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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: U.S. Ryder Cup team 'best ever?' Yes, but ...

Reusse: U.S. Ryder Cup team 'best ever?' Yes, but ...

The talent the United States is bringing to this 12-player, 28-match competition is astounding. There's only one way the Yanks are going to lose this time to Europe -- and that's if they choke
Reusse: Ballesteros lifted muted Ryder Cup to a zany level

Reusse: Ballesteros lifted muted Ryder Cup to a zany level

Jack Nicklaus had watched Ballesteros, a 19-year-old Spaniard, go into the final round of a 1976 British Open two strokes behind Johnny Miller. He saw this kid's aura of greatness and decided that Seve could bring some life to the dull Ryder Cup.
Reusse: Palmer became just 'Arnie' to his many fans

Reusse: Palmer became just 'Arnie' to his many fans

At the Ryder Cup this week, everyone — American or Euro — will talk of Arnold Palmer's importance to the game at which they now play for hundreds of millions.
Reusse: Familiar style carries Tommies past St. John's 33-21

Reusse: Familiar style carries Tommies past St. John's 33-21

Standout Jordan Roberts was sidelined with a bad knee, but the ground game remained strong for the Tommies.

Patrick Plus: Matt Asiata's time arrives again ... and again

Matt Asiata was standing on a sideline at the Vikings fieldhouse Thursday, after the team had finished a special teams drill. A reporter asked: "Who…
Reusse: Wily Walter Bush knew his hockey, and Minnesota benefited

Reusse: Wily Walter Bush knew his hockey, and Minnesota benefited

"Walter Bush was the most universally liked guy you were ever going to find in our sport," Lou Nanne said.

Pat Plus: Draft hype clouds rational thinking on Bradford deal

There was nothing else for media members to do in the locker room at Winter Park other than to hold conversations among ourselves. This was…
Reusse: Taking a cue from past, Vikings build linebacker corps to be feared

Reusse: Taking a cue from past, Vikings build linebacker corps to be feared

Anthony Barr and Eric Kendricks bring to mind the linebackers of Vikings past.

Patrick Plus: Talkin' country is why Minnesotans love Jerry Kill

Jerry Kill has been in the Twin Cities this weekend to promote his book, "Chasing Dreams: Living My Life One Yard at a Time.'' Kill's…
Reusse: Bethel had so many plays, and so little rest

Reusse: Bethel had so many plays, and so little rest

A hundred plays, 35 first downs and 738 yards were not enough for the Royals to open with a victory last week.
Reusse: Robinson's admirable hardheadedness was his downfall

Reusse: Robinson's admirable hardheadedness was his downfall

J Robinson controlled Minnesota's wrestling program for 30 years, and thought he would control the situation that ultimately led to his termination.

Different, but similar, scenario for Vikings with Joe Kapp in 1970

The trauma being felt by Vikings fandom over Teddy Bridgewater's injury has only one comparable in team history. That would be the absence of Joe…
Reusse: Not enough tension leads to demise of 'The Sports Show' after 20 years

Reusse: Not enough tension leads to demise of 'The Sports Show' after 20 years

The Sports Show has been living on borrowed time since local media personality Dark Star died in 2012. The drama between Dark and the Star Tribune's Sid Hartman couldn't be replicated.

Great moments in 'The Sports Show' history

GREAT MOMENTS IN THE SPORTS SHOW HISTORY • Following the Winter Olympics of 1998, moderator Mike Max opened the show by asking Sid Hartman, “What did…
Reusse: Bridgewater's injury isn't part of Vikings' curse; it's just the NFL

Reusse: Bridgewater's injury isn't part of Vikings' curse; it's just the NFL

There's no curse here. A quarterback got hurt and will miss the season. It's the NFL. Rotten things happen to other teams too.

A guess at the Twins' 2017 starting rotation

This is the Twins' fifth implosion into complete ineptitude in the past six seasons. A common thread has been searching for discarded items in baseball's…
Reusse: For starters, at least U.S. Bank Stadium has air conditioning

Reusse: For starters, at least U.S. Bank Stadium has air conditioning

When the Metrodome opened in 1982 the first game brought on a huge wave - not a unified cheer but waving a hand, a program or anything that might help to create a breeze.
Reusse: Town ball hangs on in Murray County with the Buttermakers

Reusse: Town ball hangs on in Murray County with the Buttermakers

There is only one amateur team remaining in Murray County: the Hadley Buttermakers, representatives of the town of 60 people. They have reached back-to-back Class C state championships.

Soccer 'evangelist' wins one with MLS announcement

This was the extent of most Minnesotans' soccer knowledge on Nov. 25, 1975, when it was announced a local group had purchased the Denver Dynamos…
Reusse: Big-time soccer has arrived — again — in Minnesota

Reusse: Big-time soccer has arrived — again — in Minnesota

Minnesota United's move into MLS will have broader, wealthier support than the '70s Kicks
Reusse: Big challenge for Claeys is getting Gophers fans to buy in

Reusse: Big challenge for Claeys is getting Gophers fans to buy in

A weak home schedule and more competition than ever for a local fan's sports buck is working against coach Tracy Claeys and the Gophers football program.

Taj Ma Zygi is gouging Everyday Joes

I've been in sports journalism so long that I can't remember the feeling of zealous fandom. I know it was there in my teens for…
Reusse: St. John's baseball field gives Haugen coaching immortality

Reusse: St. John's baseball field gives Haugen coaching immortality

Jerry Haugen completed his 40th season as Johnnies' baseball coach this spring one win short of a trip to the Division III World Series. The school's new baseball field will be named after him.
Reusse: Polanco can't play shortstop? Twins fail to test theory

Reusse: Polanco can't play shortstop? Twins fail to test theory

The three games in a row Jorge Polanco started at shortstop for the Twins were three more than he started there for Class AAA Rochester. With a new front-office regime ahead, communication better improve.
Reusse: In the end, Durant's determination topped Jimenez's talent

Reusse: In the end, Durant's determination topped Jimenez's talent

Joe Durant admitted the missed chances with the Champions had led to "doubt creeping into my mind'' about being able to win again.
Reusse: Zimmer's no-respect angle is out of date

Reusse: Zimmer's no-respect angle is out of date

Apparently, Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer still believes players can be motivated by lying over what's being said about them
Reusse: Austin finds success then fades on Champions Tour

Reusse: Austin finds success then fades on Champions Tour

There was the weekend years ago when Woody Austin told anyone who'd listen that he was hitting the ball better than Tiger Woods. He really believed it.
Reusse: Saints' Mark Hamburger remains an independent thinker

Reusse: Saints' Mark Hamburger remains an independent thinker

Unless a big-league team offers a spot in the majors, Mark Hamburger is content to pitch for the Saints.

Patrick Plus: This is how you save time in baseball

There are occasions when you wonder how the baseball commissioner's office can squeeze so many morons onto the committees it forms to govern the actual…
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…
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