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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.
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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.

Sid's Sunday jottings

JOTTINGS • With the Gophers football team kicking off fall practice, coach Tracy Claeys said it’s hard to overestimate the value of starting quarterback Mitch…
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.

Sid's Jottings

JOTTINGS • Timberwolves guard Ricky Rubio is about to play in his second Olympics. He played in 2008 with Spain but missed the 2012…
Hartman: Sherels finds niche as Vikings' special-teams star

Hartman: Sherels finds niche as Vikings' special-teams star

The Vikings value the former Gopher's sure hands and versatility and are glad to have kept him.
Hartman: New GM won't have 'mandate to clean house,' St. Peter says

Hartman: New GM won't have 'mandate to clean house,' St. Peter says

With the news this week that the Twins had hired a search firm to identify candidates for a new general manager, the team is going into uncharted waters.
Hartman: Dennis Green's greatness went well beyond his coaching

Hartman: Dennis Green's greatness went well beyond his coaching

Friday's news that Dennis Green had died made for a sad day not only for Green's family but for Vikings fans. He was one of the best coaches we have ever had here.

Sid's Jottings

JOTTINGS • When you speak of great careers, who could have a greater one than the late Wendell Anderson? Three decades of public service…

Hartman: United FC pushes on while waiting for tax deal

Stadium construction, 2017 MLS debut still look likely to owner Bill McGuire and the club.
Hartman: Terry Ryan stayed positive even on his way out

Hartman: Terry Ryan stayed positive even on his way out

Before being fired as Twins GM, Terry Ryan spoke a lot about the franchise's young, developing talent.
Hartman: Taylor not ready to state goals for Wolves just yet

Hartman: Taylor not ready to state goals for Wolves just yet

While owner Glen Taylor is hesitant to put expectations on the Wolves, one thing he did say is that he doesn't believe point guard Ricky Rubio will be traded at this point.

Sid's Jottings

JOTTINGS • Tom Brokaw, the famous broadcast journalist and South Dakota native, and I have been friends for years. In 2010, the South Dakota…
Hartman: Dozier, Twins find their groove

Hartman: Dozier, Twins find their groove

The team's surge before the break has coincided with Brian Dozier's offensive revitalization.
Hartman: Kaler sees Gophers turnaround after troublesome year

Hartman: Kaler sees Gophers turnaround after troublesome year

With a lot of bad news swirling around the Gophers athletic department in the past year, president Eric Kaler said there has been some positive developments happening lately on campus.

Sid's jottings

JOTTINGS • Gophers junior Brandon Lingen, who this past week was named to the John Mackey Award watch list as the nation’s top tight…
Hartman: Target Center renovation begins in earnest

Hartman: Target Center renovation begins in earnest

One of the most noticeable changes to the 26-year-old arena in downtown Minneapolis will start when the Lynx are on break for the Olympics next month.
Hartman: Kepler outplays top Twins prospects

Hartman: Kepler outplays top Twins prospects

Miguel Sano and Kyle Gibson were more celebrated signees in 2009, but Max Kepler has been making his mark.
Hartman: Getting John Kundla to coach Minneapolis Lakers no easy task

Hartman: Getting John Kundla to coach Minneapolis Lakers no easy task

John Kundla, who celebrates his 100th birthday Sunday, would never have coached the Minneapolis Lakers to six championships if it weren't for some unique circumstances.
Hartman: Pohlad affirms support for Molitor as Twins' woes continue

Hartman: Pohlad affirms support for Molitor as Twins' woes continue

Despite the Twins' ongoing struggles, their owner remains clear the manager is not to blame.
Hartman: Vikings' plan for Eagan compound quickly takes shape

Hartman: Vikings' plan for Eagan compound quickly takes shape

Included in the plan for a new Vikings headquarters in the south metro includes an outdoor stadium the team hopes will play host to prep and college football.
Hartman: Eden Prairie's Bykowski to battle for spot on Vikings line

Hartman: Eden Prairie's Bykowski to battle for spot on Vikings line

The offensive line competition figures to be intense, but Carter Bykowski is ready to show what he can do after sitting out last season because of injury.

Sid's Sunday Jottings

JOTTINGS• USA Today gave only one NBA team a draft grade of A-plus and that was the Timberwolves for their pick of Kris Dunn at…

Hartman: NBA's territorial draft allowed teams to keep local stars

The old NBA rule allowed teams to give up a first-round draft choice to retain top in-state talent.
Hartman: Stoudermire aims to show Vikings his versatility

Hartman: Stoudermire aims to show Vikings his versatility

Troy Stoudermire has had a unique pro football journey since graduating from the University of Minnesota in May 2012, and now he's made it back here as a free-agent signee with the Vikings.
Hartman: Gophers AD Coyle taking stock of issues in department

Hartman: Gophers AD Coyle taking stock of issues in department

Mark Coyle arrives on campus that's familiar turf and to a full plate of challenges to be tackled.

