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Sid Hartman

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Sid Hartman is a sports columnist. He also can be heard weekdays on WCCO AM-830 at 6:40, 7:40 and 8:40 a.m.


Hartman writes three columns each week.
Recent content from Sid Hartman
Wolves star Karl-Anthony Towns, addressing the Target Center crowd on Jan. 27 following the death of Kobe Bryant, revealed Wednesday that his mother,

Hartman: Wolves look for hope in midst of another difficult season

The team was undergoing a major makeover without much success either on the floor or at the gate when the NBA season shut down.
Coach P.J. Fleck gathered the Gophers football team for practice in early March, but coronavirus concerns have postponed spring practices for the fore

Hartman: Shutdown providing Fleck more problems than others face

When it comes to Gophers football, coach P.J. Fleck's squad is being put at a real disadvantage for two reasons by the total shutdown of college sports.
Minnesota Vikings' Jaleel Johnson (94) sacked Los Angeles Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers in 2019.

Hartman: Young players need to rise up for Vikings

It's hard to believe the team has lost so many quality players in such a short time. And it also shows how quickly the team is going to have to rebuild.
Gophers athletic director Mark Coyle, left, heads a department that had a graduation rate of 94% last fall, the highest in school history. P.J. Fleck,

Hartman: U shines in athletics, academics

Beyond on-field success, the Gophers have high graduation rates and grade-point averages.
Timberwolves' head coach Ryan Saunders signals to his team alongside ' D'Angelo Russell during a game against the Dallas Mavericks.

Hartman: Wolves owner Taylor hopeful NBA can return to action soon

The reason some remain hopeful for the NBA's return is leagues in Asia have restarted in the past week after taking two months off.
Signing Kirk Cousins to a two-year extension was important for the Vikings. With added cap space, signing more and better offensive linemen to protect

Hartman: Latest roster moves keeping Vikings flexible

Re-signing Kirk Cousins was the right decision by the Vikings, and other transactions are freeing up valuable salary cap space for moves that need to be made.

Sid's Jottings

SID’s JOTTINGS   • Bud Grant’s biggest fans and cheerleaders, the 40 members of his immediate family including children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren, will…
Sid interviewed Twins infielder John Castino in 1982, when the Twins lost 102 games. Through the Twins’ highs and lows over 59 seasons, Sid has seen

Hartman: Giving thanks at 100 for a long career

There have been a lot of twists and turns in my newspaper career, but this has to be one of the unique moments in all of my years of covering sports.

Sid Hartman is the World's Longest-Serving Newspaper Columnist — officially!

The hardest-working man in Minnesota sports, Sid Hartman, celebrates his 100th birthday today. He can also celebrate history. The Guinness World Records is officially naming…
September 8, 1945: The President throws a strike - President Truman, attending his first major league baseball game since he became chief executive

Hartman: The sports world has stopped before, but it always returns

Sports have many times taken a back seat to much larger concerns in the country, but they have also been a key part of holding Minnesota and the country together during difficult times.
Two longtime friends -- Star Tribune columnist Sid Hartman and former Vikings coach Bud Grant -- posed for a photo at the Vikings practice facility in

Hartman: The joy of sports keeps me working

"One of the most important parts of my career as a sportswriter and columnist has been the relationships I have built with sources," writes Sid Hartman, who turns 100 on Sunday.
Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins

Hartman: Can the Vikings afford to re-sign Cousins?

Kirk Cousins' numbers rank with the NFL's best. He has one year left with the Vikings but it's a deal that has a salary cap hit that leaves little room for other players.
Byron Buxton has not played in a spring training game yet after recovering from offseason shoulder surgery.

Hartman: Health of Buxton, Kepler are key to Twins success

Byron Buxton and Max Kepler are both working their way back from offseason injuries, and while Kepler has played in three games in spring, Buxton has yet to make an appearance.

Sid's jottings

JOTTINGS • One reason the Vikings could have a chance to re-sign Everson Griffen at a discount is there are a number of great…
Gophers coach PJ Fleck celebrated with his players during a team photo following their Outback Bowl victory against Auburn.

