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Patrick Reusse

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Patrick Reusse is a sports columnist who writes three columns per week. Write to Patrick by e-mailing and including his name in the subject line.

Recent content from Patrick Reusse
Minnesota’s forward Abbey Murphy (18), left, fights with Wisconsin’s forward Kelly Gorbatenko (7) during the second period at Ridder Arena in Minn

Reusse: Gophers from this Illinois prep team are women on a mission

The Gophers can trace a lineage from the record-setting Megan Bozek to Abbey Murphy's antics in Friday's victory vs. Wisconsin.
David Morrell Jr. put in a workout in Houston last week.

Reusse: How we got to know this boxing champ, and where he'll go next

Boxing fans in Minnesota get a chance to see the talented Cuban fight again this week. It might be the last time we see the champ around here.
Iowa star Caitlin Clark, shown leading the Hawkeyes last March in the Big Ten tournament at Target Center, is one of the biggest names in all of colle

Reusse: Move over, men's college basketball. It's time for the women

Recent seasons and current stars recognizable by first name — Caitlin, Angel, Paige — prove it: The women's college game continues to rise above a muddled men's side.
University of Minnesota James “Jim” Carter in action vs. Wisconsin on Nov. 25, 1967. The Gophers beat the Badgers 21-14 in this, the season’s fi

Reusse: Gophers, South St. Paul legend Carter left behind legacy rich in friendship

Old teammates recount fond memories of the hockey and football star after his passing in late November.
Nickeil Alexander-Walker had a strong game Thursday as the Timberwolves beat the Jazz at Target Center.

Reusse: These Wolves just had a month for the history books

Timberwolves guard Nickeil Alexander-Walker is becoming a fixture during the team's most successful month yet.
Dean Evason, Bob Woods and Bruce Boudreau watched Wild development camp in 2019. Boudreau was later fired as coach and replace by Evason, who in turn

Reusse: Don't worry about Evason. Hockey coaches are just like cats.

Nowhere in North America's four major men's sports can a coach find himself on the way out as suddenly as in the NHL — or on the way back in after getting fired,
David Morrell Jr. celebrated his fourth-round knockout of Kalvin Henderson at the Armory in June 2022, a bout that was televised on Showtime.

Reusse: Boxing card at Armory will be finale for Showtime after four decades

The network's dedication to boxing will end as it seems obvious ratings have dwindled.
Rocori wide receiver Adam Langer (12) held onto the ball during a tackle against Hutchinson in the Class 4A championship game on Friday at U.S. Bank S

Reusse: In physical, memorable clash of wills, Hutch emerges

Tigers coach Andy Rostberg won his fourth state title, adding to his family's legacy — and maybe raising expectations further.
Turkey of the Year: Time to sharpen the knives.

Patrick Reusse's 2023 Turkey of the Year winner is ...

Come for the sides, stay for the Turkey. The traditional feast is here.
Macalester’s Caleb Williams scored 41 points against the Gophers on Nov. 2 at Williams Arena.

Reusse: Macalester guard isn't 'the other Caleb Williams' to local fans

The Macalester College guard won't win a trophy as famous as the Heisman, but he's caught the attention of local hoopheads with his athletic, high-scoring play.
St. Thomas’ Landon Reed (32) ran in the winning touchdown from 9 yards out 4 seconds into the fourth quarter Saturday against visiting Valparaiso.

Reusse: St. Thomas' football home remains right place for this program

The Tommies didn't win the Pioneer Football League title, but they find the non-scholarship FCS conference is a good fit for their Division I needs.
One-time backup Case Keenum’s heroics on Jan. 14, 2018, can never be topped ... or can they?

Reusse: Vikings QB history full of fun Dobbs-like surprises

Patrick Reusse takes us on a Vikings history tour of emergency quarterbacks. Joshua Dobbs is just the latest QB to get his unexpected shot in Minnesota.
Jimbo Fisher will leave Texas A&M and become a very rich man.

