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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: Greenway says Vikings must learn to close out games

Hartman: Greenway says Vikings must learn to close out games

Chad Greenway said the Vikings' trouble has come in the final five minutes of a game.
Hartman: New Vikings stadium keeping up with Jones'

Hartman: New Vikings stadium keeping up with Jones'

Cowboys owner Jerry Jones built one of the most expensive stadiums in the world back in 2009, the $1.3 billion AT&T Stadium, so on Thursday he talked about how impressed he was with the new U.S. Bank Stadium and also about how important the stadium is for Minneapolis and for the NFL at large.
Hartman: Thielen says he feels he let Zimmer down with fumble

Hartman: Thielen says he feels he let Zimmer down with fumble

Adam Thielen has been a big contributor all season, and that fumble was out of character for the surehanded receiver.
Hartman: Zimmer made his mark with Dallas

Hartman: Zimmer made his mark with Dallas

Vikings coach Mike Zimmer spent 13 years as a Cowboys assistant and won one Super Bowl.
Hartman: Close losses leave Vikings in need of help for playoffs

Hartman: Close losses leave Vikings in need of help for playoffs

Vikings coach Mike Zimmer said at his Friday news conference that the team's mind-set has to stay the same going forward, even though the Vikings are now on the outside looking in for a playoff berth.

Sid's jottings

JOTTINGS • Ticket-selling for local sports events must not be going very well, including the Wild, which announces sellouts for every game. The Wild and Timberwolves…
Hartman: Vikings push ahead on tight stretch of schedule

Hartman: Vikings push ahead on tight stretch of schedule

Pivotal game vs. Lions comes four days after win over Arizona, with Cowboys up a week later.

Hartman: Vikings defense steps up one final time to halt skid

The defense was strong all game against the Cardinals, but it was especially big at the end.
Hartman: Claeys heaps praise upon Gophers' departing senior class

Hartman: Claeys heaps praise upon Gophers' departing senior class

They had a big part in believing in what we wanted to do," Tracy Claeys said of this year's senior class.

Sid's jottings

JOTTINGS • While Sunday’s game with the Cardinals is obviously big for the Vikings, who desperately want to end their four-game losing streak, it’s worth…
Hartman: Sparano, Vikings offensive line still looking for answers

Hartman: Sparano, Vikings offensive line still looking for answers

The Vikings offensive line has had a rough go this season but Tony Sparano says he believes the players he has now can get the job done.
Hartman: Durable Larry Fitzgerald climbs career lists

Hartman: Durable Larry Fitzgerald climbs career lists

Larry Fitzgerald, who is one of the greatest athletes Minnesota has ever produced and a sure first-ballot Hall of Famer, has many exceptional qualities, but one of the best is durability.
Hartman: Strong performances don't lead to Vikings victory

Hartman: Strong performances don't lead to Vikings victory

The Vikings wasted many great individual efforts in their fourth consecutive loss.
Hartman: Winning, good people go hand-in-hand for Gophers AD Coyle

Hartman: Winning, good people go hand-in-hand for Gophers AD Coyle

Mark Coyle on Friday hit the six-month mark in his tenure as Gophers athletic director.

Sid's jottings

JOTTINGS • The Vikings have applied to play host to either the 2022 or the 2023 NFL draft, with a good chance they will have…

Hartman: Botched play vs. Washington kept Vikings from a Super Bowl

A collision of Darrin Nelson and Anthony Carter near the end zone caused a perfectly thrown ball by quarterback Wade Wilson to fall incomplete in the final minute of the 1987 NFC title game.
Hartman: MacPhail, Falvey have similarities

Hartman: MacPhail, Falvey have similarities

When owner Carl Pohlad promoted Andy MacPhail to general manager of the Twins in 1986, MacPhail was the youngest GM in baseball at age 33.

Hartman: Costly mistakes made by all Vikings units against Lions

The offense, the defense, the special teams — all three had failures that led to a stunning OT loss.
Hartman: Zimmer knows Vikings 'need to fix' their recent play

Hartman: Zimmer knows Vikings 'need to fix' their recent play

The Vikings are a team scrambling to turn around a season that once looked so promising but has hit a gigantic road bump with back-to-back ugly losses.

