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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: Zimmer expecting a boost from Vikings' new faces

Hartman: Zimmer expecting a boost from Vikings' new faces

Vikings coach Mike Zimmer is aware of how difficult replacing 12 players on a 53-man roster can be but won't get caught up in who's gone.

Sid's jottings

JOTTINGS • Byron Buxton hit leadoff for most of his time in the minors, but Twins manager Paul Molitor said Friday he didn’t…
Hartman: Fleck starts the task of Gophers team-building

Hartman: Fleck starts the task of Gophers team-building

Gophers football coach P.J. Fleck sees progress and reason for optimism at the start of spring practice.
Hartman: Towns, Wolves keep improving together

Hartman: Towns, Wolves keep improving together

The Timberwolves' long playoff drought probably won't end this year, but soon. Karl-Anthony Towns' continued growth should set the stage for a great second year under coach Tom Thibodeau next season
Hartman: Spielman treads carefully to open NFL free agency

Hartman: Spielman treads carefully to open NFL free agency

Vikings GM Rick Spielman said NFL free agency is a balancing act and the team still feels it's in a good position.

Sid's jottings

JOTTINGS • ByungHo Park is hitting .357 with three home runs in 28 spring at-bats after the Twins took him off the 40-man roster…
Hartman: Gophers' loss shouldn't detract from accomplishments

Hartman: Gophers' loss shouldn't detract from accomplishments

The Gophers, who led the Big Ten in offensive rebounding during conference play, gave up 11 offensive boards to MTSU and grabbed only four themselves.

Hartman: Rick Pitino knew his son had a good team in the Gophers

The Louisville coach liked what he saw of his son's team going into the year.
Hartman: New bosses don't alter Paul Molitor's goal for Twins

Hartman: New bosses don't alter Paul Molitor's goal for Twins

The biggest improvement for the Twins, along with their starting pitching, is going to have to come from their everyday position players.
Hartman: Dozier stays put; now Twins must rebound from worst season

Hartman: Dozier stays put; now Twins must rebound from worst season

Brian Dozier, after a career year, endured trade rumors. He's happy to be back to help the Twins rebound after a 103-loss season.

Hartman: Vikings mull over patching roster through draft, free agency

Coach Mike Zimmer has holes to fill, but the club has cap money available to tempt free agents.

Sid's jottings

JOTTINGS • Gophers football coach P.J. Fleck was asked about the progress he is seeing on the $160 million facilities project, a lot of…
Hartman: Former Gophers great Darrell Thompson, family know recruiting

Hartman: Former Gophers great Darrell Thompson, family know recruiting

A son of U great Darrell Thompson is receiving the sort of attention from colleges his father once did.

Sid on 'Today'

Sid on ‘Today’ Star Tribune sports columnist Sid Hartman will be featured on the Sunday “Today” show, which airs 8-9 a.m. Sunday on Ch. 11.…

Hartman: Thrills build as Gophers basketball team continues to win

Success has brought back the crowds and noise to Williams Arena, which is a boon to recruiting.
Hartman: Twins counting on Mauer to be part of their resurgence

Hartman: Twins counting on Mauer to be part of their resurgence

Twins manager Paul Molitor said recently that regardless of what has happened in the past few years, he still sees the 2009 American League MVP as a player critical to his team's success.

Sid's jottings

JOTTINGS • New Gophers football coach P.J. Fleck was asked what he expects his “Row the Boat” slogan can do for the program. “What these…
Hartman: Three changes fuel Gophers basketball's turnaround

Hartman: Three changes fuel Gophers basketball's turnaround

Transfers and freshmen made an immediate impact, and top returning players greatly improved to help the Gophers into one of this season's biggest stories.
Hartman: MVPs Peterson, Mauer have gone from cornerstones to question marks

Hartman: MVPs Peterson, Mauer have gone from cornerstones to question marks

The Vikings and Twins must ponder the worth of Adrian Peterson and Joe Mauer as their mighty contracts come due.
Hartman: Fleck aims to maintain close ties to state coaches

Hartman: Fleck aims to maintain close ties to state coaches

The Gophers held an open house for any high school coach last weekend, and coach P.J. Fleck talked about their importance and his familiarity with them.

Sid's jottings

JOTTINGS • The Timberwolves are 22-35 at the All-Star break. With 28 games remaining, they are 3½ games behind Denver for the eighth and final…

Hartman: Gophers hockey faces test in rising Penn State

Coach Don Lucia knows the high-scoring Gophers can't rely on barrage of goals vs. the Nittany Lions.
Hartman: Vikings' role model for next season should be 1973 team

Hartman: Vikings' role model for next season should be 1973 team

With a stout defense and Fran Tarkenton in his second year back, the team went to Super Bowl.
Tom Thibodeau wants Wolves to focus on daily improvement first

Tom Thibodeau wants Wolves to focus on daily improvement first

There's no question that the Timberwolves front office, coaching staff and players all expected to have a better record than 20-34 at this point, but the team's play last week showed just how maddening it can be when it comes to consistency.
Hartman: Pitino's young Gophers showing signs of a turnaround

Hartman: Pitino's young Gophers showing signs of a turnaround

One thing that is easy to forget about these Gophers, because they have played so competitively, is their youth.
Hartman: Mark Wilf says Vikings aiming to host 'best' Super Bowl

Hartman: Mark Wilf says Vikings aiming to host 'best' Super Bowl

Planning goes on for the 2018 game in Minnesota, and Vikings owner Mark Wilf expects quite a show.
Hartman: Little things magnified in Super Bowl spotlight

Hartman: Little things magnified in Super Bowl spotlight

Former Vikings coach Bud Grant recalls how the small moments in the Super Bowl decide everything.