Reusse: Big Ten coaches take back seat to this $75 million debacle

Texas A&M's problem, all $75 million of it, makes anything happening in Michigan or Minnesota seem small-time. Jimbo Fisher's buyout is an all-timer.
First-year Gophers volleyball coach Keegan Cook spoke to the team during Friday’s match against Purdue at Maturi Pavilion in Minneapolis.

Reusse: Cook needs more time to return Gophers to Big Ten's elite

But volleyball remains a good night of sporting entertainment at "The Pav" with admirable athletes, including transfer Lydia Grote.
University of Minnesota Morris Cougars football through the years

University of Minnesota Morris Cougars football through the years

Patrick Reusse wrote about the modern-day Cougars in his Saturday column. The many years before this one carried many good stories.
Gophers outside Mckenna Wucherer (3) chased a loose ball in the first set against Purdue on Friday at Maturi Pavilion in Minneapolis.

Gophers volleyball drops to 8-7 in Big Ten after four-set loss to Purdue

The Gophers, who have played in every NCAA tournament since 2014, find themselves on the bubble.
Quarterback Marcus Reeb took the long way to Morris, and he doesn’t want this to be his last stop in football.

Reusse: Winning football, winning people out in our western prairie

It's easy to find many reasons to pull for Minnesota Morris football.
Vikings fans found unexpected joy at game’s end Sunday in Atlanta, and some love from cornerback Mekhi Blackmon.

Reusse: No, Minnesota, the sporting gods are not mad at us

For every Kirk Cousins, Bret Bielema or Jaren Hall deep sigh, there's the thrill of an amped-up Timberwolves team, a Joshua Dobbs stunner and a pig trophy.
Retiring Bethel football coach Steve Johnson spoke to his players on Saturday, when the Royals beat Concordia (Moorhead) 31-14 in Arden Hills.

Reusse: It's a season of change in MIAC football

Steve Johnson announced he will retire from coaching after this season, his 34th after arriving at Bethel and turning the Royals into perpetual contenders.
Reusse: Armstrong coach Negen connects two storied football rivalries

Reusse: Armstrong coach Negen connects two storied football rivalries

Armstrong beat rival Cooper for the Class 5A, Section 5 title for the second straight year.
Bobby Knight directed play with his typical fiery spirit during a 1994 game against Minnesota.

Reusse: Knight and his temper loom large in Minnesota memories

With his old-school attitude and extensive success, it's hard to imagine decades of Gophers basketball without Bobby Knight as an antagonist. Knight died Wednesday at 83.
Elliot Berkland and Kali Garman from Cedar Falls, Iowa, attended Saturday night’s Wolves-Heat game to watch Jimmy Butler, but the Miami star sat out

Reusse: Butler gets a load of rest on Target Center Opening Night

Heat star Jimmy Butler was absent on rest and Anthony Edwards delivered a subpar effort, but Naz Reid was relentless.
Jeff Nelson, here working a Marlins-Mets game in April in New York, first umpired in the big leagues in 1997 and went on to work four World Series.

Reusse: Minnesota native Jeff Nelson retires as MLB umpire with no fanfare

Jeff Nelson got "the talk" from his parents in Cottage Grove just as he applied for umpiring school ... and the rest is history.
November 1982: Jim Petersen picked the Gophers over Duke, among other considerations.

Five things to know about Minnesota hoops legend Jim Petersen

Jim Petersen, affectionately known as "Jim Pete," has lived a full basketball life from St. Louis Park to the Gophers to the NBA and WNBA.
Broadcast analyst Jim Petersen is optimistic about this season’s Timberwolves: “I think this is the best situation we’ve ever had.”

