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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: Twins might have landed a keeper in hard-throwing Rosario

Reusse: Twins might have landed a keeper in hard-throwing Rosario

Randy Rosario said his fastball will be back to the 97 mph he was throwing before 2014 elbow surgery.

REUSSE RECALLS | Libations, legends and a good bit of luck

Super Bowls are full of surprises, some self-inflicted.
Reusse: Looking for the next pride of Upper Midwest baseball

Reusse: Looking for the next pride of Upper Midwest baseball

Could the next winner of baseball's Upper Midwest Player of the Year be a lifetime achievement award?
Reusse: Arcia working hard to regain spot on Opening Day roster

Reusse: Arcia working hard to regain spot on Opening Day roster

Oswaldo Arcia is coming off a down season as the Twins get ready for a new slate. "He had a terrible year in 2015,'' Terry Ryan said.
Reusse: South St. Paul honors Doug Woog with renamed arena

Reusse: South St. Paul honors Doug Woog with renamed arena

Doug Woog's connection to South St. Paul will be emblazoned at the hockey arena in town.
Reusse: Road to relevancy is quite a long one in NBA

Reusse: Road to relevancy is quite a long one in NBA

"It has been amazing to see what it takes to win," Timberwolves rookie and No. 1 overall draft pick Karl-Anthony Towns said.
Reusse: St. Thomas guard Shaeffer stays cool, calm under pressure

Reusse: St. Thomas guard Shaeffer stays cool, calm under pressure

The former Eden Prairie quarterback played summer basketball with Tyus Jones and competed against him in middle school.
Reusse: Wheeler helps extend Wild's home misery vs. lesser teams

Reusse: Wheeler helps extend Wild's home misery vs. lesser teams

Friday's 1-0 loss was the first shutout imposed on the Wild of the season, but certainly not the first stinker witnessed by a 2016 sellout crowd.
Reusse: Gophers' NFL quarterback heritage has asterisks

Reusse: Gophers' NFL quarterback heritage has asterisks

Has an ex-Gophers player ever been the starting quarterback in an NFL game? The answer is yes - sort of.
Reusse: Vikings role models are frozen in time

Reusse: Vikings role models are frozen in time

The role models and elements in the Vikings' seven outdoor playoff wins can be used to inspire the current team for Sunday's daunting challenge vs. the Seahawks.
Reusse: Patience wanes for Gophers men's basketball, Wolves

Reusse: Patience wanes for Gophers men's basketball, Wolves

Be patient? There has never been a more pathetic winter in the Twin Cities to be a basketball fan rather than a hockey fan than this one.
Reusse: Once pro wrestling got a hold of Al DeRusha, it never let go

Reusse: Once pro wrestling got a hold of Al DeRusha, it never let go

Now 80, he is as working as hard as he was as a child in St. Paul.
Reusse: How can Iowa have 4 strong D-I programs while Gophers struggle?

Reusse: How can Iowa have 4 strong D-I programs while Gophers struggle?

Thanks in part to state help, the university has found a way to succeed without a big-time athletic budget.
St. Thomas trumped by tradition in 49-35 loss to Mount Union

St. Thomas trumped by tradition in 49-35 loss to Mount Union

The Tommies jumped out early in the Stagg Bowl, but Mount Union was simply too tough to handle.

Speeding up offense gets Mount Union going

The Purple Raiders' hurry-up proved too tough to contain.
Reusse: Key to St. Thomas' chance in D-III title game in the trenches

Reusse: Key to St. Thomas' chance in D-III title game in the trenches

Never will the muscle that Dominic Truoccolo and Matt Christensen add to the Tommies' much-honored offensive line be more important than on Friday night against Mount Union.

Gameday preview: St. Thomas vs. Mount Union (Division III football championship)

The game begins at 6 p.m on ESPNU.
Reusse: Cracking Mount Union football no easy task for St. Thomas

Reusse: Cracking Mount Union football no easy task for St. Thomas

The Purple Raiders will be playing for the 19th time in 23 Stagg Bowls since the Division III championship moved to Salem, Va.

