Posts Tagged ‘Patrick Reusse’


This week’s top links, as voted by a blue-ribbon panel.

* Fascinating story with lots of surprising, tragic twists about someone who invented a superior golf club.

* What would NFL team logos look like if they were hipsters?

* A photographer went to take some photos of John Schneider and ended up being there when the actor received devastating news.

* Patrick Reusse on how Minnesotans get all excited whenever any new coach comes to the state.

* A quarterback’s wife left an AR-15 in the back of a rental car.

* The New York Times takes a look at the crush of must-see TV that’s pilling up on Sunday nights.

* Jezebel offered a $10,000 bounty for untouched images of Lena Dunham from her Vogue photo shoot, and their readers didn’t really approve.

* Bill Barnwell on why the 87th meeting between Peyton Manning and Tom Brady is different.

 

* Seth Meyers and Neal Brennan are funny guys. Vulture features an exchange between the two.


It’s time for the links. Print them out and use them to fan yourself.

* Great story on Jack Handey, who’s the envy of every comedy writer in America.

* Grantland celebrates Jeff Bridges — although not his new movie — with a YouTube Hall of Fame tribute. Wish there would have been some Jagged Edge action, though.

* From the LA Times, the tale of a man who has the signatures on 2,913 Sports Illustrated cover subjects and his quest for an unnamed model on a 1960 issue. And the sad followup.

* New York Magazine on the controversy over Rolling Stone’s cover with the Boston Bomber. 

* Fun piece from Patrick Reusse on nine lost traditions from baseball.

* Drew Magary on how America is ruining Johnny Manziel.

* Wright Thompson on a search for family history in Scotland.

* Dude wrestles shark.

* The Boston Globe on what life inside the joint is like for ex-Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez.

* Grantland is in on the new Netflix show “Orange is the New Black.” TV is, too.

* Remember when TV did some extra work in a video? Here is the final product.


Welcome to the latest edition of the Fury Files, currently ranked 25th in Q&A RPI. If you have time to spare or want to abuse your printer privileges at work, check out previous editions with Tom Linnemann, John Millea, David Brauer, Joe Posnanski, Pat Coleman, Kevin Van Valkenburg, Michael Kruse, Chris Jones, Chris Ballard, Roland Lazenby and Will Leitch.

This week’s guest is Minneapolis Star Tribune columnist Patrick Reusse, a Minnesota newspaper legend and one of the best columnists in the country. I grew up reading Reusse’s stories and hearing classic stories about Reusse — my parents are of similar age and are also from Fulda, the small town in southwest Minnesota made somewhat famous in countless Reusse columns over the years.

Reusse got his start in newspapers just after high school, when he landed a job as a copy boy at the old Minneapolis Morning Tribune. His boss was a middle-aged guy who’d go on to become a rival, peer, foe, foil, subject, colleague and friend — Sid Hartman. That gig started a love affair with papers that continues 50 years later, even if the business looks nothing like it once did. After stints at the newspapers in Duluth and St. Cloud, Reusse came back to the Twin Cities in 1968, spending 20 years in St. Paul before switching to the Star Tribune in 1988.

Reusse worked as a beat writer in his early years — along with a brief tenure as a morning editor that, he wrote, was a “failure, since it put me in charge of my drinking buddies” — before becoming a columnist in 1979. Reusse’s a versatile writer, but there’s no doubt he excels at those pieces that are the most-read for any big-city newspaper columnist and attract the most praise or vitriol from readers and fans, depending on whether they agree with his view: the rip job. He wasn’t impressed with Gophers football coach Tim Brewster’s intro. He pleaded with the NCAA selection committee to keep the Gophers hoops team out of the tourney. He said goodbye to the Minnesota North Stars, those losers. Today’s Twins are a lot like the miserable Twins of the ’90s. Then there are the Turkeys. Since 1978, Reusse’s picked a Turkey of the Year and the committee’s decisions always spark controversy.

But a one-note columnist would become a boring read, and what sets Reusse apart from so many is his love of the stories that are rarely in the spotlight, along with his ability to spin yarns on everything from John Gagliardi’s retirement to the legendary Edgerton basketball team from 1960 to the Fulda-Slayton Goat to an old Star Tribune copy editor named Bud Armstrong. Read his piece on Walsh Field in Gaylord and his column on Danube legend Bob Bruggers. Or his column on the Vikings’ Weeping Blondes.

