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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 haven't let injuries stop them

Hartman: Vikings haven't let injuries stop them

Replacements at several key positions have played well, displaying improved roster depth.
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.
Hartman: Kundla leaves a bucket-load of memories

Hartman: Kundla leaves a bucket-load of memories

Sid Hartman pens his tribute to the late John Kundla, who died at 101 last weekend.
Hartman: Bradford feels better prepared than last year

Hartman: Bradford feels better prepared than last year

Bradford admitted that even though he put together good numbers, he didn't have full command of the offense for some time last season.
Hartman: Twins' 1987 success exceeded expectations of then-GM MacPhail

Hartman: Twins' 1987 success exceeded expectations of then-GM MacPhail

Andy McPhail thought the Twins might be a .500 team in 1987. That was before they won the World Series.
Hartman: Sano put himself in position to succeed with Twins

Hartman: Sano put himself in position to succeed with Twins

Twins third baseman and slugger Miguel Sano reached his goal of making the All-Star Game by working hard.
Hartman: Mauer having renaissance season at the plate, in the field

Hartman: Mauer having renaissance season at the plate, in the field

Halfway through his 14th major league season, Twins first baseman Joe Mauer's .286 batting average is his best since 2013, when he hit .324 and posted a .404 on-base percentage.

Sid's Sunday Jottings

JOTTINGS • Gophers football coach P.J. Fleck was asked about the condition of the 22 players who missed spring practice because of injuries. “They’re getting…
Hartman: Wolves' offseason has been a fruitful one

Hartman: Wolves' offseason has been a fruitful one

After bringing in Jimmy Butler, Jeff Teague and Taj Gibson, one website ranked the Timberwolves' transactions close to the best in the NBA this summer.
Hartman: Twins' turnaround from 103-loss season rooted in defense

Hartman: Twins' turnaround from 103-loss season rooted in defense

The Twins still have pitching and hitting questions, but the players have had success preventing runs.
Hartman: Molitor tells Twins All-Stars to enjoy the experience

Hartman: Molitor tells Twins All-Stars to enjoy the experience

Twins manager Paul Molitor was a seven-time All-Star, spread out over 15 seasons. "[T]he first time you walk into an All-Star locker room it's just something you'll never forget."

Sid's jottings

JOTTINGS • Gophers football coach P.J. Fleck was asked if he has made any decisions on the two scholarships he still has open for…
Hartman: Bottom to top, Twins closer Kintzler knows baseball

Hartman: Bottom to top, Twins closer Kintzler knows baseball

Brandon Kintzler climbed through the minors and recovered from an injury to become one of AL's best closers.
Hartman: A surprise to see Wolves deal an improved Rubio

Hartman: A surprise to see Wolves deal an improved Rubio

Ricky Rubio appeared to be getting better and better throughout his NBA career, including as a shooter. But Ton Thibodeau wanted to go a different direction.

Jottings

JOTTINGS • Gophers football coach P.J. Fleck reported that the team will start its training camp the first week in August. “The way we…
Hartman: Butler trade puts Wolves on fast track

Hartman: Butler trade puts Wolves on fast track

The Timberwolves have acquired young talent, but getting All-Star Jimmy Butler has drawn lots of attention.
Hartman: Taylor says Butler could help lure free agents to Wolves

Hartman: Taylor says Butler could help lure free agents to Wolves

Timberwolves owner Glen Taylor believes the team's newest star, Jimmy Butler, could attract other outstanding players.
Hartman: Derek Falvey says Twins are adapting well to change

Hartman: Derek Falvey says Twins are adapting well to change

Behind-the-scenes work is paying off, the team's baseball boss says.
Hartman: Trade for Butler signals Wolves want to win right now

Hartman: Trade for Butler signals Wolves want to win right now

It must have been hard to deal guards Zach LaVine and Kris Dunn, but Tom Thibodeau now has a veteran leader in Jimmy Butler who can score and defend.
Hartman: Zimmer, known for coaching defense, takes on Vikings offensive issues

Hartman: Zimmer, known for coaching defense, takes on Vikings offensive issues

For the 2017 season it's clear that the Vikings are going to need much more out of their offense, which ranked 28th in the league in 2016, if they are going to compete for a Super Bowl bid in their home stadium.
Hartman: Berrios' turnaround buoys AL Central-leading Twins

Hartman: Berrios' turnaround buoys AL Central-leading Twins

After going 3-9 last year, the young pitcher is 6-1 with a 2.74 ERA since being called up in May.

Hartman: Vikings memories flow with Moss, Rashad at Winter Park

The Vikings couldn't find two better Ring of Honor inductees than Randy Moss and Ahmad Rashad.
Hartman: Prepare for 'sticker shock' on Super Bowl tickets

Hartman: Prepare for 'sticker shock' on Super Bowl tickets

Vikings executive vice president of public affairs and stadium development Lester Bagley warned of "sticker shock" for the Super Bowl. "Tickets are going to be hard to come by," he said.

Sid's jottings

JOTTINGS • Vikings coach Mike Zimmer was asked to sum up the battle for Chad Greenway’s former weak-side linebacker position. “We’re going to…
Hartman: State's MLB draft history isn't very deep

Hartman: State's MLB draft history isn't very deep

Only a handful of players from Minnesota high schools have ever been selected in the first round.
Hartman: Wright pushes on after mostly invisible season for Vikings

Hartman: Wright pushes on after mostly invisible season for Vikings

Jarius Wright, the 2012 fourth-round draft choice out of Arkansas said that while last season was very difficult for him, he is always keeping a positive mind-set.

Sid's jottings

JOTTINGS • Vikings quarterback Sam Bradford was asked if being with the team all offseason is a big advantage compared with last year,…
Hartman: Former Hill-Murray star Guentzel making Stanley Cup history

Hartman: Former Hill-Murray star Guentzel making Stanley Cup history

Guentzel, who grew up in Woodbury, now has 12 goals and seven assists in the playoffs, including three goals in the first two games of the Stanley Cup Final.
Hartman: Twins owner Pohlad rolls with ebb, flow of season

Hartman: Twins owner Pohlad rolls with ebb, flow of season

Twins owner Jim Pohlad sees improvement from the team so far, but knows rosters made up of young players will struggle on occasion.
Hartman: Vikings need their recent draft picks to develop quickly

Hartman: Vikings need their recent draft picks to develop quickly

The Vikings like what they see from their young players, which is good considering how many veterans are free agents after the season.
Hartman: Elflein makes his mark at center, guard for Vikings

Hartman: Elflein makes his mark at center, guard for Vikings

Former Ohio State assistant Ed Warinner, now with the Gophers, praises Vikings versatility of Vikings rookie Pat Elflein.
Hartman: Kepler moves about Twins' lineup and outfield, stays productive

Hartman: Kepler moves about Twins' lineup and outfield, stays productive

No matter where he hits in the Twins order or plays in the outfield, Max Kepler has been productive lately.
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