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Patrick Reusse

Reusse: Sunday turned out to be an entertaining night to be a fan ... of the Packers

One week after the greatest moment in Vikings history, the same outfit provided the worst moment in Vikings history.

Reusse: Vikings’ recent first-round draft picks a mixed bag

What's intriguing about the impressive roster building in the past eight years is Rick Spielman's spotty record with first-rounders.

Reusse: Purple fanatics everywhere, including a tiki bar in Florida

Mackenzie Weber was 8 and tear-filled after the Vikings' loss to Atlanta in January 1999. Sunday made up for that, finally.

Reusse: Hoops fortunes changed in a hurry for Timberwolves, Gophers

Sports outlooks can change in four weeks, even when a coach makes players promise accountability in writing.

Reusse: Texas A&M spending foolishly chasing football wins

The Aggies' appetite for spending to achieve football glory has no boundaries.

Reusse: Tyler Nanne almost joined cousin Vinni with a Friday night goal

Vinni Lettieri's goal was announced to the Mariucci crowd. And then Nanne hit the crossbar during his shift for the Gophers.

Lettieri's goal was a hockey moment that's tough to top for grandfather

Vinni Lettieri made his NHL debut on Friday and gave Rangers 2-1 lead. And those were tears from his father Tino and grandfather Lou Nanne.

Reusse: No media cover-up in troubling Sano situation

There are suggestions out there that the sports media is in cahoots with athletes in covering up stories such as the Miguel Sano situation.

Reusse: Big East college hoops has it figured out

Originally, the Big East was dedicated to basketball and it was great. The second edition has duplicated that in five short seasons.

Reusse: Taxed properly, Goodell's raise is one for us all

NFL commissioner Roger Goodell

Wouldn't it be great if we could slap a Minnesota tax rate of 9.85 percent on 1/52nd of Roger Goodell's estimated $40 million salary as he struts about during Super Bowl week?

Reusse: Fleck deserves a chance - and ridicule

Minnesota coach P. J. Fleck led the team down the tunnel before Minnesota took on Wisconsin at TCF Bank Stadium

Given all that's in front of him, P.J. Fleck should win more in years to come. But the Gophers' 2017 football season still deserves to be judged.

Reusse: Wild's Niederreiter proves again he's Fletcher's best move

The Wild's Nino Niederreiter has been on a scoring tear.

Thursday night, Nino Niederreiter was robbed by the Vegas goalie, caught a high stick and had a goal taken away in about five minutes of play. Just another eventful night for the bustling forward.

Reusse: Keenum's equal in history is identified

Minnesota Vikings quarterback Case Keenum (7) looks over the defense during an NFL football game against the Detroit Lions, Thursday, Nov. 23, 2017, in Detroit. The Vikings won the game 30-23. (Jeff Haynes/AP Images for Panini)

The best on-the-cheap local comparison to Case Keenum? Bill Dailey, a relief pitcher for the 1963 Twins.

Reusse: P.R. man 'Foof' knows how to pick a winner

Dave Ferroni has been pitching underdog stories since the 1980 Olympics - and has a new one in NASCAR's Martin Truex Jr.

Reusse: In long career, Severson was first coach covered as an entity

Marlowe "Red" Severson, left, died last week at 89. He was a mercurial presence in 11 seasons as the basketball coach at St. Cloud State.

"Red" Severson died last week at 89. He was a mercurial presence in 11 seasons as the basketball coach at St. Cloud State. "Red was a character, but he also was a drill sergeant as a coach,'' said a former player.

Reusse: Dozier emulates Grant's credo about durability

Minnesota Twins second baseman Brian Dozier

It is harder to play through injuries these days than ever. But 50 years ago, Bud Grant came down from Winnipeg to coach the Vikings and soon was telling us durability was as important as ability.

Reusse: MIAC needs to look at option to lessen absurd competitive imbalance

Hamline athletic director Jason Verdugo says limit on roster sizes is at least "worth a discussion.''

Reusse: Stelmaszek was wondrous practitioner in noble art of baseball humor

Former Twins manager Tom Kelly, left, laughed with Twins bullpen coach Rick Stelmaszek after Kelly tossed him a ceremonial pitch during the pregame ceremony at Target Field to retire the former manager's No. 10 in September of 2012.

Stelly was a Twins coach for 32 years, and there was not a more popular figure in the clubhouse or the organization.

Reusse: Gophers volleyball exciting again, with 'Triple S' in charge

Setter Samantha Seliger-Swenson (middle, shown celebrating a point against Michigan in September) excels at getting the volleyball to the Gophers' young but talented hitters.

A weekend sweep before two sellouts at the Pavilion, directed by setter Samantha Seliger-Swenson, put the younger Gophers at 23-2 overall and 12-2 in the Big Ten.

Reusse: Gophers failed to take hint from 2016 team: When schedule is easy, win

From the day P.J. Fleck was hired as head coach, the Gophers football loyalists have been downgrading the nine wins for Claeys as having been the result of an easy schedule.

It's been worth a few laughs to hear Gophers loyalists bad-mouthing a 9-4 record, as cover for how Fleck's first season might end.