These days, Reusse spends more time on the radio than he does at the paper, as he’s a daily co-host on 1500 ESPN with Phil Mackey. Reusse’s an early sports-radio pioneer — he started in 1980 with longtime friend and fellow columnist Joe Soucheray, a combo that’s still on the air today. Anyone who’s heard Reusse tell a tale on the radio — which is often punctuated with his distinctive cackle — knows his on-air style is as unique as his written one.

Check out Reusse’s column archive and blog and follow him on Twitter. And for a great story about Reusse, be sure to read this 2009 piece from David Shama.

Here, Reusse talks about his writing style, Turkeys, Sid, controversial columns, town team baseball, life in newspapers and radio, saying goodbye to Minnesota legends, what motivates him today, and much more. Thanks a lot for your time, Patrick.

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Wow, March? Really? Okay.

* March is certainly the month when we’ll hear more than ever about geniuses like Coach K and Tom Izzo. Brian Phillips takes a look at the cult of college coaches, for Grantland.

* Also in Grantland, Wesley Morris takes the Warriors to task for their sleeved uniforms, which just aren’t very appealing.

* A proposed statue for Len Bias at his old school has been knocked down. Not totally surprising, I suppose.

* Patrick Reusse is headed to spring training again and chronicles some of his other trips to Florida.

* New York Magazine with a crazy story about Cecilia Chang, who was behind a massive fraud case in her role as  fundraiser for St. John’s University. Yes, this is the St. John’s in New York City, not Collegeville.

* My good friend John Rosengren has a big new book coming out that’s getting good buzz. Hero of Heroes is a biography of baseball legend Hank Greenberg. Here’s a MinnPost piece on John and the book, which will be available on Tuesday, March 5.


Happy Day after Thanksgiving. Hopefully everyone had an enjoyable with family squabbles kept to a minimum. As this intro was typed, the Patriots just scored another touchdown. On to some links:

* What, you think we’re done with St. John’s links? Here’s Patrick Reusse’s column, the day after John Gagliardi’s retirement. In the St. Paul paper, longtime columnist Bob Sansevere, who talks to Gagliardi a few times a year, spoke to him on the day he left. And Sid Hartman talked to Mike Grant about the possibility of replacing Gagliardi.

* Grantland’s Jonathan Abrams with a really interesting piece on Memphis Grizzlies forward Zach Randolph.

* Back to Reusse. Here’s his Turkey of the Year column.

* Here’s a Smithsonian magazine piece on a man who has 3,300 patents to his name. Quite the inventor.

* Remember when we did a podcast about the whole Jack-Taylor-scores-138-points situation? Well, Deadspin did an excellent job of unearthing some uncomfortable truths about the matter. Turns out we weren’t all that far off in wondering if Taylor ever crossed halfcourt.

* This week’s podcast of the week: Mohr Stories, as in former Saturday Night Live cast member Jay Mohr. On the surface, this is your run of the mill comedian-driven interview show. And I’m fine with that. It’s entertaining enough, and the fact that it’s easy to forget about a guy like Mohr indicates how deep the talent pool is in comedy. But what got me to tune in for the first time was a couple of guest spots Mohr did on other people’s podcasts. Turns out he’s married to actress Nikki Cox, has given up general debauchery and is devoted to an almost Doug Christie level – not that there’s anything wrong with that. It’s just … unexpected.

* So, um, Les Miles really knows how to take the monotony out of the opening comment bit at a postgame press conference.


Welcome to this week’s hottest links, which are hot off the grill.

* Could be some interesting weather in a few days on the East Coast as Hurricane Sandy could combine with a winter storm for something that would be similar to The Perfect Storm that hit in 1991, which you remember from the movie. No matter what happens, we know one thing: Unless it wipes out the entire Eastern Seaboard, people will accuse East Coasters of overreacting and don’t you people know how to deal with real weather, like battle-hardened Minnesotans and hurricane-weary Floridians? That’ll be fun.

* The TV critic for New York Magazine wonders: What’s the scariest episode of Twilight Zone? He goes with The Masks.

