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Patrick Reusse

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August 2, 1977: Minnesota‘s Butch Wynegar

Reusse: The day Elvis died, that was just part of the story in Baltimore

August 16, 1977 might be remembered for the death of a rock and roll legend, but followers of the Minnesota Twins might remember there was more.
Goalkeeper Geoff Barnett during a game for the Kicks in 1978.

Former Kicks goalkeeper and coach Geoff Barnett dies at 74

The native of England was part of the original NASL powerhouse in 1976.
Gophers  defenseman Jackson LaCombe (2) celebrated with teammates after scoring a goal during the first period Friday.

Reusse: Resurgent Gophers hockey quieting many anxious voices

Friday night's home-ice hiccup aside, Bob Motzko and chief recruiter Garrett Raboin have heard many fewer voices second-guessing Gophers hockey than was the case a decade ago.
Fred Roufs (center) with Minnesota State Mankato wrestlers Paul Selman and Malcolm Allen at a fundraising golf tournament for the university a couple

Fred Roufs, president of Minnesota Baseball Association, dies

Roufs, 73, became the MBA president in May as amateur baseball was facing a shutdown due to the state's COVID-19 restrictions.
Josh Allen celebrated with Stefon Diggs after a touchdown connection against Indianapolis last Saturday.

Reusse: Can 'Josh Allen Experience' rescue Buffalo from Vikings-like futility?

The Bills and the Vikings have ardent fan bases and 0-4 Super Bowl records. The Buffalo zealots have a bit more of an edge to them.
Tony and Gordette Oliva, an unlikely pairing when they met in 1964, celebrated 53 years of marriage at their home in Bloomington last week.

Reusse: Class trip brings Tony and Gordette Oliva together, 53 years and counting

A group of South Dakota high school students came to the Twin Cities for a senior trip.
The Gophers celebrated a point during the NCAA volleyball quarterfinals against Louisville last season.

Reusse: Gophers volleyball returns to action and it's the best show in town

You know what makes top-level college volleyball great? It's the brand of volleyball the University of Minnesota has been playing for the last 25 years.
Hall of Famer Hank Aaron sat for a portrait after receiving his COVID-19 vaccination on Tuesday at the Morehouse School of Medicine in Atlanta. Aaron

Reusse: Will America ever get all the way around the bases?

"This isn't really us," we kept hearing Wednesday about the violent mob that stormed the U.S. Capitol. But is that really so?
Hall of Famer Hank Aaron sat for a portrait after receiving his COVID-19 vaccination on Tuesday at the Morehouse School of Medicine in Atlanta. Aaron

Reusse: Will America ever get around the bases?

Week of triumph in the South for the Hank Aarons of the world was shortlived.
Vikings kicker Dan Bailey during a Dec. 6 game against Jacksonville.

Reusse: NFL's 'fire coordinator' scam now covers special teams

Did the Vikings' Marwan Maalouf not tell Dan Bailey to make more kicks, or K.J. Osborn to stop bobbling punts?
Cutting the cord. Star Tribune illustration.

Reusse: Trying to keep up with local sports via streaming was a failure

FSN has disappeared from YouTubeTV and Hulu, meaning cord-cutters of all ages are unable to watch their favorite teams. This columnist has had it.
Marcus Carr,  the Gophers point guard, benefited from siting out a season as a transfer.

Reusse: Immediate eligibility for college hoops transfers not necessarily a good move

When transfer players are forced to sit out a year, their skills, maturity and comfort level within the new program are enhanced.
Reusse: The state of Minnesota football in 2020 was doubly brutal

Reusse: The state of Minnesota football in 2020 was doubly brutal

A decade ago, there was optimism within Gophers and Vikings football. This year, it was a large helping of embarrassment.
It’s Patrick Reusse’s 55th anniversary as a sportswriter.

Reusse: Sportswriting career of 55 years has outdistanced first pay cut

My first shift as a sportswriter was on Dec. 28, 1965. Fifty-five years as a sportswriter, as of Monday.
Gophers football players celebrated their decisive 27-10 victory over No. 1 Iowa on Nov. 5, 1960. The Gophers earned the national championship and a b

Reusse: 1960 was a most impactful year for Minnesota sports

COVID-19 might have canceled the 60-year celebrations of some momentous events here, but those events still deserve tribute.
D’Angelo Russell (left) and Malik Beasley provided competent three-point shooting against the Pistons, something often missing last season.

Reusse: Wolves stray from reputation by recovering from rocky start

The Wolves got off to a slow start with D'Angelo Russell benched after being late for a COVID test and finished by taking advantage of a Detroit rookie's mistakes.
Fans packed the Metrodome when the Timberwolves were born and played inside that beautiful bubble in 1989.

Reusse: How the Wolves went from first to worst in creating fan appetite

Attendance hit bottom, and then a pandemic hit. Where do these Wolves go from here?
Emily Shilson, in 2018

Reusse: Wrestling star Shilson keeps mom quiet by dominating on the mat

A below-radar phenomenon during the past decade has been the growth in girls' and women's wrestling. In 2019-20, Augsburg's Emily Shilson was the NCAA, WCWA (all colleges), Junior Nationals and USA Wrestling Under-23 champion at 109/110 pounds.
Amy Olson, far left, and husband Grant (to Amy’s left) were very close with Lee Olson, in the blue Wayzata football sweatshirt.

Reusse: LPGA's Olson was close to 'The General,' a dear father-in-law

We were rooting for Amy Olson as she tried to win the U.S. Women's Open after the weekend death of father-in-law Lee Olson, a well-known figure in Wayzata's youth sports community.
Mike Veeck, the man behind the Minnie Minoso “travesty,” is now more connected to the majors than ever..

Reusse: Veeck's brand expands with official affiliation with Twins

The St. Paul Saints are ending nearly three decades of existence as an independent, alternative entity.
George Tsamis’ status is up in the air, but his success with independent baseball, including an 18-year-run with the Saints, can’t be denied.

New Class AAA affiliation leaves Saints' George Tsamis on outside

George Tsamis pitched in 41 games as a lefthanded reliever for the 1993 Twins. That was his only big-league time in a pro career lasting…
Minnie and Paul on the current Twins logo.

Reusse: Twins, Saints bridge what once was a bitter baseball divide

Sports boosters in Minneapolis and St. Paul haven't always gotten along, but the teams' new arrangement seems to benefit both sides.
Aug. 11, 1976: Alan Merrick, captain of the Minnesota Kicks, hoisted his son, Adam, 4 years old, for a victory wave after the Kicks stomped the Los An

Reusse: Sorrow in Seattle? Minnesota soccer fans have been there

Seattle is the location where dreams of glory for Minnesota soccer fans become nightmares. The Loons loss wasn't the first chapter of disappointment.
Dick Allen

Reusse: Dick Allen recalled fondly by Blyleven in a Met Stadium tale

July 31, 1972: Dick Allen, the AL's MVP-to-be, became the first big-leaguer in 40 years with two inside-the-park home runs. It happened against the Twins with Blyleven pitching.
Elmer Kohorst (1957 photo) went from Albany, Minn., to Notre Dame and became two-time All-America catcher. He later was a longtime assistant basketbal

Reusse: Kohorst couldn't hold down Hornung, did hold onto SJU coach

Elmer Kohorst went from Albany to Notre Dame and became a two-time All-America catcher. Later, Elmer was Jim Smith's basketball assistant at St. John's and saved him from responding to archrival Tom Feely.