Sid's jottings

JOTTINGS•Vikings official Lester Bagley was asked how many entrances U.S. Bank Stadium will have. "We have five entrances plus the skyway, so there are…
Hartman: Vikings fans are lucky that the team still is here

Hartman: Vikings fans are lucky that the team still is here

If Vikings fans want to know how close they could have been to losing their NFL franchise, consider the fates of the St. Louis Rams and San Diego Chargers.
Hartman: Clearly, Vikings' hopes rest with Bridgewater

Hartman: Clearly, Vikings' hopes rest with Bridgewater

Nobody on the Vikings is set to benefit more from the offseason acquisitions on the roster than its starting quarterback.

Sid's Jottings

JOTTINGS • Cornerback Trae Waynes, the Vikings’ first-round draft choice from Michigan State in 2015, didn’t play much as a rookie, but defensive coordinator George…
Hartman: Thibodeau looking at assistants, prospects as summer begins

Hartman: Thibodeau looking at assistants, prospects as summer begins

The new Wolves coach says he is still in the process of assembling a coaching staff.

Hartman: Claeys believes this is best Gophers football team he's seen

Tracy Claeys says the Gophers offensive line and secondary health will be the keys to contend for a Big Ten West title.
Hartman: Wolves' Thibodeau admires Warriors' depth beyond Curry

Hartman: Wolves' Thibodeau admires Warriors' depth beyond Curry

The Warriors destroyed the Cavaliers 110-77 in Game 2 on Sunday, and Thibodeau said Golden State's depth is going to continue to be a big problem for Cleveland in the NBA Finals.
Hartman: Likely final season with Vikings has Greenway hopeful

Hartman: Likely final season with Vikings has Greenway hopeful

Vikings linebacker Chad Greenway said that while he's not quite ready to say he is retiring after this season, he is treating it as though this will be his final year in the NFL.

Sid Hartman jottings

JOTTINGS• John Sullivan is looking better than he did before he even got injured, and he is currently the Vikings' No. 1 center, although
Hartman: Minneapolis lawyer says Robinson did 'the right thing'

Hartman: Minneapolis lawyer says Robinson did 'the right thing'

Joe Friedberg hopes Hennepin Co. won't prosecute U wrestling coach J Robinson in Xanax case. But he said: "I'm afraid there's going to be a difference in my mind of what should happen and what will happen."
Hartman: Former Gophers star Thompson is proud, nervous father

Hartman: Former Gophers star Thompson is proud, nervous father

NBA star Klay Thompson is one of three sons of ex-Gophers great Mychal Thompson in pro sports.
Hartman: Plenty to look forward to in Zimmer's third season with Vikings

Hartman: Plenty to look forward to in Zimmer's third season with Vikings

It's easy to see why many observers believe Mike Zimmer was one of the best NFL coaching hires in recent years.

Sid's jottings

JOTTINGS• Vikings running back Adrian Peterson on if this year is feeling different from past seasons: "It does, and you know even more than just…
Hartman: Molitor looks to veteran starters to get Twins back on track

Hartman: Molitor looks to veteran starters to get Twins back on track

The Twins manager wants Ervin Santana, Phil Hughes and Ricky Nolasco to lead the way for the 12-win ballclub.
Hartman: Walsh quickly put missed field goal behind him

Hartman: Walsh quickly put missed field goal behind him

The Vikings kicker talked one last time about his costly playoff boot, but says he won't dwell on it.
Hartman: Health, new position coach have Rudolph excited for '16

Hartman: Health, new position coach have Rudolph excited for '16

Kyle Rudolph is not only healthy, but he has a chance to have an even more productive season as the Vikings named former Browns and Eagles head coach Pat Shurmur their new tight ends coach.

Sid's Jottings

JOTTINGS • Longtime Twins executive Jerry Bell will have a baseball field named after him near his home in North St. Paul to be…
Hartman: Vikings have big decisions coming up for 2017

Hartman: Vikings have big decisions coming up for 2017

After this season 17 Vikings will become unrestricted free agents, plus the team must decide whether Adrian Peterson is worth keeping for $18 million in 2017.
Hartman: Donald Trump, Twins owner? He made an offer

Hartman: Donald Trump, Twins owner? He made an offer

Trump, the presumptive Republican nominee for president, offered $50 million for the franchise — more than the approximately $36 million Carl Pohlad reportedly paid for the team in 1984.
Hartman: Vikings' offseason resolve has impressed Robison

Hartman: Vikings' offseason resolve has impressed Robison

The veteran defensive end sees the team as focused as he can remember.

