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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.


Loons the latest Minnesota team to have its weaknesses show up in playoffs

When a team is good enough to make the playoffs but flawed enough to create doubts — which describes pretty much every high-profile Minnesota pro…


Tweeters seem to be adding fuel to Kirk Cousins' fire

Following the low-point loss at Chicago, Kirk Cousins admitted he was motivated to play with more of an edge. Since, he's piled up 10 touchdowns, one interception and almost 1,000 yards passing.


Allianz Field's new grass will take center stage for a multi-sport weekend

It's a perfect storm of ingredients: In a very successful first season at Allianz Field, Minnesota United is set to host a Major League Soccer…


Referees should only throw penalties for the worst offenses

People have been complaining about how sports are officiated for as long as there have been sports. In the first footrace at the Olympic Games…


Outdoor Twins baseball in late October? We would all take our chances

Alternating between cursing at snowflakes and shivering at the whipping wind this past weekend sent me scurrying for an indoor-based activity: obsessing about what it…


Ecstasy and agony: Gophers and Vikings surge, while Wild struggles

You want meaningful football? You've got it. On the ice, however, this Wild season could go off the rails in a hurry.


An edgy Kirk Cousins gives Vikings an edge

Kirk Cousins' radio show is the gift that keeps on giving, if only head coach Mike Zimmer would listen.A week after apologizing to receiver Adam…


It was simple math: The Yankees were $94 millon better than the Twins

Over the next few days, you will read countless well-reasoned pieces on the Twins and what went wrong over the past three games. You will…


On heels of Vikings victory, Kirk Cousins' podcast apology is effective

Before Stefon Diggs stole the show as the biggest offensive subplot with the Vikings last week by missing time with a (cough) cold, declaring "there's…


Twins lost big but had small improvements available

These three decisions by the Twins and manager Rocco Baldelli were fair to wonder about before they had negative consequences.