Reusse: 'Jim Pete' fired up with cancer surgery behind him, Wolves season ahead

Jim Petersen the Timberwolves TV analyst likes what he sees with these Timberwolves. Jim Petersen the person is grateful for medical advancements.
Trevor May had a terrific 2023 season for a terrible Athletics team, but the 34-year-old decided to retire this past week — and rip A’s owner John

Reusse: May steps away from baseball, but still intends to be heard

The former Twins reliever had a fabulous season with Oakland, then announced his retirement at age 34 and promptly ripped the A's owner to shreds.
St. John’s quarterback Aaron Syverson has completed 67.3% of his passes this season for 2,121 yards, with 26 touchdowns and three interceptions.

Reusse: St. John's quarterback Syverson makes third time a charm

After suffering a broken leg and throwing two interceptions to end his second season, Aaron Syverson has been masterful for St. John's this year.
The Gophers baseball team has played early-season home games at U.S. Bank Stadium in recent years but won’t get to in 2024 because the turf is being

Reusse: Gophers baseball gets kicked out of 'People's Stadium' next season

Coach John Anderson was told U.S. Bank Stadium, where his team plays before the weather improves, won't be available in 2024. Also, what does U men's basketball gain by avoiding St. Thomas? (That answer has some hyphens.)
Carlos Correa talks to home plate umpire Brian Knight after strking out during the sixth inning in Game 1 of the ALDS.

Reusse: Baseball umpiring has never been better — sorry, Twins apologists

The Twins didn't get a raw deal with calls, and that magical strike-zone box you see on TV isn't always perfect.
The football gods (unseen), and Bucs fans (seen), hovered menacingly around Vikings fans Danielle Zanoth and Jon Cook in the opener.

Reusse: Football gods have turned on the Vikings

The NFL parity magic and lack of surplus talent were going to keep Vikings from repeating 13-win season ... but 1-4 start is cruel stuff.
Twins players Max Kepler (left), Royce Lewis (top right) and Willi Castro were among the strikeout squad in the team’s 3-2 loss in Game 4.

Reusse: October baseball never ends, but Twins had formula for quick exit

The team that set an all-time record for striking out swung the bats in Games 3 and 4 like all season-long observers feared they would.
Edouard Julien finished 2-for-3 with a solo homer in Game 4 against the Astros.

Reusse: Trade gave Julien a shot with Twins; he did his part in Game 4

One of the unexpected benefits of the Twins trading Luis Arraez for Pablo López was the arrival of Edouard Julien to the major league roster.
Foreground, what worked: Fans and Homer Hankies. Background, what didn’t: Twins hitting.

Reusse: Twins teetering now after being outclassed by Astros

"If you can hit, you can hit," Houston manager Dusty Baker said after Game 3. One team did (Houston). The other didn't (Twins). And now Minnesota is one loss away from the offseason.
Thousands of fans claimed free tickets to watch the Minnesota Twins play the Houston Astros during a watch party at Target Field on Saturday during Ga

Reusse: Twins fans out in force downtown despite monster football weekend

Even with the Gophers playing Michigan and the Vikings playing the Chiefs, Twins fans made their presence known downtown on Saturday.
October 1977: The Gophers recovered a fumble during their upset of top-ranked Michigan.

Reusse: Little Brown Jug game isn't the marquee rivalry it once was

The Gophers and Wolverines played every year straight between 1919 to 2015, after which the Big Ten deemed the matchup optional.
The Twins showed off their new uniforms before the holidays last season and show off their celebration skills Wednesday after sweeping the Blue Jays.

Reusse: Twins' plans fell apart — and yet they're headed on in the playoffs

This Twins team headed for the ALDS against Houston looks nothing like the one we were watching a few months ago — or the one we imagined at the beginning of the season.
Fans waved their Homer Hankys before Game 2.

Reusse basks in playoff baseball glow, salutes baseball's bold change

As we watch the Twins in the playoffs, let's say "job well done" to baseball bosses after big decisions to improve the game.
Royce Lewis celebrated in the dugout after his second home run — scoring all three of the game’s runs — on Tuesday at Target Field.

Reusse: Playoff heroes? Twins had Lewis, López and those 38,450 fans.

An 18-game losing streak in the postseason evaporated with everything going right for the Twins at Target Field.
Billy Steil died on Sept. 22 at age 61.