Hartman: Fleck's search for next wave of U football starters begins

The Gophers graduated 15 players from an 11-2 team, including nine on defense and several of the team's top stars on offense.
Kevin Warren, who was named commissioner of the Big Ten last June, is touring all schools in the conference. He said his former job as Vikings chief o

Hartman: New Big Ten chief Warren upbeat and ready to tackle issues

In a one-on-one interview, former Vikings COO Kevin Warren said the job of Big Ten commissioner is everything he expected, but there are changes he wants to make a priority as he starts his new career.
Coach Richard Pitino knows the Gophers are clinging to slim NCAA hopes.

Hartman: Title drought gets longer but Gophers cling to NCAA hopes

Technically, the Gophers' last Big Ten title was from the 1981-1982 season, when Jim Dutcher led a squad that featured center Randy Breuer and guard Trent Tucker
Twins third baseman Josh Donaldson ran to first during a spring training game this week.

Hartman: Offseason moves should keep Twins atop AL Central

ESPN.com ran a list this week of the top clubs in baseball and had the Twins ranked fifth overall and the best in the improved AL Central.
Vikings fan Zane Ziebell waved a sword outside U.S. Bank Stadium before a game in October.

Hartman: Wilfs invest more than $1 billion into state of Minnesota

The Wilf family, which owns the Vikings, continues to believe it is doing the right thing by putting its own money into the community, both at U.S. Bank Stadium and in Eagan at the TCO Performance Center.

Sid's jottings

JOTTINGS • This weekend marked the 40th anniversary of the United States men’s hockey team defeating the Soviet Union in the “Miracle on Ice” at…
Everson Griffen

Hartman: Griffen's likely exit should help ease Vikings' cap problems

Salary cap trouble is going to be the big story for the Vikings this offseason, much like it was last year, and the national media has noticed.
Mitch Garver is prepared to become the Twins' full-time catcher this season.

Hartman: Garver ready to take over as Twins' full-time catcher

It was a historic 2019 season for Mitch Garver in terms of power, but he also believes the experience he got behind the plate can carry over to this year.
Mike Zimmer’s sixth season as Vikings coach included a third postseason appearance and a second playoff victory under his leadership, but it did not

Hartman: Zimmer knows Vikings defense needs big improvement

The Vikings defense ranked only 14th in 2019, and it was gashed by running backs far too often.
Justin Morneau will be the analyst for 80 Twins games on television this season as he takes on a larger public relations role with the team.

Hartman: Morneau to work 80 Twins games on TV as profile keeps rising

Justin Morneau has taken off in broadcasting and public relations roles for the Twins. This year he will work 80 games on TV as Bert Blyleven's role continues to be reduced.
In a December 30 game, Timberwolves coach Ryan Saunders disputed a call against the Brooklyn Nets at Target Center.

Hartman: Despite struggles, owner Taylor still believes in Saunders

Wolves owner Glen Taylor said that at no point during this season, including the 5-27 streak before the trade deadline, has he considered firing coach Ryan Saunders
Asked to judge the Twins’ 101-victory, AL Central-winning 2019 season, team owner Jim Pohlad said: “Did we exceed our expectations? I’m not sure

Hartman: Twins owner Pohlad believes team has 'World Series-caliber organization'

Twins owner Jim Pohlad explained how the front-office team of Derek Falvey and Thad Levine approached him with the plan to sign a player like Donaldson to a four-year, $92 million deal, the richest in club history.

Sid's jottings

JOTTINGS • Marty Davis, the CEO of Cambria, is a big baseball fan, and the company is set to host the Cambria Classic at U.S.…
Minnesota Timberwolves President Gersson Rosas

Hartman: After flurry of trades, Rosas and Towns must lead Wolves

It's hard to recall a week in Minnesota sports history with such a dramatic burst of trade activity involving two local professional teams.
Vikings chief operating officer Kevin Warren talks to reporters after being named Big Ten Commissioner during a news conference last June.

Hartman: New commissioner Warren great for Big Ten, Coyle says

Kevin Warren, the former chief financial officer of the Vikings, took over as Big Ten commissioner for the retiring Jim Delany last month.
Newly signed Twins slugger Josh Donaldson interacted with fans while waiting to sign autographs during TwinsFest.