* The Star Tribune’s Patrick Reusse writes about the Aho family of Cokato, which consists of 15 kids, 12 of them boys. And for 24 straight years, an Aho boy has been on the football team.

* Gene Auriemma thinks the rims should be lowered in women’s basketball. Good idea? Bad idea? Bad idea says ESPN’s Kate Fagan.

* Great. New York City food trucks are seen as a terrorist threat.

* In brain-related news, a scientific study conducted in the UK revealed that exercising late in life can prevent brain shrinkage. Also, a demented cop in New York City allegedly planned to torture, kill and eat – brains and all, perhaps? – at least 100 women from all over the world. Disturbing doesn’t being to describe it.

* This week’s podcast of the week: The Joe Rogan Podcast. Yes, he used to host Fear Factor. And, yes, he sounds stoned when he laughs – that’s because he probably is. Nonetheless, he casts some decent pod, sometimes funny and sometimes enlightening. A recent episode falls into the latter category thanks to an appearance by Victor Conte, the former director of performance-enhancing drugs pioneer BALCO. Given his checkered past, it’s hard to know how much stock to put in what Conte says – and he divulges a lot. But at the very least, he offers an inside look at how cheating works and how prevalent it remains today.


Welcome to this week’s links.

* Joe Posnanski’s biography of Joe Paterno comes out next week and it’s certainly one of the more anticipated books of the year, although for reasons far beyond anything Posnanski could have imagined. His original book about the beloved coach became impossible after the Jerry Sandusky scandal. Many people wonder how critical he will be about Paterno. In USA Today, Posnanski wrote about the challenge he faced.

* Crazy story about United “losing” a 10-year-old girl who flew to camp. Kinda makes you feel bad about complaining over lost luggage.

* Patrick Reusse wrote about the three Minnesota Lynx players who returned from the Olympics and are now prepared to chase a second straight title.

* Writers for The Simpsons picked their 10 favorite obscure characters on the classic show, and New York Magazine presents it in slide show fashion.

* What was TV reading this week? Hospital pamphlets. Over the course of three days, he suffered a weird allergic reaction, a skin infection on his face and lost consciousness at a football practice. Really. And now … he has to run a 5K in the mud in order to chronicle the experience for the Argus Leader. Here’s a background piece on the growing trend. This is shaping up to be plenty regrettable.


Welcome. It’s a week and a half until my birthday, in case you were saving up to buy a complete set of DVDs with the 1987 and ’88 NBA Finals to send to New York as a present. Anyway, on to this week’s links:

* Chuck Klosterman, a North Dakota boy who once worked at The Fargo Forum — where both Fury and TV also worked at various times (connections) — has been named the new ethicist at the New York Times. Here’s the piece introducing Klosterman and here’s a previous column he did in the role. It should be entertaining.

* Tiger Woods’ texting scandal was much more exciting. Phil Mickelson made news last week when he withdrew from The Memorial and cited mental fatigue as the reason. Mickelson was also reportedly upset with the hundreds of cell phone pictures being taken during his round and actually texted the PGA commissioner — while playing — to express his concern.

* For fans of The Wire, Maxim magazine put together an oral history of the show, with interviews with the stars and creators. [Insert obligatory quote from The Wire that sums up how cool this must be for those who loved the show, ideally something that also relates to our public school system and the war on drugs.]

* Legendary Twin Cities media man Dark Star died last week and his longtime friend and colleague Patrick Reusse wrote a nice column one on of the more unique characters in Minnesota.

* TV here, and I’ve got a link from The Wire, too, which is a fantastic show that offers unfettered insight into several segments of modern society. While I’m not going to advocate that everyone be required to watch, I wouldn’t be opposed to, say, making those who haven’t wear prison-style uniforms.
Here’s what The Wire would look like as a musical. “Omar tap dancin’, yo.”

* For the first time in months (maybe), there won’t be any NBA games tonight. Frankly, I’m terrified. How will we entertain ourselves from 7:30-10:30? What will we be able to overreact about on Twitter? All joking aside, the playoffs are a blast – and rife with good and bad (ahem, Skip Bayless) journalism. I hope the new generation of writers are soaking in as much as possible.
Deadspin, for example, delivered Friday with a not-all-snarky piece about the idea of “hero ball” in the NBA. Great timing. Good to see the site mature with age.


