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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
Hartman: Vikings' performance vs. Bengals was nearly flawless

Hartman: Vikings' performance vs. Bengals was nearly flawless

The Vikings took advantage of a subpar opponent in Cincinnati and rolled to a victory that gave them a division title.
Hartman: Vikings linebacker Lamur is still served well by time with Bengals

Hartman: Vikings linebacker Lamur is still served well by time with Bengals

Vikings linebacker Emmanuel Lamur spent four seasons in Cincinnati, the first two under Mike Zimmer, who was defensive coordinator then. The Bengals made the playoffs both of those seasons.
Hartman: Key for Vikings? Clean up the little things

Hartman: Key for Vikings? Clean up the little things

Everson Griffen knows the defense is going to have to not repeat the mistakes made against the Panthers in the final three games of the regular season.
Hartman: Vikings must strive for better pass protection for Keenum

Hartman: Vikings must strive for better pass protection for Keenum

Case Keenum has compiled lofty statistics this season, but six sacks vs. the Panthers were way too many.
Hartman: Zimmer's four-year record ranks among Vikings' best

Hartman: Zimmer's four-year record ranks among Vikings' best

If Mike Zimmer can go 3-1 the rest of the way, he will pass Jerry Burns by a half-game to have the second-best four-year start to his coaching career in Vikings history.

Sid's jottings

JOTTINGS • Panthers receiver Russell Shepard worked out with Case Keenum the past three offseasons and will oppose him on Sunday. He told…
Hartman: Vikings relying on players passed over in the draft

Hartman: Vikings relying on players passed over in the draft

Almost 40 percent of the players who have been on the Vikings roster this season share a common trait: They weren't picked in the NFL draft.
Hartman: Keenum has improved throughout Vikings season

Hartman: Keenum has improved throughout Vikings season

One-time Vikings backup Case Keenum was thrust into a starting role and has succeeded with a talented supporting cast.
Hartman: Q&A with Eric Kaler, forecasting bright days for Gophers athletics

Hartman: Q&A with Eric Kaler, forecasting bright days for Gophers athletics

University of Minnesota President Eric Kaler answers questions about P.J. Fleck, attendance at TCF Bank Stadium and the wide-ranging investigation into college basketball recruiting.

Sid's jottings

JOTTINGS • The Falcons and the Vikings have the same odds to win the Super Bowl at 12-1, which is tied for fourth, according to…
Hartman: Fleck sees positives in Year One troubles

Hartman: Fleck sees positives in Year One troubles

P.J. Fleck pointed out that even Barry Alvarez went 1-10 his first year at Wisconsin in 1990, then had back-to-back 5-6 seasons before turning the Badgers into Rose Bowl winners.
Hartman: Third-down success has boosted Vikings offense as a whole

Hartman: Third-down success has boosted Vikings offense as a whole

The Vikings are fourth in the NFL in total offense at 375.7 yards per game. Last season, they were 28th in the league at 315.1.

Sid's Sunday Jottings: Chryst considered for Gophers coach in '07

JOTTINGS • It’s a well-known fact that Wisconsin football coach Paul Chryst was Joel Maturi’s first choice for Gophers coach before the athletic…

Hartman: Lions haven't been kind to Vikings during Zimmer era

The Vikings are 2-5 vs. Detroit since 2014, but historically have played well on Thanksgiving.
Hartman: Skol! Vikings fans' volume made it difficult on Rams

Hartman: Skol! Vikings fans' volume made it difficult on Rams

The Vikings defense had something to say about it, too, bottling up the NFL's top-rated offense.
Hartman: Massive improvement by Vikings offensive line is obvious

Hartman: Massive improvement by Vikings offensive line is obvious

The Vikings have given up only 10 sacks in nine games. That's the NFL's second-lowest mark behind the Saints, who have Drew Brees, one of the quickest-release passers in league history.

Jottings

JOTTINGS • Former Gophers athletic director Joel Maturi has been working with collegiate officials in Japan to educate them about athletic departments, which are…
Hartman: Thielen makes historic progress this season

Hartman: Thielen makes historic progress this season

Undrafted Vikings receiver Adam Thielen is posting numbers not seen by the Vikings since Randy Moss' glory days.
Hartman: Gophers' improvement shows in blowout of Nebraska

Hartman: Gophers' improvement shows in blowout of Nebraska

What a difference a week makes when it comes to Big Ten football.

