Recent content from Jim Souhan
More then Randy Moss. More than Kirby Puckett, Harmon Killebrew or Maya Moore. Without KG, the Timberwolves' history would be one of complete oblivion.
A month ago, holding sports drafts made sense; an antidote to the lethargy and boredom of our new lives. But our awareness of what we're up against has changed, so the leagues' plans should change as well.
Performing in front of demanding crowds is what groups do, and Twins manager Rocco Baldelli — currently with a lot of unexpected time on his hands — takes lessons from watching his team or his favorite band.
There's an "i" in cliché, but this is all about team, and columnist Jim Souhan is a team-first guy, but it's a business and he's got to be able to feed his family.
The cancellation of events through the end of 2020 because of the coronavirus pandemic doesn't seem so far-fetched.
Kirk Cousins' return under center for a third season could help give the Vikings a leg up on their competition.
Carlos Gomez and Alexi Casilla, both promising but erratic players, delivered when called off the bench in an epic Metrodome finale.
Broadcaster Dick Bremer should be preparing to announce the Twins' opener in Oakland on Thursday. Instead, he'll be at home in the northern suburbs, trying to distract himself from our new reality.
Logic dictates that the Games be postponed until the summer of 2021. It would be criminally stupid to hold them this summer, during a worldwide pandemic.
After all of their roster changes, the Vikings are now more dependent on Cook remaining healthy and performing spectacularly than they were even last year.
Columnist Jim Souhan didn't make it to Twins spring training in Florida for the first time since 1992. It's not the perks he missed; it's the job.
GM Rick Spielman made a great move in dealing Stefon Diggs and the logical move in extending Kirk Cousins, but he'll need to procure young, inexpensive talent to plug other gaps.
The bracket is what makes March Madness a societal phenomenon. The bracket is the greatest driver of sports conversations in America. The bracket is what we will miss the most.
The games have stopped, but the business of sports never will.
The New York Post's Ryan Dunleavy chronicled it all, including the indefinite suspension or delayed start of three major professional leagues and the abrupt end of the college basketball season, without March Madness (all times Eastern):
Thursday, the sports world stopped cold. Except that this isn't really about sports. This is about American sports reflecting America's reality, instead of serving as diversion.
The decision to bar media from sports locker rooms in the wake of the coronavirus crisis is a cynical, calculated move more than a safety measure.
Comparing a startup women's league with no television deal to established male sports is pointless. Whitecaps players see a chance to grow their game by attracting girls to hockey.
Twice in the past three years a team on the fringe of contention has decided to sell rather than buy at the trade deadline, then watched its supposedly depleted team go on a successful run.
Eden Prairie's Ben Steeves, who played last season in Michigan, said there has been "no exaggeration" of Minnesota's boys' hockey tournament lore.
Kevin Fiala looked dangerous all game. Most endearing, he continued to play like hockey is a fun sport instead of a prison sentence.
The forward has been a sight for jaded eyes during his scoring spurt.
Richard Pitino's career head coaching winning percentage is .544. Ryan Saunders' is .340. So why would Saunders enjoy more job security? Because circumstances matter more than stats.
The worst aspect of the loss to Maryland is that it might limit the number of times we get to see Daniel Oturu and Marcus Carr play together.
Most commissioners of moneymaking sports leagues have two primary jobs: Protecting the rich, and making them richer. That's not how Kevin Warren works.
The Lynx may never be quite the same, unless they can navigate the WNBA's new promising-yet-perilous landscape.
The likely loss of Everson Griffen is the first piece removed. There are more players who will force the Vikings to make difficult decisions in the coming months
The Indiana loss may have ended any reasonable hope of an NCAA tournament bid. Will it prove as decisive for coach Richard Pitino's Minnesota career?
The 40th anniversary of a most Minnesota-centric accomplishment is near, and that memorable run is captured in Wayne Coffey's book.
The question isn't why Bill Guerin this week traded away Jason Zucker and fired coach Bruce Boudreau; it's whether he waited too long.
Jason Zucker was a popular player here. But he underperformed, and the Wild made a good deal shipping him to Pittsburgh for winger Alex Galchenyuk, defense prospect Calen Addison and a first-round draft pick.
Baseball's sign-stealing scandal cost Boston manager Alex Cora, and its handling of negotiations with the Dodgers and Twins indicates that the organization lacks savvy and guts, too.
D'Angelo Russell needs to be a fixture with the Timberwolves, not just a fit.
This would be a good time for the Wolves to trade in the desperate hope of sure things for the hard work of sustainable plans.
The risk: Brusdar Graterol will become a star and remind Twins fans forever of David Ortiz. The payoff: The 2020 Twins are a better team.
Gary Kubiak, Andre Patterson and Adam Zimmer were promoted from within, maintaining the cohesion of the coaching staff.
