slugger for the Milwaukee Brewers, and Jim Brockmire,…
Reusse: Gophers bosses outraged over leak? How about the actual harassment?

Reusse: Gophers bosses outraged over leak? How about the actual harassment?

Dean Johnson is steaming mad, and it's about the news being leaked, and not so much to the action partaken by Randy Handel that led to the complaint.
Reusse: Humble Gophers track star siblings quietly represent southern Minnesota

Reusse: Humble Gophers track star siblings quietly represent southern Minnesota

You aren't going to get much assistance from these successful U runners when it comes to offering self-­serving tributes. But they open up (just a bit) about the family's fainting goat.

Change in wind was a prelude to Joe Mauer's walk-off

Sudden and unexplained gusts of wind have been used as story changers forever in Hollywood movies, often reversing time or transforming the personality of a…
Reusse: 'Krusher' Kowalski of Murder Inc. also has a soft touch

Reusse: 'Krusher' Kowalski of Murder Inc. also has a soft touch

Before he was Stan 'Krusher' Kowalski, the pro wrestler was in the Navy and Friday was honored prior to the Twins game.
Reusse: Twins letting Vargas show he could be 'another Big Papi'

Reusse: Twins letting Vargas show he could be 'another Big Papi'

The determination of the Twins' new front office to give Kennys Vargas a shot mimics some memorable quotes from David Ortiz in an interview last spring

Don't count on TV for draft analysis

Daniel Snyder has not yet hired a general manager for the Washington Redskins. Mike Mayock, the draft analyst with a unique gift for football gibberish,…
Reusse: Three Iowans give No. 4 Gophers softball an edge

Reusse: Three Iowans give No. 4 Gophers softball an edge

Sydney Dwyer and Kendyl Lindaman provide the clout while Amber Fiser is a reliable second option in the pitching circle.
Reusse: History hasn't been kind to Vikings in years without a No. 1 pick

Reusse: History hasn't been kind to Vikings in years without a No. 1 pick

No matter the rhetoric coming for Winter Park, history tells us a draft without a No. 1 is more likely to be a dry well than a gusher.

Reusse: Twins' current doldrums recall 1993-2000 feebleness

The Twins had eight consecutive losing seasons, from 1993 to 2000, and there was a threat they were going to join Tampa Bay in being put out of business.
Reusse: First round shows unpredictability of NHL playoffs

Reusse: First round shows unpredictability of NHL playoffs

It's a new world in the NHL since the lockout of 2004-05. Twelve years later, Commissioner Gary Bettman's well-balanced league has a playoff product that immediately hooks the customers with its intensity, and also its mystery.

Joe Mauer is turning a foreboding 34

Bloomington's Kent Hrbek turned 34 on May 21, 1994. He was on the Twins' disabled list. He returned in June and announced in early August…
Reusse: Wild deserved no better than what it got in Game 2

Reusse: Wild deserved no better than what it got in Game 2

On Friday, St. Louis was not hanging on for dear life as was the case in Game 1. The Blues had more puck possession in the second period and had turned the Wild into a mess.

Reusse: Road playoff wins in NHL turn fewer heads than decades ago

The first round of the NHL playoffs was played on Wednesday and Thursday. The only home team among four in the West to win an opener was Anaheim, and that was a 3-2 nail biter against Calgary.
Reusse: For Wolves, new looks rarely lead beyond old results

Reusse: For Wolves, new looks rarely lead beyond old results

With a new logo and renovation for Target Center in 2017-18 the Wolves are headed for their fourth reset this decade. The only constant? Discouragement.

'Official' jersey changes a great scam in pro sports

The price of beer inside a stadium or arena might be the greatest scam in major professional sports. Very high on this list would be…
Reusse: Santiago mixes it up for Twins, including that screwball

Reusse: Santiago mixes it up for Twins, including that screwball

Twins starter Hector Santiago found trouble with his curveball Wednesday. Fortunately, he had a few other pitches on which to lean.
Reusse: Gladden first came onto Twins scene 30 years ago

Reusse: Gladden first came onto Twins scene 30 years ago

The date was March 31, 1987, meaning this past Friday — the day the 2017 Twins left spring training for the Twin Cities — was the 30th anniversary of the Glad Man, of Gladwrench, of the Dazzle Man, becoming a major character in Minnesota's major league baseball story.
Reusse: Deck was stacked against Park in his push to make Twins

