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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: 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

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.
The Reds' Jose Peraza is forced out at second base by Brian Dozier, who is in a hitting slump.

Hartman: Twins play through errors, injuries

Manager Paul Molitor sees some positives with the Twins despite the team's recent 3-12 downswing.
Vikings first round pick cornerback Mike Hughes, from Central Florida, with Vikings general manager Rick Spielman, left, and Vikings head coach Mike Z

Hartman: Spielman has the knack for savvy draft strategy

There is no doubt Rick Spielman continues to build on the faith Vikings owners Zygi Wilf and Mark Wilf showed when they made him the franchise's first GM since Mike Lynn in the 1980s.

Sid's Sunday jottings

JOTTINGS • It’s sad that former Wild General Manager Chuck Fletcher lost his job after reaching the postseason for six consecutive seasons, and especially…
Vikings free safety Harrison Smith

Hartman: Vikings made wise pick in taking Smith in 2012 ranked All-Pro safety Harrison Smith as the top first-round choice by the Vikings in past 10 years.
Wolves All-Star center Karl-Anthony Towns finished with 18 points, 16 rebounds and three assists in Game 3 in a first-round playoff series against the

Hartman: Wolves show ability to adjust in NBA playoffs

Saturday's Game 3 win displayed new resilience, especially by some of the team's youngest stars.
Though drafting late, Vikings coach Mike Zimmer said he is confident in the team’s preparations for evaluating players.

Hartman: Vikings feel confident drafting from a position of success

"The good thing is we have a pretty good football team, so we can kind of be selective on taking the best player available and not try to fill too many holes," Vikings coach Mike Zimmer said.

Sid's Sunday jottings

JOTTINGS • Vikings General Manager Rick Spielman broke down what newly signed wide receiver Kendall Wright brings: “Very good slot, has some quickness…
Derrick Rose sits on the bench during a timeout against the Rockets

Hartman: It's do-or-die time for the Wolves

After getting blown out in Houston 102-82 on Wednesday to fall behind 0-2, the Timberwolves host their first playoff game in 5,075 days on Saturday.
Vikings linebackers Anthony Barr and Eric Kendricks, in 2015.

Hartman: UCLA built the base for Vikings' Kendricks, Barr

Ex-Bruins coach Jim Mora sees a continuation of their college days in what Eric Kendricks and Anthony Barr have done with Vikings.
Rodney Smith (1) celebrated after scoring a touchdown during the spring game.

Hartman: U football bolstered by numbers in Fleck's second season

Last year around the time of the spring game the Gophers roster was so depleted that they couldn't even run two teams on the field.

Sid's jottings

JOTTINGS • With the Timberwolves set to play Houston in the franchise’s first playoff game in 14 years, it’s worth noting that the Rockets will…
Timberwolves head coach Tom Thibodeau

Hartman: Thibodeau's vision leads Wolves to NBA playoffs

Tom Thibodeau assessed the Wolves, brought in key additions and finally ended a 14-year postseason void.
Karl-Anthony Towns, right, and Jeff Teague celebrate after the team's win over Denver

Hartman: Owner Taylor thrilled after Wolves ends playoff drought

The Wolves ended their long postseason drought, and owner Glen Taylor was happy for the loyal fans.
Steam rose from the heated field as Twins first baseman Joe Mauer caught a toss from Brian Dozier to retire Dee Gordon for the first out of Saturday�

Hartman: Mauer's $184 million contract with Twins nearing end

Twins Chief Baseball Officer Derek Falvey has said he will wait until the offseason to do any contract negotiations with Joe Mauer, who would hit free agency at age 36.

Sid's jottings

JOTTINGS • Recommended for Gophers football fans: Make plans for the spring game at noon Saturday at TCF Bank Stadium. It is guaranteed to be…
Twins third baseman Miguel Sano threw out Mariners first baseman Ryon Healy for the final out of the first inning.

Hartman: Tough offseason isn't slowing Twins' Sano

With Miguel Sano coming off surgery on his left tibia and facing an MLB investigation there was some uncertainty whether he would start the season with the big league club.
Minnesota Twins relief pitcher Trevor Hildenberger, left, walks off the field after being relieved by manager Paul Molitor, second from left, in the 1

Hartman: Twins face challenges early in the season

If the Twins hope to have a better start than 2017, they will need to deal with key absences.
Vikings cornerback and return specialist Marcus Sherels

Hartman: Sherels' return is another good move for the Vikings

Sherels hasn't had any issues being a great returner in the NFL, and he'll have another year to prove that with the Vikings in 2018.
Twins fans cheered after a Byron Buxton home run at Target Field in August of 2017.

