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Patrick Reusse has been covering sports in the Twin Cities since 1968.

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November 21, 2019

Backup minutes come and go for Dieng and Vonleh, the caddies for KAT

Vonleh was backup center at season's start. Dieng has gotten a share of that duty lately, and Vonleh had first two DNPs vs. Jazz.
Gophers
November 18, 2019
Coach Bernie Bierman, middle, and the Gophers football team beat Michigan in November of 1934 to earn the Little Brown Jug trophy. Younger Gophers fan

Reusse: Wise Boomer willing to share Gophers football perspective with curious youth

There are a couple of notations required in the Gophers' best start (9-0) since 1904 narrative -- including Bernie Bierman's four national champions that only played eight games.
Sports
November 15, 2019
Jim Beattie in July 1968.

Jim Beattie, boxing's Kid Galahad: A Minnesota story that got away

Jim Beattie died this week at age 77. He was a 6-foot-9 heavyweight boxer and had one of the most interesting stories you could find among Minnesota athletes of the past 60 years.
Gophers
November 8, 2019
Coach Murray Warmath

Reusse: Question haunts (old) Gophers fans: 'Do we have the hay in the barn?'

This battle of November unbeatens is contender for biggest Gophers' home game since No. 1 Iowa vs. No. 3 Minnesota in 1960. What's missing is an update on the hay.
Twins
October 31, 2019
Washington players celebrated after winning Game 6 on Tuesday, which lasted 3 hours, 37 minutes.

Reusse: Covering World Series was great, until it started lasting too long

Daily newspapers from MLB cities stopped covering the World Series with a reporter a number of years ago. And how can you blame them?
Gophers
October 21, 2019
Reusse: Don't get any ideas. St. John's still perfect fit for MIAC

Reusse: Don't get any ideas. St. John's still perfect fit for MIAC

There are more coaches and much-improved facilities. But, unlike what's happened at St. Thomas, the informal attitude toward athletics hasn't changed much at St. John's over the last half-century.
Twins
October 15, 2019
Former Twins and now Nationals catcher Kurt Suzuki whooped it up after Washington beat St. Louis 7-4 on Tuesday night to win the National League Champ

Reusse: MLB has changed considerable Series history already in 21st Century

The Nationals' charge to the World Series crosses another long wait off the list for both a city and a franchise.
Gophers
October 15, 2019
P.J. Fleck's Gophers are riding high with a 6-0 record, a No. 20 rating in the weekly Associated Press poll, and with a team that stands as a 28½-poi

Reusse: 'Fleckian style' has taken over top levels of Minnesota's sports scene

The skeptics have been pushed aside and coach P.J. Fleck's change-your-best campaign has become the rage in Minnesota sports well beyond Gophers football.
Twins
October 5, 2019

Reusse: Rocco's Road Warriors uphold Twins' tradition of crumbling vs. Yankees

Twins achieve longest losing streak in postseason history. It was well-earned with lousy fielding and futile relief pitching.
Twins
September 23, 2019
Bert Blyleven threw a pitch against the Royals on Sept. 27, 1987, when the Twins won their final regular-season home game to clinch a share of their f

Reusse: Comparison to final home game in 1987 was temporary Sunday

Bert Blyleven pitched a complete game to beat Royals and send Twins on division-clinching road trip in 1987. Martin Perez ... well, he didn't.
Twins
September 20, 2019
Kyle Gibson yelled into his glove as teammates and manager Rocco Baldelli approached the mound to pull Gibson from the game following two walks with b

Reusse: Gibson's poor pitching leaves Twins' rotation an emaciated mess

Even Rocco Baldelli, the eternally positive manager, seemed to support the 'nibbler' theory on Gibson after Thursday's abomination.
Blogs
September 20, 2019

Gibby drops out of picture and leaves Twins' rotation an emaciated mess

Even Rocco Baldelli, the eternally positive manager, seemed to support the 'nibbler' theory on Gibson after Thursday's abomination.
Twins
September 9, 2019
Minnesota Twins' Eddie Rosario bats against the Tampa Bay Rays in a baseball game Wednesday, June 26, 2019, in Minneapolis.

