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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: '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.
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.
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