Hartman: Twins end Donaldson's long wait for big payday

He has never had a contract of longer than two seasons before now.
Denver's Jerami Grant was defended by Robert Covington of the Timberwolves on Jan. 20.

Hartman: Wolves hurt on the court, and in the stands

After beginning the season with some promise, the Timberwolves have been on a 5-24 slide. Home attendance has dropped to 14,569 per game, the lowest in the league, according to ESPN.
Twins outfielder Max Kepler took questions on stage for a Facebook Live event during TwinsFest on Saturday.

Hartman: Healthier Kepler prepares for another big season for Twins

One of the Twins' best front-office decisions last year was signing Max Kepler to a contract that locked him into the team's plans through 2024.
Twins outfielders, from left, Eddie Rosario, Byron Buxton and Max Kepler, celebrated a May 15 victory over the Angels last season at Target Field, whe

Hartman: One season ago, no one gave the Twins a chance

Last spring, ESPN had 31 experts across their baseball departments pick who they thought would win the AL Central, and only three picked the Twins while the remaining 28 picked the Indians.

Sid's jottings

JOTTINGS • Twins President Dave St. Peter gave a health update on several players: “[Byron Buxton] got a full clean bill of health…
Twins third baseman Miguel Sano bobbled a grounder by White Sox pinch hitter Welington Castillo but made the throw to first. Jorge Polanco backed him

Hartman: Twins scout Guerrero landed both Sano, Polanco as teens

Fred Guerrero continues to spot, develop talent in the Dominican Republic and Latin America.
Hartman: Super Bowl stories for Mahomes, Shanahan started in Twin Cities

Hartman: Super Bowl stories for Mahomes, Shanahan started in Twin Cities

Chiefs QB Patrick Mahomes and 49ers coach Kyle Shanahan were born here when their dads were working for the Twins and Gophers.
P.J. Fleck and the Gophers made a New Year’s Day bowl — the Outback, against Auburn — just three years after calamity.

Hartman: Fleck engineered historic Gophers turnaround

When the history of Gophers football is written, you will not be able pass up the fact that only three years ago, this program was in its worst straits ever when P.J. Fleck took over as coach.

Sid's jottings

JOTTINGS• Brian Gutekunst, the son of former Gophers football coach John Gutekunst, is in his second season as general manager of the Packers,…
Minnesota Twins owner Jim Pohlad.

Hartman: Pohlads spend big to build Twins into a contender

Josh Donaldson's $92 million deal is the latest example debunking the myth that Twins ownership has been frugal.
The Packers Za'darius Smith sacked Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins on Dec. 23.

Hartman: Vikings trail rival Packers in talent, cap space

Tough roster choices are ahead for the Vikings, needed to free up salary and see if developing players are ready. Overall, the Packers appear to have a more competitive roster than the Vikings' from top to bottom.
San Francisco 49ers defensive end Nick Bosa (97) sacked Minnesota Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins (8) in the fourth quarter .

Hartman: Instead of playoff magic, Vikings simply disappear in defeat

This loss doesn't take away from a very good season, but the front office will have a lot of question marks as it prepares for what's ahead, including some tough salary calls.
The Vikings' Everson Griffen (97) and Anthony Barr (55) celebrated at the end of the game after defeating the LA Chargers.

Hartman: Three big signings saved Vikings' year

Some savvy salary cap moves kept Kyle Rudolph, Anthony Barr and Everson Griffen as part of a playoff team.
Hartman: Did we just see the best week ever for Gophers and Vikings?

Hartman: Did we just see the best week ever for Gophers and Vikings?

There's an argument to be made that last week was the best stretch of football for the Gophers and the Vikings since the NFL came to Minnesota.
Drew Brees turns 41 on Jan. 15, but the longtime Saints quarterback continues to be among the best in the game.

Hartman: Vikings pass defense faces tough test in Saints

The Vikings ranked 15th this season in pass defense, giving up 233.6 yards per game, after ranking third in 2018, second in 2017 and third in 2016.
Vikings receiver Stefon Diggs celebrated after his 61-yard touchdown beat the Saints two years ago.