Sid's jottings

JOTTINGS • It might not have seemed like a big deal at the time, but the Vikings held New Orleans to only 19 points and…
Hartman: Waynes emerges as a standout in third season with Vikings

Hartman: Waynes emerges as a standout in third season with Vikings

Trae Waynes, a 2015 first-round pick, said he has made the adjustments needed to succeed with the Vikings.
Hartman: Bjelica's hot shooting boosts Wolves' start

Hartman: Bjelica's hot shooting boosts Wolves' start

One of the key contributors on a team that added Jimmy Butler, Jeff Teague and Taj Gibson has been returning 6-10 power forward Nemanja Bjelica, who has been shooting the ball as well as anyone.
Hartman: Vikings use bye week to regroup, look to build on 6-2 start

Hartman: Vikings use bye week to regroup, look to build on 6-2 start

But there is no chance quarterback Teddy Bridgewater will play this season.
Hartman: All Vikings quarterbacks have their pros, cons

Hartman: All Vikings quarterbacks have their pros, cons

Should Case Keenum, Sam Bradford or Teddy Bridgewater start? Team might stay status quo.
Hartman: Vikings can't afford to sleep on winless Browns

Hartman: Vikings can't afford to sleep on winless Browns

The Vikings need to take Cleveland seriously, especially on the ground. The Browns' run defense is fifth in the NFL

Sid's jottings

JOTTINGSā€¢The Wilf family, owners of the Vikings, is in the process of completing its big development in Eagan. But look for Zygi Wilf and…
Hartman: Croft will start at QB for Gophers vs. Iowa

Hartman: Croft will start at QB for Gophers vs. Iowa

Coach P.J. Fleck said sophomore quarterback Demry Croft was in too much of a hurry last week against Illinois, but he will get another chance under center on Saturday.
Hartman: Vikings' Wright knows he has to stay prepared

Hartman: Vikings' Wright knows he has to stay prepared

Wide receiver Jarius Wright has stepped up when called upon by the Vikings this season.
Hartman: Vikings defense might be best unit in NFL

Hartman: Vikings defense might be best unit in NFL

There might not be a better unit on either side of the ball in the NFL than the Vikings defense.
Hartman: Solid Vikings defense will remain a force for years

Hartman: Solid Vikings defense will remain a force for years

The future of the Vikings has already been laid with the signings of Xavier Rhodes, Everson Griffen, Harrison Smith and Linval Joseph to multiyear contracts that have them under team control until 2021.
Hartman: Vikings haven't let injuries stop them

Hartman: Vikings haven't let injuries stop them

The biggest difference for the Vikings from last season is this team has shown great resilience in bouncing back from injuries.
Hartman: Wins over Packers, Bears improve Vikings' division chances

Hartman: Wins over Packers, Bears improve Vikings' division chances

Beating the Packers and Bears, tight end Kyle Rudolph said, jump-started the Vikings' quest for another NFC North title.

Hartman: With Rodgers out, Vikings defense sticks to plan

Once the Packers lost their star, the Vikings defense bottled up his backup and the run.
Hartman: Knight welcomes FBI's cleansing of college basketball

Hartman: Knight welcomes FBI's cleansing of college basketball

"There have been enough problems over the years," Bobby Knight said of the state of college basketball. "I'm kind of glad there have been some corrections made."

Sid's jottings

JOTTINGS • Vikings quarterback Sam Bradford aggravated his knee injury at Chicago on Monday and it is uncertain when he will play again. Bradford’s…
Hartman: Molitor's patience helped Twins climb into AL postseason

Hartman: Molitor's patience helped Twins climb into AL postseason

Paul Molitor and the Twins front-office staff are making plans to keep the club ascending in the standings.

Sid's Sunday jottings

JOTTINGS • NBA.com released its surveys from all 30 general managers. The Timberwolves were predicted as the fifth-best team in the Western Conference. Karl-Anthony Towns…
Hartman: Ex-Irish teammates have faith in Vikings' Floyd

Hartman: Ex-Irish teammates have faith in Vikings' Floyd

Kyle Rudolph and Harrison Smith know wide receiver Michael Floyd from back at Notre Dame, and they say he can give the Vikings a boost.
Hartman: Keenum's college coaches believe in his ability to lead Vikings

Hartman: Keenum's college coaches believe in his ability to lead Vikings

Case Keenum learned much from Kevin Sumlin and Tony Levine, and set NCAA records at Houston.

