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Patrick Reusse

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Jerry Havens, the soldier whose life Rich Nuessle helped save in Vietnam, visits Nuessle’s grave every year to pay his respects.

Reusse: Remembering a good Marine and a beloved sports photojournalist

Rich Nuessle was once a staple in the Twin Cities sports media. If you were in that circle and failed to have a wacky adventure with Rich, you had to be in quarantine. Behind the fun, though, was a hero with a tortured soul.
Aaron of FSV Mainz 05 took a corner kick during the Bundesliga soccer match at FC Cologne on Sunday. Germany's Bundesliga is the world's first major s

Patrick Plus: Mainz becomes my main team in European soccer

Swansea City, Borussia Fulda both let me down.
A family portrait from Christmas of Denard Span and Anne Schleper and their two sons, Jace (now 6 months) and D.J. (now 2½).

Reusse: Faith, not Minnesota ties, brought Denard Span, Anne Schleper together

The former Twins outfielder was hoping to play in majors this season; instead he has been spending quality family time with his wife, a former Gophers hockey standout.
The grounds crew cut the grass at Target Field on March 27. There is still no definitive date for baseball's return.

Reusse: There's room to roam in MLB parks, so let's get teams back

Players in other sports might have more trouble social distancing in smaller arenas and/or with more inherent collisions, but MLB is over-regulating with its 67-page list of dos and don'ts for reopening in the coronavirus era.
Then-Janesville Parker head coach Tom Klawitter encouraged his team during the first half of a girls’ basketball game at Verona High School in Veron

Reusse: 'Klaw' might have been an 'opener' for Twins before its time

Was Tom Klawitter's start in 1985 the first "opener" in the major leagues?
Lumpy 1 Mike Leuthner, left, and Tim Herron, Lumpy 2, were part of a group of pals at Wayzata High School in the late ’80s.

Reusse: Herron will always be Lumpy 2 among Wayzata peers

Before Tim Herron became known as Lumpy on the PGA Tour, he asked Wayzata's first Lumpy for permission.
Joe Mauer played catcher, starting in eighth grade with Cretin-Derham Hall High School and from 2004-2013 with the Twins, but never during a coronavir

Reusse: Can catchers stay safe at home in pandemic baseball?

Former Twins Joe Mauer and Mike Redmond -- as well as catchers from the Gophers, the minors and amateur ball -- talked with Patrick Reusse about what could be ahead.
Janie and Jake Reed were both standout athletes at Oregon. Janie is now a United States Olympic softball player, while Jake is a Twins minor league re

Reusse: For Jake and Janie Reed, athletic careers on hold together

Jake Reed was signed by the Twins out of Oregon in 2014. He has pitched in more than 100 games in Class AAA but never in the majors. Janie Reed, Jake's wife, has waited longer to be an Olympian.
Ryan Stang’s Buffalo Bills delegation before an AFC wild-card playoff game against the Jacksonville Jaguars on Jan. 7, 2018, in Jacksonville, Fla. (

Reusse: Bills Mafia gets ready to hit Vegas Strip

Are you ready for this? Buffalo at Las Vegas on Oct. 4. Even if it still had the real Mafia running the town, the Strip might be overmatched by Bills Mafia.
Since 1926, Howard’s Point Marina in Excelsior on Lake Minnetonka has served up live bait, fishing accessories, refreshments and other necessities f

Reusse: Run by characters and 'lake kids,' Lake Minnetonka marina is a keeper

Invasive species (of all kinds) keep things interesting on Lake Minnetonka. Howard's Point Marina is still going strong. The owner said he bought it because "it's a neighborhood treasure."
Derrin Lamker

Reusse: New coach Lamker says Augsburg football is 'going to change'

Derrin Lamker, the former high school coach at Edina and Osseo, led Augsburg to a MIAC title in 1997. But the Auggies of 2018 and 2019 were 4-16 overall and 1-15 in the MIAC. Now he's head coach at his alma mater.
Team USA coach Dave Peterson watched from the bench during a game against Switzerland in the 1988 Calgary Olympics. It was the Americans' final contes

Patrick Plus: Hockey coach Dave Peterson became villain at 1988 Winter Olympics by design

The former state championship-winning coach at Minneapolis Southwest wanted to take pressure off his players.
Twins clubhouse fixture Wayne “Big Fella” Hattaway was honored before a game in 2006 by throwing out the ceremonial first pitch.

