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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.
Recent content from Patrick Reusse
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.

Reusse: Road playoff wins in NHL turn fewer heads than decades ago

The first round of the NHL playoffs was played on Wednesday and Thursday. The only home team among four in the West to win an opener was Anaheim, and that was a 3-2 nail biter against Calgary.
Reusse: For Wolves, new looks rarely lead beyond old results

Reusse: For Wolves, new looks rarely lead beyond old results

With a new logo and renovation for Target Center in 2017-18 the Wolves are headed for their fourth reset this decade. The only constant? Discouragement.

'Official' jersey changes a great scam in pro sports

The price of beer inside a stadium or arena might be the greatest scam in major professional sports. Very high on this list would be…
Reusse: Santiago mixes it up for Twins, including that screwball

Reusse: Santiago mixes it up for Twins, including that screwball

Twins starter Hector Santiago found trouble with his curveball Wednesday. Fortunately, he had a few other pitches on which to lean.
Reusse: Gladden first came onto Twins scene 30 years ago

Reusse: Gladden first came onto Twins scene 30 years ago

The date was March 31, 1987, meaning this past Friday — the day the 2017 Twins left spring training for the Twin Cities — was the 30th anniversary of the Glad Man, of Gladwrench, of the Dazzle Man, becoming a major character in Minnesota's major league baseball story.
Reusse: Deck was stacked against Park in his push to make Twins

Reusse: Deck was stacked against Park in his push to make Twins

It seems apparent the Twins prefer to use Kennys Vargas at DH, even with ByungHo Park's excellent spring.
Reusse: Who cares about record books? 1997 Sweet 16 saw greatest game U played

Reusse: Who cares about record books? 1997 Sweet 16 saw greatest game U played

The do-gooders can wipe away from the record book many of Clem Haskins' accomplishments at the university. But some memories can never be erased.
Reusse: Pitching a shutout the night after his mother died

Reusse: Pitching a shutout the night after his mother died

Friday's start by Brody Rodning for Minnesota State Mankato vs. UMD wasn't for the baseball scouts. It was for his mom, Tiffany. And as the game progressed, Brody had a message for teammates: "Just get me one."

State crown was just the beginning

FORT MYERS, FLA. – I was attempting to track down individuals involved in Wayzata's 1959 state basketball championship and discovered that starting forward Ray…
Reusse: Fun of WBC over, Rosario back to business with Twins

Reusse: Fun of WBC over, Rosario back to business with Twins

On Friday, Eddie Rosario was back with the Twins after playing right field for Puerto Rico's runner-up team in the World Baseball Classic. where he batted .375 and drove in five.
Reusse: Bad in 2016, Twins bullpen remains a source of concern

Reusse: Bad in 2016, Twins bullpen remains a source of concern

A case can be made that the starting rotation will be improved, but the Twins will enter the season with a bullpen still filled with questions.
Reusse: Wayzata's last trip to state in 1959 was 'no time for a letdown'

Reusse: Wayzata's last trip to state in 1959 was 'no time for a letdown'

The eight-team, one-class Minnesota state basketball tournament hadn't seen a Trojans team in 33 years. It's taken another 58 years -- until Wednesday, to be exact -- to see another one.

Packers GM Ted Thompson clinging to his green and gold

Aaron Rodgers turned 33 in December. He has to be so peeved over the Packers' behavior in this free-agency period that he might call up…
Reusse: Hughes is healthier and determined to throw the change

Reusse: Hughes is healthier and determined to throw the change

Strong again after injuries derailed last season, Twins pitcher Phil Hughes is working to add a changeup to go with his fastball, cutter and curve.
Reusse: Second Coffey plays big role in another Minnesota turnaround

Reusse: Second Coffey plays big role in another Minnesota turnaround

There are a lot of differences between the 1989 Gophers and the current team. But both rebounded from problem seasons and both featured a Coffey playing a key role.

Reusse: Florida accepts all baseball comers during spring break

There are 47 college baseball teams playing games in Fort Myers over spring break, including a couple from Minnesota.

In players vs. owners, Ed Garvey was the labor side's best

Ed Garvey died two weeks ago with minimal attention in the national media, considering his status in the battle to obtain economic rights for NFL…
Reusse: She loves the Tommies, but now she'd love to beat them

Reusse: She loves the Tommies, but now she'd love to beat them

Laurie Trow Kelly still holds the MIAC women's basketball record with 2,607 points and 1,204 rebounds with St. Thomas. But since 2012, she's been the head coach at Gustavus.