Hartman: Turnovers derail Vikings and Gophers in weekend losses

The Gophers and Vikings lost close games this weekend, and the big reason was because both teams beat themselves.
Hartman: Vikings defense hopes takeaways keep coming

Hartman: Vikings defense hopes takeaways keep coming

Harrison Smith knows that heading into Sunday's matchup with Detroit, the Vikings defense has a ways to go to get to where it wants to be as a unit.

Sid's Jottings

JOTTINGS • C.J. Ham, the Vikings fullback out of Duluth Denfeld and Augustana, was praised by starting running back Dalvin Cook for his…
Hartman: 'It's going to be lit' Washington says of Gophers' basketball

Hartman: 'It's going to be lit' Washington says of Gophers' basketball

Isaiah Washington, the highly touted point guard from New York City, is ready to go to work for Richard Pitino and the Gophers.
Hartman: Pohlad pleased, surprised by Twins turnaround

Hartman: Pohlad pleased, surprised by Twins turnaround

Jim Pohlad said last year's 103 losses were not reflective of the talent that has blossomed in '17.
Hartman: Fleck, Gophers prepare for Big Ten football opener

Hartman: Fleck, Gophers prepare for Big Ten football opener

The Gophers are heavily favored, but Maryland has skill-position players who will test the defense.
Hartman: Vikings' Keenum has spelled trouble for the Buccaneers

Hartman: Vikings' Keenum has spelled trouble for the Buccaneers

The star of the Vikings' win has come up big vs. the Buccaneers each of the past three seasons.

Sid's jottings

JOTTINGS • The Vikings’ decision to sit quarterback Sam Bradford for Sunday’s game with Tampa Bay couldn’t have been an easy one. Bradford wanted…
Hartman: Gophers' Rhoda thankful he returned for fifth season

Hartman: Gophers' Rhoda thankful he returned for fifth season

Quarterback Conor Rhoda was ready to leave the program, but P.J. Fleck's arrival and persuasion quickly changed his mind.
Hartman: McCrary comes through when Gophers need him

Hartman: McCrary comes through when Gophers need him

The Gophers football team got a big surprise performance on offense Saturday when senior Kobe McCrary had 23 carries for 107 yards and three touchdowns.

Sid's jottings

JOTTINGS • Mike Zimmer has never faced the Steelers as a head coach, but he faced them twice a year when he was the…

Hartman: Vikings O-line shows promise after win over Saints

The Vikings; offensive line cleaned up many of the mistakes that dogged it during the preseason and during the 2016 campaign.
Hartman: Mike Zimmer thrilled by play of Vikings offense

Hartman: Mike Zimmer thrilled by play of Vikings offense

The Vikings coach had nothing but praise for the unit after its eye-opening Week 1 performance.
Hartman: Zimmer has faith after Vikings' frustrating finish last season

Hartman: Zimmer has faith after Vikings' frustrating finish last season

The Vikings are coming off a 2-2 preseason, and their first test out of the gate is against a Saints team that features one of the game's top quarterbacks.

Sid's jottings

JOTTINGS • It’s looking more likely that Twins first baseman Joe Mauer, who is having a great comeback season if there ever was one,…
Hartman: Twin Cities setting stage for Super Bowl LII in grand fashion

Hartman: Twin Cities setting stage for Super Bowl LII in grand fashion

Come February, more than 5,000 media members will be here and the Minneapolis dateline will be in papers all over the country and the world.
Hartman: Easton's patience rewarded as starter on Vikings offensive line

Hartman: Easton's patience rewarded as starter on Vikings offensive line

Nick Easton started five games at center last season, but will move to left guard as the Vikings open the year.