Reusse: A fond farewell to the Twins' 'Big Fella'

Wayne Hattaway, a staple in the Twins clubhouse for decades, died Thursday night at age 80.
Dan Gladden in 1991 had to return to the Metrodome to recover this treasure.

Reusse: An appreciation for Gladden, creator of blast and bloop bookends

While he waits for baseball's return, Dan Gladden recalls triumphs from World Series past: the slam, the double and some good baseball stories three decades later.
Among the Twins prospects to pass through Elizabethton over the years was Joe Mauer, here tagged out on a play at the plate in his professional debut

Reusse: End of Twins rookie team will devastate many in Tennessee town

The Twins rookie-ball affiliate in Elizabethton, Tenn., established in the 1970s, has been targeted for elimination as part of a trimming of the minor leagues.
Former Gophers, Fighting Saints and North Stars coach Glen Sonmor was a character who loved hockey.

Reusse: Retold Sonmor hockey stories still among the best

The only stories better than former Gophers, Fighting Saints and North Stars coach Glen Sonmor telling his were others telling theirs about him.
Christian Dawkins, who is featured in the HBO Sports documentary "The Scheme."

Reusse: HBO's 'The Scheme' on college basketball corruption a must-see

The first insistence received that I had to watch “The Scheme,’’ the freshly arrived HBO documentary on college basketball corruption, came from my wife. That…
Troy Williamson dropped a certain TD pass from Tarvaris Jackson in his last game as a Viking.

Reusse: Vikings forced to drop big dreams for T-Jack, Williamson

Tarvaris Jackson and Troy Williamson could never harness their raw talent together on the field for the Vikings in the mid-2000s.
Lew Ford, in 2006.

Reusse: Twins cult hero Ford still playing, still hearing 'Looooo' calls at age 43

Lew Ford played 499 games (including five in the postseason) for the Twins, and then came a little bit of everything. He's currently with the Long Island Ducks in independent ball.
TCF Bank Stadium

Reusse: Budget cuts for Gophers? Start with football

The first post-coronavirus gouge in athletic budgets should come in football — at Minnesota, and across the Power Five landscape.
After her Gophers career ended in 2008, Leslie Knight has played the past 11 seasons in Spain, where she now lives

Reusse: From the U to Spain, Knight sees different Holy Week at new home

Former Gophers player Leslie Knight has spent the last 11 years playing pro basketball and living in Spain — much more time than needed to absorb what Holy Week means in that country.

Here's how the Twins did during Patrick Reusse's (Target) Field of Dreams

The Twins won five of six during Patrick Reusse's mythical "homestand" at Target Field, revisiting games from the team's past while the coronavirus pandemic robs us of games of the present.
Bob Allison (shown in 1964) and Harmon Killebrew (1967) each slugged their way into the Twins record books.

Reusse's (Target) Field of Dreams, Day 7: A grand beginning to an epic drubbing

Two first-inning grand slams by legendary Twins sluggers Bob Allison and Harmon Killebrew made a lasting impression on one particular 16-year-old in the stands.
Quiet scenes: The interior of an an empty Target Field, shown Thursday an hour before the home opener against Oakland would have begun.

