Patrick Reusse

Reusse: KAT's got a friend in Russell, which is supposed to make us optimistic

Karl-Anthony Towns had encouraging words for Minnesota Timberwolves guard D'Angelo Russell (0) during a recent game.

The NBA not about trying to win tonight's game. It's about interpersonal relationships. It's about players with $150 million contracts being placed in the role of martyrs

Reusse: New Carew book coming in May with apt title: 'One Tough Out'

The title of a new book coming out in May about Twins special coach Rod Carew is entitled, "One Tough Out," which describes both his hitting ability -

Winning seven batting titles was a challenge. What had made him a tougher out is survival after a massive heart attack in September 2015.

James, Morrell to fight for WBA belts on Armory boxing card April 11

James has been two years for this chance. It only took Cuban defector Morrell two pro bouts to get a similar shot.

Reusse: Tony Fernandez’ influence ongoing in ‘Cradle of Shortstops’

In this Sept. 18, 1987, file photo, the Yankees' Rickey Henderson, steals second base below Toronto shortstop Tony Fernández

The Twins' Jorge Polanco, the American League's incumbent All-Star shortstop, has called Tony Fernandez his "idol.'' That gives you a snapshot of the lasting power of the Fernandez' legend.

Reusse: Memories of 'Nishioka Era' more maudlin than misty-eyed

Reusse: Memories of 'Nishioka Era' more maudlin than misty-eyed

Tsuyoshi Nishioka came to Twins as a mystery in 2011 and left before his contract expired. Kenta Maeda arrives with a big-league track record and as much-needed starter.

Reusse: Sign stealing is an old craft; you just need a good set of binoculars

Phil Roof was 20-year-old neophyte walking through Milwaukee Braves' bullpen when he almost tripped over a prone teammate. What was Charlie Lau doing? You guessed it.

Reusse: Jimmy Butler must be laughing as he reads latest from KAT

Jimmy Butler and Karl-Anthony Towns in happier times.

Butler's on quite a run. His team's 34-15, he's an All-Star again, and then he had the chance to read Karl-Anthony Towns talking about being "disrespected."

Reusse: Zealots rewarded as Mahomes engineers Chiefs' rally

Chiefs fans were out in force for Sunday's Super Bowl at the Overtime Pub in Cape Coral, Fla. Dana Swanson (upper left), originally a South Dakotan, s

Fifty years after Hank Stram became Minnesota's No. 1 sports villain, there are qualities with these Chiefs that allow us to approve of their second Super Bowl title.

Reusse: Four daughters made Kobe four times lucky as citizen of this planet

Kobe and Gianna Bryant attended the WNBA All-Star Game 2019 in Las Vegas.

When it comes to kids, boys are terrific, and girls are the best. This is a secret better learned late than never.

Reusse: Why I grew up cheering for LSU in rural Minnesota

Billy Cannon's famous punt return in 1959.

Patrick Reusse's youthful exuberance for Gophers football was sparked by being an eyewitness to a kickoff return for a touchdown in 1954. His fascination with LSU football also involved a kick return.

Reusse: Browns fans surely excited after playoff look at Stefanski's offense

Former Vikings offensive coordinator Kevin Stefanski is now the head coach of the Cleveland Browns. In his final game with the Vikings, the offense ha

Kevin Stefanski's hire carries as much "recency'' momentum to Cleveland as Matt Patricia's did to Detroit after 2018 Super Bowl.

Reusse: Comparing these Vikings with Purple upstarts from 1987 postseason

Who would you rather have at quarterback: Wade Wilson of the '87 Vikings or Kirk Cousins of the '19 Purple?

If there's a significant advantage for '87 Vikings, it would be the offensive line -- starting with Hall of Famer Gary Zimmerman at left tackle.

Reusse: When LSU's Burrow was 7, he made impression in Fargo

Heisman Trophy winner Joe Burrow was carried off the field by teammates after LSU defeated Alabama this season. His father was once an assistant coach

Coach Jimmy Burrow was part of Craig Bohl's first staff at North Dakota State, and his Nerf-ball-throwing son Joe often showed his burgeoning athletic skills around the football office.

Reusse: Vikings need help, Fleck's sound bites, Twins free agency

Seahawks fans heckled Vikings coach Mike Zimmer as he took the field ahead of Monday night's game against the Seahawks in Seattle.

Green Bay needs a second loss. Fleck is 100% responsible only in words, not in specifics. And the Twins should spend their money on the planet's most professional hitter.

Reusse: Last season's series of trades hasn't been what's haunting the Wild

Mikael Granlund was one of former Wild GM Paul Fenton's high-profile trades, going to the Predators. He hasn't broken through in Nashville, either, co

Fired GM Paul Fenton still gets bashed as easily at Xcel Energy Center as Tom Thibodeau does at Target Center. But there is one defense for the small return on Mikael Granlund, Charlie Coyle and Nino Niederreiter.

Backup minutes come and go for Dieng and Vonleh, the caddies for KAT

Vonleh was backup center at season's start. Dieng has gotten a share of that duty lately, and Vonleh had first two DNPs vs. Jazz.

Reusse: Wise Boomer willing to share Gophers football perspective with curious youth

Coach Bernie Bierman, middle, and the Gophers football team beat Michigan in November of 1934 to earn the Little Brown Jug trophy. Younger Gophers fan

There are a couple of notations required in the Gophers' best start (9-0) since 1904 narrative -- including Bernie Bierman's four national champions that only played eight games.

Jim Beattie, boxing's Kid Galahad: A Minnesota story that got away

Jim Beattie in July 1968.

Jim Beattie died this week at age 77. He was a 6-foot-9 heavyweight boxer and had one of the most interesting stories you could find among Minnesota athletes of the past 60 years.

Reusse: Question haunts (old) Gophers fans: 'Do we have the hay in the barn?'

Coach Murray Warmath

This battle of November unbeatens is contender for biggest Gophers' home game since No. 1 Iowa vs. No. 3 Minnesota in 1960. What's missing is an update on the hay.

Reusse: Covering World Series was great, until it started lasting too long

Washington players celebrated after winning Game 6 on Tuesday, which lasted 3 hours, 37 minutes.

Daily newspapers from MLB cities stopped covering the World Series with a reporter a number of years ago. And how can you blame them?