Reusse: Twins need Rosario to answer 'Eddie' chants with hot streak

Right now, it's time for Eddie to return to being Big Moment Man, the best hitter in the Twins' employ when he's swinging at pitches in the same zip code.
Twins
September 7, 2019
Twins right fielder LaMonte Wade Jr. dives for a ball that went for an RBI triple by Cleveland's Oscar Mercado

Reusse: Twins continue to offer poorer brand of play in their home yard

The best road team in the major leagues has now lost 9 of its last 13 in Target Field after Friday's loss to Cleveland.
Gophers
August 27, 2019
John Stiegelmeier

Reusse: South Dakota State's 'Coach Stig' turns uncertainty into success

Coach John Stiegelmeier, who brings his SDSU team to face the Gophers on Thursday, has turned his program from a mediocre football presence in Division II to a national contender in FCS.
Sports
August 23, 2019

Reusse: Bennetts' deaths will have Cobbers filled with sadness for a long time

Football coach Terry Horan: Barry Bennett, a gentle giant, and Concordia's all-time greatest athlete.
Twins
August 12, 2019
Twins third base coach Tony Diaz talked with Eddie Rosario at Target Field earlier this season.

Reusse: Two bad days have earned coach Diaz place in Twins history

Red Sox and Cubs fans have Wavin' Wendell Kim to remember. And now the Twins have a third base coach on the way to becoming a legend of the wrong kind.
Twins
August 8, 2019
Cleveland Indians' Anthony Swarzak follows through on a pitch against the Chicago White Sox in the sixth inning of a baseball game Tuesday, April 14,

Reusse: After decade of travels, Swarzak has World Series shot with Atlanta

It was a decade ago that Anthony Swarzak made his debut for the Twins: the starting pitcher against the Brewers. There have been many stops since.
Twins
August 5, 2019
Randy Dobnak

Reusse: Another improbable minor league pitcher could help Twins

With Michael Pineda on the injured list and Martin Perez reeling, there's an opening for Devin Smeltzer ... and perhaps 24-year-old Randy Dobnak, who has also made an odd baseball journey.
Sports
August 3, 2019
Reusse: Handsome Harley could not afford to be well-liked by wrestling fans

Reusse: Handsome Harley could not afford to be well-liked by wrestling fans

Harley Race, a legend in AWA wrestling in this area as half of a villainous tag team with Larry Hennig, died Thursday at 76.
Sports
July 26, 2019
Reusse: Five weeks of freedom from NFL ends in grand style

Reusse: Five weeks of freedom from NFL ends in grand style

We've just finished a five-week period, from pro football's off-season workouts until the start of training camp, when the manufactured drama of the NFL gives way to the true drama of sports.
Twins
July 17, 2019
Reusse: Arlington turns out to watch favored son Glieden throw a first pitch

Reusse: Arlington turns out to watch favored son Glieden throw a first pitch

Arlington A's were power of state amateur baseball from 1979 to 1985, and "Kimmer'' was the third baseman on three championship teams.
Gophers
July 16, 2019

Reusse: Legendary St. Olaf swim coach 'Haucker' dies at 87

Dave Hauck died at 87 over the weekend in Northfield. He was among the Four Horsemen of St. Olaf coaches: Porter, Gelle, Dimick and Hauck.
Twins
July 11, 2019
Former major league pitcher Jim Bouton signs copies of his book, "Ball Four: The Final Pitch," on November 27, 2000, in Schaumburg, Ill.

Reusse: Bouton's Ball Four was revolutionary for fans -- and sports writers

When Jim Bouton told us about Dick Radatz and the crate or oranges in 1970, a whole new world of possibilities surfaced for covering sports.
Twins
July 4, 2019
Former Twin Trevor Plouffe has retired to being a dad in his home state of California.

Reusse: A young California dad is trying to grasp loss of 'best friend' Tyler Skaggs

Former Twin Trevor Plouffe and Skaggs first met working out at Pepperdine University. Skaggs quickly read that small room, as he did all that he entered.