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Jim Souhan

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Jim Souhan is a sports columnist for the Star Tribune. He has worked at the paper since 1990, previously covering the Twins and Vikings.


Souhan was Sports Editor of his high school paper at Vianney in St. Louis. He wrote and edited for the Missourian at the University of Missouri, where he earned a journalism degree with an emphasis on American literature.
Recent content from Jim Souhan
Buffalo Bills wide receiver Stefon Diggs (14) celebrates after scoring a touchdown during the second half against Baltimore.

Souhan: Vikings absent, but Minnesota connections have big weekend in the playoffs

Scoring, playing solid defense and making key decisions on the sidelines, Vikings and Gophers connections played key roles all weekend in the NFL.
Gophers guards Tre’ Williams (1) and Jamal Mashburn Jr. (4) celebrated after beating Michigan on Saturday.

Souhan: At .500 over rugged stretch of schedule, Gophers basketball has reason to be optimistic

The skill set the Gophers' men's basketball team showcased against Michigan on Saturday should hold up well the rest of the way in the Big Ten.
Wild defenseman Mathew Dumba, right, leaps into the arms of left wing Kirill Kaprizov, second from right, after an overtime goal against the Los Angel

Souhan: Kaprizov offers hope for Minnesota's ever-disappointed sports fans

Minnesotans have gotten excited about foreign players before only to be let down. Will this time be different with Kirill Kaprizov?
Souhan: Parise-Suter? Time for Fiala-Kaprizov to become Wild's go-to stars

Souhan: Parise-Suter? Time for Fiala-Kaprizov to become Wild's go-to stars

The Wild has had talented players in the past. But never two players like Kevin Fiala and Kirill Kaprizov who have such elite skills and speed to create goals.
Gophers guard Gabe Kalscheur (shown earlier this month against Ohio State) has been mired in a horrific shooting slump.

Souhan: Kalscheur's shot is pure, but he can't buy a basket for Gophers

The Gophers have no one else who can do what Gabe Kalscheur does when he's at his best — make treys, be productive without dominating the ball and play outstanding perimeter defense.
Kevin Warren in 2019. The former Vikings executive has come under fire during his tenure as Big Ten commissioner.

Souhan: Amid challenges, Big Ten's Warren stays true to his upbeat self

The former Vikings executive maintains a positive outlook despite being bombarded with criticism for how he has handled the pandemic.
San Antonio Spurs assistant coach Becky Hammon runs drills with forward Rudy Gay before the team’s game against the Lakers on Jan. 1.

Souhan: How WNBA players past and present keep proving their power

This weekend, former WNBA star Becky Hammon will coach at Target Center as an assistant for the San Antonio Spurs. Another former WNBA point guard found herself nodding in approval.
Vikings coach Mike Zimmer (right, with safety Harrison Smith) got career years from several offensive skill players, but his defense was decimated by

Souhan: Zimmer's optimism must be tempered

Assuming better defensive health is fair. But so is assuming less good fortune in terms of offensive health, which is worrisome because of the Vikings' lack of quality depth at wide receiver, offensive line and quarterback.
Vikings wide receiver Justin Jefferson makes a catch as Lions outside linebacker Jahlani Tavai, left, and cornerback Amani Oruwariye defend during the

Souhan: Where would Vikings be without rookie sensation Jefferson?

Is Vikings receiver Justin Jefferson the NFL offensive rookie of the year? And did he have a better rookie season than Randy Moss turned in?
Kirk Cousins

Souhan: Will Cousins have big game vs. Lions?

The quarterback has been excellent of late, but the Vikings have missed the playoffs in two of his three seasons.
Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer

Souhan: A string of December failures threatens to put Zimmer on notice

Mike Zimmer is in the midst of negative trends that extend beyond this season. He has entered his past three Decembers with contending teams carrying championship aspirations. The past three Decembers his teams are 5-9.
Souhan: The sports hero of 2020 is the activist athlete

Souhan: The sports hero of 2020 is the activist athlete

Black and women athletes especially laid themselves on the line for their causes over the past 12 months.
Saints running back Alvin Kamara scores his sixth touchdown of the game, tying an NFL record.

