Michael Rand | Star Tribune
Digital sports editor | StarTribune.com

Michael Rand is the Star Tribune's Digital Sports Senior Writer. In 20 years covering Minnesota sports at the Star Tribune, he has seen just about everything.

Rand is a North Dakota native and a graduate of the University of Minnesota. He lives in Minneapolis with his wife and two daughters.


Gophers' early NCAA tournament game creates conundrum for fans

As soon as the Gophers men's basketball team's 11:15 a.m. Thursday tip-off against Louisville was announced, I thought: This is great!It's the first of the…


Seasons are changing before our eyes, on and off the field for Minnesota sports

At the risk of jinxing everything, we made it.Shhhhhh.Yes, yes. April snowstorm this, freezing rain that. The 10-day forecast looks really good. At least right…


New run game coordinator Rick Dennison will have to make the line better than its talent

Less than a week into free agency, the Vikings' philosophy for 2019 has taken shape. Namely: They're going to go with (and pay) the guys…


Gophers feel the luck on Selection Sunday

Minnesota fans in general will tell you their teams never get any sort of good luck, but here's where the Gophers' basketball story gets interesting.


Twins fans remain negative despite positive changes

Having learned long ago that the online comments section on Star Tribune stories is a place to go for the loudest voices, but not necessarily…


Free-agent history repeats itself when Anthony Barr picked Vikings over Jets

Allow me to present a play in three acts over 15 years. Depending on where you live, it's either a tragedy or a tale of…


Controversies involving athletes could use a reality check in digital world

Oklahoma City's Russell Westbrook was recorded by a fan Monday in Utah issuing an expletive-laden threat at a heckler, and after the game he said…


Where have all the college hockey fans gone?

With an announced crowd of just 1,835 for its Big Ten playoff-opening game Friday against Michigan — and social media images painting an even more bleak picture of the attendance — the Gophers men's hockey program garnered some negative attention.


Wolves need to figure out what to do with Wiggins

North Score: Michael Rand and Jim Souhan debate the possibilities.


Tuesday was a feel-good night for Gophers men, Wild and Wolves

Tuesday was a rare night when three local pro sports teams succeeded.