Reusse's (Target) Field of Dreams, Day 2: Baseball stories for a rainy day

This chilly Friday was to be an off day for the Twins. We're at Target Field anyway, listening to what's being said. In baseball the stories can be more entertaining than the ballgames.
Twins lefthander Johan Santana won two American League Cy Young Awards in 2004 and 2006. He pitched his last truly masterful game for the Twins in Aug

Reusse's (Target) Field of Dreams, Day 6: Santana's last blast with the Twins

The post-victory angst after the Twins' 1-0 victory over Texas was dictated by manager Ron Gardenhire's decision to remove Johan Santana after eight innings. Santana had 17 strikeouts on 112 pitches.
During this April 26, 1980 Twins-Oakland game at Met Stadium, play was halted in the sixth inning as Bloomington police, upper left, ejected fans who

Reusse's (Target) Field of Dreams, Day 5: Stop punching people, Billy!

Billy Martin brought the Oakland Athletics here as the manager for the first time and, this being Minnesota, it's no surprise that he quickly found himself in the middle of something.
Kirby Puckett takes a swing against Milwaukee's Juan Nieves during action at Milwaukee County Stadium.

Reusse's (Target) Field of Dreams, Day 4: Perfect place for Puckett's perfect day

Several thousand Brewers fans contributed to a full Target Field on Sunday. They seemed to congregate in the right field corner, with easy access to several beer locations.
August 7, 1976 Oh, So Close: The Twins' Steve Luebber was going for a no-hitter and was within one strike when disaster struck.

Reusse's (Target) Field of Dreams, Day 3: Who? Almost threw a what?

The Twins unveiled a hitting attack of great potential in Florida exhibitions, with Rod Carew, Lyman Bostock, Disco Dan Ford and Larry Hisle being joined by rookie catcher Butch Wynegar.
Ex -Twin Rod Carew was busy shaking hands and signing autographs for Minnesotans in April, 1979

Reusse: (Target) Field of Dreams, Day 1: A good day, a bad loss

We've asked Patrick Reusse to bring us baseball each morning during what should have been the Twins' opening homestand. Six games over seven days, beginning with the 1979 home opener reimagined for April 2020.
Ellsworth's Cody Schilling gestured to the crowd as he left the game as his team captured the Class 1A boys' basketball championship in 2008 at Target

Reusse: For first time since 1952, fan doesn't get his boys' state tournament fix

Wendell Fredin's 67-year streak of making it to the Twin Cities for the tournament came to an end.
Vikings quarterback Wade Wilson (11) and guard Terry Tausch (69) found common ground as striking Vikings in 1982.

Tausch goofed around, but was dependable Vikings teammate

His Vikings linemate Tim Irwin called the late guard "my left arm."
Samantha Seliger-Swenson, second from left, got together with other rookies on the Beziers Angels volleyball team in France, from left Alexa Smith, Al

Reusse: Former U standout Seliger-Swenson gets a taste of volleyball in France

"Triple S" enjoyed her time abroad before returning to Minnesota when the pandemic hit.
Twins outfielder Bob Allison (left), pitcher Pedro Ramos and third baseman Reno Bertoia celebrate in the locker room after defeating the New York Yank

Reusse: Colorful Ramos got Twins franchise started right in '61 opener

Take a look back at The Greatest Day in Minnesota Sports History: April 11, 1961. It was a three-hit shutout by Pedro Ramos, outlasting future Hall of Famer Whitey Ford
The 1970 boys’ basketball state championship trophy resided in a glass case at the Cup N’ Saucer Cafe in Sherburn.

Reusse: An epic ending to the era of Minnesota's one-class basketball

This Week in Minnesota Sports: There were the usual 18,000 customers inside Williams Arena to watch a state one-class basketball champion in 1970, when tiny Sherburn ended that era by beating South St. Paul.
NFL Players Association Executive Director DeMaurice Smith spoke in the leadup to the Super Bowl on Jan. 30 in Miami Beach, Fla.

Reusse: NFL players led by dunderhead union boss

Most negotiators would not be as proud as DeMaurice Smith seems to be about producing a deal with a lower cut of revenues and a grant of unchallenged power to a power-mad commissioner.
Pitcher Amber Fiser got the Gophers to the 2019 Women’s College World Series and hoped to do it again until the college season was canceled.

Reusse: Fiser's run as U softball ace comes to an end — or does it?