Reusse: Deck was stacked against Park in his push to make Twins

It seems apparent the Twins prefer to use Kennys Vargas at DH, even with ByungHo Park's excellent spring.
Reusse: Who cares about record books? 1997 Sweet 16 saw greatest game U played

Reusse: Who cares about record books? 1997 Sweet 16 saw greatest game U played

The do-gooders can wipe away from the record book many of Clem Haskins' accomplishments at the university. But some memories can never be erased.
Reusse: Pitching a shutout the night after his mother died

Reusse: Pitching a shutout the night after his mother died

Friday's start by Brody Rodning for Minnesota State Mankato vs. UMD wasn't for the baseball scouts. It was for his mom, Tiffany. And as the game progressed, Brody had a message for teammates: "Just get me one."

State crown was just the beginning

FORT MYERS, FLA. – I was attempting to track down individuals involved in Wayzata's 1959 state basketball championship and discovered that starting forward Ray…
Reusse: Fun of WBC over, Rosario back to business with Twins

Reusse: Fun of WBC over, Rosario back to business with Twins

On Friday, Eddie Rosario was back with the Twins after playing right field for Puerto Rico's runner-up team in the World Baseball Classic. where he batted .375 and drove in five.
Reusse: Bad in 2016, Twins bullpen remains a source of concern

Reusse: Bad in 2016, Twins bullpen remains a source of concern

A case can be made that the starting rotation will be improved, but the Twins will enter the season with a bullpen still filled with questions.
Reusse: Wayzata's last trip to state in 1959 was 'no time for a letdown'

Reusse: Wayzata's last trip to state in 1959 was 'no time for a letdown'

The eight-team, one-class Minnesota state basketball tournament hadn't seen a Trojans team in 33 years. It's taken another 58 years -- until Wednesday, to be exact -- to see another one.

Packers GM Ted Thompson clinging to his green and gold

Aaron Rodgers turned 33 in December. He has to be so peeved over the Packers' behavior in this free-agency period that he might call up…
Reusse: Hughes is healthier and determined to throw the change

Reusse: Hughes is healthier and determined to throw the change

Strong again after injuries derailed last season, Twins pitcher Phil Hughes is working to add a changeup to go with his fastball, cutter and curve.
Reusse: Second Coffey plays big role in another Minnesota turnaround

Reusse: Second Coffey plays big role in another Minnesota turnaround

There are a lot of differences between the 1989 Gophers and the current team. But both rebounded from problem seasons and both featured a Coffey playing a key role.

Reusse: Florida accepts all baseball comers during spring break

There are 47 college baseball teams playing games in Fort Myers over spring break, including a couple from Minnesota.

In players vs. owners, Ed Garvey was the labor side's best

Ed Garvey died two weeks ago with minimal attention in the national media, considering his status in the battle to obtain economic rights for NFL…
Reusse: She loves the Tommies, but now she'd love to beat them

Reusse: She loves the Tommies, but now she'd love to beat them

Laurie Trow Kelly still holds the MIAC women's basketball record with 2,607 points and 1,204 rebounds with St. Thomas. But since 2012, she's been the head coach at Gustavus.

Auggies now showing they can do it all

The MIAC sponsors 20 sports, unless you want to count indoor and outdoor track for both men and women separately, which I don't. There are…
Reusse: For Gophers baseball, a return to the great indoors

Reusse: For Gophers baseball, a return to the great indoors

The Gophers baseball team on Friday played its first February home game in nearly four years - and first ever at U.S. Bank Stadium.
Reusse: Twins shouldn't disregard Danny Santana at shortstop

Reusse: Twins shouldn't disregard Danny Santana at shortstop

The Twins might be better off throwing Danny Santana into the shortstop competition rather than have him chasing fly balls this spring.
Reusse: Twins' catcher Murphy gets second chance to make first impression

Reusse: Twins' catcher Murphy gets second chance to make first impression

John Ryan Murphy was a cinch to open last season as Kurt Suzuki's catching partner. He's an underdog to be the same with Jason Castro.
Reusse: Twins' perch is precarious in crowded sports hierarchy

Reusse: Twins' perch is precarious in crowded sports hierarchy

The Twins face a crisis of the sports calendar, considering the competition that a team coming off its worst-ever season faces from the Wild and others in the Minnesota sports marketplace.
Reusse: Twins' Pressly looks to keep gaining importance, weight

Reusse: Twins' Pressly looks to keep gaining importance, weight

The former Rule 5 pick took on a bigger role in the Twins bullpen last season.
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