Reusse: Remembering Billy Steil, a most valuable teammate

Billy Steil "didn't see Down syndrome as a handicap to live life, and we didn't see him that way," one funeral attendee said. "He was part of us."
Wrestling legends: Sheik Adnan Al-Kaissie, left, Ken Resnick and Ken Patera.

Reusse: 'The Sheik's' death brings back wrestling memories from Edina to Iraq

The recent death of Adnan Al-Kaissie, "The Sheik," brought back memories for rasslin' hype man Ken Resnick, who knew the difference between the honest truth and pro wrestling truth.
Autumn Pease, a former Gophers softball star, has been a fan of Twins pitcher Sonny Gray since his time in Oakland. When she was growing up in Califor

Reusse: California ties connect Pease and Gray, two of Minnesota's best pitchers

Former Gopher Autumn Pease is back in town after excelling in a pro softball league in Texas, and she'll watch childhood favorite Sonny Gray pitch for the Twins on Thursday.
Augsburg receiver Dominic Smith (11) pulled in a 13-yard touchdown at Gustavus Adolphus on Saturday, with the Gusties’ Isaiah Chambers defending on

Reusse: Augsburg, Gustavus show they could challenge MIAC powerhouses

St. John's and Bethel have played in the MIAC title game the past two years, but a repeat may not be guaranteed this year.
Twins players and staff celebrate after winning the American League Central title at Target Field.

Reusse: Twins' next goal is simple: Win one lousy postseason game

An 18-game postseason losing streak that dates to 2004 continues to hang over this franchise, but at least it has the starting pitching to bring that slide to an end.
Royce Lewis’ four grand slams in the span of 18 games set a major league record and buoyed many Twins fans into optimism — until his injury earlie

Reusse: Lewis made it feel good to be a Twins fan again

At times this season, it felt hard to give the Twins much credit. Then Royce Lewis returned in mid-August, and suddenly even septuagenarian sports writers got less grumpy.
February 1969: Henry Boucha after his injury in the state hockey tournament.

Reusse: Hockeytown's Henry Boucha was my 'first in-person hockey hero'

He was different, meaning special, by any measure. Henry Boucha of Warroard earned the "legend" label in Minnesota, rising above all the others who made his hometown a hockey hotbed.
St. Thomas’ Andrew McElroy made a leaping catch in the third quarter at Harvard on Saturday.

Reusse: Tommies don't look Ivy League part in 45-13 defeat at Harvard

St. Thomas put up a valiant effort, but the Tommies were no match after Harvard gained an early 21-0 lead.
St. Thomas football coach Glenn Caruso took a selfie with his daughter, Anna, at Harvard Stadium on Friday.

Reusse: Why is St. Thomas playing Harvard? It's a Caruso family thing.

The Tommies take on the Crimson on Saturday in their first, but not last, football meeting — a game that came together with a little help, or a lot of help, from Caruso connections old and new.
Lynx boss Cheryl Reeve brings honesty and authenticity to coach-speak in Minnesota.

Reusse: Coaches need to take cue from Reeve and up the insults

The championship-winning, truth-speaking Cheryl Reeve should coach the men in town on their postgame commentary. Tell the truth, guys!
Bethel running back David Geebli looked for room to run during the Royals’ season-opening loss to Wartburg on Saturday. Geebli later broke an ankle

Reusse: Bethel-Wartburg matchup displayed best of D-III football

Wartburg won the nonconference meeting between the Division III as Bethel's David Geebli broke his ankle in the first half.
Mets relief pitcher Sean Reid-Foley reacted after the Twins’ Andrew Stevenson scored off a throwing error by catcher Francisco Alvarez during the se

Reusse: These Mets aren't as bad as originals, but that's not saying much

New York's biggest baseball disappointment this year — and that's saying something — arrived at Target Field on Friday looking to avoid a last-place finish.
Brad Maxwell congratulated defense partner Gary Sargent after a North Stars goal during a game in 1978.