Senior Amber Fiser pitched in 46 of the Gophers' 60 games last season. Her senior season - like so many - has been cut short. Will she move on or take advantage of an added year granted by the NCAA?
3M Open CEO Hollis Cavner described PGA Tour Commissioner Jay Monahan as "solid in crisis mode" as the tour reacted to the coronavirus outbreak.

Reusse: Cavner says PGA Tour got virus action right

3M Open CEO says tour commissioner Jay Monahan "is solid in crisis mode."
Gophers baseball coach John Anderson

Reusse: U baseball players got reality check with quick end to season, Anderson says

A "do-over" season being offered by the NCAA can be viewed as an optimistic scenario given this week's shutdown events. But for some, another year means spending more money to stay in school.

Patrick Reusse on Sid Hartman: The birthday boy is awesome (literally)

  I nteractions with Sid Hartman have caused people to be annoyed, alarmed, amused, afraid, agonized, alienated and accepting, and those are just the “a’’…
Farmington’s fans celebrated a three-point shot as they took on Eden Prairie during the first half of their matchup in the Class 4A girls’ basketb

Reusse: Cheers despite concerns continued at state tournament

At the same time that pro and college sports were taking dramatic action, Minnesota's girls' basketball tournament was going on as scheduled, and no complaints were overheard.
Tampa Bay Rays relief pitcher Nick Anderson delivers a pitch against the Houston Astros during the fifth inning of Game 5 of a baseball American Leagu

Reusse: Brainerd's Anderson will pitch 'when it matters' for Rays

Nick Anderson's path to the major leagues detoured through the home remodeling business, amateur baseball and independent ball.
Willians Astudillo

Reusse: Twins' roster math not helping La Tortuga

The Twins figure to start the season with four true outfielders, as Marwin Gonzalez rebounds from knee surgery he can't be classified as the main spare. That means Willians Astudillo is a long shot for Opening Day.
Mike Bell

Reusse: Twins bench coach Bell and Edina hockey: It's all relative

There is a connection from the 1954 Major League Baseball All-Star Game to this season's Edina Squirt A team. You just have to know where to look.

Reusse: For Twins prospect Ober, other numbers outweigh pitch speed

Bailey Ober pitched a total of 78⅔ innings at three levels last season, and stands 6-9 and with a right arm extension in his delivery that makes 90 mph get on a hitter quickly.
Alex Kirilloff signed autographs at spring training last year.

Reusse: New dad Kirilloff hopes injury issues are behind him

At 22, Alex Kirilloff is happily married with an infant daughter. He hopes his baseball life quickly catches up with his family life.
Ehire Adrianza.

Reusse: Adrianza finds his place — and occasional power — with Twins

The Twins claimed Ehire Adrianza in 2017 for his fielding. His versatility and hitting since then have been a pleasant bonus.
(From left) Host Lea B. Olson, Lindsay Whalen, Willard Ikola, Jim Gagliardi, John Randle, Randall McDaniel, host Anthony LaPanta and Star Tribune spor

Reusse: Hall of Fame class driven differently to same successful end

There was a quality beyond the norm to be found in all of this year's six people who were inducted in the Minnesota Sports Hall of Fame on Wednesday night.
A Boston Red Sox worker watched players take the field after changing the manual score board at JetBlue Park during 2019 spring training.

Reusse: At spring training, it's times of trouble for Red Sox

The angst surrounding the Red Sox, some based on the forthcoming results of an investigation into sign stealing; more so, this month's trade of outfielder Mookie Betts, are obvious.
Minnesota Twins special coaches Torii Hunter and Michael Cuddyer joked after hitting balls to outfielders during practice on Wednesday in Fort Myers.

Reusse: Former Twins players weary of Astros-bashing

"This isn't a good time for the players to be this split,'' former Twins player rep Michael Cuddyer said. "You have to let it end.''
Twins pitching coach Wes Johnson spoke with Jhoulys Chacin last week in Fort Myers.