Sid's jottings

JOTTINGS • I wonder where Bill Belichick would be if he had accepted the job as defensive coordinator with the Vikings in 1984,…

Hartman: Vikings great Page has mixed Super Bowl memories

Alan Page said the Vikings' two closest losses hurt worst, but players have no reason to hang heads.
Hartman: Fleck was up to challenge of short recruiting time

Hartman: Fleck was up to challenge of short recruiting time

With only 26 days left after his hiring, the new Gophers coach brought in a solid class of talent.
Hartman: Vikings must find a way to fix awful running game

Hartman: Vikings must find a way to fix awful running game

With the hiring of Clancy Barone and Kennedy Polamalu, Vikings coach Mike Zimmer is clearly trying to improve the run game, which struggled mightily in 2016

Sid's jottings

JOTTINGS • It’s interesting that the Gophers men’s basketball team offered six local players in the 2017 class and none of them chose to play…
Hartman: Wild GM Fletcher says team 'definitely' a Cup contender

Hartman: Wild GM Fletcher says team 'definitely' a Cup contender

Along with a new coach, Chuck Fletcher says team has returned to former 100-point season form.
Hartman: Twins' St. Peter says, 'We have a lot of work to do'

Hartman: Twins' St. Peter says, 'We have a lot of work to do'

The Twins are falling behind last year's season ticket numbers, but president Dave St. Peter and the team's front office personnel understand fans taking a wait-and-see approach.
Hartman: Spielman begins offseason process of solving Vikings' issues

Hartman: Spielman begins offseason process of solving Vikings' issues

NFL free agency begins March 9, and the Vikings have to make decisions on a number of players.

Sid's jottings

JOTTINGS • The Vikings need a draft like 2015 instead of 2016 if they’re going to add to their depth in 2017. In 2015 they…
Hartman: Pro Bowl bid overdue for Vikings' Joseph

Hartman: Pro Bowl bid overdue for Vikings' Joseph

The first honor for the Vikings defensive tackle comes after he took his game to another level.
Hartman: Greenway ponders future with Vikings

Hartman: Greenway ponders future with Vikings

Chad Greenway, the 11th-year linebacker, after anticipating 2016 would be his final season, is weighing his options.
Hartman: Gophers athletic department hasn't shared stability of more successful rivals

Hartman: Gophers athletic department hasn't shared stability of more successful rivals

The overall picture of the men's athletics department and specifically Gophers football simply hasn't been able to maintain steady employment at key positions.

Jottings

JOTTINGS•Vikings defensive coordinator George Edwards has been named coach of the West team in this year's East-West Shrine Game, to be held Saturday in…
Hartman: Pitino readying his Gophers for Big Ten marathon

Hartman: Pitino readying his Gophers for Big Ten marathon

If there's one positive to the Gophers' three losses this season, they have all come against quality opponents: Against Michigan State and No. 9 Florida State.
Hartman: Gophers AD Mark Coyle got the coach he wanted in P.J. Fleck

Hartman: Gophers AD Mark Coyle got the coach he wanted in P.J. Fleck

The Gophers AD had to convince Eric Kaler that retaining Tracy Claeys would hurt ticket sales.
Columnist Sid Hartman is injured in fall

Columnist Sid Hartman is injured in fall

Star Tribune columnist Sid Hartman suffered a broken right hip in a fall Friday night.
Hartman: Munnerlyn buoyed by Vikings' win over Jaguars

Hartman: Munnerlyn buoyed by Vikings' win over Jaguars

Munnerlyn said that the team's win over Jacksonville last Sunday was not only necessary for its playoff chances but got the team in the right frame of mind.
Hartman: Wolves owner Taylor understands fans' impatience

Hartman: Wolves owner Taylor understands fans' impatience

Glen Taylor craves more victories, too, but understands growth takes young teams time.
Hartman: U football suspensions could have a lasting effect

Hartman: U football suspensions could have a lasting effect

Some of the program's followers find it hard to understand why the action was taken, but colleges have a process of investigating sexual assaults that differs from legal investigations.
Hartman: His right eye on the mend, Zimmer turns focus to Vikings' mistakes

Hartman: His right eye on the mend, Zimmer turns focus to Vikings' mistakes

Vikings coach Mike Zimmer said his recovery has been going well and has been in constant communication with his doctors. He's more concerned with his team than his eye.

Sid's jottings

JOTTINGS • Trevon Diggs, the brother of Vikings receiver Stefon Diggs, has had a great freshman season at No. 1 Alabama. The 6-2, 195-pound…
Hartman: Rudolph aware Vikings must curb mistakes

Hartman: Rudolph aware Vikings must curb mistakes

When it comes to the difference in losing six of the past seven games after the Vikings' 5-0 start, tight end Kyle Rudolph said the team's problems have been self-inflicted.
Hartman: Wilf stresses Vikings season is not over yet

Hartman: Wilf stresses Vikings season is not over yet

Zygi Wilf is hopeful that his team can repeat the 4-0, playoff-clinching finish of 2012.
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…
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