Chart: Mount Union vs. St. Thomas: Tale of the tape

A look at Friday's Division III national title matchup between Mount Union and St. Thomas

Chart: The Mount Union football dynasty

Mount Union football has been a national Division III power the past 25 years.
Reusse: Hockey legend Sonmor had storied career

Reusse: Hockey legend Sonmor had storied career

The tribute that we should all pay to Glen Sonmor is to never check the veracity of his greatest stories — only to enjoy them as his poems to the game of hockey.
Reusse: St. Thomas wins to again crash Stagg Bowl

Reusse: St. Thomas wins to again crash Stagg Bowl

St. Thomas got to the Division III football title game with a 38-17 mugging of another storied D-III program – the Linfield [Ore.] Wildcats.
Reusse: In Bridgewater vs. Culpepper, perception of personality matters to fans

Reusse: In Bridgewater vs. Culpepper, perception of personality matters to fans

Reusse writes: "The fact Minnesotans now chant 'Teddy, Teddy, Teddy' doesn't change in the least the covert racism that I sensed so strongly in the criticism of ­(former Vikings quarterback Daunte) Culpepper."
Reusse: Gophers' loss to SDSU dims luster of Sioux Falls visit

Reusse: Gophers' loss to SDSU dims luster of Sioux Falls visit

No doubt, the tickets are sold, although the excitement level of seeing the Gophers might have lost some steam in the 79-hour period from 2 p.m. Saturday to 9 p.m. Tuesday.
Reusse: St. Thomas' facilities alone enough to attract recruits

Reusse: St. Thomas' facilities alone enough to attract recruits

The university has an appealing combination of top facilities, top teams and top academics.
Reusse: Possible bowl bid for 5-7 Gophers? That's humiliating

Reusse: Possible bowl bid for 5-7 Gophers? That's humiliating

Everyone involved with the Gophers should be embarrassed — no, humiliated — to accept a "reward" for winning five of 12, for winning two of eight (over Illinois 2-6 and Purdue 1-7) in the Big Ten
Reusse: St. Thomas defense stands tall again against St. John's

Reusse: St. Thomas defense stands tall again against St. John's

Most of the attention has been focused on the Tommies offense: 56.5 points per game in their 11 victories before Saturday. But the defense is even better.
The committee has spoken: Reusse's 2015 Turkey of the Year is ...

The committee has spoken: Reusse's 2015 Turkey of the Year is ...

From a healthy pool of candidates, one honoree emerged for the annual Turkey of the Year.

Chart: Previous Turkey of the Year winners

Previous Turkeys of the Year In the Star Tribune (27) 2014: 25 Years of the Timberwolves 2013: Terry Ryan, Twins 2012:…
Reusse: After nearly dying, Rod Carew awaits heart transplant

Reusse: After nearly dying, Rod Carew awaits heart transplant

Rod Carew was so meticulous about matters big and small that he was the last man I would have expected to have a heart attack sneak up on him.
Reusse: North Dakota still crazy about hockey but not new nickname

Reusse: North Dakota still crazy about hockey but not new nickname

North Dakota's men's hockey team played for the first time Friday night as the Fighting Hawks, even if many of its fans refuse to let go of the past.
Reusse: Korean fans say Park's story could remind fans of Big Papi

Reusse: Korean fans say Park's story could remind fans of Big Papi

What Park's former team in Korea asked of him sounds more than a bit like what happened when Boston star David Ortiz broke in with the Twins.
AWA wrestling great Nick Bockwinkel dies at 80

AWA wrestling great Nick Bockwinkel dies at 80

The foil to Vern Gagne, he entertained, antagonized fans for three decades.
Reusse: One final escape act as Osseo claims 6A football crown

Reusse: One final escape act as Osseo claims 6A football crown

Prince Kruah's last-minute TD sent Osseo past East Ridge for first state championship.
Reusse: Straight-talking Claeys is cut from Zimmer mold

Reusse: Straight-talking Claeys is cut from Zimmer mold

Tracy Claeys seems to have many of Mike Zimmer's traits, and that's a good thing.
Reusse: Gophers freshman setter quick to find a rhythm

Reusse: Gophers freshman setter quick to find a rhythm

Samantha Seliger-Swenson enrolled early, and it's paid off for the Gophers' volleyball team.
Reusse: Don't give U athletic director job to Goetz or Kill

Reusse: Don't give U athletic director job to Goetz or Kill

There is nothing in interim AD Beth Goetz's background to suggest a second look and Kill's time at Minnesota has been marked by more for himself and his football team.
Reusse: Adversity can fuel emotions of sports teams, but only to a point

Reusse: Adversity can fuel emotions of sports teams, but only to a point

It has been quite a week for motivational angles in Minnesota sports, but most outcomes will continue to be based on the substance of the athletes.
Reusse: Don't look far for next Gophers coach, give Claeys a chance

