Jim Souhan analyzes the local sports scene and advises you to never take his betting advice. He likes old guitars and old music, never eats press box hot dogs, and can be heard on 1500ESPN at 2:05 p.m. weekdays, and Sundays from 10 a.m.-noon.

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I want this gig

Posted by: Jim Souhan Updated: July 13, 2011 - 1:38 PM

I don't often envy athletes. Those who are great successes lead great lives, but most wind up frustrated, broke and without a real career at the age of 35.

Here's a guy I envy: Kurt Rambis.

Rambis will be paid $4 million to not work for David Kahn and Glen Taylor.

Yes, I'm jealous.

-Now that the Rambis fiasco is over, where will Kahn turn for his next coach?

Strib Wolves beat wrtier Jerry Zgoda listed some potential candidates. Rick Adelman would be a grand slam, a fine coach who deals well with players, emphasizes ball movement and can play fast enough to satisfy Kahn.

Don Nelson would be a an act of desperation, another example of Kahn reaching for a proven name, even though the proven name was kicked out of his last two jobs and is 71.

Sam Mitchell still interests me, but I keep hearing that he has no shot at this job.

Know what name I like on Zgoda's list? Dave Joerger. I like coaches who commit to being a head coach early in their career, rather than riding coattails like Rambis did with Phil Jackson. I like guys who learn how to win at lower levels before they climb to the big time. And I like guys, like Joerger and Dwane Casey and Tom Thibodeau, who are given responsibility for an NBA team's defense and succeed.

Joerger helped the Grizzlies make the playoffs and beat the Spurs. He'd be hungry and driven. I don't know if he'd be the right guy, but he has the right kind of resume for my tastes.

-It's amazing. Every scout and baseball person and even baseball writer I speak with tells me they expect the Twins to win the AL Central. At this point, I wouldn't be surprised by that, but I fear fans are assuming it's going to be easy, and the Twins will still have to play at a remarkable pace to make it to 85 victories, which is probably the fewest number of victories that would win the division. (That's just my guess.)

The Twins are 41-48. Can they really go 44-29 with this bullpen?

I believe they'll have to find at least one more arm to go with Matt Capps, Joe Nathan and Glen Perkins. Maybe that's Chuck James. Maybe that's Carlos Gutierrez. More likely, the Twins will have to overpay to land a reliever on the trade market.

The Twins are obligated to go for it, given the continuing sellouts in Target Field. But I'm not sure their farm system can take many more hits.

Remember, one of the reasons the Twins were able to surge back into relevance in the early 2000s was because of the trades made by Terry Ryan. He got Johan Santana for nothing; Nathan, Francisco Liriano and Boof Bonser for a catcher who was about to be replaced by Joe Mauer (A.J. Pierzynski), and made minor deals for Jason Bartlett, Lew Ford, Alexi Casilla and others who offered value.

Those deals are hard to make. So while the Twins may find it necessary to trade for another reliever, they can't afford to give up any more top prospects.

-Upcoming: I"ll be on 1500espn at 2:40 today, then filling in for Joe Anderson tonight from 6-8. My guests will include Dave St. Peter, San Jose columnist Tim Kawakami (on the NBA, Don Nelson, Moneyball and the Giants), my personal soccer guru Dana Wessel and Lynx star Maya Moore.

 

 

 

Ricky Rubio?

Posted by: Jim Souhan Updated: June 2, 2011 - 11:07 AM

So Ricky Rubio is coming to town. I’ll have more on this in the Friday paper. Here’s my capsule view:

I don’t think he’ll be great. Even if he’s just pretty good and can run an offense and a fast break, he could upgrade the Wolves’ weakest position and make his teammates better.

But I don’t want to see Kurt Rambis coaching this kid. I want to see a coach who handles young players well and is not married to the Triangle Offense. Which means just about anybody other than Rambis.

-I think Kevin McHale has a chance to be a good NBA coach. He has the charisma and knowledge to do the job.

But he faces obstacles and challenges. Does he really want to work this hard? Good coaches are grinders who study the game. Is that really Kevin at this point in his life?

And can he really coach better than Rick Adelman, one of the best coaches in the league?

I don’t doubt McHale’s ability to coach well. I doubt his ability to coach well for any length of time.

-If hockey players are so tough, why do they react like such whiners when they get hit, and why does Alex Burrows think he can get away with biting an opponent’s finger?

There are things I like about hockey, but when you see the overreaction to legal hits and moments like Burrow’s Overbite, hockey loses credibility.

-The Twins are pathetic. I've watched a lot of bad Twins teams, but I've never seen a team this inept.

Nice effort, Delmon.

-Kevin Love’s Twitter response to the Rubio signing was classic: ``I’ll believe it when I see it.’’ Think he’s been worn down by The Wolves Way?

-I’m probably like a lot of Americans. I don’t need another sport to watch. I’m not particularly interested in soccer. But the ManU-Barca final the other day intrigued me, and I watched, and I enjoyed it, and now Fox is saying that the game drew 4.2 million viewers in the U.S.

