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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On Wild, Ott, Price, MnUnited

Posted by: Jim Souhan Updated: April 21, 2015 - 10:24 AM

Sprinkling the infield and correcting frequent misperceptions...

1. This is the best Wild team in franchise history. Better goaltending, a defensive system that leads to offensive chances, most depth at forward ever, and excellent leadership. The team that went to the conference finals was an average team that played admirably when it mattered most. The Gaborik-Rolston Wild didn't have thsi depth or goaltending. This team has a chance to become the second conference finalist in franchise history.

2. That Reds manager Bryan Price should think that it's the media's job to support the team isn't surprising. I run into that from team employees, players and fans all the time. What's really shocking to me is that Price was stupid enough to embarrass himself on tape with an unprofessional outburst. He's the face of his franchise. He wanted that job. He made himself and his organization look ridiculous.

I'm also frequently shocked by how little teams and media directors do to inform their employees how this is supposed to work. I've had to explain the real dynamic to many athletes and coaches, and here's the deal: We work for our organizations, not the teams we cover. It's not our job to help the team win, or to make the team comfortable. It's that simple.

But I understand the confusion. The lines have been blurred by fan blogs, team web sites, sycophantic team partners and mainstream journalism shills. There are people in my business who should be professional, if not completely objective, and who act like fans. So while I blame Price for his unprofessionalism, I'm not shocked that either his organization or some of the people who cover the team gave him the impression that reporters should be there to help him.

3. Wrote about Steve Ott's buffoonery today. The Stanley Cup playoffs are phenomenal, but the way the game is officiated and overseen is often a joke. If a player is on the ice late in the game solely for the purpose of starting trouble, he should be suspended for the following game, minimum, and his coach should be suspended as well, and the general manager should face a six-figure fine. That's all it would take to stop this nonsense.

4. Will talk about Ott, the Wild, Minnesota sports and general and the Minnesota United FC in particular with United defender Brian Kallman tonight at 5 p.m. at Kieran's Irish Pub, across from Target Center. Can listen in person, live or later at SouhanUnfiltered.com. First 50 to show up and get a free pint of Guinness, plus a couple of other gifts. Follow me on Twitter at @Souhanstrib for updates.

Thanks for reading and listening.

Just walked the course and...

Posted by: Jim Souhan Updated: April 12, 2015 - 11:49 AM

Augusta, Ga.

The green jackets have stuck 13 pins within six paces of the edge for today. I just walked the course and what struck me were the placements on 12 and 13. Not that they're unusual, but they could be pivotal, once again.

On 12, the pin is back right. Anything short will probably roll back into the creek. Long leaves a delicate chip or pitch. If a player doesn't feel he needs a birdie there, he might be wise to hit it in the front bunker and take his chances at getting up and down.

On 13, the pin is front right. It's an easy target for a short club, because of the natural backstop of the ridge. It's a very tough target if you want to go for it in two, although the greens have been remarkably receptive this week because of the damp conditions.

At noon, I'll be live on SouhanUnfiltered.com talking about today ,and the week at The Masters.

@Souhanstrib

Live from Augusta...Sunday am

Posted by: Jim Souhan Updated: April 12, 2015 - 9:27 AM

Augusta, Ga.

Good morning from Augusta National, site of my favorite sporting event. It's a little overcast but not threatening this morning. The course should be a little damp but the pin placements are brutal. Will be fascinating to see how players like Rory McIlroy and Tiger Woods approach this setup. They'll need to fire at pins, but doing so will bring in great risk.

My favorite quote from Tiger Woods that I didn't use in today's coverage illustrates that he's thinking about winning, even though he's 10 shots back.

``You saw what happened in '96,'' Woods said. ``You saw what happened with Rory in 2011. You never know around this golf course. Anything can happen.''

Woods references Greg Norman's epic choke job and McIlroy's disastrous back nine on Sunday.

Woods is trying to get into Jordan Spieth's head.

We'll find out this afternoon whether mind games make any difference with Spieth.

Remember, playing in the final pairing at The Masters last year, Spieth shot a 72. That wasn't good enough to beat Bubba Watson, but it wasn't a choke.

I'll be doing a live show from The Masters at noon today at SouhanUnfiltered.com. Please tune in, or listen later.

@Souhanstrib

Live from Augusta...Friday pm

Posted by: Jim Souhan Updated: April 10, 2015 - 7:24 PM

Augusta, Ga.

Jordan Spieth holds a five-shot lead over Charley Hoffman and a seven-shot lead over the rest of the field.

Who has the best chance to catch him?

I'd say Dustin Johnson. Johnson made three eagles and a birdie on the par-5s on Friday. He's seven shots back. If Spieth makes a mistake on a par 5 - maybe hitting one into the water on 13 or 15 - Johnson could make up a chunk of the deficit in one hole.

It was interesting to hear Jim Furyk and Phil Mickelson talk about Spieth. They were complimentary, but they also noted that a damp, slow course allowed Spieth to get up and down frequently. That might be more difficult if the greens start running fast.

Gotta love a couple of the Saturday pairings.

Bubba Watson, who has won two of the last three Masters, will play with Rory McIlroy, who needs The Masters to complete the career grand slam.

Tiger Woods, who doesn't like Sergio Garcia, will play with Garcia, who doesn't like Woods.

McIlroy on whether he has a chance to win: ``I'd have to shoot something like 14-under on the weekend, and Jordan would have to play a couple of average rounds, and it doesn't look like either of those things are going to happen.''

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I'll be doing a live podcast from The Masters at 10 a.m. on Saturday on SouhanUnfiltered.com. You can listen live or later. Thanks.

@Souhanstrib

Live from Augusta...Friday am

Posted by: Jim Souhan Updated: April 10, 2015 - 9:38 AM

Augusta, Ga.

Just walked the first couple of holes. Jordan Spieth hit his first drive down the middle, had a two-putt par on No. 1 and a pitch-and-chip for birdie on No. 2. He has played 20 holes at Augusta and birdied half of them this year. He's at 9-under, four shots ahead of the field and five ahead of Ernie Els who has dropped a shot.

It's been 31 years since a player took the sole lead after round 1 and held on to win. Ben Crenshaw, one of Spieth's mentors, was the last.

According to Justin Ray of The Golf Chennel, in Tiger Woods' last six outings at majors, he is a combined 32-over.

Spieth has played five career rounds at The Masters without ever finishing a round outside the top five.

It's an overcast day. It's supposed to storm this afternoon. Right now, the course is a little soft and there is little wind, and the pin placements are not particularly difficult, so there could be some low scores this morning.

I'll be on TwinCitieisHitShow.com shortly with Rusty Gatenby. I'll be on 105.1 The Ticket with Bob Sansevere at 3:30, and I'm doing a live show from The Masters with Sean Barnard at 10 a.m. on Saturday at my site, SouhanUnfiltered.com.

Thanks for reading and listening.

@Souhanstrib

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