Auggies now showing they can do it all

The MIAC sponsors 20 sports, unless you want to count indoor and outdoor track for both men and women separately, which I don't. There are…
Reusse: For Gophers baseball, a return to the great indoors

Reusse: For Gophers baseball, a return to the great indoors

The Gophers baseball team on Friday played its first February home game in nearly four years - and first ever at U.S. Bank Stadium.
Reusse: Twins shouldn't disregard Danny Santana at shortstop

Reusse: Twins shouldn't disregard Danny Santana at shortstop

The Twins might be better off throwing Danny Santana into the shortstop competition rather than have him chasing fly balls this spring.
Reusse: Twins' catcher Murphy gets second chance to make first impression

Reusse: Twins' catcher Murphy gets second chance to make first impression

John Ryan Murphy was a cinch to open last season as Kurt Suzuki's catching partner. He's an underdog to be the same with Jason Castro.
Reusse: Twins' perch is precarious in crowded sports hierarchy

Reusse: Twins' perch is precarious in crowded sports hierarchy

The Twins face a crisis of the sports calendar, considering the competition that a team coming off its worst-ever season faces from the Wild and others in the Minnesota sports marketplace.
Reusse: Twins' Pressly looks to keep gaining importance, weight

Reusse: Twins' Pressly looks to keep gaining importance, weight

The former Rule 5 pick took on a bigger role in the Twins bullpen last season.

Late Badgers hockey coach Jeff Sauer often held the winning hand

San Francisco was the host city for the Super Bowl in January 1985, even though the game was played at Stanford Stadium in Palo Alto.…
Reusse: Delano turning into an unlikely hockey hotbed

Reusse: Delano turning into an unlikely hockey hotbed

The Tigers are 14-2-1 and rated No. 3 in Class 1A, behind Hermantown and Breck.
Reusse: Fans see Pitino's Gophers fall in another high-wire act

Reusse: Fans see Pitino's Gophers fall in another high-wire act

The RPI index might still indicate NCAA tournament, but the Big Ten standings say the Gophers basketball team could be getting a shot at another NIT title.

In 'beloved' category, 1987 Twins are No. 1

There were seven members of the champion 1987 Twins and manager Tom Kelly taking part in a public conversation on Friday night at TwinsFest. Roy…
Reusse: Former WCCO anchor Fritz still tells a good story

Reusse: Former WCCO anchor Fritz still tells a good story

Twin Cities viewers came to appreciate Ralph Jon Fritz's easy smile, and he offered it again this week. Now living in Florida, Fritz is approaching two years of cancer survival.
Reusse: Young bullpen arms leave Twins wanting more

Reusse: Young bullpen arms leave Twins wanting more

J.T. Chargois might be in line for a big-league bullpen spot, but other power arms drafted by the Twins in recent years have had setbacks.

For the best of the hockey guys, look to the Iron Range

An odd truth about being a Minnesota sports writer of long standing: I'm not a hockey guy but I love hockey guys.There are no better…
Reusse: Millen back with Gophers, as Lucia's undergrad assistant

Reusse: Millen back with Gophers, as Lucia's undergrad assistant

Three decades after he came to the U following a stellar stint at Cloquet, Corey Millen is back at (the new) Mariucci.
Reusse: Perkins sees 2017 as make-or-break season with Twins

Reusse: Perkins sees 2017 as make-or-break season with Twins

Twins closer Glen Perkins has been in ­Florida since Jan. 2 rehabbing from a torn labrum in his left shoulder. This is the last guaranteed season of the contract extension he signed in 2014.

After their first relocation, Chargers were TV stars in early '60s

We were stuck on the prairie of southwest Minnesota in the 1950s with one option for watching pro football: The boring Chicago Bears, with the…

Reusse: Twins fantasy camp a welcome respite for ALS patient

Steve Lufkin was diagnosed with ALS three years ago next month. At the annual Twins Fantasy Camp this month, he was drafted as a scorekeeper.
Reusse: At 80, Hamline's Hutton Arena steeped in basketball lore

Reusse: At 80, Hamline's Hutton Arena steeped in basketball lore

Hamline's Hutton Arena, now 80 years old, is steeped in college basketball lore
Reusse: If U's pattern prevails, Gophers are due to hire a salesman

Reusse: If U's pattern prevails, Gophers are due to hire a salesman

It's time to hire another salesman, and there is no young coach more relentless in that department than Western Michigan's P.J. Fleck.
Reusse: Twins' old spring home is gone, but it won't be forgotten

Reusse: Twins' old spring home is gone, but it won't be forgotten

Tinker Field was hardly first-class, but the hope here is that the memorial plaza approved by the Orlando City Council will be.
Reusse: Tortorella has Blue Jackets riding high as class of NHL

Reusse: Tortorella has Blue Jackets riding high as class of NHL

The Blue Jackets finished last in 2015-16, and their coach had a failed run leading the United States, but all that is in the past now.
Reusse: A love-filled soccer family as big as two teams