Hartman: Target Field experience remains a top priority for Twins

Target Field will reveal some significant changes when the home schedule begins next week.
Twins outfielder Byron Buxton, left, will be entering his first season of arbitration. First baseman Joe Mauer will be a free agent after this season.

Hartman: Big decisions face Twins in year ahead

One thing to keep watch of is how this year affects the Twins' decision-making when it comes to contracts in 2019.
The Vikings’ top brass looked long and hard at the past performance of quarterback Kirk Cousins before deciding that his skills would be a superb fi

Hartman: Vikings invested wisely in landing Cousins as long-term QB

For all the talk of the Vikings giving Kirk Cousins a three-year guaranteed $84 million contract, with $24 million for 2018, it's worth noting that the Vikings will be spending only $4 million more on quarterbacks in 2018 than in 2017.
The-Seattle defensive tackle Sheldon Richardson.

Hartman: With Cousins and Richardson, Vikings learn that talent draws talent

Cousins and Richardson came to Minnesota as free agents in part because of team's success.
Don Lucia announced his retirement as Gophers men's hockey coach on Tuesday.

Hartman: Nanne says Gophers hockey job will draw top candidates

Ex-Gophers player and North Stars chief supports Don Lucia's decision to depart on his own terms.
Hartman: A salute to the Joneses, Minnesota's great basketball family

Hartman: A salute to the Joneses, Minnesota's great basketball family

There's no doubt that there has never been a pair of brothers from Minnesota who have been as decorated as Tyus and Tre Jones.

Sid's jottings

JOTTINGS • Before signing with the Vikings, Kirk Cousins spent time in town during Super Bowl week. He visited the Gophers football team and…
Kirk Cousins scrambles during an NFL football game against the Denver Broncos last season.

Hartman: Vikings, DeFilippo saw plenty of Cousins' play up close

Vikings coach Mike Zimmer on Thursday talked about how John DeFilippo's experience watching Kurk Cousins from the opposite sideline helped the Vikings' decisionmaking.
Hartman: Gophers coaches draw scrutiny as contract renewals approach

Hartman: Gophers coaches draw scrutiny as contract renewals approach

Gophers athletic director Mark Coyle said that he knows there are a lot of questions surrounding the contracts of some of his coaches.
Kirk Cousins

Hartman: Vikings sought out best available QB in Cousins

By pursing Kirk Cousins, the Vikings hope he'll be as healthy and productive as in the past three years.
Edina standout offensive lineman Quinn Carroll announced this past week he has narrowed his college choice to six schools, and the Gophers are still i

Hartman: Family ties could help land standout Edina lineman at U

After more than 20 unofficial visits to campuses around the nation, Carroll announced this past week he had narrowed his choice to six programs, and the Gophers are one of them. The others are Notre Dame, Ohio State, Penn State, Virginia Tech and Wisconsin.
The Vikings hired Todd Downing as a senior offensive assistant, bringing him back to his hometown team after serving last year as offensive coordinato

Hartman: Downing rises from Eden Prairie backup QB to NFL assistant

New Vikings coach Todd Downing got his start playing for Mike Grant, then worked his way up.
Case Keenum

Hartman: Gannon weighs in on Vikings-Packers, Keenum vs. Cousins

Former NFL MVP Rich Gannon sizes up the Vikings-Packers rivalry and the debate over the Vikings' next quarterback.
Under first-year hitting coach James Rowson, right, Twins hitters surged in the second half of the 2017 season. One of the biggest beneficiaries was B

Hartman: Rowson guides Twins' young hitters to success

When James Rowson joined the Twins last season, he said he immediately saw just how athletic the young hitters were.

Sid's jottings

JOTTINGS • John Anderson, in his 37th season as the Gophers baseball coach, became the 20th coach in NCAA Division I baseball history to…
Minnesota Vikings Case Keenum.