When Linsanity has taken over there’s no time to dawdle. To The Tapes:

* Here are several stories on Jeremy Lin, a point guard currently playing for the New York Knicks. Adrian Wojnarowski writes about how Lin made it to NYC, tracing his stops in Golden State and Houston. Pablo S. Torre wrote the Sports Illustrated cover story on the guard. Jinx! Canadians like basketball too. The National Post’s Bruce Arthur writes about a little magic. Bill Simmons weighs in with a mailbag. Also from Grantland, Jay Caspian King watches Lin destroy the Lakers. Sigh.

* The news website Minnpost.com got a makeover. It looks nice. Freshened up well.

* Sports Illustrated continues its run of amazing features – which includes last week’s article by future Fury Files interviewee Chris Ballard, on high school wrestling coach Mike Powell – with this piece by Thomas Lake. It’s about Wes Leonard, the Michigan high school star who died last year after hitting the winning shot.

* Patrick Reusse thinks the Twins will battle the White Sox – for last place.

* A New York apartment sold for $88 million. We thought about getting it; didn’t like the bathroom.

* Some upstart paper in New York took a road trip with the Butler basketball team, chronicling the struggles of a squad that’s been to consecutive national title games. The most amazing stat in the story: The school got an estimated $1 billion in exposure from its two tournament runs.

* No need to finish that World Beer Tour at your local Old Chicago: CNBC has saved you some time (and calories) by picking the 15 best brews in the world. It’s … a pretty good list? Let’s be honest: There’s no way for most of us to double check this. Well, unless we have access to Tyler Perry’s private jet in order to track down some of the global varieties. It reminds me of a running joke my friends had in college. We’d proclaim ourselves “No. 1-ranked” at something completely inane and/or impossible to measure. For example, this bullet item probably makes me No. 1-ranked at connecting fermented drinks to fresh corpses.
You’re right: Pretty stupid.


Welcome to this week’s edition of The Tapes. We here at TVFury wish you a very happy, blessed Super Bowl weekend. By the time you read this on Friday, the pregame show should be wrapping up its 5th hour. I’ll be spending part of Sunday at the airport, saying goodbye to my wife as she heads to Cape Town, where I’ll join her in three weeks. When I return home on Sunday afternoon I’ll watch the Super Bowl alone, in a dark room, surrounded by Domino’s chicken wings and bottle after bottle of Coke. It will be decadent.

On to the links:

* On Wednesday, David Letterman marked his 30th anniversary as a late-night host. New York Magazine prepared an awesome video slideshow, 30 clips of classic Letterman and man-on-the-street pieces. Click here to see them all. The Taco Bell one – when Dave manned a drive-thru – remains my personal favorite.

* For Grantland, former Jeopardy king Ken Jennings wrote about the best Super Bowls as far as trivia.

* Rob Lowe recently broke the news that Peyton Manning would retire. Well, that’s what he tweeted anyway, although it didn’t happen that day (but if it does, Lowe deserves full credit for the scoop). In ESPN the Magazine, Chris Jones reflected on a world where Rob Lowe sets the news agenda.

* Gophers athletic director Joel Maturi will retire and Patrick Reusse wrote about his legacy, which includes a lot of football losses and other disappointments.

* Wednesday was national signing day for college football programs, and TV did his part to help heap unrealistic expectations on 18-year-old kids. Actually, it can be sort of fun if handled as information rather than hype. That said … one kid chose Auburn over Clemson in part because the former has a Chik-fil-a on campus, while the latter does not.
Smartest. Kid. Ever. I mean, have you ever had Chik-fil-a? I think he should get some sort of academic scholarship in addition to the athletic one.

* “I wouldn’t say it’s out of control. But we’re very close to that.” So says the mayor Williston, N.D., a once-sleepy town in my home state that’s now being broadsided by mo’ money and mo’ problems than anyone could have imagined due to an oil boom. CNBC is the latest to update the situation. I’m fascinated by the situation after doing some reading and speaking to friends who have witnessed the crude insanity. It’s almost enough to make me schedule a trip home this summer. Almost.