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Patrick Reusse

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

April 30
Gophers coach P.J. Fleck

Reusse's mailbag: 'Why do you hate Coach Fleck so much?'

" 'Hater' has turned into a throwaway term in the internet age to label anyone with a differing sports opinion." Patrick Reusse answers the Fleck question and more.
April 18
The scene Saturday at Columbia Golf Club included social distancing circles.

Reusse: Sold-out tee times, big smiles and adequate pace

Tee times became available shortly after Friday's announcement golf courses could open this weekend. He or she who hesitated teed off late Saturday.
April 15

Morneau on Lew Ford; plus Earl Weaver, Jim Frey and Doc's poise

Morneau: "Every team needs a Lew Ford.'' Ball writers: "Every manager's office could use a Weaver or a Frey.''
April 10

Confirmed: Billy was arrested for being drunk and arguing about a horse

The internet reveals all -- even smaller indiscretions (by Martin's standards) that occurred well before "online'' became part of our lives.
April 6
About three weeks after he was fired as manager of the Twins in 1969, about 600 people gathered at the Richfield American Legion club to honor Billy M

Reusse: Fans' love for troubled Billy Martin was immense, mysterious

Martin's connection with the public went beyond winning. What exactly was that connection escaped some of us.
April 3

March 1, 2005: Virginia hockey finally celebrates a state tourney trip

Winter drives to the Iron Range guaranteed being rewarded with colorful yarns. Fifteen years later, this remains an all-time favorite feature/column.
March 17
Byung Ho Park during spring training in 2017.

Reusse: Drama disappeared from spring training well before the shutdown

Rookie prospects and obscure veterans becoming "phenoms'' and dominating news from spring training? Yeah, that was fun when we could sell it.
March 15

3-15-1995: Sid has birthday, without admitting it's No. 75

Episode Three reveals Sid's proof to a young Reusse that, yes, you could get anyone on the phone (and that was decades before cells).
March 15

5-18-2014: Sid Hartman Field takes him back to roots

Major League Baseball and Twins include Hartman Field in All-Star Game fundraising for the host area in Episode Two.
March 15

12-22-2016: Sid breaks a hip, and bounces back

If today's special section in Star Tribune wasn't enough, here's Episode One of a three-part reminder of Mr. Hartman.
March 7
Timberwolves President of NBA Basketball Operations Gersson Rosas, left, and head coach Ryan Saunders, right, pose with new players during an NBA bask

Reusse: A Wolves question after two months away - who are these guys?

Gorgui. Shabazz. Covington the Defender. Dribblin' Jeff. Sleepy Andrew. They're all gone, replaced by strangers.
February 25
Karl-Anthony Towns had encouraging words for Minnesota Timberwolves guard D'Angelo Russell (0) during a recent game.

Reusse: KAT's got a friend in Russell, which is supposed to make us optimistic

The NBA not about trying to win tonight's game. It's about interpersonal relationships. It's about players with $150 million contracts being placed in the role of martyrs
February 23
The title of a new book coming out in May about Twins special coach Rod Carew is entitled, "One Tough Out," which describes both his hitting ability -

Reusse: New Carew book coming in May with apt title: 'One Tough Out'

Winning seven batting titles was a challenge. What had made him a tougher out is survival after a massive heart attack in September 2015.
February 21

James, Morrell to fight for WBA belts on Armory boxing card April 11

James has been two years for this chance. It only took Cuban defector Morrell two pro bouts to get a similar shot.
February 17
In this Sept. 18, 1987, file photo, the Yankees' Rickey Henderson, steals second base below Toronto shortstop Tony Fernández

Reusse: Tony Fernandez' influence ongoing in 'Cradle of Shortstops'

The Twins' Jorge Polanco, the American League's incumbent All-Star shortstop, has called Tony Fernandez his "idol.'' That gives you a snapshot of the lasting power of the Fernandez' legend.
February 14
Reusse: Memories of 'Nishioka Era' more maudlin than misty-eyed

Reusse: Memories of 'Nishioka Era' more maudlin than misty-eyed

Tsuyoshi Nishioka came to Twins as a mystery in 2011 and left before his contract expired. Kenta Maeda arrives with a big-league track record and as much-needed starter.
February 12

Reusse: Sign stealing is an old craft; you just need a good set of binoculars

Phil Roof was 20-year-old neophyte walking through Milwaukee Braves' bullpen when he almost tripped over a prone teammate. What was Charlie Lau doing? You guessed it.
February 4
Jimmy Butler and Karl-Anthony Towns in happier times.

Reusse: Jimmy Butler must be laughing as he reads latest from KAT

Butler's on quite a run. His team's 34-15, he's an All-Star again, and then he had the chance to read Karl-Anthony Towns talking about being "disrespected."
February 3
Chiefs fans were out in force for Sunday's Super Bowl at the Overtime Pub in Cape Coral, Fla. Dana Swanson (upper left), originally a South Dakotan, s

Reusse: Zealots rewarded as Mahomes engineers Chiefs' rally

Fifty years after Hank Stram became Minnesota's No. 1 sports villain, there are qualities with these Chiefs that allow us to approve of their second Super Bowl title.
January 27
Kobe and Gianna Bryant attended the WNBA All-Star Game 2019 in Las Vegas.

Reusse: Four daughters made Kobe four times lucky as citizen of this planet

When it comes to kids, boys are terrific, and girls are the best. This is a secret better learned late than never.
January 14
Billy Cannon's famous punt return in 1959.

Reusse: Why I grew up cheering for LSU in rural Minnesota

Patrick Reusse's youthful exuberance for Gophers football was sparked by being an eyewitness to a kickoff return for a touchdown in 1954. His fascination with LSU football also involved a kick return.
January 12
Former Vikings offensive coordinator Kevin Stefanski is now the head coach of the Cleveland Browns. In his final game with the Vikings, the offense ha

Reusse: Browns fans surely excited after playoff look at Stefanski's offense

Kevin Stefanski's hire carries as much "recency'' momentum to Cleveland as Matt Patricia's did to Detroit after 2018 Super Bowl.
December 31, 2019
Who would you rather have at quarterback: Wade Wilson of the '87 Vikings or Kirk Cousins of the '19 Purple?

Reusse: Comparing these Vikings with Purple upstarts from 1987 postseason

If there's a significant advantage for '87 Vikings, it would be the offensive line -- starting with Hall of Famer Gary Zimmerman at left tackle.
December 27, 2019
Heisman Trophy winner Joe Burrow was carried off the field by teammates after LSU defeated Alabama this season. His father was once an assistant coach

Reusse: When LSU's Burrow was 7, he made impression in Fargo

Coach Jimmy Burrow was part of Craig Bohl's first staff at North Dakota State, and his Nerf-ball-throwing son Joe often showed his burgeoning athletic skills around the football office.
December 3, 2019
Seahawks fans heckled Vikings coach Mike Zimmer as he took the field ahead of Monday night's game against the Seahawks in Seattle.

Reusse: Vikings need help, Fleck's sound bites, Twins free agency

Green Bay needs a second loss. Fleck is 100% responsible only in words, not in specifics. And the Twins should spend their money on the planet's most professional hitter.