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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
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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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.
Eagles quarterback Nick Foles

Hartman: Dungy cautions not to underestimate Eagles QB Foles

Tony Dungy has been watching Eagles quarterback Nick Foles since he was in college at Oregon. "I think they're going to give New England all they can handle," Dungy said of the Eagles.
NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell posed with fans before the Falcons-Rams playoff game in Los Angeles on Jan. 6. Despite recent controversies, the NFL re

Hartman: NFL remains strong with Goodell leading the way

When Roger Goodell took over for Paul Tagliabue as NFL Commissioner in 2006, Forbes valued only five NFL teams at above $1 billion. Today they all are, with the Vikings having more than tripled in value

Sid's jottings

JOTTINGS • Cole Kramer, the outstanding quarterback who led Eden Prairie to the Class 6A state championship last year, has accepted a scholarship offer…
Minnesota Vikings quarterback Case Keenum

Hartman: Keenum played his way into Vikings' quarterback mix

Case Keenum's impressive season means he will be strongly considered as the Vikings starter in 2018, but will it also tempt other teams to make offers?
When the Vikings last visited Philadelphia on Oct. 23, 2016, Xavier Rhodes intercepted a pass intended for Nelson Agholor (17), one of three Eagles tu

Hartman: Eagles will be Vikings' toughest test of season

The Eagles are 8-1 at home, with their lone loss coming in Week 17, when they rested several starters and fell 6-0 to the Cowboys.

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JOTTINGS • Vikings defensive end Brian Robison on the opportunity in front of the team today: “I have been in this league for 11…
Vikings defensive tackle Linval Joseph

Hartman: Joseph's vision for success with Vikings becomes reality

Linval Joseph foresaw great things ahead when he signed with the Vikings as a free agent.
Minnesota Vikings quarterback Case Keenum

Hartman: Want to compare Sunday's QBs? Ask Shurmur

Vikings offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur has coached Case Keenum and Nick Foles, who meet in Sunday's NFC title game.
Viking fans were taken on a roller coaster ride of emotions in the 2nd half, leaving many to wonder if their season was over. But the team rallied and

Hartman: Jaw-dropping finish gets Vikings step closer to Super Bowl

The Vikings often practice "Seven Heaven," the final play that rescued their playoff dreams vs. Saints.
Vikings tight end Kyle Rudolph worked his way past Saints safety Kenny Vaccaro for a 15-yard touchdown in a 29-19 victory Sept. 11. The Vikings are ho

Hartman: Vikings, Saints have come a long way since season opener

While the Vikings' 29-19 home victory in the season opener was emphatic, the teams are completely different at this point in the season.

Jottings

JOTTINGS • It can’t be emphasized enough that Mike Zimmer wants fans to make some noise for the Vikings’ divisional playoff game. He is asking…
Linebacker Eric Kendricks, the Vikings’ top tackler, says the Saints' diverse offense poses problems, but he’s excited to take them on in an NFC d

Hartman: Vikings linebacker Kendricks ready for Saints' attack

The Vikings' top tackler says their diverse offense poses problems, but he's excited to take them on.

Hartman: Vikings' acquisition of Reiff proves valuable

The Vikings needed a left tackle, and signing the durable Riley Reiff has helped keep the QBs upright.
Case Keenum emerged from a third-string QB to a potential star after leading the Vikings to a 13-3 record and the NFC’s No. 2 seed in the playoffs

Hartman: Keenum grew into starter's role as Vikings QB

Case Keenum didn't have the best start to what would become a record-setting year for the Vikings.

Sid's jottings

JOTTINGS • Among the many benefits to the Vikings getting a first-round bye is that it gives a chance for Kyle Rudolph to get fully…
David Morgan

Hartman: Tight end Morgan stands out from Vikings' 2016 draft class

David Morgan, a sixth-round selection, has versatility that's been much appreciated after injuries to Kyle Rudolph and Kevin McDermott
Vikings running back Latavius Murray picked up a first down late in the fourth quarter against Chicago.

Hartman: Murray makes his mark after slow start for Vikings

Former Raiders running back Latavius Murray took a while to heal from ankle surgery, but he's been effective of late.

Hartman: Zimmer makes it clear: 'I like this team'

Vikings coach Mike Zimmer has plenty to be proud of as the Vikings enjoy a bye week to open the playoffs.
U.S. Bank Stadium

Hartman: Vikings' success will bring Super Bowl complications

As the likelihood of a deep Vikings playoff run gets more likely each week, the planning for the Super Bowl at U.S. Bank Stadium takes on new intrigue for the team's front office.

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JOTTINGS • ESPN ran its first 2018 NFL mock draft and had the Vikings selecting Martinas Rankin, a tackle out of Mississippi State, with the…
Minnesota Twins second baseman Brian Dozier

Hartman: Twins' Dozier enjoys not being part of trade talks this offseason

Rumors swirled around Twins star Brian Dozier last year. He stayed put and helped team's huge turnaround.
Vikings linebacker Chad Greenway holds his youngest daughter, Carsyn (three months) as other daughters, Maddy, left, 9, and Beckett, 6, made faces at

Hartman: Former Vikings LB Greenway misses team, but not game

The fourth-leading tackler in franchise history has kept busy in retirement with family, his foundation and host work for Super Bowl LII.
U.S. Bank Stadium’s urban setting poses complications for Super Bowl planners that are bigger than the weather.

Hartman: NFL isn't dwelling on Super Bowl winter weather issues

Historically the average high in Minneapolis on Feb. 4 is 25 degrees, while the average low is 8 degrees. But Super Bowl planners have bigger issues facing them than the weather.
Vikings wide receiver Stefon Diggs rolled into the end zone after snaring a 20-yard touchdown pass from Case Keenum in the second quarter Sunday again

Hartman: Vikings' Diggs quietly having one of his best seasons

With all the buzz around Vikings wide receiver Adam Thielen's breakout season, it's easy to forget that Stefon Diggs continues to perform like an All-Pro.
P.J. Fleck was all smiles as he discussed his recruiting class on Wednesday.

Hartman: P.J. Fleck expects football recruiting success to keep building for Gophers

The football coach wants Wednesday's highly-rated signing class to become the rule, not the exception.
Minnesota Vikings running back Jerick McKinnon (21) works for yardage against the Bengal early in the first quarter.

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.
Emmanuel Lamur (59) had the benefit of playing for Mike Zimmer and with Terence Newman while at Cincinnati.

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.
Vikings defensive end Everson Griffen.

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.
Vikings quarterback Case Keenum was chased down by Carolina defenders early in last week's game..

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.
If Mike Zimmer finishes with no more than one loss over the Vikings’ final four games, he will have the second-best winning percentage through his f

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…
Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Adam Thielen (19) is among the team's players who weren't taken in the NFL 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.
Vikings quarterback Case Keenum celebrated with fans after beating the Falcons 14-9 at Mercedes-Benz Stadium

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.
University of Minnesota President Eric Kaler stood at TCF Bank Stadium in January, after the hiring of P.J. Fleck. Fleck’s first season as football

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.
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