Reusse: K-Vest? Rapsodo? Trackman? Twins, Gophers get high-tech help

The Twins and Gophers have added an array of high-tech tools to better analyze performance. Another plus? Bringing coaches to the pros from college programs that embrace technology.
Byron Buxton

Reusse: Buxton has belief, now needs health

Twins center fielder Byron Buxton, injured at the end of last season, says he "found myself" once before, and has belief again.
Tim Herron watches his shot from the ninth fairway during the final round of the Arnold Palmer Invitational last March.

Reusse: 'Lumpy' is par for the course in his Champions Tour debut

Tim Herron, the Wayzata pro affectionately known as "Lumpy" throughout his career, will be a popular addition to the 50-and-over Champions Tour.
Pitcher Caleb Thielbar threw at Hammond Stadium in Fort Myers, Florida, during the first day of pitchers and catchers workouts.

Reusse: Five years after last MLB pitch, Thielbar resurfaces with Twins

Lefthanded reliever Caleb Thielbar, a training camp invite from Randolph, Minn., has found extra jump in his fastball after reaching the age of 30.
Chaim Bloom

Reusse: Duress no excuse for Red Sox to back out of bad deal

The Red Sox and their new general manager the Red Sox needed an excuse after the reaction to trading star Mookie Betts to the Dodgers.
Amber Fiser spoke to the media before the team left for College World Series last May.

Reusse: With Fiser in the circle, expectations high for Gophers despite changes

Amber Fiser keeps working to improve even after a first team All-America season.
Twins pitching prospect Jordan Balazovic was selected in the fifth round of the 2016 draft.

Reusse: Twins pitching prospect Balazovic wants to remain a starter

Jordan Balazovic definitely has a starter look to him. He's tall and with a delivery that's continuously repeated. As Ron Gardenhire would say, "The ball really comes out of his hand."
Hamline end Dick Donlin in 1955.

Reusse: Hamline standout Dick Donlin failed to impress Bud Grant

But the three-sport star was the highest-selected player in the NFL draft out of the MIAC.
Dave Stevens, of the Disability Channel, reports on the field before a game between the New York Giants and the Philadelphia Eagles in December.

Reusse: At Twins camp, 'NubAbility' champions limb-restricted athletes

Former St. Paul Saint Dave Stevens, born with no legs, helps with the cause. Now in its sixth year at the Twins' spring training complex, the "NubAbility" event reaches limb-restricted youths.
Ben Bartch

Reusse: St. John's tackle Bartch measures up at Senior Bowl

Ben Bartch, the Johnnies' left tackle who stands out at 6-5, 308 pounds, was the lone D-III athlete among the 110 seniors invited to Mobile, Ala.
Kobe Bryant “took me under his wing,” said Devean George, left, the Minneapolis native who won championships with the Lakers alongside Bryant.

From Augsburg to Lakers: Teammate George said Bryant toughened him

Devean George beat outrageous odds to be drafted out of Division III Augsburg — by way of Benilde-St. Margaret's High — by the Lakers with the 23rd selection in 1999 draft.

Reusse: Rock Ridge comes to Minnesota 46 years after 'Blazing Saddles'

Minnesota soon will have the Rock Ridge Wolverines, a consolidation of Virginia and Eveleth-Gilbert, making any Mel Brooks fan proud.
Gary Fasching (football) and Pat McKenzie (men's basketball) replaced legends at St. John's. They were photographed here in 2015.

Reusse: National search searches? St. John's just recruits across the hall

The Johnnies, under coach Pat McKenzie since 2015, are 16-1 and ranked No. 2 nationally in Division III men's basketball.
January 27, 1989: Gophers coach Clem Haskins gleefully embraced Willie Burton, who had 20 points and 13 rebounds on this night.

