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Sid Hartman

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Sid Hartman is a sports columnist. He also can be heard weekdays on WCCO AM-830 at 6:40, 7:40 and 8:40 a.m.

Hartman writes three columns each week.
Recent content from Sid Hartman
Vikings safety Harrison Smith celebrated an interception vs. the Saints on Oct. 28.

Hartman: Vikings safety Smith remains marvel in team's secondary

The most versatile defensive player in the NFL is Vikings safety Harrison Smith, and it shows every week as coach Mike Zimmer positions him all over the field.
Kirk Cousins was sacked and fumbled the ball against the Bills in September.

Hartman: Vikings could regret Packers tie, ugly loss to Bills

The Vikings are clinging to a playoff spot, but two games might end up being costly.
Jets flew over U.S. Bank Stadium for Super Bowl LII on February 4

Hartman: U.S. Bank Stadium thrives in fifth year

So far, 2.5 million people have visited U.S. Bank Stadium - which broke ground five years ago this week - and 90 percent of the $1.1 billion in stadium construction costs went back to Minnesotans.
Vikings receiver Adam Thielen is on pace to set team records for both receptions and receiving yards this season.

Hartman: Thielen ranks with state's best prep stars despite late notice

Some people in Detroit Lakes thought current Vikings receiver Adam Thielen could be a pro golfer or an NBA basketball player given the time to develop at the college level.

Sid's Sunday jottings

JOTTINGS • Patriots coach Bill Belichick, who will coach his 300th NFL game Sunday, said there is “just not a lot of margin for…
If the Vikings want to win Sunday at New England, they must avoid mistakes like turnovers and penalties.

Hartman: Vikings can't afford mistakes against Patriots

New England typically doesn't reciprocate such blunders, especially playing in Foxborough.
Vikings defensive ends Everson Griffen (97) and Danielle Hunter celebrated a sack in the third quarter against the Lions.

Hartman: Vikings assistant Patterson says Griffen hasn't lost a step

Defensive line coach Andre Patterson is pleased by Everson Griffen's return to health and his play in a surging defense.
Vikings wide receiver Stefon Diggs was tackled by Packers cornerback Tramon Williams (38) and a teammate late in the third quarter

Hartman: Vikings' aggression proves to be correct tactic

Mike Zimmer wanted to keep Aaron Rodgers on the sidelines with the outcome on the line.
Gophers coach P. J. Fleck reacted to a measurement during what ended up as a shocking rout at Wisconsin on Saturday.

Hartman: Gophers' offseason will have to wait following Fleck's signature victory

Saturday's memorable game not only gave coach P.J. Fleck a signature victory, it also gave him another month of practices for this young Gophers squad.

Sid's jottings

JOTTINGS • Vikings coach Mike Zimmer talked about the importance of getting Anthony Barr back at linebacker after he missed three games because…
University of Minnesota President Eric Kaler will leave the school behind come summer, but he will also leave behind an athletic department that appea

Hartman: Kaler's departure will leave questions for Gophers athletics

Fans of Gophers athletics have to wonder if there is any chance the new president will be as supportive of the athletic department as Eric Kaler has been since he was hired in 2011.

Sid's jottings

JOTTINGS • Dalvin Cook looked fantastic two weeks ago against the Lions when he ran for 89 yards and caught four passes for 20…
Stephen Weatherly.

Hartman: Vikings' salary cap helped by late picks

Stars gets the big bucks, but drafting Stephen Weatherly and Jayron Kearse in later rounds has paid off, too.
Vikings General Manager Rick Spielman brought in several draft picks and free agents that have helped the team this season.

Hartman: There's Purple pride in draft class of 2018

General Manager Rick Spielman points out evidence the team has improved at developing young players.
Joe Mauer’s Twins career began in July 2001, when he signed a contract after being drafted No. 1 overall. It ended Friday.

Hartman: Is Mauer the most successful athlete from Minnesota?

The combination of Joe Mauer's performance for the Twins and his performance as a prep athlete at Cretin-Derham Hall makes him the most successful athlete in state history.

Sid's jottings

JOTTINGS • ESPN Insider graded the Timberwolves trade of Jimmy Butler to Philadelphia along with Justin Patton for Dario Saric, Robert…
Lindsay Whalen will coach her first game for her alma mater on Friday night.

Hartman: Whalen breaking records for Gophers again

The new Gophers women's basketball coach wants her team to enjoy the same advantage at home that she did as a player.
Vikings tackle Tom Johnson sacked Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford for a 7 yard loss at U.S.Bank Stadium Sunday 4, 2018 in Minneapolis, MN.

Hartman: Vikings' defensive line play regains its dominance

The bar was set high after last season's success, but the pass rushers are again crushing QBs.
Danielle Hunter sacked Matthew Stafford in the third quarter.