Reusse: Don't look far for next Gophers coach, give Claeys a chance

The Gophers' second in command has earned a chance to continue what Kill started
Reusse: Kill made the right decision to step aside

Reusse: Kill made the right decision to step aside

While it was wrenching to watch Jerry Kill's emotional retirement announcement early Wednesday morning, there was a sense of relief that this wasn't the worst health news.
Reusse: Flip Saunders 'was our point guard'

Reusse: Flip Saunders 'was our point guard'

The nickname came from his beloved mother, Kay, who heard customers in a hair salon talking about a "flip" and figured that it was a nickname to fit her energetic, sports-loving son.
Reusse: St. Thomas crushing top MIAC football rivals

Reusse: St. Thomas crushing top MIAC football rivals

With a beefy O-line, and a talented RB and QB, St. Thomas could make a run at a D-III national title.
Reusse: Pro soccer helps redefine St. Paul as a not-so-little brother

Reusse: Pro soccer helps redefine St. Paul as a not-so-little brother

Once the forgotten Twin City in the sports landscape, St. Paul is no longer.
Reusse: Minnesota is the new sports facilities capital

Reusse: Minnesota is the new sports facilities capital

From pros to preps, teams are spending dollars to get shiny new digs all over the metro area.

Reusse: Metro-area pair helped Nebraska crush Gophers three times in early 1970s

Tom Ruud and Bob Nelson played on teams that outscored the Gophers 151-7 in three wins.
Reusse: Laurinaitis keeps on playing, tackling

Reusse: Laurinaitis keeps on playing, tackling

From Wayzata to Ohio State to the Rams, James Laurinaitis has been there for every game.
Reusse: Will the Wild's second honeymoon last?

Reusse: Will the Wild's second honeymoon last?

The Wild's fate in 2015-16 will depend on whether three youngsters become difference-makers
Reusse: Pitching, hitting remain problems for Twins

Reusse: Pitching, hitting remain problems for Twins

There's hope for these guys, but plenty of questions remain
Reusse: Twins' offense goes kaput at wrong time

Reusse: Twins' offense goes kaput at wrong time

Desire to clinch home field disposed of urgency to make the playoffs Friday — 3-1, Royals — and now the odds of reaching the postseason are fully stacked against the Twins.
Reusse: Moore's arrival lifted Lynx from obscurity

Reusse: Moore's arrival lifted Lynx from obscurity

A franchise that couldn't get out of its own way for a dozen years is now going for its third WNBA title in the five years of Maya Moore's presence.
Reusse: Tommies' seminary student Roberts shreds St. John's for 230 yards, 4 TDs

Reusse: Tommies' seminary student Roberts shreds St. John's for 230 yards, 4 TDs

The University of St. Thomas is attached to the St. John Vianney Seminary. It also has a football team that likes to win games with a potent rushing attack.
Reusse: Maybe with his salary, Gophers' Kill can buy some thicker skin

Reusse: Maybe with his salary, Gophers' Kill can buy some thicker skin

Jerry Kill is another coach who feels as if he should be swathed in millions of dollars and never questioned over his decisions while earning that salary.
Reusse: Five moves have kept the Twins in the wild-card hunt

Reusse: Five moves have kept the Twins in the wild-card hunt

The Twins have regained life since Aug. 6, when they left Toronto after being swept in a four-game series. Here's how.
Reusse: N. Dakota football rivalry back from the dead

Reusse: N. Dakota football rivalry back from the dead

North Dakota and North Dakota State will renew a rivalry in Fargo on Saturday that was interrupted a dozen years ago when the powerhouse Bison left NCAA Division II.
Reusse: Younger Pat Mahomes prefers pigskin over pitching

Reusse: Younger Pat Mahomes prefers pigskin over pitching

Patrick Mahomes, the son of the former Twins pitcher, is putting up big passing numbers at Texas Tech.
Reusse: Injury to Sullivan bucks Vikings' history of center stability

Reusse: Injury to Sullivan bucks Vikings' history of center stability

All in all, the four seasons out of 54 in which the Vikings played with a temp at center could not be deemed successful.
Reusse: Is football's expiration date closer than you think?

Reusse: Is football's expiration date closer than you think?

There's a chance that the new Vikings stadium will last longer than the sport of football itself.
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.
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