Reusse: Big shot, left hook made Maxwell a North Star to remember

A well-rounded defenseman who made his mark in Minnesota, Brad Maxwell died at the age of 66 because of cancer.
Maple Lake celebrated after beating Bird island for the Class C townball title.

Reusse: Three weeks of baseball, two townball champions finally crowned

Hot weather wore down players for much of the tournament and dream matchups wilted in defeat before Class B and Class C champions emerged over the weekend.
Minnetonka Millers veterans Mike Davis, left, and Joe Shallenberger, right, surrounded winning pitcher Wyatt Nelson on Saturday.

Reusse: St. Patrick builds up its townball yard and team

The Irish had done well in the combined Class A and B townball tournament until they ran into the powerhouse Minnetonka Millers on Saturday.
Reusse: Minneapolis North shows its qualities: resilient, physical and fast

Reusse: Minneapolis North shows its qualities: resilient, physical and fast

The Minneapolis North Polars and Holy Angels welcomed gunshot victim Cashmere Hamilton-Grunau back to the field, then embarked on a game that showed why North is a high school football power.
Byron Buxton (shown against the Mariners in July) played center field for the first time in more than a year during a rehab assignment with the St. Pa

Back on defense, Buxton makes return to center field with Saints

On a rehab assignment, Byron Buxton played center field for the first time in more than a year Wednesday night. Alex Kirilloff, recovering from a shoulder injury, was also in the lineup.
Twins lefthander Kody Funderburk fielded a ball Monday night during his major league debut at Target Field.

Reusse: Slugger to pitcher to pro, Funderburk's unique path to Twins

When COVID hit, Kody Funderburk spent the time learning to pitch down in the zone. It was another key improvement in his unique journey to the Major Leagues.
Twins shortstop Carlos Correa smacked a home run against the Rangers on Friday night, the first run of a six-run seventh inning that broke the game op

Reusse: Twins' victory was a tale of two Carloses

Erratic plate umpire Carlos Torres was a low point, but Correa reminded the Twins why he's worth $200 million.
Nebraska coach Bob Devaney is carried off the field by his victorious players after the Cornhuskers defeated Oklahoma 35-31 on Thanksgiving Day in 197

Reusse: What happened to Nebraska football? Ask a 'Minnesota Twin'

Minnesotans Tom Ruud and Bob Nelson were standout linebackers for Nebraska football teams of the 1970s. Ruud recognizes the program's current tough times but won't say the Huskers can't be great again.
The Gustavus hockey team, along with the campus community and loved ones, is reeling from the loss of goaltender Jori Jones.

Reusse: Gustavus hockey team mourns death of a 'best friend'

Gustavus goalie Jori Jones, who died in a car crash Sunday, made a big impression on teammates such as captain Molly McHugh last season during the team's NCAA women's Division III title run.
From left: Jack Osberg, Derrin Lamker and Cade Sheehan, who won Augsburg’s second ever (and most recent) MIAC football title in 1997. Osberg was co

Reusse: There's a new MIAC football contender in town

In a conference dominated by St. John's and Bethel, the Auggies are ready to make some noise.
Jim Knebel, a former drag racer, and BIR owner/operator Kristi Copham are two of the thousands in Brainerd for the NHRA nationals this weekend.

Reusse: Thousands flock to Brainerd for 'the fastest show on earth'

Storied tracks are closing around the country, but Brainerd International Raceway draws drag racing aficionados with decades of experience.
Because of several injury roadblocks, Royce Lewis of the Twins has only 39 games on his big league résumé in the seven years since being drafted.

Reusse: Lewis comes through big, when he's healthy enough to play

Royce Lewis, the Twins' No. 1 overall draft choice in 2017, has been in the pros for seven years and played 39 MLB games. Injuries have kept him down, but he remains upbeat.
The baseball field in Farming, Minn., is right next to the town’s cemetery.

