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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.
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Hartman: Page says Vikings' Super Bowl trips were worth it

Hartman: Page says Vikings' Super Bowl trips were worth it

The Hall of Famer and retired Minnesota Supreme Court justice says the greatness of those Vikings teams isn't diminished by their four Super Bowl losses.
Hartman: Gophers recruit from Marshall hopes to play football and baseball

Hartman: Gophers recruit from Marshall hopes to play football and baseball

Football and baseball will share Drew Hmielewski, a talented receiver and outfielder from Marshall.
Hartman: Retired Torii Hunter says he's 'a Twin for life'

Hartman: Retired Torii Hunter says he's 'a Twin for life'

When asked if he ever considers retiring a mistake, Hunter brought up former Vikings quarterback Brett Favre.

Hartman: TwinsFest mood turns more upbeat

Optimism reigns after the team made great strides last year and young stars emerged.

Hartman: Moving from place to place taught Gophers QB Green plenty

Once almost a Duck, the former East Ridge star headed for the U learned a lot playing in Texas.
Hartman: Cardinals' Moore on cusp of another Super Bowl

Hartman: Cardinals' Moore on cusp of another Super Bowl

Minnesotan Tom Moore has a chance to earn a trip to his fourth Super Bowl on Sunday, when his Arizona Cardinals squad visits the Carolina Panthers in the NFC Championship.

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SID’s JOTTINGS   • With the announcement that Rod Carew is going to be at TwinsFest, Twins President Dave St. Peter gave an update on…
Hartman: Ryder Cup at Hazeltine will be viewed worldwide

Hartman: Ryder Cup at Hazeltine will be viewed worldwide

The golf event this fall at Hazeltine National will draw viewers in Super Bowl-like numbers.
Hartman: Claeys believes in Gophers' football recruiting class

Hartman: Claeys believes in Gophers' football recruiting class

Despite staff changes and a few lost recruits, the football coach is pleased with the incoming talent.
Hartman: Q&A with Mike Zimmer: 'Our guys competed ... pretty darn hard'

Hartman: Q&A with Mike Zimmer: 'Our guys competed ... pretty darn hard'

While the season ended with one of their most difficult playoff losses coach Mike Zimmer believes that the Vikings are only going to improve going forward.

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SID’s JOTTINGS   • The presence of Louisville men’s basketball coach Rick Pitino might have had something to do with the competitive game…

Hartman: Vikings exceeded many expectations

A team that Las Vegas projected to finish third in the NFC North instead claimed the division title.
Hartman: Zimmer, new line coach Sparano have coaching history

Hartman: Zimmer, new line coach Sparano have coaching history

The head coach and the Vikings' new offensive line coach were in Dallas together as assistants.

Hartman: Peterson says he's to blame for Vikings' playoff defeat

The Vikings running back said he was careless on his fumble that led to Seattle's go-ahead points.
Hartman: Bud Grant downplays cold's impact on teams

Hartman: Bud Grant downplays cold's impact on teams

The former Vikings coach says both teams playing in frigid weather will have to deal with it.

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SID's JOTTINGS• There is no comparison in salaries between Russell Wilson and Teddy Bridgewater, the two quarterbacks in Sunday's game. Wilson, a Super Bowl…
Hartman: Jerry Kill on the move, still weighing career plans

Hartman: Jerry Kill on the move, still weighing career plans

Former Gophers coach Kerry Kill and his wife are moving to their summer home in southern Illinois, where they will reside while he makes decisions about his future.
Hartman: Playoff fever kept Tarkenton warm

Hartman: Playoff fever kept Tarkenton warm

The Hall of Fame QB says he never felt cold in Vikings postseason games at Met Stadium.
Hartman: Mistakes almost led to Vikings collapse

Hartman: Mistakes almost led to Vikings collapse

The Vikings first three quarters were enough for the victory at Lambeau Field to win the NFC North.
Hartman: Quarterbacks at the heart of Vikings-Packers rivalry

Hartman: Quarterbacks at the heart of Vikings-Packers rivalry

The series always has revolved around the key quarterbacks such as Brett Favre, Bart Starr, Fran Tarkenton, Daunte Culpepper and Aaron Rodgers, and now the Vikings hope they have a young star in Teddy Bridgewater.

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SID's JOTTINGS• Emotions are important in winning football games, and coach Mike Zimmer thinks the Vikings have learned that. "I think we have learned what…

Hartman: UCLA keeps filling the local pro rosters

Both the Vikings and Wolves have benefited from securing young, talented former Bruins.
Hartman: Gophers full of confidence, health going into bowl

Hartman: Gophers full of confidence, health going into bowl

The team, banged up all season, gets many key players back as it tries to end its bowl losing streak.
Hartman: Vikings' Turner says Peterson ranks among best

Hartman: Vikings' Turner says Peterson ranks among best

The Vikings offensive coordinator has had an opportunity to coach some of the top running backs in NFL history.

