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Patrick Reusse

Columnist | Sports
phone: 612-673-7129
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
Reusse: It's a watered-down world and I'm willing to live in it

Reusse: It's a watered-down world and I'm willing to live in it

"Pennant Race." There was nobility to that term when Minnesota joined the American League in 1961. Ten teams, one pennant winner, and it qualified for the World Series.
Reusse: Twins hope Gibson returning to early form

Reusse: Twins hope Gibson returning to early form

Getting righthander Kyle Gibson back on his game is more than a benefit to the Twins; it’s a 100 percent necessity.
Reusse: Adrian Peterson's remorse is merely a facade

Reusse: Adrian Peterson's remorse is merely a facade

Adrian Peterson's conduct over the past year shows he believes he has done nothing wrong.
Reusse: Wayzata to honor former coach as cross-country season opens

Reusse: Wayzata to honor former coach as cross-country season opens

Bill Miles’ successes with Wayzata cross-country wont be forgotten.
Reusse: Hanson makes the rounds with Gophers, Twins, Saints

Reusse: Hanson makes the rounds with Gophers, Twins, Saints

Nate Hanson got as high as Triple-A before St. Paul’s team came calling.
Reusse: Hard to find a standout among AD choices

Reusse: Hard to find a standout among AD choices

There is no clear frontrunner for who should succeed Norwood Teague as the Gophers AD.
Reusse: It's time for U football, basketball to spread, not hoard, the wealth

Reusse: It's time for U football, basketball to spread, not hoard, the wealth

Men's basketball and football should celebrate the ability to pay for athletic opportunity for hundreds of students in myriad men’s and women’s sports, rather than try to figure out how to spend more and more of those millions on themselves.
Reusse: Twins can't rely on a players-only meeting every night

Reusse: Twins can't rely on a players-only meeting every night

Pregame closed-door gatherings can’t be expected to solve the Twins' many post-All-Star Game issues.
Reusse: Teague's replacement might actually be working for Kill

Reusse: Teague's replacement might actually be working for Kill

Norwood Teague’s departure makes Gophers football coach Jerry Kill more powerful than ever.
Reusse: Wasted millions hurt Twins more than lack of trades

Reusse: Wasted millions hurt Twins more than lack of trades

Don’t blame Terry Ryan for standing pat; blame him for squandering $49 million on Ricky Nolasco.
Reusse: Cavner keeps 3M Championship viable in competitive market

Reusse: Cavner keeps 3M Championship viable in competitive market

Hollis Cavner has helped the 3M maintain its standing as a top Champions Tour event while occupying a less-than-choice spot on the schedule.
Reusse: Lehman and Trixler have made for quite a team

Reusse: Lehman and Trixler have made for quite a team

Former PGA Tour regular Dennis Trixler is working as Tom Lehman's caddie.
Reusse: Minnesota was a good fit for Bernie Allen of the '65 Twins

Reusse: Minnesota was a good fit for Bernie Allen of the '65 Twins

Allen will be among the 20 players expected to participate in this weekend’s 50th anniversary celebration for the Twins’ 1965 World Series team.
Reusse: Molitor impressively perfect — so far — vs. evil Pinstripes

Reusse: Molitor impressively perfect — so far — vs. evil Pinstripes

Four home runs by the Twins made their manager 1-0 against the Yankees.
Reusse: Yankees' aging roster apparently found fountain of youth

Reusse: Yankees' aging roster apparently found fountain of youth

Mark Teixeira and Alex Rodriguez have led a resurgence for New York.
Bizarre drug case unfolds at Canterbury Park after trace of meth found in horse

Bizarre drug case unfolds at Canterbury Park after trace of meth found in horse

The stewards at Canterbury Park and the racing commission appear ready to take action against Mac Robertson, the most successful trainer at the Shakopee horse track, after a trace of meth was found in a winning horse.

Chart: NFL fan equity ratings

A look at the rankings from the Emory University study.
Reusse: There's still room on the Twins' bandwagon

Reusse: There's still room on the Twins' bandwagon

The Twins have the best home record in the American League at 31-16. That makes it something of a puzzle that they trail last year’s home attendance.
50 years ago, the Twins put Minnesota sports on the map

50 years ago, the Twins put Minnesota sports on the map

The fledgling Minnesota pro sports scene got the jolt it needed 50 years ago.
The best of the rest in 1965

The best of the rest in 1965

The Twins had company on the sports scene.
Reusse: Dozier misses out on All-Star Game, but he's All-World

Reusse: Dozier misses out on All-Star Game, but he's All-World

Let’s take the high road here. Let’s not spend all our time complaining about what didn’t happen for Brian Dozier late on Friday afternoon. Let’s concentrate on what happened for Dozier at 10:33 p.m.
Reusse: Rugby moves toward Olympics with Minnesotans in tow

Reusse: Rugby moves toward Olympics with Minnesotans in tow

Minnesotans thrive in sport’s rapid version called “sevens.”
Reusse: Let Sano concentrate on being the Twins' DH

Reusse: Let Sano concentrate on being the Twins' DH

Maybe Miguel Sano will be overmatched. Or maybe he will follow the example of Eddie Rosario, who looks like a player here to stay.
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,
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