Souhan: Sad performance by Vikings in a city usually teeming with joy

As their team bus glided from an empty stadium into New Orleans' dark and empty streets Friday night, all the Vikings had to show for this season was excuses.
Saints running back Alvin Kamara wore Christmas-colored cleats during warm-ups Friday.

Souhan: Star running backs in the spotlight in New Orleans

The Vikings' Dalvin Cook and the Saints' Alvin Kamara were taken in the same 2017 draft. Who is more valuable right now?
Emotions were running high for several Vikings on Sunday vs. Chicago. Here, quarterback Kirk Cousins had a lively exchange with receiver Bisi Johnson

Souhan: When Jefferson yells at Cousins, better to listen than to judge

Kirk Cousins' decision-making skills often make everyone scream. So are you surprised that rookie receiver Justin Jefferson let Cousins know what was on his mind last weekend?
Recent high draft picks Jarrett Culver (left) and Anthony Edwards are two pivotal players if the Wolves are going to dramatically improve.

Souhan: Culver, Edwards are the Wolves' two most pivotal players

The two high draft picks need to develop into top players if the Wolves want to stop drafting in the top slots.
Bears running back David Montgomery (32) celebrates with his teammates after scoring a touchdown Sunday.

Souhan: Zimmer keeps losing the matchups that matter most

Mike Zimmer is the longest-tenured coach in the NFC North, but his team falters too often in divisional games. Sunday's loss was the latest example.
Bears defensive lineman end Akiem Hicks.

Souhan: Vikings offensive line vs. Bears' Akiem Hicks is a matchup to watch

The last time the teams played, Hicks was ruining the Vikings' running game until he got hurt. What will happen Sunday?
Adam Thielen laid dejected on the field after a Kirk Cousins pass was intercepted by Tennessee earlier this season.

Souhan: Sunday's Vikings-Bears game is more nothing than something

Two losing teams can play a meaningful game, but they can't play a big game, no matter how hard the NFL tries to sell it as such.
Dan Bailey missed three field goals and an extra point on Sunday

Souhan: It may be time for Vikings to get a new kicker. Again.

When a player has one job and loses confidence in the mechanics that allow him to do it well, he leaves you little choice.
Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady during a Nov. 29 game against the Chiefs.

Vikings-Bucs pregame: Being in the presence of greatness

Let's relish the excellence on the field in Tampa: Tom Brady, Rob Gronkowski and Dalvin Cook are among the best in the NFL.
Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins has had a rollercoaster of a season, perhaps appropriate for a team with a 6-6 record through 12 games.

Souhan: Which way will the Cousins pendulum swing for Vikings?

Sunday's showdown with one of the greatest quarterbacks in NFL history might define what has been an up-and-down season.
Tom Brady vs. Mike Zimmer?  That’s good television right there. Coming Sunday.

Souhan: Brady will provide toughest test for Zimmer's improving defense

The Vikings defense has stopped allowing opposing stars to operate at will, and that has given their offense chances to win shootouts.
The Twins’ decision to move on from left fielder Eddie Rosario to save money and create an opening for top hitting prospect Alex Kirilloff has been

Souhan: For Twins, life after Rosario means more youth, possible trade

The slugger was a throwback player and served them well. But change is here, and more of it could be on the way.
Minnesota United's Emanuel Reynoso (10) snaked a free kick past Seattle's Jordan Morris (13), Shane O'Neill (27), Yeimar Gomez Andrade (28) and Cristi

Souhan: Loons' devastating loss can't dull Reynoso's ascension

It would be tempting Minnesota-style sports fate to predict future playoff success, but there is no question Minnesota United has found its franchise player.
Jacksonville cornerback Luq Barcoo tipped the ball away from Vikings receiver Adam Thielen in the fourth quarter.

Souhan: Vikings are winning - and bumbling - all at the same time

The Vikings have won five of six. They have also lost to the Falcons and Cowboys at home, and needed to work overtime — and make Dalvin Cook work far harder than is healthy — to beat a one-win team.