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SID's JOTTINGS• Edina native Kieffer Bellows, the son of former North Stars forward Brian Bellows, is having a banner year with…
Hartman: Three-game break has Vikings' Joseph eager to return

Hartman: Three-game break has Vikings' Joseph eager to return

The big defensive tackle is excited to be back on the field with the Vikings against his old team.
Hartman: Mannings' father has a history with Vikings

Hartman: Mannings' father has a history with Vikings

Archie Manning didn't make much of an impact for the Vikings after they acquired him in 1984.
Hartman: Bridgewater spreads the praise around

Hartman: Bridgewater spreads the praise around

After his dominant, four-touchdown performance vs. the Bears, young QB credits a full team effort.
Hartman: Vikings' Peterson has helped out in passing game, too

Hartman: Vikings' Peterson has helped out in passing game, too

There were questions of whether Adrian Peterson would be ready to play this season, but he has shown he remains one of the best running backs of all time.

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SID's JOTTINGS• If Vikings defensive end Everson Griffen plays Sunday, he will be playing through a serious shoulder injury that certainly will handicap his tackling.…

Hartman: Vikings, Bears want a taste of the playoffs

Sunday's foes haven't seen the postseason in a while, but Minnesota's chances look pretty good.
Hartman: Vikings cornerback Rhodes reaps benefits of college move to defense

Hartman: Vikings cornerback Rhodes reaps benefits of college move to defense

The Vikings cornerback wanted to catch the ball at Florida State, but Bobby Bowden had other ideas.
Hartman: Vikings in position for years of success

Hartman: Vikings in position for years of success

With everyone healthy, they should be playing the Packers for the NFC North title in Week 17.
Hartman: Vikings are pointed toward a big finish

Hartman: Vikings are pointed toward a big finish

Even with their 23-20 loss at Arizona on Thursday, the Vikings still have a hold on an NFC wild-card spot in the playoffs with a 1½ game lead over Tampa Bay and Atlanta.

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SID’s JOTTINGS   • Mike Zimmer and his staff should be commended for a great coaching job in getting the Vikings ready to play their…
Hartman: Vikings put up a fight against powerful Cardinals

Hartman: Vikings put up a fight against powerful Cardinals

Fumbles were costly, but wounded defense played well in limiting the prolific Arizona offense.
Hartman: Lakers' success had its start in Minneapolis

Hartman: Lakers' success had its start in Minneapolis

Long before the Lakers were worth $2.6 billion, Minneapolis bought them for a mere $15,000.
Hartman: Seattle's confidence in itself easy to understand

Hartman: Seattle's confidence in itself easy to understand

But it's hard to understand the Vikings, who appeared to bounce back from their 30-13 home loss to the Packers on Nov. 22 by dominating the Falcons.
Hartman: Seahawks' Carroll grew up during his time with Vikings

Hartman: Seahawks' Carroll grew up during his time with Vikings

Pete Carroll landed with the Vikings after getting fired from Buffalo and stayed here for five seasons.

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SID'S JOTTINGS• It's unlikely that Jerry Kill will be a college football head coach again because of the pressures of the job, but it…
Hartman: Ellison's blocking paves way for Peterson's great season

Hartman: Ellison's blocking paves way for Peterson's great season

Seahawks coach Peter Carroll had the tight end at USC and predicted he'd succeed in the NFL.
Hartman: Vikings nearly hired Seahawks' Carroll as head coach in '92

Hartman: Vikings nearly hired Seahawks' Carroll as head coach in '92

Bud Grant put in a good word for then-Vikings assistant Pete Carroll back in 1992, but the team opted for Dennis Green as head coach instead.

Hartman: Vikings' Peterson gets his wish, lots of carries at Atlanta

The Vikings kept going to their star running back, and he responded with a big game vs. the Falcons.
Hartman: Gophers' turnovers ruin hopes of victory over Badgers

Hartman: Gophers' turnovers ruin hopes of victory over Badgers

A Gophers team that had turned the ball over only twice in the past four games combined turned charitable Saturday and did something you don't do if you want to win football games.

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SID’s JOTTINGS   • Vikings coach Mike Zimmer has a lot of respect for the Atlanta Falcons and their offense. “To me, they…
Hartman: Kill reflects on accomplishments with Gophers' football program

Hartman: Kill reflects on accomplishments with Gophers' football program

The Gophers turned around, on the field and off, because of ex-coach Jerry Kill's influence.
Hartman: Packers find way to bottle up Peterson

Hartman: Packers find way to bottle up Peterson

The running back never got going and had a costly fumble on a day full of Vikings mistakes.
Hartman: Zimmer says Vikings aren't regarding Packers lightly

Hartman: Zimmer says Vikings aren't regarding Packers lightly

Mike Zimmer will face the Packers for the third time as Vikings coach on Sunday, and this is the first time his team will be favored to beat its border rival.