Reusse: A love-filled soccer family as big as two teams

Johnny Mulvahill had perhaps the biggest cheering section at St. Thomas soccer games - 15 adopted brothers and sisters.
Reusse: As he often does, Michigan State's Izzo finds a way

Reusse: As he often does, Michigan State's Izzo finds a way

The Michigan State coach pulled off another magic trick in the Big Ten opener against the Gophers on Tuesday night in Williams Arena.
Reusse: Pitino's plan: a little PR, a lot of home games

Reusse: Pitino's plan: a little PR, a lot of home games

The gene for survival has been passed from Richard Andrew Pitino, now in his 39th season as a head coach in NCAA Division I basketball or the NBA, and his son, Richard William Pitino, now in his fifth season as a head coach in Division I.
Reusse: Tarnished Gophers football program needs rah-rah salesman

Reusse: Tarnished Gophers football program needs rah-rah salesman

High and mighty though university President Eric Kaler would sound if he fires Tracy Claeys, it will be a business decision.
Reusse: 'Our guy' Sid on the sideline long? Close personal friends not betting on it

Reusse: 'Our guy' Sid on the sideline long? Close personal friends not betting on it

Sid Hartman, in the hospital with a broken hip, has lived his life with a lot of drive and not much patience. Don't expect him to change now.
Reusse (Sept. 3, 2016): Not enough tension leads to end of 'The Sports Show' after 20 years

Reusse (Sept. 3, 2016): Not enough tension leads to end 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.

Reusse: Clash of powerful social forces – or maybe a feud – roil U waters

Two forces are colliding, justice for young black males and justice for exploited female students.
Reusse: The best quarterback at the U? She's on the volleyball team

Reusse: The best quarterback at the U? She's on the volleyball team

Her name is Samantha Seliger-Swenson, and the former Hopkins High School star has the Gophers among the nation's elite.
Reusse: Seliger-Swenson's magic makes Missouri disappear

Reusse: Seliger-Swenson's magic makes Missouri disappear

As the Gophers' setter, Samantha Seliger-Swenson set 52 of the Gophers' 62 kills in the regional semifinal Friday night.
Reusse: Vikings, fans discover that injuries always have their say

Reusse: Vikings, fans discover that injuries always have their say

State Fair chatter was all about the Vikings and the promising road ahead. By Thanksgiving, that kind of talk had evaporated faster than healthy bodies on the roster.
Flickertail State? North Dakota could be called the Football State, too

Flickertail State? North Dakota could be called the Football State, too

Not only is North Dakota State looking for its sixth title in a row, but UND also is making its first appearance in the FCS playoffs.
Reusse: Wolves, Twins would benefit from a swap of coaching styles

Reusse: Wolves, Twins would benefit from a swap of coaching styles

How's this for a radical plan: Owners Jim Pohlad and Glen Taylor should trade manager and head coach of their respective teams.
In making 2016 Turkey of the Year selection, it's go bigly or go home

In making 2016 Turkey of the Year selection, it's go bigly or go home

For now, we take our break for the 2016 Turkey Banquet, and proudly unveil the guest list. Gobble, gobble.

For Gophers at their best, volleyball

The Gophers had Michigan State looking completely discombobulated at the end of the second set of their volleyball match on Friday night at a packed…
Reusse: Final stretch means no coasting for Gophers volleyball

Reusse: Final stretch means no coasting for Gophers volleyball

The Gophers, ranked No. 2, needed five sets to beat No. 13 Michigan State on Friday. Next up to finish the season is No. 18 Michigan followed by Nebraska (No. 1) and Wisconsin (No. 3).
Reusse: A new palace for prep football and some old memories

Reusse: A new palace for prep football and some old memories

Thursday's first day for prep football in the Vikings' new $1 billion U.S. Bank Stadium showed plenty of offense, and a thriller at the end.

Stress of success shows in Vikings coach Mike Zimmer

I'm guessing the Vikings get it straightened out at Washington on Sunday, and coach Mike Zimmer will regain his adulation from the local sporting public.That…
Reusse: First glimpse this season of Pitino's Gophers is a much-improved outfit

Reusse: First glimpse this season of Pitino's Gophers is a much-improved outfit

Friday night, coach Richard Pitino's fourth team was impressive in all the areas in which it was dreadful in the 8-23 catastrophe that was his third.
Pat Reusse is an angry white guy, and he explains why

Pat Reusse is an angry white guy, and he explains why

I don't know why those other millions of white guys who went to the polls Tuesday are angry, but I have some very good reasons for my own.

'Those birds' from Grand Meadow remain Nine-Man target

Karen Ferrian was attending St. Cloud State and had a few dates with Kaare Sanness. "She called home and said, 'I met this football player,'…
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