Recent content from Patrick Reusse
Championship Week continues in the Twin Cities on Saturday night, when the most treasured hardware in Steel Domain Wrestling will be distributed. I'm guessing Lynx coach Cheryl Reeve will not be in attendance at American Legion Post 435 in Richfield.
The Twins were attracted to Derek Falvey by his ability to gain trust with baseball lifers such as Cleveland manager Terry Francona. The Twins believe he is a planner and a communicator -- the the organization needs both.
Major League Baseball provided 17 games of wild-card sudden death and Division Series in the first 10 days (Oct.4-13) of this postseason. There was plenty…
Penn State brought a geographical challenge but also football pizazz to the Big Ten when it arrived in 1993. Nebraska was a fantastic addition in 2011. Maryland and Rutgers? Not so much.
The Wild will start its 16th season Thursday night in St. Louis, and so will Tom Reid as an analyst for its games on the radio.
The San Francisco Giants' return to the postseason was a Twitter topic last week. Someone pointed out the Giants almost moved from New York to…
Their singles match Sunday was respectful and magnificent. It was the best four hours I've ever seen in golf.
Breaking up the Spanish Armada didn't work out well for European captain Darren Clarke on Saturday afternoon.
A member of the Willett entourage told a British radio broadcaster: "It wasn't terrible with the fans for Danny, but it wasn't good.''
Rory McIlroy and rookie Thomas Pieters will lead off after being a winning combination Friday afternoon.
We're not playing the Soviet Union here. We're not even playing Putin's Russia, which would be a contest worth all of the red, white and blue toggery and "USA, USA'' chants at Hazeltine National.
"I don't think anyone ever came to America, any of the European lads, and thought it was going to be a walk in the park," Danny Willett said of fans' reactions after his brother's essay bashing Americans.
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.
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.
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.
Standout Jordan Roberts was sidelined with a bad knee, but the ground game remained strong for the Tommies.
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…
"Walter Bush was the most universally liked guy you were ever going to find in our sport," Lou Nanne said.
Anthony Barr and Eric Kendricks bring to mind the linebackers of Vikings past.
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…
A hundred plays, 35 first downs and 738 yards were not enough for the Royals to open with a victory last week.
J Robinson controlled Minnesota's wrestling program for 30 years, and thought he would control the situation that ultimately led to his termination.
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…
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 • Following the Winter Olympics of 1998, moderator Mike Max opened the show by asking Sid Hartman, “What did…
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.
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…
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.
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.
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…
Minnesota United's move into MLS will have broader, wealthier support than the '70s Kicks
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.
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…
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.
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.
Joe Durant admitted the missed chances with the Champions had led to "doubt creeping into my mind'' about being able to win again.
Apparently, Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer still believes players can be motivated by lying over what's being said about them
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.
Unless a big-league team offers a spot in the majors, Mark Hamburger is content to pitch for the Saints.
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…
Wherever Terry Ryan ends up now that his time with the Twins is over, his loyalty to that organization will be unquestioned.
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.
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.
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…
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.
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.
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.
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.
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…
Historically, Minnesota sports has lacked racial diversity.
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.
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.
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.
Why the Twins continue to trot out a 29-year-old marginal major leaguer to the mound defies logic.
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.
Don't look to the big four in this market if you want high achievement. Look to the "Next Four" instead.
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.
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.
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…
The years of "owning up'' from Minnesota's front office have not soothed the wounds left after David Ortiz departed the lineup for Boston.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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…
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."
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.
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.
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.
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.
All of a sudden, the Gophers men's basketball coach has plenty to say.
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.
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.
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.
More from Star Tribune