Sid Hartman's Sunday jottings

JOTTINGS • Vikings coach Mike Zimmer on the improvements he has seen from defensive lineman and former Louisiana State standout Danielle Hunter: “Danielle has…

Hartman: Ex-coach Mason sees Gophers victory as a positive first step

Glen Mason, who worked Thursday's game for Big Ten Network, said the key for this year's Gophers is to be playing well when the schedule gets tough.
Hartman: Claeys wasn't being set up to succeed as Gophers coach

Hartman: Claeys wasn't being set up to succeed as Gophers coach

Even if he had been retained, Tracy Claeys had no shot at lasting beyond this season. Several things would have combined to seal his fate.

Sid's jottings

JOTTINGS • Quarterback might be a problem for the Gophers as they are planning to start both Conor Rhoda and Demry Croft, but…
Hartman: Vikings offense struggling to finish off drives

Hartman: Vikings offense struggling to finish off drives

Mike Zimmer wants to see more from his starters Sunday night against San Francisco in what could be their final preseason tilt.
Hartman: Young core sparks Twins' August surge

Hartman: Young core sparks Twins' August surge

Eddie Rosario, Byron Buxton and Jorge Polanco have all starred at the plate of late.

Sid's Sunday Jottings

JOTTINGS • The Gophers got great news with the recent NCAA Academic Progress Rate (APR) announcement for 2016. The football team tied for sixth in…
Hartman: Vikings seeking offensive line answers

Hartman: Vikings seeking offensive line answers

Vikings coach Mike Zimmer says Friday's game in Seattle will help evaluate the line and several young players.
Hartman: Ex-Michigan star Gedeon excelling in Vikings linebacker battle

Hartman: Ex-Michigan star Gedeon excelling in Vikings linebacker battle

Ben Gedeon, a fourth-round pick out of Michigan, is quickly catching on at linebacker in Vikings camp and mounting a bid to make team at need position.
Hartman: Zimmer, Patterson have lengthy history as coaches, friends

Hartman: Zimmer, Patterson have lengthy history as coaches, friends

Andre Patterson has been coaching with Mike Zimmer on and off for 29 years since they first coached together at Weber State in 1988, when Patterson coached the defensive line and Zimmer was defensive coordinator.
Hartman: Fleck not down on Gophers' chances, despite criticism

Hartman: Fleck not down on Gophers' chances, despite criticism

One of the big story lines regarding P.J. Fleck taking over as Gophers coach has been whether he is downplaying expectations after a 9-4 season under Tracy Claeys.
Hartman: Wolves owner plans to sign Wiggins, keep team

Hartman: Wolves owner plans to sign Wiggins, keep team

Glen Taylor made it clear he is going to sign guard/forward Andrew Wiggins in the near future to a five-year, $150 million contract -- and that he won't be traded.
Hartman: Hunter should be next up to receive payday from Vikings

Hartman: Hunter should be next up to receive payday from Vikings

If you're looking for the next Vikings defender to get a big contract, look no further than Danielle Hunter. The third-round pick was the steal of the 2015 draft, and he keeps getting better.
Hartman: Fleck brings in some top assistant coaches to Minnesota

Hartman: Fleck brings in some top assistant coaches to Minnesota

It's hard to remember two coaches with better pedigrees joining a new staff the way that Robb Smith and Ed Warinner signed up with Fleck.
Hartman: Zimmer says improving run game a 'point of emphasis'

Hartman: Zimmer says improving run game a 'point of emphasis'

Vikings coach Mike Zimmer talked about some of the changes coming to the Vikings and how he plans to approach camp with a team that finished 8-8 last season.

Sid's Sunday Jottings

JOTTINGS • Gophers football coach P.J. Fleck talked about how he plans to use running backs Rodney Smith, who rushed for 1,219 yards last…
Amid trade rumors, Wolves at work on Wiggins extension

Amid trade rumors, Wolves at work on Wiggins extension

Owner Glen Taylor said discussions are in the early stages.
Hartman: Ex-Twin Hawkins was all for taking Lewis on draft day

Hartman: Ex-Twin Hawkins was all for taking Lewis on draft day

LaTroy Hawkins did not flinch as many pushed for the Twins to select Hunter Greene with the No. 1 pick.
Hartman: Tim Brewster sings praises of Vikings' rookie Cook

Hartman: Tim Brewster sings praises of Vikings' rookie Cook

Former Gophers coach Tim Brewster recruited Vikings rookie running back Dalvin Cook to Florida State.
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