Hartman: Hunter rushing to join Vikings single-season sack leaders

Alan Page, Jared Allen, John Randle: The Vikings' single-season sacks record list contains the names of some of the greatest defensive linemen in team history.
Despite offensive line issues, Vikings QB Kirk Cousins ranks with the NFL’s best passers this season and is on pace to break a team passing record f

Hartman: Cousins on pace to set Vikings' mark for passing yards in a season

Kirk Cousins' 315 passing yards per game are the fifth-best mark in the NFL behind Matt Ryan, Ben Roethlisberger, Aaron Rodgers and Patrick Mahomes.

Sid's Sunday jottings

JOTTINGS • The Las Vegas sports books opened with the Vikings as seven-point favorites, but as of Sunday it was down to four.   •…
In this Thursday, Nov. 23, 2017, file photo, Vikings cornerback Xavier Rhodes intercepted a pass intended for Lions wide receiver Marvin Jones. The Vi

Hartman: Vikings have NFC North-heavy schedule the rest of the way

Five of their remaining eight games will be against teams in their own division.
Redshirt freshman Gophers quarterback Tanner Morgan made the most of his first start against Indiana on Friday, leading the team to a 38-31 victory.

Hartman: Lightly recruited Morgan shows mettle as Gophers QB

Tanner Morgan had committed to playing for coach P.J. Fleck at Western Michigan before making the choice to join him at Minnesota.
Minnesota Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins, left, runs off the field after throwing an interception during the second half of an NFL football game aga

Hartman: Statistics don't mean anything in Vikings' loss to Saints

The Vikings didn't look like an inferior team compared to the Saints, but their mistakes really turned the game.
Vikings linebacker Eric Kendricks will take on more responsibility Sunday night against New Orleans because of the absence of injured teammate Anthony

Hartman: Kendricks faces challenge vs. Saints in absence of Barr

The Vikings will be at a disadvantage with linebacker Anthony Barr missing Sunday's game vs. New Orleans because of a hamstring injury. That means that linebacker Eric Kendricks will be thrust into the spotlight.
New Twins manager Rocco Baldelli was introduced to the media Thursday afternoon at Target Field.

Hartman: Pohlad puts his faith in Twins front office

The owner said he wants to have an organization similar to the one Rocco Baldelli comes from.
Minnesota Vikings Brandon Zylstra.

Hartman: Vikings' search for draft value pays off

Lower-round picks and free agents came through against the Jets when starters were out.
Laquon Treadwell has caught 15 passes in 19 targets in the Vikings’ past four games, and he said he has learned from the criticism he received after

Hartman: Treadwell aims to keep learning with Vikings

Laquon Treadwell said he understands criticism he's received since being drafted No. 23 overall in 2016, but he has worked to learn from that negative experience.

Sid's jottings

JOTTINGS • Does Mike Zimmer think Adam Thielen and Stefon Diggs are the best receiving duo he has ever coached? “It’s hard…
New York Jets quarterback Sam Darnold

Hartman: Vikings set to face a third rookie quarterback Sunday

The Vikings are 1-1 against a talented rookie QB class, and the Jets' Sam Darnold has outplayed the others.
Mike Remmers

Hartman: Remmers gets more comfortable at guard for Vikings

The Vikings' run game struggled for five games, but the line produced big holes against Arizona.
Jimmy Butler

Hartman: Taylor says Wolves working to trade Butler, Thibodeau's job safe

Wolves owner Glen Taylor, in a wide-ranging interview, confirmed the team is working to trade Jimmy Butler even as he prepares to start the season with Minnesota.
Receiver Adam Thielen, who caught a 3-yard touchdown pass last week in the Vikings’ victory against the Philadelphia Eagles, credits the arrival of

Hartman: Fitzgerald's work ethic, drive rub off on Thielen

Adam Thielen said what impressed him most about working out with Larry Fitzgerald was his drive to get better even though his legacy was already firmly in place.
Vikings defensive end Danielle Hunter sacked Cardinals quarterback Josh Rosen in the second quarter on Sunday.

Hartman: Zimmer happy with defense, still concerned about offensive line

The Vikings did not look like the team that had the NFL's top defense in 2017 before facing Arizona.
Everson Griffen

Hartman: Vikings' Patterson expresses concern for Griffen

Vikings defensive line coach Andre Patterson wants his star to focus on getting healthy, with football being secondary. 'He's like a son to me.'
Stephen Weatherly caused Carson Wentz (on ground) to fumble and Linval Joseph grabbed the ball in the air and rumbled 64 yards for a touchdown in the

Hartman: Vikings' nose tackle Joseph sees defense improving

Linval Joseph, the Vikings' 329-pound nose tackle, displayed his athleticism on a stunning 64-yard fumble return Sunday vs. Philadelphia.
Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer

Hartman: Zimmer says Vikings will benefit from tough schedule

Vikings coach Mike Zimmer said that he hasn't lost faith in his football team, despite its slow start.

