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Patrick Reusse

St. Paul and Winnipeg have done this before, a mere 45 years ago

You're right. The North Stars never played Winnipeg in a playoff series. But the Fighting Saints did, in year one of the WHA.

Reusse: Losing Parise to injury was too much for Wild fans to take

Fans sang along during the National Anthem before game 4 at Xcel Energy Center.

Every other collection of fans in the Twin Cities consists of front runners. Wild fans are not front runners. They have a love for this hockey team that is almost familial.

Reusse: Edina's Giles recalls hockey start in town shaken by bus tragedy

The Humboldt Fire Department lower a large Canadian flag to half-staff on the eastern entrance to the community on Highway 5 in Humboldt, Saskatchewan

Former UMD and Minnesota North Stars defenseman Curt Giles was 14 when he went to Humboldt, Saskatchewan in the fall of 1973 to start his successful pursuit of an NHL career.

That didn't take long: MLB's replay system is back as boondoggle in 2018

Commissioner Manfred promised a two-minute time limit in February. It took twice that in Detroit on Friday, with a game-changing call that was neither clear nor convincing.

Reusse: Wild, Wolves fans have different level of madness

Reusse: Wild, Wolves fans have different level of madness

In St. Paul, the forgiving crowd just wants to party in the playoffs. In Minneapolis, the vitriol toward coach Tom Thibodeau has reached its peak.

Reusse: Stanozolol delivers another spring training gut punch to Twins

Twins infielder Jorge Polanco (11) practiced his swing during workouts.

Early Sunday morning, there was optimism that Jorge Polanco's fielding would be fine. Later Sunday, the Twins lost their shortstop for 80 games.

Cousins' exit strategy from Washington was brilliant -- and, yup, I missed it

Those franchise tags Washington placed on Cousins weren't a lack of respect. They became his means to a triumphant end.

Reusse: Twins' pitching present and future crossing paths this week

Minnesota Twins bullpen coach Eddie Guardado (18) patted pitching prospect Fernando Romero (77) on the back after Romero finished pitching during live

Lance Lynn arrived as a much-needed addition to the 2018 rotation. And, Fernando Romero, a likely member of the 2019 rotation, was leaving for minor league camp.

Claiming players in Rule 5 draft always has been an inexact science

The modern rules for investing in these players started in 1970. The Twins landed the best-ever in Johan Santana. They also landed Sergio Ferrer, briefly a starting shortstop.

Reusse: Vikings deserve more ridicule (than Twins on Darvish) if they don't get Cousins

Washington Redskins quarterback Kirk Cousins passes under pressure from Seattle Seahawks defensive end Dwight Freeney (93) in the second half of an NF

Yu Darvish could have made Twins favorites to finish fifth again in American League. Kirk Cousins will make Vikings co-favorites in NFC.

Reusse: Gophers don't deserve latest gifts

A giant share of the millions spent on the new Athlete's Village aimed to impress and pamper underachieving football and basketball players.

Reusse: Is Morrison's arrival like the return of Torii Hunter to the Twins?

Reusse: Is Morrison's arrival like the return of Torii Hunter to the Twins?

There was a 20-minute riff from the Twins' new designated hitter that was a reminder of what Hunter brought to the team when he returned in 2015.

Reusse: Using high draft picks on college pitchers a huge fail for Twins

J.T. Chargois

The Twins selected and signed 21 college pitchers in the first four rounds from 2008 through 2015. Four have pitched for the Twins, and only Kyle Gibson has made an impact.

Reusse: Turmoil forces Twins, MLB to vacate Venezuela

Kidnapping has become an industry in Venezuela. Major league players worry about family members back home.

Reusse: Recalling, rating six Olympics covered by your favorite sports writer

The presence of Magic Johnson and the Dream Team in the 1992 Olympics in Barcelona remains one of Patrick Reusse's favorite memories from his coverage

No. 1: Barcelona went from a question mark to the best ever. No. 6: Calgary was forced to put 10 days' worth of events into a 16-day schedule.

Reusse: Rays' payroll cutting allows Twins to land established starter

Jake Odorizzi

The Twins could not have opened season without another starter. Jake Odorizzi fulfills that requirement.

Reusse: Vikings' QB room could become quite the 'happy' workplace

Minnesota Vikings quarterback Case Keenum, right, speaks with quarterbacks coach Kevin Stefanski while warming up before an NFL football game against

Assistant Kevin Stefanski already has been blocked from moving up in coaching ranks. And Case Keenum and Teddy Bridgewater could be facing manipulations to drive down their earning power.

Reusse: Brady still brilliant after eight Super Bowls

New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (12) threw a pass during Super Bowl LII as Beau Allen (94), a Minnetonka native who plays defensive tackle

Tom Brady brought his annual show to Minneapolis for Super Bowl LII.

Free tickets wouldn't even draw a guarantee to root for Vikings in 1975

Homer Martinson had two extras for the Vikings-Steelers in Super Bowl IX. He wasn't able to convert a pair of young Mean Joe Greene fans with them.

Reusse: Having only one good eye didn't keep Frost from greatness at Hamline

Al Frost was 18 months old when he lost the vision in his left eye but still went on to a fantastic basketball career. He will join Hamline's Row of Honor on Saturday night.