Hartman: Vikings, Saints develop one of NFL's best playoff rivalries

The two teams have split their past two postseason games, both in dramatic fashion.
Bears quarterback Mitchell Trubisky fumbled the ball before being sacked by Vikings defensive tackle Jalyn Holmes in the fourth quarter.

Hartman: Vikings reserves outplayed Bears starters

Mike Zimmer came away from Sunday's loss pleased with some young players and the Vikings' running game.
Vikings receiver Adam Thielen couldn’t come up with a catch on a long pass from Kirk Cousins against Green Bay on Monday.

Hartman: Vikings' Thielen says he feels great, is ready for playoffs

The standout receiver is back but hasn't been much of a factor since returning from a hamstring injury.
Vikings safety Anthony Harris has had his best season, with career highs in tackles (60), interceptions (six) and pass deflections (11). He will be an

Hartman: Vikings free agent Harris focused on playoffs, not contract

The fifth-year safety, in the midst of his best season, will become an unrestricted free agent.
The Vikings need running back Dalvin Cook to be healthy next week when the postseason begins, otherwise their playoff stay might be a short one.

Hartman: A holiday wish list to cheer Minnesota's teams

The Vikings need good health, and the Twins need better pitching. There's a gift just right for everybody, including a top state basketball recruit for Richard Pitino.
Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins met with Packers counterpart Aaron Rodgers after Green Bay’s 21-16 victory on Sept. 15.

Hartman: Since joining Vikings, Cousins has outplayed Rodgers

The Vikings' decision to give Kirk Cousins big money was in direct response to the success the Packers have had with Aaron Rodgers. So far, the numbers show Cousins is holding up his end of the bargain.

Sid's jottings

JOTTINGS • There was great news for Rick Spielman and the Vikings front office when the NFL announced the 2020 salary cap should go…
Vikings players Everson Griffen and Anthony Barr celebrated at the end of Sunday's victory over the Chargers in Carson, Calif.

Hartman: Vikings, Griffen face contract/salary cap dilemma

The standout defensive end could void his current contract and become an unrestricted free agent.
Vikings linebackers Eric Kendricks and Anthony Barr posed last season.

Hartman: Former UCLA teammates leading Vikings defense

It was fitting that two of the best performances in the Chargers game in Los Angeles came from linebackers Anthony Barr and Eric Kendricks
Kyle Rudolph has only 35 catches this season after making 64 in 2018, but his six TDs have surpassed his 2018 total of four.

Hartman: Rudolph making history in Vikings' playoff push

The Vikings tight end isn't getting a lot of catches, but he has made enough to move into the top five in franchise history.
Vikings defensive back Anthony Harris said the secondary needs to build off its performance against Detroit, when they allowed only 161 passing yards,

Hartman: Vikings' pass defense is looking for answers

The unit is allowing 236.6 yards per game through the air, and it faces Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers on Sunday.
Vikings defensive end Danielle Hunter celebrated after he sacked Lions quarterback David Blough.

Hartman: Vikings struck gold in drafting Hunter

Defensive end Danielle Hunter was a third-round pick in 2015 and has steadily been piling up sacks ever since.
Vikings' Everson Griffen sacked Lions quarterback David Blough in the fourth quarter

Hartman: Vikings defense looking more like what Zimmer expects

A late Lions score in the fourth quarter was the only blemish for the Vikings' defense, which had struggled recently.
Kirk Cousins’ passer rating of 111.9 is second-best in the NFL and tops Daunte Culpepper’s Vikings record of 110.9 in 2004.

Hartman: Cousins' season could be a historic one for the Vikings quarterback

Kirk Cousins' 111.9 rating ranks second in the NFL behind Ryan Tannehill, who has played just eight games. But that mark would be the highest in Vikings history, a record set in 2004 by Daunte Culpepper.

Sid's jottings

JOTTINGS • Jerry Reichow will be the Vikings’ honorary captain for their game with the Lions on Sunday at U.S. Bank Stadium. Reichow played…
Vikings wide receiver Laquon Treadwell scored a touchdown in the fourth quarter on Monday.