Hartman: Vikings should end chatter and sign Keenum to long-term deal

After a stellar season, Case Keenum has proven he can lead, and it would finally resolve the team's quarterback issues.
Timberwolves guard Jamal Crawford (11) celebrates a play with Jimmy Butler earlier this season.

Hartman: Wolves not looking for just one player to replace Butler

Without Jimmy Butler in the lineup for the foreseeable future after knee surgery, coach Tom Thibodeau intends for the Wolves to employ a team effort to make up for his absence.
Vikings General Manager Rick Spielman answered questions at the NFL scouting combine in Indianapolis two years ago. Spielman and his staff are prepari

Hartman: Vikings turning attention to combine, free agents

With the NFL scouting combine starting Thursday in Indianapolis, the Vikings are well underway preparing for the 2018 season.

Sid's jottings

JOTTINGS • With the news that Jimmy Butler has a meniscal injury instead of a ligament tear, the Timberwolves at least avoided the huge…
Vic Viramontes is a dual-threat junior college quarterback from Riverside (Calif.) City College. Pictured during the 2017 season.

Hartman: U football recruits already on campus quickly could help program

P.J. Fleck is counting on seven new players to have an immediate impact on the football program.
In this Jan. 3, 2018, photo, John DeFilippo watches the Eagles practice in Philadelphia. The Vikings hired DeFilippo as their offensive coordinator ea

Hartman: DeFilippo vows to get Vikings' quarterback situation fixed

New offensive coordinator DeFilippo knows that the Vikings quarterback situation is unique, with three potential starters from last year's roster being free agents.
A crowd made its way down Nicollet Mall after Levi LaVallee leapt a snowmobile over the street in a snowmobile Feb. 3.
Super Bowl Live attendees took

Hartman: NFL executive praises state's host efforts for Super Bowl

NFL COO Tod Leiweke was no stranger to Minnesota, having once served as Wild team president. He had told league officials to expect a world-class, unique event in Super Bowl LII, and he said that looking back on the experience, that was exactly what they got.

Hartman: No league showing greater value growth than NBA

The Lakers, purchased for only $15,000 back in 1947, now are worth an astounding $3.3 billion.
Flip Saunders spoke with reporters in a hallway outside the Timberwolves locker room in 2000

Hartman: Saunders' impact with Timberwolves remains clear today

From the time Flip Saunders arrived at the University of Minnesota in 1973, he showed he was a brilliant basketball mind.
The Twins’ winter is about over, as pitchers and catchers report to Florida this week. Manager Paul Molitor won the American League Manager of the Y

Hartman: Molitor believes young Twins turned the corner

The Twins last season reached the playoffs for the first time since 2010, and manager Paul Molitor was given a three-year contract extension. "I'm really excited to see what this team can do," he said.


JOTTINGS • Now that the dust has settled on the Vikings’ season, quarterback Case Keenum talked about some of the great memories he had…
Brian Dozier rounds the bases after hitting a home run in the American League Wild Card playoff game in New York.

Hartman: Dozier still hopeful for new Twins deal

Second baseman Brian Dozier has been a bargain for how he has performed during his Twins career.
Former NFL wide receiver Randy Moss acknowledged fans during an appearance on SportsCenter last week ahead of Super Bowl LII. The broadcast was filmed

Hartman: Polishing tarnished image helped Moss get to Hall of Fame

Sid Hartman writes: "In my 70-plus years of working in sports, I have never seen an athlete repair his reputation as well as Randy Moss has."
Eagles cornerback Jaylen Watkins, left, embraced cornerback Rasul Douglas at the end of the game after they won Super Bowl LII

Hartman: Eagles show their effort against Vikings was no fluke

There is no doubt that the Eagles' victory over this New England franchise proves that the Vikings lost to a truly great team two weeks ago.
US Bank Stadium, the site of Super Bowl LII on Feb. 4

Hartman: Without U.S. Bank Stadium, we'd have no Vikings or Super Bowl

There was no shot of the Super Bowl returning here without Gov. Mark Dayton and the Minneapolis City Council working together to get stadium financing.
Wisconsin's Joe Kelly chases as Bud Grant grabs a pass for the Gophers in 1948. Grant would go on to play professionally for the Eagles.

Hartman: Grant was a two-way star in his Eagles playing days

Before he was coach of the Vikings, Bud Grant played two seasons for the Philadelphia Eagles.
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