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

Sports
September 3
Down 53½ games last September, Tigers come snarling into town Friday

Down 53½ games last September, Tigers come snarling into town Friday

The Twins were outclassed in Detroit last weekend. Could it be strong efforts from Pineda and Berrios have righted Rocco's Bumba Squad?
Blogs
September 2

Sept. 7, 2006: 'The Sheik' and Najarian lads have a true love for football

Dr. John Najarian, world-famous transplant surgeon, died Monday at 92. He also played in Rose Bowl with Cal Bears.
Blogs
August 28

Truax off Saturday's nationally televised boxing card due to dehydration

Minnesota's super middleweight contender was scheduled to fight Alfredo Angulo in an IBF "elimination'' bout.
Twins
August 19
Reusse: Maeda misses both no-hitter and win on long night at Target Field

Reusse: Maeda misses both no-hitter and win on long night at Target Field

The plot for this ballgame had many twists: Record-breaking strikeout streak, another blown save and mind-blown managers as they dealt with new extra-innings format.
Twins
August 19
Carboard cutouts of fan faces in the stands of Target Field

Reusse: It's a shame Twins season is wasted on cardboard cutouts

Twins should have been playing home game No. 64 in front of over 30,000 on a glorious Tuesday night. Instead, the pandemic still rules.
Twins
August 15
Kansas City third baseman Hunter Dozier was out at second as Twins second baseman Luis Arraez turned a double play.

Reusse: MLB's future can't have 7-inning games and split doubleheaders

Teams can do anything with schedule while playing with no fans. That changes when they start selling tickets again.
Twins
August 12
Mitch Garver has struggled all season.

Reusse: Despite blow-up, relief pitching is least of Twins problems

The Twins are carrying a .232 average for hits and a .270 average for strikeouts. There's good news, though: Miguel Sano did get his first single.
Golf
August 11
Matthew Wolff and Collin Morikawa talk and share a laugh as they walk down the 17th fairway during the final round of the 2019 3M Open. Morikawa won t

Reusse: 3M Open newbies go on to big things at PGA Championship

Collin Morikawa, Matthew Wolff and Viktor Hovland were fresh faces on the pro tour at the 2019 3M Open. On Sunday, they shot 64, 65 and 66 in the final round of the PGA Championship.
Twins
August 3
Jim Brockmire is played by Hank Azaria

Reusse: These shows remind us when baseball owned sports

Long Time Coming is a documentary on a 1955 Little League game in segregated Florida. Brockmire's final season might be a scholarly work on future of baseball.
Twins
July 23
Jake Odorizzi and Twins trainer Tony Leo last season.

Reusse: Never too soon to panic over Twins pitching

Jake Odorizzi was a savior for the Twins' starting staff in 2019. He'll start the 2020 season sidelined by a sore back, and some of the others in the rotation aren't exactly inspiring confidence.
Wild
July 20
North Stars forward Walt McKechnie in 1970.

Reusse: North Star forward McKechnie made Haliburton home

Walt McKechnie was a 20-year-old forward when he first trained with the Stars in Haliburton in 1968. Five decades later, he's serving a third term on city council.
Twins
June 30
Cory Provus

Reusse: Provus, Gladden calling road games from home a loss for fans

Three people not being allowed in an open booth is going to make big-league baseball safer? That's a tough theory to buy.
Sports
June 21

New Ulm will go forward with plans to host State Amateur Tournament

The 97th state tourney will be held at New Ulm's two ballparks, Johnson and Miller. Springfield will serve as a third site for Class B and C games.
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.