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

Twins
June 15
Commissioner Rob Manfred and MLBPA executive director Tony Clark.

Reusse: Baseball has never looked worse than during current exchange of insults

The pandemic and George Floyd's death have created a different America than a few months ago. The ability to ignore this and not reach a deal is mind-numbing
Blogs
June 10

Reusse: Blaine Fusion has traveled by design in the past; now, it's by necessity

Jamie Heipel's Class B team has been playing 60-some games annually over past decade. It has taken creativity just to get started in 2020 as Minnesota continues to ban baseball games.
Vikings
June 7
Two none-too-pleased Vikings -- wide receiver Randy Moss (84) and quarterback Daunte Culpepper -- watched from the sidelines during the third quarter

Reusse: Remembering the Vikings' Big Quit at Giants Stadium

The Vikings were favored and bursting with confidence prior to the NFC Championship Game in January 2001. The only thing they failed to do was show up.
Sports
June 5
Pro wrestler Bobby Heenan ended up in the notorious weasel suit after losing a pro wrestling match to Greg Gagne at the St. Paul Civic Center in 1980.

Reusse: The night Bobby Heenan wore the weasel suit in St. Paul

"I wasn't in attendance on this notorious night in the St. Paul; instead, our friend Dark Star (RIP, 6-01-2012) was the eyewitness who rated this as his all-time favorite sporting event."
Twins
June 3
Reusse: When 'Captain Dynamite' blew himself up at Met Stadium

Reusse: When 'Captain Dynamite' blew himself up at Met Stadium

The last thing found about the 'captain' in a quick internet search was him being in a Houston court on a charge of illegally storing dynamite. His explanation: The dynamite was the source of his livelihood.
Blogs
May 9

Top event on NFL schedule: Bills Mafia invades Las Vegas in October

Twenty-two years after Vincent Gallo's "Buffalo '66,'' we still can't be sure: Was it wicked satire or a docudrama on Bills fans?
Twins
May 6
Twins prospect Jake Reed

Reusse: Can a switch to sidearm salvage reliever Jake Reed's career?

Rochester bullpen coach Mike McCarthy gave reliever Jake Reed a blunt message: What you're doing hasn't been good enough.
Gophers
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.
Golf
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.
Twins
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.''
Blogs
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.
Twins
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.
Blogs
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.
Twins
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.
Blogs
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).
Blogs
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.
Blogs
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.
Wolves
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.
Wolves
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
Twins
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.
Blogs
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.
Twins
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.
Twins
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.
Twins
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.
Wolves
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."