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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.
Recent content from Sid Hartman
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.
New Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins worked out at TCO Performance Center in Eagan on Wednesday.

Hartman: Cousins has overcome much to get to this point as Vikings QB

Kirk Cousins has spent much of his career fighting to even have a chance to start

Sid's jottings

JOTTINGS • P.J. Fleck said that according to college football analyst Phil Steele, the Gophers’ two-deep is the third youngest in the country,…
Vikings offensive line coach Tony Sparano died Sunday. The team has cancelled today's practice for his memorial service.

Hartman: Sparano's teachings made big impression on Vikings rookie

One of the Vikings' picks during the 2018 draft, Colby Gossett, talked about all he learned from offensive line coach Tony Sparano in the last few months. Sparano's memorial service is today.
Former Minnesota Twins pitcher Jack Morris

Hartman: Morris' one-year Twins stint was significant

St. Paul native Jack Morris enters the Hall of Fame this weekend, and his 1991 World Series Game 7 with the Twins stands out.
Alshon Jeffery caught a touchdown pass defended by Trae Waynes during the NFC Championship game. GM Rick Spielman says the Vikings have moved on

Hartman: Vikings look for positives from NFC title game loss

GM Rick Spielman said he and his staff have done what they set out to do following the team's loss to Philadelphia in January's NFC Championship Game.

Sid's jottings

JOTTINGS • ESPN released its rankings of the NFL teams set up to have the most success over the next three seasons and the Vikings…
Minnesota Twins third baseman Eduardo Escobar (5) celebrated with manager Paul Molitor after hitting a two run home run last month.

Hartman: Molitor, Twins have experienced month-long rolls before

In Paul Molitor's most successful seasons, the team occasionally has surged for extended runs.

Hartman: Twins don't have to buy or sell players just yet

Their 9-2 homestand before the All-Star break closed gap on the Indians before July 31 deadline.
Outgoing University of Minnesota President Eric Kaler greeted Gophers football coach P.J. Fleck during the 2017 spring game.

Hartman: Departing U president Kaler leaves legacy of accomplishments

Eric Kaler's accomplishments are wide-ranging, and he has overseen drastic changes in the athletic department during turbulent times for the Gophers.

Sid's jottings

JOTTINGS • Pro Football Focus has the Vikings as the favorites to win the NFC North with 38 percent odds, compared to 23 percent for…
Amir Coffey

Hartman: Gophers' Coffey still working his way back

Amir Coffey's sophomore season was ruined by an injury to his right shoulder. He is rehabbing daily but is probably two months away from being fully cleared.
Twins general manager Thad Levine watched the game.

Hartman: Twins GM says all trade options possible, including not making any

Twins GM Thad Levine said the team will keep monitoring the MLB trade market and hope the recent surge of victories on the field continues.
Kyle Rudolph and Harrison Smith have been sharing the same football field since they were at Notre Dame in 2008

Hartman: Rudolph-Smith friendship began with fight at Irish camp

Kyle Rudolph and Harrison Smith have been sharing the same football field since 2008, when Rudolph joined Notre Dame and Smith was already there as a redshirt freshman.

Sid's jottings

JOTTINGS • Pro Football Focus wrote recently that the Vikings’ Trae Waynes was the NFL’s best cornerback when it came to stopping the run.…
When it comes to the overall health of the program, Gophers Athletic Director Mark Coyle pointed to the teams’ continued academic success and overal

Hartman: Gophers AD Coyle still confident in Pitino, Fleck

Gophers Athletic Director Mark Coyle offered support to both coaches during a wide-ranging interview.
For the second day in a row, Joe Mauer got the Twins off to a strong start at Wrigley Field on Saturday, this time hitting a three-run double off the

Hartman: Like Twins, Joe Mauer rolls with the ups and downs

The Twins first baseman broke out of a slump in the first two games at Wrigley Field, but it hasn't helped his team win.
Gophers safety Antoine Winfield Jr.

Hartman: Winfield Jr. happy he's remained with Gophers football team

A suspension later reversed and an injury have overshadowed his superb play on the field.
Twins Manager Paul Molitor checked on Eduardo Escobar after he was hit by Red Sox pitcher Rick Porcello during the first inning last week.

Hartman: Twins still trying to weather injuries

Results haven't matched expectations as yet for the Twins, but Manager Paul Molitor does what he can with the lineup.
Cornerback and first-round draft pick Mike Hughes, center, continues to draw rave reviews from Vikings General Manager Rick Spielman, left, and coach

Hartman: Vikings face challenge of high expectations

Rick Spielman continues to say he is withholding judgment on his team until training camp. But there is just no denying that Spielman and the entire staff know this is a Super Bowl-caliber club.

Hartman: Wolves top pick possesses the skills team needs

Georgia Tech's Josh Okogie is a fine shooter, but his versatility on defense will help more.
Eddie Rosario, left, and Eduardo Escobar have boosted the Twins this season.

Hartman: Rosario, Escobar should be MLB All-Stars

Neither Eddie Rosario nor Eduardo Escobar had can't-miss profiles when the Twins acquired them, but they have carried the team this season.
Vikings coach Mike Zimmer saw much to like during offseason training time, and he saw lots to improve at the end of 2017.

Hartman: Taste of bad finish in 2017 lingers for Vikings defense

Aiming to learn from last season's sour finish, the Vikings worked on a lot of situational football during OTAs and minicamps, which ended this week.