For me, soccer is like hockey: I need to see stars and scoring opportunities and a game with something on the line to watch. This game qualified.

-Poor Christian Ponder. Doesn’t he know that the Vikings don’t know what to do with a quarterback who shows up earlier than he has to?

-Upcoming: I’ll be on 1500espn at 2:40 today, and Tom Pelissero and I will run Sunday Morning Sports Talk from the studio at 1500espn. The Gardy Show starts at 9:30 followed by our show from 10-noon.

 

 

Wednesday afternoon SORT

Posted by: Jim Souhan Updated: May 18, 2011 - 3:42 PM

You can bash David Kahn for any number of reasons, but bashing him for trying to joke about the draft lottery being fixed is to take yourselves - and his comments - way too seriously.

We tend to overanalyze everything in sports, but we shouldn't parse every public comment made by every public figure. We need to allow these people to make an attempt at humor - successfully or not - and extemporaneous speech. The alternative is living in the worst that is fast-approaching - a world of canned, processed quotes issued in press releases.

Get off Kahn's back.

Unless you want to pick on him for the way he does his job. Then, fire away.

-If the NBA draft lottery were fixed, the Cleveland Cavaliers would not have gotten the first and fourth picks in this draft. If the NBA draft lotterhy were fixed, the Los Angeles Clippers would be a marquee team. If the NBA draft lottery were fixed, Shaquille O'Neal and Dwight Howard wouldn't have wound up in Orlando, and David Robinson and Tim Duncan wouldn't have wound up in San Antonio and the Knicks wouldn't have been so bad for so long.

-What's scary about Kahn landing the No. 2 draft, is it creates an opportunity for him to get creative. If he would have landed the first pick, he might have been obligated to take Kyrie Irving. If he had landed the third pick, he might have been obligated to take the best big man available, or trade the pick.

At No. 2, he should take Derrick Williams, adhering to the philosophy that a team this bad should always take the best availabel player. At No. 2, with Williams playing the same position as Kevin Love and Michael Beasley, Kahn could try to swing some 16-team trade that lands him Ralph Sampson, Hosea Crittenden, 12 second-round draft picks and lots of ``cap space'' he can use to not sign star free agents.

Be afraid. Be very afraid.

-I was so happy to see that Sandy Stephens will be inducted into the college football hall of fame. This is a well-deserved honor.

-After watching the Twins this season, I will no longer be able to make fun of soccer for its lack of scoring and long periods of uninteresting play. In fact, now that I'm conditioned to watching the Twins, I'm not sure my heart would be able to bear the excitement of watching soccer.

-Upcoming: I'll be on 1500espn at 2:40 on Thursday and Friday. Sunday morning, Tom Pelissero and I will return to the studio at 9:30 for the Ron Gardenhire Show (we'll take more calls this week; please ask a short question and withhold your stories)  followed by Sunday Morning Sports Talk. We hope to have a former Twin and an NBA analyst on.

-Belated congratulations to St. Thomas basketball coach Steve Fritz, who is retiring from the sideline to concentrate on his duties as athletic director.

 

Twins beat Santana

Posted by: Jim Souhan Updated: June 26, 2010 - 5:40 PM

Quick thoughts on a Saturday afternoon in New York:

-The Twins got pretty much nothing in return for Johan Santana. Saturday, that didn't look like such a bad deal.

Santana's stuff just isnt' that good right now. He says it's because of last year's elbow surgery, but I don't know. I thought when the Twins traded him that he would have a couple of dominant years before started fading.

When you stand next to Johan, you realize he's probably about 5-11, 180 pounds. There just isn't a lot of mass behind his pitches, so I figured he would eventually lose velocity, and that his elbow wouldn't be able to handle the tremendous torque his changeup puts on those ligaments.

He's 5-5 with a 3.55 ERA while pitching in the National League. Not impressive. By laying off his changeup on Saturday, the Twins scored four runs in the first before Santana settled down. I just wasn't impressed with Santana. I wrote about him and his woes for the Sunday paper.

-I was joking with Joe Mauer about his big Saturday night in New York, and he laughed and said, ``You know me.''

Me: So you'll be asleep in two hours?

Joe: ``Pretty much.''

-I asked Morneau if he's pretty comfortable seeing Carl Pavano on the mound. ``Almost as comfortable,'' Morneau said, ``as seeing him in the batter's box.''

Pavano went 2-for-3 while pitching a shutout. He's also become a very good quote for we in the media. Heckuva move by the Twins, trading for him last year and re-signing him this winter.

-Santana said Jason Kubel's first-inning double was the key to the game.

-So David Kahn is admitting publicly that he's going to trade Al Jefferson.

Let me say it again: Big mistake. Why would you trade your best player when he's still young and while his trade value is at its lowest point?

I know he needs to get better defensively. I know he's not athletic. But the guy can score and rebound. How about working with him a little?

-Can we really take American soccer seriously when we lost to Ghana? After barely beating Algeria? Who were we going to face next, Grenada? Antartica?