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SID’s JOTTINGS   • Gophers football coach Tracy Claeys gives former Maroon and Gold quarterback Adam Weber a lot of credit for the recent…
Hartman: Greenway is ready again for Green Bay

Hartman: Greenway is ready again for Green Bay

The Vikings linebacker has faced the Packers 16 times — with and against Brett Favre.
Hartman: Mason's rebuilding of football programs taught Claeys well

Hartman: Mason's rebuilding of football programs taught Claeys well

Tracy Claeys learned plenty of football at Kansas after Glen Mason took over there in 1988.

Hartman: Peterson shows why he was wanted back

The Vikings are being rewarded for retaining their star after his legal trouble of a year ago.
Hartman: Years of experience pay off for Vikings' Joseph

Hartman: Years of experience pay off for Vikings' Joseph

One reason the Vikings defense ranks seventh in the NFL is the presence of linemen Everson Griffen and Linval Joseph, who signed contracts in March 2014 that look like steals now.

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SID’s JOTTINGS   • The passing of Bruce Dayton at 97 reminded me of how important the Dayton family was in its contributions, financial…

Hartman: Vikings' schedule starts getting tougher

Starting at Oakland on Sunday, the team plays only one more opponent with a losing record.

Hartman: Claeys was Minnesota's main choice to replace Kill

The Gophers' impressive efforts vs. Michigan and Ohio State convinced officials to hire him.
Hartman: Vikings defense does the job vs. Rams star rookie Gurley

Hartman: Vikings defense does the job vs. Rams star rookie Gurley

Todd Gurley was held in check after running wild to start his NFL career.
Hartman: Gophers showed fire in loss to Ohio State

Hartman: Gophers showed fire in loss to Ohio State

If the Gophers can maintain the kind of performance they showed in the fourth quarter, there is hope they can win their final three games and reach a bowl game for the fourth consecutive season.

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SID’s JOTTINGS   • The college football season is still two months away from finishing and already there are 10 FBS coaching vacancies. Rest…
Hartman: Sherels brothers strike football gold

Hartman: Sherels brothers strike football gold

Both former Gophers, Marcus is a success on the Vikings, while Mike coaches linebackers at U.
Hartman: Claeys is best man to lead Gophers football

Hartman: Claeys is best man to lead Gophers football

Hiring the interim coach would help the program's continuity and not disrupt recruiting.
Hartman: Claeys, Gophers staff will likely remain on job

Hartman: Claeys, Gophers staff will likely remain on job

Eric Kaler had to be impressed enough by what he saw from the Gophers football team Saturday night to realize that Tracy Claeys and the current staff deserve to be retained.

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SID’s JOTTINGS   • To get an idea of how much Jerry Kill was loved by his players, you need only read…

Hartman: Gophers must act quickly to retain football assistants

The Gophers football program risks a huge step back if Tracy Claeys and co. aren't retained.

Hartman: Kill a great coach, but a remarkable man

Jerry Kill turned around the Gophers, but his health forced a choice: family or football.
Hartman: Even as a player, Flip was a coach

Hartman: Even as a player, Flip was a coach

This column doesn't have enough space to tell a lot of great Flip Saunders stories from when he played and coached for the Gophers and coached the Wolves.
Hartman: Vikings' Griffen keeps focus on doing his job

Hartman: Vikings' Griffen keeps focus on doing his job

Everson Griffen set career highs in tackles (75) and sacks (12) last season
Hartman: Diggs was surprised Vikings drafted him

Hartman: Diggs was surprised Vikings drafted him

One brief chat at the NFL combine was enough to convince officials he was worth a fifth-round pick.
Hartman: Diggs' practice skills now helping Vikings win games

Hartman: Diggs' practice skills now helping Vikings win games

The Vikings rookie's sophistication at getting open thrills teammates and bugs opponents.
Hartman: Zimmer feels good coming out of Vikings' bye week

Hartman: Zimmer feels good coming out of Vikings' bye week

The Vikings coach says he expects the team to improve over the final 12 weeks of the season.

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SID's JOTTINGS• Former Holy Angels wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald Jr. is having a great year for the Arizona Cardinals after struggling last…
Hartman: After Super Bowl IV loss, Vikings crushed Chiefs in rematch

Hartman: After Super Bowl IV loss, Vikings crushed Chiefs in rematch

Bud Grant made sure the team heard Hank Stram's sideline cackling in the game before playing Kansas City in the 1970 regular-season opener.
Hartman: Moore adjusts fast to center Gophers' offensive line

Hartman: Moore adjusts fast to center Gophers' offensive line

Tyler Moore hadn't played a snap for the Gophers this season before last Saturday. Quarterback Mitch Leidner and offensive coach Matt Limegrover gave him lot of credit .
Hartman: Kill celebrating Gophers' facilities plan

Hartman: Kill celebrating Gophers' facilities plan

Could it be that Jerry Kill was celebrating the University of Minnesota Board of Regents passing of the Athletes Village plan on Friday that inspired him and his Gophers on Saturday?

Hartman: Facilities will provide push U athletics need

They should help the Gophers end their decades-long droughts in football and basketball.
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