Reusse: U greats Willie Burton, Clem Haskins unified for all time

On Sunday, Willie Burton's No. 34 jersey will be retired at Williams Arena, a tribute being embraced in incredible fashion by his teammates, coaches and others at the U.
March 31, 1970: Pampero Firpo

Reusse: Ervan? Ivan? Pampero? 'It is I, it is me'

The late Juan Kachmanian first came to the Twin Cities professional wrestling market in 1958 as Ivan the Terrible - and soon returned under different monikers.
San Diego State coach Brian Dutcher is held back by a referee as he calls to his team during the first half against Iowa on Nov. 29

Reusse: Finally given chance to lead, Brian Dutcher rides the wave at San Diego State

Brian Dutcher had to wait until age 57 to become a head coach, but he is running with the opportunity. San Diego State, 18-0 overall and 7-0 in the Mountain West, is the last remaining undefeated team.
Reusse: Twins pass Red Sox in appeal with Donaldson's addition, Cora's subtraction

Reusse: Twins pass Red Sox in appeal with Donaldson's addition, Cora's subtraction

The hot spring training story this season in Fort Myers will be for Twins' exhibitions, not Red Sox games.
Patty Creem

Reusse: What's up at Twins spring training? This woman knows it all

Patty Creem has been with the Twins since they moved spring training to Fort Myers in 1991. Her business card reads: Spring Training Box Office Supervisor. "IDK; ask Patty'' might be a better title.
LSU coach Ed Orgeron and the Tigers celebrated winning the Peach Bowl playoff game against Oklahoma on Dec. 28

Reusse: The most interesting man in sports? That's LSU's 'Coach O'

Owing to his demeanor and to his team's success, LSU head coach Ed Orgeron has become a gigantic presence as he leads his team in Monday's College Football Playoff title game.
The Gophers and coach P.J. Fleck enjoyed themselves at the Outback Bowl in Tampa, Fla., beating Auburn 31-24 to finish an 11-2 season and briefly nudg

Vikings a clear No. 1 in Minnesota sports, except when ...

The pecking order in Minnesota sports: (1) Minnesota, (2) Everybody else, except for special runs like what the Gophers football team pulled off vs. Auburn.
Chiefs coach Hank Stram was carried off the field on Jan. 11, 1970, in New Orleans, after his team defeated the Vikings 23-7 in Super Bowl IV.

Reusse: For Vikings' most stunning calamity, go back to 1970

There's not much question that NBC's pregame coverage of Saturday's playoff game will include a highlight or two from the most disappointing loss in Vikings history.
Dallas Stars right wing Alexander Radulov wears a Texas Winter Classic stocking cap during warmups before their outdoor Winter Classic game with the N

Reusse: Winter Classic comes to Target Field as TV viewership is down

The Winter Classic reached its lowest-ever television exposure Wednesday, when Nashville and Dallas in the Cotton Bowl stadium drew an average audience of 1.97 million viewers (including streaming).
Then-Minneapolis North senior guard Tyler Johnson dunked the ball off an alley-oop pass in the first half of the 2016 Class 1A boys’ basketball cham

Reusse: Gophers' Johnson among city's most important athletes ever

Tyler Johnson, the standout Gophers receiver who was a prep basketball and football star at Minneapolis North, will be honored Saturday at the high school he helped save.
Vikings wide receiver Anthony Carter slipped away from 49ers cornerback Tim McKyer during an NFC playoff game on Jan. 9, 1988. Carter piled up 227 rec

Reusse: Win at New Orleans and San Francisco in January? Vikings have done it before

Anthony Carter's remarkable two-game playoff run got the Vikings to the NFC Championship Game 32 years ago.
Wolves center Karl-Anthony Towns put up a three-point attempt against the Nets in October.

Reusse: Little to love in awful, three-point-heavy NBA game of today

Basketball's version of the home run has transformed the game into an unwatchable mess.
Sophomore safety Antoine Winfield Jr. has been healthy, a game-saving phenomenon and a unanimous All-America in 2019 for the 10-2 Gophers as they prep

Reusse: Dynamic connections run deep for Gophers' Winfield Jr.

The father of the All-America safety was a Jim Thorpe Award winner, as was the father's Gophers rival Tyrone Carter.