-Got this sad note from Molly Mulvehill Steinke of Nemer Feger, who works with Harmon Killebrew on his charitable efforts:

``Hello,

Harmon Killebrew's granddaughter, Caitlyn May White, was diagnosed with Dilated Cardiomyopathy with WPW Syndrom just two weeks before her 9th birthday. (Mid-April)

Caitlyn now has to wear an AED vest all day, every day, in case her little heart stops. If the medications don't work, she will need a heart transplant. Because of her "severe" condition, her cardiologist immediately put her on the heart transplant list and began what he called "long-shot" immediate medication treatment to try and shrink her heart.

Harmon is asking his friends and fans to help raise money for Caitlyn's care and medical treatment.

He is hosting a golf tournament in Arizona on Wednesday, June 30.

They are also setting up an online auction. Nita and Harmon are first asking for everyone's prayers and secondly, asking for any auction items, prize or cash donations.

All proceeds will go into a care and medical treatment trust account for Caitlyn set up at Wells Fargo Bank.

For more information, could you please send your readers, listeners and viewers to www.harmonkillebrewfoundation.org <http://www.harmonkillebrewfoundation.org/>  ?

Direct monetary donations can be made to:  The Caitlyn May White Trust, c/o Megan Aubrey, Trustee, 6748 N. Double Eagle Lane, Meridian, ID  83646.''

-My twitter name is Souhanstrib.

-On 1500ESPN on Sunday, we have the Gardenhire Show at 9:30 a.m. followed by Sunday Sports Talk from 10-11. It's a short show because the Twins' pregame shows begin at 11 for a noon start.

 

Twins beat Santana

Posted by: Jim Souhan Updated: June 26, 2010 - 5:40 PM

Quick thoughts on a Saturday afternoon in New York:

-The Twins got pretty much nothing in return for Johan Santana. Saturday, that didn't look like such a bad deal.

Santana's stuff just isnt' that good right now. He says it's because of last year's elbow surgery, but I don't know. I thought when the Twins traded him that he would have a couple of dominant years before started fading.

When you stand next to Johan, you realize he's probably about 5-11, 180 pounds. There just isn't a lot of mass behind his pitches, so I figured he would eventually lose velocity, and that his elbow wouldn't be able to handle the tremendous torque his changeup puts on those ligaments.

He's 5-5 with a 3.55 ERA while pitching in the National League. Not impressive. By laying off his changeup on Saturday, the Twins scored four runs in the first before Santana settled down. I just wasn't impressed with Santana. I wrote about him and his woes for the Sunday paper.

-I was joking with Joe Mauer about his big Saturday night in New York, and he laughed and said, ``You know me.''

Me: So you'll be asleep in two hours?

Joe: ``Pretty much.''

-I asked Morneau if he's pretty comfortable seeing Carl Pavano on the mound. ``Almost as comfortable,'' Morneau said, ``as seeing him in the batter's box.''

Pavano went 2-for-3 while pitching a shutout. He's also become a very good quote for we in the media. Heckuva move by the Twins, trading for him last year and re-signing him this winter.

-Santana said Jason Kubel's first-inning double was the key to the game.

-So David Kahn is admitting publicly that he's going to trade Al Jefferson.

Let me say it again: Big mistake. Why would you trade your best player when he's still young and while his trade value is at its lowest point?

I know he needs to get better defensively. I know he's not athletic. But the guy can score and rebound. How about working with him a little?

-Can we really take American soccer seriously when we lost to Ghana? After barely beating Algeria? Who were we going to face next, Grenada? Antartica?

-Got this sad note from Molly Mulvehill Steinke of Nemer Feger, who works with Harmon Killebrew on his charitable efforts:

``Hello,

Harmon Killebrew's granddaughter, Caitlyn May White, was diagnosed with Dilated Cardiomyopathy with WPW Syndrom just two weeks before her 9th birthday. (Mid-April)

Caitlyn now has to wear an AED vest all day, every day, in case her little heart stops. If the medications don't work, she will need a heart transplant. Because of her "severe" condition, her cardiologist immediately put her on the heart transplant list and began what he called "long-shot" immediate medication treatment to try and shrink her heart.

Harmon is asking his friends and fans to help raise money for Caitlyn's care and medical treatment.

He is hosting a golf tournament in Arizona on Wednesday, June 30.

They are also setting up an online auction. Nita and Harmon are first asking for everyone's prayers and secondly, asking for any auction items, prize or cash donations.

All proceeds will go into a care and medical treatment trust account for Caitlyn set up at Wells Fargo Bank.

For more information, could you please send your readers, listeners and viewers to www.harmonkillebrewfoundation.org <http://www.harmonkillebrewfoundation.org/>  ?

Direct monetary donations can be made to:  The Caitlyn May White Trust, c/o Megan Aubrey, Trustee, 6748 N. Double Eagle Lane, Meridian, ID  83646.''

-My twitter name is Souhanstrib.

-On 1500ESPN on Sunday, we have the Gardenhire Show at 9:30 a.m. followed by Sunday Sports Talk from 10-11. It's a short show because the Twins' pregame shows begin at 11 for a noon start.

 

      

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