Sid's jottings

JOTTINGS • Pro Football Focus showed why Kirk Cousins might thrive with the Vikings: The team led the NFL in contested pass receptions last…
Vikings OTAs in their new Eagan home.

Hartman: Vikings have big plans for new Eagan headquarters site

The Vikings will have their official ribbon-­cutting ceremony Friday for the new team headquarters, which is still a long way from being fully developed.
Twins reliever Addison Reed allowed five singles and four runs in the bottom of the eighth inning Wednesday night to turn a 2-1 lead and a terrific Jo

Hartman: Central road trip pivotal for Twins

The front office has to be hoping that its big collection of free agent signings and trade acquisitions is going to start to contribute more than it has so far.
Miguel Sano

Hartman: Sano's career statistics on path with Killebrew's

For all the hand-wringing about Miguel Sano, through his first 343 career games he compares almost identically to the greatest power hitter in franchise history

Sid's jottings

JOTTINGS• Trevor Siemian, the backup to Kirk Cousins, said of the Vikings quarterback room: "Kirk is obviously doing a great job. You…
Minnesota Vikings lineman Mike Remmers (74).

Hartman: Remmers willing to play guard or tackle for Vikings

Mike Remmers' versatility will play an important role in how the Vikings revamp their offensive line this season.
Twins manager Paul Molitor, and Gophers coach John Anderson go way back.

Hartman: Molitor praises all Anderson does for Gophers baseball

Twins manager Paul Molitor points to how the Gophers play on the field and how their coach prepared players for life.
Vikings General Manager Rick Spielman has, with the Wilfs permission, really opened the checkbook recently, spending $209 million in total contracts t

Hartman: Vikings amp up spending in quest for Super Bowl

In the past two seasons, the Vikings have signed $209 million worth in total contracts to 15 unrestricted free agents, according to Spotrac.com.

Sid's jottings

JOTTINGS • Ken Mauer, the NBA official and a cousin of Twins first baseman Joe Mauer, was blamed by many Cavaliers fans for…
Joe Mauer

Hartman: Struggling Twins need Mauer back in lineup

The offense has not been able to do much since the first baseman landed on the disabled list.
Gophers third baseman Micah Coffey, left, and second baseman Luke Pettersen drenched coach John Anderson following Minnesota's 6-4 victory over Purdue

Hartman: Baseball coach Anderson one of Gophers all-time greats

John Anderson is considered one of the best college baseball coaches in the country, but it may be time to recognize him as the best coach ever at the U.
New Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins gave receiver Adam Thielen a backhanded-high-five during practice at their new Eagan facility on Wednesday. “It

Hartman: Vikings receivers get jump on working with Kirk Cousins

Adam Thielen and Stefon Diggs went to Atlanta in April to work out with Kirk Cousins after the Vikings signed their new QB.

Sid's jottings

JOTTINGS • ESPN said if the 2018 Vikings are going to exceed last season’s results, there’s no doubt that Kirk Cousins will have to…
Twins relief pitcher Fernando Rodney

Hartman: Rodney never lost faith in his ability

Fernando Rodney, the 41-year-old Twins closer, had a rocky start, but he has been fantastic in his past 10 outings.
Despite injuries and a suspension, the Twins remain in contention for the AL Central lead a quarter of the way through the season.

Hartman: Twins hanging in there without key players

Manager Paul Molitor continues to piece together lineups and keep them competitive.
Twins Chief Baseball Officer Derek Falvey

Hartman: Falvey says Twins are ready for current, future challenges

Injuries and player struggles are taking their toll on the 2018 campaign while big contract decisions loom this offseason. Through it all, Derek Falvey says the Twins are in good shape.
Minnesota softball coach Jamie Trachsel has the Gophers into the NCAA tournament in her first season at the helm.

Hartman: Gophers' athletic success driven by women's teams, coaches

Great coaching hires have led to fine seasons and/or optimism for many women's teams.
Logan Morrison hit a home run in the sixth inning on Wednesday vs. St. Louis.

Hartman: Molitor encouraged by Twins' progress

After a rough start to the 2018 season, Twins Manager Paul Molitor sees signs of improvement and a still-close AL Central race.

Sid's jottings

JOTTINGS • Gophers football coach P.J. Fleck said that while the team will have more depth this year, that doesn’t mean it will have…
Twins right fielder Max Kepler again showed his marked improvement against lefthanders Thursday night by hitting a tying home run against Angels lefth

Hartman: Escobar, Kepler fuel Twins offense

Escobar's versatility and production have kept him in the lineup; Kepler has improved vs. lefties.
Vikings coach Mike Zimmer said the team’s offseason upgrades should potentially lead to a better result than last season’s.

Hartman: Vikings eager to put last season's sour ending behind

One of the areas where the Vikings will adjust is on the offensive line, and Mike Zimmer said they are expecting big things out of guard Nick Easton, who fractured his ankle in the second-to-last game of the regular season

Sid's Sunday jottings

JOTTINGS • Even with Jamal Crawford opting out of the final year of his contract, the Timberwolves are currently slated to pay nine players…
Vikings first round pick Mike Hughes with general manager Rick Spielman, left, and Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer

Hartman: Vikings GM Spielman swayed to draft Hughes by UCF coach

Rick Spielman's chats with Scott Frost led him to believe Central Florida's Mike Hughes was a value pick at the end of the first round.
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