Like fine wine — and he did like fine wine — Chris Doleman aged well in his career. It's not fair that a good life didn't last long enough.
The Timberwolves are evolving in a painfully slow way. But screaming for the head of Ryan Saunders when he doesn't have the players to fit his system doesn't solve anything.
When Willie Burton played for the Philadelphia 76ers, he worked out regularly with Kobe Bryant, then a high school phenom at Lower Merion High in the Philadelphia suburbs.
The Twins won 101 games last year, and they are a much better team right now than they were last January, or even last July.
If you want to be known as a family game, you have to have prices that appeal to families. The Twins are doing just that.
Cheryl Reeve said she used to be a buffer between the head coach and players, including Katie Smith, when she was a WNBA assistant. That'll be part of Smith's role with the Lynx.
There's plenty of local angles and trends to gnaw on for the next two weeks as Super Bowl LIV approaches. Pat and Patrick Mahomes, for example.
Lynx coach Cheryl Reeve is thrilled with the WNBA's new CBA, which will raise the pay of players. She believes this could be a tipping point for women's sports and rights.
After signing a three-year, $30 million extension with the Twins, Miguel Sano wants to boost his statistics as well.
A Twins team that set the MLB mark for homers in 2019 added more firepower in Josh Donaldson.
For all of his regular-season accomplishments, coach Mike Zimmer will enter 2020 needing to prove that he can win with a new defense.
The Vikings are a pretty good team. Kirk Cousins is a pretty good quarterback. That combination isn't likely to bring a Super Bowl title to Minnesota.
Their commitment to the run has put less of a burden on Kirk Cousins and enabled the defense to avoid getting worn down.
As running back Dalvin Cook emerged as the key to the Vikings offense this season, fullback C.J. Ham took on more and more responsibility for making things run well.
In his first playoff game in with the Vikings, Kirk Cousins rose to the challenge in a hostile environment.
The question Vikings ownership will face if the Vikings lose Sunday is: What do you do with a leadership team that succeeds in the regular season but not the playoffs?
Football connects the Mississippi River's bookend cities.
Drew Brees-led New Orleans has a passing game that can shred apart a struggling secondary.
The best thing that happened to the Vikings this season was that the Bears imploded.
Unless Kirk Cousins can change the way he plays in important games, what happened on Monday night will be remembered as a prequel to another Vikings playoff failure.
Coming off two dominant performances, The Rushmen on Monday night will face a unique challenge: A quarterback requiring caution, in Green Bay's Aaron Rodgers.
The Astros won a World Series while cheating. The Patriots have won multiple Super Bowls while cheating. Here in Minnesota, we have the perfect precedent for punishing cheaters. Take away their trophies.
It's truly a golden time for athletics at the University of Minnesota.
Every week has been a miniseries. They've featured sniping receivers, an apologizing quarterback, key injuries, a cornerback sideline tantrum, wrenching losses, redemptive victories -- and now a meaningful Border Battle.
Following their most lopsided victory of the season, the Vikings' smiles were paired with winces because of Cook's injury, the way expensive wine might pair with moldy cheese.
Since 1982, the Vikings' winning percentage on grass fields is .390 (66-104-2). That ranks them 25th among the 32 NFL franchises.
The Wolves and Wild engaged in relationship-building getaways during the offseason, but any success from such gatherings hasn't been visible to the ticket-buying public.
Koivu is a Minnesota rarity because of the oddity of his career. He was good and durable enough to play in 1,000 games, and understated enough to avoid fame.
The 25-year-old defensive end had three sacks in the first half on Sunday, making him the youngest player in NFL history to reach 50 sacks.
The Vikings' defense is in decline because of some of their best and highest-paid players are on the downside of their careers or hampered by injuries.
Signing Madison Bumgarner might be the easiest path for the Twins, but it also figures to be the most expensive.
After another woeful performance by cornerback Xavier Rhodes, and another big-game whiff from the Vikings defense, should Rhodes be gone for good?
Time for a history lesson. Did you know that there was a point in NFL history when executives shied away from drafting, signing or developing black quarterbacks? It was 2018.
Here's the usual: Vikings lose big games, Gophers don't reach them. But what we're seeing so far has the makings of the best football season in state history.
Tanner Morgan, who didn't practice until Wednesday because of concussion symptoms, threw four touchdown passes and now has a school-record 26 this season.
P.J. Fleck speaks of "culture" and speaks in slogans, but the true opportunity for building a better program lies at the quarterback position. He's off to a pretty good start.
Sparked by a memorable comeback on Oct. 4, the Vikings finished 11-5 in 1992 and made the playoffs, setting themselves up for a decade of success that included two NFC championship games.
This was not your basic comeback: Kirk Cousins threw three second-half touchdown passes as the Vikings pulled off a rally that was unique in the history of the NFL.
Thursday night's brawl on national TV gives the NFL a black eye.