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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.


Reporter's posture is the least of Matt Patricia's worries

These are the kinds of things that quickly become forgotten footnotes when a team is successful. The Lions haven't been very successful this season.


Look at Tampa Bay for clues to what Baldelli might do

New Twins manager Rocco Baldelli, 37, was drafted by the Rays in 2000 and has spent all but one year since in the organization in a variety of roles.


Wild is far from irrelevant after five-game winning streak

These past five games have stood in stark contrast, at least results-wise, to the 1-2-2 start to the year that caused many of us to conclude this would be a long season.


Should NFL teams go for two-point conversions more often?

Given the new rules that seem to favor offenses and the not-so-sure-thing of a 33-yard extra point, should teams be going for two even more regardless of the score?


Friends and family agree: Baldelli is MLB's first hipster manager

As the Twins went through the interview process, they appreciated Rocco Baldelli's interests outside baseball. They include Phish concerts.


Vikings fan's car burnt to a crisp in MetLife Stadium parking lot

Much was made nine months ago about the awful treatment Vikings fans endured from Eagles fans during the 38-7 NFC title game loss in Philadelphia.To…


The dollar is strong in MLB, World Series pairing indicates

The World Series begins Tuesday, and we have the Red Sox (No. 1 in payroll according to Spotrac.com) against the Dodgers (No. 3) — an accurate reflection of the inequality that exists in the sport.


Believe it: Wolves have offense to fall back on

North Score: the Wolves had one of the best offenses in the NBA a year ago, finishing fourth in efficiency. How in the world did they do that when they finished dead last in both three-pointers made and attempted?


Will Wiggins ever become the player Wolves hoped he would be?

Andrew Wiggins has shown he can score but hasn't shown much else.


There's that Purple blueprint emerging

Unfortunately, the other part of the expected blueprint — in addition to a dominant defense and strong offense with balance — was a questionable offensive line.