Sid's jottings

JOTTINGS • If you want my guess for the new Twins manager, look no further than bench coach Derek Shelton, who worked with Twins…
Riley Reiff (71).

Hartman: Vikings' Reiff offers insights on Eagles, Hawkeyes

Vikings tackle Riley Reiff sizes up Philadelphia and alma mater Iowa, the Gophers' next opponent.
Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins takes the field vs. Philadelphia for the seventh time in his career Sunday.

Hartman: Cousins has history of success against the Eagles

Vikings QB Kirk Cousins is 4-3 all-time against Philadelphia and 2-2 at Lincoln Financial Field, site of Sunday's game. His stats were tremendous in those four road games.
Jim Pohlad and Derek Falvey. "In my mind, baseball people make baseball decisions,” Pohlad said.

Hartman: Molitor's firing was difficult for Twins owner Pohlad

Twins owner Jim Pohlad made it clear Derek Falvey and Thad Levine are calling the shots when it comes to all baseball-related matters
Gophers coach Richard Pitino is untroubled by low regard of his team: “I have been in this league when we have been picked at the bottom and finishe

Hartman: Pitino pays little heed to preseason predictions for Gophers

Athlon Sports ranked the Gophers 11th in the Big Ten, ahead of only Northwestern, Illinois and Rutgers, and named Richard Pitino as a coach on the hot seat.

Sid's jottings

JOTTINGS • What has happened to the Vikings defense? In coach Mike Zimmer’s first four seasons, the Vikings gave up 320 yards per game,…
The Twins' Chris Gimenez is congratulated by manager Paul Molitor after hitting a two-run home run earlier this month.

Hartman: Twins will reevaluate everything for 2019 season

In their favor is payroll flexibility, but the Twins have question marks regarding their young core.
Hartman: Vikings face consecutive tests from top teams, QBs

Hartman: Vikings face consecutive tests from top teams, QBs

The Vikings' defense will be challenged by the Rams' Jared Goff on Thursday night and the Eagles' Carson Wentz on Oct. 7.
Minnesota Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins, right, sits on the bench with teammate Trevor Siemian

Hartman: Don't blame Cousins for stunning Vikings defeat

The Vikings offensive line allowed three first-half sacks, leading to two of QB Kirk Cousins' costly fumbles.

Sid's jottings

JOTTINGS • The Vikings will go up against Bills quarterback Josh Allen, the No. 7 overall pick this year. Allen was coached at…
Hartman: It's a good time for football in Minnesota

Hartman: It's a good time for football in Minnesota

Gophers coach P.J. Fleck believes he can keep the winning ways going with the Gophers. And for the Vikings, standout defensive lineman Sheldon Richardson said he's aiming for an "All-Pro season."
Vikings kicker Daniel Carlson dropped his head after missing a 35-yard field goal attempt in overtime giving the Vikings a 29-29- tie with the Green B

Hartman: Carlson not the first Vikings kicker to go 0-for-3

Daniel Carlson is, however, the only one of the five to lose his job after his miserable day missing field goals.
Vikings safety Harrison Smith (22) and defensive end Brian Robison chased down down Packers QB Aaron Rodgers in a 2014 game at Lambeau Field. The Viki

Hartman: Smith, fellow Vikings defenders poised to face Rodgers

Harrison Smith, who was named NFC defensive player of the week for his performance vs. the 49ers, said he looks forward to playing in Green Bay every year.

Sid's Sunday jottings

JOTTINGS • The Vikings’ available salary cap is down to about $1 million, and it’s looking more likely that they’re going to have to pull off…
Everson Griffen.

Hartman: Griffen ready for Rodgers, Packers - and 'rude' fans

Vikings defensive end Everson Griffen wants to face the best, and he'll do it Sunday in a difficult Lambeau Field environment.
Despite starting nine of 16 games, linebacker Ben Gedeon played in only 25 percent of the Vikings' defensive snaps last season. He played in 44 percen

Hartman: Vikings' Gedeon looking for more chances to prove himself

The second-year linebacker says the biggest adjustment he had to make was to the speed of the NFL game.

Hartman: Offensive hiccups were to be expected in first Vikings game

With all the changes on offense, Mike Zimmer knew things wouldn't be smooth right away.
Now-injured Falcons safety Keanu Neal (22) was called for a penalty after hitting the Chiefs’ Kareem Hunt in the preseason.

Hartman: NFL's new tackling rule isn't a concern to Vikings' Spielman

Vikings General Manager Rick Spielman said he believes the rule has been cleaned up enough that it shouldn't be as big an issue during the season.