Sid's Jottings

JOTTINGS • New Vikings offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur on taking over the role on a short week. “I think the biggest thing is we…

Hartman: Purdue too dangerous for Gophers to overlook Saturday

The Boilermakers don't have a great record, but their explosive passing game leads the Big Ten.
Hartman: Loss of center Sullivan, not Turner, triggered slide of offense

Hartman: Loss of center Sullivan, not Turner, triggered slide of offense

Norv Turner's resignation apparently makes him the scapegoat for the Vikings' recent performance. The simple fact is that the offensive line is in shambles
Hartman: Frightening fall for Vikings offensive line

Hartman: Frightening fall for Vikings offensive line

The enthusiasm of 5-0 is gone thanks to a group that can't pass-protect and can't run-block either.
Hartman: Vikings ready to get back to winning ways

Hartman: Vikings ready to get back to winning ways

Brian Robison said the players will put last week behind them and focus on taking care of Chicago.

Jottings

JOTTINGS • While the Vikings were handed their first loss of the season by the Eagles last week, and coach Mike Zimmer has been…
Hartman: Greenway says Vikings typically respond well to adversity

Hartman: Greenway says Vikings typically respond well to adversity

After last week's loss to the Eagles, the veteran linebacker is convinced team will bounce back in Chicago. "We typically respond well to adversity."
Hartman: Tarkenton got the best of Bears as a rookie in 1961

Hartman: Tarkenton got the best of Bears as a rookie in 1961

The new Vikings franchise won its first game behind Fran Tarkenton's four TD passes off the bench.
Hartman: Walk-on kicker bails out Gophers

Hartman: Walk-on kicker bails out Gophers

Emmit Carpenter missed an earlier attempt, but his late field goal proved the difference against Rutgers.
Hartman: Shurmur's ties to Bradford go back beyond Philadelphia

Hartman: Shurmur's ties to Bradford go back beyond Philadelphia

Shurmur was able to provide great detail on Bradford's capabilities, having coached the No. 1 overall pick in his rookie year of 2010, when Shurmur was Rams offensive coordinator, and again last year, when he was Eagles offensive coordinator.
Hartman: Gophers' Claeys is on board with NCAA football signing change

Hartman: Gophers' Claeys is on board with NCAA football signing change

The NCAA is proposing the addition of a June and December signing period for football recruits.
Hartman: Gophers running back Smith has found his stride

Hartman: Gophers running back Smith has found his stride

Rodney Smith ranks fourth in the Big Ten in rushing and teams with Shannon Brooks to provide a solid tandem.
Hartman: Vikings QB Bradford exceeds expectations

Hartman: Vikings QB Bradford exceeds expectations

There's just no way that the Vikings front office and coaches could have thought Bradford, after two weeks of studying the playbook, would be playing the best football of his life.

Sid's jottings

JOTTINGS • Conor Rhoda didn’t get asked to do much Saturday, but what he did was good enough in the Gophers’ much-needed 31-10 victory at…
Hartman: Vikings' game plan worked like a charm vs. Texans

Hartman: Vikings' game plan worked like a charm vs. Texans

Sam Bradford continued his remarkable QB play, and credited coaches and teammates for rapidly teaching him the offense.
Hartman: Hunter's emphasis on technique has paid off for Vikings

Hartman: Hunter's emphasis on technique has paid off for Vikings

Danielle Hunter has three sacks and 15 tackles in the Vikings' four games, including a safety and a fumble return for a touchdown.