Sid's jottings

JOTTINGS • Pro Football Focus recently released its top 101 players for the 2015 NFL season, and four Vikings made the list. Anthony Barr…
Hartman: Gophers baseball coach Anderson praises hire of Coyle

Hartman: Gophers baseball coach Anderson praises hire of Coyle

The U baseball coach worked with Mark Coyle during his previous stint in the athletic department.

Hartman: Goetz did fabulous job as Gophers' interim AD

The Gophers would have done well keeping her in that role, but Mark Coyle seems an ideal hire.
Hartman: Parise to avoid back surgery, had no say in coach selection

Hartman: Parise to avoid back surgery, had no say in coach selection

The star Wild forward, who missed the playoffs with injury, said coaches can be big factors for NHL teams but players have no influence on who the front office picks.

Sid's jottings

JOTTINGS   • With the Vikings exercising their fifth-year options on Xavier Rhodes and Sharrif Floyd for the 2017 season, the following players…
Hartman: Free-agent Boone makes strong impression with Vikings

Hartman: Free-agent Boone makes strong impression with Vikings

So far in the workouts, Alex Boone has done nothing but impress the coaches and his teammates, which is contrary to past free agents who failed to make a good impression in their first year here.
Hartman: Twins need Dozier to keep on hitting

Hartman: Twins need Dozier to keep on hitting

There's no doubt that if the Twins want any shot at climbing back into the AL Central or wild-card race, they're going to need Brian Dozier to continue hitting the way he has the past two weeks.
Hartman: Thibodeau wanted 'a chance to grow' with the Wolves

Hartman: Thibodeau wanted 'a chance to grow' with the Wolves

The only reason the Wolves were able to land a coach of Tom Thibodeau's caliber was because of this particular moment in franchise history, and he said as much.

Sid's jottings

JOTTINGS • The Chicago Tribune headline on Wednesday read: “Relaxed and personable, Tom Thibodeau ready for Timberwolves challenge.” The Tribune wrote about the dynamic between Thibodeau…

Hartman: Spielman's draft record with Vikings should be admired

The Vikings have fared well in the draft with Rick Spielman involved in the decisionmaking.
Hartman: Vikings would like to draft top tackle in Round 1

Hartman: Vikings would like to draft top tackle in Round 1

It's hard to predict which offensive tackle the Vikings might take, but they could trade up for one or see if one falls to them at No. 23.
Hartman: After lost season, Vikings' Sullivan eager to return

Hartman: After lost season, Vikings' Sullivan eager to return

The center had two back surgeries over the past eight months, but he believes that while his rehabilitation was difficult, it could be a benefit heading into next season.

Jottings

JOTTINGS• Karl-Anthony Towns had fantastic statistics this season, but you could imagine how much better the Timberwolves will be next year if Nikola…
Hartman: Thibodeau helped train future NBA coaches

Hartman: Thibodeau helped train future NBA coaches

Early Wolves rosters contained several players who went on to lead teams in the NBA.
Hartman: Wolves lured Thibodeau with ideal NBA position

Hartman: Wolves lured Thibodeau with ideal NBA position

The successful ex-Bulls coach got his start with the expansion Wolves and likes team's young talent.
Hartman: Molitor thinks Twins can turn it around for good

Hartman: Molitor thinks Twins can turn it around for good

Following Saturday's game, Twins manager Paul Molitor said the team's approach was just what he wanted to see.

Sid's jottings

JOTTINGS• Three Gophers football players were reported to be among the 30 or so potential Vikings draft choices trying out at Winter Park this week:…
Hartman: Wolves decision to let Mitchell go is troubling

Hartman: Wolves decision to let Mitchell go is troubling

Glen Taylor is risking being very wrong in separating young Timberwolves players and former coach Sam Mitchell.
Hartman: Ryan says start 'exactly what we weren't anticipating'

Hartman: Ryan says start 'exactly what we weren't anticipating'

While the team has struggled in nearly every area, general manager Terry Ryan steered blame away from the defense and pitching and looked more at the offense.
Hartman: Mauer looks to return to form with Twins

Hartman: Mauer looks to return to form with Twins

Joe Mauer, who turns 33 on April 19, is the second oldest player on the Twins roster, about four months younger than Ervin Santana.
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