Sid's jottings

JOTTINGS • Vikings receiver Adam Thielen on the benefits of having running back Dalvin Cook back for 2018: “We have three guys, four…
Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins

Hartman: Vikings wide receivers adjust to Cousins' skill set

Adam Thielen said the Vikings are focused for the 49ers and learning what their new QB can do.

Hartman: Cousins and the Shanahans have lengthy NFL history

Mike and Kyle Shanahan spotted Kirk Cousins' skills early, and Kyle wanted the now-Vikings QB for the 49ers.
Vikings trainer Fred Zamberletti (left, with former star defensive end Carl Eller and former owner Red McCombs in 2002) was trusted by the players and

Hartman: Vikings players had utmost trust in Zamberletti

Fran Tarkenton said the legendary Vikings trainer gave his full attention to everyone on the roster, from established stars to raw rookies.

Sid's jottings

JOTTINGS • Gophers football coach P.J. Fleck said he was pleased with Thursday’s 48-10 victory over New Mexico State but added, “It is very,…
Gophers running back Rodney Smith

Hartman: Big second quarter settles down young Gophers in opener

Several Gophers veterans stepped up for their young teammates, and turned what was a narrow 14-10 lead with 11 minutes left in the second quarter into a blowout.
Vikings Head Coach Mike Zimmer

Hartman: Vikings cope with great expectations

Mike Zimmer knows there will be no sneaking up on opponents after last season's 13-3 record.
The recruitment of black players such as, from left, Sandy Stephens, Bill Munsey and Judge Dickson, along with Dave Mulholland, seen here in 1961, hel

Hartman: Fleck unfazed by Gophers' long mediocrity

It's been 51 years since the Gophers last won a Big Ten title in football but coach P.J. Fleck says, "Just because it is our past doesn't mean it has to be our future."

Sid's Sunday jottings

JOTTINGS • It isn’t surprising that Pro Football Focus ranked Kyle Rudolph as the fourth-best red zone tight end this week, but what was…
Mike Remmer returned to practice this week.

Hartman: Vikings offensive line still a work in progress

Multiple injuries have slowed the progression of this year's group as the opener nears.
Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred

Hartman: Despite attendance drop, commissioner says baseball 'doing just fine'

MLB commissioner Rob Manfred was in town Wednesday, commenting on a variety of topics.
Danielle Hunter works in summer on tools he will need come fall. “Everything … comes with technique and repetition,” he said.

Hartman: Sackmaster Hunter fits right in with Vikings defensive ends

The incredible thing about him is how he achieved NFL success at such a young age.
Vikings guard Tom Compton already had ties to quarterback Kirk Cousins from time spent together with the Redskins.

Hartman: Lineman Compton is home and happy with Vikings

The Rosemount product already had ties to quarterback Kirk Cousins from time spent together with the Redskins.
Minnesota Vikings owner Zygi Wilf and head coach Mike Zimmer at Wednesday's practice.

Hartman: Zimmer pleased with Vikings' progress in training camp

The Vikings' offensive line needs to get healthy, but Mike Zimmer sees signs of progress from training camp in Eagan.
Vikings linebacker Anthony Barr, with the ball at training camp in Eagan earlier this month, can become a free agent after the season, but the No. 9 o

Hartman: Barr focuses on Vikings victories, not his contract

Vikings linebacker Anthony Barr is one of only three defensive players without a multiyear contract but said, "I'm trying to get better and keep growing with this team, and hopefully accomplish some big things."
Vikings receiver Brandon Zylstra (right).

Hartman: New London-Spicer's Zylstra trying to make path to NFL

New London-Spicer product Brandon Zylstra is getting a shot with the Vikings after two years in Canada.
Vikings guard Colby Gossett, left, and tackle Brian O'Neill ran a blocking drill on July 25 in Eagan.

Hartman: Vikings rookie O'Neill tries to show he's a quick learner

Second-round pick Brian O'Neill could see plenty of action if the Vikings offensive line doesn't get healthy.
Twins owner Jim Pohlad, left, and Chief Baseball Officer Derek Falvey

Hartman: Pohlad on board with Twins' decisionmaking

Pohlad knows fans might have questioned the moves the club made at the trade deadline, as the Twins dealt away five players from the major league roster. But more important to Pohlad is what is happening behind the scenes.
Twins baseball boss Derek Falvey says the organization will get better as a result of the trades this past week.

Hartman: Falvey maintains his long-term vision to improve Twins

The Twins baseball boss says the organization will get better with the trades of the past week.
Logan Forsythe, acquired from the Dodgers for popular second baseman Brian Dozier, made his Twins debut Wednesday after flying in from Los Angeles dur

Hartman: Twins' goal of making playoffs turns into rebuilding plan

A disappointing season causes the team to trade some regulars and start looking ahead to 2019.
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