Sid's jottings

JOTTINGS • Vikings special teams coach Mike Priefer said this past week that while Cordarrelle Patterson has only recently been used as a…
Hartman: Leidner won't dwell on Gophers' loss to Penn State

Hartman: Leidner won't dwell on Gophers' loss to Penn State

The Gophers quarterback knows how important the upcoming game with Iowa is for both teams.
Hartman: Vikings' Thielen makes great strides

Hartman: Vikings' Thielen makes great strides

There may not be a better success story on the Vikings than Adam Thielen, the undrafted rookie free agent from Division II Minnesota State-Mankato.
Hartman: Vikings' Zimmer is wary of Giants offense

Hartman: Vikings' Zimmer is wary of Giants offense

Vikings coach Mike Zimmer is certain his defense is going to get a real test against the Giants on Monday night, and the biggest challenge will come from quarterback Eli Manning.
Hartman: Vikings' Kyle Rudolph finding Sam Bradford to his liking

Hartman: Vikings' Kyle Rudolph finding Sam Bradford to his liking

Rudolph said that last week's victory, in which he had seven receptions for 70 yards, was one of the best of his career.
Hartman: Hazeltine National had its growing pains

Hartman: Hazeltine National had its growing pains

But a course designed to hold major tournaments is now playing host to thebiggest in the world.
Hartman: Lehman says Ryder Cup is golf's biggest, best event

Hartman: Lehman says Ryder Cup is golf's biggest, best event

Despite the U.S. losing streak, the three-time Ryder Cup player is expecting better results.

Hartman: Vikings' second-half defense best in team history

Mike Zimmer's crew held Cam Newton to 95 yards passing and sacked him five times after halftime.
Hartman: Gophers defense having trouble stopping the run

Hartman: Gophers defense having trouble stopping the run

Colorado State finished with 369 yards of offense Saturday, including 158 on the ground.

Sid's Jottings

JOTTINGS • Mike Sherels, the Gophers linebackers coach who has been battling digestive system problems that nearly killed him, was on the phone in…
Hartman: Spielman, Zimmer give Vikings a chance to overcome injuries

Hartman: Spielman, Zimmer give Vikings a chance to overcome injuries

The Vikings are in a tough spot with the loss this week of Adrian Peterson and Matt Kalil but the team has leadership at the top to make it all work out.

Hartman: Turner impressed with new Vikings QB Bradford

''He's everything you look for in a quarterback,'' Vikings offensive coordinator Norv Turner said of Sam Bradford.
Hartman: Goodell takes pride in Vikings stadium

Hartman: Goodell takes pride in Vikings stadium

Did the NFL commissioner tell Gov. Mark Dayton that the Vikings would move if the stadium wasn't built? Sid Hartman asked Roger Goodell that and more.
Hartman: Patterson out to respond in make-or-break season

Hartman: Patterson out to respond in make-or-break season

The 2013 first-round pick was nearly invisible on offense last season, but what he was able to do in Week 1 was a good start to 2016.

Hartman: Containing Rodgers is Vikings' defensive challenge

Brian Robison hopes he and his defensive linemates on the Vikings can rattle Aaron Rodgers, the outstanding Packers QB.
Hartman: Griffen learned plenty from Seahawks' Carroll at USC

Hartman: Griffen learned plenty from Seahawks' Carroll at USC

The Vikings' standout defensive end credits the now-Seahawks coach for much of his development.
Hartman: Vikings' resiliency impresses former GM Diamond

Hartman: Vikings' resiliency impresses former GM Diamond

The former Vikings and Titans executive liked a lot of what he saw after the visitors fell behind.
Hartman: Gophers defense has work to do before Big Ten play

Hartman: Gophers defense has work to do before Big Ten play

After letting Oregon State pass for 228 yards in the season opener, allowed Indiana State to throw for 247 yards and four touchdowns Saturday

Sid's jottings

JOTTINGS• There are nine Gophers on NFL active rosters, with the Jets' Eric Decker the only one not to play under Jerry Kill.…
Hartman: Ex-Gophers coach Mason says team should be happy it won

Hartman: Ex-Gophers coach Mason says team should be happy it won

The Gophers are 1-0 despite not playing well; many other programs can't say the same.
Hartman: Bradford deal nearly fell through for Vikings

Hartman: Bradford deal nearly fell through for Vikings

Negotiations were hard, with the Eagles knowing the Vikings had a short time to pull off a trade.
Hartman: Vikings asking a lot out of newcomer Bradford

Hartman: Vikings asking a lot out of newcomer Bradford

There's going to be a lot for Sam Bradford to learn, and the steep price for his services does carry some concern that he simply might not be as good of a quarterback as Teddy Bridgewater.