Reusse: 100 years of Minnesota townball. There's nothing else like it.

All things change in sports, right? Baseball's speed-up rules, the Big Ten's 18 teams, breakdancing at the Olympics. But there are exceptions. One is Minnesota's unique summer pastime known as "townball."
The state amateur baseball tournament opens Friday and runs through Labor Day.

Townball: New format for 100th Minnesota Amateur Baseball Tournament

The Minnesota amateur baseball centennial starts Friday and runs for three weekends. Here are details about when and where the games will be played.
Darryl Strawberry was honored before the American Association All-Star Game in St. {Paul in 2008.

Reusse: It was a brief stop, but Saints right to retire Strawberry's number

Darryl Strawberry's major league career was filled with bumps. But his 29 games with the St. Paul Saints allowed them to a side of the former MLB star that's part of the work he does today to inspire people.
Mike Veeck has always put on a show as owner of the St. Paul Saints, but good stories are everywhere, if you look.

Reusse: Second chances first on my mind with Mike Veeck and the Saints

With a documentary on the Veeck family coming out and Darryl Strawberry having his number retired by the St. Paul Saints, it's another summer of good storytelling. And time for an apology, too.
Hall of Famer Dave Winfield was a terrific right fielder, but before that, he was a fantastic pitcher too.

Reusse: Memories of Winfield recall Ohtani and raise a great 'what-if?'

St. Paul native Dave Winfield made it to the Hall of Fame as a hitter, but at the University of Minnesota in 1973, he showed that he could do anything on the baseball field.
How can a hitter of Correa’s talent, not yet 29, find himself batting .220 with an on-base percentage of .295?

Reusse: Forget first place, Twins fans have had it with the Twins

Patrick Reusse has been a dedicated student of the Twins for 63 seasons, but when Carlos Correa swung at that breaking ball a foot outside the batter's box, he had enough.
It’s been a disappointing season for pitcher Adam Wainwright and the Cardinals, who haven’t been performing up to preseason expectations.

Reusse: MLB teams falling short of preseason expectations

Teams such as the Cardinals and Padres have failed to meet the win totals projected before Opening Day, while those with low projections are leading divisions.
Lee Hodges kissed his wife, Savannah, on the 18th green at TPC Twin Cities following his wire-to-wire victory at the 3M Open — the first of his PGA

Reusse: 3M Open victory could be the first of many for Hodges

His college coach came up from Alabama to witness the final round in Blaine and said he expected more strong results in the future.
Fans watched as Hideki Matsuyama hits out of the bunker on the seventh green during the second round of the 3M Open.

Reusse: Minnesotans love their golf, but lack of big names hurts 3M Open

The state's main pro golf event has always drawn enthusiastic crowds, but now it's fighting for a place in a changing professional golf landscape.
Aaron Baddeley watched golfers on the practice green Tuesday at the TPC Twin Cities.

Reusse: Phenom to journeyman, Baddeley easy to root for at 3M Open

The Australian standout had an explosive start to his career, now he's settled in as a journeyman on the PGA Tour with a lot at stake at the 3M Open this week.
Edouard Julien

Reusse: Rookie Julien's potential could mean Polanco position switch

Despite his struggles on defense, the Twins see enough potential in rookie Edouard Julien that veteran Jorge Polanco will be told to try a new position during a minor-league rehab assignment.
Caleb VanArragon, pictured in 2018, was a top prep golfer at Blaine.

Reusse on a magic putter, missing McGivern and mud trucks

Through the midsummer Minnesota haze, Patrick Reusse looks at the state's sharpest golfer, salutes a communications ace and tells us about a twist in racing.
Miguel Sano was at his baseball peak when he signed a three-year contract with the Twins on Jan. 14, 2020 at Target Field.

Reusse: Where's Sanó now? Will he ever play in the majors again?

Former Twins slugger Miguel Sanó suffered through a mishap-filled 2022 season in which he batted .083 in 20 games — causing the Twins to buy out the option year of his contract.