Hartman: Treadwell's second chance with Vikings is paying off

Laquon Treadwell, a former first-round draft pick who was cut by the Vikings then later returned, had the longest reception of his NFL career against Seattle.
Vikings defensive end Ifeadi Odenigbo celebrated during a preseason game vs. Seattle

Hartman: Defensive end Odenigbo prepares to step in for Vikings

Ifeadi Odenigbo could play a more pivotal role as other linemen age or have contract issues.
Gophers running back Shannon Brooks ran with the ball before being stopped by the Wisconsin defense during the third quarter.

Hartman: Wisconsin reclaims Axe from Gophers by stuffing the run

The Badgers, who went into the game giving up only 98.5 yards rushing per game, limited the Gophers to 76 yards.

Sid's jottings

JOTTINGS • Vikings coach Mike Zimmer on what makes Seattle quarterback Russell Wilson so hard to cover: “First of all, he’s really accurate.…
Gophers players celebrated with the Paul Bunyan Axe after beating Wisconsin 37-15 last season in Madison.

Hartman: This Gophers-Badgers battle might be the best yet

Saturday's meeting will be only the third time in 129 games both teams are ranked in the Top 15.
When coach P.J. Fleck led the Gophers onto the field Saturday, he and his team were charging toward new heights.

Hartman: Gophers' expected win at Northwestern is the new normal

The Gophers didn't do everything perfectly Saturday, but that shows just how great this club is, and how far it has exceeded expectations: 16-point road win in the Big Ten is considered normal.

Sid's jottings

JOTTINGS • It may be that the Vikings’ only chance to win the NFC North is if they win every game the rest of the…
Gophers wide receiver Tyler Johnson (6) ran with the ball after making a catch against Iowa. The Gophers face a different sort of challenge this Satur

Hartman: Fleck teaching his Gophers about winning as a front-runner

Winning as the favorite at Northwestern on Saturday is the next challenge as coach P.J. Fleck teaches his team about "championship football."
Gophers defensive back Benjamin St-Juste defended against a pass attempt to Illinois wide receiver Ricky Smalling last month.

Hartman: Grad transfer St.-Juste took unique path to U starting job

Defensive back Benjamin St.-Juste graduated high school at 16 and had already graduated from Michigan before transferring to the Gophers in the offseason.
Vikings defensive end Everson Griffen (97) sacked Broncos quarterback Brandon Allen in the third quarter Sunday.

Hartman: Vikings fortunate in rallying to beat Denver

Coach Mike Zimmer said that while he's pleased with the record, he thinks his team has a long way to go before it starts thinking about postseason success.
Gophers coach P.J. Fleck was escorted off the Kinnick Stadium field following Saturday’s disappointing loss at Iowa.

Hartman: Gophers beat themselves in first loss of the season

Then they almost completely dominated in the second half, but they just had too many uncharacteristic plays.

Hartman: Vikings safety Harris ranks among NFL's best

Undrafted out of college in 2015, Anthony Harris has been one of the Vikings' biggest surprises.
Gophers wide receiver Tyler Johnson (6) celebrated his first touchdown against Georgia Southern.

Hartman: Gophers toughened by close victories early in season

Nonconference victories made the Gophers confident in the big-play ability they displayed vs. Penn State.
Tanner Morgan’s latest impressive performance at quarterback for the Gophers included getting the pass off over the pressure of Penn State defensive

Hartman: Gophers put together a historic performance vs. Penn State

Sid Hartman writes: "I have covered Gophers football for 75 years, and I have never seen a display like I saw after P.J. Fleck's 17th-ranked squad defeated No. 4 Penn State."

Sid's jottings

JOTTINGS • Despite a tough loss at Kansas City last week, Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins has posted a 127.1 passer rating over his past…
Nov. 25, 1962: The Minneapolis Sunday Tribune Sports “Peach” was packed with college football coverage and photography — including the above s

Hartman: The Proof Is In The Paper

Gophers star Bobby Bell should never have been called for a late hit against Wisconsin in 1962.