Hartman: Not much to like from opener besides a Gophers victory

Mitch Leidner and the Gophers came up big, but only after their mistakes put them in a late deficit.
Hartman: Bridgewater ended revolving door at QB for Vikings

Hartman: Bridgewater ended revolving door at QB for Vikings

The Vikings finally had found a franchise QB, making the quarterback's injury even harder to take.
Hartman: 'Old man' Berger remains a key figure on Vikings offensive line

Hartman: 'Old man' Berger remains a key figure on Vikings offensive line

The Vikings have a big decision to make on who will start. But ultimately Joe Berger said he and John Sullivan are just going about their work.

Sid's Jottings

JOTTINGS • Brian Dozier is being paid $3 million this season, making him a bargain for the Twins. The four-year, $20 million contract the…

Hartman: Pirsig sees changes working for Gophers football

Offensive lineman Jonah Pirsig said the arrival of O-line coach Bart Miller has been a welcomed addition to the Gophers family.

Hartman: Zimmer pleased with Bridgewater's progress

''He feels good,'' Vikings coach says about Teddy Bridgewater's health entering Sunday's game.
Hartman: Peterson's goal with Vikings remains the same not matter the venue

Hartman: Peterson's goal with Vikings remains the same not matter the venue

This is one of the biggest years in Vikings history with the opening of U.S. Bank Stadium and the lofty expectations around a team that went 11-5 last year and won the NFC North.

Sid's jottings

JOTTINGS • Vikings star Everson Griffen was asked how the team has reacted from the missed field goal that eliminated them from the playoffs.…
Hartman: Kintzler runs with chance to close for Twins

Hartman: Kintzler runs with chance to close for Twins

The veteran didn't start the year with the Twins but has been excellent protecting late leads.
Hartman: Rookie QB Stave getting up to speed with Vikings

Hartman: Rookie QB Stave getting up to speed with Vikings

The former Wisconsin standout has a shot at hooking on in the NFL as a third-string quarterback.
Hartman: Leiweke says Vikings have come a long way under Wilfs

Hartman: Leiweke says Vikings have come a long way under Wilfs

NFL COO Tod Leiweke was recently in town to see the new Vikings stadium and had a lot to say about the building, along with how he got his start with the Wild.

Sid's jottings

JOTTINGS • Sam Mitchell, fired after serving as Timberwolves interim coach last season, told Sirius XM Radio he believes the firing could persuade
Hartman: Draft choices making their mark with Vikings

Hartman: Draft choices making their mark with Vikings

First-round pick Laquon Treadwell is expected to continue trend of rookies contributing in first year.

Hartman: Once-horrid Twins playing much better

Improved offense and pitching have given the team one of baseball's best records since July 2.
Hartman: Stadium opening, Zimmer deal all a matter of timing

Hartman: Stadium opening, Zimmer deal all a matter of timing

This is a big week for the Vikings ownership group. U.S. Bank Stadium opened soon after the Vikings and Mike Zimmer agreed to a long term contract.
Hartman: Younger players bring excitement (and wins) to Twins

Hartman: Younger players bring excitement (and wins) to Twins

Prospects such as Max Kepler and Eddie Rosario, after stints in minors, are becoming more productive.
Hartman: Predictions mean little to Gophers' Claeys

Hartman: Predictions mean little to Gophers' Claeys

The Gophers football coach thinks the team, if it stays healthy, will be far better than some think. But the glum predictions don't bother him.
Hartman: Spielman, Vikings putting their focus on the here and now

Hartman: Spielman, Vikings putting their focus on the here and now

"Our No. 1 task right now is going down to Mankato and getting ready for the season," Vikings GM Rick Spielman said.
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